Ethnic communities in Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts have associated themselves with Kodava and Arebhase culture. The local dialects of Kannada, such as Arebhase, need to be protected, opined, Rangayana, Mysuru, Director Addanda Cariappa.
He was speaking during an exhibition of a documentary on artiste Mohan Sona, organised by Karnataka Arebhase Cultural and Literary Academy at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on Wednesday.
Addanda Cariappa stressed that the culture of any community would not survive if the language goes extinct.
"Kodava and Arebhase academies should organise programmes to encourage literature in both languages.