Department of Kannada and Culture is organising the meet

We can expect a cultural policy shortly as the Department of Kannada and Culture has kick-started the initiative. The department has convened a meeting on Tuesday to formulate the policy.

According to Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture, Basavaraju, the presidents of various cultural academies, chairpersons of cultural establishments, litterateurs and theatre personalities will participate in the meeting.

Baraguru Ramachandrappa, architect of a report on cultural policy, and Y.K. Muddukrishna will also be present at the meet.

The endeavour of formulating a policy first began with the Janata Dal Government headed by J.H. Patel, which constituted a high-level committee headed by the former Secretary, Kannada and Culture, Chandrahasa Gupta, to prepare a report on a forward-looking cultural policy. However, it could not implement the recommendations of the report.

Another panel

The Congress government, headed by S.M. Krishna, constituted another committee headed by Mr.Ramachandrappa to formulate a cultural policy similar to what is in place at the Centre. Alas, the government kept that report in cold storage. Mr. Basavaraju told The Hindu that a policy that streamlined cultural activities and was transparent was needed.

What is envisaged

He envisages a policy that will help formulate guidelines on awarding financial assistance to cultural organisations, selection of various awards being given by the government, appointments of chairpersons for various academies and authorities, and other issues.

  • Presidents of cultural academies, cultural establishments, litterateurs will participate

  • Previous attempts at formulating a policy

    have come to nought