Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddharamaiah has announced that from next year onwards Dr. Rajkumar Jayanti will be celebrated simultaneously in all districts in the State and a statue of Dr. Raj would be installed at every Kannada Sangha.
Speaking at the Karnataka State Annual Film awards presentation ceremony held yesterday at B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan here, Siddharamaiah said that an order would be passed in a few days regarding compulsory screening of Kannada movies in multiplexes and the cap on ticket rates there.
He observed that the number of Kannada movies produced were increasing but regretted that quality was not maintained. He opined that criticism do come on selection of movies for awards but contended that the decision of the selection panel was final.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister felicitated the award winners and selection panel Chief Kavitha Lankesh, paying rich tributes to Lankesh.
Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairman Rajendra Singh Babu and others were present.
Tributes to Raj: Hundreds of fans paid rich tributes to Dr. Raj at Rajkumar Memorial in Kanteerava Studio premises here.
Family members of Rajkumar took part in social service activities. Blood donation camps and mass feeding programmes were also organised to mark the birth anniversary of the thespian.
Offering floral tributes at the memorial and speaking to press persons, Home Minister Dr. G. Parameshwara announced the Government’s decision to incorporate the life history of Dr. Raj in school curriculum to immortalise the contribution of the thespian to theatre and movies.