Mangaluru, Jan 24, 2016: Dr Shantharam Shetty, Pro-Chancellor of Nitte University inaugurated Karavali Utsav at the ground near Mangala Stadium on January 23, Saturday. Prior to the inaugural, a colourful procession reflecting the culture and tradition of the land was taken out from Kadri Park to the venue of the event. The procession was flagged off by well-known Yakshagana Bhagavatha Kolyur Ramachandra Rao.
In his inaugural address, Dr Shantharam Shetty spoke nostalgically about Mangaluru, a city he loves and has been living since the past several decades.
DK District in-charge Minister Ramanatha Rai who was present as a chief guest , stressed the need for peace and harmony in a district inhabited by people of different faiths.
JR Lobo, MLA presided over the function. Jacintha Vijay Alfred, Mayor of Mangaluru, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, Purushottam Chitrapur, Deputy Mayor, Roy Castelino, Konkani Academy President and others were present .
A variety of cultural programmes were held.