Infosys Bangalore Development Center (DC) successfully concluded the 10th ‘Rajyotsava Sambhrama’ between November 8 and 16, 2017. The week-long event, organized by the Sirigandha volunteer group at Infosys, was planned on a grand scale at its Electronics City Campus.
The celebrations commenced with Karnataka food festival organized at the food courts with delicacies from various parts of Karnataka were served. Karnataka Darshana – a glimpse of Karnataka, were stalls representing brand Karnataka which included Mysore sandal soaps and perfumes, Dharwad Mishra Pedha, Channapattana toys, Kodiyala sarees among others. Karnataka Parichaya Exhibitions featuring the rich folk heritage of Karnataka was also exhibited.
To commemorate the celebrations, two 15 ft. tall statues of Channapattana dolls adorned the campus lawns. The statues were made by Sirigandha volunteers out of scrapyard materials, as a testament of their responsibility towards eco-sustainability.
The week-long celebration concluded with two evenings of extravagant cultural programs on November 15 and 16, 2017. The cultural event was inaugurated by Mr. Narayana Murthy, Mrs. Sudha Murthy and Mr. Deepak Padaki, Group Head – Corporate Strategy, and Chief Risk Officer, Infosys, who jointly felicitated Dr. Malathi Holla, recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri Award, Arjuna Award and a Doctorate from Women’s University, Bijapur, Karnataka. The inaugural ceremony was followed by a motivational speech by Dr. Holla about her journey as a four-time paralympian. The evening also witnessed a live art show by Vilas Nayak – Asia’s quickest speed painter, a skit by Drama Juniors – Achintya and Praneeth and Standup comedy by Narasimha Murthy and Gundu Rao.
The second day of the cultural event began with a musical evening anchored by Raghavendra Kanchan and singers Dhanush, Abhinav, Deeksha and Sanvi Shetty of the Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa fame, and followed by a dance performance by team Parichay and a comedy play by team Maskiri.
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.