'Govt will look into proposal to trim state anthem'

'Govt will look into proposal to trim state anthem'

Minister Kannada and Culture Umashree has said that a committee set up to look in the duration of the state anthem has  submitted its report and the government will take measures to reduce the duration after collecting expert and public opinion. 

Speaking to mediapersons on Monday, the minister said that ‘Nadageethe’ written by Rastrakavi Kuvempu is lengthy.  A committee was set up to look into the proposal to reduce the duration of the state anthem.

The committee has recommended to omit a few stanzas. However, nothing is final. The government is yet to take a final call.  Talks would be held with the Chief Minister. As it is a matter of bonding and patriotism, the public including senior poets, litterateurs, and writers will also be consulted. 

She asserted that banning Kambala is  inappropriate. The folk art is a blend of art and sport. It can be modified. However, banning the unique art form of coastal Karnataka is not justifiable.

Earlier speaking at the Congress Bhavan, the minister said that the government is deliberating over framing a cultural policy. The committee set up for the purpose will submit a draft of the recommendations within a few days. The recommendations of the committee would deal with  measures to conserve the culture of the land. 

The rich legacy and heritage of the soil calls for documentation and the impending cultural policy would ensure the process, she asserted. The State government has submitted a proposal to the Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani  recommending the shifting of Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Kannada (CESCK) from Mysuru to Bengaluru.

The classical status to the language was bestowed following the efforts of veterans scholars and writes. However, the work supporting the classical status is hampered owing to the lack of serious research.

The minister said the awardees recognised by all academies are chosen through transparent process. The number of awards would be increased to 60, following the 60th year celebrations of unification of Karnataka during 2015-16. The Academies are headed by the people who do not have political background.

She said the government is also contemplating over increasing the amount for  the awards instituted by various academies. The private organisations will conduct an audit of the government grants and the registration process in the academies to ensure accountability.

She said strict measures will be taken following the irregularities and abnormalities in connection with taking care of the children. There is no question of playing with the future of children. She said Rs 13.95 lakh is allotted to the Anganawdis in the district. As many as 968 Anganawadis are functioning from own buildings and 72 needs new building.  

The government is committed towards empowerment of  women, financial stability of women  and food security, she added.

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