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Government hikes grants for utsavs

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Govind Karjol says Rs. 50 lakh will be released for celebration of each utsav

Colourful:Minister for Kannada and Culture Govind Karjol and Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani flagging off a procession to mark the inauguration of thethree-day Navaraspur Utsav in Bijapur on Friday.
Colourful:Minister for Kannada and Culture Govind Karjol and Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani flagging off a procession to mark the inauguration of thethree-day Navaraspur Utsav in Bijapur on Friday.

The Government has increased grant of funds to Rs. 50 lakh to celebrate each of the utsavs in the State, according to Minister for Kannada and Culture Govind Karjol.

Speaking after inaugurating the three-day Navaraspur Utsav at the Navaraspur monument near Torvi village here on Friday evening, Mr. Karjol said the funds would be utilised to create awareness on the State's rich cultural heritage by way of celebrating Pattadkal Utsav, Chalukya Utsav, Kittur Utsav and others.

In order to promote culture, the Government has given approval for construction of 100 cultural halls in villages of every district in the current financial year.

The Government has also allocated Rs. 25 crore to open International Basava Study Centre. The programmes at the three-day Navaraspur Utsav 2011 would be held on the premises of the Navaraspur monument and the Gol Gumbaz. The dais at the two places has been named after Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Bharat Ratna Bismillah Khan respectively.

At Navaraspur, the front portion of the monument is being used as a stage for artistes to perform. It is decorated with Indo Saracenic style pillars created by a team of artists including Manjunath Mane, Sudhakar Hebballi, Sanju Mane and Ravi Mudgal.

In the Gol Gumbaz, the stage has been designed with the portraits of Adil Shahi rulers who contributed for the development of art, architecture and music.

Seating arrangements for 1,000 people have been made. Food stalls have on offer traditional dishes of the north Karnataka region.

Major attractions on the first day were Karadi Majalu, Shahanayi Lambani folk dance, music and group songs by local artistes.

Flute recital by Pravin Godkindi of Bangalore, Odissi dance recital by Ratikant Mohapatra of Orissa, and music programme by Chandrika Gururaj and group were received well.


  • 100 cultural halls to be built in villages

  • Rs. 25 cr. for Basava Study Centre sanctioned


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