Mysuru, December 5:- In the recent concluded Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Mysuru, the State Tourism Department headed by Deputy Director H Janardhan extended a supportive role to create awareness among the delegates who visited the city for the sammelana by taking them around in the KSTDC luxury bus free of cost and to show places of importance of culture, deserves full appreciation.
The tour visits included the dwelling place of Dr Radhakrishnan, former President of India, when he was working as Professor in University of Mysore (UoM); the popular house museum of the famous author of Malgudi days R K Narayan in Yadavagiri, where his old artefacts and books have been displayed; the renowned Kannada poet Kuvempu’s house at Gokulam to see the Gnana Peetha award certificate displayed, the writing table and chair where the famous poet used for writing the famous poems, etc., and his personal belongings kept for display and where his daughter is presently residing; the Centenary Gate and the Clock Tower at Manasagangothri campus with all its buildings of education, of University of Mysore, the famous Rangayana with four halls of theatres of both Open Air and closed sound proof halls being used for the drama festivals like the Bahuroopi, the whole theatre activities conducted, as narrated well by Ramanath, the theatre artiste to the visitors and also the great hall of Kala Mandira which was constructed during the reign of late Gundu Rao as chief minister. In addition to these visits, voluntary guides Arunkumar Shettar (retired SBM officer) and Ms Sindhu (engineering student) who provided rich information about the culture of Mysuru and various places of interest in and around the heritage city, were a great delight to the delegates who had come all the way from north Karnataka places — Hubli and Dharwad and other places, had great appreciation for the efforts of the Karnataka Tourist Department for having taken the initiative to spread to promote Kannada Sahithya Sammelana and the traditional and rich culture of Mysuru.
It was a unique opportunity for the delegates to visit the dwelling places of great Kannada litterateurs unlike a normal visit to the royal city of Mysuru by any tourist to places like Mysuru Palace, Brindavan Gardens at KR Sagar and other places.
A group photo with the daughter of poet Kuvempu was also taken on the occasion and the delegates will cherish their memorable visit to Mysuru. I too had the opportunity to travel on the KSTDC bus and the experience was a marvellous one. Kudos to Karnataka Tourism Department for doing their part during the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana and hope that the department would continue to hold similar exercises in future with better publicity and more additions.
-(K V Ramanath, SBM Colony, Sreeramapura, Mysuru)