Private initiatives are making waves in the Indian scheme of politics and national life?

It is good that the Bangalore-based government and private partnership in culture promotion, namely, the Bangalore Habba was postponed in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The mood in the country is not suited for any celebrations of sorts. It is a time for deep anguish and introspection for the nation. Yediyurappa, the Karnataka Chief Minister reflects the nation’s mood, unlike many of his counterparts, his peers in his own state or in the outside states, who shave shown utter insensitivity and irresponsibility, as in Kerala Chief Minister’s case.

Even in states like neighbouring TN we see utter callousness and indifference to the happenings in Mumbai. Where politicians seem desperate as we see the DMK chief Karunanidhi who is losing allies and seeking nonentities as partners!

When the Indian politicians would become men, not just boys! Seeking selfishness and narrow agenda when the country is in the flames, literally and metaphorically?

Yes, it is like this sort of a question only that one seems to ask these days when we look around and take stock of our national life.
How serious we are about our own self-perceptions.

First the positive developments and the positive strengths.
Yes, cultural activities in the country, at least as seen from Bangalore, the booming international city of sorts owing to its international corporate culture, the arts and cultural scene is vibrant.

In one week I read and even attend say, music events, theatre events, paintings exhibitions and international rockers and other arts.
The state government for instance this year announced a grant of Rs.1.5crores and a private company Rs.one crore to conduct what is called the week-long Habba, cultural week.

Kannada film festival, music festival and theatre festival and handicrafts and many such kinds of cultural pursuits.

You can have it to your full satisfaction.
As Padmini Ravi, trustee of the Artistes’ Foundation for Arts (AFFA) says the arts and art infrastructure in the country has huge talent and any artistic promotion is, as she says, is only an investment in our future generation. So, we welcome the cultural promotion events and at the same time we like the arts and culture energises a people and reflect their feelings and moods as well.

There was time that artists from Bangalore went to Chennai to seek recognition. Now it is the reverse! Musicians like Bombay Jayasree and dancers like Leela Samson came to Bangalore to perform!
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