Dasara Janapada Siri awards presented to experts; Minister promises to discuss artistes’ demands with government
MYSORE: The rhythm and beats of folk instruments filled the air as Minister for Public Works C.M. Udasi inaugurated a procession of over 40 folk artistes in front of the palace as part of Dasara celebrations here on Tuesday. After passing through the main roads in the city, the procession reached Kalamandira.
District in-charge Minister Shobha Karandlaje presented the “Dasara Janapada Siri” awards to Puja Kunita artist Siddaramaiah of Mysore and Choudike artist Mudukavva Malavva of Bangalore at a function organised on the occasion. Both the artists received Rs. 10,000 as prize money apart from a citation.
Speaking on the occasion, folk scholar P.K. Rajashekar underlined the need to set up a folklore university to protect “endangered” folk culture. He also said there was a need to promote folk art by encouraging folk artists by providing them with the necessary support. Inaugurating a five-day Janapadotsava, Mr. Udasi said the Government had instituted the “Dasara Janapada Siri” award and had given them to two prominent artistes. He promised that the Government would do its best to promote folk arts. Ms. Karandlaje said the issues raised by artistes would be discussed at the government level.