India is a bouquet of different regional cultures, traditions, and practices. This is evident all around us. To bring unity in diversity Provident Welworth City Residents Welfare Association, Marasandra has taken the intiative to conduct free Kannada classes to all non-kannadigas living in Provident Welworth City. With over 3000 units in this apartment complex representing the diverse people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Assam. The free Kannada classes is conducted under the aegis of Kannada Development Authority, Government of Karnataka. The program was inaugurated on December 1, 2018 by Prof. G. Siddaramiah the Chairman of KDA who addressed the gathering and explained to the audience the advantages of learning Kannada that helps people to integrate with the local environment and culture. He applauded this initiative and promised to extend all possible support for this cause. Special invite on this occasion was Mr. K. Mathai, KAS, AO Sakala, Govt. of Karnataka and a resident in the PWC Apartment Complex.
The inaugural class was conducted on December 2, 2018 between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Mr.R. K. Sharma, originally from North of India, is very excited in learning a new language and was profusely thankful to the organisers of the Kannada classes and called upon the teachers to customize the teaching methodology for it to be more conducive to both the young and the old.
Mrs. Bannerjee a 60 year old home maker is so excite to learn Kannada and she is thankful to PWCRWA for facilitating this in an environment of love and comfort.
The office bearers of PWCRWA Mr. K. A. Alexander, President; Mr. Pavithran, vice President, Adv. Rita E. M, legal advisor; Mr.Yuvraj Ahuja Secretary; Mrs. Shreesha Shetty, Joint Secretary, and Mr. Rajkumar, Joint Treasurer are the names behind this wonderful initiative. For more information they can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandesha Trust and Super Brain Pre-primary School, recognized by the Govt. of Karnataka, PWC Campus, are providing the infrastructure and support to conduct the classes in their premises for the benefit of all. To begin with the classes are conducted on Sunday evenings and 40 people have enrolled in the inaugural batch.
Ms. Debashratha, an IT professional, said that there is a misconception created by some vested interests about localites vs outsiders. All of us are equal and we live peacefully. Our career and profession takes us to different parts of the country and the world. We need to adapt and integrate with the different environment. No one is against kannada and we are all proud of the rich culture. It is only that some fundamentalists like to use it as a weapon to polarize people and threaten them into submission. She asked, do these people know who compiled the first Kannada Dictionary? It is not the roll call extortionists of today under the garb of some symbols and associations, but a great German scholar Rev. Kittel.
Now what do you like to call Rev. Kittel, a localite or an outsider. Throughout History many people have contributed to the growth of Kannada, it was immaterial whether they were localites or outsiders. It is their passion that made the difference. We love the culture and the language, but sadly again some people have reduced this great language to a street tamasha and a brutal show of strength. We love Kannada and the culture but will not abdicate our identity because of the threats of some goons. We are all one, and let's us be proud of it. We have great respect for this land that is a part of our great country, and we are proud of it. Jain Hind, Jai Karnataka.
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