World Kannada meet opens today

Press Trust of India Belgaum | Updated on March 10, 2011 Published on March 10, 2011

Celebreties for celebration time: Thirty Iravatha buses lined up to pick up representatives of the Kannada film industry near Freedom Park in Bangalore on Thursday, for Vishwa Kannada Sammelana at Belgaum. — Photo: V Sreenivasa Murthy

Its celebration time in Karnataka as the state prepares to showcase the richness of Kannada language and culture in a gala show during the World Kannada Meet starting tomorrow.

The “Vishwa Kannada Sammelana” (World Kannada Meet) will be held in this town bordering Maharashtra with software icon Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy declaring the three-day extravaganza open.

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be gracing the inaugural ceremony as a special guest in the event, which will be attended by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa, and acclaimed Kannada poet G.S. Shivarudrappa.

overseas participation

“Troupes from the US, the UK and Dubai are staging performances,” the special officer of the meet, Mr I.M. Vittala Murthy, told PTI today.

Kannadigas from the State as well as almost 150 of them from overseas are expected to participate in this Rs 30-crore event.

While Maharashtra continues to stake claim over Belgaum this event will “send out a clear message” that that it is an integral part of the State, a state official said.

The first “Vishwa Kannada Sammelana” was held in Mysore in 1985.

Published on March 10, 2011
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