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Prelude to Bengalooru Habba 2006

Prelude to Bengalooru Habba 2006
DH News Service Bangalore:
The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.


The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.

The awareness programmes – which cover classical music and dance apart from lecture demonstrations – kicked off on November 17 and will run till November 29. Artistes’ Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) is organising the awareness programmes in association with the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture.

Padmini Ravi, Managing Trustee, AFFA told Deccan Herald on Saturday that artistes of international repute, including Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat (Hawaiian guitar), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor) and U Rajesh (Mandolin) were involved in the pre-Habba awareness programmes.

“There will also be a series of street theatre performances at multiple locations which will kick off on November 27 and run up to December 10. Under the Umbrella Art programmes, upcoming artistes will do live art at multiple locations,” she said.

Street magic acts will also be performed as part

of the pre-Habba campaign, that will run up to the

close of the Habba, on December 10.

Talent showcase

The Bengalooru Habba will be held in Bangalore between December 3 and 10, with this year’s edition focussing on promotion of regional talent.

State’s arts

A book fair, art and crafts display will showcase Karnataka’s arts through the 50 years. A showcase of literary works by Jnanapith awardees, traditional Kannada theatre performances and a food festival (at Palace Grounds) will also be a part of the Habba.

Palace Grounds will host the best names in classical dance and music from across India. The Habba will also feature a Bollywood night, a fashion show and a day-long rock and jazz music performance. Folk and tribal visual arts will also be exhibited. For details, log on to www.bengalooruhabba.com


*Nov 20, 2 pm: Pravin Godkhindi (Flute, Mallya Aditi International School, Yelahanka)

*Nov 22, 10 am: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Vani Education Centre, Machohalli)

*Nov 22, 6.30 pm: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Indian Institute of Science, Yeshwanthpur)

*Nov 23, 3.30 pm: Ashwini Bhide (Hindustani vocal, PES Institute of Engineering, Banashankari III Stage)

*Nov 23, 10.30 am: Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena, AMC College of Engineering, Bannerghatta Road)

*Nov 24, 10 am: Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi, Valley School, Kanakapura Road)

*Nov 27, 10 am: Shashank (Flute, Vidyaniketan, Hebbal)

*Nov 27, 1.30 pm: Shashank (Flute, MES Kishore Kendra, Malleswaram)

*Nov 28, 10 am: Nirupama, Rajendra (Classical dance, NMKRV PU College for Women, Jayanagar)

*Nov 29, 4 pm: Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Hunsemaranahalli)


November 19, 2006 Posted by | Bangalore, Karnataka and Kannada, Nanjundappa Report | 3 Comments

Use of Kannada in administration, a distant dream : Siddalingaiah

Use of Kannada in administration, a distant dream : Siddalingaiah
DH News Service Gulbarga:


Noted Writer and Chairman of Kannada Development Authority Dr Siddalingaiah has regretted that even though unification of Karnataka has taken place, the use of Kannada in the administration has remained a distant dream.

Dr Siddalingaiah was speaking after releasing books and also a Kannada version of speeches, delivered during the convocation of Gulbarga University, brought by the Prasaranga of the University here on Thursday.

Further Dr Siddalingaiah said that we want to save and promote Kannada, all universities in the State should carry out their administration in Kannada.I appreciate the lead taken by the Gulbarga University in translating the speeches delivered during the convocation into Kannada. Other universities should emulate this”, he suggested.

Replying to a query from an audience regarding the controversy over teaching of Kannada and English, Dr Siddalingaiah observed that Kannada should be compulsorily introduced in all schools of the State. Further he had no objection with teaching of English as a subject, he added.

Dr Siddalingaiah blamed the “excessive tolerant attitude “ of Kannadigas for the problems confronting them, including denial of classical status to Kannada.

“We should change our entire attitude and conduct in a different way. We should feel proud about ourselves and also our language, culture etc.

Moreover we should have the courage of convictions. Only then can we stand up to the present daychallenges and face the threat of exploitation or dominance by others”, he contended.

Dwelling at length on the past glory of Kannada, Dr Siddalingaiah however regretted that even today Kannada was being denied a pre-eminent status even in Karnataka.

“Even during the time of Britishers , Kannada was the administrative language here. But under our own rule, English is getting all the importance.

This is because of lack of pride among our bureaucrats.


It is a tragedy that our bureaucrats have little faith in democracy and they don’t want to deal with the language of people.

I exhort them to change this attitude and try to carry out administration in the language of people i.e Kannada”, he added.

Dr Siddalingiah was highly appreciative of the contributions made by the North Karnataka region for the enrichment of language, culture, music etc. “ Take any field, it’s the persons from the present day north Karnataka who have made invaluable contribution. Great persons like Basavanna, Ranna, Pampa, Sri Vijaya, Vignyaneshwara, they are all from North Karnataka. Even Madheshwara and Mantesway, who are worshiped in South Karnataka, are said to be from North Karnataka.

I qualms to say that all great people and great ideas have come from this region. So I have special respect for this region”, he remarked.Earlier Dr Siddalingaiah felicitated the writers Dr V G Pujar, Dr Nagabai Bulla, Dr Swamy Rao Kulkarni and others.

November 19, 2006 Posted by | CALIFORNIA, KDA - Kannada Development Authority | Leave a comment