I can gather from the puzzled look on your face after reading the title that you have no idea what it means.. Well, it means, ‘The festival of the land which speaks Kannada’. The Kannada-speaking land in question is Karnataka, a state in Southern India. People who hail from Karnataka are called Kannadigas and I’m proud to be one..!Kannada is the language of people of Karnataka. On this day, in 1956, all the Kannada speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state Karnataka. So, Kannada Rajyotsava can also be called as ‘The Birthday of Karnataka’. I know.. Pretty cool for a place to have a birthday!!
Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated all over Karnataka with great pomp and splendour. Display of traditional folk arts of Karnataka, singing of our anthem, hoisting the state flag or just speaking in Kannada mark the celebration of Karnataka’s birthday..
Karnataka is a state with perhaps the richest history in all of India. Its language- Kannada is the oldest living language in the world. It is nearly 2500 years old and has made its mark in the Guinness Book of World Records. Way to go, Kannada! I just feel blessed that Kannada is my mother tongue! Karnataka has been ruled by the bravest of the brave. Karnataka flourished under the rule of the Vijayanagara empire king Krishna Deva Raya. He established the city of Hampi, which is now a model to behold. It has been planned to such a degree of precision that the city can be called perfect. The famous Stone Chariot is found in Hampi.
There isn’t a single field where Karnataka hasn’t made its mark. Sports, literature, politics, film.. You name it and Karnataka has some achievement in the field.. Karnataka is a favourite among tourists,thanks to hundreds of beautifully carved temples and breath-taking places of natural beauty. Malnad, or the Land of Hills is a place with rolling green hills and lush green fields. Again, I’m proud as my mother hails from this part of Karnataka! Moreover, I get to visit Malnad every single summer. How cool is that..!
The folk dances of Karnataka are very energetic and zesty. Veeragaase, Kamsaale, Dollu Kunitha and Yakshagana are some of the prominent ones. Yet again, it’s a moment of pride as my father is a Yakshagana artist!
Yakshagana is a mixture of dance, drama and dialogue, with music and instruments to accompany. Mythological stories are depicted in Yakshagana. Each person plays a particular mythological character and acts his/her part. It’s just like a drama, except that there are dances in between. The above picture is my father, playing the role of Jarasandha in a story from the Mahabaratha, the great Indian epic. Dressing up for the role takes about one and half hours. More time is required if the role is of a demon. Have to get those colours on the face nice and scary! 😉
Karnataka’s capital city is Bangalore, or Bengaluru. It is also the IT capital of India. Bangalore has earned many a sobriquet, like the ‘Garden City’ and the ‘Pensioner’s Paradise’. The weather of Bangalore is always pleasant. Also, I live in Bangalore..!! The only existing royal family on Karnataka is the Mysore Wodeyars. Mysore is also a very beautiful place, known for its magnificent palaces and the celebration of the festival Dasara. Other royal families which ruled Karnataka were the Gangas, Kadambas, Hoysalas and the Cholas.
Literature has always been a favourite of Karnataka. It has seen great poets and authors like Pampa, the first poet of Karnataka, Ranna, Janna, Ponna, Harihara, Raghavanka and Kumaravyaasa. These are poets of the yore, or a period known as Halagannada, or old Kannada. Modern poets include Kuvempu, Shivarama Karanth, Masti Venkatesh Iyengar, D.R Bendre and Chandrashekhar Kambhar.
Karnataka has produced excellent sportsmen like Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Rahul Dravid-cricketers, Prakash Padukone- badminton player and many more sports persons.
Famous delicacies of Karnataka are Masala Dose, Bisi Bele Bath, Idli Vade, Uppittu and Ragi Mudde..
This post has become longer than what I had expected..! Hopefully, you have got a brief idea of what Karnataka stands for. It is really tough to encapsulate everything about Karnataka into a single blog post.. The greatness of Karnataka can be understood only if you are a true Kannadiga. I would like to end with a few Kannada sayings. If I write Kannada, Ryan is perhaps the only one who will understand. So, I’ll translate it too!
HuTTidare kannada naaDalli huTTabeku
MeTTidare, Kannada maNNannu meTTabeku
If you are born, it has to be in Karnataka
If you ever rest your feet somewhere, it has to be the soil of Karnataka!!
Ellaadaru iru, enthaadaru iru,
Enidendiguu nee kannadavaagiru
Wherever you are, however you are,
Be a Kannadiga forever!
These lines were written by Kuvempu..
This, I will not translate.. It is best said only in Kannada..
Jai Karnataka mathe! Jai Kannadambe! Kannadakke Jai!! Sirigannadam gelge, sirigannadam baalge.!
Happy Kannada Rajyotsava to all!!
Deek 🙂 😀