The Kittur Utsav organising committee, headed at the district level by Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram, has come in for criticism for inefficient organisation of the event, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Of the 14 sub-committees formed to organise events, the sub-committee for culture had four chairpersons and zero members. According to official information, the Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture, the Deputy Director of Tourism, the tahsildar of Belgaum and the special tahsildar of Kittur were chairpersons of the sub-committee, as indicated in an official document issued by Mr. Jayaram. A few senior vocalists and instrumentalists here said none of the members were experts on cultural facets of the region or the State. They said the department had nearly turned a blind eye towards the tradition of Hindustani classical music and the presence of State and national vocalists and instrumentalists in Belgaum.

Officials of the Kannada and Culture department at Bangalore seemed to have patronised a few artistes who get an opportunity in almost all State-organised festivals at the cost of others, they alleged.

Mr. Jayaram and district in-charge Minister Satish L. Jarkiholi, maintained they had take care to accommodate representatives from the public as members in the committee.

The late release of a press note with details about sports and games competitions to be held during the three-day Kittur Utsav has drawn criticism from sportspersons.

The Youth Empowerment and Sports Department Deputy Director S. Basvaraj issued the press note here on Monday. The competitions will be held on the second and third day of the festivities, i.e. on October 24 and 25, giving sportspersons little time to prepare for the competitions.

Mr. Basvaraj told The Hindu that officials in taluk levels had been informed a week ago to inform sportspersons about the competitions. The district in-charge minister had informed the media about sports competitions on October 18. However, next year onwards, all details would be publicised at least a fortnight before the festival, he added.

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