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Kannada Language And Literature


"Kannada Language and Literature"
Dr. R. Balachandra
Professor, Northeastern University

When: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 3:00 PM
Where: Hall A, Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge


Kannada belongs to the family of Dravidian languages, and is one of the older languages in India. It is the 27th largest spoken language in the world with about 37 million speakers. The earliest stone inscriptions in Kannada are from the 5th century AD. Purandara Dasa, called the father of Carnatic Music, composed all his works in Kannada. The talk will trace the development of Kannada literature over the past eras of religious tone, to modern times where the writings are more secular with contemporary forms such as novels, poems, plays and essays. The talk will discuss the development of the script, grammar, and some of the many variations and dialects of Kannada. Recitations from Kannada literature will illustrate the talk.

Speaker bio:

Dr. R. Balachandra grew up in Karanataka State in India and obtained his engineering education in India, and degrees in business administration in the US. Along with his Faculty duties in teaching and research in business administration, he continues to follow the developments in his native language of Kannada. He has studied Sanskrit in depth as an active member of Harvard Sanskrit Table for the last fifteen years.

The lecture is free and everyone is cordially invited.

Contact telephones: 617-864-5121, 617-495-3295
URL: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~sanskrit/outreach.html

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