Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: During his theatre days in Gubbi Veeranna Company, Rajkumar used to visit Hassan once a year. The company used to camp in exhibition grounds to enthral the audience during cattle fair, which is popular even in old Mysore region.

The thespian, who used to play the thief in the play, "Sadarame", and Kannappa in "Bedara Kannappa" used to be a star attraction even in those days, Kannada Sahitya Parishat Hassan district unit president H.B. Ramesh said at a condolence meeting here on Saturday. Condoling the death of Rajkumar, KSRTC Kannada Kriya Samiti president Mallikarjuna has said that Rajkumar's death had created a vacuum. Recalling the support of Rajkumar to Gokak Committee report, Rajkumar Fans Association district unit president Ballu Gopal said that his support for the movement proved crucial.