Every individual is unique and possesses a certain special talent. To express his talent and take it to greater height, the individual required ample opportunity, facility and encouragement. The department of Art & Culture strives to identify talents of the students and also induce them to participate in the extracurricular activities and thus boost up Art, Literature and Culture in the College.

71st Independence Day Celebrations

The 71st celebration of our Independence Day was viewed with joy and pride by the staff and students of Sahyadri. Mr. B Shrinath Samaga, Manager, Human Resources, Hinduja Global Solutions, Mangaluru, Chief Guest, hoisted the national flag after which the gathered students, faculty members and the staff sang the national anthem with pride.

Mr. B Shrinath Samaga is in the HR domain for the last 15 years with an exposure to IT & ITES Sectors. He has prior experience at IBM, iGate, Artech Infosystems and Mphasis Pvt Ltd. The Student Council of Sahyadri was introduced to the guests by Mr. Balakrishna SS, Vice-Principal. While addressing the gathering, Mr. Shrinath, expressed his delight to see the upcoming leaders who are going to make a difference to the nation. He mentioned that Independence is not only for the nation but also to our self. He urged all to grow up to the fullest potential to make one’s career and one’s life.

Mr. Preetham Hegde, Head of IT, Mayor’s Office, New York City also graced the occasion. He has graduated from the Harvard University. While speaking to the audience, he expressed his happiness to be back to India after 26 years and also to view the Independence Day Celebration. He mentioned that there were fewer opportunities during his course of study unlike the opportunities made available at Sahyadri and that the students should grab them with both hands for their progress. He re-iterated that one should seek independence of mind and the soul should belong to one place. What you feel inside is important. He also urged the students to develop a sense of belonging to the country.

Mr. Manjunath Bhandary, Chairman, Bhandary Foundation, appreciated the presence of Mr. B Shrinath Samaga who has recruited highest number of Sahyadrians for his organization & Mr. Preetham Hegde who is one of the most connected person’s with the rest of the world. He said that these days, it is unfortunate that we treat Independence Day as a Holiday and not as a Festival. He re-iterated that thousands of people sacrificed their lives for our freedom and it is a day to remember their contribution to the nation. He stimulated the crowd to create awareness among the generations to come about the gift of freedom given by our forefathers.

The Achievers of 2016-17 in extracurricular activities like Sports, Cultural & Scouts & Guides were felicitated on the auspicious occasion of Independence Day.

Post the formal Independence Day Programme, the students and staff showcased their talent in a cultural programme.

Sinchana 2017

Department of Art & Culture organized “Sinchana 2017” – Sprinkle of Talents, A Cultural Extravaganza as a part of Kannada Rajyotsava Celebration in Sahyadri Campus. Dr. Narasimha Murthy, Retired Associate Professor of Kannada, Mangaluru & Mr. Jagannath Chowta, Trustee, Bhandary Foundation were the guests for the Inaugural Ceremony. Dr. Narasimha Murthy inaugurated the programme by beating drums. Addressing the audience he said – It is often taken for granted that we live in Kannada Nadu & only express our gratitude to the state on November 1st each year. This day in the year 1956 is considered to be one of the greatest days for the dwellers of Karnataka as our state emerged with 19 districts in it.

Karnataka was formed considering the majority of kannada speaking people in the region. It was then called as Mysuru Rajya, however during the reign of Devaraja Arasu in 1973, the state was renamed as Karnataka. He emphasised on the Karnataka Flag and its relevance, however National Flag is more important. Kannada language is not merely a medium of communication but we should appreciate that Kannada is the language which is in existence for the last 2,000 years & can be written as well as spoken. He referred to the great kannada poets and their contribution in the field of literature and urged all of us to be proud of it. Kannada has won 8 Jnana Peeta Awards which is the highest in comparison to other states. He appreciated youth’s role in bringing kannada in front through social media. He had words of praise for Sahyadri in organizing a programme on the occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava in the form of Kannada Song, Skit, Folk Art etc., which keeps the spirit of Kannada alive among students. One should develop a sense of belongingness to Kannada. He said Kannada language has greater sense of logic since writing and pronouncing the words are similar. He concluded by saying Let us Grow Kannada and Love Kannada. One contribution is much better than 1,000 words, meaning one contribution to Kannada and the state is better than just expressing in words.

Mr. Jagannath Chowta in his presidential address expressed that it is unfortunate to see that we make an effort to know our mother tongue only when we fill the application forms to take admission in college. A mother decides the mother tongue of a child and her contribution is immense hence we refer to our nation and our state as mother. He shared an anecdote that brought out the importance of mother tongue for a child. He urged the students to retain the tradition and culture of Karnataka.

Various competitions like solo and group classical, filmy and western songs, solo and group classical and non classical dance, Sketching, Face painting, Photography, Variety and other competitions were conducted at various venues of Sahyadri.