Empty chairs greeting politicians is a common sight as nobody seems to listen to that routine political jibes and tall promises anymore. But what had remained uncommon so far was the same sort of attitude towards the programmes organised to celebrate the legendary icon of a state.
The scene at Kalamandir during ‘Vishwa Manava Dinacharane’ – a celebration to mark the birth anniversary of Jnanpith awardee Kuvempu – organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture, and District Administration here on Thursday was rather disappointing as almost all the chairs were empty and majority of guests whose names were mentioned in the invitation card were not to be seen at the event.
The celebration started an hour late from its scheduled time 11 am as neither the guests nor the audience turned out. “I am very disappointed to see such a low turnout of people. The man, whose contribution towards Kannada language, culture and the state is immense, doesn’t deserve such treatment. More people should have attended Kuvempu’s jayanti,” MLA M K Somashekar said in his speech.
Kalamandir has a seating capacity of 1,200 and the number of people present at the event today can be counted on the fingers of one hand. While the District In-charge Minister, Dr H C Mahadevappa, who was supposed to inaugurate the event, didn’t make it to the venue, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait and MLA Vasu were among the absentees.
Somashekar, who inaugurated the event, hailed the contributions of Kuvempu and said that the poet had a prominent role in the development of Kannada language and culture. His birth anniversary ought to be celebrated by everyone across the state.
Somashekar called upon people to come out of all sort of prejudices in the name of religion, caste and language and see humans as one. “The social fabric of the society is being damaged with all sort of prejudices stuffed in our minds, changing our perception about others,” he said.
Former Hampi University Vice Chancellor Lakkappa Gowda, Karnataka Sahitya Parishat, Mysuru, President Y D Rajanna, Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, Mysuru, Channappa, Mysuru City Corporation Deputy Mayor Ratna Lakshman were present.