Bangkok: The Kannadigas residing in Thailand gathered together on November 12 to solemnise the festival of lights, Deepavali and Kannada Rajyotsava. The celebration took place at Hotel Holiday Inn, Bangkok, Thailand.
The celebration started with the lighting of lamp by Uday Jadugar, Swarna Kamath along with President K V Patil and Secretary Smitha, committee members Sandeep Shanbhag, Suprabha Shetty and Ravi Bhovi. This was followed by an inaugural speech by K V Patil.
Abbagani Ramu, DCM of Indian Embassy in Thailand was the chief guest of the occasion.
It was a day filled with fun-n-frolic as ace magician Uday Jadugar left the crowd mesmerised with his magic show and ventriloquism show. Young and emerging entertainer Preetham Hariharan filled the stage by performing Rudra Nrithya, contemporary and freestyle dance. Classical, filmy and folk singer Gayatri Yathiraj touched the hearts of listeners with her sweet voice. The members of Thai Kannada Balaga namely Basavaraj Hanji, Prisha, Ravi Bhovi, Ravi M B, Nayana, Vijeth, Akshatha, Mamatha and Nagalakshmi took the stage with their singing and dance performance. Young members Shaastha, Bhuvi and Vikas also presented their singing talent.
Apart from the cultural performances, prizes and mementos were distributed to the winners of the Independence Cup cricket tournament that was organised by the Balaga on August 6 this year.
Team Hoysala lifted the winning cup while team Rashtrakoota stood runners up of the tournament. Among the players, Punit M K was declared man of the match as well as best batsman, Ninganagouda as best bowler and Ganesh as emerging batsman.
The event turned out to be a grand success with pocket full of entertainment and stomach full of tasty Indian food. Smitha Laxminarayan proposed a vote of thanks. Suprabha Shetty compered the whole event.
Indian Overseas Bank, Vrindavana Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Lotus Hotel, Vincy Pinto Shamboor, Hareesha, Bolo Cards and Larsen Tauro were the sponsors for the event.
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