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Bangalore celebrates State's 55th birthday

Bangalore Bureau


Students put up a magnificent cultural show held at Kanteerava stadium


BANGALORE: Colourful processions, cultural programmes, release of Kannada books and similar cultural events across the city marked the Rajyotsava celebrations here on Monday.

Students from about 125 schools in the city put up a magnificent and colourful cultural show at the Kanteerava stadium where Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa inaugurated the official celebrations this morning. Students from about 25 schools participated in the march past.

Colour-coded

The yellow and red Kannada flag was hoisted at political party offices and several localities even as youth in many areas took out processions on two-wheelers. Kannada flags were prominently hoisted and displayed at almost all office and business establishments across the city.

Cultural programmes, including folk dance and orchestra, marked the celebrations.

The Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Bharatiya Janata Party also celebrated the day in their offices.

Kannada Chaluvali leader Vatal Nagaraj performed the Bhuvaneshwari puja at Mysore Bank Circle, an annual event that he follows, and hoisted the Kannada flag.

The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce also celebrated the day while the Chief Minister extended his greetings to the people.

In Delhi

Governor H.R. Bhardwaj worshipped Bhuvaneshwari on the occasion of 55th Rajyotsava at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi. Senior Congress leader and MLA Roshan Baig and Bykere Nagesh, Additional Representative of the State Government in New Delhi and other officials were present.

Medium of instruction

Releasing 54 books for children brought out by Sapna Book House here, writer G.S. Shivarudrappa said if Kannada was not made the medium of instruction till Class 10, the language may not survive. Education is better imparted in one's mother tongue and, hence, Kannada should be made the medium of education, he argued.

Stating that children's literature has been the most neglected area in literature, Mr. Shivarudrappa urged young writers to enter into this domain and come up with novel literary works. Children could be given moral education through literature, he noted.

Speaking at the celebrations at the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, Mayor S.K. Nataraj said the statue of thespian Rajkumar will be unveiled in the city by this month-end.

Suitable place to install the statue will be finalised in two days, he added.

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