Old and young alike, who were dressed in traditional attire, seemed to love every moment as the day progressed
Arebhashe lsiri, a two-day cultural fest of Kodagu Gowda community commenced with much fanfare here on Saturday. Kodagu Gowdas, one of the 21 communities living in the land of coffee, have joined hands with 18 sub-communities from 10 families. A festive mood prevailed at the venue as the cultural event highlighted the rich tradition of Kodagu.
The cultural fest aims at protecting the fading unique cultural values and customs among the younger generation of the community. Though modernity has had a cascading effect on the Kodava tradition, the two-day fest hopes to highlight what this region of the state stands for. Old and young alike, who were dressed in traditional attire, seemed to love every moment as the day progressed.
The event is organised under the aegis of the state government through Karnataka Arebhashe Samskruthi and Sahitya Academy, in association with community organisations formed in Mysuru by Kodagu based Gowda community people staying in the heritage city. Kodagu Gowda Samaja, Kodagu Gowda Ex Army Personnel’s Welfare Association, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Gowda Sangha, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada Zill Gowda Mahila Sangha volunteered to Saturday.
MLA Vasu and add glitter to the fest. President Kodagu Gowda Samaja Kudupajje K Kushalappa inaugurated the main event. President, Kodagu Gowda Maaji Sainika Kshemabhivruddhi Sangha, Chetiimada U Janardhan and Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada Gowda Mahila Sangha President Uluvarana Ghanavathi, Dakshina Kannada Gowda Samaja President Naveen Devaragunda were present.
The community members welcomed the guests in a unique way by applying oil on forehead and giving a pot of water. MLA Vasu inaugurated the cultural event along with other guests including Umarabba, Registrar for Karnataka Arebhashe Cultural and Literature Academy.
President Kodagu Gowda Samaja Kudupajje K Kushalappa inaugurates the Arebhashe Isiri, a two-day cultural fest of Kodagu Gowda community on community members were present.