Cultural complex on the lines of Nandana planned in Bangalore

Honour: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa felicitates director Girish Kasaravalli on his 60th birthday in the City on Monday. Director of Department of Kannada and Culture Manu Baligar, former additional chief secretary Chiranjeevi Singh, writer U R Ananthamurthy, journalists  T J S George and V N Subba Rao look on. DH Photo

The State government will sanction an amount of Rs one crore for the construction of the complex.

Responding to pleas of noted filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli and a host of luminaries from the cultural field at a function to felicitate Kasaravalli for bagging the Padmashree award, on his 60th birthday at SFS, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said: "Prepare an action plan for the construction of the building on the lines of Nandana and I will ensure that an amount of Rs one crore is sanctioned soon. Begin the work within a month and complete the project within a year. Let the project give a new lease of life to cultural activities in the City."

The government increased the annuity of several civic amenity sites manifold as the spaces were misused for commercial purposes. But, the SFS space was included by mistake.

Platform for art

Commenting on writer U R Ananthamurthy's suggestion that the government should construct a multi-cultural complex in every mohalla to provide a platform for art lovers, the CM said Ananthamurthy, V N Subba Rao and Girish Kasaravalli could constitute a team and identify five CA sites in Bangalore where the complexes could be constructed.
The government would sanction Rs 10 lakh to the Department of Kannada and Culture every year to conduct cultural events.

The government had already sanctioned Rs five crore for the international film festival scheduled in the City towards the end of this year, the Chief Minister said.

He requested the leaders of the cultural world to begin the work and make it a grand success.

Receiving the felicitation, Kasaravalli stressed the importance of film societies. There were 18 film societies in the State and nine societies in the City during the early 1980s. But at present SFS was the only society in the State.

Kerala could produce the best films as there were more than 100 film societies during the same period. The film societies helped making of art movies and provided a platform for their screening, he added.

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