Residents in Kuwait from Karnataka, India (Kannadigas) affiliated to Kuwait Kannada Koota, held an exciting outdoor sports and picnic event on 22 March at Wafra Farm House. The event, aptly named ‘Kreeda Sanchaya’, also celebrated ‘Holi’ the Indian festival of colors.
The ever-enthusiastic convener of the sports committee, Girish Shenoy, ably assisted by his team comprising Anil Prabhu, Harish Nayak, Karthik Gowda, Chandrashekhar, Suresh Kunder and Pramod Rao managed the day’s event.
The four Houses of the Koota led by respective captains, Dr. Preethi Shetty, Shylaja Hombali, Sourabha Vikram and Dr. Jyothi Mittapalli cheered and encouraged their house teams to actively participate in the outdoor sports activities and in the indoor ‘Quiz and Antakshari’ competitions .
The day’s events were formally inaugurated by the Executive Committee led by its President Dr. Shashikiran G Prabhu, Vice-president Prabhu Achar and Treasurer Ramesh Nayak. The president declared the sports event open by lighting the torch which was taken around the open ground in a relay by the house captains.
Group Games such as throw ball, dog-and-bone, football, tug-of-war were held for both grownups and children, while games such as sack race, balloon hitting, aiming for the pot and others were exclusively for the kids.
The members were welcomed with breakfast at the venue, while tea/coffee and snacks were also served during the day. The Holi celebrations and quiz competitions were held after the sumptuous afternoon lunch. Delicious food and snacks throughout the day were served by M/s Oriental Restaurant. Playing with Holi colors was particularly impressive because it was a responsible act by the members as they used all-natural colors and no annoying synthetics.
An army of volunteers, including Nayana Shenoy, Gayathri Shashikiran, Sandhya Arunkumar, Bhaskar Kulkarni, Rameshchandra, Vinod, Ramachandran, Sunil A.K., Nagaraj Shanbhag and Ratnakar Shetty, readily agreed to assist the sports committee in judging the various games and making arrangements for smooth execution of the day’s events .
The technical team led by Kiran Bhat showed excellent DJ capabilities and was ably assisted by his team. The sound systems and mixing effects made the games and events, Flash Mobs, Antakshari and quiz competitions highly lively and kept everyone involved.
The full-day program was made very colorful and enjoyable through songs and dances (Flash Mobs) directed and choreographed by Koota ladies that enthralled everyone. Credit for these flash mobs goes to the wonderful children and ladies of the koota and their mentors Dr. Preeti Shetty, Sandhya Arunkumar, Spoorthy Kamat, Nayana Shenoy and Sourabha Vikram.
The Koota expressed its thanks to Gokuldas Bhat for transport facilities and M/s Oriental Restaurants for the mouth-watering dishes and snacks. The ‘Kreeda Sanchaya’ ended with a delicious dinner.