MANGALORE, December 14, 2008: The two day Bala Prathibha childrens festival organized by the Raga Taranga of the city opened on Saturday with a call to encourage children to hone their talents in portraying culture. This call was given by Mrs. Hemavathi Heggade of Dharmasthala. She inaugurated the festival.
She said children are the best ambassadors of culture, music and art of the land as they practice them honestly and without any reservations. They should be given enough faculties to practice them in the traditional methods she added.
On this occasion she honoured two children for their contribution to Indian culture namely Shalmali Ghate and Siddartha Mallya. Two others were also honoured on this occasion included Gopal Shenoy who is the founder of special school, Seva Bharathi and Chetana Balavikasa school, Founder president of the Raga Tharanga Prakash Shenoy was also felicitated.
Many others who gave long speeches included Renuka Anahtakrishna, Harikrishna Punaroor, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura and president of the Raga Tharanga Dr. Devaraj. President of Dakshina Kannada District Kannada Sahitya Parishat Pradeep Kumar Kalkura was also present.
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