Karnataka's state anthem will be performed in 2:30 minutes once the government authorises Ananthaswamy's tune.

The state government adopted the original tune by renowned composer Late Mysore Ananthaswamy on Friday . The government also released the original tune of Mysore Ananthaswamy and a two-minute and thirty-seven-second version of the anthem .

BENGALURU (BENGALURU) — The state government adopted the original tune by renowned composer Late Mysore Ananthaswamy on Friday, putting an end to a long-running fight over the correct tune for sung the state anthem.Basavaraj Bommai, the chief minister of Kannada and Culture department, accepted the proposal of Mysore Ananthaswamys tune, which was based on the recommendations of a government-appointed expert commission.For nearly two decades, the supporters of Mysore Ananthaswamy and C Ashwath, the two most well-known light music composers in Kerala, were at odds over the right song.Though a specific group of people pleaded for Ananthaswamys tune, a few others asked for it.

Nevertheless, in order to put an end to the 18-year-old drama, the state government has ordered the complete interpretation of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu's formally adopted state anthem in 2:30 minutes.I am pleased that the state government has put an end to a nearly two-decade-long fight over the tune and length of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu's state anthem, according to Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar.The government also released the original tune of Mysore Ananthaswamy and a two-minute and thirty-seven-second version of the anthem.According to the minister, the state anthem will not have any stanzas between or the alaap repetition.

What was the controversy?On December 29, 2003, the state government accepted the poem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujaate by Kuvempu as the state anthem.The poem was initially performed for seven to eight minutes in a variety of state government initiatives, causing confusion among differently-abled and elderly residents.The government was therefore under pressure to decide on the right time and tune to sing the anthem.

In 2012, Vasanth Kanakapur, the musician, was appointed to a committee.Following the death of Kanakapur in 2014, the group was headed by well-known poet Channaveera Kanavi.However, as the committee was ambiguous, Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar appointed 18 members in 2021, which favoured Ananthaswamys music while still recommending a 2:30-minute rendition of the anthem without excluding any words or parts of it.