Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-14 20:37 Mysuru: Arebhashe Isiri, a two-day cultural fest of the Kodagu Gowda community, one of the 21 communities living in Kodagu, commenced with a cultural function on Saturday. As many as 18 sub-communities from ten families of the community took part in the event, turning it into a family function. The community members welcomed the guests by applying oil on the forehead and handing them a pot containing water. MLA Vasu inaugurated the event along with Umarabba, Registrar for Karnataka Arebhashe Cultural and Literature Academy. The event was aimed at protecting the community’s unique customs in a time of rapid social change, especially among the young generation. The event was organised under the aegis of state government through Karnataka Arebhashe Samskruthi and Sahitya Academy in association with community organisations formed in Mysuru by Kodagu-based Gowda community people. Kodagu Gowda Samaja, Kodagu Gowda Ex-Army Personnel’s Welfare Association, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Gowda Sangha, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada Zill Gowda Mahila Sangha were among the volunteer organisations. Kodagu Gowda Samaja Mysuru President Kudupajje K Kushalappa, Kodagu Ex-Army Personal’s Welfare Association President Chettimada U Janardhan, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada Gowda Women Association President Uluvarana Ganavathi, Periyapatna Kodagu Gowda Samaja President Somatti Devaiah, Hootagalli Kodagu Gowda Welfare Association President Nadumane Changappa, Kodagu Arebashe Gowda Yuva Vedike Mukkati Punith, Kuntithana Ganapathi, Naveen Devaragunda, Koodakandi Gopala and others were present.