Established in 1966
The objective of the department is to create awareness about Kannada language, literature and cultural tradition along with the inculcation of creativity and values of life. The department offers Kannada as a language to the undergraduate students and Kannada Literature as an optional subject in the B A Programme. Students receive practical-oriented learner centered trainings through seminars, workshops, conferences, field visits and creative writings.
Association & Activities
The department through the departmental association of “Kannada Sangha” encourages the students to participate in the activites such as literary, cultural and extension. The following activities are conducted by the leaders of the association with the guidance of staff members. Activities includes
Three National & 20 state level seminars and workshop organized so for in association with Kendra Sahitya Academy, New Delhi; State Sahitya Academy, Bangalore; Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Bangalore; Kannada University, Hampi; Ranna Pratistana Govt. of Karnataka; Betageri Krishnasharma pratistana, Belagavi, Bendre trust, Dharwad and Dept. of Kannada & Culture, Govt. of Karnataka.
Anubhava Mantapa – Debates on current issues (monthly)
Creative writing workshops – Kavya, Kathe & Nudichitra every year.
Publication – 15 books published related to literature.
Field visits/study tour
Study tours are organized for Kannada optional students to
Rastrakavi Kuvempu prathistana, Kuppali
Rastrakavi Govida Pai house, Manjeshwara
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Samshodhana Prathisthana
Sirigannada – Wall Magazine
Cintana Siri – Lecture Series
Arivu – Departmental Bulletin
Extension activities – Creative Writing Workshops for High School Students.
Katha Rachane and Kavana Rachana workshops are the unique community oriented activities of the department. Staff and students of the department are sent to nearby High Schools in every semester to train the students in creative writings.
The Department has signed an MoU with Ninasam ,Heggodu, Sagar, Shimoga Dist to share resources and infrastructure to conduct activities for the promotion of art, literature and culture among the youth every year (25-10-2010)