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Madikeri to host Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in January

Muralidhara Khajane
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Picturesque Madikeri will play host to the event between January 7 and 9.
Picturesque Madikeri will play host to the event between January 7 and 9.

The 80th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan will be held in the picturesque town of Madikeri from January 7 to 9 next year.

Madikeri is hosting the event after 31 years when Sham Ba Joshi, a scholar and litterateur, chaired the sammelan.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Kodagu district in-charge Minister H.C. Mahadevappa on Thursday.

The three-day event will be held on the premises of Field Marshal Cariyappa College in Madikeri, according to Kodagu district unit president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat T.P. Ramesh.

A reception committee, headed by Mr. Mahadevappa, has decided to constitute 25 sub-committees, he said.

Though the State government has earmarked Rs. 1 crore for the sammelan, the meeting resolved to seek another Rs. 2 crore. “A delegation of elected representatives will meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking additional funds,” he said.

“We could not raise funds from coffee planters in view of the crop loss due to excessive rain,” Mr. Ramesh said.

Amendment

Meanwhile, the process of amending bylaws of the 99-year-old parishat has begun. The demand has been there for the past few years, and a committee, headed by parishat president Pundalik Halambi, has been formed for giving suggestions.

The committee has prepared a report and that will be tabled in the executive committee and general body meetings of the parishat by September-end at Kudalasangama, according to Mr. Halambi.

If the recommendations are approved, one can become the president of the parishat only once in a lifetime. “The amendment is necessary as it would be a disgrace to the post, in case of former parishat presidents get defeated in an election. The existing bylaw allows a person to contest for alternate terms,” Mr. Halambi said.

An amended bylaw would provide reservation for women and backward classes, he added.

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