Ajman: KaDaM (Kundapura Devadiga Mitra) successfully celebrated its 8th anniversary in a grand manner on October 27, at Ajman Beach Hotel, Ajman UAE with a whole day cultural event witnessed by packed Devadiga families, guests from India and friends.
With the able leadership of dynamic businessman Dinesh Devadiga Chitradi Nagoor, KaDaM is serving the needy community brethren with contribution towards education, medical and also arranging blood donation drive in the UAE.
A meaningful ceremony began at 11 am by lighting of the lamp by KaDaM ladies Gowri Devadiga, Sharada Devadiga, Leelavathi Devadiga, Ambika Devadiga, H Mohan Das, Ravi Devadiga, Raju Devadiga, Dinesh Devadiga, Ravi Devadiga Tallur and Sheena Devadiga. Ramachandra Devadiga Kasaragod recited the prayer.
Nithyananda Beskoor welcomed the audience, sponsors and media representatives and gave a gist of an exciting day ahead. This was followed by a welcome dance by Shashirekha and Kumari Shreya.
Asha Devadiga, Sridhar Bramavar and Santhosh Sherigar jointly hosted the programme throughout in their own style. A variety of cultural programmes were presented beautifully which included a variety of dances.
Audience enjoyed some beautiful soulful melodies sung by Pramod Kumar, Sai Mallika, Dinesh Doddana Gudde, Udaya Nanjappa, Shiva Kumar, Kumari Adhira, Kumari Ishwarya, Master Manish, Suresh Devadiga, Shodan Prasad, Gayathri, Master Yash Sujith Shetty & Ramachandra Devadiga and dancing numbers by Neha, Shreesha, Dhanya Dinesh Devadiga, Asha Devadiga, Navya Devadiga Konchady, Shruthi Devadiga, Priya Devadiga, Vishalakshi Devadiga, Kiran Beskoor, Smitha Devadiga, Harinakshi Sherigar, Shashirekha Devadiga, Reshma Devadiga, Kumari Shreya, Niveditha, Niranjana, Kumari Elsa, Nandana, Master Yash, Vasu Devadiga, Santhosh Sherigar, Ravi Devadiga, Jagadish Devadiga, Manohar Devadiga, Manjunath Devadiga and kids from Symphony Dancing Institution. Audience applauded the ladies group dancing to a catchy number which was the highlight of the day.
Vasu Devadiga briefed on KaDaM’s past years’ successful events from the time of its inception viz., year 2010 till the current anniversary. He also briefed on the mission-vision and main objectives of KaDaM.
Ravi Devadiga read out greeting messages received from well-wishers around the world.
KaDaM’s service to the community
As of now KaDaM has collected a whopping amount of around Rs 25 Lakh as KaDaM Education Fund; Rs 3 Lakh is being distributed as scholarship every year and another Rs 5.35 Lakh was given as medical aid to hospitalised patients. The contribution given by each member every month is being accumulated to meet any emergency or unexpected medical expenses of the needy community families. Whenever there is an urgent need for aid, members voluntarily take up initiatives and contribute fund for the needy.
KaDaM’s Devadiga Sadaka Prashasti-2017 conferred on Gowri Devadiga
Like every year, this year too KaDaM was organised to identify an exceptional community member who has contributed to the society. This year the award “Devadiga Sadaka Prashasti” was conferred on Gowri Devadiga in recognition of her contribution in the field of social work.
Devadiga Sadaka Prashasti Award is specially conferred on individuals as a token of appreciation for their contribution towards the society and community affairs. Awardee Gowri Devadiga is a woman who created an identity for herself in society with a belief and objective in social service. An initiative to honour such women achievers of the community is a proud feeling for KaDaM. Guest Ravi Devadiga, President of Devadiga Sangha, Mumbai, honoured her with a shawl; Vishalakshi Dinesh Devadiga presented her a garland; Kiran Beskoor handed over a flower bouquet while Sudhakar Devadiga handed over the fruit basket, all in a traditional way. Simultaneously, a video presentation was shown to highlight the achievements and awards received by Gowri. Citation was presented by Dinesh Devadiga. Sheena Devadiga presented a memento. In return to the Sadaka Prasasti, the overwhelmed recipient Gowri Devadiga thanked the organisers of the event and dignitaries on the dais.
KaDaM also felicitated community leaders H Mohan Das, Ravi Devadiga and Ambika Raju Devadiga. All the recipients thanked KaDaM for honouring them and wished it all the success.
Politician Raju Devadiga, entrepreneur Praveen Kumar Shetty of Fortune Group, Ravi Tallur, Dinesh Kumar Devadiga, President of Devadiga Sangha-Dubai, guests Umanath Kotian of Tulu Sahitya Academy, Rajshekar Kotiyan actor/producer of Shree Narayana Guru Tulu Movie and N T Poojary of Billawa Jagrati Balaga, Mumbai spoke on the occasion and remembered KaDaM’s social work in and around Kundapura.
Naveen Suvarna, Shodhan Prasad, Ganesh Rai, Suresh Devadiga (NMS), Arvind Sanil, Murthy Bhat, Sadan Das, Devesh Alva, Nithiraj Shetty, Vasu Shetty, Karunakar Shetty, Daya Kirodian, Das Kudla, Ravi Devadiga-Abu Dhabi, Suresh Devadiga-DHL and Sujith Shetty were present during the programme as guests.
Ganesh Rai applauded KaDaM for its selfless service to the society and their dedication towards mankind. He mentioned KaDam’s various social responsibility initiatives such as blood donation camps, scholarships back home, picnic and Indian traditional festival celebrations.
KaDaM conducted drawing competition for children which was ably judged by Ravi Tallur, Suresh Devadiga-DHL and Sai Mallika.
Cultural and stage programmes were coordinated and ably conducted by Yuvaraj Devadiga, Manoj Devadiga, Ravi Nagoor, Santhosh Kolnad and elegant team.
All the sponsors, media representatives and participants were honoured and presented with mementos by Dinesh Devadiga and KaDaM members.
Throughout the programme, there were many spot games conducted and audience actively participated and received prizes. Towards the end, the Grand Raffle draw was conducted and prizes were handed over to the winners.