Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai to perform during Sharjah Karnataka Sangha’s 17th Anniversary

Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai to perform during Sharjah Karnataka Sangha’s 17th Anniversary

UAE: Karnataka Sangha Sharjah will be celebrating their 17th anniversary along with 64th Karnataka Rajyotsava Day and Children’s Day celebration on Friday the 15th of November, 2019 from 4 pm at Sharjah Indian Association Auditorium, Sharjah.


Vidwan Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai is the star of attraction who will be performing during the Sharjah Karnataka Sangha Anniversary programme.  He will be arriving all the way from Mangalore and this will be his maiden performance in Dubai.

Devdas Pai has performed all over the world and has acclaimed appreciations and awards wherever he performed.  He is a very rare gem born to Kochikar Gopalkrishna Pai & Radha Pai on 15th February, 1962.  A graduate of Arts he is the Managing Partner of the famous New Chitra Talkies Mangalore.

Pai learnt Sitar initially in Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan later got trained with Ustad Khan and further got his additional training under the guidance of Padmashree Dr. Kadri Gopalnath through whom he learnt to play Carnatic in Sitar.

Dharmadhikari Dr. Veerendra Heggade of Dharmastala honored Devdas Pai with VIDWAN Award in the year 1995 and later continuously received lot of appreciation for his dedication and performances.

Some of his Awards are:-

Some of his Awards are:-

1995 ‘Vidwan’ Award presented during the Mahamastabhisheka at Shri Dharmasthala Kshetra
1996 ‘Sangeetha Surabi’ at Moodabidri during ‘Sammilana 96’
1997 ‘Karavali Utsava 97’ Opening Artists Award by Mangalore Commissioner
1998 ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Award by Corporation Bank
1998 ‘Young Talent’ Award by Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank and other associations
1999 ‘Kala Sampanna’ Award by ‘Sumasauraba’ News Paper, Mangalore
2013 ‘Maanapatra Sanmana’ Award by Government of Goa
2014 ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Vathsalyadhama Vridhashrama, Kodialbail Mangalore
2014 ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Shree Gokarnanata Parthagali Jeevotham Mata, Goa
2014 ‘Trusted Friends in Goa’ Award by Vicar General Diose of Mangalore Bishop House
2014 ‘Mannagudda Deepa’ Award by Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple
2014 ‘Executive Board Member’ of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for consecutive 3 years
2015 ‘Sitar Ratna’ Award by Kashimatadheesha Shree Shree Shrimad Sudheendra Thirtha Swamiji
2015 ‘Sitar Shiromani’ Award by shree Sansthana Mata, Manipal
2016 ‘Sitar Kalabushana’ Award by Ernakulam Shree Thirumala Shrinivas Temple, Kerala
2016 ‘Vishwa Sanskratika Sammelana’ participation in South Kanara district in Sitar
2016 ‘Vishwa Konkani Sammelana’ appreciated for the participation
2016 ‘Sitar Kalanidhi’ Award by Chilimbi Sharada Mahotsava Rajatha Mahotsava celebration
2017 ‘Sitar Kalashresta’ Award by Poornananda Seva Prathistana
2017 Toured around America in 18 places including New York, New Jersy, Boston, Florida, Texas
2017 ‘Icon of Sitar’ Award by Konkani charitable Fund, USA
2017 ‘Krishnanugraha’ Award by Pejavar Muth during 5th Paryaya
2017 ‘Sitar Kala Chaitanya’ Award by Shree Kathabindu Prathistana
2019 Special Felicitation during Shree Dharmastala Bahubali Mahamasthabisheka celebration
2019 ‘Sitar Samrat’ by Shree Annapoorna Temple, Horanadu
2019 ‘Abhinandana Patra’ at Shree Kadri Manjunatha Temple during Bhrahmakalshosava
2019 ‘Sitar Gandharva’ Award by Bantara Sangha, Bunts Hostel, Mangalore
2019 ‘Sitar Sindhoor’ Award by Amarnath Shetty during Ganeshostava in Moodabidri
2019 ‘Vainika Shiromani’ Award at Mysore Ganeshostava

Being the recipient of so many awards and accolades Sitar Ratna Vidwan Devdas Pai now dedicates his knowledge to the current youth by teaching them Sitar and training the new generation towards the wealth of music knowledge.


As was done in the past, Sharjah Karnataka Sangha on this occasion will be doing the honours of presenting ‘Mayura Vishwmanya Kannadiga Award – 2019’ to the identified Kannadiga who have contributed towards Kannada in this part of the world. And this time, Amchigele Ramachandra Hegde, Managing Director of Spraytek Coating / Contracting LLC has been chosen as awardee for the year 2019 who will be honoured in midst of various Guests who will be gracing the grand occasion.


Sharjah Karnataka Sangha’s 17th Anniversary celebration will also include various Dances & Musical Orchestra to enthrall the Kannadigas and enjoy the Rajyotsava as well as Children’s Day celebrations.

President Anand Bailoor along with Patron Mark Denis D’souza, General Secretary Noel D Almeida and all the Committee Members have requested Kannadigas from all over UAE to come in large numbers and be part of the celebrations.

Entry is Free to all Kannadigas.