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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Anniversary of Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan

Mangalore:The Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan Anniversary Celebrations Committee here will observe the eighth anniversary of Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan at C.V. Nayak Hall here on Saturday.
It was in 1999 that Mangalore city hosted the first Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan to highlight the rich socio-cultural and literary heritage of the Saraswat communities across the world.
Chief convener of the committee Basti Vaman Shenoy told press persons here on Thursday that swamijis of four dharma peetas of the community had attended the meet and the sammelan provided an opportunity for members of the community to discuss various issues and chalk out an action plan for the future.
Shenoy said the main intention of observing the anniversary of the sammelan was to reinforce the spirit of the event among members of the community and also honor senior members of the community.
Those who will be honored are: president of T M A Pai Foundation, Manipal, K K Pai; Supreme Court advocate S V Pikale; chairman of Mangalore Urban Development Authority B Madhav Bhandary; former Minister R V Deshpande; former chairman of The Shamrao Vithal Cooperative Bank Ltd., Mumbai, G V Masurkar; and chairman and managing director, Bank of Maharashtra, M D Mallya.
Shenoy said that Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala D. Veerendra Heggade would honor and felicitate these persons.
Artistes from the community will present a cultural programme.
More than 1,000 persons from the community from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts are expected to participate in the celebrations.

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