Sharjah: Namma Kundaapra Kannada Balaga (NKKB), a community-based group of people from Kundapura and the nearby areas residing in UAE, gathered at Habitat School, Ajman on Friday, June 14, to celebrate their unity and strengthen the relations within the community.
President of NKKB, Sadhan Das, welcomed the guests to the stage.
ASN Hebbar Advocate & public speaker, Dhanraj Big Boss fame, Praveen Kumar Shetty Chairman of Fortune Group of Hotels and president of KNRI UAE, along with Varadaraja Shetty Chairman of Ramee Group of Hotels, Manegar Meera Saheb Managing Director of Electric Way and Dinesh Devadiga Chairman of Elegant Kitchen LLC kick-started the celebrations by lightening traditional lamp.
For the outstanding service in the field of business and social work, Praveen Kumar Shetty was conferred the “Kundapra Kannada Udyama Ratna Award”. For tireless service towards Kundapra Kannada language and literature ASN Hebbar was conferred with the “Kundapra Kannada Bhasha Ratna Award” and for excellence in leadership in business “Kundapra Kannada Udyama Sadhana Puraskara” Mohammad Yahya Khaji was conferred by the dignitaries on behalf of NKKB. The honour involved shawl, flower bouquet, fruit basket, garland, honour certificate and memento.
Hafiz accepted the business excellence award on behalf of his father Mohammad Yahya Khaji.
After the felicitation ceremony, the awardees expressed their happiness and thanked NKKB for recognizing and honouring their services to the society.
ASN Hebbar exploded the crackers of laughter at his speech while explaining the greatness of Kundapra Kannada language and requested all members to speak in their mother tongue whenever they meet people from Kundapura.
President Sadhan Das explained the vision and motto behind uniting the people of Kundapura under the banner of Namma Kundapra and requested everyone to join hands and make the group stronger and active. He also thanked the organizing team for putting together a successful event.
As a part of the cultural programme, Big Boss Kannada fame Dhanraj entertained the gathering.
Prominent Yakshagana narrator Raghavendra Acharya Jansale and team presented “Panchjanya” Yakshagana which received an overwhelming response from the audience. The Yakshagana was coordinated by Padmaraj Yekkar and guest artists from Kundapura presented their skills to Yakshagana lovers of UAE.
Apart from guest artists, NKKB members and children exhibited their talents and received appreciation from the guests.
Dinesh Devadiga welcomed the guests.
Sudhakar Poojary read the annual report of NKKB.
The programme was compered by Prahlad, Asha Shridhar & Bhagya Sadhan Das.
Seena Devadiga, Sudhakar Poojary, Padmaraj Yekkar were present at stage.
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