'Kannada Bhavana' opens doors in Bahrain
TDT | Manama
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Kannada Bhavana (Home of Kannada), the BD500,000 dream project of Kannada Sangha Bahrain, opened doors in Bahrain yesterday. Inauguration was in the presence of Dr Arathi Krishna, former Deputy Chairman of NRI Forum, Indian Ambassador Dr Piyush Srivastava, Pradeep Shetty, President Kannada Sangha and other top officials and guest from Bahrain and India.
Earlier, Dr Krishna, upon arrival in Bahrain, tweeted, "Deeply honoured to be part of the inauguration of prestigious kannada association building built by one of the oldest kannada association of the world in #bahrain. It is also the first building that is built by #kannada association outside India."
Meant to be a hub of cultural, heritage, educational, sports and entertainment activities, the opening, as Kannada Sangha President Pradeep Shetty has said, brings a “proud moment for all Kannadigas in Bahrain.”
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda laid the foundation for the first-of-its-kind project for which Kannadigas from Saudi, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar extended help. The project is also first happening in the Kingdom with the support of the Karnataka government.
Facilities at the multi-storied building include a multi-purpose hall, classrooms, offices, a gym, a full-fledged library, indoor sports facilities, a café lounge and meeting rooms, as well as some commercial space to rent out.