K'taka to celebrate Kanakadasa Jayanthi: Minister

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Bangalore, Oct 17 (UNI) The Karnataka Government would celebrate the 'Jayanthi' of the 15th century Social Reformer Kanakadasa who preached to the world the concept of universal brotherhood and casteless society on November 15, Karnataka Energy Minister K S Eswarappa said here today.

Speaking to newspersons after a meeting with the leaders of the Kuruba Community, the Minister said a grand function will be held in Bangalore, Udupi and Bada to commemmorate the event.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will preside over the Kanaka Jayanthi Utsav in Bangalore while instructions had been given to all the Deputy Commissioners of the District to hold functions in their respective district headquarters.

The State Government had released Rs ten crore towards Kanaka Trust for taking up various programmes, including building a memorial to the saint poet.

The government had already declared a holiday on November 15.

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