Mangaluru: The 12th Akhila Karnataka Beladingala Sahitya Sammelana will be held under the auspices of the Sri Kshetra Shravanabelagola Jaina Matha at Tulava Vedike, Jain Matha on Saturday December 18.
Jagadguru Karmayogi Shri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Mahaswamy will inaugurate the conference and also will chair the conference.
Sammelana State Committee Chairman Dr. Shekhar Ajekar will chair the inaugural function. Jain Community leader from Moodabidri Abhayachandra Jain, Hassan APMC, Hassan President KP Rangaswamy Kantaraju and IMA Writers’ Forum outgoing President Dr. Annayya Kulal will be present.
Ashok Kumar, editor of Gommatavani will speak on Nammooru Namma Hemme Shravanabelagola.
The felicitation ceremony will be graced by Former President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Harikrishna Punaroor and Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Nadoja Dr. Mahesh Joshi.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat Dakshina Kannada District President Dr. M. P Srinath will preside over the ceremony.
Karnataka State Working Journalists’ Association President Shivananda Tagadur, Dakshina Kannada Sahitya Parishat erstwhile President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Hassan District Gamaka Kala Parishat President Kalashree G. A. Ganesh Udupa, Hassan District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Dr. H. L. Nagegowda, and Parva Association, Mysuru Secretary Srilatha Kumari will be present.
Goruru Reshma Shetty’s anthology, ‘Neenanaana’, Prema Prashanth Shravanabelagola’s anthology, ‘Pranati’ and Gangadhar Kidiyoor’s Drama Volume, Menkoona Siri Singara’ will be released.
The work of Prabhu Channabasava Swamiji, Athani, Mahatmara Charitamrita will be recognised as the best work of the decade during the occasion.
H. Dundiraj, M. S. Narasimhamoorthy, Doddarange Gowda, Dr. Na Mogasale, A. S. N. Hebbar, Ambatnaya Mudradi, Harikrishna Punaroor, Bannanje Babu Amin, Dr. Pradeep Kumar Hebri, and Bhuvaneshwari Hegde will be part of the programme as they were the past presidents of the conference.
Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda will be honoured with the Kannadiga of the century award. He will be awarded the same at his residence. Chennarayapattana Balakrishna and Kusuma couple will be awarded Karnataka Dampati Ratna award.
Karnataka Sadhana Ratna to Hebri Mandya Karnataka Mahakavi Ratna to Dr. Pradeep Kumar, Udupi Karnataka Kambala Ratna to H. Sudhakar Hegde, Karnataka Madhyama Ratna to Madan Gowda, Hassan, Karnataka Vidwat Ratna to Thaltaje Vasanthkumar Uppinangady, Karnataka Adalita Sevaratna to M. R. Vasudeva, Mangaluru, Karnataka Jina Sahitya Ratna to P. Mohan Kumar Shastri, Karnataka Supratibha Ratna to Dr. S. Srinivasa Shetty Udupi, Karnataka Shaikshanika Ratna to Dr. Manjunatha S. Revankar, Karnataka Rangabhoomi Ratna to Prabhakara Kalyani Pedroor, Karnataka Sahitya Ratna to Anantraja Goruru, Hassan, Moodabidri Karnataka Grameena Vaidya Ratna to M. K. Gadradi, Karnataka Saraswata Ratna to Hosahalli Daalegowda, Karnataka Kayaka Ratna to M. S. Shivaprakash, Mandya, Karnataka Yakshagana Ratna to Surendra Paniyoor, Karnataka Tuluva Ratna to Gangadhara Kidiyoor, Udupi, Karnataka Yaksha Sevaratna to M Shanthram Kudva, and Karnataka Raajakeeya Ratna to U. T. Khader, Mangaluru will be awarded.
Devadasa Ishwaramangala, the poet of 80 Yakshagana stories will preside over teh Kavighoshti. Sannakkibettu Ravindra Nayak will recite the inaugural poem.
Spearhead Media Group Editor Srinivasa Pejathaya will be awarded Karnataka Yuva Ratna award under category, Education/Media. The Karnataka Yuva Ratna award will also be presented to Dinesh Rai Kadaba (Yakshagana and Tulu Service), Ra.
Radhakrishna, Bengaluru (Writing/Publishing), Arvind Vivek, Mangaluru (Music/Promotion), Yogananda Honnenahalli, (Media/Service) Eranna Kuruvatti Gowder, Haveri (Literature/Labour Service), Jayanthi Chandrashekhar, Shravanabelagola (Literature), D. G. Thirumala Ballari (Theatre), Goruru Reshma Shetty (Literature/Woman category), Ramakrishna Savanur (Arts), in Arts, Sadananda Salian, Kerwase, Karkala (Daivaradhane/Achievement) Salim Nadaf (Medicine/Literature), Pankaja Goruru (Literary Media Category) Krishnappa Soppina Linganayakanahalli (Agriculture/Service), Rajesh Bhat, Moodabidri (Music/Dance), Roopa Vasundhara Acharya, Sidrama Mahadeva Nilajagi, Byakoda, Belagavi (Organisation), Abhishek J. Shetty,Padil Mangaluru (Radio Jockey), Tatson Pereira (Cinematography & Media), Sevache Balakrishna Shetty Hebri (Photography) Umadhara Vishwakarma Karkala (Woodwork in temples), Sachin Prakash Nayak (Cinema), Bharathi H. L., Hassan (Sports & Organisation) and Padmashri Niddodi Kinnigoli (Child patronage), Shubrata P. Channarayapattana (Bharathanatyam), and Chaitra Kabbinale Hebri (Anchor/Poetry).