Sharjah: Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai to perform at Karnataka Sangh’s 17th Anniversary

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By Shodhan Prasad
Bellevision Media Network

Sharjah, 11 Nov: Karnataka Sangha Sharjah will be celebrating their 17th anniversary along with 64th Karnataka Rajyotsava Day and Children’s Day Celebration at Indian Association Auditorium, here on Friday, November 15 from 4.00pm.



Concert by Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai

Vidwan Sitar Ratna Kochikar Devdas Pai is the star of attraction who will be performing during the Sharjah Karnataka Sangha Anniversary programme.  He will be arriving all the way from Mangaluru and this will be his maiden performance in Dubai.


Devdas Pai has performed all over the world and has acclaimed appreciations and awards wherever he performed. He is a very rare gem born to Kochikar Gopalkrishna Pai and Radha Pai on February 15, 1962. A graduate of Arts, he is the managing partner of the famous New Chitra Talkies, Mangaluru.


Pai learnt Sitar initially in Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan later got trained with Ustad Khan and further got his additional training under the guidance of Padmashree Dr Kadri Gopalnath through whom he learnt to play Carnatic in Sitar.


Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade of Dharmastala honored Devdas Pai with Vidwan Award in the year 1995 and later continuously received lot of appreciation for his dedication and performances.



Some of his Awards are:-

•         1995 ‘Vidwan’ Award presented during the Mahamastabhisheka at Shri Dharmasthala Kshetra

•         1996 ‘Sangeetha Surabi’ at Moodabidri during ‘Sammilana 96’

•         1997 ‘Karavali Utsava 97’ Opening Artists Award by Mangalore Commissioner

•         1998 ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Award by Corporation Bank

•         1998 ‘Young Talent’ Award by Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank and other associations

•         1999 ‘Kala Sampanna’ Award by ‘Sumasauraba’ News Paper, Mangalore

•         2013 ‘Maanapatra Sanmana’ Award by Government of Goa

•         2014 ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Vathsalyadhama Vridhashrama, Kodialbail Mangalore

•         2014 ‘Sitar Shree’ Award by Shree Gokarnanata Parthagali Jeevotham Mata, Goa

•         2014 ‘Trusted Friends in Goa’ Award by Vicar General Diose of Mangalore Bishop House

•         2014 ‘Mannagudda Deepa’ Award by Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple

•         2014 ‘Executive Board Member’ of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for consecutive 3 years

•         2015 ‘Sitar Ratna’ Award by Kashimatadheesha Shree Shree Shrimad Sudheendra Thirtha Swamiji

•         2015 ‘Sitar Shiromani’ Award by shree Sansthana Mata, Manipal

•         2016 ‘Sitar Kalabushana’ Award by Ernakulam Shree Thirumala Shrinivas Temple, Kerala

•         2016 ‘Vishwa Sanskratika Sammelana’ participation in South Kanara district in Sitar

•         2016 ‘Vishwa Konkani Sammelana’ appreciated for the participation

•         2016 ‘Sitar Kalanidhi’ Award by Chilimbi Sharada Mahotsava Rajatha Mahotsava celebration

•         2017 ‘Sitar Kalashresta’ Award by Poornananda Seva Prathistana

•         2017 Toured around America in 18 places including New York, New Jersy, Boston, Florida, Texas

•         2017 ‘Icon of Sitar’ Award by Konkani charitable Fund, USA

•         2017 ‘Krishnanugraha’ Award by Pejavar Muth during 5th Paryaya

•         2017 ‘Sitar Kala Chaitanya’ Award by Shree Kathabindu Prathistana

•         2019 Special Felicitation during Shree Dharmastala Bahubali Mahamasthabisheka celebration

•         2019 ‘Sitar Samrat’ by Shree Annapoorna Temple, Horanadu

•         2019 ‘Abhinandana Patra’ at Shree Kadri Manjunatha Temple during Bhrahmakalshosava

•         2019 ‘Sitar Gandharva’ Award by Bantara Sangha, Bunts Hostel, Mangalore

•         2019 ‘Sitar Sindhoor’ Award by Amarnath Shetty during Ganeshostava in Moodabidri

•         2019 ‘Vainika Shiromani’ Award at Mysore Ganeshostava


Being the recipient of so many awards and accolades Sitar Ratna Vidwan Devdas Pai now dedicates his knowledge to the current youth by teaching them Sitar and training the new generation towards the wealth of music knowledge.


Mayura Vishwamanya Kannadiga Award 2019

As was done in the past, Sharjah Karnataka Sangha on this occasion will be doing the honours of presenting ‘Mayura Vishwmanya Kannadiga Award – 2019’ to the identified Kannadiga who have contributed towards Kannada in this part of the world. And this time, Amchigele Ramachandra Hegde, managing director of Spraytek Coating/Contracting LLC has been chosen as awardee for the year 2019 who will be honored in midst of various guests who will be gracing the grand occasion.


Various dances and music

Sharjah Karnataka Sangh’s 17th Anniversary celebration will also include various Dances & Musical Orchestra to enthrall the Kannadigas and enjoy the Rajyotsava as well as Children’s Day Celebrations.


President Anand Bailoor along with Patron Mark Denis D’Souza, general secretary Noel D’ Almeida and committee members urged Kannadigas from all over UAE to come in large numbers and be part of the celebrations.



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