Venkatalakshmamma Memorial Hall work awaits completion

Venkatalakshmamma Memorial Hall work awaits completion

The work on Venkatalakshmamma Memorial Hall at Tangali Tandya in Kadur taluk has come to a standstill.  Kaur Venkatalakshmamma was an exponent of the Mysore School of Bharatanatyam and took the art to a great height.

To remember her, the state government, with the efforts of MLA Y S V Datta, sanctioned a memorial hall through Kannada and Culture department. The government had sanctioned Rs 87.75 lakh and had entrusted the work on the memorial to Nirmithi Kendra. The work has been stalled after laying the base structure.

The district Nirmithi Kendra Project director had written to Kannada and Culture department district officer to sanction the remaining amount on February 5, 2016. Unfortunately, the fund has not been sanctioned till date. Weeds have grown on the base structure of the memorial.

The art connoisseurs have expressed their displeasure at delay in the completion of the memorial, which they want to become a cultural centre in the taluk. They have urged the Kannada and Culture department to sanction the fund at the earliest to complete the work.

Venkatalakshmamma served at Mysuru Palace and was honoured by the University of Mysore with honorary doctorate and is a recipient of Padma Vibhushan.

When Venkatalakshmamma passed away, she was laid to rest on her land at Tangali Tandya. The place where she was buried at also cries for attention.

Veeresh of Nirmithi Kendra said the work on base structure has been completed. The fund is likely to be released shortly.