Hongirana family has celebrated its 14th anniversary on December 2, 3 and 4 of 2016.
Hongiranotsava raised its curtain through Vignanotsava a day dedicated to science, food and lifestyle, on 2nd December, 2016.
The chief guest of the formal programme Prof. K.C. Shashidhar. Agriculture University, Shivamogga said that science is not only inventing new things but learning those that exist. He was concerned about the unscientific practices which are increasing. He reminded all about the contributions of farmers to the society.
Another chief guest of the day Smt. Veda Sitaram Hegde, Agriculture Expert, Neernalli opined “Technology in the agriculture is the gift of our ancestors”. She expressed her gratitude to dairy farming, an entrepreneurship which gave her the recognition.
The president of the programme Dr. Ramchandra Bhagwat in his presidential remarks stated one of the saying to the present culture “ Hurry, Worry, Curry”, where junk foods are being eaten with no patience and it is the reason for various health issues.
The most highlighting events of Vignanotsava were various competitions. District level elocution competition, quiz competition, plant identification and short movie competition were held where 119 students from 12 schools actively took part.
Shreya Udupa of Podar International School bagged first place in elocution. Short movie winner was Akshara School, Shimoga. Thridesh Kumar of Kuvempu High School, Hosanagar won first prize in plant identification. Sindhu Nadig and Supriya of Sandeepani High School, Shimoga were the winners of Quiz.
There’s a saying, ‘It’s worth looking for what we have given for society rather than blaming society for not giving things for us’. Hongirana family has been the stage for its social awareness and societal works. Many present students and some alumni have actively involved in making this world a better one. Therefore the stage of Samajotsava belonged to all those students with social concern.
‘Cancer’ is the one word that whole world is afraid of! What if you could beat the unbeatable? The winner of this battle is an inspiration to the masses. One such inspiration personality is our alumni Shruti B. S. Despite of the life threatening bone cancer, she bravely fought it and became the influencing lady. In Samajotsava, we were very proud to have her with us. She presently writes a blog for ‘Readoo Kannada’, a blog dedicated to bring awareness among the people about cancer. In her words, she expressed her feelings of facing cancer and her later efforts as a torch bearer for cancer victims in showing the future path.
Another alumni Sadhwi K. Sundaram shared her experience being a social worker with social concerns. She explained the importance of doing social service and the personal benefits that one gets from it.
We hear some saying ‘ We have only one earth’. But the interest to save it has been rare, but our alumni Shravya Sagar took a small step to change the mentality of the people around her. She, along with her friends visited many schools of Sagar taluk and inspired the students to join their hands in her venture. In her presentation she explained the works she undertook.
Our 8th standard students Namrata and Keerthana presented about the role of our school in developing the personality of every student through different community activities. The 9th students Bhoomi and Jahnavi spoke about their small service for blind charity. The 10th students Nischita and Supriya spoke about social life of tribals of Arkala. The 1st PU students Samvatsara and Adarsh presented their views on society and social lives. The 2nd PU Students Shrikanth and Sumith shared their experience of ‘Shramadan’ and cleaning the surroundings of temples. Samajotsava was successful in terms of meaningful messages given to the students. The chief guest of the programme Mr. Rajaram stated that gaining knowledge is not enough, it must be spread to others. We must lend knowledge that our ancestors have given us.
The president of the programme, the local entrepreneur Mr. Vittal Pai praised Hongirana family for giving quality education to rural students.
Letters have been the medium of communication. Letters have been the heartbeats for many generations. Letters have been the reflections of our thoughts and emotions. But now a days the letter culture is fading away into darkness due to the influence of technology.
Hongirana family, to restablish the hunger to write letters, requested the students, teachers, parents and alumni to write letters on travel, food and experiences addressing to ‘Paarivaala’, the post box that was established last December. Nearly 400 letters were received on the above genre and the selected ones were orated and published in the book ‘Paarivaala’.
The stage programme Patrotsava began with the oration of letters, review of the letters and singing songs related to the theme of the letter, at 10.30 am on 3rd December, 2016. The PU students Shrivatsa and Shakhadri were the masters of ceremony.
The chief guest of the function the famous writer and columnist in Kannada, Sri Santosh Kumar Mehendale said that the number of letters may have decreased but their significance has remained unchanged. He also mentioned the importance of letters in the lives of all those who protect us standing on the border. Some of his life experiences regarding the letters brought laughter among the audience. He concluded his talk by appreciating the singing and anchoring done by our students. He advised the students to study well as it is very essential for building their future. He said that education and knowledge gives confidence.
The president of the programme Mrs. Usha Suresh Kumar narrated some of her happy moments related to letters.
Jatrotsava which has been celebrated at 2.30pm on 3rd December, 2016 became the arena for the students to exhibit their talent. It was a mimic of local fest where the open stage was set with shops selling goodies, stalls displaying different food items related to different places and festivals.
The cololurful programme was inaugurated by beating the musical instrument Chande by the chief guest Shri Hucchappa Master, a famous folk scholar. In his speech he said that he was delighted to be the part of the auspicious event.
There was a show of Malnad’s ‘Antike Pintike’ and South Canara’s “Huli Vesha Kunitha’ which caught the attention of the audience with its melody, rhythm and beats.
Later, there was an exhibition of various food and cultures of India by different classes. The campus was filled with people in various colourful costumes. Festive mood was covered all over the area.
These are the days of fast food causing a lot of health problems. Cultivation of healthy food habits among children is a challenge for all the elders. Hongirana Family tried to address this issue during Vicharotsava through the famous food technologist from Bengaluru, Mr. Raghu K.C. on December 4th 2016 from 10.30am to 1.00pm. He addressed nearly 1,000 interested audience about the food culture, life style and its impact on learning.
He opined that cooking is the dawn of civilization and culture. He was unhappy by the marketing techniques where labeled ones are treated high. He proclaimed that modern lifestyle has been the death of diversity. He felt that we value things based on price which must be changed. He was afraid that the society is suffering from cultural inferiority. He was of the opinion that taste is a cultivated habit.
Later there was an interactive session with the parents and students. They looked very enthusiastic to raise the questions and get convincing answers from guest speaker.
The president of the programme Mr. Kiran B.N, Mungaravalli was very happy to be part of “Vicharotsava”. He said that the masses must never be fooled by the advertisements. He was also worried that food has turned out to be multinational commodity concerning the business.
In total, the event tried to answer the questions of parents, teachers and even students related to food culture.
The fourteenth Varshikotsava has been celebrated on 4th December 2016 at 3.30pm to showcase the achievements of the institution and to felicitate the successful students. The programme began with a prayer followed by welcome to the dignitaries on the dais.
Mr. Kaleem Ulla, the chief guest of the function advised the parents not to bring pressure on the children regarding scoring marks. He asked the elders to listen to the words of the children and to understand their emotions.
Dr. Kishan R Bhagwat, another chief guest of the function stated that marks are not important but remarks are important. He was of the opinion that genius is not born but made. He advised the students to work hard and sincerely with all dedication.
The president of the function Mr. B.V. Sureshkumar opined that teachers must reach students’ inner consciousness to resolve dilemma. The principal Mrs. Shobha K, the HMs of all sections graced the occasion with their benign presence.