About six hundred people gathered at Kuvempu park, Ranga Mandira, BTM Layout on 18 December, Sunday to participate in the 106th birth anniversary of Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu. He was the first Kannada litterateur to be honoured with the Jnanpith Award. His birthday falls on the 29 December. Samana Manaskara Vedike, BTM layout, 2nd Stage and Bhagavadgita Abhiyan State Committee Karnataka, jointly organised this event.
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The evening began with a prayer and was followed with an enthralling display of the Yakshagana by the artistes of Sirsi-Siddapur Vrinda. Yakshagana is a popular form of folk dance drama of Karnataka. The deft movement coupled with crisp dialogues by the artistes who enacted scenes from "Gita Anusandhana" held the audience in awe as they cheered them time and again.
The organising committee felicitated the local BBMP Councillor G N R Babu, Ashwin Mahesh, ABIDe member and Ganesh Rao, Deputy Director ISRO.
Speaking on the occasion, A Vidya Shankar, President RWA extolled the glory of Kannada language. He also requested the residents to learn Kannada to enable them to understand better the culture and heritage of our State.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Vidwan M Devendra Bhat.⊕