January 28, 2007

Updates on Kathana

Kathana (jaagatika Kannadigara kooTa) is a group of like minded Kannadaabhimaani software engineers. Please follow this link for more information - http://kathana.qns.googlepages.com/

Last year we conducted state level Kannada story writing competiion and published a book of winning stories. We have been able to sell most of the Kathana books. We have set aside 200+ copies to be distributed across the libraries in Karnataka. We have limited copies available for sale. The proceeds from the book sale will go towards a social cause. We are in the process of finalizing the plans and budget for this year. Once the plans are finalized, we will identify a deserving Kannada school in rural area and will help the school either in infrastructure or in educational materials. We do not believe in just donating some money and hence Kathana will actively participate in the entire process. We are working towards building a reliable network of schools, educationists and intellectuals.

Following are the plans for this year.
1) Bringing out a book on the subject of - 'JaagateekaraNa mattu Kannada'. We will invite articles from 4 - 5 eminent scholars. The book is intended to discuss the challenges of globalization on Kannada and Kannada identity and also how Kannada should adapt and face those challenges. The timelines are from January to April. We are in the process of finalizing the names of writers.
2) Conducting a competition - either story writing or Science report writing in Kannada. The timelines are from June-July to October.

We are determined to take this initiative to the next orbit. Kathana will engage in activities of encouraging budding Kannada writers, publishing Kannada books of superior literary qualities and helping Kannada schools. We will give periodic updates about Kathana's activities to maintain the continuum. We need your continued support to make this success.