40 contests, 64 categories in Kreedotsava

The second edition of 3-day Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Kreedotsava scheduled to begin on February 17 in the fields adjacent to Shasthavu Sri Bhoothanatheshwara Temple, Badaga Yedapadav, Mijar, has alread received 2,560 entries involving 4,000 players.

Informing the same, Kreedotsava Chief Organiser Vijaynath Shetty said that he has introduced many new games to reach out to more number of villages as he was thrilled by the unprecendented response last year. “This year, there will be competitions in 40 games spanning 64 categories with prize money aggregating to over Rs 9 lakhs along with gold, silver and bronze medals,” he said and added that the total budget has been increased to Rs 65 lakhs. 

The games

In addition to the last year’s games such as Kesarugadde Ota (slush field race), Kesarugadde Hagga Jaggata (Tug of War), Kasarugadde Nidhi Shoda, Naisargika Dehardadya (Natural body building), Cycle Race and Patreyalli Neeru Thumbuvudu (Filling water in vessel), this year Kreedotsava would include interesting new items like Paduke Ota (Cater pillar race), Marakalu Ota, Angai Kalaga (Arm wrestling), Kesarugadde Jana Kambala, Theppangai, Jataka Ota, Kutti Donne, Kothlai Bhandi etc to add variety and attract more types of talents. 

Simultaneously, to encourage families to participate, there are couples-only games like ‘Pathi Shoda’ (searching the husband) and Jodi Kesarugadde Ota. 

For the children, there is drawing competition and tyre race etc. There are also exclusive senior citizens categories for many of the games so that the elderly people too can take part. 

Animal husbandry is a part of village life and many people are passionate about it. For such people, Kreedotsava will have events like Alankrata Dhana (Best decorated cow) and Ati Sundara Koli (Best looking cock). 

“We have also introduced Koli Ota, an innovative type of non violent cock race,” he said and added that other types of rural talents that will be tested include Rangoli, Mundasu Kattuvudu (turban tying), Beedi rolling, Mudi Kattuvudu (Mudi rice packing) and Thengina Gari Vinyasa (Coconut leaf design).

Dress code 

In line with the theme of village games, dress code is compulsory for all the players, Shetty said and added that male players will have to wear lungi while the female players will have to wear saree / churidar. Though there is no compulsory dress code for children, they are encouraged to wear traditional dress and live up to the spirit of the occasion, he informed. 

‘Best Village’ trophy

In order to foster village identity and encourage the villagers to come together with ‘We’ feeling, a ‘Best Village’ trophy will be given to the village scoring the highest number of points based on the wins the villagers have earned in the different sporting events. The trophy comprises of cup and attractive prize money of Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 50,000.  

‘Enchinala Malpuva’

A special attraction of the event is ‘Manassuda Ullasogu Bodad Enchinala Malpuva,’ which is a talent show, where any individual or group having a special talent in any field may perform before the judges panel. This contest, which similar to Sony TV’s ‘Entertainment Ke liye Kuch Bhi Karega’, will be staged on February 17 at 7:30 p.m. onwards and the prize money is Rs. 25,000. Cinestars Shivadwaj and Pakhi Hegde will be the judges for the contest. Having her roots in Dakshina Kannada at Inna near Padubidri.

Entertainment programmes 

Besides the games, there will also be entertainment programmes every evening including a Magic Show by Ganesh Kudroli for two and half hours on February 18 from 7:30 pm onwards. Singer Raghu Dixit will be performing a live concert on February 19 from 7:30 pm onwards. 

Other celebrities attending the event during the three days are hockey legend Dhanraj Pillai and film stars Shivadwaj, Pakhi Hegde on February 17; Ramya Barna on February 18; and Diganth and Aindrita Ray on February 19.

The Kreedotsava will be inaugurated by Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on February 17 at 7:30 am. 

Transport

On all 3 days, free bus services will be provided from Yedapadavu to Temple and from temple to Yedavpadavu, Moodbidri and Mangalore at night after games and functions are over.

For further details contact: Shubash Rao – 9742976886 / 0824-2012277 or Radhakrishna Kotian – 9902965238. 

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