The heritage city turned festive with grand celebrations of Basava Jayanti, commemorating the birth anniversary of Basavanna, poet, philosopher, statesman and social reformer of the 12th-century, on Monday. The celebrations was organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture and the District Administration.
Caste system continues to persist in our society to this day. It is saddening and needs to be eradicated. Teachings of Basavanna need to be incorporated in our everyday life.
V Srinivas Prasad, Revenue and District In-charge Minister
Hundreds of people took part in the procession that commenced from Basaveshwara Circle and culminated at Kalamandir passing through Sayyaji Rao Raod, K R Circle, DD Urs Road. Tableaux of Basavanna, Akkamahadevi and other members of the Anubhava Mantap, folk dance troupes such as `pooja kunitha,’ veeraghase,”dwajakamba kunitha,’ and dance by women and children added colours to the celebrations.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated the event. As part of the event, Basavashree Award -2015 was conferred upon writer Go Ru Channabasappa by the state government for his contribution towards spreading the principles of Basavanna through literature and organisations.
Basavanna’s thoughts are relevant to the society more so in eradicating superstitious practices. In the 12th century,Basavanna fought against oppression of the downtrodden and the voiceless. However, it is sad that the teachings of Basavanna have been co-opted to serve parochial interests. It is important that his values and teachings is emulated by all.
Go Ru Channabasappa, Writer