Udupi celebrates 65th Karnataka Rajyotsava; felicitates 36 district-level achievers and 4 organisations3 min read
UDUPI: The 65th year of Karnataka Rajyotsava was celebrated at the Mahatma Gandhi District Stadium in Ajjarkad, Udupi on November 1. The event was organised in a simple manner, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The 36 recipients of the Udupi district level Rajyotsava Award were felicitated in the ceremony.
The ceremony started at 9:00 am with a flag hoisting ceremony by G Jagadeesha, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Udupi. It was followed by a guard of honour by different wings of the district police department led by the parade commander of the District Armed Reserve (DAR), Udupi police.
Several other dignitaries including Raghupathi Bhat, the Member of the Legislative Assembly representing Udupi district, Dr Naveen Bhat Chief Executive Office of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, N Vishnuvardhan, Superintendent of Police and Dinakar Babu, President, Udupi Zilla Panchayat were also present at the event. Social distancing protocols and safety measures were ensured.
According to a Udupi district official, during his address, the DC spoke about Kannada and its power as a language. He explained its origin, tracing it back to 2000 years ago and its evolution over the years. He stated that Kannada has not only become a lifestyle but plays a significant part in art and culture. The highlight of this year’s district-level Rajyotsava celebration was the felicitation of the 36 awardees of the Udupi district Karnataka Rajyotsava award.
Earlier, in a press release on October 29, the district administration office under the DC informed that they had selected 36 awardees out of 103 applicants who were eligible for the Udupi district-level Kannada Rajyotsava award. Additionally, four organisations were also chosen to receive the award.
A special awards committee was constituted for this selection which included the Additional District Officer, Udupi, Assistant secretary of the Udupi Zilla Panchayat, Additional Superintendent of Police, Udupi, Deputy directors (DD) of the departments of public instructions, information and public relations, youth empowerment and sports, and Kannada and culture of Udupi, President of the Udupi Kannada Sahitya Parishat and representative of the Municipal Council, Udupi.
The following achievers and organisations were awarded the District Karnataka Rajyotsava Award of the year:
Babu Koraga – Art (crafts)
Shripathi Acharya – Art (wood work)
Surendra – Art (Pencil Led craft)
R Radhmadhav Shenoy – Art (sculpture)
Tanushri Pithrody, Shravya Maravanthe – Child achiever
Vadamballi Jayaram Shetty, Hariprasad Rai and Poornima Janardhan – Complex (all round performance)
Manjunath Sherigar, Montu Panara and Sriranga Pana – Deity Worship
Yasha Ramakrishna and Mangala Kishore Devadiga – Dance
Dr Sudhakar Shetty, Dr K Gopalkrishna Bhat Chitpady, Dr Sudhiraraj K and Gundibailu – Education
Uday Shankar Padiyar Uppunda and Shripathi Hegde Haklady – Media
Naveen Suvarna Padre – Literature
Dr M Raviraj Shetty – Medical
Prakash Devadiga and Maya Kamath – Music
Imthiyaz, Jayanth Rao, Kusa Kundar and Narayan Murthy – Social work
Sharath Shetty, Nagashri Ganesh Sherugara – Sports
Vasanth Poojary, Parampalli Narasimha Aithal, Dinakar Bhandhary – Theatre
Shashikala Prabhu, Sudarshana Urala, Nagesh Ganiga – Yakshagana
Shekhar Kadtala – Yoga
Sri Durgaparameshwari Friends Club, Abbanadka Nandalike
Swaccha Bharath Friends, Udupi
Sri Umamaheshwara Bhajana Mandir, Ambalpady
Venkataramana Sports and Culturals, Pithrody, Udyavar
Karnataka Rajyotsava is the annual celebration of the merger of all the Kannada-speaking regions of South India, which lead to the formation of the state of Karnataka on November 1, 1956.
Featured Image Courtesy: Official website of the Udupi district administration
Edited by: Diya Nayak