Joshi told TOI on Friday that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Kannada and culture Minister Sunil Kumar made a proposal to the central government at his request. Joshi handed the proposal to Union Culture Minister Kishan Reddy and Health Ministry Arjunram Meghawal asking them to view the same favorably. “The ministers responded positively,” Joshi said.
Dharwad, which has the potential to be developed as a Special Cultural Zone, offers an ideal location to house the Zonal Cultural Center.
The city of seven hills has all the qualities to develop into a special cultural zone. Apart from artists and writers of all colors, the city has a public with a taste for cultural activities and a healthy climate to support activities throughout the year.
There are several cultural centers in the city within a radius of only 5 to 7 km, which justifies the development of the city into a strong cultural zone. Mallikarjun Mansur Kala Bhavan and Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha in the heart of the city, Rangayana Unit and Suvarna Cultural Complex, Government Art Gallery, Dr Veerendra Heggade Kalakshetra, Alur Venkatrao Auditorium, Ultramodern Srujana Auditorium, Bendre Bhavan and University Auditoriums Karnatak and the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dr Gangubai Hanagal Gurukul and Yashwant Sardeshpande Adiranga Theater are all nearby.
Dharwad has no shortage of musicians, dancers, actors, playwrights, poets and novelists. There are several groups that have maintained cultural activities continuously throughout the year. Realizing Dharwad’s potential, then deputy commissioner Darpan Jain sent a proposal to the government to provide all these places with proper logistics and other facilities to conduct cultural activities. The district cultural center in Dharwad is expected to help make the dream come true. This will also help promote tourism in the region.
“Bengaluru is already saturated with several establishments. It is time to expand organizations promoting literature, art and culture to other parts of Karnataka, ”said actor-director Yashwant Sardeshpande.
Seven of these centers across India
The central government has established seven Zonal Cultural Centers (ZCCs) with headquarters in Patiala, Nagpur, Udaipur, Prayagraj, Kolkata, Dimapur and Thanjavur. The site selection criterion for the ZCC is the traditional cultural anchoring of the place and its accessibility to people. Institutionally, each center has a complex that includes exhibition galleries, performing arts facilities, auditorium, archives and library, etc. The main objective of ZCC is the creative development of Indian culture in the different regions and the creation of a sense of cultural cohesion. in the countryside. The mandate of the centers obliges it to bring culture, until then reserved for the elites and the rich, to the doors of the common man.