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Members of Nrupatunga Kannada Koota (NKK) celebrated Sankranthi and Yugadi festivals on March 26th at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale.
Starting with a prayer and America national anthem, festivities rolled in after the welcome speech. Combining customary with trendy, entertainment came in an array of formats. Directed by local residents and members of NKK, dance, music and drama entertained an audience of over 300. Participants ranging from all ages provided a range of dances from traditional, filmy, medley and kid centric. The skit America Aliya (American Son-in-law) evoked laughter in the crowd. Pradeep Vittalmurthy is said to continue as the President of NKK for 2011. A vote of thanks concluded the entertainment for the evening.
The food served to the attendees, such as pongal, Ambode (lentil fritters) reflected dishes that are historically associated with the festivals. With Kannada classes for kids, picnics, festival celebrations, NKK strives to provide a cultural platform for those aspiring to cultivate and preserve it, in a nation that gives them the freedom to do so.