KARNATAKA

3,516 artistes set to energise Dharwad Utsav

Staff Correspondent

The three-day cultural extravaganza begins today

DHARWAD: The stage is set for the three-day Dharwad Zilla Utsav, which will see the participation of around 3,516 artistes, including those of national and international repute. The event will hold 318 cultural programmes and a few exhibitions.

Preparations for the cultural extravaganza, to be held in Hubli, Dharwad and Kundagol at 15 venues simultaneously on Friday, Saturday and Sunday have been completed, and the countdown has begun for the colourful inaugural ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday evening at Karnatak College Grounds, in Dharwad.

Scores of folk troupes, tableaux on history and heritage of Dharwad and hundreds of schoolchildren are expected to add colour to the cultural procession that is to precede the inaugural ceremony. Contingents of National Cadet Corps, Bharat Seva Dal and Scouts and Guides will be part of the procession.

About 100 folk troupes are expected to perform in Hubli and Dharwad. The Dharwad Zilla Utsav will have special programmes by children this time, apart from Sufi music, which will be presented by the Vadali Brothers. “Hasyotsava”, in which B. Pranesh, Richard Louis, Narasimha Joshi and others would be participating, is an added attraction for the Dharwad Utsav this year.

Of the total cultural troupes performing during the utsav, 43 teams are of college students who were selected based on their performance during the Yuva Dharwad Utsav held recently. The Dharwad Utsav has also dedicated half a day for Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a native of Dharwad district.

Artistes

Shehnai exponent Pandit Dayashankar, Bansuri exponent Pandit Rajendra Prasanna, vocalists Padma Talawalkar and Ustad Rashid Khan, Odyssi danseuses Sonal Mansingh and Ileana Citaristi, are some of the noted artistes who will perform at the utsav.

Nrityarutay troupe from Bangalore, Ranga Vidyushak troupe of Bhopal and Surabhi troupe from Hyderabad are alos expected to perform.

The district administration, which had set up 11 committees to oversee various arrangements, including selection of artistes to scheduling the programmes and other preparations, has done extensive work to take the message of the utsav to other areas in the district. The three-day event is expected to cost around Rs. 65 lakh.

Inauguration

Although the district administration had extended an invitation to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa for the inauguration, it is doubtful whether he will attend. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar, Chairman of the Legislative Council Viranna Mattikatti and district-in-charge Minister Murugesh Nirani are the chief guests for the function.

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