Kodava Samaja hits a century

Addressing the media on Wednesday Kodava Samaja president Cheppudira M Subrahmanya said a large number of Kodava people arrived in Bangalore with a desire to pursue education and in the hope of better job and business opportunities.  

“Kodava Samaja, which was set up in 1911 with a mere eight members today boasts of 12,000 members. The centenary celebrations is an attempt to strengthen the culture of Kodavas, who are a patrilineal ethno-lingual group,” he said.

To mark the celebrations, the State government will allot five acre of land to the Samaja, where old-age homes, hospitals and educational institutions will be set up.

Also plans are afoot to set up cultural centres to disseminate information about the Kodava culture among the youth, he added.

On November 11, there will be a special pooja and inauguration of donor plaques at Kodava Samaja. On November 12, Governor H R Bhardwaj will preside over the programme at the Palace Grounds. On November 13, the final day, a parade of Kodavas will be taken out from the Palace Grounds, which will be attended by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.

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