Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Mysore, Oct. 22 (KMC)- The Naada Geethe of Karnataka is entangled in yet another controversy, even before the controversy over its tune is resolved.

The new controversy is about whether Naada Geethe could be choreographed. There are no instances of dances performed to the tune of national anthem in our country. People show their reverence to the anthem in a different manner, but not dance.

The controversy cropped up after a dance was performed to the tune of Naada Geethe in front of the Vidhana Soudha on Monday last by the artistes of Bhramara team, as part of the Janapada Jathre witnessed by the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Home Minister M.P. Prakash.

As part of Kuvempu’s birth centenary celebrations, the then State Government led by S.M. Krishna had officially declared Kuvempu’s poem Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe as Naada Geethe. In the order passed then, it was stated that while the Naada Geethe is sung, those present must stand up in respect.

At the function held on Monday, the audience stood up when the Naada Geethe was sung, even without the compere requesting the people to do so. But the dance raised some eyebrows, leading to controversy.

The dance choreographed to Naada Geethe by a team led by Karnataka Nataka Akademi Chairman Srinivas G. Kappanna’s daughter, was impressive. The concept of incorporating folk art also was praised by the same persons who have questioned the propriety of the dance to Naada Geethe.


October 22, 2006 - Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report

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