'Revolution needed to keep desi culture alive'

'Revolution needed to keep desi culture alive'

Speaking at a news conference here, Hamsalekha said that Kannada is still alive due to local culture.

“In order to introduce children to local culture, I have opened a residential ‘Hamsalekha Desi Vidyasamsthe’. Having purchased 54 acres, the school will be run by nine trustees and classes will commence soon,” he added.

While giving importance to rural students, courses will be based on performing arts, he said. Having teamed up with Ravichandran recently, he said the earnings from future movies will be used to develop this school.

With many international artistes visiting India, ‘World art theatre’ will also be constructed here, he said. Earlier, those venturing into the film industry, neither had respect nor remuneration. But the times have changed and there are a lot of opportunities available in the film industry, he mentioned.

Disappointed at the lack of support from the government, Hamsalekha said that after independence, it was thought that importance will be given to dance, music and art, but gradually we have forgotten to promote our rich cultural aspects. There are no teachers now to promote art and nearly three lakh posts are vacant, he added.

Hamsalekha announced that film artists have decided to urge the government to pronounce November as ‘Kannada Month’ during the ‘World Kannada Conference’ to be held in Belgaum next  month.

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