Kannada Rajyotsava: About,History,Celebrations | bnginfo.com
Kannada Rajyotsava: About,History,Celebrations | bnginfo.com

Kannada Rajyotsava: About,History,Celebrations | bnginfo.com

Kannada Rajyotsava is celebrated on November 1 with great pomp in the state of Karnataka.

Why is Kannada Rajyotsava celebrated ?

How did Karnataka get its name ?

Karnataka Flag Yellow-Red.

About Kannada Rajyotsava.

Importance of Kannada Rajyotsava.

Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations.

Why is Kannada Rajyotsava celebrated ?

1 November 1956, the Kannada-speaking merger of the south-western part of Karnataka in south India to form the state of Karnataka. Established in 1956, this is aimed at promoting and preserving Kannada culture. They organise social gatherings to promote the art, music and culture of Karnataka.

How did Karnataka get its name ?

The root of the word Karnataka is Sanskrit. Karnataka is derived from the Sanskrit word Kannada. It means Kannadigara Nadu, Kannadu, Kannada Nadu. But there is much disagreement about the origin or meaning of the word Karnataka.

The word Karu + Nadu = Karunadu is said to have originated in Karnataka. Karu means black, which also means land of black soil. Old texts suggest that it is derived from the Carnatic word. Some sources translate Karnataka as highlands.

Karnataka Flag Yellow-Red.

Karnataka state has its own flag. There is a yellow-red colored cultural flag. Kannada warrior M Ramamurthy created and used this yellow-red flag for the first time. Ma Ramamurthy, son of well-known litterateur and freedom fighter Veerakesari Seetharama Shastri, was the first to have designed and conceptualised the yellow and red flag for Karnataka State. He was born on March 11, 1918, in Nanjangud.

Ramamurthy started his career as a journalist and was an editor of a newspaper, ‘Kannada Yuvajana’. During that time, non-Kannadigas were preferred in Karnataka more than Kannadigas, which eventually forced intellectuals and writers to work together and protect the state’s interests.

Several anti-Karnataka incidents occurred, like migrants from other states hoisting their state flag. Ramamurthy protested against the hoisting of such flags in the state. This also made him believe that Karnataka does not have a flag as its own identity. He finally designed a flag with yellow and red around 1965.

The earliest version of the flag was yellow, with a map of Karnataka state printed on it and a paddy crown in the centre. However, only yellow and red were later adopted. Yellow and red colour represents peace and courage. Although Ramamurthy used the flag for a political party, ‘Kannada Paksha’, formed by him, the party did not last long, but the flag was linked to Kannada and Karnataka.

About Kannada Rajyotsava.

The state of Mysore was established in 1956, uniting all the Kannada-speaking regions spread across southern India. Karnataka born Aluru Venkatarao first started the Karnataka unification movement in 1905 before independence. Later after India became independent and became a republic, the states were divided on the basis of language on 01 November 1956.

Importance of Kannada Rajyotsava.

Kannada Rajyotsava has acquired great importance with the purpose of informing the next generation about the history, importance and struggles of Kannada and also with the purpose of commemorating the nobles who fought for the unification of Karnataka.

Also, many pro-Kannada organisations including the state government will honour the gentlemen who have worked for the country and Kannada in this month, giving them more motivation to continue serving the country. The celebration of Kannada Rajyotsava will be meaningful only when Kannadigas realise the importance of Kannada nation.

Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations.

On November 1, the day of rebirth of Kannada nation, all the people of the country celebrate Karnataka Rajyotsava unitedly without any caste, religion or creed. The Rajyotsava is celebrated by hoisting the Karnataka yellow-red flag symbolising turmeric and saffron at government offices, companies, schools and colleges, and singing songs depicting the greatness of the nation, including Kuvempu Rachit Jaya Bharatiya Janani Tanujate Nad Gita.

The Government of Karnataka honours the gentlemen who have served the nation in many fields through the Rajyotsava Award. Some pro-Kannada organisations, self-seva organisations, NGOs also hold processions and jathas with the portrait of Kannada Matha Bhuvaneswari. Organise blood donation camps, pro-Kannada competitions. Kannada Rajyotsava programs honour those who have worked for Kannada. The work of spreading the history, value and importance of Kannada language through debates and speeches has been going on since time immemorial.

Even the Kannadigas in Karnataka and abroad are celebrating the Kannada Rajyotsava in their respective regions and spreading the vibe of Kannada there as well. Overall, Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations will be held in Kannada style throughout the month of November.

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