Kundapura 13 March 2021: A historic sport’s compitation held hear today’s to coastal Karnataka lacal government elected representatives. More than 4 thousand participants witnessed this event. Holapu 2021 – a sports meet  was organised by Kotathattu Gram Panchayat and Dr. Shivarama Karantha Pratishthana to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Karantha at Viveka High School Grounds.

Inaugurating the meet, Avadhoota Vinay Guruji said, “It is a welcome development that all the panchayat representatives are getting united under our flag. Organizing such a cultural and sports meet in the land of Dr Shivarama Karanth is really appreciable. It is a matter of celebration that all are getting united through the Holapu programme.

Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel received the guard of honour from local bodies’ members during their march-past while Udupi MLA K. Raghupathi Bhat hoisted the sports meet flag. Mangaluru MLA U.T. Khader received the sports light while MLC Appaji Gowda administered the oath and MLC Prathap Simha Nayak released balloons marking the beginning of the meet.

Members of urban and rural local bodies took out a march-past at the beginning of the meet. It also had tableaux depicting the rich cultural heritage of the twin districts, including Yakshagana, Tattiraya, Koraga’s Dolu, Kambala, etc. On the occasion, panchayats that had shown remarkable performance were recognised and felicitated.

Kotathattu GP president Ashwini Dinesh presided. Minister Kota Srinivas Poojari, Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Dinakara Babu, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department Principal Secretary L.K. Atique and others were present.