Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan, ZP members, Kodava Sahithya Academy President and villagers from in and around Mukkodlu celebrated the Rain Festival( Male Namme) in the fields of H.S. Thimmaiah, by taking part in traditional activities like a slush race, tug of war and a dance competition set to traditional Kodava music. The guests took part in ploughing the field, transplanting paddy and various other activities connected to paddy sowing.
The namme was organised by the Karnataka Kodava Sahithya Academy with an intent to preserve and propagate Kodava festivals and traditions.
Appachu Ranjan said that a sum of Rs. 45 lakhs was released to the Kodava Sahithya Academy for its activities. He requested the Kodavas to join hands with the Academy in preserving the Kodava language, culture, and traditions.
Karnataka Kodava Academy President Rani Machaiah said that additional grants have been released and that the academy will bring out a CD show casing the rich Kodava culture and tradition.
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