Language and Culture supplement each other. To nurture and encourage Kannada language and culture, the two independent departments viz. Language Development Department and Culture Directorate were merged into single department in 1977 by Karnataka Government as “Kannada and Culture Department” which completed 41 years as on 2018.
The activities / programmes of the department for the year 2018-19 include “Sanskrutika Sourabha” for senior artists, “Yuva Sourabha” for youth, “Chiguru” for children through which an opportunity was provided to artists to exhibit classical music, classical dance, light music, folk music, folk dance, drama and various other forms of art and music. During this year “Sanskrutika Sourabha” was conducted at Kampli, “Yuva Sourabha” was conducted at Kottur and “Chiguru” was conducted at Belagal village. All these events have attracted good audience and were very successful and well appreciated.
In the field of literature, “Kavigoshti” was conducted at Kotturaswamy College for Education and a seminar and discussion programme was conducted on the life time achievements of renowned theatre artist Smt.P.Padma.
Nearly 85 programmes were sponsored by the department as per the request of various cultural organizations under General / SCP / TSP schemes under which various artists have performed and benefited.