Mumbai: Suvarna Karnataka Utsav Held in Metro by Kannadigas
Report and pics from Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai
Mumbai, Feb 24: ‘Suvarna Karnataka Utsav’ was held in the metro city at Bharat Ratna Sir M Vishweshwarayya centenary stage, located at National Kannada Education Society (NKES), on Saturday February 23, in joint association with Karnataka Kannada and Culture department and Suvarna Karnataka Mumbai Utsav Committee.
Dr Shubha Raale, Mayor of Mumbai, inaugurated the Utsav by ceremoniously beating the drums.
The celebrations begun with the ceremonious beating of drum, depicts the recognition accorded to Kannada and the land of Karnataka in the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Karnataka state has been endowed with rich cultural hierarchy. Hope the grand celebration (Utsav) would further strengthen the brotherhood enjoyed by Karnataka and Maharastra. The mother tongue contributes for culture. Let the metropolitan populace of both states living in the mega city of Mumbai, live in peace and happiness. Let the Indian culture grow significantly with the contribution of Karnataka and Maharastra. Let the parents of new generation be on the guard, in blindly adopting the western culture by their children. Let the youth excel by instilling the age old traditional culture, said Dr Shubha Raale, in her inaugural address.
Yashwanta Chittala, Mumbai’s well known kannada litterateur and novelist, was conferred with ‘Pampa’ award instituted by Karnataka government, during the same occasion. Prof Javare Gowda, veteran litterateur, presented the most prestigious award to Yashwanta Chittala. The award was consisting of cash money of Rs 1 lac, memento and citation letter.
The colourful procession of 15 folklore teams was held from Mysore Association, Matunga to NKES grounds, Wadala, to convey the splendour of Kannada and glorious Karnataka.
The ‘Utsav’ was held in joint association of Billava Association Mumbai, Mysore Association, Karnataka Sangh Mumbai, Mogaveer Sangh, Bunts Sangh Mumbai, BSDKB Association, National Kannada Education Society and Kannada Sahitya Parishat Maharastra Unit.
“Folklore’ procession of 15 troupes was a focal point of celebrations, attracted the large number of viewers.
Manu Baligar, director of Kannada and culture department and I N Vittalmurthy, secretary of information and tourism department, were present on the dais.