The Kari Basava Rajendra (KBR) drama company’s Kannada Samskruti Kala Kendra commonly known to Belgaum as Chindodi Leela rang mandir is now being removed and a tank would be built on the terms of the Kapileshwar tank just on the opposite side which will be utilized for Ganesh immersions.
The work on the removal of the same has begun under the supervision of the DC, Dr.Caur.
This was a long pending demand of Belgaumites that a tank be built there so that the immersion can take place in a more easy manner. The current Kapileshwar talav is now very small to house about 250+ odd huge idols of the Elephant God.
History: The Kari Basava Rajendra (KBR) drama company of Davangere produced 58 plays and has given more than 20,000 performances, including over 2,000 stage shows in the border areas of Belgaum.
Chindodi Leela under whose leadership the company came to fame camped at Belgaum for 10 years continuously (1980-1990), kindling the Kannada fire.
There was initial resent for alocating land to the company but she took the battle to the Supreme Court and emerged victorious. She then staged ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji’ and won over Marathi hearts. She even became a Municipal Council member.
The current removal of the structure is still in progress and this year no immersions would be possible, but as Rs.50 lakhs have been sanctioned for the same, next year may be the Elephant God will have much bigger place for immersion.