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Kannada Cultural Association Hosts 63rd Rajayotsava fete

Kannada Cultural Association Hosts 63rd Rajayotsava fete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY JAVED KANA

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY NILESH KHAROTE

Members of Kannada Cultural Association (KCA) of Kenya and their friends congregated to celebrate the 63rd Rajayotsava day on 10th November, 2018. The Rajayotsava is the formation day of Karnataka, a state of India. The first Rajayotsava day was marked on 1st November, 1956 and is a holiday in the calendar of Karnataka state.

The KCA hosted the celebrations with pomp and flair on Saturday, which saw the Hindu Council of Kenya – Kamal Gupta as the Chief Guest along with dignitaries such as Mr and Mrs Alfred Crasto, Raghupati Shetty and representatives from other Indian associations and states.

Beginning the function by national anthems of India and Kenya, the Chairman of KCA – Ravi Puthran, acknowledged the presence of the dignitaries and welcomed the guests before highlighting some activities of the KCA. He introduced the KCA team as well.

The emcees – Basil Serao, Smita Belvady and young Ankur Phadke kept the ambience lively throughout the program that saw a presentation on the Karnataka state, followed by spectacular performances by the Kannada-speaking groups. The International Youth Fellowship representatives too performed on Kannada music, dressed in ethnic attire – much to the pleasure of the cheerful crowd.

The guests left at leisure, after relishing dinner.

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