The Kodava language, despite not having a script of its own, has grown over the past few decades and deserves to be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution, opined Addanda C. Cariappa, President of Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy.

He was speaking after receiving the Bhasha Samman national award instituted by the Sahitya Academy at U Soso Tham Auditorium here yesterday. The award was presented to him in recognition of his services towards Kodava language through drama, literature and journalism over the past few decades.

The awards were presented by Academy President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari. Meghalaya State Urban Development Minister M. Ampareen Lyngdoh was present.

The five others honoured by the Academy are — Narayan Chandra Goswami of Assam, Hasu Yajnik of Gujarat, Tabu Ram Taid of Assam, Sondar Singh Majaw of Meghalaya and late Mandira Jaya Appanna (posthumously).

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore