Bangalore on party-mode to cherish Kannada

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G Venkatasubbaiah
Bangalore, Feb 4: It's time to show the Kannada pride and celebrate the rich culture, heritage and tradition of Karnataka. With reverberations of 'Sirigannadam Gelge' (Long live Karnataka) echoing in the air, the three-day Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana kick started in the garden city of Bangalore on Friday, Feb 4 organised by the Kannada Sahitya Parishath.

The event will be a celebration of everything Kannada, and a whopping 60,000 people are expected to come down to Bangalore to cherish the rich history of Karnataka. This is one event that will see the barriers being broken between rich and poor, opposition and ruling, young or old and the only qualification one needs to have is an unending love for the arts and culture of Karnataka.

The event is back in Karnataka after a gap a 4 decades and the Sammelan has been in existence for 77 years in a row and is being held in National College Grounds, Basavanagudi, Bangalore this time around. The event attains prominence especially when Bangalore has become a melting pot for different nationalities, states, and cultures and is on the forefront of the metropolitan outlook.

The event will feature book/poetry reading, open houses by authors/poets and discussions on the challenges faced by the community, Desi Culture and the anxieties and a special session on the place of humour in Kannada literature.

The president of the 77th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana G Venkatasubbaiah is doing everything in his capacity to make the event a grand success. The event got off to a colourful start with a procession a Yakshagana display and the air smelling of the famous Kannada Holge (sweet pancake). Breakfast and lunch will be served to an estimated 50,000 people with Kannada delicacies.

The occasion will see literary figures, film actors, politicians, bureaucrats and other important people from the community come together with the public. The event is being conducted on a Rs 6 crore budget and even more important is the fact that all government employees have donated a days salary for the Kannada cause, including IAS, IPS, and IFS officers serving in Karnataka.

Lets hope the event becomes an astounding success and other states too follow suit to celebrate their culture rather than blindly aping the West.

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