Kannada Pustaka.org for visually impaired

Kannada Pustaka.org believe that access to books is the key to education. The members strongly believe that as a society, one needs to raise the standards of inclusive education and create more opportunities for the visually impaired.

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At Kannada Pustaka, the members give them the tools to succeed by providing books in the formats they need. They are proud to have created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks.

MOU signed with Karnataka government :

Kannada Pustaka signed an MoU with the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka to create an open library of open-source audiobooks. They are working towards creating audio formats of all the open-source Kannada Literature.

Kannada Pustaka is working with a team Kanaja.in and the department to pilot this ambitious project.

After over two years of groundbreaking activities, Kannada Pustaka got registered as a non-profit public trust on the 3rd of May 2018. This enabled them to build projects and build a resource base. 

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Kannada Pustaka help visually disabled :

Students with born vision disability and who suffer vision loss do not have access to books.  They learn Braille or wait for other recorded audio formats. With a vision to bring all students the textbooks they need in the format they prefer, Kannada Pustaka turned digital. It created the first digital library of accessible Kannada textbooks. 

Textbook chapters :

Kannada Pustaka creates editable textbook chapters through a semi-automated distributed proofreading process. Unicode used with text to speech synthesis engines provides an approach to creating audio files almost immediately.

Kannada pustaka.org :

Kannada Pustaka is a voluntary initiative creating open-source accessible textbooks. These books are meant for educational use. The Unicode text content used to generate these audio textbooks was created adopting a distributed proofreading model.


Textbook chapters are available as podcast episodes on iTunes. These audiobooks have seen sent to all schools for special children across Karnataka. 

Digital copies of Braille textbooks are available for download in Kannada pustaka.org. These files are shared under  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

The purchase does not require any payment.  This project is completely voluntary and relies on dedicated contributors who devote their time to correcting textbooks converted from print or PDF.  

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84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana starts on January 4, 2019

84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana starts on January 4, 2019

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana will be held at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad grounds from 4th to 6th January 2019.

History of Sammelana

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana is a Kannada Literature Conference of writers, poets and kannadigas takes place. It is held with the aim of preserving and developing kannada language, literature, arts, culture and music.

Sahitya Sammelana was started in 1915 by H.V. Nanjundaiah and held at Bengaluru for the first time.  The 83rd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held from November 24 to 26 in Mysuru. Chandrashekar Patil popularly known as Champa was the president.

It used to be inaugurated by prominent writers and poets from 1915 to 1948. Since then it has been inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The Kannada Sahitya Parishat is responsible for holding the gathering.

Kannada Sahitya Parishat

Kannada Saahithya Parishath means Literary Council. It is an Indian non-profit organisation that promotes the Kannada language. Its headquarters is in the city of Bengaluru. It strives to promote Kannada language through publishing books, organizing literary seminars and promoting research projects.

It also organizes an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana (Kannada Literary Meet). The current president of the parishat is Manu Baligar.

The Committee of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat selected Mr.Kambar as the president of the  Sahitya sammelana.  Jnanapith Award winner Chandrashekhar Kambar will preside over the 84th sammelana. According to the president of the Parishat Manu Baligar the choice was unanimous.

Who is Kambar?

Eighty one year old Kambar is a prominent kannada poet, playwright, folklorist, novelist, research scholar and film director.  He is the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He is also President of the Sahitya Akademi, country’s premier literary institution, after Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1983) and U.R. Ananthamurthy (1993).

He is known for effective adaptation of the North Karnataka dialect of the Kannada language in his plays, and poems, in a similar style as in the works of D.R.Bendre. Kambar is the cultural phenomenon of Modern India.