Sharjah: Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai to perform on 17th anniversary of Karnataka Sangha

News: Shodhan Prasad

Sharjah, Nov 10: Karnataka Sangha Sharjah will be celebrating their 17th anniversary along with 64th Karnataka Rajyotsava Day and Children’s Day celebration on November 15 from 4 pm at Sharjah Indian Association Auditorium, Sharjah.

Sitar concert of Vidwan Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai is the star attraction during the Sharjah Karnataka Sangha Anniversary programme. He will be arriving all the way from Mangaluru and this will be his maiden performance in Dubai.

Devdas Pai has performed all over the world and has acclaimed appreciations and awards wherever he performed. He is a very rare gem born to Kochikar Gopalkrishna Pai and Radha Pai couple on February 15, 1962. A graduate of Arts, he is the managing partner of the famous New Chitra Talkies of Mangaluru.

Pai learnt Sitar initially in Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan and later got trained with Ustad Khan and further got his additional training under the guidance of Padmashree Dr Kadri Gopalnath through whom he learnt to play Carnatic in Sitar.

Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade of Dharmastala honored Devdas Pai with Vidwan Award in the year 1995 and later he continuously received lots of appreciation for his dedication and performances.

Some of awards received by Vidwan Kochikar Devdas Pai

• 1995 - ‘Vidwan’ Award presented during the Mahamastabhisheka at Shri Dharmasthala Kshetra
• 1996 - ‘Sangeetha Surabi’ at Moodabidri during ‘Sammilana 96’
• 1997 - ‘Karavali Utsava 97’ Opening Artists Award by Mangalore Commissioner
• 1998 - ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Award by Corporation Bank
• 1998 - ‘Young Talent’ Award by Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank and other associations
• 1999 - ‘Kala Sampanna’ Award by ‘Sumasauraba’ News Paper, Mangalore
• 2013 - ‘Maanapatra Sanmana’ Award by Government of Goa
• 2014 - ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Vathsalyadhama Vridhashrama, Kodialbail Mangalore
• 2014 - ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Shree Gokarnanata Parthagali Jeevotham Mata, Goa
• 2014 - ‘Trusted Friends in Goa’ Award by Vicar General Diose of Mangalore Bishop House
• 2014 - ‘Mannagudda Deepa’ Award by Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple
• 2014 - ‘Executive Board Member’ of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for consecutive 3 years
• 2015 - ‘Sitar Ratna’ Award by Kashimatadheesha Shree Shree Shrimad Sudheendra Thirtha Swamiji
• 2015 - ‘Sitar Shiromani’ Award by shree Sansthana Mata, Manipal
• 2016 - ‘Sitar Kalabushana’ Award by Ernakulam Shree Thirumala Shrinivas Temple, Kerala
• 2016 - ‘Vishwa Sanskratika Sammelana’ participation in South Kanara district in Sitar
• 2016 - ‘Vishwa Konkani Sammelana’ appreciated for the participation
• 2016 - ‘Sitar Kalanidhi’ Award by Chilimbi Sharada Mahotsava Rajatha Mahotsava celebration
• 2017 - ‘Sitar Kalashresta’ Award by Poornananda Seva Prathistana
• 2017 - Toured around America in 18 places including New York, New Jersy, Boston, Florida and Texas
• 2017 - ‘Icon of Sitar’ Award by Konkani charitable Fund, USA
• 2017 - ‘Krishnanugraha’ Award by Pejavar Muth during fifth Paryaya
• 2017 - ‘Sitar Kala Chaitanya’ Award by Shree Kathabindu Prathistana
• 2019 - Special Felicitation during Shree Dharmastala Bahubali Mahamasthabisheka celebration
• 2019 - ‘Sitar Samrat’ by Shree Annapoorna Temple, Horanadu
• 2019 - ‘Abhinandana Patra’ at Shree Kadri Manjunatha Temple during Bhrahmakalshosava
• 2019 - ‘Sitar Gandharva’ Award by Bantara Sangha, Bunts Hostel, Mangalore
• 2019 - ‘Sitar Sindhoor’ Award by Amarnath Shetty during Ganeshostava in Moodabidri
• 2019 - ‘Vainika Shiromani’ Award at Mysore Ganeshostava

Being the recipient of so many awards and accolades Sitar Ratna Vidwan Devdas Pai now dedicates his knowledge to the current youth by teaching them Sitar and training the new generation towards the wealth of music knowledge.

Mayura Vishwamanya Kannadiga Award 2019

As was done in the past, Sharjah Karnataka Sangha on this occasion will be doing the honours of presenting ‘Mayura Vishwmanya Kannadiga Award – 2019’ to the identified Kannadiga, who has contributed towards the growth of Kannada in this part of the world. This time, Amchigele Ramachandra Hegde, Managing Director of Spraytek Coating / Contracting LLC has been chosen as awardee for the year 2019 who will be honoured in midst of various guests who will be gracing the grand occasion.

Various dances and music

Sharjah Karnataka Sangha’s 17th Anniversary celebration will also include various dances and musical orchestra to enthrall the Kannadigas and enjoy Rajyotsava as well as Children’s Day celebrations.

President Anand Bailoor along with patron Mark Denis D’souza, general secretary Noel D’Almeida and all the committee members have requested Kannadigas from all over UAE to come in large numbers and be part of the celebrations.

Entry is free for all Kannadigas.



Title : Sharjah: Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai to perform on 17th anniversary of Karnataka Sangha


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