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Kittur Fort to become tourist spot

BELAGAVI: Kittur Utsav that celebrates Queen Kittur Channamma’s victory over the East India company’s troupes in 1824, was organised in Channammana Kittur on Monday, October 23.

The three-day festival ends on Wednesday, reports The Hindu.

Various sporting events, including Kabaddi, volleyball and cycling, were organised on Tuesday. A bouquet of cultural performances from school and college students from across the district was presented in Kittur on both days.

Over 30 folk art teams are performing in the event.

District in-charge minister Ramesh Jarkiholi inaugurated the festival on Monday. He promised to develop the Kittur Fort into a tourist spot. He also promised a memorial in Kakati, the village where Channamma was born.

However, pro-Kannada organisations are upset that the State government was not according Kittur Utsav the same amount of importance as Mysuru Dasara.

In fact, Kittur Utsav is more important than Mysuru Dasara as it is about a woman’s conquest of the company’s forces.

Channamma’s struggle pre-dates the country’s First War of Independence in 1857.

Kittur Utsav should get more funds and the Chief Minister should inaugurate it, Ashok Chandaragi, convenor of the federation of Kannada associations, said.

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