KARNATAKA

Ambigara Chowdayya anniversary observed

A large number of women participating in a procession with the portrait of Ambigara Chowdayyain Bellary on Monday.

A large number of women participating in a procession with the portrait of Ambigara Chowdayyain Bellary on Monday.  

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Shivamurthy Muruga Sharana of Murugarajendra Math has called upon the people to follow the teachings of Nija Sharana Ambigara Chowdayya.

Inaugurating a function to mark the birth anniversary of Chowdayya organised by the district administration, the Department of Kannada and Culture, the City Municipal Council and the zilla panchayat at Ta.Ra.Su. Rangamandira here on Monday, he said that in the 12th century, many sharanas had joined hands with Basaveshwara in social reformation and Ambigara Chowdayya was one of them. He hailed the initiative of the government in observing the birth anniversary of such great personalities.

Sunita Mallikarjun, president of the City Municipal Council, said that the municipal council had set aside Rs. 3 lakh for the installation of a statue of Chowdayya, which could not be used for that purpose in the wake of a directive by the Supreme Court not to install any statue in public places.

Therefore, a meeting would soon be convened to discuss how to utilise this fund for the welfare of Ambiga community, she said.

S.K. Basavarajan, MLA, presided. Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat K.M. Narayanaswamy, Municipal Commissioner Bharati and Deputy Director of the Kannada and Culture Department B. Neelamma were present.

Earlier, a procession with a portrait of Chowdayya was taken out.

Lecture

Bellary Staff Correspondent reports:

A procession with a portrait of Nija Sharana Ambigara Chowdayya, a disciple of 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, a rendition of his compositions, and a lecture on his life and works, marked his birth anniversary programme here on Monday.

Mayor C. Ibrahim described Chowdayya as humane and a firm believer in work. D. Vinodkumar, chairman of the Bellary Urban Development Authority, who presided, said that the teachings of Chowdayya were not confined to any particular community.

K.B. Siddalingappa, a teacher at St. Joseph’s Girls High School, delivered a special lecture on the life and works of Chowdayya

Chidanand Raravi sang a few compositions of Chowdayya, which was followed by a magic show by Srivatsa Hemmadi.

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