by Hema Srinivasan - Kuwait
Kuwait, Nov 18: It was a grand celebration of “Karnataka Suvarna Mahotsava” by KKK on 10thNov.06 at Fencing Association hall in Dahiya, Kuwait. Every year KKK celebrates “Kannada Rajyotsava” in the month of November. This year it was special as it is the Golden Jubilee year of formation of Karnataka State.
Adding authenticity to the show, the stage was set to resemble the great Mysore Palace which provided the right ambience for a colorful cultural evening.
Program began at 4:25 pm with “Nadageethe” and lighting of Diya by Guest of Honor H.E. Mr. M. Ganapathy Ambassador of India to Kuwait. Dr.Vivek Wani, President of KKK, welcomed the gathering. Souvenir was released to mark the occasion by H.E. Mr. M.Ganapathy . In his address to the gathering he praised the contribution of Kannadigas and Karnataka in the overall development of India.
The executive committee of KKK along with the Ambassador H.E. Mr. M. Ganapthy honored the Chief Guest Prof. Nisar Ahmed, a great Navodaya poet, who came from Bengaluru to be amidst us for the Suvarna Mahotsava Celebrations. Dr.Diwakar, Secretary of KKK introduced Prof. Nisar Ahmed to the gathering enumerating the achievements of the great personality of Karnataka. Prof. Nisar Ahmed spoke in chaste Kannada and paid tributes to the rich heritage of Karnataka State. He called upon all the Kannadigas to uphold the spirit of Kannada language. Prof. Nisar Ahmed has been a recipient of many prestigious awards like the Pampa Award, Kempegowda Award (1994), the Rajyotsava Award (1981) and Nadoja Award (2003).
In the cultural program that followed members of KKK presented “Kannada Kavya”-history and growth of Kannada poetry depicting Halegannada, Bhakti, Navodaya, Navya and Bandaya. It was heartening to note that almost 175 children, men and women participated in the show. It was truly a memorable event to watch young children and adults performing in variety entertainment.
This was followed by Raffle Draw where many prizes were given away. Dr.Surendra Nayak Vice President and Mr.Sunny Kalaiah of the Koota conducted the raffle draw. Vote of thanks was proposed by the treasurer of the Koota Mr. Sudhir Shenoy. After the National Anthem, delicious Indian food was served by Caesars group of restaurants.
The Executive committee of KKK Dr. Vivek Wani – President, Dr. Surendra Nayak - Vice President, Dr. Diwakar – Secretary Mr. Sudhir Shenoy - Treasurer, takes this opportunity to thank all the Sponsors, cosponsors and advertisers without whose help, a mega event of this magnitude would not have been possible.