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Kittur Utsav : Kittur fest on the lines of Hampi Utsav ON OCTOBER 23 AND 24

Rani Chennamma of Kittur :80 (1778-1829) received training in horse riding , sword fighting and archery in her young age. She was married to Raja Mullasarja of Kittur, a princely state in Belgaum in Karnataka. Her husband died in 1816. Her only son died in 1824. Chennamma adopted Shivalingappa as her son and made him heir to the throne. The British did not accept this and ordered the expulsion of Shivalingappa. The Rani defied the order. A great battle ensued. The Rani fought the British with great courage and skill. She could not, however, hold out for long. She was taken captive and lodged in Bailhongal Fort where she died in early 1829.

Rani Chennamma’s home exists only in folklore

Alladi Jayasri

http://www.hindu.com/2006/09/30/stories/2006093011940200.htm

Rani Chennamma’s descendants want the Government to take over the land Her descendants want the Government to take over the land and build a memorial


IN NEGLECT: The birthplace of Kittur Rani Chennamma at Kakati near Belgaum. — Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

BELGAUM: Kakati, the place where Kittur Rani Chennamma was born and grew up, may soon become nothing more than a name from the past if it continues to face callous neglect.

There will be nothing left but ruins of the fortress where Chennamma’s forefathers stored arms and evolved strategies against their enemies.

The palace where little Chennamma must have led a privileged childhood has been taken over by the present owners, who bought the crumbling edifice in an auction about 50 years ago. They never lived in Kakati, and today the one-and-a-half-acre plot is covered by overgrowth and some trees.

The majestic arches and pillars, the meeting hall and the massive yard where a couple of elephants could amble into can only be imagined.

Nearly 20 families belonging to the Desai clan live in the village and they all have one wish — that the Government should take over the land, build a memorial for Chennamma at her birthplace, and organise an annual Kakati Utsav to coincide with the Kittur Utsav every year. Leelavathi Desai, whose husband took great deal of interest in keeping the hoary history of the family and its legendary queen alive, says: “The Chief Minister promised that he would visit the village and spend some time with us.”

As it happens, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has been dashing up and down the highway several times in the past week, just a stone’s throw away from the village street of Kakati, but has not been able to find time to visit the place, much to the chagrin of the Desais.

S.D. Patil, who runs a clinic at Kakati and is president of Veer Rani Kittur Chennamma Samiti, relates a string of interesting facts about the village. It is dominated by Marathi-speaking people. Only 40 per cent of the 20,000 residents are Kannadigas. The gram panchayat has an equal number of Marathis and Kannadigas, and it took a 25-year struggle before the gram panchayat sanctioned a statue of Chennamma for the village, which was unveiled last year by Governor T.N. Chaturvedi. Ms. Leelavathi’s brother-in-law, Sadanand Desai, who lives in the U.S., maintains a website dedicated to Chennamma and the clan. But with the last bit of the palace having disappeared 20 years ago, they have to rely on history passed down in the oral tradition.

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The journey of the great queen begins

Staff Correspondent

http://www.hindu.com/2006/02/27/stories/2006022702660400.htm

 

 



SYMBOL OF VALOUR: The statue of Kittur Rani Chennamma which will be installed in Delhi.

 

 

Kittur (Belgaum Dt.): The atmosphere in Kittur town was filled with excitement as the life-sized statue of Kittur Rani Chennamma began its journey by road to New Delhi on Sunday.

On reaching the national capital after 10 days, the magnificent statue of Rani Chennamma astride a horse will be installed on the premises of the Parliament House. This would mark the realisation of a longstanding dream of the people of the State.

The statue, which was sculpted at Miraj in Maharashtra, was brought here for a ceremonial farewell. Although there was widespread enthusiasm among the people, the official ceremony turned out to be a somewhat dull affair, thanks to the absence of many prominent personalities from Belgaum district.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Basavaraj Horatti, Suresh Marihal, MLA for Kittur, and Vishwanath Mamne, MLA for Savadatti, were the only prominent persons present.

Minister for Social Welfare Balachandra L. Jarkiholi, who is from the district, the Lok Sabha members from the district Suresh C. Angadi and Ramesh Jigajinagi and the Kanara Lok Sabha (covering Kittur Assembly segment of Belgaum district) member Anantkumar Hegde, and 18 other legislators from the district were conspicuous by their absence. Tatyasaheb Desai, a descendant of Rani Chennamma was present.

Later, talking to The Hindu, Kittur Rani Chennamma Smarak Samiti president Shivanand Koujalgi, former MP, said the State Government had contributed Rs.10 lakhs for the project.

A sum of Rs. 16 lakhs was spent on the statue.

The parents of children studying in the Kittur Rani Chennamma Residential School contributed handsomely for the project and there were generous donations from the local people. The statue has been beautifully sculpted by Vijay Gujar.

But one is disappointed that the hand wielding the sword has not been raised high. When asked, Mr. Gujar attributed the change in the design to the suggestion of the samiti members.

Rani Chennamma was born in 1978. She was married to Raja Mallasarja, one of the illustrious rulers of the princely state of Kittur in Belgaum district.

After the death of her husband in 1816, the young queen took over the reins of the state.

The then collector at Dharwad Thackeray held the adoption of Shivaling Rudrasarja as her son invalid. This enraged the queen.

In the battle that followed the British army was defeated and Thackeray was killed on October 23, 1824.

On December 3, 1824 the British with their superior weaponry defeated the Kittur army and took Rani Chennamma captive, by deception.

The Kittur territory was merged with Belgaum district and the queen was kept in confinement at Bailhongal where she breathed her last on February 21, 1829.

Her revolt against the British imperialism became legendary with Rani Chennamma being glorified as the first woman freedom fighter of India.

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ON OCTOBER 23 AND 24, 2006

 

Kittur fest on the lines of Hampi Utsav
 
Belgaum, dhns:
http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/oct192006/state22245620061018.asp
 

The State government has decided to celebrate Kittur Utsav in a grand manner and on the lines of Hampi Utsav this time round.

A series of programmes are slated to be held during the two-day Utsav at Kittur on October 23 and 24. Noted artists, litterateurs and ministers from the State and Union Cabinet will figure in the programmes to be held during the festival.

The festival will be inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Planning M V Rajasekaran at a function scheduled at 5 pm. Kittur MLA Suresh Marihal will preside over the function. Before inauguration of the Utsav, a torch (Vijay Jyoti) will be taken from the grave of Rani Chennamma at Bailhongal to Kittur. The Vijay Jyoti will be taken to Kittur after a function at Bailhongal at 8 am on October 23.

 

The State government is spending Rs 1.5 crore for the development of the historic fort and palace of Rani Chennamma at Kittur and also the museum in the fort premises. The State government has already begun developing these structures which were in a pathetic state for several decades.

The Archaeological department will spend Rs 1 crore while the department of Tourism will spend Rs 50 lakh towards development of the historic town. A sum of Rs 45 lakh will be spent on development of the ruined fort and Rs 15 lakh on the historic palace, by the Archaeological department. Another Rs 30 lakh will be spent on improvement and renovation of the museum.

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KITTUR RANI CHENNAMMA (1778 – 1829)

Chennamma received training in horse riding , sword fighting and archery in her young age. She was married to Raja Mullasarja of Kittur, a princely state of Belgaum in Karnataka. Her husband died in 1816. Her only son died in 1824. Chennamma adopted Shivalingappa as her son and made him heir to the throne. The British did not accept this and ordered the expulsion of Shivalingappa. The Rani defied the order. A great battle ensued. The Rani fought the British with great courage and skill. She could not, however, hold out for long. She was taken captive and lodged in Bailhongal Fort where she died on 21-02-1829.http://www.geocities.com/dakshina_kan_pa/art31/women1.htm

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http://www.dharwad.com/history.html

 

 

 

Chalukyas ruled Dharwad during 12th century. A stone inscription indicates that there was ruler by the name BhaskaraDeva in 1117 AD. Later Dharwad became a part of the Vijayanagara empire. After then fall of the Vijayanagara empire(1453 AD), Bijapur’s Adil Shah captured Dharwad and built a fort. The fort area was called MannaKille, and later Nazratabad. With this fort , the strategic importance of Dharwad increased and it thus became part of everyone’s empire, Auranjeb, Shivaji ,Auranjeb’s son Mu Azam, Peshwe Balaji Rao, Hidar Ali, Tipu Sultan and finally British.

During early 19th century , when British were expanding their kingdom , they faced lot of opposition from local rulers.To mention two of them, Baba Saheb of Naragund and Kittur Rani Chennamma.

Dharwad was peaceful for much part of late the 19th century. During those times, the British started English Medium school in Dharwad in 1848 and in 1856, started town municipality. Later in 1863, the Bassel Mission organization started another school. In 1867 British opened another school, Varmal school, which later on became known as Training college. In 1883, the municipality area included Sidapur, Lakamanhalli, Haveri Pete, Bagtalan, Madihal, Galaganjikop, Malapur, Kamalapur, Narayanpur, Saptapur, Atti kolla and Hosayellapur. The British government also established the Railway station in 1888.

 

October 19, 2006 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

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  1. Kitturotsava kicks off; colourful cultural events grip Belgaum
    DH News Service Belgaum:

    http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/oct242006/state18102020061023.asp

    The two-day Chennamma’s Kitturotsava got off to a colourful start at Kittur town, situated 40 km from Belgaum, on Monday.

    The two-day Chennamma’s Kitturotsava got off to a colourful start at Kittur town, situated 40 km from Belgaum, on Monday. The Vijayotsava Jyoti (torch) of Rani Chennamma, which was brought to Kittur from Bailhongal was received by District In-charge Minister Shashikant Naik at Kittur on Monday morning.

    After the Jyoti reached Kittur, a mammoth cultural procession was taken out in the historic town with Mr Naik beating a traditional drum. Before the start of the procession, statue of Rani Chennamma was garlanded.

    A number of artistes took part in the procession where several tableau depicting the culture, tradition, history and heritage of Karnataka were displayed. Many dramas were also being staged on the decorated vehicles throughout the procession.

    Many school students clad in traditional attires also took part in the procession. A huge tableaux highlighting various developmental programmes being taken up in Karnataka was also displayed. Hundreds of people from various parts of Belgaum district were part of the procession, which passed through all the main streets of the town.

    Pooja and other rituals were performed at the grave of Rani Chennamma, at Bailhongal, before the torch of Chennamma was taken from Bailhongal to Kittur. Sri Gangadhar Mahaswamy of Mursavirmath, Bailhongal MLA Jagadish Metgud and Town Municipality President Shantadevi Hiremath were present on this occasion. A pooja was also performed at Kakti, birthplace of Rani Chennamma. District Minister Shashikant Naik and Sri Rachayya Mahaswamy, Uday Mahaswamy, MLA Abhay Patil and former mayor Siddangouda Patil were present.

    Noted kathak dancer Ms Anuradha Thakur from New Delhi will perform at Kittur from 9 am to 10 pm after the valedictory function of Kitturotsav tomorrow. After the end of two-day event, a cultural programme is also being held in the town. Several teams of artistes from various parts of Karnataka will also present programmes during the cultural extravaganza. Cine star Prema Appachu will be one of the guests at the valedictory function.

    Comment by ellakavi | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  2. Fanfare and fervour mark Vijayotsava celebrations
    DH News Service Hubli:

    http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/oct242006/district17312220061023.asp

    The 183rd Vijayotsava of Veera Rani Kittur Chennamma was celebrated with all the pomp and gaiety in Hubli, on Monday.

    It was on this day, 183 years ago, Rani Chennamma of Kittur province defeated Britishers in the war and hoisted the flag of victory.

    Sri Gurusidda Rajayogindra Swamiji of Mooru Savira Mutt inaugurated Vijayotsava by beating ‘Sambyal’ a traditional instrument at Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the bravery of Rani Chennamma and termed her as a symbol of strength, patriotism and supreme sacrifice. Her act of bravery should be emulated by the present generation.

    The pontiff noted that Rani Chennama has still remained in the hearts of the Kannadigas through her act of bravery, and as a woman who sacrificed her life for the Kannada soil. “She is an ideal role model for today’s women.

    People especially youngsters should tread the path shown by her,” he added.

    On this occasion, Dr Gadagi, a noted physician of Hubli released 183 balloons to mark 183rd year celebrations of Vijayotsava.

    He stated that the ideals and principles of noted personalities should be adopted in life if they wanted to inculcate human values.

    Rani Chennammaji had made the entire country proud through her act of bravery and also by defeating the mighty Britishers.

    Mr Veeranna Hanji who presided over the function urged the state government to celebrate Rani Chennamma’s Vijayotsava throughout the state.

    The entire Kittur Chennamma Circle was decorated with flowers and buntings.

    The statue of Rani Chennamma was decked with flowers in an attractive manner. M S Shiragannavar, Basavaraj Hattikal, Ravindra Sangeet, Sharadha Warada, Ishwar Akki, Ratna Gangannavar, Susheela Sarvade, V S Ghantimath, Shambulingaiah Charantimath, Anasuya Arakeri garlanded Rani Chennamma’s statue.

    Comment by ellakavi | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  3. Kittur Rani Chennamma’s `Vijayotsava’ celebrated in a befitting manner

    Staff Correspondent

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/24/stories/2006102411700300.htm

    Moorusavira Math swamiji urges youth to learn to respect motherland

    A RANI REMEMBERED: Sri Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swamiji of Moorusavira Math beating the traditional drums (Sambhyala) in Hubli on Monday to mark the 183rd anniversary of Kittur Rani Channamma’s victory against the British.

    HUBLI: Members of Veera Rani Kittur Channamma Vijayotsava Samiti celebrated the “183rd vijayotsava” of the queen’s victory over the British here on Monday.

    Sir Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swamiji of Moorusavira Math inaugurated the celebrations by beating traditional drums called “sambhyala” at the Kittur Channamma Circle.

    Remembering the contributions of Rani Channamma to the freedom struggle, the swamiji called upon the youth to follow the principles of Rani Channamma and learn to respect the motherland and mother tongue.

    To mark the 183rd anniversary of the victory against the British, a bunch of 183 balloons was let off by Dr V.A. Gadagi. Viranna Hanji presided over the function.

    Earlier, members of the samiti decorated the statue of Rani Channamma and the pedestal at the circle with buntings, mango leaves and flowers. Some of them offered puja to the statue and distributed “prasadam”. A few others joined the celebrations by bursting crackers.

    On the occasion, Chanabasappa Dharwadashettru, Shivakumar Hiremath, Ragahavendra Ramadurg, D.K. Chauhan, C.H. Gobbi, S.S. Ligade, Dr S.S. Jatti, Sadashiv Chaushetty and Basavaraj Kubusad were felicitated.

    Samiti convenor Amaresh Hipparagi compered the programme. Samiti vice-president Taradevi Wali proposed a vote of thanks.

    Comment by ellakavi | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  4. `Vijayotsava’ of Rani Chennamma celebrated

    Staff Correspondent

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/24/stories/2006102405460300.htm

    Moorusavira Math swamiji urges youth to respect motherland

    A RANI REMEMBERED: Sri Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swamiji of Moorusavira Math beating the traditional drums (Sambhyala) in Hubli on Monday to mark the 183rd anniversary of Kittur Rani Channamma’s victory against the British.

    HUBLI: Members of Veera Rani Kittur Channamma Vijayotsava Samiti celebrated the “183rd vijayotsava” of the queen’s victory over the British here on Monday.

    Sir Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swamiji of Moorusavira Math inaugurated the celebrations by beating traditional drums called “sambhyala” at the Kittur Channamma Circle.

    Remembering the contributions of Rani Channamma to the Indian freedom struggle, the swamiji called upon the youth to follow the principles of Rani Channamma and learn to respect the motherland and mother tongue.

    To mark the 183rd anniversary of the victory against the British, a bunch of 183 balloons was let off by Dr V.A. Gadagi. Viranna Hanji presided over the function.

    Earlier, members of the samiti decorated the statue of Rani Channamma at the circle and the pedestal beneath it with buntings, mango leaves and flowers. Some of them offered puja to the statue and distributed “prasadam”. A few others burst crackers. Samiti convenor Amaresh Hipparagi compered the programme and Vvice-president Taradevi Wali proposed a vote of thanks

    Comment by ellakavi | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  5. Government to develop Kittur into major tourist town

    Staff Correspondent

    http://www.hindu.com/2006/10/25/stories/2006102505020300.htm

    Two-day Kittur Utsav concludes on a low note following death of Nagalotimath

    # Rs. 1 crore to be sanctioned for Kittur Utsav celebration next year
    # Compensation for descendants of Rani Chennamma to be discussed

    Kittur (Belgaum District): A pall of gloom prevailed on the concluding day of the Kittur Utsav following the death of renowned medical scientist S.J. Nagalotimath on Tuesday.

    Before getting down to the events slated for the last session of the two-day “Kittur Utsav-2006” in the evening, the gathering observed a two-minute silence. All speakers who addressed the gathering paid rich tributes to Nagalotimath.

    Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said the Government had decided to develop Kittur into a major tourist destination on the lines of Hampi. The Government would take up development work in this regard and complete them within a year.

    He promised to make a budgetary provision of Rs. 1 crore for the Kittur Utsav celebration next year. This year, the Government had sanctioned Rs. 2.77 crore for development of Kittur fort and the town, he added.

    On the demand for political compensation for descendants of Kittur Rani Chennamma, he promised to take up the matter with the Chief Minister.

    `Taluk tag’

    Home Minister M.P. Prakash said Kittur would get a “taluk” tag after the conclusion of the ongoing delimitation exercise in the State.

    Minister for Tourism and Textiles B. Sriramlu promised to develop Kittur into a major tourist destination of north Karnataka.

    He also promised to organise Kittur Utsav on par with Hampi and Karavali utsavs from next year. Earlier, a seminar on temples, fort, water tanks and wada (small housing complex) of Kittur was held on the museum premises. It was presided over by former Vice-Chancellor M.M. Kalburgi. Cultural programmes and a special “sound and light” programme on the life of Rani Chennamma were also organised on the occasion.

    Shri Chennabasava Swami of Madiwaleshwar Math, Garag, graced the occasion. Jagdish Metgud, MLA, presided over the function and Suresh Marihal, MLA, welcomed the gathering. Acting Chairman of State Legislative Council Sachidanand Khot, Minister for Small Savings and Lottery Ramachandra Gowda, Kannada Cine actor Prema Appachu, Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce H.D. Gangaraju, Deputy Commissioner and Utsav Committee Chairperson Shalini Rajneesh were present.

    Comment by ellakavi | October 25, 2006 | Reply

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    Comment by amaresha | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  7. I feel proud as our rich heritage being remembered, celabrated year by year with such a great energy. Thanks to the government, the commitee, the citizen.
    The show should go on and on and on..

    Hindustani classical music can be given more importance rather spending HUGE MONEY on filmy music and its artists.. We have the dion of Kirana gharana Smt Gangubai hangal from this place, We have many many others to list here, its the respect and value we need to keep for them. Hope I feel more proud in coming years..!Thanks.

    Comment by Veena D Hangal, architect, Hubli | November 10, 2008 | Reply

  8. to search some detail of project

    Comment by alamin | October 30, 2014 | Reply


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