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Updated: November 4, 2012 03:27 IST

Kannada Sahitya Sammelan logo will be changed: KSP

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There is objection to Kudala Sangama temple being featured in it

Following objections raised by some people on the logo for the 79th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held here on February 8, the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP) has decided to make certain changes in its design.

After the logo’s release on November 1, some people reportedly objected to the use of picture of Kudala Sangama temple in it.

The temple is in Bagalkot district, and the sammelan is being held in Bijapur; therefore, only Bijapur district should be highlighted, they said.

Features

The logo featured the KSP logo, the historic Gol Gumbaz, Kudala Sangama temple, and the Alamatti dam, besides Basavanna and the eminent educationist of Bijapur, P.G. Halakatti.

Several Kannada activists urged KSP district president Mallikarjun Yendigeri to remove Kudala Sangama temple from the logo. Instead, they suggested that the monument constructed by the government at Basavanna Bagewadi taluk of Bijapur, the birth place of social reformer Basavanna, be included.

In a release, Mr. Yendigeri said the matter had been brought to the notice of district in-charge Minister S.K. Bellubbi, who had directed the KSP to make changes in the logo. He said the committee formed to create the logo, which included 10 artists under the guidance of S.C. Patil, Dean of the Department of Art, Hampi University, had been asked to make the changes.

Meanwhile, H.G. Daddi, historian, has appealed to the KSP to pass a resolution during the sammelan, urging the government to take steps to protect monuments from the Adil Shahi period here.

In a release, Dr. Daddi said that the Centrally protected Adil Shahi monuments were a symbol of the cultural heritage of the State. But, unfortunately, the Indo-Saracenic style historical buildings, built by nine Adil Shahi kings between 1490 and 1686, were facing threat due to unregulated urbanisation, greed for land and the indifferent attitude of officials.

‘Positive impact’

Hence, there was a need to bring pressure on the Union and State governments to take steps to protect them. “Resolutions passed during the sammelan would have a major positive impact on the government, and it would be a wake-up call for officials to take steps to protect the monuments,” he said.

Dr. Daddi urged the KSP to organise a special lecture session on these Adil Shahi monuments.

He advised the KSP to hold a photography and painting exhibition on Bijapur’s monuments during the sammelan.

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