(Since June 2002)


Forthcoming Programme

Kannada Balaga General Body Meeting will take place on 27th July 2003 at Ramarao Auditorium, 111. Habibulla Road T Nagar, Chennai at 2.00 pm. Get together will commence at 10.00 am. Election of New Office bearers is scheduled for 2.00 pm. The GB notice has already been sent and any member who has not received the same may contact Secretary Mr Subhashchandra or the outgoing President Naavi.

Those who are interested in contesting for the posts of President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members (15) are requested to file nominations at the earliest (Nominations close on 20.7.2003). For details contact Secretary.

A Copy of the nomination form can be downloaded here.

Kannada Balaga and Kannadigara Koota are organizing a "Haasya Sanje" (Humour Evening) on 29/6/2003 at Shankara Mutt premises in Raja Annamalai Puram at 6.15 pm. Mr Beluru Ramamurthy a humourist from Bangalroe will address.

The Kannada Sanghas in Chennai are hosting a day long Cultural activities in Chennai on March 22, 2003, in association with the Department of Kannada Culture and Literature, Government of Karnataka.

In a joint meeting of all Kannada Sanghas with the Deputy Director of the Department Mr Chikkanna, it was decided that the programme will be held at the Karnataka Sangha Premises in Habibulla Road, T Nagar.

This is the first time such an event is being organized in Chennai.

The details of the programme are being worked out and will consist of entertainment and literary engagements.

Watch out for details.


March 1. 2003

February 15, 2003

Annual Ladies and Youth Programme of Kannada Balaga was succesfully conducted at the German Hall under the president ship of Mr Pranesh, Secretary, Tamil Nadu Govt.

A Hair Dressing Competition was conducted as a part of the programme. 

Cultural programmes were presented by several Sanghas and associations of Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala etc.


26th January 2003:

An Excursion had been organized  to Ponidcherry . The group spent a good time at the Beach and also visited the Aurobindo Ashram and Meditation Center.

24th November2003:

Kannada Rajyotsava -2002

All the Kannada Sanghas in Chennai jointly celebrated the  Rajyotsava on 24th November 2002. This year, the programme was coordinated by Karnataka Sangha, Habibulla Road, T.Nagar. 


October 6, 2002

Kannada Balaga wins Alround Shield in Janapada Geethe Competition

The 30 th annual Janapada Geethe competition was successfully conducted by Kannada Balaga at Vidyodaya School Auditorium, T.Nagar.

Over 70 participants in different age groups rendered different songs from the Janapada style. The youngest group was upto 5 years and it was a treat to watch the kids sing Kannada Janapada songs.

Three Kannada Sanghas from out of Chennai, namely Neyveli, Kalpakkam and Anu Puram, Kalpakkam participated in the competition.

Dr GopalaKrishna, Professor of Kannada, Dravida University, Kuppam, Mrs Laxi Devi Bhat, Assistant Editor, Encyclopedia of Kannada Folklore, and Mr Parthasarathy, Technical Director Alcast India Ltd, were the honourable judges.

Kannada Balaga won the  rolling trophy for overall championship.

Mr N.S.Srinath, DGM Canara Bank gave away the prizes.

Mr Balu, Proprietor RajBhavan Hotel and partner Sangeetha group of hotels sponsored the High Tea.

August 15, 2002

As a part of the social service activities of Kannada Balaga, members of the Balaga visited Udhavum Ullangal, an orphanage and Old Age home in Adambakkam and donated sets of cloth donated by members for the use of inmates. Additionally the day's food for the inmates was sponsored by the Balaga and some of the members gave personal donation for the organization.

Mr Naavi, Mr Swamy, Mr Waikar visited the place with their families along with Mrs Mamata Ananth Kumar.

August 3, 2002 Murali's Sriraag, Music Programme

A Musical Night Programme was held at U.Rama Rao Kala Mandira, Habibulla Road, Chennai, 600017.

Murali Sriraag and party  presented light music in different languages.

Funds raised in the programme are meant for the various social and cultural activities of Kannada Balaga under the "Lahari" programme.

July 28, 2002 Satya Narayana Puja

The year's activity began with the succesful conduct of the Satya Narayana Puja at Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, T.Nagar. It was well attended.

July 7, 2002 General Body Meeting

The Annual General Body Meeting of the members of Kannada Balaga will took place at the YMCA grounds, Nandanam.

Members assembled from 10.30 am for registration.

Ms Apeksha Bhatt conducted the games in the morning session between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm. 

After Lunch, M/s Sudha Kesari Prasad and Kesari Prasad conducted Housie Housie.

The formal  meeting started at 2.30 pm with a welcome address from the President who also outlined the activities envisaged by the Balaga in the next year.

In particular he highlighted that

a) Social Service Programmes would be undertaken by Kannada Balaga under the name "Lahari".

b) Conducting an Annual Chess Competition amongst all Kannada Associations would be explored.

c) Every programme in the following year would be undertaken by a sub committee with a coordinator for each of the programmes. Volunteers were invited to undertake the responsibilities and the following volunteers were identified.

Approximate Schedule Programme/Activity Sub Committee Coordinator
July 28, 2002 Satyanarayana Puja Suma Vijayashankar
September 29, 2002 Janapada Geethe Competition Sudha Kesari Prasad
August 3, 2002 Murali Sriraag Programme Subhashchandra
October Women's and Children Programme Sulochana Murthy
NA Cricket Tournament Rama Prasad
NA Chess Tournament To be identified
Throughout the year Social Service Waiker
NA Lahari magazine Dattatri
NA Picnic Madhusudan
NA Humour Programme Bhagvan
Throughout the Year Finance Arrangements Ananthakumar
Throughout the Year Inter Association relationships Subhashchandra
Throughout the Year Karnataka Government Liaison Nagendra Prasad
Throughout the Year Membership To be Identified

The Coordinators of each of the sub committees will prepare a plan of action and present it to the Executive committee at the appropriate times. They will be assisted by the President, Secretary and other senior members.

Members cooperation was sought for marketing the tickets for the Entertainment programme. It was clarified that the surplus generated from the programme would be utilized for the revenue expenses of the Balaga.

NRI Flat Supervision

It was discussed that if any NRI s having property in Chennai would like to have a local caretaker, Kannada Balaga can explore the possibilities of undertaking the responsibilities provided that the place can be used by Balaga for its periodical meetings.

A Concrete plan in this regard would be developed and any opportunity of that nature would be explored.

CRY Sponsorship

As a symbolic gesture of having commenced Social Service activities, Kannada Balaga sponsored one student under the CRY student promotion plan. Additionally Mr Bhagvan sponsored a second child personally.

Mr Subhash Chandra presented the secretaries report which was adopted unanimously after some clarifications.

Mr Shriram presented the accounts for the year which was adopted after some clarifications.

Mr Ramadas, Ex-President and senior member of the Balaga gave away the prizes to the winners of the various competitions.

Ms Sharada proposed the vote of thanks.

July 2, 2002 Executive Committee Meeting

The EC met on July 2, 2002, at Karnataka Sangha premises and discussed various issues. The details are as follows.

Special Membership Drive

All life membership enrolments upto August 3rd, 2002 will get a complimentary ticket  of Rs 100/- for the Entertainment programme on 3rd August. The member can also claim rebate on the Course fee from Cyber Law College against fees payable for any of the online programme.

Chess Tournament

Considering the popularity of the annual Cricket tournament in bringing together the members of various Kannada Associations in one platform, it is suggested that an annual Chess tournament should be launched during the next year.

"Lahari" as a Socio Cultural Programme

The Executive Committee discussed the proposal of Naavi that there is a need for Kannada Balaga to take up some social service activities and position itself as a "Socio-Cultural Organization". These programmes will be undertaken under the name "Lahari" as a symbol of a Wave of Compassion flowing from the Balaga to the community around them. The proposal had a broad consensus and it was agreed that further planning in this direction would be taken up after discussions in the GB meeting.

Miscellaneous Administration Matters

Mr Murali of Sriraag also met the EC members and the plan of action for the entertainment programme on 3rd August was discussed.

Ms Apeksha Bhat, TV Artist and presenter  was also present and  agreed to shoulder the responsibility of conducting games and other member activities during the GB meeting on 3rd August.

Additionally, some aspects of the forthcoming Janapada Sangeetha competition and Satya Narayana Puja were also discussed.

June 30

The finals of the K N Manjunath memorial Cricket tournament was as thrilling as the last year. Karnataka Sangha snatched a last over victory against Kannada Balaga with two wickets to spare to lift the rolling shield. Winning the toss and putting Kannada Balaga to bat,  Karnataka Sangha chased the target of 183 in 30 overs successfully.

Mr B. Suresh Kamath, Chairman and Managing Director of Laser Soft Infosystems Ltd distributed the prizes.

June 27, 2002

The finals of the K.N.Manjunath Memorial Cricket tournament will take place on Sunday the 30 th June 2002, at the ICF Cricket Ground Perambur, between Kannada Balaga and Karnataka Sangha. The match will commence at 9.00 am and will be played over 30 overs each side.

There will be a prize distribution ceremony at the end of the match around 3.00 pm.

All are invited.



Cricket Tournament:

The Annual K.N.Manjunath Memorial Cricket Tournament is presently on.

The teams participating are:

1.Kannada Balaga

2.Karnataka Sangha

3.Kannada Sangha, Ayanavaram

4.Bunts Cultural Association

5.Bunts Association

6.Master Packaging.

So far

Kannada Balaga and Master packaging have played one match each and won.

Karnataka Sangha has played two matches and won both of them.

On 23rd of this month, Kannada Balaga and Master Packaging will play against each other and the winner is expected to face Karnataka Sangha in the finals to be played on 30th June, 2002.

All matches are being played at ICF cricket ground, Perambur.

General Body meeting:

On 7th of July, 2002, the Annual General Body Meeting of the Balaga will be held at YMCA Grounds at 3.00 pm.

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