BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Atlanta, GA, April 29, 2022: Well over 450 Kannadigas across Georgia and Tennessee gathered at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta to celebrate Yugadi on a grand scale on April 17, 2022. The event, Yugadi Sambhrama 2022 was hosted by Nrupathunga Kannada Koota.
The highlight of the event included a performance by popular band, Tarang, the annual Shankari Narsimhaiah Muteri scholarship award presentation by the guest of honor Dr. Naresh Parikh, and performances by talented Atlanta Kannada kids along with a sumptuous spread of 11 course Karnataka style lunch (catered by Madras Mantra). The event was anchored by Shruti Sridhar.
“We were happy to see 450+ members participate in our Yugadi event which was a great comeback after 2 years of the pandemic. We had 4 cultural programs from our local members followed by a Festive Lunch. The prime-time musical concert by artists from Bangalore’s TARANG team was enthralling. As we are stepping to our 50th Year in 2023, we request all the local Kannadigas’ participation and support to make Golden Jubilee Celebrations a grand success!” Santosh Kumar, Chairman, NKK said.
Local talent show was followed by the annual Shankari Narasimhaiah Muteri scholarships, sponsored by Dr. Subra, Dr. Anu and Kiran Bhat Foundation. Dr. Parikh presented the scholarship to the winners, Mehul Rao, Anirudh Kowlagi and Sachi Satish Kumar. “The idea is to stimulate and encourage NKk students to excel in scholastic activities. It gives us a great pleasure to continue this scholarship for years to come,” Dr. Bhat said. The Scholarship was started in 2007 in the name of Dr. Anu Bhat’s parents. The Bhat Foundation was initiated in 2019 and over 30 students ($60 K) have been awarded the scholarship over the years. The Bhat couple were introduced as NKK’s first ever Trustees to the members.
NKK also fosters Kannada Kali schoolsin three different locations including, Marietta, Lawrenceville and Cumming, where volunteer teachers diligently teach kids to read, write and speak in Kannada language.
The event concluded on a high note with popular Kannada musicians, Dr. Suchetan Rangasway, Aishwarya Rangarajan, Aniruddha Sastry, Krishna Anand and Venugopal Venky of Tarang group entertained and engaged the audience for over two hours.
“At NKK, our mission is to progressively bring Greater Atlanta together in the cause of Kannada language and culture. Yugadi, the Kannada new year, is one such occasion that NKK has been leveraging throughout the organization’s 49 year legacy to accomplish this mission. This year’s successfully concluded edition was well-attended as well. The event was also special for one more reason; we introduced NKK’s first ever Trustees, Dr. Subra Bhat and Dr. Anu Bhat to our members. The success, love and support we received from the community was a shot in the arm for the NKK organizing committee to deliver more and more such engaging, tasteful events to the community through the rest of this year. And then of course, NKK is preparing for the organization’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2023. We are thankful to our Sponsors, Donors, Members and Volunteers for their continued support,” Srinivas Prasad, President, NKK stated.