A bigger ‘Tipu Jayanti’ on the cards this year

Written by | October 13, 2016 | 0

Bengaluru: Karnataka’s Congress government has made a fresh move to affirm its position that Tipu Sultan, the 18th century Mysuru ruler, is a Kannada icon, and not just a hero for minorities. It has given the responsibility for organizing this year’s ‘Tipu Jayanti’ celebrations to the Kannada and Culture Department, shifting it from the Minorities Department.

Tipu’s birth anniversary, to be celebrated on November 10, will now be treated as a cultural event, rather than be seen merely from the lens of minorities, say State government officials. There were violent protests against the event last year.

The Congress government, in a first, organised the ‘Tipu Jayanti’ in 2015 to mark his birth anniversary on the lines of other historic personalities. Tipu Sultan was killed while fighting the British in Srirangapatna on May 4, 1799.

K.A. Dayanand, Director Kannada and Culture did not assign any reason for the transfer of responsibility for the celebrations to the Kannada and Culture Department, and said, “the responsibility is being given to our department, as we celebrate ‘Jayantis’ of iconic personalities of the land including Kanaka, Siddarama, Basava, Valmiki, Shivaji and Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar.”

Last year’s event was held at Banquet Hall, but on November 10, the venue will be Ravindra Kalakshetra and the celebrations will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. “A panel discussion on the contribution of Tipu Sultan to the State and a play on the life of Tipu are proposed, he said.

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