State plans to create infrastructure at places of public interest in city
BANGALORE: The State Government is planning to create a traffic-free zone in the vicinity of the Vidhana Soudha, from K.R. Circle to Thimmaiah Circle, covering Vikasa Soudha, on all Saturdays and Sundays for facilitating cultural programmes, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said.
Inaugurating the first-ever `Janapada Jaatre,' right on the footsteps of the Vidhana Soudha on Saturday, Mr. Kumaraswamy said the Government would make the Vidhana Soudha open for all, despite security threats.
The very purpose of throwing open the sprawling exterior of the magnificent marble structure and its vicinity for all was also an attempt to neutralise terrorist threats, besides providing a free and comfortable picnic ambience, he said.
Sounding a warning note, he said that it was the responsibility of all those concerned with maintaining peace and social order while "sending a right and courageous message in a cultured manner to the people who have taken humanity for granted."
The Government was also planning to create infrastructure at places of public interest in the city and elsewhere in the State to promote culture and tourism to challenge the influence of Western culture, he said.
Explaining the objectives of the jaatre with the slogan of "Back to Folk," he said that contrary to the grand vision and wishes of its architect the late Kengal Hanumanthaiya, Vidhana Soudha was hitherto represented only politics and bureaucracy. But from now on, it would be a true cultural centre reflecting the tradition of the State, he said.
Congratulating Mr. Kumaraswamy for conceiving the "Janapada Jaatre," Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash said it was an effort to bridge the urban-rural divide through culture.
Applauding the efforts of Secretary, Kannada and Culture, I.M. Vittalmurthy and chairman of the Nataka Academy Srinivas G. Kappanna, he said, "the very inauguration of jaatre has consecrated the imposing Vidhana Soudha that was hitherto seen only as a metaphor of power."
Mr. Kumaraswamy and Mr. Prakash arrived at the venue in a caravan of bullock carts followed by a procession of women carrying the traditional "tambitaarathi."
Many folk events, including "Kamsale," "Goravan Kunita," "Puja Kunita," "Patada Kunita," "Geegee Pada," "Tamate Pada," "Chowdike Pada" and "Nandi Kamba" were performed keeping the over 5,000 audience spellbound.