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Colourful start to Kempegowda Day fete

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The Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, the BMP Commissioner, K. Jothiramalingam, and a man dressed as Kempegowda receiving a procession to mark the beginning of the Kempegowda Day celebrations in Bangalore on Friday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE, JULY 9. The three-day celebration of Kempegowda Day got off to a colourful start here on Friday with several enthusiastic Bangaloreans joining the processions taken out from the four Kempegowda towers in the city. Kempegowda, the feudal chieftain in the Vijayanagar Empire in the 16th century, is credited to have founded Bangalore.

The day, usually celebrated during Karaga festivities of the Dharmaraya Temple on Sadar Patrappa Road, had been postponed in view of the code of conduct during the Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in May.

Folk art performances such as Kamsale and Dollu Kunitha all along the processions, which started from the towers at the Ulsoor Lake, the Kempambudhi Lake, the Ramana Maharshi Park and Lalbagh, drew the attention of the people. Kempegowda had erected towers visualising them to be the outer borders of the city. Men dressed as Kempegowda, who joined the processions, were another attraction.

The Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, received the procession, which carried torchlights from all the four directions, on the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) premises on N.R. Road.

Thereafter, the Mayor garlanded the statue of Kempegowda in front of the BMP office.

The Mayor told presspersons later that the BMP was looking for a suitable building to set up a museum in honour of Kempegowda. The museum would attempt to depict history, cultural ethos and heritage of Bangalore and trace the development of the city, he added.

The BMP Commissioner, K. Jothiramalingam, the Shivajinagar MLA, Katta Subramanya Naidu, and councillors, including the Leader of the Opposition in the BMP Council, B.R. Nanjundappa, were present.

The programmes culminated in a cultural programme at Town Hall.

The BMP has organised a seminar on "Bangalore: past, present and future" at Yavanika on Nrupathunga Road on Saturday at 10 a.m., and a cultural programme by the BMP employees at Town Hall at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, will lay the foundation for a "model Kempegowda boundary tower" at Hudson Circle.

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