Entertainment committee report from Naina Pattanshetty:
As a tradition, VNSA NC hosted 2012 Basava Jayanthi event in Livermore temple on May 13, 2012. Basava Jayanthi celebration started off with the “Basavanna Puja” followed by a melodious song from Suma Moogi. Next was “Basavannavara Mahatwada Tunukugalu” skit coordinated by Mangala Shivakumar. For fancy dress competition we had overwhelming participation and all the kids presented their best. Age 5 and below kids represented different state bride and grooms of India. Age 5 to 7 kids presented famous characters most important in our life. Age 7 and above presented historical figures and many more characters. Fancy dress costumes were fabulous; it was evident that parents had put in lot of effort in making fancy dress competition highlight of the day. Then we had vachana competition for kids of all ages. It was noticeable that kids and parents spent many hours to prepare for vachana competition. Thanks to all our VSNA parents for encouraging their kids to participate in these events. It is great to see the confidence and enthusiasm shown by our VSNA kids to learn about our culture and perform on stage. Next was an outstanding performance by renowned vocalist Mrs Usha Prabhu. The combination of her melodious voice and vachanas mesmerized the audience.
Post-lunch session started with few more Vachana competition for kids. Next was vachanarecital by the famous singer — ”Ganapriya” Sri Nachiketa Yakkundi (Sharma). It took us to the times of Basavanna and other Sharanas. Entertainment committee ensured all the parents relaxed and enjoyed pleasant vachana recital while the kids were busy with art competition.
Next was an outstanding dance performance choreographed by Shobhalatha Pattanahshetty. This dance was for four vachanas composed by C.S.Ashwath.
This was followed by Quiz conducted by Vishawanand Pattanashetty. It gave us an opportunity to learn more about many Sharanas/Sharanes and their teachings. Overall, it was a fun filled day with quality programs in-line with Basava Jayanti theme. Programs were well organized by our entertainment committee, educating the younger generation and a realization to one and all that we are part of such a rich heritage and culture. It was great team work from VSNA 2012committee, thanks to all the volunteers who helped us make it successful event, and thanks to all our VSNA members.
On behalf of the 2012 VSNA committee we thank you for attending Basava Jayanthi function. Thanks you for your time and supporting the committee in making this event a success
Also during this event opportunity was given to new members to participate and contribute which encourages new memberships.
We take this opportunity to thank each one of you for yet another successful event of 2012. From the beautiful stage decoration to delicious menu to quality programs it was obvious that each and every committee member put great time and effort in making this event a big success.
My heartfelt thanks to Vinutha Hariyaplar, her selflessness support was a key in successful planning and execution of variety of programs and competitions.
My sincere thanks to Kiran Swatantramath for co-hosting this event and keeping the crowd engaged.
Sincere thanks to Sachin, Mahesh, Kavitha Gowda and Anu Burji for keeping the kids engaged in art competition so that parents could enjoy performance.
My deep-felt thanks to all the members who helped with prize and gift arrangements, event planning, decoration, stage preparation and cleaning, photography, Video and event coordination. Some of the members helped even without me reaching out for help.
Food Committee report from Prathima Angadi:
It took several weeks of planning and hard work for Basava Jayanthi food preparation. On the day of event most of the committee members and other volunteers arrived at the temple by 6:30 AM for food preparation. It was nice to see overwhelming response from our committee and other volunteers to join their hands for food preparation for our members and thousands of temple devotees.
Food was served between 12:45PM to 2:00PM and the menu consisted of:
- Cut Capsicum Yenagayi
- Madike Kallu Pallya(Moth grain)
- Lemon Rice
- Curd Rice
- White Rice
- Holige Saru
- Kadalebele Payasa
- Papad,chili,and Pickle
- Puffed Rice,Tea,Cookies & Apple Juice was served as a snack between 4 – 5 PM.
There were around 25 volunteers who helped in cooking the food, setting the tables, serving food, and cleaning. Special thanks from the food committee to Gangadhar Murthy for helping us in making tasty food. It was nice to hear very positive feedback from all the people about quantity and quality of the food.
List of volunteers:
Please accept our sincere apologies if we have inadvertently missed anybody.
- Gangadhar Murthy
- Ravi Shekar
- Indra Kamdalli
- Ratna Ullagadi
- Vijaya Hebbal
- Basu Ullagaddi
- Sharan Math
- MC Gowda
- Kavitha Gowda
- Vinutha Hariyaplar
- Geetha Patil
- Geeta Patil’s mom
- Chethan Burji
- Anand and Suma
- Jyothi kallimath
- Vijaya and Sid Shetter
- Shivu vibhuthi
- Vinod Angadi
- Vinay Patil
- Bharati Shirashyad
- Ashwini Awatiger
- Poornima Vonti
- Murigesh Channur
Special thanks to Ravi Shekar for photographing and sharing the pictures of Basava Jayanti.
Dear VSNA Member,
VSNA Northern California chapter is celebrating Basava Jayanti 2012.
When: May-13th, 10am – 4pm
Where: Hindu Community Cultural Center
1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 449-6255 livermoretemple.org
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