Grand literary fest takes off today


The New Indian Express

By Sangamesh Menasinakai

04th February 2011 03:22 AM

BANGALORE: Bangalore city is all set to host the Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana for the fourth time.

The first, second and 47th Sahitya Sammelana were held in the city in 1915, 1916 and 1970 respectively. During the first two conferences, the Kannada Sahitya Parishath had just established themselves with the intention of promoting Kannada language by publishing books, organising seminars by poets and writers and conducting research work on language. A point that must be noted is that the president of the Parishath was the president of the first three conferences, something that can not be imagined today.

H V Nanjundaiah was lucky to serve as president of the Parishath for five years and presided over the Sammelanas for three consecutive years, including the third Sammelana at Mysore.

Renowned writer Dr D Javare Gowda (De Ja Gow) was the president of the 47th Kannada Conference held in 1970.

Today, this literary festival has drawn a lot of attention as it is being held in ‘cosmopolitan’ Bangalore. As the garden city has opened to the world after globalization, this conference is being seen with high expectations. Dr K Y Narayanaswamy, Kannada Professor, Government Science College, says that the Kannada Sahitya Parishat has done a good job in creating the spirit of Kannada among Kannadigas. But he feels that the conference is a part of cultural politics.

One definitely cannot deny the fact that this Sammelana will leave behind colourful memories in the minds of Bangaloreans, even non-Kannadigas. "It is the best opportunity to increase the number of Kannadigas", veteran poet Jaraganahalli Shivashankar feels. He refers to statistics which show that there are 32 lakh Kannadigas in the city while 68 lakh people are non-Kannadigas. “I feel this Sammelana holds something more for non-Kannadigas", he strongly believes. As part of creating awareness about the language, many Kannada flags have been hoisted across the city, especially on vehicles.

Free ride in buses for participants

On Bus Day, Bangaloreans gearing up to participate in the 77th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana will be given a free ride in BMTC buses. The Sammelana is expected to draw huge crowds. The BMTC has also decided to run special buses to the Sammelana venue in Basavanagudi. Further, registered participants and delegates of the Sammelana will be allowed to travel free of cost to and from the venue, provided they produce the registration badge issued by the Sammelana committee.


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