Posted date: 2/March/2009

The Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa arriving one hour 20 minutes late had in fact deferred the whole cultural feast that was set after the inauguration of the Amrutha Mahotasava event at Bangalore Palace on Sunday evening. Amidst burning of cultural crackers in the air the inauguration and cultural event went on making it memorable.

The massive crowd not able to bear the delay thronged at the high tension wires, important sound boxes and in front of the stage that resulted in lathi charge from the police. A lot of chaos kept the organizers baffling.

The Karnataka Chief Minister coming late to the function did not bother to feel sorry for it. According to sources he left Tiptur at 5.30 pm but came to the inauguration of this event at 6.50 pm. He lighted the lamp and inaugurated the photo cards of the first film of Kannada cinema ‘Sathi Sulochana’ of 1934, honored the three key persons family members of ‘Sathi Sulochana’ Actress Lakshmi, Srujan Lokesh and Pushpakumar. He did not make any major announcement as he had recently agreed to increase the quality subsidy to 20 more Kannada films from the existing 30 films – Rs.10 lakh each.

Dr.Kamal Hassan made an attacking speech on this occasion. He had in mind the politics bothering the two states artist fraternity. He preferred to call cinema and politics as ‘Oil and Water’ both are powerful but do not jell.

He asked the trouble mongers not to throw stone at the fine pond of artists. It is helpful for ‘Theertha Yathre, it is like Pushkarni where the swadeshi and videshi take career. By throwing stone at this Pavithra Pushkarni don’t make it a pond of blood he pleaded. Let the stone pelting by politicians make to dirty ponds. He has come in fact to make this announcement.

No one can change my Tamil identity. This land has given me Guru called Gundu Rao – Thainagesh. I am such a Tamil person who loves the bigwigs of Kasaravalli, Karnad, Ananthamurthy, P Lankesh Puttannaji, BV Karanth, Sowcar Janaki, B Saroja Devi.

Kannada cinema industry is like my Chikkamma. It is 75 years Chikkamma today on this birthday. Artists make penance to reach the goals. Let there not be meaningless fights. Call me for the 100th birthday. Not discard me as Hale Mudhka. Dr.Kamal Hassan narrated the beautiful poem of Gopalakrishna Adiga and thanked the loving and elderly persons. He made special reference to Ramesh Aravind for writing his Tamil speech in to Kannada.

Information minister Khatta Subramania Naidu, Dr.Jayamala also spoke on this occasion. Sa.Ra.Govindu welcomed everyone on the evening.

The cultural feast that was supposed to start at 7 pm took off at 8.40 pm. The restless spectators who thronged everywhere did not allow V.Ravichandran and TS Nagabharana to conduct the cultural event in right perspective. V.Ravichandran could not come on stage in the car.

Yet 20 plus cultural programs treated more than one lakh attendance who had come from all areas to witness the mammoth and magnificent ‘Amrutha Mahotsava’.

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