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VPA Convention Report - Detroit, Michigan
from the Convention Chair - July 27, 2005
9th VPA convention during July 1-3 at Detroit Marriott
was a huge success with nearly 1000 people including babies,
in attendance. Guests came from all parts of the United
States including California (photoA
North Carolina (photo),
New Jersey (photo),
and many other places. All around there were Vokkaligas
The convention was kicked off
on Friday, the July 1st with guest registrations at
4:00 PM. Hospitality
and Registration committee members were there to
receive the convention guests. The whole registration
process was managed very professionally
with pre-made registration packages. Every family was
given a contemporary designed VPA
bag stuffed with many goodies such as music CDs,
Calendar, Incense sticks, Detroit magazine, etc.
Following the registration, guests
took portrait pictures, greeted their families and friends
that they have not seen in a long time and took family
reunion pictures. As the evening progressed, guests
enjoyed the cocktail hour with scrumptious appetizers
while mellowing the melodious music (compiled by MI
VPA team) in the foyer area of the beautiful Renaissance
The entrance of the ballroom was a treat in itself -decorated
with large deepas,
banners, and many paraphernalia.
There was an exhibit area in the entrance with beautiful
sketches of the prominent Vokkaligas including Kuvempu,
Kengal Hanumathaiah, Deve Gowda, S.M. Krisha, Aishwarya
Rai, and many others from various fields. Volunteers
made fresh flower centerpiece
for each dining table to provide an elegant ambiances.
Entertainment, Dinner & DJ Dance
were entertained by light music
followed by dinner (Potato green peas cauliflower kootu,
Soppina Saru, Kheema, green peas & potato with Poori,
Rasam, Dry Salad, Fruits & Hesar belle Paysa). All
prepared authentically by our own community professional
chefs Vittal & Raja from New Jersey. Masala buttermilk
was served followed by Beetle leaves.
Following dinner, guests danced
to DJ's vibrant music . Since guests traveled from far,
they called it a day around midnight. However, some
of the VPA members participated in the 1st
VPA Rummy Tournament
With a much
needed rest, guests woke up for a spectacular morning
view of the Detroit
River separating Canada and US and connected by
the Ambassador bridge. Breakfast with Kesaribath and
Uppitu, Doughnuts, filtered coffle, tea was served in
the morning. Women wore traditional mysore silk sarees
and displayed their braided hair decorated with flowers
hands with mehendi
and men wore silk panche and shalya (photoA,
The Saturday's morning program
began with a grand color procession lead by VPA children,
members and dignitaries (photoA,
walking through Marriott Corridor to the Banquet Hall
for a music video of Kuvempu song on a giant screen.
A VPA member carried a negilu
to lead the procession. The procession brought memories
of a typical village jathre.
Following the procession, dignitaries
settled on the main stage. VPA Michigan members were
performed a Devaranama and Inaugural
song followed by Indian and US National anthems.
The dignitaries inaugurated
the 9th VPA Convention by lighting the traditional depa.
The convention chairman Ramesh
Gowda greeted the guests to the Convention, followed
by the VPA President Amarnath
Gowda's remarks on Vokkaligas. Dignitaries from
Minister Cheluvarayaswamy, H.D.
Kumaraswamy and others gave a inspiring speeches
praising VPA organization for the remarkable job we
are doing in preserving and promoting Vokkaligas heritage
in this foreign land without forgetting our roots of
Following the address by dignitaries, Publisher of eSanje
newspaper Sri. Venkatesh released the 8th Edition of
Souvenir. The Souvenir will be sent to VPA members in
the month of September.
The morning MC was managed by Veena
VPA members from Chicago entertained
the audience with their electrifying Fishermen Dance
followed by scintillating Dandiya
Dance. Youth VPA members entertained the guests
with film song dance performances (Dance1,
Following the morning program,
scrumptious lunch including Shavige-kayalu, Averekalu
Potato Eggplant kootu, Kadle Kal Saru, Chicken Curry,
Lamb Kurma, Jamun and Fresh Fruits prepared authentically.
Masala buttermilk was served followed by Beetle leaves.
Thanks to Food
Committee and many volunteers who orchestrated all
food aspects very professionally.
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For the first time in the history of VPA convention,
we held a CME session with very interesting topics
and eminent speakers.
The attendees earned CME credits toward the AMA Physician’s
Recognition Award accredited by Indian State University.
The CME was session was sponsored by Pharmaceutical
companies who also exhibited their products at the
convention. CME Session was a good revenue source for
Business session with a theme “Progress through
Partnership” was a huge success with standing
room only audience.
Prominent speakers from Karnataka (Shankarlige Gowda
- IT& BT Secretary, D.K. Shivakumar, MLA, eSanje
Venkatesh, and Sai Prakash) and Vokkaliga entrepreneurs
addressed the session with very interesting topics.
At the end of the session, there was a panel
We will be taking this successful endeavor to build
a Vokkaliga Business Network as we go forward.
Youth members of VPA had a blast at the convention in
participated in pie eating contest (photA,
chair contests and other games.
Evening started off with spicy
appetizers including chukli, chilly chicken with cocktails.
The evening entertainment program kicked off with a
melodious Hindi songs from VPA east members put the
audience in a mood. Comedy skit "Uppittu"
by Nagamani & Yashasvi of Michigan energized the
audience with laughter. A surprise visit by a Balegara
(by VPA President Amarnath Gowda) weaving through the
audience giving bangles was a crowd pleaser. A show
and tell presentation about Vokkaliga history by Prabhudev
of Michigan was enlightening. Then came the highly touted
Fashion Show titled "Vibrant Vokkaligas" (photoA,
- a shear display of Vokkaliga culture and heritage
from past to present. The Fashion show performance captured
the audience by surprise with the colorful dress, vibrant
music. Guests praised how ingeniously the team used
the the fashion show to po tray Vokkaligas, one guest
said "It's simply Marvelous". At the end of
the Fashion Show, there was a surprise appearance by
the VPA President and The Convention Chair as "Gowda
After upbeat evening performances,
the guests relished authentic vokkaliga food including
Vegetable Pullav, Badanekayi yennegayee, Avial, Lamb Chops,
Chicken Chittenad, Poori, Rice, Rasam, Rasmalai, Fresh
Following dinner, guests danced
to DJ's vibrant music. Everyone danced till they dropped
and they enjoyed so much that every inch of the dance
floor was a covered.
The evening program MC was managed by Jay
Gowda & Prabhu
Guests were served Idli, Vade Sambar and coconut chutney.
Idlis were as soft as the flower petals, Sambar and
chutney reminded the Darshan restaurants in Karnataka.
Aroma of the filter coffee invigorated the guests for
another full-day of activities.
Sunday morning program started
with a brief talk on social services carried out by
by Sai Prakash (ERIN Foundation) C. Chikkanna and Thimme
Gowda of Krishik Sarvodaya Foundation. The speakers
gave highlights of their coordinated social services
being done in Karnataka and about their forum at the
convention later in the morning. Youth VPA members entertained
the audience with scintillating Bharathanatyam dances
and upbeat dance to film songs.
The Sunday morning keynote address
was delivered by Hon.
Minister Shri. H.D.Revanna - Minister for Public
Works and Energy department, Karnataka.
Halase Shivanna from Chikmagalur
delivered a message of Universal Man - Kuvempu. Following
this was the "Adarsha Dampathugalu" a family
game show which inv loved many VPA
families from the audience. The game show was informative,
hilarious, and entertaining keeping the audience on
The morning program MC was managed by Jay
for Social Services:
Social Services forum at the convention attended by many
people. The session
was lead by a 3 Social service organizations of Karnataka
– Krishik Sarvodaya Foundation, ERIN Foundation
and Karuna Trust. Eminent speakers (photoA,
from Karnataka covered various topics to address the need
and means of involving VPA members in Charitable and Social
work in Karnataka.
Once again, the guests treated with the real authentic
food highlighted by Ragi Mudde & Lamb Curry along
with Veg Fried rice, Sprouted moong dal curry, Cabbage,
Beans Palya, Lamb Curry, Chicken Chettinad, Mango Mouse,
etc. and of course the the masala buttermilk.
VPA General Body Meeting:
More than 120 people attended
VPA General Body meeting. Announcement was made for
new VPA office bearers for the term 2005-2007. B.J.
Arun, CA as President, Sumanth Venugpal, CA as Secretary,
and Vasanthi Gowda, IL will continue as Treasurer. Dr,
Lalitha Swamy, MI as Joint-Treasurer. H.N.Vishwamithra,
TX will be the VPA president for the term 2007-2009.
Also at the meeting, following by-laws were amended:
- Any funds transferred through
VPA for Charitable causes, VPA will retain 5% or max
$200 of the funds to cover any expenses to transfer
Accounts for 2003-2005 was presented to the members
As usual, the evening started with scrumptious snacks
and cocktail. The entertainment was kicked off with
vibrant dance titled "Habba" by Michigan VPA
The dance was very well choreographed with members displaying
colorful sarees and kolata moves to vibrant music. The
audience enjoyed the dazzling and dashing performance
by gorgeous gowdthis of Michigan.
The current VPA
office bearers introduced the new VPA office bearer
for the 2005-2007 term and transferred
the responsibilities with a traditional exchange of
Recognition ceremony was held to thank dignitaries
from India, founding
members of VPA, prominent VPA members, sponsor ers.
Dr. K.A.Gowda, co-founder of VPA was recognized for his
"Outstanding Contributions to VPA" and Padmanhushan
& Padmashri Smt. B.Sarjoa Devi was given a "Life
Time Achievement Award" for her contributions
to Film industry and the community
Then came surprising all, the chairman himself posed
as a Halli Gowda dancing for the popular movie song
"Ayyaayyo Hallimukha, Yavag Bande Detroit Pakka"
The "Bharatha Darshana"
by VPA mothers and daughters (photA,
dressed in various costumes depicting cultures of different
states of India. Costumes ranged from Kerala to Kashmir
and Maharashtra to Bengal. This was a truly a well coordinated
and choreographed show as some participants of the show
were from other parts of the US.
Last but not least, all the 2005 VPA Convention Committee
members were thanked for their dedication and hard work
for last 7 months who made this event a memorable one.
The Convention's last dinner included
Chicken Chops, Lamb Biryani, Bisi Bele Bath, Yogurt
Rice, Papad, Pickle, Carrot Halwa and many more. After
dance, many took group photos and bid good bye to
the 9th VPA Convention
We could not have executed this
event in such organized manner without the MC
Committee members, The Food
Committee members , the Audio/Video/Lighting
Committee members and the Volunteers
who all worked tirelessly behind the scene during the
The evening program MC was managed
Shankar & Nagamani
All in all, the 9th VPA Convention received a Thumbs