Nearly 300 people attended the 51st Karnataka Rajyothsava, organized by Nrupathunga Kannada Koota (NKK), on November 3rd 2007, at the Hindu Temple auditorium. Dr. Jayantihi Srinivasiah welcomed the audience and outlined the events organized during 2007 by NKK.
The celebrations started with an invocation and the American national anthem. Around 75 children participated in the cultural show that followed. More than 20 children dressed as fruits and vegetables participated in the wedding of a mango fruit and bitter gourd (a symbolic matrimony of sweet and bitter tastes). This item brought out the harmony achieved in everyday life by taking in the sweet and the bitter aspects of life equally.
Dances choreographed to music from Kannada movies, “Nenapirali,“Sevanthi Sevanthi” “Nanna Preethiya Hudugi” and “Jogi” entertained the audience. Karnataka state anthem written by Rastra kavi “Kuvempu” sung melodiously by students of Kannada classes, dance to the lyrics written by Dr. N.S.L. Bhatta and a classical music presentation captured the hearts of all. A dance program performed by the members of NKK to a song from “Rishi” was unexpected and entertaining.
Nrupathunga Kannada Koota members applauded the establishment of the “Shankari Narasimhaiya Muteri Foundation Scholarship” by Dr. Annapurna and Dr. Subrahmanya Bhat in the names of Annapurna’s mother, Shankari Muteri, and father, Divangat Mutteri Narasimhaiya. A $4000 scholarship check was presented by Mrs. Shankari Narasimhaiya to Renu Gulve, a student at Northview High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. The scholarship will be given annually during Rajyothsava.
Mrs. Vanishree Rao, Rohini Rao, Latha Shridhar, Rekha Pradeep, Jayashree Kumar, Vidya Rajeev, Sheetal Murthy, Chitra Mahesh, Vathasala Rao, Lakshmi Venkatesh and Mr. Biligere Venkatesh organized the cultural program. Dr. H. N. Ramaswamy recognized Anand Rajeurs, B. Venkatesh, Rohini Rao, Jayashree Singh, Vani Shree Rao and Rohini Rao for maintaining Kannada Koota’s library, website and Kannada classes. All volunteers were thanked for their efforts.
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