BANGALORE: Speaking at the 84th birth anniversary of Kannada actor Rajkumar, his son, cine actor Shivaraj Kumar, said “After Appaji’s demise, the atmosphere here has changed.
I will not remain silent if anybody tries to go against my father’s wishes. I am ready for any sacrifice for the fulfilment of Appaji’s dreams. My brothers, Raghavendra and Puneeth and his children will continue the battle, if I die.” The event was organised by Akhila Karnataka Dr Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha on Tuesday.
Sources close to the actor stated that Kumar had made this statement against the backdrop of the recent developments in Kannada film industry.
“We are not against any language. Nobody should mistake our silence as weakness. If we raise our voices, we are capable of doing anything,” Kumar said. Kannada litterateur Bargur Ramachandrappa flayed Housing Minister V Somanna and Home and Transport Minister R Ashok for allegedly stepping on the memorial of Rajakumar while offering floral tributes to the thespian.
However, Somanna apologised for showing disrespect to the actor.
Ramachandrappa also requested Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda to allot land for the construction of museum, library and an auditorium near Rajkumar’s memorial.
“This place should be made into a national memorial. An auditorium should be constructed to play documentaries on Rajkumar and there should be focus on development of Kannada language,” he noted.
Seven personalities- Suma, Shani Mahadevappa, M N Lakshmi Devi, sporstman A T Raghu, Sadashiva Brahmavar, senior journalist S Ramachandra and swimmer Gopalakrishna were felicitated on the occasion with Rs 25,000 cash.
Rajkumar was dedicated towards his work: CM
Jnanpith Award Winning writer Prof U R Ananthmurthy on Tuesday said thespian Rajkumar’s language was never limited to one part of the state.
Speaking at a programme organised to celebrate the late actor’s 84th birth anniversary by the Department of Kannada and Culture, in association with the Information Department, he said, “Kannada is spoken differently in different parts of Karnataka.
Many great poets dreamt of seeing different dialects of Kannada becoming one and Rajkumar made it a reality. His Kannada never sounded artificial,” he observed. “Rajkumar’s Kannada was simple and it was understood by one and all,” he felt.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda was all praise for Rajkumar. “Rajkumar’s values need to be followed by all. I have seen many of his movies.
His acting was never stereotypical. He was dedicated towards his work,” he said. He also assured that the government was keen on supporting cinema as well as theatre.