The Karnataka Association, Coimbatore, was founded in the year 1938, by the residents of Coimbatore who hailed from Karnataka. The main object is to propagate the culture of Karnataka, to develop a social binding among the members and to build a happy co-existence with the local people. The original founders of this association were Late Sri U Venkat Rao and Late Sri B R Bhat.
The membership strength is over 400 & their families from Karnataka who speak Kannada, Tulu and Konkani, and also local friends who appreciate the culture of Karnataka. It has been in existence for the past over 70 years, and during the period we celebrated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee of the Association with grandeur. Dignitaries like Late Jayachamaraja Wadayar, Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Nijalingappa, Smt Margret Alwa, Sri Ramakrishna Hegde, Sri Virendra Hegde of Darmastala, the Swamijis of Udupi Ashta Mutts, Late Sri T A Pai and many others have participated in very many programs of the Association.
The Association has its own building at Coimbatore, built with contributions from the members and financial assistance from the Government of Karnataka. While all the socio-cultural programs of the association take place in this premise, it is also used by the members and the local public for various social functions. It is also put into effective use for the people from Karnataka who visit Coimbatore in groups with a specific purpose of propagating Kannada culture or build & develop inter-state relationship.
The Association also houses a library of Kannada books for the benefit of members. It has over 500 books written by well renowned authors of Karnataka.
Few of the cultural programs our association are:
Yakshagana-Byalatta: Renowned troupes from South Kanara District of Karnataka stage a couple of performances every year. On visits to our Association, these troupes also get an opportunity to perform elsewhere in Coimbatore and in the neighborhood. Recently an all-women troupe staged a good Yakshgana aata, which was highly appreciated.
Dassera Celebrations: The festival at Mysore known world over for its grandeur, is celebrated in our Association along with Lakshmi & Saraswathi Puja organised by the women folk.
Events like Ladies Nite & Childrens Day enable our members to project their talents in fine arts like dance, music, fancy dress & bhajans.
The Rajyotsava Day of Karnataka is usually celebrated with variety entertainment based on Karnataka is usually celebrated in November.
The program on Sangeetha Pitamaha Purandara Daasa, the well known Saint musician is eagerly awaited by the public at large. The annual vocal music competition in Purandara Daasas songs is open to public and nearly 200 children tutored by about 40 music teacher and various schools compete for the honors. While the top participants are awarded, the teachers are also honored for encouraging children in Kannada Songs. All the participants are gifted with a brief write-up of Purandara Daasa, and also a CD of a few songs, to enable them to sustain their interest in Daasara Kirthanas.
A workshop on Purandara Daasas songs will be undertaken by musicologists to train the students in the correct diction, and exact pronunciation, and understand the essence of the song before the music competition.
Our Association hosts a medical & educational trust with a generous contribution from members and philanthropists to help the needy in matters of education and health. Scholarship is unibet betting offered to children from Karnataka who perform very well and require assistance for their higher education. The members have felt the need to sympathies in national calamities and the Association contributes to national calamities like Orissa floods, Gujarat earthquake, the Kargil war, etc.
Please feel free to contact the Association anytime.