Dravidian University is an outcome of a dream, a great
vision aiming to integrate people of sister languages though
identified differently, but belonging to the same cultural roots.
Though they sound different, their meaning and soul is one. The
Dravidian family of languages now established to be around 27 is
the one of the oldest civilizations of the world, perhaps the only
extant one with richness of its ancient character. It has been the
endeavour of the university to strengthen the age-old linguistic,
cultural, emotional and geographical bonds among the
Dravidians and promote a spirit of integration through research.
The 27 languages have different subgroups sects. Only four
of them are well developed with scripts and historical legacies.
Among the rest, Tulu has considerable socio-economic
advancement. The rest of the languages do not have a written
tradition, though they have a rich oral tradition. Socially and
economically, theirs are highly backward societies. They are
often categorized as ‘Tribes’, some of them as ‘primitive tribes’,
far away from the modern developments in_ scientific,
technological and socio-economic areas.
Therefore, there is a great historic responsibility on the
entire nation to equip them with necessary educational tools at all
levels and modern perspectives of life, effecting their socio-
economic advancement on par with the other citizens of the
nation at the same time duly preserving their cultural identity, in
other words our cultural roots. The richness of their knowledge
and wealth of wisdom, which stand above all scripts and tongues,
forming part of the glittering glory of the nation, have to be
As a part of encouraging Research in and outside the
country in Dravidian studies with an indigenous thrust Dravidian
University has launched a project to publish a series of
Monograph on Tribes. In its first phase, it is planned to publish
monographs on tribes of Karnataka and several scholars who are
working on different tribes are invited to submit the monographs
in a specified format. Dr. M. N. Venkatesha is entrusted with the
responsibility of coordinating this as editor of the series. It is
interesting to see that several scholars responded to our call and
on invitation we requested scholars to submit the scripts on the
basis of their research, each one on a specific tribe of Karnataka.
Dravidian University has chalked out a programme of
publishing monographs on all the major and minor tribes of the
Dravidian family of languages and the four Dravidian states
highlighting their socio-cultural aspects. Establishing museums
for each of them and preparing grammars and comprehensive
descriptive lexicons is another ambitious project of the
University. All this is going to materialise with the proposed
centre for Preservation of Endangered Dravidian Languages.
Dr. D. R. Panduranga, the author has exhibited his vast
experience of field research and prepared this monograph on
Medas, a tribe who have special skills in bamboo craft. The tribe
has been affected by modernization and globalization.
I congratulate the author for his good contribution.
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