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Jeddah: KNRI celebrate Rajyotsava Day


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Jeddah, Dec 12: Expatriates from Indian state of Karnataka recently celebrated Karnataka Rajyotsava Day to commemorate the 62nd formation day of their state.

The event was organized by Karnataka Non-Resident Indians (KNRI) Forum, Jeddah at Al Bakhira Banquet Hall, Harazath, Jeddah with the Golden sponsorship of NRIs forum Karnataka, Bengaluru, (Government of Karnataka).

Consul for Community welfare, Culture, Press and Information Moin Akhtar attended the event as chief guest, while president of the forum Mohammed Saifuddin presided over the event. A large number of Kannadigas along with other dignitaries and community leaders attended the event. The dais was shared by president Mohammed Saifuddin, general secretary Yashwant Amin, past president Mohammed Mansoor and treasurer Aijaz Ahmed with chief guest Moin Akhtar.



Addressing the audience, Moin Akhtar said the efforts of the forum in helping the needy and underprivileged sections of society back in Karnataka should be appreciated. The audience applauded him when he spoke Kannada language and recited light Urdu shayeri.

A video presentation was displayed to the audience on digital LED screen and was appreciated, in which history of Karnataka and achievements of KNRI Forum were highlighted. Dr K Muralidhara, member secretary, NRI Forum Karnataka message was displayed in which he wished the forum all the success for the programme. Yashwant Amin, general secretary of the forum briefed about the presentation. In this presentation, KNRI Forum revealed the special features of each districts in Karnataka, aims and objectives of the forum, achievements and future goals and objectives for coming years. He requested the audience to come forward and strengthen the forum to work more effectively to help needy people back home and and KSA. He requested to visit the website www.knriforumjeddah.com for more information.

Saoud Shaikh, Sabu Chandran and Dadapeer Hayath were appreciated and applauded for their hard work to prepare the video presentation.

Forum President Mohammed Saifuddin Sami in his speech welcomed all the dignitaries, guests and attendees to the Rajyotsava Day. He informed audience that Dr Arathi Krishna deputy chairman of NRIs Forum Karnataka Bengaluru, who had agreed to attend our event as chief guest, could not make out due to official engagements in Bengaluru, but she has sent a video message and best wishes to the KNRI Forum and all the Kannadigas and assured that her department’s aim is to support and work for the well-being of the Kannadigas who are working across the world. He thanked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Dr Arathi Krishna for their continuous support through NRI Forum Karnataka for not only sponsoring the event but also helping to resolve issues related to education of the KNRIs students.

He stated that NRIs Forum Karnataka is associated with Ministry of External Affairs and a great initiative has been taken by government of Karnataka by issuing NRK cards for Kannadigas. NRK cards are helpful in obtaining facilities provided by government for KNRIs. It is very simple to enrol names by visiting website www.nriforumkarnataka.org
He thanked the consul general and the consulate staff for their tremendous support to the forum. He said, “My sincere thanks to executive committee and sponsors as organising this huge event was not possible without support and day night hard work of our executive committee and off course financial support of the sponsors.”

As a token of appreciation, memento was presented to NRI - forum Karnataka deputy chairperson Dr Arathi Krishna. On her behalf, president Saifuddin received memento.

Famous Bollywood playback singer Mohammed Salamat enthralled the audience by singing all-time Hindi hits as well as new songs. He sang the title song of ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ and his new release movie song – ‘Oh Mere Mahiya’ from the film ‘The Forest’. The crowd applauded with huge claps and enjoyed the new Bollywood song.

Salamat was thankful to KNRIs Forum and its president for inviting him for the event. He thanked the people of Jeddah for their love and affection on him.

As a token of appreciation, a memento was presented to Mohammed Salamat as he entertained the audience for the second time in the event.

Prominent Jeddah singers, Mohammed Kaleem who was cultural team in charge, Mirza Younus Baig, Hidyath, Ashmita, Sangeeta, Rajiv, Asha and joint cultural secretary Altaf Almelkar entertained the audience with old and new Hindi and Kannada songs.

Dances were presented by the children of Indian schools choreographed by Mali Roy and Radha Suresh. These dedicated choreographers were presented mementos as token of appreciation for their hard work.

Siham Mohd Saif, Mohammed Adnan Sayeed, Nitha Naveen D’Souza, Priyala Cardosa, Rachita Ravindra Shetty, Saba Noor Shaikh, Fathima hibha and Arshiya Anjilath who had obtained 10 CGPA points in Class X examinations were felicitated on the occasion.

Dr Ashfaq Maniyar while presenting mementos to the students said, “Brilliant and outstanding students are the leaders of tomorrow in different fields, recognizing and encouraging the meritorious students is our moral responsibility.”

On behalf of KNRI Forum, Dadapeer Hayath conducted a raffle draw and 12 gifts were given to lucky winners. Jet Airways sponsored two tickets as bumper prize. Jeddah-Bengaluru-Jeddah air tickets were received by lucky winners Razi Momin and Lancy Vincent D’Souza.

Quiz programme was conducted by Sabu Chandran with interesting questions and was applauded by the audience. Poetic and humorous anchoring was done by Dr Firoz Mulla and Syed Nasir Khursheed with flavours of Kannada, Urdu and English.

Krish Jangal, Manzour Ahmed, Ilyas Momin, Mohammed Arifullah, Syed Kowsain Pasha, Rajesh Kumar, Mahboob Ali Khan, Saleem Khaleefa, Mukkaram Khan and Jalal Baig welcomed the guests.

Registration desk for attendees was handled by Peter Mascarenhas, Mohammed Saheb, Habeeb Rahaman, Faizee Razak Shaikh, Nazeer Ahmed, Asif Momin, Tanveer Ahmed and M R Shareef.

Vote of thanks was delivered by event manager Shaikh Saud, he expressed his deep sense of appreciation to Moin Akhtar for sparing time and to audience who spared valuable time from their busy schedule to attend the event and remained focused till the end of the function.

On behalf of the forum, he expressed sincere gratitude to all the sponsors of the event, starting with main sponsor NRIs Forum Karnataka Bengaluru. He said, “We are thankful to our beloved Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Dr Arathi Krishna for their continuous support and being golden sponsor of the event.”

He appreciated and thanked other sponsors such as Intermodal Services, Zafiro Fine Dining, Jet Airways, Dastar Restaurant, Saggaf Hospital Ajmal Real Estate Bengaluru, Brooq Trading, Splash, Golden Travels, Hassan Ghazawi Hospital, Al Berry Foods, Al Kabeer Foods Ziyaraah Dot Com, Vishwanath Karkera, Al Asaasiya, Village Restaurant, Premier Food, Shahi Rasoi Restaurant, Luminous Contracting Company, Global Alliances, Kwality Ice Cream, RF Developers, Al Rayan Hospital, AB Industries, London Dairy, IMAS, Hussain Manzur Contracting Est, Manzur, Liyakat Belvai, Valiora Events, Bariz Global, C System, Hashim Mubarak, Horizon Properties, MS Beverages, NBCC(Popcorn), Master Trading Contracting Est, and Binzagar for their valuable support.

Snacks, juices, and delicious dinner were served to all attendees and complimentary gifts were distributed among the audience. The programme concluded with national anthem.


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