Month-long fest enthralls children

Children from pourakarmi­kas’ family enthralled the audience with their energetic performance in folk dances like Nagari Dance, Dolluku­nitha, Kamsale Dance, and group dance at the ongoing cultural fest organised for them in D Devaraj Urs Colony. The cultural fest commenced on May 1 and will conclude on May 24.

In the fest, more than 300 children are learning to play the drums- nagari, singing folksongs, and other forms of folk art. The camp is organ­ised by the Adi Dravida Ta­mate and Nagari Samskruthi­ka Kalavrunda under the title `Naavu Pouraru — Maha Pouraru.’

Minister for Social Wel­fare H Anjaneya took part in the fest on Tuesday and en­couraged the children to par­take in such cultural activities so as to preserve culture. He appreciated the work done by Morarji Desai School, Ekalavya Residential Schools and Rani Chennamma Resi­dential School run by the Social Welfare Department in imparting education to pourakarmika children. It is essential for these children to hold Dr Ambedkar as a role model and pursue their edu­cation he opined.

Expressing her happiness, Y Sowmya, a class 8 stu­dent in the camp said: “We are enjoying ourselves a lot. We have not spent summer holidays in such a meaningful way before. I am learning na­gari, dollu and tamate in the camp and it has inspired me to learn music and become a musician.”

Kannada comedy actor Tennis Krishna, cultural pa­tron Srinivas G Kuppanna, Adi Dravida Tamate and Na­gari Samskruthika Kalavrun­da President C Manjunath, MLA M K Somashekar, Kar­nataka Nataka Academy for­mer member C M Narasim­hamurthy were present. Folk songs recited by renowned Akashavani artist Mysuru Gururaj and troupe was also part of the event.

Minister assures more grants for pourakarmikas’ kids

Lauding the initiative of the organisation for organis­ing Naavu Pouraru — Maha Pouraru’ for children, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya announced grants for hosting summer camp for pourakar­mikas children from next aca­demic year across state.

He assured of providing 10 per cent reservation for pourakarmikas children in Kittur Rani Chanamma, Morarji Desai and Ekalavya residential schools. Without conducting entrance test, seats will be given for poura­karmikas children in the schools, he added.

“Government has set aside Rs 100 crore for con­struction of houses for pourakarmikas. Each benefi­ciary will get Rs 7.5 lakh. It’s sad that no one has come forward to make use of the grants. The local elected rep­resentatives have failed in publicising the scheme, and make the programme reach the beneficiaries’, he regret­ted. He further said that Rs 19.5 crore has been set aside for the welfare for SC/ST, and asked to avail the grants.

Further replying to query, he said ‘Caste census will be made public soon, and a meeting in that regard will be held on May 26. When questioned about cabinet re­shuffle, he said the Congress high command and CM Sid­daramaiah will decide about dropping candidates from ministership.


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