'State govt funds Rs 162 crore for promotion of language, culture'

“It is Karnataka government which has sanctioned highest amount for the promotion of state’s language and culture compared to all other states in the nation,” said Kannada and Culture Department Director Manu P Baligar.

Speaking after inaugurating the 38th Academy Art Award distribution programme organised under the aegis of Karnataka Lalitakala Academy (KLA) at the IMA Hall here on Sunday, Baligar said that the State government has sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 162 crore for the promotion of Kannada language and culture.

He said that the Kannada and Culture Department will sanction more fund to KLA for its future activities. He said that the department had already sanctioned more than Rs 24 lakh to Academy and assured that ready to sanction more fund upto Rs 15 lakh, if Academy submits a proposal,” he assured.

Talking about the commercialisation of art, Baligar said that the value and purity of art will deplete if it was valued in terms of money. “Artists should innovate with their talents without bothering the invasion of technology,” he suggested.

State Bank of India Chief Manager Chaitanya Tallur, who inaugurated the 38th Academy Art Exhibition at Akhter’s Art Gallery, said “there is no dearth of subject for art and there is no shortage of artists in Coastal districts.”

He said that bagging award should not be the only goal of an artist.

“An artist should never retire from the field even after achieving honours,” he added.
Tallur said that the Bank is ready to extend financial assistance to artists and also will provide platform for them to exhibit their works free of cost. 

He said that the bank will prepare a proposal to make arrangements to display the paintings of local artists in its ATM centres.

In addition, the bank will also make arrangements to pass on information regarding region’s artists and their works to its NRI customers, he added.
KLA Chairman Dr J S Khanderao delivering the presidential address said that the Academy will strive to bring out informative books of international standards on art at an affordable rate.
He said that though large number of books on art available in Western countries, it is not affordable.

National-level camp

Baligar assured that the department will extend all support, if artists in the State are willing to organise the National Level Academy Art Exhibition and camps in the State.
He said that artists co-operation plays a key role while organising such programmes.
Khanderao also asserted that the Academy will exert much effort to organise a national-level art exhibition programme in the State.


A total of 10 artists, including Mangalorean Syed Asif Ali, were honoured with 38th Academy Art Award on the occasion. Other award winners include Shivananda Basavanthappa, Gururaja R Alagonda, J Subramani, S Nataraj (all from Bangalore), K J Pradeep of Tumkur, Shafeeq J Mashalkar of Gulbarga, Prabhakar Mankal from Raichur, B M Muralidhar of Channarayapatna and Aruna Bhat of Uttar Kannada.

A total of 96 paintings including 10 award winning works are exhibited at the Akhter’s Art Gallery which will remain open for public till June 10 between 10.30 and to 7 pm.
Akhter’s Art Gallery Director Dr Akhter Hussein and Academy Registrar V N Mallikarjunaswamy were present on the occasion.

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