Kodava Hockey Festival: Colourful start to Madanda Cup 2013
The 17th edition of the annual Kodava hockey festival hosted this year by the Madanda clan , began at the Kodava Sports and Cultural Centre at Balugodu near Virajpet on Sunday.
The festival got off to a colourful start after Pandanda Kuttappa (Kuttani), who conceived the festival, hit a silver ball with a silver hockey stick, to symbolically start the tournament.
As many as 225 Kodava clans will be vying for the title this year which has been won by the Palanganda clan in the past three years. This is the first time the hockey festival is being held at the Balugodu grounds where a huge complex is coming up to promote Kodava culture.
An exhibition match was held on the occasion between the Punjab eleven and Kodagu eleven. The match ended in a one-all draw.
The attraction at the inaugural programme was a variety entertainment by Ponnampet Neenada institute and artistes from the Cauvery Kodava Koota and Cauvery College, Virajpet.
President of the Federation of Kodava Samajas, Mallengada N. Belliappa, who spoke on the occasion, appealed to the members of the Kodava community to extend contributions towards the Kodava Sports and Cultural Centre which is estimated to cost Rs. 12 crore. Works to the tune of Rs. 3.5 crore had already been taken up at the Centre.
EDITOR’S VIEW: There is a view that the annual hockey festival should be held at one central location. The argument in favour of holding the festival at a single location is that it would save on costs like building temporary spectators’ gallery, etc.
However, the editor of this portal www.coorgtourisminfo.com is of the view that the venue should be rotated every year. The very idea of the festival is to build bonding in the Kodava community. This is better served by rotating the festival at various locations. Moreover, this will result in the development of infrastructure around the venue. For instance, Ponnampet Junior College Grounds, which has been the venue for several tournaments, has led to the improvement in the infrastructure, not only of the playground, but other facilities as well in the college premises.
The location of the venue at one central place will lead to bureaucratisation and politicisation of the festival and this could further lead to corrupt practices as was witnessed during the centenary celebrations of the Bangalore Kodava Samaja last year.