Dubai: We are Happy & Proud! remarked Dinesh Kumar while felicitating Karnataka Rajyotsava Awardee B.G.Mohandas at Dubai Fortune Hotel while felicitating him!
Dubai: It was a memorable day for the DEVADIGAS OF DUBAI in the UAE on 16th November 2019 at Fortune Plaza Banquet hall Qusais. B. G. Mohandas popularly known as Beeji was felicitated for being awarded one of the highest honour from the state of Karnataka – The Rajyotsava Award for his outstanding services towards Kannada Culture, language and its people. Though it was a working day, many members attended and made the afternoon memorable.
The program was inaugurated with the traditional lighting of lamp by the Devadiga Ladies and Shelina Laxmidas rendered the prayer. Laxmidas welcomed the gathering and Dinesh Kumar introduced and welcomed the guests to the dais along with the Advisor Narayan Devadiga and Suresh Devadiga.
After a brief report on Beeji, by Dinesh Kumar Beeji was felicitated in a traditional style along with his wife Yashoda Mohandas.
After accepting the honour, Beeji shared his memories about the Sangha and the community. He thanked the community members who stood with him supporting through out to reach this height todayB.G.Mohandas, dedicated this award to Dubai Kannadigas & Devadigas.
A file containing all old memories cut out from the Udayavani daily Gulf Vartha Sanchaya page and a book published by Kanthavara Karnataka Sangha named GulF Kannadiga – B.G. Mohandas written by Anshumali in 2017 were kept for viewing for the members.
Padmavally Sanjay also opined the same sentiments addressing in Tulu.
On this occasion Mahalinga Devadiga Uppunda, AGM OF Corporation Bank, Bagalkote, Nagaraj Padukone, businessman and social worker of L G Foundation, Padukone, Raju Devadiga – Well-wisher & Politician & Mr. Anand Shetty – Another award winner from Marnakatte Yakshagana Mela who attended the event were also welcomed and felicitated.
Akil Mohandas, proposed the vote of thanks, thanked everyone who organized this memorable afternoon and said he was proud of his father being recognized for his efforts being put in for Kannada language and community service. His passion to do things that too during his family time after working hours sitting late nights. At a time when Facebook was not existing his community web portal DEVADIGADOT COM was already a platform to all the members around the world to post messages, wishes and programs conducted.
At the end ,Sumptuous lunch was served, during which live karaoke singing by Suresh Devadiga, Padmavalli Sanjay, Shelina & Pramod entertained the audience. Kodagana Koli Nungitta .. took every one of us back to our memory lanes from where we had started in 1992. Filmy dances by Vikshit, Shefali & Shelina enthralled the gathering.