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Thursday, January 12, 2012 5:07:30 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: 17th National Youth Festival off to a Spectacular Start

Mangalore: 17th National Youth Festival off to a Spectacular Start

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (PS)

Update: 9.10 pm

Mangalore, Jan 12: Union minister of youth affairs and sports Ajay Maken said that the 17th National Youth Festival hosted by Mangalore was the best ever organised in the country.

Thanking the Karnataka government for hosting the spectacular event, he said that the ceremony had been neatly presented, depicting the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka and of India as well.

"It is a forum to respect other cultures and traditions. Swami Vivekananda was against fanaticism, and had said that it destroys civilization. If fanaticism had not afflicted the country, society would have been far more advanced, he had said. No other nation can boast of being the home for so many religions, cultures and traditions as India," Maken said.

He also informed that the number of youth awards had been increased from 25 to 30.

Concluding his address, he said, "Let this Youth Festival be a death knell for fanaticism."

He also presented 30 National Youth Awards on the occasion.

After the formal inauguration, the cultural programmes began, marked by a splendid display of fireworks and a breathtaking laser show.

Update: 8.44 pm, 8.05 pm

Earlier, Chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the 17th National Youth Festival by lighting the lamp. Portrait of Swami Vivekananda, whose 150th birth anniversary is being marked by the festival, was also unveiled.

In his address, the CM said that this was the first time that the state is hosting the National Youth Festival. "The event has boosted the spirit of youngsters, both boys and girls, and has given them a platform to showcase their talents," he added.

He further said that such a colourful event has never before been organised in Mangalore, and that it portrays the unity in diversity which our country is known for. "This event has evoked a sense of dignity and respect for all individuals," he said.

"By 2020, the state will bring into force a youth polity and also budget especially for the youth. The Karnataka knowledge commission which conducted a survey on youth found that our youth have great respect for their families and society in general," the CM said, adding that the National Youth Festival has succeeded in fostering brotherhood and national integration.

Union corporate affairs minister Dr Veerappa Moily echoed the CM's words and said that the youth festival has indeed demonstrated the theme of 'diversity in unity'. He further said that union minister for sports and youth affairs Ajay Maken had told him that the event hosted by Mangalore was the best Youth Festival ever organised.

He further said that in 20 years the average age of the working class would be 29 years. It was an advantage that the US had earlier, but now it will rest with India. "Youth force can build the nation with peace and non-violence," he said.

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade in his address said, "People from across the country are participating in this festival. It is a matter of great pride for us to host the event. India has been developing generation after generation, and each generation has come up with a better alternative than its predecessor in terms of lifestyle and technology."

"The youth must sustain integrity and values of hard work and commitment while leading the country forward," he added.


Update: 7.10 pm

Mangalore, Jan 12: The 17th National Youth Festival, which began with a colourful procession from Nehru Maidan on Thursday January 12, witnessed another beautiful ceremony at Mangala Stadium where the procession had earlier culminated.

Seventeen gunshots were fired into the air to mark the 17th edition of the festival. As many as 5000 balloons were released and para gliders had the spectators in awe.

It was then followed by a parade by every state in alpahbetical order, led by Karnataka state police band. Teams from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Orissa, Pondicherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal in that order. Karnataka being the host state led the rear end.

It was indeed as if a mini India had been created at Mangala Stadium, and patriotic spirit and feeling of integrity and unity reverberated in the atmosphere.

The stadium was packed to capacity. District incharge minister Palemar, MLA Yogish Bhat, Union Sports and Youth Affairs minister Ajay Maken, corporate affairs minister Dr Veerappa Moily, MP Navin Kateel, mayor Praveen and other dignitaries are present.

Earlier Report

After months of meticulous preparation, the much-awaited 17th National Youth Festival was off to a brilliant start with a procession that began from Nehru Maidan here on Thursday January 12.

The procession started at 3.30 pm and culminated at Mangala Stadium where the formal inauguration will take place in a short while from now.

The procession was flagged off by district incharge minister Krishna J Palemar in the presence of deputy commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda and MLA Yogish Bhat.

The colourful march comprised teams from different districts, depicting the varied cultural and traditional wealth of the land. 'Chende' team from Moodbidri, Koraga troupe, Hulivesha, Keelu Kuduru, Karaga Nritya, Yakshagana, Dollu Kunita, Kerala Chende, Veerabhadra Kunita, Aati Kalanja, Kamsale troupe, Kangilu Kunita, Halatti Kunita, Goravara Kunita, Veeragase and many more made up the grand procession. Altogether, around 50 troupes took part.

Karnataka State Police Band, NCC cadets, NCC navy troupe, bands from various schools and colleges, Bharath Scouts and Guides, Bharath Seva Dal, NSS troupes from Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Shimla, Madhya Pradesh, Ranchi, Nagaland were also part of the procession. 

Participating teams from across the country also marched along.


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Comments on this article
Shruthi, mangalore
Thursday, September 13, 2012

Its really awesome.....I wish to see soon one more youth festival in our Mangalore.......yeppiiiiiiii.....

suzanna , Mangalore
Friday, January 20, 2012

Dr Kamath, I am just appalled at your ignorance. It may be your definition of young age being 40. But in the youth festival only those below 35 are allowed to participate which means that 35 is accepted as the age of youth. After that is middle age and not old age for your kind information

Sudeer Tony DSouza, Ullal Mangalore
Monday, January 16, 2012

Yeah.. i can say only 2 words.. "Minds Materialized"... Just ponder on this....

Kishan, Mangalore
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Really missed Mangalore dude. This event is heart touching. Jai Kudla

jesnar dsouza, kudla / abu dhabi
Sunday, January 15, 2012

missed my mangalore this year nice pics refreshed all my memories and for a while felt i m in mangalore , and kashmir looks very very beautyful ,:) thanks daiji..

Sneha Rao, Mangalore
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thanks for the pictures and videos as I had missed many evnts. Thanks daiji

Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India
Friday, January 13, 2012

Mera Bharat Mahan. Lovely pictures. Thanks Daiji.

veerendra.R.Achar, mangalore/Saudi
Friday, January 13, 2012

Thank you Daijiworld for the third snap from the top really inspiring photo.

S M , Mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

We should have many festivals every year . Roads will be asphalted and the city gets cleaned on time by Mangalore City Corporation.Anyways great show !

Friday, January 13, 2012

Nice & joyous celebration of diversity in unity. Thanks to every 1 who made this possible in Karnataka!!

san, kuwait
Friday, January 13, 2012

Nice to see this happen. Until afternoon it was total chaos all places. hope the mangalore administration will finish it well.

Laxman, Mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

We are proud of our youth. You are the spirit of India who strive for our great shining India. Our India is Mahaan.Jai Ho BJP,Jai Ho Congress,Jai ho CPM, Jai Ho Hindu,Jai Ho christian Jai ho Muslim, Jai ho our great India, "Sarve Jana Sukhino Bavathu" I liked what Mr.Maken said "It is a forum to respect other cultures and traditions. Swami Vivekananda was against fanaticism, and had said that it destroys civilization. If fanaticism had not afflicted the country, society would have been far more advanced, he had said. No other nation can boast of being the home for so many religions, cultures and traditions as India" Once again "Jai Ho India".

Amin Bhoja, Patte- Riyadh
Friday, January 13, 2012

WoW! It is colourful,rich in tradation,a vibrant look.Thanks Daiji and Mr.Kukkaje for the colourful contribution .A pride indeed to Mangalore for hosting the national youth festival. A pride moment to see itself INDIA in her true colours.

saritha, mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

truly.. y at all they (APARNA & Shankar)had to come?

paddu, mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

Thanks god! At least this time no blame to RSS/BD.

Dr S Kamath , Mumbai
Friday, January 13, 2012

suzanna , Mangalore/Bangalore who told you youth means below 35 Years of age? Medically and Biologically upto 40 years one can be called as Young and old age starts at the age of 40 yrs .Socially accepted norm for start of old age is 60 years .

akshkiran, mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

Proud of 17th youth festival is held in m'lore, Thanking the Karnataka government hosting the National Youth Festival in M'lore, becoz of this event m'lore roads became good , clean, colourfull, (IN 2 DAYS),, but footpath are still pending ,,

Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas,Texas
Friday, January 13, 2012

Occasions such as the National Youth Festival in Mangalore are extraordinarily great. They bring lots of pride for Mangalore and Karnataka. These festivals bring lot of credit-worthiness for our social, cultural, educational and national outlook thru Mangalore.

Its indeed a joy to witness such events taking place in Mangalore from a distance. Is it possible for the City or the State to come up with a nice documentary DVD program so that we can always purchase these DVDs as and when we visit Mangalore and take them with us for display abroad?

Opportunities such as these bring good image for our community and our country. Our youth is our future. God bless.

Ramesh baliga, Mangalore/mangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

Wow.. Mind Blllowwwing pics By Kukkaje...You are doing wonders Man...I recommend daijiworld to send Mr. kukkaje to London Olympics.Believe me guys he will bring the BEST out of the event...Daiji Think again !!!!

Dr S Kamath , Mumbai
Friday, January 13, 2012

Excellant Programme .very Good Photos .I feel Proud to be a Mangalorean -Indian

suzanna , Mangalore/Bangalore
Friday, January 13, 2012

While everything about Youth festival was good it was a shame that the comperes had to be brought from Bangalore for this mega event held in Mangalore. When there is so much talent locally what was to necessity to import Aparna and Shankar all the way from Bangalore by spending so much money? They both did a lousy job and missed the very flavour of this coastal land. There was no word or mention of either Tulu or Konkani, the main languages of this part anywhere. Compering was also below the standard. And finally it is a youth festival and there was no youth in the stage (none below 35) in the galaxy of dignitaries present on the stage.

Suren Borah, Jorhat, Assam
Friday, January 13, 2012

I am proud.... My words can,t explain my feelings. I am waiting to see my India in the International Field.

vnayak, mangalore/switzerland
Friday, January 13, 2012

Well Mr.Naveen/Chennai,

Let us remember that Mangalapuram is the very original name of Mangalore which was given to it because of Mangala Devi who came to Mangalore and became a cult figure and for whom the temple is still dedicated.The other names for Mangalore were derived later.

Naveen, Mangalore/Chennai
Thursday, January 12, 2012

When keralites can call Mangalore
as Mangalapuram why not we call Kerala as Kerla. Though it might be a mistake, we shuld be proud as it is Tit for Tat and not a shame.

Melwyn Cutinha, Chilimbi,Urwa/Muscat
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oh...!! what a colourful event this is. Congratulations to the organisers for their great effort and i wish all the best for the participants.

Ahmed, Mangalore
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Future of our great India is in hands of today's youth. Educated, broadminded next generation with whom we should feel proud. I wish each and every child born in India would be educated enough that they lead in a right path for prosperous and strong India.
I quote, part of a Gazal written by Zafar Ghorakpuri and sung by Pankaj Udhas:-
(dedicate this to all our young generation and future generations to come.)

"Ye aane wale naslon ye aane wale logon
Bhoga hai hamne jo kuch, wo tum kabhi na bhogo,
Jo dukh tha saath apne wo tumse kareeb na ho,
Peeda jo humne jeli wo tumko naseeb na ho,
Jis tarha bheed me hum zinda rahe akele,
Wo zindagi ki mehfil tum se na koi le le,
Tum jis taraf se guzro mela ho roshni ka,
Raas aye to tumko mausam ekkiswi sadi ka,
Hum to sukoon ko tarse, tum par sukoon barse,
Anand ho dilome jeevan lage suhaana,"

ad, mangloor
Thursday, January 12, 2012

This is great indeed Kudla.Shing example of Indian culture and dicersity, no where other than our Country Bharath. Congratulations for the organisers and participants..

vijay, mlore
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thanks Rolfy for ur comment..people like me are broad minded ...that is the reason we always comment...this is a national should never tarsish the image of a state.if Karnataka is written as karkata whta will be your reaction?

Lavin Noronha, Paladka/Bahrain
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just breathtaking! Glad to see Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggadeji. He is the real role model for all these youngsters. I am sure he had a wise advice to our future india. No comments on politicians.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Thursday, January 12, 2012

A spectacular,cultural,traditional start of the "YOUTH FESTIVAL"IN THIS RICH COASTAL CITY OF MANGALORE makes us proud.we are missing this festival,But "DAIJI WORLD"has made it live for us by their beautiful,awesome photograph's.WELL WISHES and GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS and ALL the people who were a part of this festival.The efforts put in by each and every volinteer for making this program a success is highly appreciated from us from the bottom of the HEART.THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN DAIJI FOR THIS COVERAGE OF THESE PHOTOS

Shiv, Mangalore/Dubai
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Feels Happy for the first time such event is going to held in Mangalore.All the Best for the participants.

Rofly D'Souza, Mangalore
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vijay Mangalore,
Because of narrow minded people like you, this society is corrupt!!
You never appreciate the good things seen in this page, pictures...instead of appreciating such a wonderful event conducted by the organisers, you point of small print mistake in Placard!!
Shame on you!!!!!. learn to appreciate good things...don't point out silly mistakes. Mangalore is in national news today because of youth festival. Daijiworld, thank you for great as usual coverage. Thank you Kukkaje

vijay, mangalore
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is KERALA changed to KERLA?(4th photo)?Make the placards atleast correct.........shame on you...

Raj, udupi
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Its an wonderful event. Good for mangalore city. But no creativity.Same troops will be repeated for Udupi paryaya procession.Same Kalladka dance & 20 types of dollu kunita. Come on more than 20yrs same, lets have some change...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

17th youth festival..waaaaaa. great little bit change people's mind. forget every thing, keep it up, manglorians,

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eye catching and mind blowing pictures...That is the cultural richness of our proud Karnataka.

oswald, mangalore
Thursday, January 12, 2012

i wish u all best mangalore 17th national youth Festival

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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