The late, great actor was a source of inspiration to youth: CM
The late Vishnuvardhan was “not only a great actor but a great personality, and a source of inspiration to young people,” said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday. The CM was participating in a ‘virtual’ bhoomi puja for the construction of a Vishnuvardhan memorial. The actor passed away 11 years ago, and Tuesday marked his 70th birth anniversary.
Vishnuvardhan, popularly known as ‘Sahasa Simha’ to his fans, was known for his discipline and restraint. He was a part of the film industry for 38 years and, after Dr Rajkumar, was one of the most important figures in Kannada filmdom. He also had a strong sense of social justice, the CM said.
ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡು ಕಂಡ ಅಪ್ರತಿಮ ಕಲಾವಿದ ದಿವಂಗತ ಡಾ. ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ಭವನ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಇಂದು ಆನ್ ಲೈನ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಭೂಮಿ ಪೂಜೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಡಾ. ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್ ತವರು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಅವರ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಔಚಿತ್ಯಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಸುಸಜ್ಜಿತ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ನಾವು ಬದ್ಧರಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ. pic.twitter.com/IOKulAIlVQ— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) September 15, 2020
Speaking on the occasion, Minister ST Somashekhar said the memorial would be built on 2 acres of a 5.5-acre site at Udhbooru Gate, HD Kote Road, Mysuru, at a cost of Rs 11 crore. The centrepiece of the memorial will be a 6-foot tall statue of the late actor. The minister noted that Vishnuvardhan had his education in Mysuru.
A Vishnuvardhan museum and a branch of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, will come up at the memorial, the minister said.