Bangkok, May 31: Thai Kannada Balaga (TKB), an association of Kannadigas living in Thailand, celebrated “Ugadi Sambrahma” on May 29, 2022 at Holiday Inn, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Bangkok.
The festival celebrations were kicked off by Aparna Patwardhan, Director of SVCC Bangkok, who graced the occasion as the chief guest. The recitation of the prayer by Lavanya and the Thai and Indian national anthem was followed by the lighting of the lamp by Aparna Patwardhan, SwarnaKamath, Ramani, Chandramma and Lingaraju.
In an impassioned speech, chief guest Aparna Patwardhan appealed to the hundreds gathered about Karnataka’s rich cultures, festival and celebrations. She encouraged the public to participate in the Indian cultural events organized by the Indian dispora of Thailand to preserve and spread the knowledge of our rich culture. Later, Rashmi Ravi congratulated the main guest.
TKB Chairman Subramanya Nilkeri welcomed followed by introduction of newly elected committee members as Secretary Shivaprasad Poojary, Treasurer Dilip Kumar and TKB Board Members Shamanth Sanjiva, Guruprasad Bhat, Praveen, Nayana Bhat, Ranjeetha Rao and Shobha Mallaiah.
Guruprasad Bhat and Nayana Bhat participated in the program. The main stage lineup began with a mesmerizing Bharatnatyam performance by Soundarya Foundation Founder NatyaKalalaya – Aarthi Jutani and her students Suhasini Vaddi and Parineetha Tangirala.
Lavanya, Rashmi and Akshatasung a melodious Kannada song which depicts the celebration of Ugadi festival. While Bhuviprisha and Prisha Shamanth left the audience enchanted with their dance performances, Cianna’s cheerful and energetic dancing was enjoyed by all.
Further glorifying our culture, Murali Mohan and his daughter Pavani showcased the wickedness of Lord Krishna’s childhood through their kathak performance. Kathak’s performance left the entire audience totally captivated.
A special tribute to Punith Raj Kumar was dedicated, Annapoorneshwari narrated the actor’s life story. The audience was moved by Ravi Mysore’s song for the same and young TKB members Srivatsa Bhat, Chiraksh Gowda, Yathin Gowda, Ghena Shamanth, Vihaan Rao and Ishika Devadiga along with the special entrance of Guruprasad and Dilip put the fired up the stage with a stunning performance and amazed the viewers.
TKB had organized the “Amara MadhuraPrema” Facebook photo contest in which contestants submitted their wedding photos. Delora and Roshan Pinto won the contest with the most likes. They even entertained us with energetic performances. Nayana and VijethHegde danced their hearts out to classic Kannada songs.
After a delicious Indian lunch, Shobha Mallaiah and Ranjeetha Rao created a fun environment by organizing a variety of entertaining games with lots of prizes. Special couple games were organized for couples who had completed 25 years of their marriage. Ravi Mysore and Rashmi won the couple’s match followed by games for the kids.
The new members introduced themselves and expressed their joy at being part of the event. TKB extended its sincere thanks to its sponsors – Dakshin Restaurant, Vrindavan Restaurant, Kruaboon Thai Restaurant, AIA Insurance, Cris Go (Thailand) Co., Ltd and 3-D Precision Pvt. ltd.
On behalf of the entire TKB committee, Shamanth Sanjiva delivered the vote of thanks. The program ended with a group photo by John Wilson Pinto (pintocreations) who also volunteered for the photo and videography of the entire event.
TKB wishes and thanks all members all members, donors, supporters for their precious presence and support to make “UgadiSambrahma” a great success.