Reliving AKKA 2014
The AKKA 2014 conference held recently at San Jose, CA was an event to remember, three days of living the Kannadiga splendor, relishing food that reminded one of home, hearing words in Kannada all around and witnessing some spectacular programs that touched many a hearts, it was an experience in itself.
The main highlight in AKKA for me was the AKKA Music Idol fondly named as "HaaDu Baa Kogile" . The event that attracted participants from all over USA had several contestants spanning different age groups starting from 5 years onwards! The adult age group had about 25 contestants, each of whom were exquisitely skilled and molded the event into an immensely competitive one. Judged by eminent musicians from India, the event consisted of 3 rounds for adults - prelims, semi finals and finals. The 3 rounds were held on 3 separate days of AKKA. By the blessings of elders and the judges, I was selected for the final round. It was a great pleasure and a truly blissful experience to stand on a stage and sing to an equally enthusiastic crowd. The stage had all the grandeur and glory to match the resplendence of AKKA. My hearty wishes to all my fellow competitors for their brilliant performances, and more importantly for setting the bar so high for me and for future AKKA Music Idol contests to be held.
My rendition for the non-film category in the final round - A beautiful song written by N.S. Lakshminarayana Bhatta, "Nee Sigade BaaLondu BaaLe Krishna"
My rendition for the film song category in the final round - "Nadheem Dheem Tana" from the movie Gaalipata, originally rendered mellifluously by the ever melodious Chitra.
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