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K.C. Kalkura
K.C. Kalkura

Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: K. Chandrasekhara Kalkura, former president of Library Association, ended his 100-day pledge by shaving his beard on Wednesday following reopening of District Central Library.

The District Central Library having a collection of 50,000 books was ravaged by floods. Only 15 per cent of the books were left while remaining were washed away.

Pained by the extensive damage to the library, K.C. Kalkura pledged not to shave his beard until the library was reopened. He knocked the door of every potential philanthropist and collected 20,000 books for the library.

Mr. Kalkura told The Hindu that 10,000 books had already arrived and another consignment of 10,000 was on its way. The TTD promised 7,000 titles, P.S. Jagannath, a Mumbai-based doctor donated 2,000 titles of Bhavan’s Book University and Srinivas, an UP cadre IAS officer hailing from Kurnool donated 5,000 titles.

The old library was very strong in the collection of books on literature, history and basic science. Medical College students used to spend their time in the library in the initial days of setting up of Medical College in 1958.

Mr. Kalkura got his beard shaved at Venkateswara temple on the bank of Tungabhadra and thanked Lord Venkateswara for giving him strength to reopen the library with 20,000 titles.

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