Folk artistes demand due recognition

The tourists from Canada at the book expo held as part of the state-level folk artists second convention in Chamarajanagar on Sunday. DH PHOTO Accordingly, opportunity for direct appointment should be made for those who have completed BA and MA PGs at various universities in the State.

The folk artists participating in the various government programmes should be paid a minimum amount of of ` 1,000 and daily allowance as per the rules.

The convention also stressed that those folk artists who have excelled in their field should be honoured with D Litt and also be considered for Padma awards.

Ashraya houses, free bus pass and health insurance facilities for those artists who are under the Below Poverty Line. Works should begin for the Folklore University immediately and funds should be allotted in the State Budget for the year 2011-12.

Tamboori Javaraiah of the Mandya district was conferred with ‘Darege Doddavaru’. Puttamallegowda, a goravara kunitha artiste and Veeragase artiste M R Basappa of Chikkamagalur was conferred with Janapada Siri award on the occasion.

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MLA V Sreenivas Prasad said most of the leaders including chief minister B S Yeddyurappa are treating the district as ‘jinxed’, and no attempt was made to visit the district, out of fear of losing power.

The chief minister should at least take steps to set up the folk university in the district, he stated.

Delivering a valedictory address at the second state-level convention of folk artists, organised by State Folk artists Federation, in Chamarajanagar on Sunday he said, Go Ru Channabasappa has stated that the University would be set up in Central Karnataka.
Chamarajanagar did not have basic amenities that are required for the varsity, and a discussion would be held with the chief minister and Gorucha in this regard and would stress to give priority to the district, he said.

The traditional folk art cannot be destroyed and the present globalistation will not affect the desi culture. The adulterated art and literature, though the attraction is immediate will not sustain, he opined.

Bhuvanakeerthi Bhattaraka Swamiji of Kanakagiri graced the occasion. MLA C Puttarangashetty presided. MP R Dhruvanarayan, MLA H S Mahadevprasad, Federation president Dr Veeresh Ballari, Jogilu Siddaraju, artists Puttamallegowda and others were present.

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