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New programme to promote artists from outside Bangalore

By Our Special Correspondent

GULBARGA, JULY 4. The Director of the Kannada and Culture Department, Muddukrishna, today said that a new programme titled "Thingala Sogadu" would be launched to provide an opportunity to artists from outside Bangalore to exhibit their works for art lovers in Bangalore.

Speaking at a function to mark the silver jubilee celebration of Shirapur Prakashan, he said that one of the major complaints of artists from outside Bangalore, particularly from the North Karnataka region, was that they did not have the opportunity to showcase their works in Bangalore. They felt that the programmes in the capital were dominated by Bangalore-based artists.

Mr. Muddukrishna also released three books — Bannagalinda by Swamirao, Anamikana Anavarana by Srinivas Sirnoorkar, and Sinchana by Hemant Kolhapure — on the occasion.

Mr. Muddukrishna said that the programme would be conducted once a month, devoting one hour each for janapada and classical music.

He said the Government was providing good monetary support to the programmes of the department. The department had established its offices in all districts and was coordinating various cultural activities and ensuring the use of Kannada in various departments. He said that there was a need to streamline the functioning of the department and invited suggestions from artists and art lovers to improve the programmes of the department.

He also added that the department would not hesitate to stop redundant programmes.

Mr. Muddukrishna said that all the programmes would be redesigned to make them people friendly. He said that though the programmes organised outside Bangalore had received good response but because of the influence of the electronic media, the cultural programmes organised in Bangalore received a poor response from the public.

Mr. Muddukrishna said that the Hyderabad Karnataka region had a rich cultural heritage and every village of the region was a school that preserved the traditional music and culture for the future generations.

Krishnamurthi Kuttur, Shivanand Bekal, and Basavaraj Sabarad spoke about the three books released today.

The former Chairman of the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi, V.G. Andani, presided over the function and Swamirao welcomed the gathering.

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