Kempe Gowda's 500th birth anniversary in July

The tentative dates for the celebrations are July 16, 17, 18. The three-day function will be held at National College grounds and it will be followed by cultural programmes in different parts of the City in the next four days.

Kempe Gowda, chieftain of the Yelahanka province under the Vijayanagar empire, was the architect of modern Bangalore. He discovered Bangalore and built a mud fort in 1537. The celebrations committee will be headed by Transport Minister R Ashok.

The minister said for the past few years Bangalore Habba was celebrated by private organisations showcasing the western culture. The government would put an end to such celebrations and this time local talents and native art forms would get prominence, Ashok said.

The event includes dance and music by well-known artists, poets’ meet and seminars. During the celebrations, all government buildings and heritage structures of Bangalore and tanks –– Ulsoor and Sankey Tank –– will be illuminated.

The government would confer five Kempe Gowda awards on those who have contributed to the fields of urban development, literature, agriculture, social service and religion in the country. Each award carries a purse of Rs five lakh. The government would also bring out a book on the contributions of Kempe Gowda, as a ruler. The government had allocated Rs two crore for cultural programmes to be conducted as a part of the celebrations.

No dearth of funds

“Funds are not an issue. It is an occasion to remember the contributions of a ruler, who gave shape to Bangalore. The government is yet to work out the total budget,” Ashok said. The government will hold programmes in Mysore, Mandya, Kolar and Chikmagalur also.

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