‘Preparations for the event have already begun’
The 79th Akhil Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelan will be held in Bijapur in February 2013. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Bijapur district in-charge Minister S.K. Bellubbi recently.
The meeting, which was attended by all elected representatives of the district, also decided to set up a reception committee, S. Manjunath, representative of the Central Committee of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, said.
A decision on holding the sammelan in Bijapur was taken during the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Executive Committee meeting at Gangavathi in December last year. Though Haveri and Bellary units of the parishat had come forward to host the sammelan, a majority of members favoured Bijapur.
Doubts were being raised whether the sammelan would be held this year as the State government sought the opinion of the president of the parishat Pundaleeka Halambi on organising the event once in three years, instead of organising it every year.
The government wrote to Mr. Halambi after he made a statement in Hassan on holding the sammelan once in three years. However, Mr. Halambi told the government that his views were “personal”, and that the sammelan should be held every year as per the Constitution of the parishat, and as its president, he was bound by it.
Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Halambi said that most of the members of the parishat were in favour of holding the sammelan every year and he had to adhere to the majority opinion.
Asked if there was sufficient time to organise the sammelan, he said preparations usually commence four months ahead of the event and the work gathers speed only in the last two months. “The sammelan will be held in February as preparations have already begun,” he said.
Meanwhile, the process of amending bylaws of the 99-year-old parishat has begun. There has been a demand for this in the past few years and a committee was formed for giving suggestions. Its first meeting was held recently and the next one will be held on October 7.
The first meeting discussed issues such as the need to increase the number of executive committee members, providing quota for minorities in the committee, and raising the number of posts of vice-president besides reserving one for women. “Amendments will be made after they are presented in the Executive Committee meeting and then in the special general body meeting in Bangalore”, Mr. Halambi said.
The Kannada Sahitya Parishat will organise a two-day seminar on the life and works of Manjeshwara Govinda Pai, Kuvempu and G.S. Shivarudrappa from October 5 at Dharmasthala.
The parishat is planning to organise an interactive session on classical Kannada literature in November, Mr. Halambi added.