Chendanda Kutttappa(left) with Mr.Vijayakumara Salimath, Conservator of Forests, Karnataka
Indian boxing coach, Chenanda Kuttappa & Lt Gen BNBM Prasad were honored with the Karantaka Rajyotsava Award. Both hail from Coorg.
Dronacharya awardee, Chenanda Kuttappa is credited with the success of ace boxers – Vijendra Singh, Amit Panghal, Suranjoy Singh, Shiva Thapa and others.
Kuttappa is currently the head coach of Indian boxing team.
Lt Gen BNBM Prasad
Lt.Gen (retd.) Dr. B.N.B.M Prasad, SM, VSM: A resident of Beligeri in Madikeri Taluk, Lt. Gen. (retd.) Prasad was born to Narayana Bhat and Lakshmamma couple. Having joined the Indian Army in 1977, he retired in 2016 as Director General of Armed Forces Hospital Services.
Lt Gen Prasad with the Late Field Marshal Manekshaw
Dr. Prasad has the credit of serving Field Marshal Manekshaw, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Speaker Somnath Chatterjee among others. After having retired from the service, Dr. Prasad has been serving as a Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Speaking to Star of Mysore, Dr. Prasad said he was delighted for having been selected for Rajyotsava Award and it was an honour for the Indian Army. “I would dedicate this award to Indian Army”, he added.