Mangalore, Jan 18: The three-day Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Kreedotsava- III was inaugurated at a colourful function held at the grounds adjacent to the Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Temple, Badaga Yedapadavu, Mijar on the outskirts of city on Friday.
Premalatha V. Shetty, mother of Vijaynath Shetty, Chief Organiser of the event, lit the traditional lamp marking the inauguration of the event. District Congress President B Ramanatha Rai hoisted the Kreedotsava flag. Then he along with other dignitaries set the pigeons free in the air.
In his address, Ramanatha Rai stressed the need to hold such rural games festivals in every village, to encourage rural sporting talents and also to keep the folk glory alive.
MLA and former district minister Krishna Palemar, said rural games which have remained neglected will receive the much needed encouragement through such events.
Mangalore MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Moodbidri MLA Abhayachandra Jain also spoke on the occasion.
Vijaynath Shetty, said the objective of organizing the Kreedotsava is to bring the people of rural community to the mainstream.
To the delight and amusement of the spectators, in the first event which was arm wrestling, chief organizer Vijaynath Shetty and MP Nalin Kumar both enjoyed arm wrestling and showed off their strength.
The event has attracted nearly 2900 participants this year and there will be 40 games in 70 categories during the three-day event. Cash prizes aggregating to about Rs. 15 lakh will be distributed. Kannada Filmstars Shivdwaj and Ms. Haripriya attended the first day. Over the next two days more celebrities are expected to visit the event. They include Cricket Stars Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar, Hockey Legend Dhanraj Pillai, Sandalwood Music Director Gurukiran and Film Stars Prem and Shubha Poonja.
Dance Programme by Boyzone Dance Troupe and Comedy and Mimicry by Bank Janardhan and Team will be staged on Saturday 19th January evening 7:30 p.m. onwards. Famous playback singer Rajesh Krishnan will give a live concert on Sunday 20th January 7:00 p.m. onwards.
Admission is free and Vijaynath Shetty has appealed to all people to attend the meet in large numbers.