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Tumkur University to help build Gandhi Bhavan

Staff Correspondent

Varsity to lead public initiative

TUMKUR: Tumkur University will lead a public initiative to build "Mahatma Gandhi Bhavan'' here, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, O. Anantharamaiah, has said.

Speaking at the valedictory function of the five-day Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar birth centenary programme here on Thursday, he said Mahatma Gandhi stayed in a classroom in a Government High School (which is now a junior College) here, when he visited the district, and camped there for a night. Many people in the district have evinced keen interest in constructing the Mahatma Gandhi Bhavan.

The university will lead the initiative. "Dr. Gorur followed Gandhian principles in his life. The Gandhian thoughts are reflected in his writings. Dr. Gorur practised what he wrote,'' Mr. Anantharamaiah said.

H.S. Doreswamy, Gandhian and freedom fighter, who presided over the function, said Gorur was a great patriot and a benevolent person. Neelathahalli Kasturi, C. Sreenivasaraju, R.S. Sadananda, V.V. Anantarangachar, H.S. Ramanna, Kamala Narasimha, writers;

K.R. Nayak, trade union leader; and Gopalakrishna Nayari, H.V. Venkatasubbaiah and Renukabali Udayakumar, all artistes, spoke.

Nataka Mane, an art and cultural organisation, sponsored the event.

Play written by Gorur enacted

A play, "Jodidararu," based on the book, Halli Chitra, written by Gorur, was enacted on all the five days.

Tumakooru Shivakumar scripted the play without changing the original theme delineated by Gorur. V. Ramamurthy directed the play. The Nataka Mane convenor, M.N. Kote Nagabhushan, welcomed the gathering.

A martyr

It was recalled at the function that Ramachandra, one of the three sons of Gorur, was shot dead by the British at Swatantra Chowk here, when he took part in the "Mysore Chalo" agitation during the freedom struggle.

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