Kuwait Kannada Koota (KKK) celebrated Karnataka Rajyotsava, a festival of the State of Karnataka, at the Kuwait University Auditorium in Shuwaikh campus on Friday, 1 November. Karnataka Rajyotsava is celebrated to commemorate the formation of states based on the language spoken by the majority in the State. The Koota and its members eagerly look forward to this annual mega event that portrays the hidden talents of the members and the children of Kuwait Kannada Koota.
In the presence of the mega sponsor, Vikram Prabhakar, the Founder and Managing Director of VSPL, a real estate and construction company in Bangalore; Dr. Shashikiran G Prabhu the President, Shri Prabhu Achar the Vice-President, Shri. CA Ravikiran Prabhakar the Secretary and Shri. Ramesh Nayak the Treasurer of Kuwait Kannada Koota started the proceedings of the day’s event which was thematically named “KAMANABILLU” by lighting the auspicious lamp.
Shri T. S. Nagabharana, Chairperson, Kannada Development Authority and a renowned director, producer, actor and performer of Kannada cinema and a known name in television acting and directing, was the Guest of Honour of the event. Ambassador of India to Kuwait, His Excellency Shri. K. Jeeva Sagar graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
This year’s State Festival was a theme-centric presentation named “Kamanabillu or the Rainbow” depicting various facets of life events, colours, enthusiasm, patriotism and knotty and witty performances. The Guest of Honour, Shri. T S Nagabharana, who heads the Kannada Development Authority, congratulated the Kuwait Kannada Koota as a “true cultural ambassador by introducing Kannada Traditions and culture to the countrymen and the citizens of the host country, Kuwait. Explaining the importance of visual media, the chief guests elaborated to the audience on the pros and cons of “the use of responsible media today”. He stressed that it is the parents’ duty to ensure the meaningful use of visual media through smart phones by the children.
His Excellency appreciated and encouraged the Kuwait Kannada Koota for its programs and its involvement with the Indian Embassy in Kuwait during the National Programmes such as the Independence Day and the Republic Day celebrations.
All the sponsors of the event were commended and appreciated for the cooperation and support given for making the event a grand success. The role and efforts of other committees of the Koota were appreciated and duly acknowledged with a memento.
The day’s program ended with a Grand Finale aptly named as ‘Veera Kesarigalu’ – a tribute to the Martyr’s of the Nation following a Vote of Thanks.