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Kodavas protest against Tipu Jayanti in Bengaluru

Tippu Jayanti Virodhi Horata Samiti staged a protest against Tipu Jayanti in front of Town Hall in Bengaluru today. Many Kodavas, including members of Ravindra Brigade, took part in the protest. Top leaders of Bengaluru city unit of the BJP were also present.

(Photos by: Kushalphotography – Achandira Kushalappa)

Army chief unveils statues of Cariappa, Thimayya

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today unveiled the statues of Field Marshal K M Cariappa, and Padma Bhushan and Distinguished Service Order (DSO) awardee General K S Thimayya, at Cauvery College in Gonikoppal.

Keeping alive the spirit of legends

(Text: Mookonda Nitin Kushalappa; Photo: Kushalappa A A)

GONIKOPPAL: The Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimayya Forum has been doing its best to spread the message of Kodagu generals which they conveyed by means of their lives. The Forum presently has 16 retired senior army, navy and air force officers, including Major Generals and Air Marshals. A number of other soldiers are part of this organisation as well.

The Forum succeeded in getting the statues of Field Marshal K M Cariappa and K S Thimayya made at the cost of Rs. 35 lakhs at Cauvery College, Gonikoppal. It has also strived hard to convert ‘Sunny Side’ in Madikeri into General K S Thimayya museum, which is likely to open in 2018.

The President of The Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimmaiah Forum is Col. (Retd.) Kandrathanda C Subbaiah, Ulliyada M. Poovaiah, editor of the Kodava periodical Brahmagiri is the secretary and the convener is Major Biddanda Nanjappa. Machimada Ravindra, former Kodagu District BJP President, is the vice president of the Forum.

Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat will unveil the statues in Gonikoppal tomorrow.

Photo caption: President Col. (Retd.) K. C. Subbaiah, Vice President Machimada Ravindra, committee members Marchanda Ganesh and Chendanda Chummi are seen in the photo.

Caelan Konganda – a budding golfer in Dallas

MADIKERI: Sixteen-year-old promising golfer Caelan Konganda recently achieved hole-in-one at the AAT Altus Open at Dallas in United States. He aced the eight hole at the Old American Golf Club from 166 yards.

Caelan had finished second at the Dallas Junior Invitational some years back. Presently in 10 grade, he was introduced to golf at the age of three by his grandfather Cheppudira Brigadier Ponappa. Caelan is the son of Tim Konganda and Gina of Dallas.

Caelan has published a book on Amazon titled ‘The Survival’. He has taken part in skits showcasing Kodava culture at Kodava conventions in New Mexico and Dallas. Caelan will be volunteering at the Cheshire home this December in Kodagu.

His aunt Cheppudira Nikki Ponappa is professional golfer and golf instructor in India.

Sri Chowdeshwari Temple is all decked up for Navaratri

Sri Chowdeshwari Temple near Mahadevpet in Madikeri is all decked up for Navaratri.

(Video credit: Mahesh)

US Kodava convention held in Dallas

MADIKERI: The annual Kodava convention in United States was held on the auspicious day of Kail Pold on September 3, 2017.

This was the largest Kodava convention ever held in US with 385 people from every corner of US and Canada attending. The presence of some visiting parents from India added to the charm.

Kodavas of Dallas did a wonderful job in arranging this event and put up a truly enjoyable and traditional show. The pre-convention on September 2 had the local cowboy theme while the main event on September 3 was truly traditional.

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