"I am proud to have presented a music recital in the presence of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and witnessed Kittur Chennamma drama when I was just 15 years old," said Nadoja Enagi Balappa here yesterday evening.

Speaking after inaugurating the cultural programmes organised at the Palace as part of Dasara festivities, he said that he was glad to be inaugurating these programmes with the blessings of Goddess Chamundeshwari and added that Kannada language had suffered a setback as a result of advancement in technology.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, speaking on the occasion, thanked rain Gods for blessing the State with good rains, which had driven away fear of drought in the minds of the farmers. He called upon the people to enjoy all the programmes during the nine-day festival.

District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad, speaking on the occasion, said that the far-sighted vision of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore had contributed to the development of Mysore and surrounding areas which had resulted in Mysore emerging as the cultural capital of the State.

Siddharamaiah also conferred Sangeetha Vidwan award on Vidwan Dr. V.S. Sampathkumaracharya for his outstanding services in the field of music.

Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree, Public Works Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Mayor Rajeshwari Somu, ZP President Koorgalli Mahadevu, Sub-Committee President K.R. Mohan Kumar, Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi, DC C. Shikha, Director of the department of Archeology and Museum Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore