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Will give directions to conduct "Hampi Utsava" in a simple

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

With the clamour for organising "Utsava" to showcase and celebrate the rich history of the UNESCO world gaining momentum, Chief H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday said he wouldgive directions for organising it in a "simple way."

Citing drought in district, where Hampi, the seat of erstwhile is located, as the reason, district in-charge D K Shivakumar had announced the event will not be held this year.

"I have not ordered that Utsava will not be organised this time... there is demand that it be held from certain circles of society, the government has not issued any order cancelling it," Kurosawa said.

Speaking to reporters here, he said, the decision to defer the "Utsava" was reached at the level of the district in-charge ministers and MLAs after discussion, in the backdropof the drought situation.

"... if people want Hampi Utsava, I will give directions that it be organised in a simple way," he added.

Members from various fields, including artistes and politicians, have been mounting pressure on the government fororganising Hampi Utsava, while questioning it over holding Mysuru Dasara and Tipu Sultan Jayanti, despite drought situation looming large.

Recently BJP MLA and brother of baron G Janardhan Reddy - G Somashekar Reddy had said he along with hisparty workers would also carry out a drive to raise funds fromthe public if the government says it lacks funds.

Hitting back, Kumaraswamy said his government was not "wretched".

"... I know how they have robbed Ballari," he added.

Normally held for three days, "Hampi Utsava" is organisedto showcase the rich cultural heritage and monuments of the erstwhileVijayanagara empire.

It also includes programmes like music,dance, puppetry and fireworks among others.

The has notified 100 taluks of 24 districts as drought-affected.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 20:35 IST