Ancient Heritage Losing Ground to Modernization in Coastal Karnataka

Ujire, Karnataka, India, November 24, 2023 – The head of the Govind Pai Research Centre in Udupi, Dr. B. Jagadeesh Shetty, has expressed concern that the ancient heritage of coastal Karnataka is being lost in the midst of modernization.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the “Saptha Charitra” program, organized by the History Department of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha College in Ujire as part of the “Save Historical Heritage Week”.

“Today, in the midst of the rush to renovate temples in coastal Karnataka, we are losing the original style of heritage,” Dr. Shetty said. “History changes from time to time, but it is important to preserve ancient inscriptions and documents. Coastal Karnataka has a unique history with its own food, justice, and religious traditions. It is important to preserve the original traditions.”

“It is a sad thing that the youth of coastal Karnataka are abandoning our ancient food habits and leaning towards modern styles,” he said. “Programs like ‘Saptha Charitra’ and ‘Save Historical Heritage Week’ are useful in preserving history.”

The program was presided over by Dr. B.A. Kumar Hegde, Principal of Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha College. He said that the ideals and messages of ancient times can be used as models for studying current history.

The head of the History Department, Dr. Sanmathi Kumar, welcomed the guests. Students Gowri and Sonali presented the program.