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NKK celebrates Karnataka Rajyothsava and Deepavali 2022

December 2022
NKK celebrates Karnataka Rajyothsava and Deepavali 2022

Nrupathunga Kannada Koota(NKK) celebrated Karnataka Rajyothsava and Deepavali 2022 in a gala event organized at West Forsyth High School in Cumming. Karnataka Rajyothsava, which officially falls on Nov 1 every year, is the day of formation of the south Indian state of Karnataka.

This full-day event was well-attended by about 650 people from Greater Atlanta Area. It was a day packed with several colorful performances from local talent. The program lineup included folk/ classical songs, film music, skit, and traditional/ western dances by over 150 members of all age groups, the youngest being a group of 4-AT_12_12_22_A.jpgyear-old kids. Manju Drums Collective, a popular band from Bangalore, performed with internationally famous performers like Manjunath N S, Varun Pradeep, Chinmay Athreya, and Aishwarya Rangarajan. Bharatanatyam and Kathak performances by artists from the Atlanta Kannada community werethe icing on the cake.

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At the start of the event, all the members paid respects with a two-minute silence to Sri. Dr. H N Ramaswamy, one of the founders of NKK who passed away recently."NKK's continuous attempt with these events is to give our members a well-balanced packaged treat of authentic Kannada language, food, traditions, folk culture, and art forms. That is the only way we believe we continue to stay strongly connected to the roots, especially the younger generation. It is so heartening to see the youth participate in such high numbers" said NKK in a press release. As NKK, founded in 1973, is set to celebrate 50 years in 2023, a logo was unveiled in the event to mark a formal kick-off of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

-NKK Team, pictures by Murali Bhat


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