Karnataka academy to convene meet of experts for standardisation of Tulu script

MANGALURU: Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy will shortly convene a meeting of experts to decide on standardisation of Tulu script. Outcome of the meeting, date of which will be decided soon, should be able to take a definitive stand on how the script should be used academically and as a software and such an effort should bear the seal of the academy and not individually, noted Dayananda G Kathalsar, president of the academy.

Releasing Kalakondhe, a Tulu calendar that Bantwal based The National Computer Literacy Committee (NCLC) has been bringing out for the past seven years here on Thursday, Kathalsar said at present efforts at standardisation of the script has been marked by individual brilliance. “We have script that Praveenraj S Rao of NCLC has developed and one developed by G V S Ullal that Kerala Tulu Academy has recognised,” Kathalsar said.

This is bound to create some confusion among purists backing for uniformity of script, he said, adding that the academy will strive to bring about standardisation at a conclave of experts who have worked in this area. There are bound to be differences in how a script is written to how it is presented artistically as a computer script,” he said. When standardised format that experts accept comes through, it will bear seal of authority of the academy, he said.

The effort of the committee in bringing out the calendar is a unique effort in that it celebrates the diversity of culture of Tulunadu in its entirety, the academy chief said. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, the Tulu calendar with 12 months starting with Bisu has its uniqueness where few months have 32 days and others 29-days with clear denotation of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days, where the latter is an indication to people to rest after a particular activity, he said.

Praveenraj said the NCLC that started the work on the Tulu script software with version 2.0 under the guidance of Venkatraj Punchithaya in 2009 has come a long way and is on the cusp of launching web-based version 5.0. “We have used this script to bring out the Tulu calendar,” he said the calendar gives an accurate run down of sequence of events that is followed in the Tulunadu based on how the season progress and activities conducted therein.

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