Mathur, Matthur, Mathoor
The Tunga River at Mattur
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Mattur (or Mathur) is a village near the city of Shivamogga in Karnataka state, India, known for the usage of Sanskrit for day-to-day communication, although the general language of the state is Kannada.
Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language. Sanskrit is the vernacular of a majority of the 5,000 residents of this quaint, sleepy hamlet situated a little over 8 km from Shimoga.
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- Rao, Subha J (2 March 2008). "Keeping Sanskrit alive". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 April 2011.