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Karnataka, the land of the Kannadigas, is a state in South West India. It was created on 1 November 1956, with the passing of the States Reorganisation Act. Originally known as the State of Mysore, it was renamed Karnataka in 1973.
Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Maharashtra to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the east, Tamil Nadu to the southeast, and Kerala to the southwest. The state covers an area of 191,976 square kilometres (74,122 sq mi), or 5.83% of the total geographical area of India. It is the eighth largest Indian state by area, the ninth largest by population and comprises 30 districts. Kannada is the official and most widely spoken language.
Kannada Sangha Toronto (KST) works to promote and preserve the cultural and linguistic heritage of Karnataka in the Greater Toronto Area.
The KST is open to all members of the public. All the KST events are open even to non members. This website is a platform for fellow Kannadigas and the public to connect with the community.
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people of Karnataka in Toronto Area to enjoy, celebrate, participate in our rich and diverse heritage, and culture.
Kannada Sangha was established in 1973 by immigrants from Karnataka, India. They wanted to found an organization where people could meet one another, create a community and celebrate our accomplishments and festivals.
The Kannada Sangha in Toronto has grown from a couple of hundred people 20 years ago to over 500 members. This is a testament to how vibrant and active we are as an organization. From the beginning, there has been active participation from all members in the community, adult and youth alike in various cultural activities and on the executive committee.
Kannada Sangha shall be the foremost non-profit socio-cultural organization to foster the culture of Karnataka, India in the Greater Toronto Area.
Over the years Kannada Sangha has also added more events to the calendar including a Karnataka float for the Independence Day celebrations, Seniors meet, Newcomers meet, CasinoRama Trip, Cultural Day, Youth events, sports etc to the ones celebrated from the beginning - i.e. Ganesha Habba, Nada Habba, Ugadi and picnic. We have also increased our participation in sports activities, offering Golf, Cricket, Table Tennis, Carrom and Chess which helps draws more participants and involvement from the community.
Kannada Sangha’s Cultural Day encourages participation from children as young as 4 years old, giving them a platform to showcase their talents. Kannada Sangha has a history of encouraging local artists and on our Cultural Day we were able to tap into the wide pool of talent within our own community where our fellow Kannadigas gave a splendid Kacheri.
It is heartwarming to see the level of participation from the community in all Kannada Sangha events and we look forward to bringing you more great years ahead. If you would like to be a part of the community please subscribe to KST emails to receive updates.
The two main river systems of the state are Krishna and its tributaries (Bhima, Ghataprabha, Vedavati, Malaprabha, and Tungabhadra) in the north, and the Cauvery and its tributaries (Hemavati, Shimsha, Arkavathi, Lakshmana Thirtha and Kabini) in the south. Both these rivers flow eastward and fall into the Bay of Bengal.
Though several etymologies have been suggested for the name Karnataka, the generally accepted one is that Karnataka is derived from the Kannada words karu and nadu, meaning elevated land. Karu nadu may also be read as Karu (black) and nadu (region), as a reference to the black cotton soil found in the Bayaluseeme region of Karnataka. The British used the word Carnatic (sometimes Karnatak) to describe both sides of peninsular India, south of the Krishna River.
With an antiquity that dates to the paleolithic, Karnataka has also been home to some of the most powerful empires of ancient and medieval India. The philosophers and musical bards patronised by these empires launched socio-religious and literary movements which have endured to the present day. Karnataka has contributed significantly to both forms of Indian classical music, the Carnatic (Karnataka Music) and Hindustani traditions. Writers in the Kannada language have received the most number of Jnanpith awards in India. Bangalore is the capital city of the state and is at the forefront of the rapid economic and technological development that India is experiencing.
(The above information is an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry.)
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Kannada Sangha is honoured to present an article written by Sri. B A Sanadi.
(As this is a scanned document, it has not been checked for typographical or grammatical errors, if any)
Kannada Sangha Toronto - A Great Organization - by Dr. B Ramaswamy in the Silver Jubilee Souvenir May 1998.
Kannada Sangha is pleased to reproduce an article written by Sri. S Rammurthy, one of the person’s active in the formation of Kannada Sangha in 1973. This article written two decades ago traces the path of Kannada Sangha since its birth, its achievements, memorable moments and the challenges it faced. (As this is a scanned document, it has not been checked for typographical or grammatical errors, if any).
Kannada Sangha thanks Mr. Rammurthy for sharing the article with the Kannada community.