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HAMSALEKHA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS ‘HAMSOTSAVA’ ON JUNE 23
L
yricist and music composer Hamsalekha will turn 66 on June 23. His protégés, disciples, music composers, lyricists and well-wishers including political leaders and writers will celebrate Hamsalekha’s birthday as 'Hamsotsava' and as a Kannada festival. The organizers Sakala Foundation and Kannada Sahitya Parishat of Mahalakshmipura have coined a slogan Eleyona Baara Kannada Tera for the festival.

Hamsalekha’s protégés V Manohar, K Kalyan, Anoop Seelin and others including Ramanath Rigvedi will participate in the festival. The Kannada cinema industry is taking part in the event. Ministers from the state and the centre will also participate. Prof Chandrashekar Patil, Prof Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Dr Chandrashekar Kambara and Prof Doddarange Gowda will attend the event along with Manu Baligar and Sa Ra Govindu.

Hamsalekha will be taken in a procession on a silver chariot on June 23 that will start from the Ganesha Temple in Kanteerava Studio at 2 pm and will reach Dr Rajkumar Kalakshetra in Rajajinagar at around 5.30 pm. The state anthem will be played along with group songs all along the procession. Kannada Hamsa audio CDs and books will be distributed free. Lahari Audio will give away 5,000 CDs free of cost and non-Kannadigas who speak Kannada will get sweets.

Cut-outs of Hamsalekha will also adorn the route of the procession. Hamsalekha’s students from Desi School will invite their mentor with Kalasha and Arathi into the procession.

The procession will end with a music programme by Deva and his team at 6 pm along with other cultural programmes. A hotel plans to introduce Hamsalekha Jilebi also to mark the occasion.
-15/06/16

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