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A sweet, fun day for NKK’s Sankranti

March 2020
A sweet, fun day for NKK’s Sankranti


(Left) Ladies playing carrom at Sankranthi's festival of games.

Nrupathunga Kannada Koota (NKK) celebrated Sankranti Sambrama on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale.

Sankranti is the Hindu festival of harvest celebrated almost all over India on January 15, 2020; it is one of the big festivals in Karnataka. Sankranthi is a festival of fun, games, and sweets. The NKK team gave us a warm welcome as always. This year’s festivities included the traditional sweet mixture of Ellu & Bella (Sesame & Jaggery) along with many fun activities like rangoli competitions, antakshari, karaoke, super minute, chess, carrom, chowka-bara, and art competitions for all age groups. Games bring people together and the lineup of games/competitions this time was a great blend of nostalgia, camaraderie, and entertainment. Kids got a chance to learn about the festivals, and they drew beautiful paintings depicting the same.

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It was the day-long program. Starting at around 11am, many participants took part in various competitions. NKK team and volunteers hosted the competitions and games. There was great active participation from all age groups. Afterwards, the cultural program started at around 2pm with a recitation of prayer.

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Smt. Deepa Anand anchored the program till evening, beginning with karaoke performances by many singers from the community. It was wonderful to see many kids sing in front of the large audience. Games were concluded, winners identified, and prizes distributed. A young man, Kiran Bhat (left), presented his book We of the Forsaken World. Despite the cultural programs ending, the night was far from over.

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The prime time event was performed by India’s first female ventriloquist, Smt. Indushree Ravindra (above), who set the atmosphere for a night of enjoyment with her ever-revolving cast of crazy puppet friends Dinku, Ajji, and Thatha. She thrilled the audience with her captivating blend of ventriloquism and clean comedy. She took ventriloquism to new heights of imagination and total ingenuity as she invited audience members to become real live puppets on stage. It was a scene of irresistible fun and laughter as they engaged in conversations totally unknown to them.

As per tradition, everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner. The Sankranti event concluded on a high note and set the tempo for NKK for the rest of the year.

[We are pleased to be able to publish here the longer version of the article above, which contains a significant amount of additional material that could not be included in the March 2020 print and digital issues.]


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