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Mansur's house to be converted into a memorial

N. Dinesh Nayak
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Rs. 1 crore to be spent on the ancestral structure

A MONUMENT: The ancestral house of musician Mallikarjun Mansur at Masur near Dharwad.
A MONUMENT: The ancestral house of musician Mallikarjun Mansur at Masur near Dharwad.

This sleepy village where the musical maestro the late Mallikarjun Mansur was born and brought up will get a facelift on the occasion of his centenary year.

Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur National Trust headed by Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain has embarked on a scheme to develop the ancestral house of the late Mansur and other monuments in the village connected with the life of the musician.

Mr. Jain told The Hindu that Rs. 1 crore had been spent to lay concrete roads and build drain system and send a fresh proposal of Rs. 1 crore to develop ancestral house and provide other facilities. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had agreed in principle to provide funds and it was waiting for Finance Department's approval.

Accordingly, Mansur's ancestral house will be developed as a memorial. The age-old mud house has not lost its original face but it is in a dilapidated condition and requires immediate attention.

Besides, the Kariyamma temple which Mansur used to visit regularly, the tank adjacent to the temple and the amphitheatre that was in a bad condition would be developed and the open space developed so that different activities could take place.

Also, a stage will be built inside the temple. The scheme has it to develop this hamlet into model village with cultural value so that it can be a visiting place for the tourist and music lovers, Mr. Jain said.

These activities may help Mansur receive a place in the cultural map of the country. But worried about their future are family members of Mansur living at the ancestral house.

“Three families are living here and none of us are financially well off. We are ready to hand over the house provided good alternative arrangements are made,” said Subhas Mansur.

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