Dubai: On 19th November, Dubai created history by organizing the 67th Karnataka Rajyothasava along with the 1st “Vishwa Kannada Habba” in Shiekh Rashid Auditorium under the leading support of Karnataka Press Council (KPCC) in the association of Kannadigaru Dubai. This mega event was conducted under the umbrella of the 67th Karnataka Rajyothsava. Kannadiga Dubai has a legacy of conducting Karnataka Rajyothsava and many other quality events every year in Dubai. This time Kannadigaru Dubai got an opportunity to associate with KPCC to host the ” Vishwa Kannada Habba” on the same stage. The purpose of this event was to elevate our mother tongue “Kannada” to Global Level and show the talents of many art, culture, and heritage to the whole world.
The event witnessed great dignitaries nominally Shri. Yeduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar, a Royal Prince from Mysore and Smt. Trishika Kumari Devi was a main chef guest at the event. His Highness Shiekh Rashid Bin Majid Al Mullah ruling family of Umm Al Quwain, Other guests of honour were Shri. Maharshi Ananda Guruji; Shri. Basava Ramananda Swamy; Dr CSomashekar, President for Karnataka Border Area Development; Film stars Vijay Raghavendra, Prema, Bhavashree, Vasista Simha and Pratham and many others were present.
The main organizers of KPCC had a huge team from Karnataka under the leadership of the President of KPCC Shivkumar Nagaranavile and a team of Ravisanthu, Prasad Shetty, Mrs Universe Sudha, Pallavi, Paartha, Hemalatha, and a big team whereas from Dubai Sadan Das President of Gulf KPCC and Kannadigaru Dubai team, Deepak Somashekar, Vice President Gulf KPCC & Founder of Gulf Movies and Arun Kumar MK President of UAE KPCC and Vice President Kannadigaru Dubai took lead to coordinate this event with KPCC with a huge local team 30 volunteers to make this event grand success.
The program started with the blessing of Shri. Ananda Guruji and Shri. Basava Ramananda Swamy by lighting the lamp at the entrance of the venue decorated with colourful flowers. Welcoming of Shri. Yeduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar witnessed a grand welcome big procession show causing the culture of Karnataka, many great personalities, Huli Vesha, Huge team of tabla created a storm of celebration in the Sheikh Rashid auditorium, later as per tradition ladies performed Aarathi to Maharaja and flower garland by small children and then dignitaries are taken to the auditorium with a shower of flower petals.
The stage event started with the UAE national anthem, the Indian National anthem, Karnataka Naada Geethe followed by Lamp lighting by all dignitaries. The Indian flag followed by Karnataka Flag was carried to the stage by Kannadigaru Dubai & KPCC volunteers was a memorable moment. Program Anchor managed by Film star & Celebrity Vijay Raghavendra.
While addressing the huge crowd gathering Shiv Kumar mentioned that he is so fortunate to associate with Kannadigaru Dubai to kick start the 1st “Vishwa Kannada Habba” from Dubai, UAE and this event will ensure to spread our mother tongue, culture and heritage with a strong message to the whole world. Sadan Das added the presence of Shri. Yeduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar has lighted the atmosphere and it is fortunate for all Kannadigas to have Mysore Maharaja as a Chief guest and blessing of Shri. Ananda Guruji and Shri. Basava Ramananada Swamy.
He mentioned that this is an experimental effort to associate with KPCC and assured all Kannadigas in UAE that Kannadigaru Dubai will ensure to give quality events as given since last 17years to keep the name of Karnataka sky high. Yaduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar while addressing the crowd mentioned the values of Kannada and the demonstration of statehood by all Kannadigas he appreciated all the organizers for taking such a great step to withhold the name and fame of our motherland to shine always. His Highness Shiekh Majid Rashid Al Mullah applauded Indians / Kannadigas for their enormous service for decades and has built strong bridges between India and UAE. Shri. Ananda Guruji preached the gathering of peace and gave a message to secure our language and culture through such events. Shri. Basava Ramananda Swamy chanted a few lines from Basava Vachana and gave the message of lighting lamps to the whole world through good deeds to the human population.
As one of the main agendas of the event, the stage has honoured many dignitaries of Karnataka, UAE from various industries, social workers, achievers in the field of Press world, education, medicine, poets, writers, great stars and artists from Kannada Film industry and felicitated with a ” Vishwa Maanya” Award received by Yaduveer Krishnadatta Wadiyar. This is a token of great respect to all those who served our motherland. Many have received honour from Yaduveer Wodeyar for their service towards Kannada in UAE for many years.
The event witnessed many cultural events like Bharatanatyam, Janapada songs, Group dances of many artistes, a wonderful orchestra by Ravi Santhu & team, a great dance performance by the team of Ramesh (Choreographer), Prasanna, Lajuvathi, Manju Pavagada, Shrikant, Ramdass, Manivenkatappa gave a vibrant performance and added colour to the event which was cheered by the huge crowd.
During the vote of thanks, Shivakumar and Sadan Das called the entire team of KPCC and Kannadigaru Dubai on stage to thank them for their effort in making the event a grand success thus creating another milestone/feather to the list of Kannadigaru Dubai who has set many record events for years. , thanked all sponsors and all supporters who made this event possible. Shiva Kumar announced that the next Vishwa Kannada Habba -2023 would be conducted in Germany by handing over the responsibility to Vidhushi Smt. Nandhini Narayan, KPCC President for Germany.
Report by: – Arun Kumar MK, Sadhan Das