Mangaluru: Sage of Literacy Harekala Hajabba Chosen to Receive DD Chandana Award

Mangaluru: Every year, the Doordarshan Chandana Kannada TV channel honours individuals from different fields who render remarkable service or contribute to the betterment of the society,

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It has chosen two organizations and ten individuals for the award this year. Harekala Hajabba, who, from a humble fruit-seller became a promoter of literacy by setting up a school in his native village of New Padpu on the outskirts of this city, is among them.

Being deprived of early education himself, he set upon himself a mission to ensure that other poor children should not face the same fate. The entire funding was from the proceeds of his fruit-selling trade. Even until today, he continues to sell fruits in the central market for the most part of the day and then spend a few hours at the school.

State governor Vajubhai Vala will present the awards to the recipients at a function to be held in Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru on Sunday, Nov 15. They are as follows:

Mogalli Ganesh – literature
H K Ramanath – theatre
Burrakatha Jayamma – folklore
Pramila Muralidhar – gamaka
Harekala Hajabba – education
Vidushi Dr Shakuntala Narasimhan – music
Satyanarayana Raju – dance
Dr H N Venkataramana – healthcare
Somanath Reddy Poorma – agriculture
G K Vijayakumari – sports
Women’s Development volunteer organization, Belagavi – social service
Technomark TV Network Pvt Ltd – serials

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