Kamala Hampana to chair sammelan

BANGALORE Nov. 13 . The Executive Committee of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat on Wednesday selected Kamala Hampana, writer, to chair the 71st All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held at Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district from December 4.

The committee, comprising presidents of the district units of the parishat and one representative each from Gadinadu and Horanadu Kannada Sahitya Parishat units, and the Department of Kannada and Culture, selected Dr. Kamala Hampana.

The selection of Dr. Kamala Hampana was expected in light of M. Chidananda Murthy's "decision to abstain from the race".

Dr. Kamala Hampana, wife of the former president of the parishat and a scholar in Jainism, Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, is a former professor of Kannada and has 54 books to her credit.