Mangaluru: Ever since Kedige Bhasker Rao had passed away in the year 2010, his children and family members under the banner of “Kedige Prathisthana” have been organizing various kind of music, art, laughter and dance programmes in remembrance of him. This year too, “Nage Habba 2015” (Laughter Fest 2015) was organized by the Prathisthana at Lions Seva Mandir on 15 July 2015 at 5pm.
The programme began with lighting the traditional deepa in front of the portrait of Late Kedige Bhasker Rao by the dignitaries of the evening along with Kedige family members, followed by invoking God’s blessing through a prayer song rendered by Vandana R Kedige. The welcome address was delivered by Dr Kedige Aravind Rao- President of Kedige Prathisthana. Two eminent persons were felicitated during the occasion- Lt Col. John S Serrao was felicitated with ‘Laxmi Bhasker Rashtra Seva Nishta Award’, while “Yakshagana Music artist’ Bhavyashree Mandekolu was felicitated with ” Laxmi Bhasker Yaksha Seva Nishta Award’. Both the recipients of the awards spoke and expressed their feelings on receiving the awards.
Lt Col. Serrao addressing the gathering said, “If I get one more chance to live, I would join the Army again. Every profession is good and great, but serving the nation through your service either in Army, Navy or Air Force is a pride and honour. It’s sad to note these days not many youngsters come forward to join the armed forces-they all want easy and more money making jobs. But I want to tell these youngsters that wearing a armed forces uniform is such a privilege , honor and pride, which you will not find in any other profession. So make up your mind and serve the nation by joining armed services”.
Chief guest Sudhakar Rao Pejavar- Chief secretary of Sri Krishna Yakshasabha-Mangaluru spoke on the Yakshagana art, while H Dundiraj gave a hilarious speech, before he performed in the “Hani Hani Yakshagayana” programme. He was accompanied by Poornesh Acharya Hosabettu on Bhagavatharu, Rakesh Hosabettu on Maddale, and Subramanya Chitrapura on Chende. Dundiraj is the native of Hattikudru village in Kundapur taluk and recognized as the king of Kannada limericks owing to his distinct style and humour. He is serving as the chief manager at Corporation Bank head office in Mangalore and an accomplished poet, dramatist and writer. He has won several honours including the Karnataka Nataka Academy award, Kannada Sahitya Academy award, All India Radio Award, Aryabhata Award, Kadengodlu Poetry Award, Muddana Poetry Award, Kundaprabha Ko Ma Karant Award, Vishveshwarayya Award and Bhargav Award.
Citation reading during felicitation was done by Gayathri A Kedige and Rekha R Kedige, while the entire function was professionally compered by Archole Sadashiva Rao and Chinmayi Bhat. Vote of thanks was proposed by Rooparani V Kedige.