Ellu Bella Celebrations

It was 9:30 in the morning. I reached my cubicle and logged on to my PC. Well, the first thing which most of us do is check the emails. The first email of the year was from one of my friend stating that they required volunteer for The forthcoming Ellu Bella(Sankranthi) celebrations which was to be held on Jan 9. I was very much enthusiastic and decided to participate in a group song. When I let my friend know this, he compelled me to participate in a group dance. Since I am not that good dancer, I hesitated. Later, made my mind!

I contacted my friends who had participated an year ago for the same event. We were a team of amazing six!!! Oops, we are indeed an amazing group of six!!! We listened to songs and chose four songs and they were finally edited and fused to a single song. The very first day, I found the classical steps were too tough "Practice makes a man perfect." I was able to pick up the steps taught by my friends. Thanks to all of them for teaching me with a great patience!!! The next thing was the huge crowd to be faced. Initially, I was scared about it. What if I forget any step?? So many thoughts went on.

That evening, all of us were dressed beautifully. The costumes and jewellery were chosen by Ramya and Rashmi. Thanks to Ramya for a wonderful make up. Ramya had been saying Keep smiling and don't bother even if you forget any steps!!! Before entering the stage, I remembered my blogmate Sudipta's encouraging words,"Think you are the best and rest of audience know nothing." Thanks Sudipta, your words really worked.

The event kicked off with invocation, Dollu Kunita, Veeraghaase, song, dance, Yakshaghana. The whole event was a grand success. The audience were mesmerized by the event.I was present as a part of audience only after our dance concluded.

Can't forget that wonderful evening. I got a great opportunity to meet such wonderful people through this event. I'm thankful to all for their support. My social network expanding.

The next day, my inbox was flooded with emails filled with compliments. It was a moment of ecstasy. Compliments pouring. It was an outcome of team effort and hard work.Who on earth could sleep with such compliments pouring?


Here are some of the emails which I find hard to delete.
Namaskaara ellarigu,Ee kaaryakrama yashassu aagalu shramisida ellarigu tumba tumba dhanyavaadagaLu. Neevu maadiruva kelsa ‘really superb’ to put it in words. Some small but significant contributions for the event which are worth mentioning at this point.Special thanks to “Mr Ravishanker Rao” for the wonderful stage he provided and all the arrangements were carried on successfully only because of him. I cant even find word to thank him for the tremendous help he has given. The man behind the scenes but the most critical person for this event. I really thank you with all my heart, sir for all the help and support on behalf of the whole team.Karthik Bhat, Anil Prasanna, Guruprasad, Nagashree, Amulya, Ranjitha, Tejashwini, Suhas Gundoor, Guruprasad Kasaravalli, Shreyas, Madhuri, Govinda Raja and all the others I’ve forgotten to mention here – for the amazing publicity they provided the previous day. The size of the crowd was mainly due to your guys. Special thanks for Amulya and Guruprasad in helping us prepare questions for the events.Karthik bappanad for managing the veeragase team , Annadanesh for dollukunita, karthik bhat for yakshagana – Without the support from you guys…….. it would have been really difficult. Thanks a lot for even missing part of the event to give focus to these groups. The CD would first reach you guys.

Sudhindra for managing the finance very well and managing things under budget. Kudos to you.

Phanish for struggling so hard and finally getting such a renowned chief guest. Phanish special thanks for the song mixing and all your efforts. Its great to have you in the team coz you have contributed in every way possible with your tight schedule.

Ashwini, Padma Kini, Amulya, Suhas, Raki – for the wonderful rangoli on stage. It was simply superb. But too bad, that kolata event wiped it away. Special thanks to Padmakini ma’am for all the help in the green room. The team appreciates it.

Vinayaka for the wonderful compering. The crowd really enjoyed it and we had a great rapport on stage.

Special thanks to Paris Patel for the broken kannada ;-)

Govinda – for arranging all the transport and procuring the ellu bella for everyone on time.

Suhas – for sound management and Annadanesh/Praveen for lighting – you guys were great.

Shreyas, Arun, Madhu – for those lovely banners and posters. It was the highlight of the show. Madhu – special thanks for the background voice, and Shreyas and Arun – for the photos. Hope to get them soon.

Pramod, Pradeep, Sharath, Phanish and Praveen –for the wonderful music mix for the Kolata event. People just swarmed the stage. Thanks a lot for all the effort guys.

Shreyas – for arranging all the costumes and gifts on time and also for your photos.

Anantha – for wonderfully co-ordinating with HR and all the teams.

The success of the whole event lies in your co-ordination of teams. Great job on co-ordinating with all the external groups as well.

Special thanks to Suhruta and Shreenidhi for their moral support and keeping in constant touch and helping out with the event right from its start. We really missed you guys since you are at onsite but your contribution is significant and worth applause.

SONG GROUP:Sahana Satyaprakash; Veerabramhendra S.; Pallavi; Madhukar S Shendre; Sowmya Nadig; Nivedana Mulvadi Rajaram; Aditya S. N. ------ The Songs were simply superb and the audience kept humming munjaneddu throughout the evening. It came out very well. Good job people.

DANCE 1 : GEJJE TAALAKKE HEJJE:Rashmi; Ramya; Megha; Chandana; Manasa; Bharati. ------ The whole audience was mesmerized with the classical steps and you guys kept making them want more and more. A superb show with good amount of practice and hardwork. Thanks again guys.

DANCE 2 : VISMAYA: Lakshmi; Anil Prasanna; Prasantha; Madhuri; Samson Irudayaraj; subbaraman nv; Praveen Kannaiah; Mohammed Airani; Lata Bhat; Nivedana Mulvadi Rajaram; Ishika Shivalingaiah ------ The dance was outstanding and urged people to come up on stage. Too good team. Keep it up.

INVOCATION: Nivedana Mulvadi, Madhukar S Shendre -> This was really well received guys. good work.There may be people who were not interacting with me directly, but whose contribution is great in the event. In case I have missed out their names, please feel free to let me know, as I don’t want to miss out on anyone who contributed in the event. Lets all relish the success of the event together. Photos and videos would be communicated once we get them. So till then….patience!!!!!!!!!

WONDERFUL TEAM WORK PEOPLE.KUDOS.Regards and lots of wishes,Happy Sankranti to all of you!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone.
Supriya


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I heard a lot about the success of the event. I really missed the event. Great work guys. Now some snaps please to the people who missed it.

Regards,
Suhruta Yajaman

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Namaskara,
It was indeed a roaring success!! Thanx to one & all ?

Nagashree
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Namskaara,
It was indeed a great show.Special thanks to Bangalore Baale and Anantha for spending most of their time during last week in organizing the events (right from morning 9 to evening 9), they even came on weekends for the same. Also it was the spirit of whole team which resulted in such a memorable event, it was not only crowd who enjoyed but even the folk dance teams (Veeragaashe, Dollukunita and Yakshagaana teams) enjoyed the support they got.
Let us hope for even bigger event next year.

Regards,
P Karthik Bhat
Bengalooru
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Ellarigu Namaskaara,
Anil heLida haage,The "Coolata" was indeed the best DJ of our lives!!!JHaaDugaLa mixing sakkhattagittu!
Supriya heLida haage, this was a great team effort ...Special thanks to Supriya, Ananth, Kaarthik, Shreyas, Anna, Phanish..-The All-Rounders, For being there for anything & everything.. Guiding every step of ours, which ultimately has brought the soooper Success!I am extremely happy for the co-ordination between us, which has also stacked a message in it& that is:"We have proved that Kannadigas ROCK!!!"Jai Kannadaambe!


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Supriya,
thanks a lot for all those you have done. Great going!!!!! I also like to thank you all for all your support which helped us in organizing this event. We would like to have all your support in all future events.

Regards,
Anantha
Bengalooru

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Hi All,

That’s really a wonderful mail u have typed out here Supriya.Thanx for lauding our efforts.I guess the tough tasks were handled by Anantha and Phanish. We mixed songs,chopping off “unwanted” parts?,finally coming up with a mix of traditional and modern numbers.Thankfully it was recvd well by the crowd.A special thanks to the “Ellu Bella” team for making the event a grand success.Ellarigu Sankranthi Habbada Haardhika Shubhashayagalu.

Thanks N Regards,
Sharath Ram

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Folks,
Well done!!! The performance yesterday overwhelmed market expectations!!!!
Many Thanks for all the efforts. Wish you all a very Happy Sankranthi and a prosperous 2007 and beyond!

Best Regards,
Sudhindra Murthy

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good show folks. all the effort and enthusiasm has paid dividends.
regards,
Nanjappa B. S.

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Dear Anantha & Supriya,
Congratulations on the success of Ellu Bella yesterday. The event was filled with colour, music, entertainment & good fun. Great job!!

Regards,
Aarthi B

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Well done folks, the superb event was mostly due to your efforts!
Regards,
Kirti.

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Hi all,
It was a wonderful performance yesterday and the crowd simply enjoyed and rocked to your performance. You guys were amazing on stage. I personally thank each one of you for all your efforts in making this possible and hope to have many more such events coming up. I am sure you will be getting a lot of appreciation from all soon

Regards,
Supriya.

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Yes, it was indeed an amazing performance. You guys have done a great job. It was an excellent event guys. The synchronisation was good. The audience were amazed to see your performance. Congrats and thank you all for all your support throughout the event.

Regards,
Anantha
Bengalooru

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And my dance group said...

Hi Ananth,Supirya
Thanks a lot for giving us stage and encouraging us to perform wellMore than us I have to mention that co-operation of you guys was amazing, we asked for things and you did it in seconds that was very kind of you people

Thanks again
Ramya

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Hi Supriya, Thanks for all the compliments for our group. We really enjoyed our performance yesterdayJ. We thank you for all the support you gave us. Hope we have many more such performances coming up. Thanks once again.You guys have been great organisers. We really appreciate every effort of yours in making 'Yellu Bella' a grand success.

Regards,
Megha

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Hey guys, We truely rocked yesterday!!!! I have got loads of compliments for our dance! For every aspect of it....For the synchronization..for the amazing song selection..for amazing fusion of songs...for an amazing dance performance!!!! Right from my Managers to all my friends who saw the event.It was great performing with you guys!! The kannada spirit truely rocks! What say? Lets get together if any other show comes up..Keep me posted with all updates about our dance :)Thanks again for being a great team.
Regards,
Megha

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Namaskara,

We all had a great time yesterday.A special thanks to all the organizers. The true spirits of Kannada was shown up yesterday.Supriya, a special thanks to you…. Naavu keelidella sariyagi time ge arrange maadtidde without any problem and always with a smiling face… Thank you?Thanks to Pramod for helping us mix the songs correctly whithout which our dance would not have been a success.Shreyas, Thank you so much for helping us arrange the costumes on time.Yella organizers ge danyavadagalu. Hope to see many more such events which depict the true kannada culture. Keep up the great work.
Cheers,
Rashmi

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Hi supriya,
It was really great. We all enjoyed lot while performing. It is a sweet memory to remember all these .but it would have been incomplete without your encouragement. thanks for all the support.
Regards,
Bharati

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Hey Girls,
Great to see all the mails.. It was sooooo much fun performing yesterday .. Hope we all get together again sometime soon ..
Chandana

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My friends say...

From: Anshuman Chandrachud
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 9:07 AM
Subject:
Hi, Good morn.. Soooooooper aagithu dance.. Congrats!!aa hadu nange sakkat ishta aaythu..thogothini..Expression ella super.. smilin face all the time:)

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From: Prashant Prakash Kowtal
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 3:15 PM
Subject:
Hmm it was great…..

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Teamates said...

From: Prashanth Murthy
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 3:37 PM
Subject: RE: Ellu bella celebrations

Too good!!!

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From: Pavan G Halgeri
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 3:37 PM
Subject: RE: Ellu bella celebrations

Pretty good

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From: Roshan Hegde
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:10 PM
Subject: RE: ellu bella snaps :)

It was good…The entire event was so beautiful n colorful..I believe it was one of the best events… :)
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2 comments:

  1. Whoa.. I almost feel like a celebrity being mentioned on your post! Thanks, dear... you were really good at thtat dance, I know. All I did was to ask you to believe in yourself. This was a fun post, and it sure shows that you have a lot of potential. May you grab more such oppotunities in life, and may you grow from strength to strength! :)

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