“Kannad” Instead of “Kannada” By Learners Of Non-Kannadiga’s In Whitefield

Whitefield is filled with non-localities. And even finding people conversation in Kannada became quite difficult in Bangalore too. But this news really surprised us that white field residents are learning Kannada.

Bangalore: Pronouncing Kannada as “Kannad” really irritates us but still we proud that the other people are willing to try it out.

Delighting Part of Hearing Kannad By 5th Vital Founders

I always hear Dr Waseem Afsar, Mr Harjot Sidhu ( Migrants from Kolkata), Co-Founders of 5th Vital and Mr Pratap Chandra – CEO of 5th Vital (Online Lab Service) who keeps saying “Kannad Kannad” ( Kannada Mathadi ). We laugh at time but we really feel happy for that.

Nange Kannad Gothilla … is a refrain that one hears from migrants in Namma Bengaluru. But that need not to be the case anymore, at least in case of Whitefield. Thanks to the endeavours of an organisation, Non-Kannadigas will soon be able to proclaim: Naanu Kannadiga (I am Kannadiga)

“ We want to empower every Non-Kannadiga into saying “Naanu Kannadiga”, says Sampath Ramanujam. He is the founder of Anvaya. It conducts free Kannada classes at Seegehalli Govt School, Whitefield to more than 35 people every weekend for over six weeks. It helps them learn the language of basic communication.

The curriculum includes teaching about 50 words every Saturday and conduct games on Sunday where the learners get a chance to use these words and familiarise themselves with their usage before they deploy them in their daily lives. “ Sometimes, migrants here find it very difficult to communicate with other locals because of the language barrier. We want to empower the people in bridging this divide”, says Ramanujam.

This programme is about a month old and the classes held for free. Anvaya is working on increasing the batches and hold the classes in more government schools so that at least 1,000 people would have learnt Kannada by November 1.

“ We choose Govt Schools as it would bring awareness among migrants about the realities of these schools”, Ramanujam says.

Practicing Kannada In Families

A Delhi Woman, who moved to Banglore recently and she says by learning Kannada she will be able to blend with local people and culture. “ Coming from north India, the language here is completely different. My eight-year-old son also attends the sessions and he has already picked up some word”, says Natasha A Call. With Natasha’s son trying to speak in Kannada to his father, it would not be long before the entire family feels homes in Bangalore.

Anvaya is also planning to make a few of the learners deliver speeches in Kannada on Independence Day.

“We are helping them to talk on the occasion of Independence Dau in Kannada and we have found this to be motivating”, says Sridevi Sampath, Co-Founder of Anvaya.

On completion of the course, the participants will be given “ Naanu Kannadiga” certificates.


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