S.L. Bhyrappa was the first choice, but he is going to Japan, says Minister Ramdas

Siddeshwara Swamiji of Gnana Yogashram, Bijapur, will inaugurate Mysore Dasara 2012 on Chamundi Hills in Mysore on October 16.

Though novelist S.L. Bhyrappa was the government's first choice for the event, it has decided to invite the swamiji to inaugurate the festivities.

Gajapayana

Speaking after flagging off Gajapayana, the march of Dasara elephants to Mysore city, at Nagapura village, outside Nagarahole National Park, in Hunsur taluk, on Friday, Minister in-charge of Mysore district S.A. Ramdas said that officials from the district administration will soon meet the swamiji in this connection.

The swamiji, who is camping in Belgaum, will be officially invited to inaugurate the festivities in Mysore, he said.

“We wanted to invite Prof. Bhyrappa, who has won the Saraswathi Samman, to inaugurate Mysore Dasara, but he is visiting Japan as an Indian representative to an event there.

“Therefore, it was decided to get the festivities launched by the swamiji,” the Minister said.

Olympic medallists

Announcing that the government has plans to invite the Olympic medallists to Mysore Dasara, Mr. Ramdas said that sports will get priority during this year's festivities.

As announced earlier, Dasara 2012 will be traditional. In view of the drought, events such as Yuva Dasara had been dropped.

All other events will be hosted as scheduled. More youth-related programmes will be chalked out in view of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, he said.

Ambassadors

Mr. Ramdas said that the government has proposed to invite ambassadors of 70 countries to the Dasara festivities this year.

“We want to showcase the Dasara tradition to the dignitaries so that our culture is promoted in their countries,” he said.

Title deeds

Title deeds of agriculture lands were distributed to tribal people at Nagapura village. The Minister handed over the deeds symbolically to five tribal people. Each tribal person has got a land measuring five acres to earn his livelihood.

Mr. Ramdas said that 280 tribal people will get land in 1,400 acres at Nagapura. The land set aside will be divided equally among the tribal people.

“The process of allotting the land began on Friday. All of them will get title deeds in the coming days. I request the tribal people not to sell the land but make use of it for their living,” he said.

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