Bahrain: 35 Artistes from Karnataka to Perform at 'Kannada Sambhrama'

Bahrain: 35 Artistes from Karnataka to Perform at 'Kannada Sambhrama'
Daijiworld Media Network - Bahrain (SP)

Bahrain, Aug 1: A troupe of 35 artistes from Karnataka will take part in a mega cultural festival, ‘Kannada Sambhrama – 2009’, to be organized by Kannada Sangha Bahrain on the first and second of October, 2009. “This will be the first mega cultural festival in the Gulf, to be organized by Kannada Sangha, in association with  the government of Karnataka”, Sangha president Austin Santhosh told Daijiworld.   

The 35-member troupe will consist of classical and folk dancers, singers, renowned writers, poets, film stars and others, who have excelled in various cultural  fields  in Karnataka. The event will be held on the first and second of October 2009. “We are expecting some high-ranking ministers from Karnataka. The details of artistes and the agenda will be finalized soon,” said Austin Santhosh, who recently met Manu Baligar, director of Kannada and culture department in Bangalore.

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Kannada Sangha Bahrain started in 1977, was the first organization in the Gulf to get the prestigious ‘Rajya Prashasti (State Award)’ in 2002, for its contribution to Kannada language and culture. The Sangha also received another prestigious award, ‘Alva’s Nudisiri Award – 2008’ last year. Probably, Kannada Sangha Bahrain is the only Kannada organization outside India to have been registered with the local government. The Sangha is registered in Bahrain as a socio-cultural organization under the ministry of social development. During the past 32 years, the Sangha has invited and honoured several artists, writers, educationists, administrators, and personalities from different fields in Karnataka. Yakshagana was introduced to the Gulf countries through Kannada Sangha Bahrain. 

Mohan Alva, chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri, has agreed to attend the event as the chief guest of the programme. Thilakanath Manjeshwar, senior sub-editor of ‘Taranga’ Kannada weekly, will also attend the event as the guest of the Sangha, Austin added. 

“We are expecting a large crowd of Kannadigas. Those who would like to sponsor the event my contact the president on Tel:  +973 39837771,” said Santhosh.



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  • R S Dev, Bangalore /Baroda

    Sat, Aug 08 2009

    I''m a member of Kannada Sangha Vadodara,Gujarat and now I''m here at Saudi Arabia. Can I get Bahrain Sangha email ID. Regards Dev

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  • R.D''Souza, Kallianpur, Manama/Bahrain

    Tue, Aug 04 2009

    It is nice to hear that Kannada Sangha Bahrain is organizing a cultural festival ''Kannada Sambhrama 2009'' very soon. Congratulations!!! Managing committee and dynamic Mr President, Austin Santhosh. Hats off to you...this is really a good move...keep up the good work.We wish all the best and may this event remain a memorable one. Awaiting to see you all Kannadigas during this festival.

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  • Ronald.D.F.D''Souza, Bondel/Mangalore/Bahrain

    Mon, Aug 03 2009

    Thank you Mr.Max Resquinha for your wonderful thoughts about Bahrain kannada Sangha.My name is Ronald D.F.DSouza at once I was Gen. Sec of Karnataka Social club and you visited KSC in 1992 when you had come for oil show in Bahrain 1995 and at that time you presented some of your old collection of pictures of old tuvive members photos.

    Mangalore Club (Karnataka)cricket team went to Kuwait etc, I am also past president of Karanataka Club and and main architect of present club of Karnatake. . I wish and love to come visit Karnaraka Club as well as Kannada Sangha Bahrain which is adjacent to each other on the same place.Ronald - Bahrain

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  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Tx

    Sun, Aug 02 2009

    What a fantastic idea to hold a "Kannada Sambhrama" in Bahrain during October, 2009. We wish we could attend. Indians scattered all over the world, including the Persian Gulf Region, are no longer a "brain drain" to the nation. In fact it is a "brain circulation", as proclaimed last night by the newly appointed Indian Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency, Ms. Meera Shankar in Houston, Texas. Indians carry their talents, abilities and virtues of hard work all over the world for a mutual purpose. While Indians contribute a great deal of entrepreneurship to the host country, Indians also give back a great deal to Mother India by creating a positive image of their country, their culture and their willingness in "give and take" gestures. Congratulations to the Kannadigas of Bahrain. "Namaskhaar"

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