Commemorating the contributions of vachanakara of the 10th century, the district administration in association with the Department of Kannada and Culture, Devara Dasimaiah Jayanthothsava Committee celebrated Devara Dasimaiah Jayanti in the city on Tuesday.
Tableau of weaving, Dasimaiah’s portrait, traditional dance troupe brightened up the procession which was conducted from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple to Kalamandir passing through K R Circle, Devaraj Urs Road and Metropole Circle.
Expressing their affection towards the vachanakara Devara Dasimaiah, known for spreading values before the intervention of Basaveshwara, the women from the Devanga community performed dance in the street and was a great draw.
Mayor B L Bhyrappa flagged off the procession where Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, MLA Vasu, MLA Somashekar, MUDA President K R Mohan Kumar, Exhibition Authority President Murthy were present.
Singers explored the contributions of the vachanakara who strove for social empowerment in terms of education, food security and spirituality, under the banner of ‘Trivida dasoha,’ a policy for social empowerment.
Members of Devanga community who are primarily weavers by profession took part in the procession in large numbers.
In an attempt at uniting people belonging to the Devanga community which is one of the backward communities and also unorganised in the state, the state government has initiated caste-based survey in the state under the committee headed by Kondaiah.
Later, based on the survey, the government introduced Devara Dasimaiah Jayanti since last year.
Former mayor Purushotham, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, CADA President Dasegowda and others were present.
Overcome sub-castes, be united: Minister
Delivering the inaugural address at Kalamandir, Revenue Minister V Srinivas Prasad stressed that people belonging to the Devanga community should unite transcending sub-castes. Moreover, to overcome discrimination based on caste, every community has to come forward and take part in the celebrations of social reformers.