KARNATAKA

Keep art away from politics, says writer

TUMKUR, MARCH 3. Baragur Ramachandrappa, writer and film director, has said that art should transcend caste considerations and keep off politics.

He was inaugurating the 20th anniversary function of Kalaranga at Mali Mariyappa Rangamandira in Madhugiri in Tumkur district on Wednesday.

Dr. Ramachandrappa said veteran artistes and patrons of art such as Gubbi Veeranna, K. Hirannaiah and his son Master Hirannaiah, Rajashankar, Narasimharaju, Shakthiprasad, B. Jayamma, and Nagaratnamma hailed from the district.

The Kannada thespian Rajkumar received his early training in the Gubbi Veeranna Company.

Hamsalekha, music director, and Kumar Govind, actor, were honoured on the occasion. Mr. Hamsalekha said dramas, not films, depicted real life.

Mr. Kumar Govind said an artiste should take in his stride criticism and plaudits.

The President of Kalaranga, C.S. Krishna Murthy, presided over the function.

The Additional Superintendent of Police, Sudhakar B. Hegde, and T. Murthyappa, Deputy Director of Kannada and Culture, spoke.

C.S. Gururaj welcomed the gathering.