Balavana goes online; cartoon expo begins

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balavana-putturePuttur, August 25, 2013: “Just as the way Jnanpeeth awardee Kota Shivram Karanth saw the world from Balavana, hope the people across the globe see what is going on at Balavana,” said Assistant Commissioner (Puttur) H Prasanna, who is also the president for the Balavana Development Committee.

Presiding over the launching of website on Balvana (www.karanthabalavana.com) at Balavana here on Sunday, he said that a number of activities have been planned in Balavana so that one or the other type of literary activity goes on in Balavana round the year.

Stressing the need to reach the activities at Balavana to the nook and corner of the world, Prasanna remembered the services of all those who had joined hands in bringing life into Balavana. He also recalled the services of Architect Anand Kumar S K, artists Mohan Sona and Chandra, who toiled hard to give a new look to Balavana.

Earlier, inaugurating the website, District Information Officer Rohini K appealed the chidren to get their friends to Balavana, so that they could learn – “how to colour their life.”

RFO Sridhar hoped that the activities of Balavana reach far and wide through the newly launched website. On the occasion, website designer Adarsh Narayan and his team was felicitated.

Cartoon expo

Meanwhile, popular cartoonist Harini (Harishchandra Shetty) inaugurated a month-long cartoon exhibition of 35 cartoonists of coastal region, by drawing a caricature of Kota Shivram Karanth and District Information Officer Rohini K.

As many as 35 cartoonists from different media organisations under the banner ‘Karavali Cartoonists’ have displayed more than 100 cartoons, with intended puns on the issues prevailing in the society. In addition, there are cartoons of Jnanpeeth awardees and litterateurs among others.

The cartoonists whose cartoons are on display include Harini, Mohammed Padubidri, Chitramitra, Prakash, Satish Acharya, James Vaz, Jeevan, Dinesh Kukkujadka, John Chandra, Amrut Vitla, Uday Vitla, Nikil Pai, Chandra Gangolli, Jayaram Navada, Yathish Siddakatte, Panju Gangolli, Yogish Siddakatte, Shailesh Ujire, Gopi Hirebettu, Shivram Puttur, Chandrashekar Shetty, Lakshminarayana, H S Vishwanath, Santhosh Sasihithlu, Keshava Sasihithlu, Vasanth Hosabettu, Shyamsundar, Nadig Ravi and Jayaram Udupa among others. Throughout the day, Harini sketched the caricatures of a number of

children as well as visitors who had come to take part in the programme.

55 art works

The gallery also showcases 55 art works, which is the result of two creative art camps,
organised in the last one year.

It may be remembered that artists from all over the country were invited to create art-works based on Karanth’s literature by the Dr Shivaram Karanth Bal Bhavan Samiti. The artists who participated in the camp, were made to interact with litterateurs, who could share their ideas on the literature, while the artist painted.

The art works include canvass on Karanth’s literary works such as “Alida Mele,” “Bettada Jeeva,” “Kanyabali,” “Swapnada Hole,” “Marali Mannigay,” “Mookajjiya Kanasu,” “Mai Managala Suliyalli” and many others.

The camp was organised on a suggestion by famous artist Mohan Sona, who takes up free drawing classes for children at the Bal Bhavan. Artists Mohan Sona, Chandra and more than 60 children from in and around Puttur were present.

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