Mangalore, August 26: Prize distribution ceremony of ‘Vijaya Karnataka-Ideal Muddukrishna Contest’ was held at Vijay Karnataka office here on Thursday. It was organised for the first time in the history of Kannada journalism by the ‘Vijaya Karnataka’ daily newspaper.
Hundreds of kids who participated in the contest were present along with their parents during the ceremony.
Sri Dharmapalana Swamiji, seer of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mutt, addressing the gathering commended the efforts of ‘Vijaya Karnataka’ in popularising and preserving the rich culture, history and religious values of the nation.
Pradeep Kumar Kalkur, President, Dakshina Kannada Kannada Sahitya Parishad in his presidential address said, “Vijaya Karnataka is propagating the values of our culture, while other mass media are involved in glorifying unwanted issues”.
The three judges Yajna Mangalore, Ganesh Somayaji and Vidyashree Radhakrishna entrusted with the task of selecting the winners from hundreds of children across the coastal belt noted the difficulty involved in selecting the winners.
K P Aryan Avharya, Kodikal, bagged the first prize, Chinmayi H Darbe came in second while Nihal Marady bagged the third prize.
B K Aniruddh Rao, Jeppu, Sharadhi Koteshwar, Vamshika Kini, Karkala, Anthra, Koragrapady, Udupi, Diya Udupi, and Abhinav S Bhat, Kadri, Mangalore were given the consolation prizes.
A Krishna Bhat, senior sub-editor, Vijaya Karnataka welcomed the gathering. P B Harish Rai read out the names of winners. Mohammed Arif Padubidri delivered the vote of thanks and B Ravindra Shetty compered the programme.