Kannada and Culture Shri AnanthKumar is the first person to give a speech in Kannada at the UN General Assembly. Shri AnanthKumar was instrumental in procuring a UNI code for Kannada. This has been crucial in the new age technology centric use of Kannada. Allocated 25 lakhs of MPLAD fund for the Kannada Resource Center Has fought for getting Kannada the status of a classical language. Supported the Assembly level Kannada Sahitya Parishad Sammelans Has organised many events for promotion of Kannada Culture through Adamya Chetana. Has assisted educational, cultural and community organizations that espouse Indian traditions and culture like Gokhale memorial, Udayabhanu Kalasangha among others. Established IGNCA’s first center outside Delhi in Bangalore. Has been actively involved in promotion of local festivals such as Bangalore Karaga, Basavangudi Kadlekai parishe, Pustaka Parishe, Shivarathri, Sarakki Hoovina among others. As Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shri AnanthKumar took a keen interest in organizing the Sindhu darshan in Leh making it a historical event in the cultural upheaval of India. The Sindhu Cultural Study Center was established to promote Sindhu culture. He established Sindhu Darshan as a national event thereby making it a matter of India’s pride. Shri. Ananthkumar was also instrumental in establishing the ‘Brahmaputra Darshan in February 2001. Launched ‘nirargala Kannada’ programme and initiated a campaign to speak in shuddha (fault-less Kannada) through competitions and other forums. Over 10,000 people have already participated in this campaign during 2013-14. Through MPLAD took initiatives in building community halls, reading rooms, study centers, bhajan halls, libraries, toilets. Organised several Bhajan competitions Shri Ananth Kumar always signs in Kannada.\ Allocated land and provided funds to Delhi Kannada Sangha through MP Fund.