Kala Utsav opens

State-level children’s Kala Utsav and Kalashree award selection competition was inaugurated in the city on Fri­day.

District administration, Zilla Panchayat, Women and Child Welfare Department, Jawahar Bal Bhavan Society and Bal Bhavan Mysuru are jointly organising the com­petition to select children for Kalashree awards. Child Actor Aditya Bharadwaj in­augurated the competition at Sriranga. The three-day state-level Kala Utsav is aimed at enhancing the skills of the participants and ready the students as carriers of culture. Over 240 children from various districts of the state have registered to participate in the programme.

Addressing the gather­ing, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath said, “We are happy to know that the three-day Kala Utsav is being organised in Mysuru which is known as the cultural capital of the country. As part of the festival, the participants are taken to several tourist des­tinations and heritage places in Mysuru. This art fest plays a major role in order to make children understand the field of art. This programme also acts as a platform for children to showcase their talent in the field of music, literature, art and crafts.”

“We see many young tal­ents in various fields churning out stellar performances. Bal Bhavan Mysuru has created a great platform for budding talents to showcase their ability among hundreds of participants.”

He added, “After several years, Bal Bhavan is getting much-needed makeover at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore and the development work is in progress which would be completed in a few days’ time. Bal Bhavan is not just for the benefit of children, a separate platform is being built for the benefit of senior citizens as well.”

ZP CEO P A Gopal, Dep­uty Director of Women and child welfare department, K Radha, Rangayana Di­rector Janardhan, Depu­ty Director of Rangayana, Nirmala Matapathi and oth­ers were present.

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