Mandepanda 2009 Kodava hockey festival begins at Ammathi
The 13th edition of the Kodava Hockey Festival began at Ammathi town in Kodagu on Monday. More than 200 Kodava clans will participate in the festival being organized by the Mandepanda family this year.
The festival flag was unfurled by the president of the Mandepanda family M.B. Appaiah, in the presence of the Deputy Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly K.G. Bopaiah.
Mandepanda S. Monnappa (Monni) and Mandepanda Prakash, who have represented India in hockey, and former India basketball player, Pushpa Kuttanna, brought the ‘festival flame’ into the grounds amid cheers and applause from the spectators.
The bagpiper music band from the Indian Army’s MEG put on a good show. Kodava folk dances were performed.
For the first time, the State Government has contributed funds for the festival.
Pandanda Kuttappa (Kuttani) who conceptualized the Kodava hockey festival, inaugurated an exhibition match between Coorg XI and the Sports Authority of India, Bangalore.
Mr. Appachu Ranjan MLA, who also belongs to the Mandepanda family,thanked the main sponsors, Café Coffee Day, and the State Government and other donors.
The winning team would get Rs. 75,000 and the runners-up Rs. 50,000 and the semi-finalists would get Rs. 25,000 each, according to Shuja Kushalappa, vice-president of the festival committee.