Mangaluru: One of the most revered artiste of Kateel Yakshagana Mela, Gerukatte Gangaiah Shetty (63) breathed his last while performing on the stage near Mangaluru. Gangaiah Shetty was performing at the 'Kateelu Kshetra Mahatme' organised at Durganagar in Ekkur on Wednesday night. During the act, he suddenly collapsed on the stage and died while being shifted to KMC Hospital.  

Mangaluru: Roy Castelino was felicitated by Konkani organisations for his exceptional service to Konkani during his tenure as the President of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy on Sunday at Kalaangann, Mangaluru. Chief Guest, Albert D’Souza, businessman, educationist and community leader, Mumbai, Guest of Honour, Narendra Nayak, Chairman of Expert Educational & Charitable Foundation and promoter of classical music, honoured Roy Castelino with a shawl, citation, flowers, fruits and the traditional ‘urmal’. 

Mangaluru: Parents of two-and-a-half-year-old Arnav conducted their son's 'chaulopanayana', a ceremony held by the GSB community while cutting the child's hair for the first time, in a unique way. In a noble gesture, Parents Ashwin Prabhu and Shreelatha Prabhu, residents of Mannagudda, donated the hair to 'Pantene Beautiful Lengths', a US-based company which prepares wigs for cancer patients. 

Mangaluru: Sonia Shenoy, Editor and TV anchor of CNBC TV 18, urged people to empathise with people who had experienced failures and motivate them. Addressing the audience at Prerna, an event organised by the VKSSF Alumni Association on Saturday, Sonia said success tended to develop a "superiority complex" in an individual. Calling upon youngsters to take their own decisions while also listening to their parents, she exhorted them to chase their passion in lives. Sonia said she derived inspiration from Bill Gates, JK Rowling and Michael Jordan.

Mangaluru: Vishwa Konkani Alumni (VAA) is organising a day-long event called 'Prerna – A Confluence of Ideas and Motivation' on Feb 18 at the TV Raman Pai Convention Hall, Mangaluru.

Udupi: Grand Konkan Showers 2017 – the Wilfy Nite – has been organised to raise funds for four diocesan projects at Udyavar on Sunday. The even has been organised by SKMC St Mary’s Konkan Community, Dubai in association with the Catholic Sabha, Udupi Pradesh. Addressing media, Valerian Mendonca, convener, said that the community was a premier philanthropic association in the United Arab Emirates. So far, it had contributed Rs 1.75 crore towards community welfare projects in the last 16 years.

Mangaluru: Noted Goan Konkani poet Nutan Sakhardande was honourd with 9th Mathias Family Poetry Award by Kavita Trust for her contribution to the Konkani lanuguage at the Kavitha Sambhram on Sunday. Nutan’s poems are a mirror to problems and perceptions of modern times. They are often satirical, critical and thought-provoking. One of her popular poems, ‘password’ is presented from a mother’s perspective. ‘Password’ has won her many literary programmes including the Dr TMA Pai Foundation Best Book award.

Mangaluru: Devotees celebrated ‘Okuli’ with joy and gaiety at the famous Kodial Theru of Sri Venkatramana Temple on Saturday. Devotees danced and sprayed coloured water at each other as Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi proceeded on the first journey of their wedded life. The annual car festival has a special significance to the Gowd Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community as it is a commemoration of the divine union of Lord Venkataramana and Goddess Padmavathi.  

Mangaluru: Veerarani Abbakka Utsav-2017 will be held at the Asaigoli Kendra Maidan in Konaje village on February 4 and 5.   State Minister for Kannada and Culture Umashree will inaugurate the Utsav on Feb 4. According to organisers, a cultural procession will be taken out from Derlakatte to the Utsav venue. ZP Chief Meenakashi Shantigodu will inaugurate the cultural programmes while noted writer Vaidehi will inaugurate the different sessions to be held as part of the Utsav.

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel called upon Kambala supporters to join him in a massive Hakkottaya Protest in Moodbidri on Jan 28 to condemn the ban on Kambala. "Kambala with a history of nearly 1000 years has a close connection with the culture and  tradition of the district," said Kateel, adding that "no cruelty was inflicted on buffaloes during Kambala"  The MP also welcomed the statement of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in support of Kambala.

Moodbidri: Moved by the success of Jallikattu movement in Tamil Nadu, the organisers of Kambala have decided to defy the High Court ban and to hold the buffalo race on January 28. A decision in this regard was taken by Kambala committee at Moodbidri, said its president Ashok Rai. It may be recalled here that the High Court of Karnataka in its interim order – in last November – had stayed Kambala following a petition filed by PETA. The next hearing will come up on January 30.

Udupi: This year’s annual feast of St Lawrence Basilica will be held from Jan 22-26. Addressing a press meet on Thursday, Fr Denis D’Sa, PRO of Udupi Diocese, said preparations had been completed for holding the feast. The feast will commence on Sunday at 7.30 am with the Holy Mass of Confraternity. On Monday, there will be a special Holy Mass for children at 10.00 a.m. and for the sick at 3.30 p.m. The Archbishop of Bengaluru, bishops of Bellary, Belthangady, Mangaluru and Udupi will offer Masses during the festival.

Mangaluru: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy will give away its annual awards for the year 2016 at the three-day Konkani Lokotsav to be held from February 10 to 12 at Town Hall. Addressing the media, Academy president Roy Castelino said Cyril G Sequeira (CGS Taccode) (Konkani literature), Vasudev Shanbagh (art) and Clara Siddi (folk) have been chosen for the honorary awards.

Mangaluru: The 23rd edition of Alva’s Education Foundation, ‘Alva’s Virasat’, will be held from Jan 13 to Jan 15 at Moodabidri. “Eminent classical dancer VP Dhananjayan will be presented the ‘Alva’s Virasat 2017’ award,” said Dr Mohan Alva, Chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation. Dhananjayan, a native of Payyunur, Kannur district, Kerala, is also a prolific writer who writes on social and political issues. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Padma Bhushan.

Mangaluru: Noted artiste and Rajyotsava awardee Sarvotham Shetty of Abu Dhabi has been elected as the president of Vishwa Tulu Aiyano – world Tulu convention - 2016.  Shetty born in Parika near Manipal in Udupi completed his education in Perdur and Hiriyadka. Later, earned his Commerce degree from Mumbai. From his student days, he was the representative of university senate council in 1978. But he was very active in theatre.


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