Kamath basa indigenous language of paddy culture in sri lanka
Importance of “Kamath Basa”කකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකකක.
“Language is the expression ofour culture and our land. Wecannot have one without theothers. We cannot describeour culture and our land if wedo not have language.”(Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee, 2006 )
• In the past farmers used a different, strange & aninherent language in the fields.• This language which respected to the paddy field & itsoperations was termed as “Govi Basa” or “KamthBasa”.• Today in paddy operations, old rituals & animals havebeen replaced with modern machineries.• Therefore the culture which had been built around draftcattle is being decreasing rapidly. “The Kamath Basa”has faced the same pathetic situation.• It is being flown away from the minds of thepeople, even from the farmers today.
Importance of the “Kamath Basa”ImportanceFor FarmersForResearchersForgovernmentofficersForAgriculturalstudents
For the Farmers…• Help to express their problems to extensionofficers.• If the extension officers knows the KamathBasa, farmers may feel more familiar.• Also young farmers may easily grab thetraditional knowledge regards withagricultural activities from the oldergenerations.
For Researchers….• Help to study the indigenous knowledgesystems of our traditional farmers.• Specially help to find the scientific base ofmost of traditional agricultural rituals such as“Kem Krama”.• Their researches could be design as anunderstandable way to farmers.
For agriculture students….• Help to gather indigenous farming practices.• Help to understand the traditional farmingrituals.• Make a bridge between young generation andolder people.• Will Facilitate them to communicate with ruralfarmers in the future.
For government officers…• Facilitate to built a rapport among extensionofficers and farmers.• Will help to communicate the farmersproblems with officers easily.• Research findings could be easilycommunicate to farmers.• Officers could be able to develop suitablemodels for farmers as applicable to theirindigenous practices.