Udupi and Manipal Celebrate Karnataka Rajyotsava
UDUPI and MANIPAL: The 63rd year of the Karnataka Rajyotsava was celebrated with grandeur at the Mahatma Gandhi Open Ground, Beedinagudde, Udupi on November 1. Additionally, Manipal inaugurated its official Kannada Literary and Teaching Club, ‘Nudi’ at MV Seminar Hall from 8:45 am onwards.
On November 1, 1956, all Kannada-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka. Karnataka Rajyotsava is celebrated in memory of this. Due to the in-force electoral code of conduct in Udupi, Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Udupi, hoisted the flag and received the guard of honour. The celebration commenced with the march past parade involving 13 teams led by Raghavendra R of the District Armed Reserve Police. The event also saw various schools around Udupi taking part in cultural activities.
DC Priyanka Francis spoke about Karnataka’s culture and tradition, stating, “Kannada is a 2000-year-old language with immensely significant history. Kannada is not just a language; it is a lifestyle, culture, and art.” Urging people to promote and preserve Kannada, she added, “Udupi holds immense pleasure to say it is a place of two Jnanapeeta awardees, Dr Shivaram Karanth and UR Ananthamurthy, who have contributed enormously to Kannada literature.”
The district-level Rajyotsava award ceremony, originally scheduled for November 1, was postponed due to the electoral code of conduct which is in place because of the Lok Sabha by-polls in Shimoga and other constituencies. Other dignitaries present were Laxman B Nimbargi, Superintendent of Police, Udupi, Shivanand Kapasi, CEO, Udupi Zilla Panchayat, and Additional DC Sreevidya.
The Nudi event was inaugurated by Dr BHV Pai and Dr Srikanth Rao. Dr Pai explained that the club was as asset to the institution while elaborating on the importance of Kannada. Post this, there was a cultural event where club members from different colleges spoke about the language. The event concluded with a small quiz and the distribution of sweets.
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Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian