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Rajyotsava Award for Srinath, Baragur, 54 others

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BANGALORE OCT. 30. Writer Baragur Ramachandrappa, poet H.S. Venkatesha Murthy, theatre and film personalities Prema Karanth and T.S. Nagabharana and film artiste Srinath figure in the list of 56 persons selected by the Karnataka Government for this year's Rajyotsava Award in recognition of contribution to their fields. Four institutions also feature in the list.

Announcing the awardees here today, the Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, Rani Satish, said that it was based on "merit'' and political considerations had no role as reported in a section of the press. The committee constituted for selecting the awards had attempted to give a balanced regional representation.

The Department of Kannada and Culture had not invited applications for the awards, as it had no such tradition, she said. The awards, to be presented on Saturday, carry a gold medal, a citation, a shawl and a memento.

Replying to questions on why the announcement was delayed and if there was any pressure on the Government, Ms. Satish said there was no pressure and the committee had made efforts to select "deserving persons." The award winners are:

Literature: Baragur Ramachandrappa (Tumkur), Somashekhara Imrapura (Dharwad), H.S. Venkatesha Murthy (Chitradurga) and D. Lingiah (Mandya).

Classical music: Rajalakshmi Tirunarayana (Bangalore), Sheik Hannumia (Bidar), Pandit Rajaguru Guruswamy Kalkeri (Gadag) and Mysore Manjunath (Mysore).

Light music: S.K. Vasumathi (Mysore) and A. Sundara Murthy (Bangalore).

Dance: B.S. Sunanda Devi (Bangalore).

Fine arts: M.B. Patil (Bijapur).

Theatre: T.S. Nagabharana (Mysore), Prema Karanth, L. Krishnappa (Bangalore), P. Padma (Bellary) and Devaputra (Raichur).

Janapada and Yakshagana: Kasim Sab Hussein Sab (Bijapur), N.R. Naik (Uttara Kannada), Made Gowda (Chamarajanagar), Mallayyaswamy Athani (Bagalkot), Irodi Govindappa (Udupi) and Baburao Kobala (Gulbarga).

Sculpture: H.N. Krishna Murthy (Shimoga).

Social service: Abdul Rehman and Mohini Naik (Dakshina Kannada).

Medicine: A.S. Hegde (Udupi), Narapath Solanki (Kolar) and U.S. Krishna Naik (Dakshina Kannada).

Journalism: Surendra Daani (Hubli), C. Kaiser Rehman (Bidar) and M.A. Ponnappa (Kodagu).

Sports: Boniface Prabhu (Bangalore).

Cinema: Siddalingiah (Tumkur), Gangadhar, Srinath, B.V. Radha and Tara (Bangalore).

Constructive activities: Vijayanath Shenoy (Udupi), Radha Murthy, Vimala Rangachar and Kalpana Kar (Bangalore).

Art criticism: Chi. Su. Krishna Shetty (Bangalore).

Education: Siddalingaiah Swamy Soppinamath (Gadag) and M.R. Holla (Dakshina Kannada).

Yoga: Gurusiddappa (Tumkur).

Science: B.V. Jagadish (United States).

Horanadu: Sydney Kannada Koota (Australia) and Kumar Malavalli (United States).

Other categories: K.R. Thimmarajau (Tumkur), Chandulal Jain, Bharath Cancer Institute, Akshaya Patre (ISKCON), Young Men's Christian Association (Bangalore), Pradhana Gurudath, K. Guru Rao (Mysore), S.M. Syed Khaleel (Bhatkal), K. Marualasiddappa (Chikmagalur), Vasundhara Kavali Philios (Horanadu), and Gowri Shankar (Chikmagalur).

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