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ALVA’S VISHWA NUDISIRI-VIRASAT

Alva’s Vishwa Nudisiri-Virasat 2013 (AVNV) an international litero cultural festival was held between 19th Dec 2013 and 22nd Dec 2013 at Sundari Anand Alva campus, Vidyagiri, Moodbidri. The event was flagged off on 19th Dec by a wonderful procj ession depicting various folk and non-folk dances, performances of 110 teams of over 5,000 artistes across the state. Nadoja Bomma Gowda flagged-off the grand procession depicting the splendor of coastal district’s folk art at the Chowta’s palace, Moodbidri.

Virasat, now an international event, is motley display of performing arts which has been in existence for the past 19 years. Around 25000 people, from country and abroad, visit this annual festival to experience the cultural diaspora. Nudisiri, a literary conclave, which promotes exponents of Kannada literature and their creations, is now in its 10th year.

The event had a participation of over 2 lakhs every day and the whole event had more than 10 lakhs of participants. Alva’s Vishwa Nudisiri-Virasat- 2013 provided a common platform to both literary and performing artists to launch themselves to the world through their respective performances receive acceptance and accolades from the audience and the experts. It was a display of worldwide talents to the audience, to make them mutually respect each others’ endowed performances.

The event had a prelude from the previous one year with over 60 Nudisiri Ghatakas or units started in different cities both in India and abroad.

AVNV 2013 was inaugurated by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, the Dharmadhikari of Shree Kshethra Dharmasthala. The event had 9 parallel stages in the same venue, with each stage depicting one folk/ regional talent at a time. The programme began at 5 am and went on till midnight everyday. Various literary sessions were held as a part of Alva’s Nudisiri under the theme ‘Kannada Manassu: Andu-Indu-Mundu’ (Kannada Mind: Then-Now-Future) during the day. The evenings were reserved for cultural programmes by renowned national and international artistes to mark the Virasat. The literary activities took place in four stages and cultural programmes took place in 10 stages simultaneously. If the main sessions of Nudisiri were organised in Ratnakaravarni stage, the other three stages hosted sessions on agriculture, folklore and discussions for students, respectively. As far as Virasat was concerned, renowned international artistes performed in the main stage, while other artistes staged dance, yakshagana, folk, theatre and other performances in small stages.

Other attractions of the Alva’s Vishwa Nudisiri Virasat was ‘Kannada Samskruthi grama’ (a village model representing the Kannada culture), Alva’s Chitrasiri had participation by1,000 artistes, book exhibition with over 500 stalls and other exhibitions. Alva’s Nudisiri awards were conferred upon achievers who have contributed for the development of Kannada, in state, national and international levels. Apart from the awards, 10 achievers from Karnataka who are in their late 90s or have completed the 100th year were honoured. Two artistes this time were conferred upon the Alva’s Virasat award, for their contributions in the field of classical art form and folklore.

The Valedictory ceremony was held on 22nd Dec, with Dr.M. Veerappa Moily, the Hon’ble Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gases, Govt. of India being the Chief Guest