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MAKING A POINT: D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, delivering the presidential remarks at the `Chandana Utsav' organised by Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, in Mangalore on Sunday.
MAKING A POINT: D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, delivering the presidential remarks at the `Chandana Utsav' organised by Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, in Mangalore on Sunday.

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The media should reach out to all sections of society, says seer

MANGALORE: Speakers at "Chandana Utsav" organised by Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, here on Sunday stressed the need for protecting Indian culture from external influences. They appreciated the role played by India's leading public service broadcaster in upholding local culture and providing wholesome entertainment.

Delivering the presidential remarks, D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, said Dakshina Kannada had assimilated various cultures. People of the district were industrious and worked towards upholding their culture, he said.

Lauding the role played by Doordarshan and Bangalore Kendra in promoting local culture, Dr. Heggade said the Government must support Doordarshan as it was playing a vital role in disseminating information. Vidyaprasanna Tirtha, seer of Sri Subramanya Math, said the youth of the country were falling prey to external influences. He said the media should reach out to all sections of society and lauded Doordarshan for holding its own despite competition from private channels. Aloysius Paul D'Souza, Mangalore Bishop, said while Indians were distancing themselves from their own culture, foreigners were coming here to learn about our culture.

H.S. Ballal, Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, and B. Sambamurthy, Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, spoke. Dr. Heggade felicitated K.S. Suresh Babu, former Additional Director-General of Police (Western Range), and his wife Shyamala. A multi-lingual show telecast live on Chandana and Karnataka regional service (DD-One) in Tulu, Konkani and Kannada, was presented.

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