Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) hosted ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’, a weeklong celebration of Karnataka Rajyotsava amid much fanfare at its campus. Organized under the flagship of the ‘Sirigandha’, an employee volunteer group, this is the ninth consecutive year of the successful Rajyotsava Sambhrama celebrations.
The weeklong celebration was a combination of employee engagement activities such as an online quiz that tested the Karnataka-Quotient of Bangalore DC Infoscions, ‘Click Karnataka’ – a photography contest where photographs were captured with a theme – ‘Essence of Karnataka’, a poetry competition and a short movie competition. Karnataka food festival along with ‘Karnataka Parichaya’ exhibition were organized to showcase the various culinary specialties from various parts of the state. Stalls representing Brand Karnataka – Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharawad Mishra Pedha, Channapattanna toys, Kodiyala Handloom sarees from Mandya, and United Squares T-shirts were also put up providing ‘Karnataka Darshana’ – a glimpse of Karnataka to the employees.
To commemorate the occasion, a 25 ft larger than life model of Mahishasura (Mahishasura statue on the Chamundi hills in Mysore) was installed at the Infosys lawns. The model, a continued tradition of similar installations from over the years, was created by members of Sirigandha with scrapyard materials.
Two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 16 and 17 were the showstoppers for the celebrations. The guest of honor for the evening was Dr. Narayana Reddy, recipient of the prestigious Nadoja award and a renowned ecological farmer who practices organic farming. Two renowned artists of the Sandalwood industry, Sri Srinath and Rakshith Shetty were the chief guests for the evening. The cultural programs of the evening included a classical dance performance, an enthralling music concert by Pancham Halabandi, a play, ‘Saayo aata’, directed by the famous Kannada artist Mandya Ramesh and a stand-up comedy show by the renowned comedian, Prof. Krishne Gowda.