(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has asked all nationalised, scheduled and rural banks functioning in Karnataka to ensure that all its non-Kannada speaking staff learn the language in six months.
The authority has also asked them to set up Kannada units at all their branches in the state, in line with Hindi units which exist for the implementation of the language.
Chawla shared, “In London, I would learn music at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan.
Our teacher was Pandit Vishwaprakash from the Jaipurwale family.
When I returned from London, I wanted to continue learning music but wasn’t sure from whom, so my manager suggested that I could speak to Padmini (Kolhapure Sharma), since the family had a music background.
Padmini suggested that I learn from her father, Pandharinath Kolhapure, and so I went to meet him.” The actress will also be singing this song in Kannada besides enacting it.
However, the DMK has always been at the forefront of protests against the imposition of Hindi,” he told the HT.
The protests over alleged imposition of Hindi erupted in the state recently over usage of Hindi in the metro rail’s signboards in the city, prompting even Karanataka chief minister Siddaramaiah to oppose the move.
We will wait for an official communication in this regard," said a principal of a CBSE school.The move by the authority comes a few days after it intervened in the row over Hindi signages at Bengaluru Metro stations by issuing notices to the metro authorities.Stating that it was “necessary” for banks to transact in Kannada during their daily official functioning for the benefit of customers, especially for those from rural areas, Siddaramaiah said there are also the Reserve Bank of India guidelines in this regard.According to the officials, this Act was passed by the state legislature following a Supreme Court order quashing the nearly 3 decade old language policy adopted by the state government.Under the Act, all the schools must introduce Kannada as one of the languages in a phased manner for their students.