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2017 EC Nominations Call

NKK inviting 2016 NKK members to form new Executive Committee (EC with all its positions namely President, Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Secretary, Co-Treasurer) and one BOD positions for the year 2017. Last date to send in your nominations: Saturday - January 28, 2017 11:59 pm
2017 BOD & EC Nomination Form Please email your nomination form (duely signed by the nominator) to kannadakoota@usa

Sankranti/Ugadi 2017

Sankranti/Ugadi 2017
Date: Saturday March 18th 2017
Place: Hindu temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, GA
Time: 5:00 PM sharp (socializing starts from 4:00 PM)
Last Date to Register: March 5th, 2017

2016 Scholarship

Shankari Muteri and late Narsimhiaya Muteri Foundation Scholarship Fund for the year 2016, Donated by: Dr. Annapurna & Dr.Subrahmanya Bhat
NKK seeking applications from High school seniors who is graduating in Fall 2017
Last date to apply for Scholarship - Saturday, March 12th,2017
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NKK By Laws

NKK By Laws

Nestled in the southern region of India, amidst green trees, scented flowers and holy rivers, stands a beautiful land called Karnataka. Our home. Karnataka accounts for one-sixteenth of the area of India with a population of nearly 50 million. Its language is Kannada. The people are Kannadigas.

Karnataka is known for its silk, sandlewood, ivory carvings and incense-sticks. Historians recall the Chalukyas, Kadambas, Rastrkutas, Gangas and Hoysalas. The empires of Vijayanagar, Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan have left their glorious marks on our soil. Art lovers associate Karnataka with caves of Badami, unadorned Gomateswara and the sculptures of Belur and Halebid as well as the domes of Bijapur and Bidar. The great Hindu thinkers, Madhvacharya, Ramanujacharya, Basaveshwara, Shankaracharya and Vidyaranya, spread their philosophies from Karnataka. The forebears of modern Karnataka are grateful to the visions of Sir M . Visveswaraiah, who gave India its first hydro-electric project at Shivasamudra, as well as the whole range of pioneering industries in aviation, electronics, tele-communications and machine tools. In business, Karnataka's arecanut from Shimoga, coffee from Chikmagalur, tobacco from Belgam, cotton from Hubli and Gadag, iron ore from Bellary are the pride of the state. Karnataka is the mecca for tourists. Elephants and bison herds at Bandipur and Nagarhole, colorful fountains of Brinadavan at Mysore, Vidhana saudha , beautiful Lalbhag and Cubbon park at Bangalore, majestic jog falls, architectural wonders at Belur-Halebid, the historic sites at Srirangpatna and Hampe are particularly memorable.

Karnataka is divided into three distinct regions: a narrow coastal strip along the Arabian sea, high hills-western Ghats and the sprawling plains towards the east. The coastal strip is water soaked in the monsoon season and humid in summer. It is spotted with coconut groves and paddy fields. The most beautiful beach at Karwar and the pilgrim town of Sringeri , Gokarna and Dharmasthala adorns the strip. The Ghats provide some wonderful vistas. The view of sunset at Agumbe is very picturesque.

There are three distinct forms of speech forms of Kannada- the Mangalore, Mysore and Dharwar varieties. The Thungabhadra river serves as the dividing line between Dharwar Kannada and Mysore Kannada . Mangalore Kannada is influenced by Tulu and Konkani.

Mysore was the original name given to the state which consisted of only nine districts. Karnataka is the new name for the current 19 districts, since 1956. Kannada is a Dravidian language. It is the second oldest among the Indian languages. The earliest great poets were Jains. Pampa, Ranna and Janna are referred to as the three gems. Kaviraja Marga by Nrupathunga (AD 814-817), Mahabharatha by Kumara Vyasa(Narayanappa of Gadag) and Kirthanas by Saint-singer, Purndara Dasa of 16th century, are some of the eloquent testimony for the great mode of literary expressions. Kannada consciousness was increased during the Veerashiva movement. The vachanas used the speech of common people instead of literary vocabulary. The leading figures of modern Kannada literature are B.M.Srikantaiah, D.V. Gundappa, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, K.V. Puttappa, D.R. Bendre, G.P. Rajaratnam, Shivarama Karanth and Puthi Narasihma Char.

Kannadigas are known for their tolerance and compromise prevail over resentment. Somehow extremism does not seem to find much sustenance in Karnataka.

We may come from different part of Karnataka, settled in different parts of America with varied tastes and interests. yet, the language binds us and bonds us together. In order to foster friendship among the Kannadigas in Atlanta area, Nrupathunga Kannada Koota was formed in 1973. It was registered as a tax-exempt, non-profit association in 1984. It has about 250 families as members. All the activities are conducted tries to promote the language and culture of Karnataka. Our Kannada Koota celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 24 1998(Sunday) 9 am to 9 pm .