As an initiative towards the upcoming celebration of Kannada Rajyotsava on 1st November, the Kannada Development Authority, Kannada Sahitya Parishat and BTM Layout residents have come up with an idea to teach Kannada to non-Kannadigas.
The main aim of this program is to teach participants to read and write Kannada. And the classes are absolutely FREE!!!
The first class was held on 20th October (Sunday). The organisers were surprised to see that about 27 non-Kannadigas from states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra signed up for the first class.
The class was conducted in the premises of Vinayaka Temple, 2nd Stage, BTM Layout in Bangalore.
The classes will be available for the next 3 months and on weekends i.e. on Saturday's and Sunday's only. The teachers are professionals with Master's degree in Kannada.
Krishna Prasad H.S, a senior manager with Schneider Electric who is organising the classes said, "Our main aim is to help people from neighbouring states learn Kannada so that they don't face problems while using public transport, auto-rickshaws, or visiting government offices."
Following are the feedbacks shared from the candidates who were a part of the first class on Sunday.
Savithri Chellappa, a 60 year old resident who hails from Tamil Nadu said, "Using public transport in Bangalore is not easy because, most of the transportation media makes use of Kannada numbers. When this opportunity to learn Kannada came along, I took it immediately."
Naveen Francis, who hails from Hyderabad said, "I am in Bangalore since 2005. Though I can follow Kannada, its different from Telugu. By learning Kannada, I feel will become complete. So, I am here to learn it."