The three-day festival will start on January 10
The Hampi Utsav, a three-day mega cultural festival, will be celebrated at Hampi, the erstwhile seat of Vijayanagar empire, from January 10.
After reviewing preparations for the festival on Monday, Minister for Tourism and Higher Education R.V. Deshpande told presspersons that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has expressed keenness to celebrate the festival on a grand scale. “We will involve elected representatives of various committees to ensure that the festival is a success,” he said.
Mr. Deshpande said a plan has been chalked out and would be finalised at a meeting in Bangalore on December 19.
On the absence of MLAs, MPs and other elected representatives at the meeting chaired by him, Mr. Deshpande said everyone would be involved at the meeting in Bangalore. He said artistes of national and international fame, including Shobha Mudgal and Sarod exponent Pandit Rajiv Taranath, have been contacted to perform.
Mr. Deshpande said the budget for the cultural extravaganza would be around Rs. 5 crore, of which the Departments of Kannada and Culture and Tourism would contribute Rs. 1 crore each, and Rs. 2.5 crore would be raised through sale of tickets and donation.
Any deficit would be met by the State government, he said.
“I have asked the Department of Kannada and Culture to prepare a note seeking additional assistance of Rs. 75 lakh. I will take up the matter with the Chief Minister,” Mr. Deshpande said.
Apart from cultural programmes, there will be other water sports, Hampi by Sky — providing an opportunity for visitors to glance Hampi from a helicopter, rural sports, cooking competition for women, food court, adventure sports, competition in photography, art and painting with Hampi as the theme, and so on.
Umashree, Minister for Kannada and Culture; P.T. Parameshwara Naik, Minister of State for Labour and district in-charge; Shobha Bendigeri, Zilla Panchayat president, and senior officials of various departments took part in the meeting.