Mysore, Apr. 2 (SH&ACP)- The three-day divisional-level youth festival (Yuvajanotsava) began here yesterday.

Goolihatti Shekar, Minister for Textiles, Sports and Youth Services inaugurated the event in a colourful function by beating the drum and letting off balloons from Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar Stage of Dasara Exhibition Grounds in the evening. About 500 youth from eight districts in the division are taking part.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister disclosed that the State Government had increased the allocation for organising the annual Yuvajanotsava. Henceforth, the State-level event will receive Rs. 20 lakh from the government, an increase from the allocation of Rs. 5 lakh previously, he said.

Allocation for the festival at all levels will be raised, he said. While the allocation for the divisional level programme is raised from one lakh rupees to Rs. 10 lakh, the allocation for district level will be increased from Rs. 50,000 to two lakh rupees, he disclosed. Taluk level events will be allocated Rs. 50,000, he said.

Young talents

The government aimed at supporting and encouraging young talents who are preserving our rural folk culture, the Minister remarked. He bemoaned that all these years, the successive governments paid little attention to the youth and their talents. This year the State-level Yuvajanotsava will be held in Hosadurga. At least 1,000 youth from each district will take part in the fest in Hosadurga in May, the Minister said.

The inaugural session received a folk touch as Ksheera Sagara youth team presented a colourful Nandi Kamba dance.

The participants will vie for honours during the three-day festival which has 17 competitions.

Earlier, the Minister was accorded a purna kumbha welcome as he arrived at the venue in a procession of participants.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore