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Members of NKK gathered together to celebrate the milestone of Karnataka state formation, Rajyothsava at the Hindu Temple, Riverdale on November 19 2011. The Kannada community surely had a lot of reasons to revel the occasion. The evening witnessed the beginning of a historic event, a democratic election, kicked off by the nomination process for selection of a 6 member governing council of a World Kannada Conference to be held in Atlanta, a first for NKK, since its inception in 1973. Also, as current NKK President Pradeep Vittalmurthy pointed out, the selection of Chandrasekhar Kambar, a noted Kannada playwright, poet and novelist for the Jnanpith Award, nationís most coveted literary honor was also a proud moment that called for celebrations.
A variety of cultural programs such as song and dance performances choreographed and presented by local kids and parents entertained a crowd of approximately 300 attendees. It was refreshing to note that a lot of teenagers and youngsters were encouraged to get up on stage and make announcements, help with the food and basically get involved in community activities.
The World Kannada Conference to be held in Atlanta under the auspices of NKK has generated a lot of interest among the community and the nominations for its governing council indeed sparked off much enthusiasm among the members of NKK.
The festivities also included the Annual Scholarship of $4000 from the Shanakri and late Narasimhiya Mutteri scholarship fund, established by Drs. Annapurna & Subrahmnya Bhat. Manasa Bhat and Kamala Iyer were recipients of the award this year. NKK has been awarding qualified and competent graduating seniors for the past three years. Nrupatunga Kannada Koota also runs three Kannada classes in different parts of metro Atlanta and maintains a library of Kannada books.
The event concluded with the audience being treated to a scrumptious dinner and perhaps some food for thought about their privilege to select nominees for an upcoming election.