Mysuru: Sandalwood’s famed lyricist and music director Hamsalekha urged the State government to be sensitive towards farmers while celebrating Nada Habba Dasara.
During an interaction with mediapersons here on Tuesday, Hamsalekha, who is all set to inaugurate this year’s Dasara, said with lack of rainfall, farmers are staring at a drought. “Farmers are the source of celebration. But this year’s monsoon has failed them. I am worried about their plight and I hope there would be a permanent solution to their suffering. Let us not have an extravagant Dasara that may hurt the sentiments of distraught farmers,” observed Hamsalekha. He was of the opinion that the country needs smart villages rather than smart cities and agriculture scientists must come forward to build a smart village.
Expressing his gratitude for the government for choosing him to open this year’s Dasara, Hamsalekha said this was an honour for the art that he breathes and lives by.
“Many said this was an honour for my work and some even commented, this was a moment of social justice. But, I failed to explain all this. I am a writer and work in movies. If I am called a poet, then there are chances of being categorised. I’m just humbled by the honour bestowed on me,” Hamsalekha said.
Strongly voicing against forced Hindi as subjects, Hamsalekha remarked “I have studied Hindi since my school days. Let Hindi not be forced upon us. It’s time we protect the soul of Kannada language and its land.”