Sahitya Sammelana in Kolar was deferred due to elections to urban local bodies.
Malur is all ready to host the 12th district-level Kannada Sahitya Sammelana on March 16 and 17.
The organisers expect about 2,000 people to participate in the programme, but no schoolchildren will participate in the Sammelana president’s inaugural procession, clarified Kannada Sahitya Parishat district unit president J G Nagaraj.
He spoke addressing a press conference in the City on Thursday.
Release of books
“A 150-page commemorative handout describing the specialities of the district will be released during the Sammelana. We have had 1,000 copies printed and will distribute them among all representatives,” added Nagaraj. “As many 15 literary works, including Dr Chandrashekhar Nangali’s ‘Chinni Muttu Maatukate’, Sammelana president Sa Raghunath’s translation from Telugu ‘Monishada’, Dr M Venkataswamy’s collection of poems ‘Hakkigalige Visa Kottavararu?’, Dr G Shivappa’s ‘Mulbagalu Charitre Mattu Samskriti’ and ‘Itihasa Jnanakosha’, C M Govinda Reddy’s ‘Makkala Kavya’, five works of Manjukannika, T M Nagaraj’s collection of poems ‘Swabhimani’ and works of Doddakallalli Narayanappa, R Vijayaraghavan will also be released on behalf of the Parishat.”
“Also, in commemoration of the 12th literary fest, 12 achievers from the district will be honoured,” said the president.
The Sammelana will include an exhibition cum sale of the major literary works by prominent writers from all over Kolar district. “We hope to exhibit books of all writers in the district,” said Nagaraj.
“About 25 book stalls will be installed at the Sammelana. The stalls have all been provided free of cost. Publishers including Lekha, Navabharat, Navakarnataka, Abhinava and Ankita from Bangalore and Dhatri from Mysore are expected to set up stall in Malur,” he added.
‘Gellalebeku’ (Victory is a must), a book on psychological progress, written by Kolar Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath, will be distributed free among all participants at the Sammelana.
“This is a special feature of this Sammelana and we hope to give at least a thousand copies on the occasion,” said Nagaraj.
“So far, we have had 800 registrations for participation in the Sammelana. Interested persons can still register with the taluk unit president of the Parishat at a rate of just Rs 100,” said Nagaraj.
Speaking on providing food and eatables at the programme, the president said, “The Sammelana is an ‘Akshara Jathre’- a literary meet- not an ‘Anna Jathre’- food fest.
Therefore, we have made preparations only for simple food to be served at the Sammelana.”
Dr G Shivappa, M V Janardan, H A Purushottam Rao, Narayanappa and Badrinath, members of the Parishat, were also present at the press conference.