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Karnataka Cabinet to decide on shortening state anthem duration

In an interesting development, Kannada and Culture minister V Sunil Kumar has told that a decision will be taken on trimming the duration of 'Nada Geete' the state anthem as at present there is time variation during different programs. It is said that during the scheduled Cabinet meeting, the decision may be taken.

Karnataka Cabinet to decide on shortening state anthem duration-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 24, 2021, 7:03 PM IST

Karnataka is all set to witness a debate over the decision of trimming the state anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.

Karnataka Kannada and Culture minister V Sunil Kumar said that the state government will take a call on shortening the duration of the ‘Nada Geethe’ (State Anthem) during the 10-day legislature session starting from September 13.

The Nada Geete is a must in all government programs and at each time it is played there may be some changes with regard to its duration.

The minister stressed on the changes in the photo of 'Mata Kannadambe Bhuvaneshwari (Goddess of Karnataka) in coming days.

As the Kannada language and its anthem is an extremely sensitive subject, controversy cannot be ruled out if BJP touches the topic. 

While a committee led by Kannada renowned poet Channaveera Kanavi in 2014 had pitched to limit the duration for 1.5 minutes, the government in 2019, the government received a proposal from Kannada Sahitya Parishat, a highest state literature body for 2.3 minutes. At present the anthem is rendered 4-5 minutes on different occasions and events.

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What is Naada Geete?

It's an famous Kannada poem written by Kannada poet KV Puttappa in which he praises both the state and nation and the cultural blend between the two.
According to the poet, Karnataka is the daughter of India and hence he began with 'Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate'.

The Karnataka government officially declared on January 6, 2004 that Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate will be the state anthem.

Though many take pride in singing the state anthem, some leaders who claim to be fans and followers of Naada Geeta were caught for not signing even two lines. Especially in BBMP, the elected corporators in 2017 had become a joke when they gave lame excuses as they could not sing the anthem.

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