Kempegowda Award list swells to 136

Kempegowda Award list swells to 136

Kempegowda Award list swells to 136

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike once again gave in to the intense pressure from various circles and chose as many as 136 “illustrious sons of the soil” for the Kempegowda Award this year.

The award ceremony will take place on June 27, when the Palike would celebrate the Kempegowda Day in a big way, in memory of Naada Prabhu Kempegowda, who founded Bangalore about 550 years ago.

The Palike had initially decided to restrict the number to 50, but the next day it increased it to 75. Yet, aspirants kept the queue intact before the MPs, MLAs, corporators and some top rank Palike officers till late Wednesday night. On Thursday, the mayor announced the list of 136 people leaving the space open for the inclusion of a few more names.

Some prominent persons chosen for the award are 114-year-old freedom fighter Pt Sudhakar Chaturvedi, 101-year-old lexicographer G Venkatasubbaiah, cricketer R Vinay Kumar, former India hockey player Ashish Ballal, international swimmers Khushi Dinesh, cycling champion Krishna Naikodi, poet Baguru Markandeya, litterateur Dr Holali Nagaraju Shastry, former chairperson of Kannada Sahitya Parishath K V Ramakrishna Gowda, film producer and director K S L Swamy, director and producer Sai Prakash and heart specialist Dr Srikanth Shetty.

Responding to queries on the huge number of awardees this year, the mayor said that a city like Bangalore with a population of about one crore needs to felicitate a number of people. He added this is the last year of the current elected body in the Palike, so many people made it to the list.

Kempegowda Day

Apart from felicitating the renowned persons, the Palike will organise a host of events in all the 198 wards, 27 divisions and eight zones on June 27. The main event will take place at the BBMP head office where various cultural events would mark the Kempegowda Day. The event would start at 8 am when Mayor B S Satyanarayana, Deputy Mayor Indira, BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana and many elected representatives would garland the statue of Kempegowda.

The Mayor would also pay obeisance to the founder of Bangalore at all the four Kempegowda towers including the one inside the historic Lalbagh and take out a Kempegowda Divya Jyothi Rally in the City. These four towers were constructed by Kempegowda to restrict the Bangalore City within these four pillars but the growing city has exceeded much beyond the limits demarcated by him.

In the evening, cultural programmes will be organised at the BBMP head office, which will be followed by the award ceremony.