Mysuru, November 2:- It was a simple Kannada Rajyotsava at the Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple premises here on Sunday (November 1). Given the pandemic situation, the district administration had decided to keep it as simple as possible. The authorities had decided to do away with all the cultural programmes this year.
Speaking on the occasion, District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar said, “The youth should strive hard for the overall development of the state. Along with their education, students should learn about Kannada literature, culture and art and help the language to grow.”
He said, “Poets Ranna, Basavanna, Kuvempu, Da Ra Bendre and many famous writers have enriched the Kannada literature. The state government is determined to take steps for the overall development of the state.”
“We are determined to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. If the disease is diagnosed at an early stage, it is easy to treat a patient but not otherwise. In this background, we have increased the number of tests which will be helpful in controlling the spread of the virus. People of Karnataka have all along been cooperating with the government and I hope they will continue to do so. We were forced to have a simple Dasara to avoid the spread of the virus. It is everyone’s responsibility to join hands with us in our fight against the coronavirus.”
Eleven people from across different fields were felicitated on the occasion. Public TV reporter K P Nagaraj, (media), Dr Gubbigudu Ramesh (literature), Shankar Narayan Shastri (social service), Bhagyamma (folk art), Revanna (art and music), Nagabhushan Rao (environment), Siddaraju, D R Karigowda, D M Basavanna and M B Manchegowda (Kannada activists) were felicitated on the occasion.
MLAs L Nagendra, G T Devegowda, Tanveer Sait, Deputy Mayor C Sridhar, Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) chairman H V Rajeev, Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri, Commissioner of Police Dr Chandragupta were present on the occasion. (MR/KS)