Thursday, June 25, 2020

Saving the Komarpanth Kannada (Halegannada)

I had posted a query on Quora : 

Can anyone guide me in preserving the Kshatriya Komarpant Halegannada language spoken by a few thousands in Karwar Ankola region.

To elaborate on the question:

Our Kshatriya Komarpant - Wikipedia Halegannada (Old Kannada) is unique :

Bande (coming) - bandi (Coming) - batti (Coming / will come)

Yenu (what) - Eenn / yenn (what)

Aaythu (okay / done) - Aaith (okay / done)

Hoguttiyaa (going?) - Hottya (Going?)

“Hoy-Sala” - The word "strike" literally translates to "hoy" in Hale Kannada (Old Kannada). This word “Hoy” is even today used in this Komarpanth-Halegannada language with the same meaning and context.

Nammadu (Ours) - Naamked (ours)

Naavu (we) - Naav (we)

Ollage (inside) - Wallg (inside)

Horage (outside) - Hyaarg (outside)

Naanu (I/me/myself) - Naa (I/me/myself)

I could go on like this. 

This Halegannada (or, may correspond to Nadugannada) does not match with the Halimidi Inscription and may have been changed over a period of time. 

That Kannada has metamorphised into a language that is now taught in the text books.

However, within the Kshatriya Komarpant community this language is dying, and I need to find methods to record it.

Konkani has made inroads into the Komarpant families, to a large extent, so much that many think Konkani is their default language. There are Kannada speaking families too, as you move away from Karwar towards Ankola, Kumta or even Yellapur.

One reply from a fellow Quoran has directed me towards the Endangered Languages Project, backed by Google whose mission is to preserve endangered languages, and also the Central Institute of Indian Languages - Wikipedia in Mysore which may be a place to explore too.

Ref: How to save a dying language - Times of India

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Felicitation for Social Work (Goa)

Social workers Shri. Harischandra L Naik (Vasco) and Shri. Venkatesh Metri (Galgibaga-Canacona) were presented with the Komarpant Samaj Service Award.

Sanguem MLA and INFOTEC Chairman Subhash Phaldessai and Ravindra Bhavan Margao Chairman Damu Naik felicitated Naik and Metri at ‘Kala-Utsava, Art-Festival’ organized by Kshetriya Komarpant Samaj (KKS) Goa in association with Arts & Culture Department at Shree Dattaguru Temple Hall, Nargarcem-Canacona.

Damu Naik appealed Samaj members to know the history, culture and origin of their community

“Parents should not lag behind in facilitating education to their children to enrich their knowledge to face future challenges of their lives,” he said. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Gokarna and Komarpanth Samaj

The Silverpot, seen in the pictures here, was given by the Komarpanth elders of the Kshatriya Komarpanth Samaj in the year 1847 to Gokarna Mahabaleshwara temple.

This silver pot is dedicated to Rudra Abhisheka and Rudra Japa of Lord Mahabaleshwara on a daily basis.

This goes to show that we Kshatriya Komarpanth were priority devotees of Gokarna Mahabaleshwara since time immemorial and the Rathotsava was also conducted since ages. 

Only in the year 1935 a Agreement was drawn by the Komarpanth elders with the then Gokarna Temple management committee, and an amount was kept as deposit for this Rathotsava seva.

We bow our heads in respect to our Komarpant ancestors and elders for this honour and also to Sri Sri Samsthan for supporting us and reinitiating this tradition of the Samaj at Gokarna.

Har Har Mahadev !