Art complexes to come up at six places Six art complexes to come up

Staff Reporter

5 `Suvarna Karnataka Bhavanas' to be built This is part of the `Suvarna Karnataka' celebrations

Rs. 1.5 crore released for art complex in Bangalore Rs. 60 lakh for Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi complex in the city Seven Suvarna Rangamandiras planned

BANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday said the Government had planned various programmes and projects in connection with the golden jubilee of the formation of the State, including six "art complexes", five Suvarna Karnataka Bhavanas and seven Suvarna Rangamandiras.

Laying the foundation stone for one of the proposed art complexes, at Kala Grama, on Jnanabharathi campus here, Mr. Kumaraswamy said Rs. 1.5 crore had been released for constructing an art complex in Bangalore. For similar projects in Dharwad and Gulbarga, Rs. 85 lakh and Rs. 75 lakh, respectively, had been granted.

Art complexes in Shimoga, Udupi and Madikeri would be built at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh each, and funds had been released, he added.

In border districts

Suvarna Karnataka Bhavanas would be built in the border districts of Belgaum, Bijapur, Chamarajanagar, Kolar and Dakshina Kannada at a total cost of Rs. 1 crore.

A sum of Rs. 25 lakh each had been released for Suvarna Rangamandiras in Belgaum, Bijapur, Gadag, Koppal, Raichur, Bellary and Bidar, and Rs. 60 lakh for a "Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi" complex at the Bangalore Kala Grama, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.

He said there would not be a shortage of funds for programmes related to development of Kannada and culture. An elaborate plan had been prepared to celebrate the golden jubilee of the formation of the State.

University thanked

The Chief Minister thanked Bangalore University for providing 22 acres of land for the Kala Grama.

Uttarahalli MLA and Health Minister R. Ashok said the art complex in Bangalore would be a venue for cultural programmes highlighting the local tradition.

H.A. Ranganath, Bangalore University Vice-Chancellor; Amaregowda L. Patil Bayyapur, B.C. Patil and Balraj, MLAs, and I.M. Vittala Murthy, Secretary, Kannada and Culture, Information and Publicity Departments, were present.