Minister Kota Srinivas Inaugurates Colourful Karavali Utsav Procession

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Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary Inaugurates Colourful Karavali Utsav Procession 

Mangaluru: To mark the Karavali Utsav the district administration held a colourful procession from Nehru Maidan to Karavali Utsav Grounds Lalbagh here on January 10.

The colourful procession was inaugurated by the District Minister In-charge Kota Srinivas Poojary by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries. Various troupes from all over the state are participating in the procession from Nehru Maidan to the Karavali grounds.

Kota Srinivas Poojary later broke the coconut and inaugurated the procession by beating the drums. The Minister participated in the procession along with MLA of Mangaluru South Constituency Vedavyas Kamath.

Addressing the gathering Kota Srinivas Poojary said, “Karavali Utsav is a meaningful festival. The Tradition and culture of Dakshina Kannada is very meaningful. By organizing Utsav’s we are highlighting our tradition and Culture to national and international levels. This Utsav will be held for 10 days, Let this Utsav be successful. I would also like to thank the organizers for the wonderful arrangements. I urge the public to be a part of this celebration and make it successful. Students should actively take part in cultural programmes to know more about the culture and tradition of our district. I am very much delighted to see students in large numbers taking part in the procession. I would like to thank the School heads for bringing their students to take part in the celebrations.”

A stage programme was held at the Karavali Utsav Grounds. The programme began with a state Anthem. Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Roopesh welcomed the gathering.

The programme was Inaugurated by Kota Srinivas Poojary by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries. Swarna Kamala award winner Rishab Shetty Inaugurated the programme by unfurling the areca inflorescence.

Rishab Shetty was felicitated by the district administration on the occasion. Addressing the gathering Rishab Shetty said, “I am very happy to inaugurate the Karavali Utsav programme and indebted to your love towards me. Artistes from all over the state are participating in the Karavali Utsav festival. I am also from this coastal district and have not forgotten my past. Whatever tradition and culture we follow, I have continued. I studied in a Kannada medium school. Many Kannada medium schools are now closing down because parents are not interested to send their children to Kannada medium schools. I know that agitating or shouting slogans will not solve any of our problems.”

Rishab further said, “I thought of making a movie to do justice with the Kannada language and directed a film “Kasaragod higher primary School”. We use language to communicate with people. Many students who studied in Kannada medium are working as IPS and IAS officers. Language is just to communicate with others, we should not forget our mother tongue. I have highlighted the culture of South Canara in all my movies. I have highlighted the tiger dance and Yakshagana. This is a wonderful programme and I am honoured to be part of it. If we retain our culture and tradition, future generations will benefit. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to Inaugurate this programme”.

MLA Vedavyas Kamath delivered the presidential address. President of Beary Sahitya Academy Rahim Uchil, President of Konkani Sahitya Academy Dr K Jagadish Pai, President of Tulu Sahitya Academy Dayananda Kattalsar, MCC commissioner Ajith Hegde, ADC M J Roopa and others were also present. Manohar Prasad compered the programme.

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