Sampige Samachara
November 2009

Sampige Spotlight

On this Karnataka Rajyothsava day, and on the occasion of Sampige reaching yet another important milestone in it's history, we shine the spotlight on dear Sampige itself.

The time line thus far -
 1996  Carolina Kannada Koota becomes Sampige
 2001  Sampige is registered with NC Secretary of State as a non-profit organization
 2003  Sampige adopts a constitution
 2009  Sampige becomes a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt organization

Sampige has gradually grown from an informal get-together of Kannada families to one of the leading Triangle organizations. It now has a healthy bank balance of more than $10,000. Like it or not, Sampige has grown and Sampige will continue to grow.

What next ? Sampige can choose status quo or make it's status grow. It can remain content with celebrating the same 5 regular events an year or it can reach for greater things.

Sampige's vision for 2020 is 20/20.  Sampige would like to transform itself from an organization to an institution.  This vision requires Sampige to contribute towards Kannada and Karnataka. This vision would make Sampige train and produce grassroots organizers who become community leaders for not just Kannadigas but Indians of the Triangle.

Sampige's list of possibilities include but not limited to 
  • Adopt schools/villages in Karnataka through another dedicated NGO.
  • Adopt old-age homes & senior centers in Karnataka.
  • Publish Kannada writings from young and upcoming writers.
  • Re-publish old and out of print publications.
  • Help projects that are seeking to digitize Kannada.
  • Join other Kannada Kootas that are seeking to establish a Kannada Chair in a US University.
  • Host Carolina Kannada Conference, South-East Kannada Conference, or even World Kannada Conference.
  • Raise and donate money to victims of natural calamities in Karnataka/India.
  • Lastly but most importantly - Involve in local charitable causes.
Thus Sampige dedicates itself to growing from a ಸಂಘ to a ಸಂಸ್ತೆ !

Kagga Column

ಶರನಧಿಯನೀಜುವನು ಸಮರದಲಿ ಕಾದುವನು ।
ಗುರಿಯೊಂದನುಳಿದು ಪೆರತೊಂದ ನೋಡುವನೆ ।।
ಮರೆಯುವನು ತಾನೆಂಬುದನೆ ಮಹಾವೇಶದಲಿ ।
ನಿರಹಂತೆಯದು ಮೋಕ್ಷ ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ।।
SaranadhiyanIjuvanu samaradali kAduvanu |
guriyoMdanuLidu peratOMda nODuvane     ||
mareyuvanu tAneMbudane mahAvESadali  |
nirahaMteyadu mOkSha maMkutimma

The swimmer who crosses the sea, the soldier at war:
Does not see anything but his goal.
He forgets himself in his effort to achieve his aim.
That is liberation. 
- MankuThimma !

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕಿರುನೋಟಗಳು  (Glimpses of Karnataka)

The Jnanpeeta Award is the highest literary honor conferred in the Republic of India. An Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. The award carries a cheque for Rs. 5,00,000.00 a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Vagdevi (Saraswathi). The Jnanpeeta Award was instituted on May 22, 1961 The first award was given in 1965. Its first recipient was Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup in 1965.

Kannada has won seven, the highest number of Jnana Peeta Awards, the most prestigious literary award given by the Government of India. The poets who won them are:
  1. Kuvempu for Shri Ramayana Darshanam

  2. Dha. Raa. Bendhre for Naaku thanthi

  3. Shivaram Karanth for Mookajjiya Kanasugalu

  4. Masti Venkatesh Iyengar for Chikkaveera Raajendhra

  5. Vi. Kru. Gokak for Bhaaratha Sindhhu Rashmi

  6. Girish Karnad for his works in Kannada

  7. U. R. Ananthamurthy for his works in Kannada

(source credit: www.karnatakavision.com)