Stage set for 'Navikotsava 2016' in city

Stage set for

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-07-15 21:33 Bengaluru: With the cultural meet of Kannadigas ‘Navikotsava-2016’just a few hours away, Kannadigas who have arrived in the city from across the globe are confident of putting up an enthralling spectacle before the city audience. More than 20 Kannada Sanghas from different countries are expected to don traditional costumes and participate in a wide variety of cultural performances at the Ravindra Kalakshetra in the city. Govinda Gowda Rangangowda, member of Srigandha Kannada Sangha, Tampa, Florida, said, “We are going to perform two Kannada songs as a tribute to Kannada actors Rajkumar and Vishnuwardhan. Apart from this, all the children of members of our organization will also perform Kannada song. There is a lot of excitement as we are going to perform in front of a large crowd.” Nihal Gowda, studying in fourth grade in Florida, said he was “super-excited” about the event.  “We participate in all kinds of Kannada cultural festivals and competitions in Florida. This year, we are going to perform in Bengaluru.” Another Florida resident Ananya Rangangowdar, said she was happy to keep their “traditions alive” by being part of such an event. Arvind Patil, a resident of Qatar and former president of Karnataka Sangha, said he was happy to be back in Bengaluru. “Our drama team has seven to eight members and we will perform the climax scene of Bhakth Prahalad and a scene from a play written by Girish Karnad ‘Tuqlaq’. This is to take the audience back to history and also mythology.”   Kannada classes on every Sunday Vijayprakash, co-convener of Navika and a resident of Florida for 23 years, said children attend Kannada classes organised by him and his wife Shailaja every Sunday at Tampa. “To teach children their mother tongue, I and my wife have been conducting Kannada classes ‘Kannada Shaale Kannada Kali’ for the children in the age group of 4 to 12. More than 20 children come to our classes to learn Kannada,” said Vijayprakash. Tanisha Devarshetty, a Florida resident who attends Kannada classes, said, “Although, we get very less friends who can communicate with us in Kannada in the US, learning the language helps us when we are back home.” Lakshmi Murthy, another resident of Florida, feels that every child must know and learn their mother tongue. “Learning Kannada or teaching the same to children is important because they get to know more about beautiful Kannada literary pieces, poets and authors. I am also sending my child to Kannada classes and she has learnt to sing devotional Kannada songs and read and write.”