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November 20, 2019

A feast of ‘Yakshagana’ marks KaDaM’s 9th anniversary in Ajman

Shodhan Prasad

Kundapura Devadiga Mitra (KaDaM) celebrated their 9th anniversary on Friday the 15th of November, 2019 at Habitat School Auditorium, Ajman.  The day long programme started at 11 am with traditional lighting the lamp by female members of KaDaM who inaugurated the event.

MC Nithyanand Beskoor welcomed the audience and chief guests and invited President KaDaM, Dinesh Chandrashekar Devadiga Nagoor to do the honours.

Chief Guests including Mahaligna Devadiga Uppunda, AGM of Corporation Bank, Bagalkote, Nagaraj D. Padukone, Businessman and Social Worker of L.G. Foundation, Padukone, Rajyotsava Awardee Lion B.G. Mohandas, Poitician Raju Devadiga, Veteran Seena Devadiga, H.S. Devadiga, President of Devadiga Sangha Dinesh Devadiga, Sitar Ratna Devadas Pai, Shodhan Prasad, Suresh Devadiga, Nithyanand Beskoor and other dignitaries were invited on to the stage and welcomed with flower bouquet.

Nithyanand later introduced the fellow MC’s of the day, Santosh, Shridhar, Santosh Kolnadu, Asha & Shashirekha who especially carried on the entertainment part of the show smoothly.

Yuvaraj Devadiga rendered the prayer song ‘Ganesha Sthuti’ followed by welcome dance by Dhanya Dinesh Devadiga & Shibani.  Pramod Kumar presented a beautiful song to start the entertainment section.

Followed was a Hindi filmy dance by Advik, Ayush, Pratham, Rusham, Sriansh & Shrishanth which was mesmerizing.  Later Suresh Devadiga sang a beautiful folk number of Legend Dr. C. Ashwath ‘Mareyabeda’ which was well applauded.

Dhanya Dinesh Devadiga later presented a semi classical dance ‘Omkara’ from Aaptharakshaka which was awesome.

Sanskriti Dance Group presented a filmy dance which was well performed by Nivedya, Sharanya, Laxmi, Elsa, nandana, sanjana, Neeralakshmi, Nethra, Sera, Shreeya & Taniskha.

Vasudeva Devadiga, Rathnakar Devadiga & Manjunath Devadiga presented a meaningful well performed comedy skit in Kannada.

Visiting Artiste Sitar Ratna Devadas Pai who was guest during the event was called to present a solo Sitar performance which got good response from the audience.

Beautiful Ladies of KaDaM,  Shashirekha, Kiran Beskoor, Hema, Reshma Pramod & Asha presented a well-choreographed Punjabi Group Dance which received a grand round of applause from the audience.

Dhanya, Shreesha &U Shreeya later presented a Hindi Filmy dance number followed by Golden Star Music who presented another dance number comprising of Padmaja Padnekar, Ridhi Padnekar, Krishnapriya, Mahalakshmi, Jithin P, Samyak & Samarth well-choreographed and applauded.

Sudhakar Devadiga read out the annual report of KaDaM from the inception to the 9th anniversary programme highlighting KaDaM’s active involvement in Community Social wellbeing including helping in education and medical emergencies back in India and Ekanatheshwara Temple.

All the Sponsors and Well-wishers were invited on to the stage and honoured with flowers, shawl and mementos.

DEVADIGA SADAKA PRASHASTI AWARD:

Nagaraj D. Padukone, Businessman and Social Worker of L.G. Foundation, Padukone washonoured with ‘Devadiga Sadaka Prashasti’ Award during the occasion.

GUEST OF HONOUR:

Lion B.G. Mohandas who is the founder of Gulf Kannadiga.com and also the honorary advisor of KaDaM was honoured during the programme for having received the Karnataka State Rajyotsava Award 2019 recently.

‘KUSHA LAVA KALAGA’ YAKSHAGANA BALLET

The special attraction of the day was Yakshagana Ballet ‘Kusha Lava Kalaga’ which was beautifully presented by Shree Kshethtra Maranakatte Shree Brahmalingeshwara Yakshagana Mandali and was the first time in UAE.  This started after the lunch till late evening.

The artistes comprised of Ravi Devadiga Soralu as Bhagavathar, Chethan Acharya in Chende, Mahabaleshwara Gowda in Maddale with participants Irabailu Ananda Shetty as Rama, Sheena Devadiga Nagoor as Shatrughana, Kolali Krishna Shetty as Kusha, Vaataru Raveendra Shetty as Lava and Shekar Shetty Yelaberu in a comic role.  Sheena Devadiga Nagoor conducted this ballet in a traditional way which was very well applauded by all the audience.

Family Members of KaDaM and Volunteers actively took part in the celebration in making the event a grand success.

Luck Draw, Prize Distribution, honoring the participants and some other guests were done systematically after that.

The programme got concluded with ‘Vote of Thanks’ by Nithyanand Beskoor.

A feast of ‘Yakshagana’ marks KaDaM’s 9th anniversary in Ajman

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