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Report on New Zealand Kannada Koota Activities

New Zealand Kannada Koota Celebrates Anniversary

Raju, Pete and Smitha performing at AucklandAuckland, July 18: The New Zealand Kannada Koota (NZKK) is celebrating the birth centenary of renowned Poet Kuvempu and also 10th year at its own existence ("Dashamanothsava"). As a part of these celebrations several cultural programmes have been planned during the season..

"Sangeetha Haasya Rasa Sanje" was one such programme in
which two well known artistes from Karnataka , singer Raju Ananthaswamy and mimicry Dayanand participated. The chilly winter weather did not dampen the sprits of the audience in Auckland who came in large numbers on July 10 to the "Freeman's Bay Community Centre" where this night of pure entertainment was held.

It all began with the NZKK Secretary Dr.Lingappa Kalburgi's welcome speech. He conveyed a message from NZKK President Prof. M.K.Vamanamurthy, who was away in Australia. The first song of the evening was the invocation very well sung by Miss Anusha and Miss Neha, students of "NZKK's Kannada Shaale." Mrs. Vathsala Prakash introduced Raju Ananthaswamy and spoke eloquently about his famous father late Mysore Ananthaswamy, whose name is a synonym for Kannada Sugama Sangeetha.

Raju Ananthaswamy began his concert with Kuvempu's Naada Geethe, "Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe" much to the delight of the audience. He followed this by rendering popular songs penned by great poets of Karnataka, G P Rajarathnam (Ratnana Padagalu), D V Gundpapa, Gopalakrishna Adiga, T P Kailasam, G.S. Shivarudrappa, H.S. Venkatesha Murthy, Nissar Ahmed and Lakshminarayana Bhatta. He was very emotional when he sang, "Harasi Thandeye", a tribute to his late father. Peter Paul, a local artiste, ably supported him on the tabla . Paul is a lecturer in Massey University.

Two well known singers of NZKK, Mrs. Smitha Gowri and Miss Anupama also took part in the nights' events. Prof. Adiga's "Yaava Mohana Murali Kareyitu" rendered by Raju and Smitha delighted the audience. Raju reminiscenced that he had sung the same song for the Kannada film, "America, America" with Sangeetha Katti and was happy to see a local artiste, Mrs. Smitha singing it so well.

After a brief interlude, Mrs. Sujatha Dattatreya, introduced Mimicry Dayanand declaring him a multi-faceted artiste who needed no introduction. Dayanada is indeed well-known to Auckland Kannadiga's through the radio programme, "Kannada Vaani" , broadcast every Thursday. Dayanand regaled the audience for over an hour in his inimitable style. His fantastic imagination about gober gas replacing petrol as fuel someday nearly brought the roof down. He mimicked the voices of Dr.Rajkumar, Ambareesh, Vishnu Vardhan, Srinath, Jaggesh, late Balakrishna, late Shankar Nag, Amareshpuri, Ajit and Sathrughan Sinha.

Raju Ananthaswamy took over for his second innings, singing some popular songs like G.S.Shivarudrappa's "Yede Thumbi Haadidenu". This got him a standing ovation from the audience; an emitonally charged Raju ended singing "Yede Thumbi Haadidenu INDU NAANU.' Dayanand also joined, dancing to Raju's singing "Ee Bandhanaa". The audience loved every moment of the evening's programme. Diwakar and Uday Kumar managed the stage arrangements and sound system very efficiently.

Dr.Lingappa Kalburgi expressed gratitude to his Sydney counterpart Omkara Swamy for his help in getting the artistes to Auckland. Senior members of NZKK presented momentoes to the artistes on behalf of NZKK. The programme concluded with Umesh Prasad proposing vote of thanks.

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