Illinois, USA: Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (MKCA), USA, will be celebrating Easter on April 15, Saturday, at the Courtland Square Club House, 8909 David Place, Des Plaines, Illinois. There will be an Easter Vigil by Fr Henry Sequeira with the blessing of fire and water. After Mass, there will be a cultural programme for young adults with Easter Bunny entertainment, said MKCA in a release. "MKCA will provide an open bar with soft and hot drinks. MKCA will also have appetizers and dinner with dukramaas and sonnam," the release said.

Forest Park/Illinois: Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderon has nominated Dr Austin Prabhu to the newly established Diversity Commission of Forest Park.  Established in 2016, the Diversity Commission will be a resource for experience and information on diversity issues and serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and Village Council. They shall help to enrich the social and intellectual life of all residents through educational and social programmes. 

Dubai: Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and the General Secretary of the party, BM Farook, were felicitated by the Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF), UAE and Mangaluru, at a glittering function.  The event was attended by several dignitaries from Karnataka.

United Kingdom: The Karnataka Cultural Foundation United Kingdom, national committee will organsie ‘Meelad conference - Ilal Habeeb – 2016’ on December 10 at Tiny Twinkles Nursery, 3 Winchester Avenue, London to mark the 1491st birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. 

Udupi: Wafa Sultana couldn’t be more happier after she won the International recognition for her artwork on Palestine. Daughter of Mohiddin and Humaira, of Karkala taluk, Wafa’s poster on Palestinians and their culture is a refreshing take on the troubled nation. Her work shows that there’s more to war and politics in Palestine.

Mangaluru: Six NYC Health + Hospitals nurses serving New Yorkers were awarded health system’s Nursing Excellence Awards. One of the winners was Deepa Vinoo, a former Vice-Principal at Nitte Usha College of Nursing Sciences, who completed her M.Sc in Psychiatric Nursing from Fr. Muller’s.

Bengaluru: One of the highlights of this year’s Akka Kannada Short Film Festival was ‘Chiraayu’ (Living life that has no end), which deservedly won the second place. Directed by budding film-maker Nagaraj M, the short film talks of the importance and the role mother tongue plays in one’s life. For Nagaraj, the triumph came as another feather in his cap. Hailing from a poor family – his father is an auto driver – Nagaraj came up the hard way.

Texas: Former Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde who was responsible for bringing many corrupt – that included a chief minister and high-profile politicians to – book hoped that India, despite the rampant corruption and lack of moral values, will be a prosperous country in the next twenty-five years. Speaking to a packed auditorium at India House in Houston recently, Justice Hegde delivered an inspiring talk on how we can contribute to root out corruption, even if that’s a small gesture.

Boston/USA: New England Tulu Koota (NETK) members organised their annual picnic named ‘Jokulatige’ (Child’s Play) on September 10 at the picturesque  grounds of Pomps Pond in the town of Andover, about 25 miles north of Boston in Massachusetts, USA.

New Jersey/USA: Konkani singer and composer Norbert Pereira will be performing at three musical concerts in the US as part of feast of Nativity of Mother Mary (Monti Fest). OnSept 4, Norbert will perform at St Mary’s Church Hall, Chelmsford, MA. The second concert will be staged on Sept 10 at Somerset, New Jersey while the third concert will be at Houston, on September 11.

Manchester, UK: KCA UK organised their annual picnic at Graves Park, Sheffield City. Thirteen families of KCA UK living in and around of Manchester and Warrington gathered at the 87-hectare park located 3 miles south of Sheffield. The families left for the picnic at 08.30am and reached the spot at 10.15am, while a second group consisting 9 more families from Sunderland, Birmingham, and Sheffield joined the group at the picnic spot.

London: Dattatreya Hosabale paid tribute to Basaveshwara during his visit to the statue of the social reformer located in Lambeth in London on Thursday. The Former Mayor of Lambeth Dr Neeraj Patil had invited him to the UK on behalf of The Basaveshwara Foundation. “I am extremely pleased to see the statue of an Indian philosopher in the backdrop of British Parliament overlooking the river Thames,” he said in his tribute to the great social reformer of Karnataka.

Bengaluru: The venue was Doha in Qatar and it It was a Kannada play based on the climactic scene from the mythological drama Bhakta Prahlada. The child actor who performed the role of Prahlada stole hearts. Great emoting and flawless dialogue delivery. But there is more to it. The child actor is a Konkani who does not know a word of Kannada. Muskaan was born and brought up in Qatar and she is studying in Delhi Public School in Doha.

Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was to inaugurate ‘Navikotsava’, the two-day cultural fest of North America Vishwa Kannada Agara (Navika), did not arrive on time, delaying the programme for a while. However, the programme went underway as scheduled. Programme co-ordinator Swarna Lokesh said they will wait for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to inaugurate the festival. However, in the meantime, cultural programmes will take off, she added.

Bengaluru: North America Vishwa Kannada Agara (NAVIKA) and Kannada and Culture Department, NRI Committee and Kannada Development Authority are jointly organising the two-day Navikotsava-2016 onJuly 16 and 17. The two-day meet will also hold discussion sessions on Kannada literature where famous writers, artistes, officials and ministers of various departments will take part. Besides, various cultural programmes will be conducted.


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