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Colourful procession marks ‘Nadaprabhu’ Kempegowda’s jayanti in Mysuru

Mysuru, June 27:- The ‘Nadaprabhu’ Kempegowda Jayanti was celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm in the city on Wednesday.

Mysuru district administration in association with Kannada and Culture Department and Kempegowda Jayanthotsava Samithi organised the Kempegowda Jayanti celebrations in the city.

The event commenced with a grand procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple in front of Mysuru Palace.

Adichunchanagiri Mutt Pontiff Somanatha Swamiji along with Tourism and Sericulture Minister S R Mahesh paid floral tributes to the statue of Kempegowda.

The silver chariot carrying the stutue of Kemgowda was decked up with flowers.

Minister Mahesh flagged off the procession that passed through major roads including KR Circle, Devaraj Urs Road, JLB Road and culminated at Karnataka Kalamandir on Vinobha Road here.

Various folk troupes including Kamsale, Dollu Kunitha and others performed during the procession.

Speaking to media persons, Mahesh said, “Kempegowda is one of the greatest leaders in the state and was a patron of art and learning. He was a feudatory ruler under the Vijayanagar Empire and has the credit of establishing and being the founder of the state capital Bengaluru.”

“During his tenure he launched various social reforms benefiting thousands of farmers and general public. If Bengaluru is getting global attention today it is because of the efforts put in by great leaders like Kempegowda who developed the city,” he added.

A stage programme is scheduled to be held at Karnataka Kalamandir this afternoon and Folk expert Dr P K Rajashekhar will deliver the keynote address.

Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha, MLAs L Nagendra, Dr Yathindra Siddaramaiah, Mayor Bhagyavathi and others were present during the procession. -(KS, KK)

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