The Department of Kannada, Mangalore University, first established as the Post-graduate Centre for Kannada, affiliated to Mysore University in the year 1968, has developed into a full pledged Institute of Kannada Studies. It has a history of glorious service of more than four decades and Kannada scholars like Prof. S.V. Parameshwara Bhatta, Prof. G. Varadaraja Rao, Dr. Gundmi Chandrashekhara Aithal, Prof. H.J. Lakkappa Gowda, Prof. Shrinivasa Havanoor and Prof. B.A. Viveka Rai have contributed immensely to the development of this department and are the architects of this Institute.
The facilities available at the Institute include a Departmental Library, an Archive Cell, Information Bureau, a Recording Studio and a Computer Laboratory. A special mention may be made of the centuries old rare palm leaf and paper manuscripts, rare books and journals collections which are protected and preserved scientifically. This collection was possible due to the special financial assistance given by institutions such as the Department of Culture, National Archives for Preservation and Publication and University Grants Commission. Among the more acclaimed publications are Shri Bhagavatho, (A Tulu Epic) Kadangodlu Shankara Bhat’s unpublished writings, The Initial Phase of Kannada Novels, Peruvayi Subbayya Shetty’s Tulu Proverbs, An Anthology of Ancient Yakshagana Works, Essays of Coastal Karnataka, Short Stories of Coastal Karnataka, Kannada Journals and Woman, The Relevance of Editorials etc.
At present, the Institute is involved in four major research projects funded by the Government of Karnataka and they are 1. Regional Languagues 2. The Cultural Glossary of D.K., Udupi and Kodagu Districts, 3. The Ritual Traditions of D.K. Udupi and Kodagu Districts. 4. The Organizations and Movements in D.K. Udupi and Kodagu Districts.
1). Excellent academic and infrastructural facilities
2). Quality in teaching learning and research
3). Preserve regional languages, folklore and culture
4). Study literature beyond conventional norms and project it as a knowledge system
5). Provide an ambience to think critically and act creatively
About the Department
The S.V.P Institute of Kannada Studies has been conducting M.A and Ph.D. courses in Kannada Literature. Over the years it has also emphasized a study of local cultures and languages. The faculty members have interested themselves in not merely traditional literary studies but also folklore, culture and ethnic studies.
The Institute was initiated in 1968 when the Mysore University setup a postgraduate centre at Mangalagangothri. Prof. S.V. Parameshwara Bhat took over as the founding Professor. He was followed by Prof. G.Varadaraj Rao during 1973-80. Thereafter we have had senior faculty like Dr. Gundmi Chandrashekara Aithal, Dr. H.J. Lakkappa Gowda, Dr. Srinivas Havanur, Dr. B.A. Viveka Rai at the helm of affairs, guiding the literary and cultural activities carried out by the centre.
This 45 year old institute is well furnished with large wel-ventilated class rooms, a departmental library and a computer facility with 20 connections, besides well-equipped Studio and Home Theatre Hall. The last two facilitate recording of face to face interviews and their broadcast.
The Departmental Library contains not merely books that have been donated by various benefactors but also a rare collection of Palm manuscripts. It also possesses a rare collection of newspapers and periodicals of 20th century such as Swadeshabhimani, Navayuga, Suhasini, Shrekrishna Sukti,Vasantha, Jeevana.
It also houses the dissertations submitted by our M.A( 40) Dissertations, M.Phil- (41) thesis and Ph.D. (76) thesis which are made available to students and interested researchers as per needs.
The Institute also houses various Chairs such as Sri Dharmastala Manjunatheshwara Tulu Peetha, Dr. K. Shivarama Karantha Peetha, Kanakadasa Study Centre,. Kodava Samskrithika Adhyayana Peetha, Sri Ambigara Chowdaiah Adhyayana Peetha, which facilitate our students to develop further reading and interest in those areas.
Interested students and faculty have come together to establish a museum which has preserved local antiques and artefacts related to worship and culture in the region. The Dr. Dayananada Pai Sri Satish Pai Yakshagana study Centre too is run under the direction of the departmental faculty.
Department of Kannada
Mangalagangotri - 574 199.