The three-day 79th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan began here on Saturday with a colourful procession.
A large number of people participated in the procession in which sammelan president writer Ko. Channabasappa was taken to the venue in a decorated chariot.
Folk artistes performed Hagaluvesha, Joguti Kunita, Kani Vadana, Kudari Tanda, Dolla Kunita and Karadi Mazal during the procession.
The procession, which started around 8.30 a.m. from the Central Bus Stand, Siddeshwar temple and Ambedkar Stadium, culminated at Gandhi Circle from where it proceeded to Sainik School Ground, venue of the sammelan, at noon.
Since the sammelan is being held in Bijapur district after nine decades, the enthusiasm of the people to be part of the cultural event was palpable as they had gathered in hundreds to witness the procession. Many watched the procession from the terraces and balconies of the houses and commercial complexes.
The police band, the mounted police of Mysore and the women’s band of Karnataka State Women’s University added glitter to the procession.
The city was decorated tastefully by the organisers.
The procession route was decorated with rangoli, and banners and buntings.