Monday, February 11, 2008

Soudha plays host to its architect’s centenary

Soudha plays host to its architect’s centenary

Bangalore: The birth centenary of the late Kengal Hanumanthaiah was celebrated at Vidhana Soudha on Sunday. A former chief minister of Karnataka, Hanumanthaiah was known for his political acumen, pro-people policies , struggle for the unification of Karnataka, and finally, for designing the Vidhana Soudha.
Speaking on the occasion, assembly Speaker Krishna said politicians of the state and the administration must introspect whether they’re delivering good governance to citizens. In the wake of citizens losing faith in the administration and the opinion that corruption reigns supreme, there’s a need to study why social values are being eroded from public life. By doing this, we can redeem ourselves, added Krishna.
Krishna called upon the people to follow the principles laid down by Hanumanthaiah rather than merely remember him. Legislative council chairperson B K Chandrashekar urged the Union government to release a postal stamp dedicated to Hanumanthaiah. He suggested a museum be set up on the ground-floor of Vidhana Soudha, with information on Hanumanthaiah’s life; renaming the west gate entrance of Vidhana Soudha and the taluk office in Ramanagaram after Hanumanthaiah; and to include a chapter about the visionary in the high school curriculum. Chandrashekar said Hanumanthaiah’s dream to construct Veera Soudha in the latter’s hometown Ramanagaram, must be fulfilled.
Appreciating Vidhana Soudha’s architect, governor Rameshwar Thakur released a souvenir on Hanumanthaiah. Cultural programmes were organized on the occasion.
Earlier in the morning, Hanumanthaiah’s daughter Vijayalakshmi Thimmaiah and his brother Kengal Giriyappa were involved in a minor tiff over garlanding the statue at Vidhana Soudha. They argued over a family dispute in the presence of Thakur. The police intervened and sorted out the matter.

STATE HERO: Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s granddaughters (left) pay floral tributes at Vidhana Soudha on Sunday. (Right) Folk artistes entertain the gathering on the occasion


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