The city of Bijapur is preparing to host the 79th all-India Kannada literature festival -Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya (ABKS) sammelana- from February 9. Bijapur hosted the ninth ABKS sammelana in 1923 and will now hold another, after nine decades.
District KSP president Mallikarjun Yendigeri told DNA that 32 preparatory committees have been involved in putting the event together. “As we had to wait for 90 years to get an opportunity to provide our hospitality to writers and enthusiasts of culture sector, everyone including farmers and villagers are committed to contribute in all possible ways,” he added.
He said that people belonging to different linguistic communities like Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Marwari, Lambani and Telugu have joined hands to make the convention a success. “Poor people are involved as labourers, while middle class and the elite are contributing donations,” he added.
Adhering to traditions, a Kannada Nudi Teru (chariot) has embarked on a district-wide journey from Bijapur city, to create awareness about the three-day event. Banners and flex boards have begun sprouting up all over the city.
The ministry of defence has extended its cooperation by allowing organisers to hold the convention in its Sainik School ground, while the district administration has taken up efforts to beautify the city. It has launched a drive for cleaning all the monuments in the historical city.
Also, the archaeological survey of India has agreed to allow visitors in the Gol Gumbaz garden after 6pm. In addition, the district administration has installed electric lighting to illuminate the garden between 7pm to 9pm daily during the event as Hescom has risen to the occasion by ensuring uninterrupted power supply.