Mysuru, November 24:- The 83rd edition of the Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana conducted in the heritage city of Mysuru after nearly a gap of 27 years got more close to the citizens as the Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace was recreated for the main stage of the conference.
A replica of the Durbar Hall of the Mysore Palace was designed for the main stage of the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana being held from today at the Maharaja’s College Grounds in the city. Durbar Hall – the ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court, was recreated for the sammelana to add more royal grandeur to the venue.
The main stage was named as the ‘Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Vedike’ as a tribute to the Jnanapith awardee and Kannada Poet Kuppali Venkatappa Puttapa fondly known as Kuvempu. The whole venue of the Sahitya Sammelana has been coined as the Rajarishi Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar in honour of the late king of the Mysore dynasty who has contributed immensely for the development of Mysuru City and Karnataka state.
The main entrance of the venue has been named as Sri Malai Mahadeshwara Mahadwara, a noted pilgrimage place in Chamarajanagar district. The names and the designs of the stage were decided after the members of the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan Committee gave their approval.
The main theme of the Durbar Hall was designed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh and the committee decided it after they felt that the Durbar Hall of the Mysuru Palace is considered as a great asset of the city.
-(Karthik K K)