The Tulukoota organisation, working for popularising Tulu language, literature and culture, will focus on extending Tulu as an optional third language to three more schools in Udupi district in the next academic year.
Addressing presspersons here on Friday, V.G. Shetty, president of Tulukoota, said that Tulu was being offered as an optional third language in six high schools in the district. Due to this, presently about 400 students were studying the language in the district. The Tulukoota would put in its efforts to extend this to two to three high schools in the district in the next academic year, he said.
Honorary president of Tulukoota, Bhaskarananda Kumar, had given cash prizes of 5,000 each to two students who had scored 100 marks in Tulu in SSLC, while Tulukoota had given cash prizes of 1,000 each to 17 students who had scored 95 and above marks in Tulu, he said.
Mr. Shetty said that Tulukoota was giving the Paniyadi Kadambari Prashasti every year since 1995 to the best Tulu novel.
The novels written by two Tulu writers had been chosen for the 25th annual Paniyadi Kadambari Prashasti. They are Bolli by Akshataraj Perla, and Chouki by Rajashree T. Rai.
The seventh Malpe Ramdas Samaga Memorial Prashasti will be given to Yakshagana artiste, Dinesh Ammannaya, on the occasion.
These awards will be presented to the winners by B.A. Viveka Rai, former Vice Chancellor, Hampi Kannada University, at a function here on September 15. The function would be followed by Yakshgana performances, Mr. Shetty said.