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    Freedom fighter Guddemane Appaiah Gowda, who led the “Katukai battle” (Amara Sullya Dange) against the British in 1837, is one of the greatest heroes Kodagu has produced, said Lt. Gen. (retd.) B.C. Nanda on Wednesday.

    Unveiling a plaque to mark the construction of a memorial for Appaiah Gowda at the Nehru Park here, Gen. Nanda said Kodagu has produced many freedom fighters who fought against Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan or the British, and all of them had great pride in the culture of the region. The “Beerakallu” (stone memorials) found in many parts of the district symbolised the valour of the freedom fighters of the past, he said.

    The educationist and philanthropist Kurunji Venkataramana Gowda announced that he would donate Rs. 1 lakh for the construction of the memorial. He donated Rs. 50,000 as the first instalment to the Madikeri MLA, K.G. Bopaiah, who presided over the occasion. He also offered 27 acres of land at Mekeri near here for starting an educational institution.


    Appreciating the decision of the committee to erect a memorial to Appaiah Gowda, the educationist M.M. Chengappa said that the late freedom fighter had set a precedent for the freedom movement in the country.

    The Deputy Commissioner, P. Subramaniam, hailed Appaiah Gowda as the “Father of the Freedom Struggle” in Kodagu. Gowda’s heroics should inspire the youth to develop patriotism and enlist themselves more in the armed forces, he said.

    Stating that Appaiah Gowda was a symbol of patriotism, self-respect and pride for Kodagu, Mr. Bopiah said the ideals of the late leader still inspired all. Appaiah Gowda, who was hanged by the British in 1837 in front of the Madikeri Fort for leading protests against the colonial power, did not want outsiders to have a say over the affairs of Kodagu, said Mr. Bopiah.

    Although a memorial for Appaiah Gowda was deemed necessary in the region from as early as 70s, it is good that it has materialised at least now, he added.

    The working president of the Guddemane Appaiah Gowda Memorial Committee, T.P. Ramesh, and the former Madiker iMLA D.S. Madappa spoke

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / Staff Correspondent / Karnataka – Madikeri / online edition / Thursday May 19th, 2005

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    July 11th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Different art troupes from across the district added to the splendour of the procession held as part of the Virajpet taluk third Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here on Saturday.
    ‘Bhoota nritya’ was one of the main attractions at the procession organised as part of the Virajpet taluk third Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Gonikoppa on Saturday. dh photo
    The procession began from Palibetta road in the morning that featured bhoota nritya, navilu nritya, veeragase, dollu kunita, pooja kunita, nandi dhwaja, Kodava nritya, and so on. 

    The town adorned a festive mood and a bride’s look decorated with Kannada flags. The Sammelana President Mandepanda Geeta Mandanna, Vedamurthy Vishnu Bhat, District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President T P Ramesh, taluk unit president B G Raghunathanayak, Kodava Samaja President M W Ayyappa, Ponnampet hobli unit president Keshav Kamath were taken in an open vehicle in the grand procession.

    Women bearing kalashas, members of various self-help groups, students of schools and colleges took part in the procession.

    The scorching sun did not harm the participants’ enthusiasm. Voluteers supplied plenty of butter milk to the participants.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com/ Home > District / by DH News Service / Mar 06th

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