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Bangalore to get centre for cultural activities

Show of skill: Folk artistes performing during the ground-breaking ceremony for the pandal for the 77th All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Show of skill: Folk artistes performing during the ground-breaking ceremony for the pandal for the 77th All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Bangalore on Sunday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

Minister for Home and Transport R. Ashok has said that another auditorium to hold cultural events will come up in Bangalore.

He announced this at the ground-breaking ceremony for the pandal at The National College Grounds for the 77th All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan. The three-day sammelan will begin on February 4.

The suggestion for such a centre was made by H.N. Ananth Kumar, Bangalore South MP, who said that the city was growing and there were very few places to hold Kannada literary and cultural events other than Ravindra Kalakshetra and Kannada Bhavan (Nayana Sabhangana).

The Kannada Sahitya Parishat was holding the literary conference in the city after 41 years and to commemorate this, the Government should build a Kannada Sahitya Bhavan on a 10-acre plot, he said.

Parishat president R.K. Nallur Prasad had recently urged the Government to allot 3 acres of land on the outskirts of the city for the parishat's activities.

Mr. Ashok, who is Minister in-charge of Bangalore Urban district, said that the Government would initiate all measures to realise this objective.

To another suggestion by Mr. Kumar that the Government extend monetary and logistical support for the conference, Mr. Ashok said that it would be done.

Mr. Prasad said that 23 committees had been constituted and they would ensure that the sammelan was a grand success. He said that a four-hour cultural extravaganza-cum-procession would be taken out from near the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike office on February 4.

He appealed to the citizens to participate in the procession. He said the parishat had received financial assistance of Rs. 3 crore from various organisations and donors.

KSP Bangalore district unit president C.K. Rame Gowda welcomed the gathering. Hemachandra Sagar and Aswathanarayana, legislators; P.N. Sadananda and Katte Satyanarayana, councillors; M.K. Ayyappa, Deputy Commissioner; and Kannada Rakshana Vedike president T.A. Narayana Gowda attended the function.

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