Dubai, Sep 18: Kannadigaru Dubai, an association for Kannadigas in Dubai have started ‘Gulf Gaana Kogile’, a singing competition for Gulf Kannadiga children in association with all Karnataka Associations in the Gulf under the banner ‘Sangeetha Saurabha 2021’.
Due to the current epidemic situation and that the restriction to conduct programme with open crowd is still restricted in the gulf, the organisers are going to conduct this competition in the virtual Zoom network. Various Karnataka associations from UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar have come forward hand in hand in making this event success for all the Kannadiga children in the gulf.
The initial event began on the September 1, with several rounds of competition on every Friday’s and Saturday’s with quarter finals and semi-finals to bring the final round on November 12, live during the Karnataka Rajyotsava 2021 celebration.
The competition will be under junior and senior categories. The winners and the runners-up will be honoured with trophies as well as cash prizes.
This special event is being conducted by Kannadigaru Dubai and GCC Kannada organizations and the symbolic inauguration was done on Friday September 10 during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration. During the inauguration, the divine Ganeshaname song was sung by children from various GCC region who attended.
This inauguration programme was attended by guest, actor Nagendra Prasad who is also a renowned composer, lyricist, music director and producer who with his inspiring speech conveyed the importance of music to the children. The main sponsor of the event was Mohammed Mustafa, managing director of EMSQUARE, who was accompanied by his wife Asma Mustafa. They too wished the programme as well as the competitors all the best for a grand success.
Renowned Sandalwood playback singer Manasa Holla was the chief judge along with other young Kannada cinema playback singers Chinmaye Athreyas and Aakanksha Badami were the other judges. The all wished the contestants all the best.
Kannadigaru Dubai’s office bearers Uma Vidyadhar (president), Mallikarjuna Gowda (ex-president), Veerendra Babu (ex-president), Sandan Das (ex-president), Vineet Raj (vice president), Arun Kumar (convenor of the programme), Deepak Somashekar (technical and media advisor), Srinivas Aras (co-technical and media advisor) and Venkataramana Kamath (programme coordinator) headed by GCC Kannada Organisation’s, Nagesh Rao (president Karnataka Association Qatar), Revanna Siddhaiah Hombali (president Kannada Association Kuwait), Pradeep Shetty (president Bahrain Kannada Sangha), Prasad (Karnataka Wing, ISC Oman), Sarvotham Shetty (president AbuDhabi Karnataka Sangha), M E Moolur (president Sharjah Karnataka Sangha) and Vimal Kumar (president Al Ain Karnataka Sangha) were all present during the programme.