In Puttur, Karnataka, a program celebrating Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti was organized by the Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad Karnataka Puttur taluk unit at the Vivekananda Kannada Madhyamya School. The event, known as the Ramayana Rishi Darshan program, aimed to promote the importance of the Ramayana epic and its teachings to the general public.
Narayan Shevire, the State Organizing Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad, emphasized the need to make the Ramayana accessible to everyone. He explained that, like any great poem, the Ramayana should be shared with the world as it was originally composed by the sage Valmiki.
Gopalkrishna Bhat, the chief guest and a key figure in Dwaraka Construction Puttur, stressed the significance of reading history and mythology to instill values in us.
Ramesh Chandra Naik, the school president, highlighted how developing a habit of reading contributes to personal growth.
As part of the program, Prof. V. B. Artikaje, the honorary president of the taluk unit, recognized and rewarded winners of Ramayana-related competitions conducted by high school students. These competitions included duet dialogue, reception, and speech contests, with prizes provided by the Dwaraka Foundation.
The event also saw the presence of District Coordinator Sundar Shetty, and Ganaraja Kumble, the president of the taluk unit, made introductory remarks.
The program’s Secretary, Satish Irde, extended a warm welcome, and Secretary Chetan Mogral delivered the vote of thanks. The competition judges were Ishwara Bhat Gundyadka, Kishori Duggappa, Shashanka Nellithaya, and Hema Swathi.
The coordination and presentation of the event were managed by school teachers Veena Saraswati and Namita.