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BY JYOTHSNA HEGDE
Nrupatunga Kannada Koota(NKK) gathered the Kannada crowd for Sankranti celebrations this February 27th at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Tribute to popular Kannada artists, Entertainment, Food, and new President for the Executive committee were all part of the festivities.
The program began with a Prayer and the American National Anthem followed by a fitting homage to Kannada artists such as popular Kannada actors Dr. Vishnuvardhana, renowned singer and music composer Dr.C.Aswath, and theatre and film personality Chandodi Leela that passed away the past year. Music played in the background as a slide show walked folks down the memory lane reminding the loss of talent in the Kannada film Industry.
Entertainment for the evening came in all forms - dances, drama, music, a combination of dance and drama and from all age groups. Directed by volunteers, kids and adults enthralled the audiences with their performances. Variety of children’s programs entertained the audience. An adorable musical dance drama based on Panchatantra reinforcing the significance of teamwork was presented by kids all dressed in colorful costumes. A music medley of Kannada songs with color coordinated singers was delightful. A group folk dance by adults was well appreciated. An interesting and unique mimicry dance also intrigued the audience. A comedy play featuring a family that converses based on filmy situations and actors was well received by the crowd. Patriotic songs and dance to the popular Mungaru Male also had folks cheering. A very interactive sing along karaoke of Kannada songs that invited the audience to sing along was very successful in invoking everyone’s interest and feeling part of the revelry. The Indian National Anthem marked the end of entertainment. Originally scheduled for Feb 13th, the event was moved to the 27th due to the snowy conditions that have taken over Atlanta this year. This however did not seem to deter the participants or the members of NKK in any way.
Dr. Ramaswamy introduced Pradeep Vittalmurthy as the new President of the Executive Committee for the year 2010. Pradeep expressed his desire to give his best to NKK. The night ended with members being treated to food as always. A pleasurable evening topped with good food is indeed always a good combination that keeps members coming back for more every event year after year. Here’s wishing NKK many more memorable events in the years to come.