It’s the month of November, if you are from Karnataka you will definitely know the significance of this month and if you are not then let me tell you its Rajyotasava month and we have flag posts and auto Rickshaw reminding you the significance of this month.
November 1st is celebrated as Kannada Rajyotsava, this day in 1956 formally had clubbed all the Kannada speaking regions of Southern India and so the “Birth of Karnataka State”. So the point here is the soul of any state is its language, the language which is binding us all. And so we kannadigas celebrate it all throughout the month
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The Josh, Festivity and celebrations which are lined up and planned this month in our office to mark the significance of kannada language and rich heritage of this state to all the dear friends and colleague who are non kannadigas, just pumped up so much more love to my language that I am here to tell you all more about Kannada and Karnataka.
“Nara janma Bandaga, Naligeyu iruvaga, Krishna yenabarade…” When this was uttered flawlessly in perfect native kannada accent by a host on stage, I was stunned and surprised to the core. If you are wondering what so surprising in it let me tell you this little story…
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Master chef, Michelin Starred, restaurateur, Based in New York city, famous for his restaurant Junoon, The VIKAS KHANNA (to know more hit here) Who is a non kannadiga was the host that evening and he shook the Bangalore audience by perfectly reciting this Keertane by Kanakdasaru and told us the story behind his passion to learn this. He studied 4 yrs in Karnataka and fell so much in love with this place and language also he was especially impressed by Udipi temple. Despite the strict ritual in the temple which does not allow anyone other than the chosen singer by temple to perform there, Vikas Khanna was given the chance seeing his dedication. He Had learnt this language and learnt Carnatic singing to sing this keertane, for 3 yrs continuously just to perform in that temple to sing in front of Krishna. Now what would you call this dedication or passion? Hats off Vikas, you not only stole our heart that day but also you sent a message loud and clear in the audience that we are blessed to be born in such a beautiful state with rich heritage and cultural value to celebrate every moment being here.
And now the same passion for celebrating Rajyotsava event is being viral in my office everybody is gearing up with beautiful song and dance, folk arts. I am completely thrilled to see so many non kannadigas participating in Quizzes, Essays and speech and they are so much part of this celebration. This really resounds that we have “Unity in diversity” deep in our heart. And trust me no matter what we value it a lot.
As I finished this post, a dear friend hesitatingly hands over a beautiful article about Karnataka. Beyond the broken sentences, little mistakes her love and enthusiasm to be one among us beamed strong and bright.
Come be a part of us, celebrate being here and we promise to make it the best memory of your life!