Celebration of life in Basavanagudi

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Basavanagudi Habba was celebrated at the National College grounds on Thursday, reaffirming the trend of "neighbourhood festivals".

There were folk dances, Bharatanatyam performances and light music, all by artists of the locality. Students of Mount Carmel College presented a group dance followed by a folk dance by students of Martin Luther School.

A comic skit on the funny moments in urban life, ranging from footboard travel on buses to queuing up for cinema tickets was staged. There were jokes about politicians of the day and the way they went about following the dictum "charity begins at home".

Film actor Raghavendra Rajkumar and Bangalore South MP H.N. Ananth Kumar were present. T. Leela Srinivasan, medical research scholar, presented a medication-based on turmeric, which she claimed, can prevent cancer or reduce its ill effects.

Ranga Sundara Kalakshetra presented a play, "Kathale Dhari", about life in Basavanagudi. A Kathak dance was presented by Suman Rajnalkar. One unusual item was Mahadesvara Geethe, an almost forgotten folk art form. The organisers did not forget the poor people living in the area. One hundred saris were given and 5,000 notebooks were given to schoolchildren and 50 wheelchairs to the handicapped.

Sri Balagangadhara Swamy of Adichunchunagri Mutt and Sri Vishweshwa Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt rendered their benediction.

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