Standing from Left to right: Mr. Bhargava Kumar Rayeni, Mrs. Shilpa Aswal, Mr. Arun Kumar, Mrs. Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, Mr. Chandra Shekar Munintappa, Mr. Krishna Srinivas Gopala, Mr. Jayanth Mahendra Kumar.

Courtesy Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj

President, Kannada Sangha Queensland Inc.

KANNADA Sangha of Queensland Inc. (KSQ), takes immense pleasure in announcing the new Executive Team for 2017-18.

* President – Mrs. Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj

* Vice President – Mr. Arun Kumar

* Secretary – Mr. Chandra Shekar Munintappa

* Treasurer – Mr. Jayanth Mahendra Kumar

* Public Relation Officer – Mrs. Shilpa Aswal

* Information Coordinator – Mr. Bhargava Kumar Rayeni

* Committee Member 1 – Mr. Krishna Srinivas Gopala

* Committee Member 2 – Mr. Anil Kumar Hanumanthappa

About us: Kannada Sangha of Queensland Inc. (KSQ), is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under the Office of Fair Trading, Queensland. It aims to promote and preserve ‘Kannada’, the language of Karnataka State in South India, through cultural and linguistic activities and thereby educate the younger generation of the rich culture and heritage of Karnataka.

KSQ was incorporated in 2004, although it was in existence since 1995, as ‘Kannada Sangha’, an association of a small number of Kannadigas with a view to promote Kannada culture and language. Since then, it has grown in numbers and expanded its forum.

The purpose of KSQ is to bring the Kannada community together by organising major festivals such as Ganesha Chaturthi, Deepavali, Kannada Rajyotsava and Ugadi which provides a forum for adults, as well as youth born and growing up in Australia to keep in touch with their language and showcase their talent in arts, literature and cultural activities of Karnataka.

In addition, KSQ organises yearly picnics and supports the screening of Kannada movies on a regular basis. These social gatherings and events provide an opportunity for Kannadigas to meet people of their own community and network with each other.

KSQ is also a registered member of the Federation of Indian Associations of Queensland (FICQ) and participates in various community events such as Independence Day Celebrations.

KSQ has organised numerous cultural activities and has encouraged participation by children and adults in a variety of entertainment programs such as singing, dancing, quizzes and dramas that highlight the culture of Karnataka. On some occasions, KSQ has also organised music and other entertainment programs featuring artists from Karnataka.

KSQ intends to extend its service beyond Kannada community and engage in wider community services like food service at temple, blood donation, volunteering work and community awareness session to name few.

Through the kind patronage and support of its members and the general public, KSQ hopes to grow and flourish into a thriving organisation and achieve its objectives and expand its activities to new horizons in the future.

The new Executive Committee is excited to serve the Kannada community and to promote multiculturalism with continued support from local community of Queensland.

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