The Dharwad Utsav, which had been revived after a gap of seven years in 2006, was a hit with the connoisseurs. The event went on well for the next two years. But the flashfloods in north Karnataka, besides damaging life and property in the region, also forced people elsewhere in the state to forego the celebrations. As a result, Dharwad Utsav could not be held in 2009.
However, the event will be back this year if everything goes according to plan and nature co-operates. DC Darpan Jain, who successfully conducted the event in 2008, is all set to organize the utsav in November this year. He has quietly begun the groundwork.
Jain told ' The Times of India' on Wednesday that cultural festival had to be foregone in 2009 in view of the natural calamity that had struck the region. "As of now, there is no threat of nature fury. Preparations for the three-day festival, aimed at depicting the rich cultural heritage of India, Karnataka and Dharwad district in particular, will start soon," he said.
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