Report: Shodhan Prasad
Photos: Ashok Belman (GK)
Dubai : Padmashali UAE a community association of Karnataka's web weavers on the occasion of their 2nd anniversary in UAE concluded a vibrant Shri Satyanarayana Pooja on 22nd June, 2012 which started at around 2 PM in 5th Floor Banquet Hall of Karama Centre, Dubai. Around 700 devotees from Padmashali community and members of other communities of Karnataka in UAE witnessed this great pooja which also included 'Hari Katha' recitation by the well known Ambathanaya Mudradi who came all the way from India to perform in this pooja ceremony. He is not only a veteran from Padmashali community but have rendered several innumerable recitations of Hari Katha all over India and being appreciated and honoured.
The pooja kalasha prathistapane started at around 3 PM with the presence of senior members of the community and couple Jayanth Shettigar along with his wife seated on the pedestal on behalf of the organisation to accept the pooja formalities.
Special bhajans were rendered by a group of children, under the guidance of Sachindranath & Shubhaker in their melodious voice which impressed all the devotees present. Later the special invitee Ambathanaya Mudradi who is a Poet, Yakshagana exponent, Kannada Literary exponent & also a Hari Katha specialist was invited on to the stage by Raghuram Shettigar and his wife, honoured with flower garland, introduced before the start of 'Hari Katha'.
Ambathanaya Mudradi, who started the 'Hari Katha' took the devotees to devotional world for nearly 2 hours nonstop cheering them up with the humour filled mini stories in between, clipping to the main story on "Hanumadwillasa". Accompanist were Anand Shanbhagh on Harmonica and Giridhar Naik on Tabla perfectly coordinating with each other. Ambathanaya Mudradi who arrived for the first time to the Gulf was presented and honoured with the title "Jnanarishi" by Padmashali UAE in the midst of the
programme. Ashok Padmashali along with his wife honoured Mudradi with shawl and flower bouquet, while Durghesh couple honoured him with Memento, Dr. Padmanabh read out the felicitation letter and Ravi Shettigar presented the same to Ambathanaya Mudradi during the ceremony.
Leaders of various Karnataka Associations were present and Ganesh Rai who actively supported Padmashali was felicitated with Shawl along with Giridhar Nayak who decorated the main mantap of Almighty with flowers. On behalf of media Sandhya Shodhan received the felicitation for www.Daijiworld.com and Ashok Belman received the honour on behalf of www.gulfkannadiga.com
All the devotees savored the maha prasada after the maha mangalarthi served professionally assisted by the members of Narayana Seva Samithi while the programme was ably handled by Dr. Padmanabh throughout as Master of Ceremony.
The programme was successfully organised under the leadership of Ravi B. Shettigar, President of Padmashali UAE.