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Prof. B A Viveka Rai gives a general introduction to the Tulu language and poetry with excerpts of Tulu poems from the oral and literary traditions across time. Beginning with a section from a Tulu Paddana (oral epic) Siri, he then moves on to extracts from a modern Tulu epic Mandara Ramayana. He also discusses poems from the contemporary period by authors such as Kayyara Kinhanna Rai, Amruta Someshvara and Jyothi Chelyaru. The poems are recited in Tulu and in their English translation.
B A Viveka Rai
Prof. BA Viveka Rai has been the Vice Chancellor of two universities, Karnataka State Open University in Mysore and Kannada University, Hampi, He was Professor of Kannada and Dean of Arts Faculty at Mangalore University, and Guest Professor and Chair of Indology at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.
He has been doing research on Tulu since 1970, for 50 years, and this is also his 50th year of university teaching. He has written 30 books and edited another 20 books on the subject of Tulu. Among them are The Siri Epic as Performed by Gopala Naika in collaboration with Laurie Honko which is a translation of this oral epic and The Tübingen Tulu Manuscript with Heidrun Bruckner where they edited and translated two South Indian oral epics collected in the 19th century. His PhD dissertation was published as Tulu Janapada Sahitya and is widely read. He has also been involved in several oral history research projects in Tulu in Dakshina Kannada and the Western Ghats and the preservation and publication of manuscripts.