Karnataka Rajyotsava Celebrations 2022

One State, Many Worlds!

On the first of November 1956, the state of Mysore was created to include a sect of people with rich culture, immense potential and a language that manifests itself in different dialects. Later known as ‘Karnataka’, the state still boasts of its cultural prowess, its literary competency and its diverse contributions not only to the country but to the world at large.

SJBHS celebrates Karnataka Formation Day every year with pomp, show and great pride. On 15 November, the school campus wore the colours of the land. From the pennants decorating the building to the red and yellow streamers; and from the posters with the great poets and social reformers of the State to the massive backdrop with the map of Karnataka; the environment was invigorating!

On this festive day, the Principal, Fr Sunil Fernandes SJ, in his message, threw light on the warm hospitality of the Kannadigas which have made them welcome people from all over the world; the opportunities provide by the land for growth and development and the growing respect of the world community towards the Kannada literature, culture and art.

The Chief Guest for the occasion, was an ex-SJBHS Kannada teacher, ex-Vice Principal and a scholar of Kannada texts, Mr. Uday Kumar. In his message, he enlightened the students on the rich heritage of Karnataka with its towering rulers, its legendary warriors, its religious and social reformers, Jnanpith awardees. He elaborated on the green cover of the State, the diverse flora and fauna, the overflowing rivers and the beauty of the land. Mr. Kumar reminded the students of their responsibility towards preserving, conserving and nurturing the land that they have inherited.

The cultural part of the programme included songs and instrumentals backed by music created with native instruments, local dance forms like Yakshagana, extracts from poetry and speeches by a parade of students dressed as chieftains, kings, poets and warriors – all from history down the ages!

The celebrations concluded on a high note, ensuring that the staff, students and well-wishers, though diverse in outlook, were one in their pledge to treasure the land that they called their Motherland!

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