KARNATAKA

Rs. 1.5 crore sanctioned for cultural complex in Kodagu

Staff Correspondent

`Gadi bhavans' to come up in 52 border taluks of the State Call to implement Sarojini Mahishi report

VIRAJPET (KODAGU DISTRICT): Minister for Kannada and Culture H.S. Mahadevaprasad said here on Saturday that the State Government had sanctioned Rs. 1.50 crore for the construction of a "Suvarna Samskritika Samuchchaya" (Suvarna Cultural Complex) in Madikeri. Of this, Rs. 1 crore had been released.

He was participating in the Virajpet taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here. Mr. Mahadevaprasad said Kannada had grown along with Kodava in the district thanks to the activities of the Kannada parishat bodies and Kannada organisations.

The Minister announced that the Government had decided to build "gadi bhavans" in the 52 border taluks of the State, of which seven would be taken up in the current year, including Virajpet that bordered Kerala.

`Learn Kannada'

President of the Kannada Development Authority Siddalingaiah said people of the district must urge others to learn Kannada. President of the sammelan K. Keshava Bhat said learning of Kannada must be made compulsory across the State. Mr. Bhat said other languages in the State should not be looked down upon in a bid to promote Kannada.

President of the Virapet taluk Kannada Sahitya Parishat B.G. Raghunath Naik called upon Kannadigas to urge the Centre to accord classical language status to Kannada. Virajpet MLA H.D. Basavaraj welcomed the gathering. Kollegal MLA Balraj enthralled the audience with a mimicry performance of various Kannada film personalities and spoke. C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC, spoke.