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A home of mementos

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Ninjalingappa’s house has been temporarily converted into a museum for visitors to the sammelan




Simple treasures: The house of former Chief Minister, late S. Nijalingappa in Chitradurga.

Chitradurga: The visitors to the 75th Kannada Sahitya Sammelan starting on Wednesday will have an opportunity to have a closer look at the life of former Chief Minister, late S. Nijalingappa, as the district administration has decided to convert his home into a museum.

As part of the four-day sammelan, Mr. Nijalingappa’s house would be temporarily converted into a museum by displaying articles belonging to the late leader.

The house was built by Siddavvanahailli Nijalingappa, fondly known as Ess Enn, when he served as an advocate in 1939.

Mr. Nijalingappa, a native of Chitradurga, died on August 8, 2000. He was the first Chief Minister of unified Karnataka.

After his death, his home, built within an area of 120x130 feet, was seldom used by his children who are now settled in Bangalore and Dharwad.

“With permission from his children, the district administration has made certain changes in the house to make it look like a museum. Number of materials used by him would be showcased,” said Shanmukhappa, a close associate of Mr. Nijalingappa.

Mentioning a few items to be displayed, he said that nearly 458 books, around 70 mementos, personal articles such as walking sticks, furniture, record player and a typewriter, besides a number of significant photographs would be displayed.

His awards, including the Nadoja given in 1995 and Karnataka Ratna in 1999, would also be on hand.

Recalling his contribution to the State and the district, Mr. Shanmukhappa recalled how Mr. Nijalingappa had launched many irrigation projects during his tenure.

He was responsible for bringing the Vani Vilas drinking water project to the district.

He also ordered the survey of the ambitious Upper Bhadra Irrigation Project.

He said that the museum would be open to the public for four days from February 4, and it is to be inaugurated by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

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