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.