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ಆತ್ಮೀಯ ಹವ್ಯಕ ಭಾಂಧವರೆ,

ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ. ಉತ್ತರ ಅಮೆರಿಕೆಯ ಉದ್ದಗಲಕ್ಕೂ ಹರಡಿರುವ ಹವ್ಯಕ ಸಮುದಾಯವನ್ನು 'ಹಾ' (ಹವ್ಯಕ ಅಸೋಸಿಯೇಷನ್ ಆಫ್ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾಸ್) ಕಳೆದ ೩೨ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಒಗ್ಗೂಡಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಮುಂಬರುವ ೧೬ನೇ ಅಖಿಲ ಅಮೇರಿಕ ಹವ್ಯಕರ ದ್ವಿವಾರ್ಷಿಕ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವು ಇದೇ ಬರುವ ಜುಲೈ ೩-೪, ೨೦೧೫ ರಂದು 'ಹಾ' ಮತ್ತು ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ ಡಿ ಸಿ ಹವ್ಯಕ ವಲಯದ ಆಶ್ರಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಜರುಗಲಿದೆ. ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ ಡಿ. ಸಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ, ವರ್ಜೀನಿಯ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಷಾಂಟಿಲಿ ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿತವಾದ 'ಚಿನ್ಮಯ - ಸೋಮನಾಥ್' ಪ್ರಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುವ ಈ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನಕ್ಕೆ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಹವ್ಯಕ ಬಾಂಧವರಿಗೆ ಆದರದ ಸ್ವಾಗತ .

ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಸಿದ್ಧತೆಗೆ ಈಗಾಗಲೆ ಹಲವಾರು ಸಮಿತಿಗಳ ರಚನೆ ಆಗಿದ್ದು, ನೋಂದಣಿ, ಆತಿಥ್ಯ, ಔತಣ , ಮನೋರಂಜನೆ, ಕಲಾ- ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಮೇಳ, ಪಿಕನಿಕ್, ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳು ಹಾಗು ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ತಯಾರಿ ಭರದಿಂದ ಸಾಗಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಆನ್ಲೈನ್ ನೋಂದಣಿಯ ಮುಖಾಂತರ ಈಗಾಗಲೆ ೩೫೦ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನ ನೋಂದಣಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು, ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿ ದರ ($೧೨೫) ಇನ್ನೂ ಕೆಲವು ದಿನ ಇದೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ವಸತಿಗಾಗಿ ಹಿಲ್ಟನ್ ಹಾಗು ಮಾರಿಯಟ್ ಹೋಟೆಲುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿ ದರದಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ.

ಮನೋರಂಜನಾ ಸಮಿತಿಯವರು ಸಂಗೀತ, ನಾಟಕ, ನೃತ್ಯ, ಯಕ್ಷಗಾನ, ಜಾನಪದಕಲೆ, ಫ್ಯಾಷನ್ ಶೋ, ಜುಲೈ ೪ ರ ಪಟಾಕಿ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ ಮುಂತಾದ ಕಣ್ಮನ ಸೆಳೆಯುವ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಿಂದ ಹೆಸರಾಂತ ಕಲಾವಿದರಾದ ಸಂಗೀತಾ ಕಟ್ಟಿ, ಜೂನಿಯರ್ ಶಂಕರ, ನಾಗರಾಜ ಹೆಗಡೆ ಹಾಗು ವಿನಯ್ ಹೆಗಡೆ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮನ ತಣಿಸಲು ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಲಾ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಮೇಳವು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸೃಜನ ಶೀಲ ಹವ್ಯಾಸಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಗು ಮಕ್ಕಳ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಶೇಷತೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಲು ಉತ್ತಮ ವೇದಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಸವಿನೆನಪಿಗೆ ಹವ್ಯಕರ ಪರಂಪರೆ, ಭಾಷೆ ಸಂಸ್ಕ್ರತಿಯ ಪಕ್ಷಿನೋಟವುಳ್ಳ ಉತ್ತಮ ಬರಹಗಳು 'ಹವ್ಯಸಿರಿ' ಸ್ಮರಣ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಾಗಿ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಮನೋರಂಜನಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಸಕ್ರಿಯರಾಗಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಈ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟಿನಿಂದ ಕೈಜೋಡಿಸೋಣ. ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದ ಯಶಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ತನು ಮನ ಧನ ಸಹಾಯ ಮತ್ತು ಬೆಂಬಲವನ್ನು ಕೋರುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಡಿ. ಸಿ. ವಲಯದ ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನಿಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನಕ್ಕೆ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.

ಇತೀ ತಮ್ಮ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸಿ ,
ಶಿವು ಭಟ್,
(H A A ಮತ್ತು ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ ಡಿ ಸಿ ಹವ್ಯಕ ವಲಯದ ಪರವಾಗಿ)
ಜನವರಿ ೧ , ೨೦೧೫

Dear Havyakas,

Namaskara. For the last 30+ years, Havyaka Association of Americas (HAA) has been successfully connecting the community memebers across North America through conventions and communication channels. The sixteenth biennial convention of HAA is planned for July 3rd - 4th, 2015 around Washington DC area. Most of the convention activities will be held at newly built Chinmaya-Somnath facility in Chantilly, Virginia. HAA & its DC chapter members cordially invite you and your family to participate in this two day fun filled event. We hope to bring the majority of our Havyaka community from USA & Canada together, to celebrate our heritage/culture, have fun, and to connect our youth.

Multiple committees are setup to plan/manage this event and all the volunteers are working hard to make it memorable. Entrainment committee has invited top notch artists from India (Sangeeta Katti, Jr. Shankr, Vinay Hedge, Nagaraj Hedge) and putting together an eastern-western musical orchestra (Swaranjali) by Havyaka youth under Vinayak Hegde’s direction. Souvenir committee is bringing out 270+ page booklet that provides the overview of Havyaka language & culture. Food committee is eager to please you with authentic food. There will be separate set of activities for our 2nd generation youth to mingle….

On Friday July 3rd, we will start with outdoor activities (picnic, sports, and socialization) at a nearby park (Herndon VA) and we will have a grand inauguration ceremony in the evening and we shall end that day with an exciting Yakshagana. Saturday July 4th will be dedicated to various celebrations, puje, classical and contemporary programs, including arts and youth science shows (Kala –Vijnana mela). As we have lot of program entries this year, we have decided to conduct HAA general-body meeting and business forum on Sunday July 5th morning at the Hampton-Inn hotel. We are planning to take out of town visitors to Washington DC attractions (Museums, Monuments, Whitehouse, Capitol...) and/or the National Harbor MD, on Sunday July 5th afternoon.

DC Havyakas would be pleased to host you all in our homes during that and the following week and take you around the nation’s capital. We have also blocked a nearby hotel (Hampton Inn –Dulles South & Westfield Marriott), for a reasonable price, for convenience and better socialization sake.

We request all the HAA chapters to actively participate in various committees, cultural & charity activities. We request children and youth to participate in sports & competitions, present their talents and carry some good memories. We hope some of you will consider giving donations and sponsorship to this community binding event and support the cause.

Please register online and plan on attending our next HAA Sammelana on 2015 July 4th weekend.

Regards,
Shivu Bhat
on behalf of HAA-DC
Ph: 571 303 9258; email: shivub@yahoo.com or HaaDc15@gmail.com
1st January, 2015

Namaskara,

Thanks to all of you who attended the 2015 Havyaka convention and made it a memorable event. The HAA DC team enjoyed hosting this convention. From the Pallakki Utsava to DJ dance floor, we saw enthusiastic participation, celebration of Havyaka heritage, and networking among families -especially our youth. We hope you all had a great time here in the nation's capital.

We had a record turnout of around 440 people. We want to thank all the HAA chapter VPs for their help in reaching out to the community. More than 45 entertainment programs were presented, including shows from invited artists from India. Kids and youth amazed the community by presenting their talents in multiple forums, including Kala-Vijnana Mela. Hats off to all the performers who captivated the audience thoughout. Chinmaya's ambiance and the sumptuous food added colors to it. Our appreciations goes to Aparna & Raj Parthaje for the wonderful Pallakki made specially for this convention and Shri Rajendra Bhat for conducting Puje.

Special thanks to volunteers from all the chapters for their effort in making it a very 'homely' function. This convention was made possible by the generous donations from the following patrons and HAA is grateful to them:

ವಿಶೇಷ ದಾನಿ: Platinum Sponsors: Smt. & Shree:

  • Kusuma & Ram Hosmane (DE)
  • Annapurna & Subrahmanya Bhat (GA)

ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ದಾನಿ: Diamond Sponsors: Smt. & Shree:

  • Usha & Narayan Avadhani (PA)
  • Shaila & Uday Hegde (NJ)

ಮಹಾ ದಾನಿ: Gold Sponsors: Smt. & Shree:

  • Sneha & Udaya Adikehithilu (MD)
  • Manisha & Dinesh H. Bhat (VA)
  • Poornima & Dinesh R. Bhat (VA)
  • Sujatha & Ganapathi R. Bhat (NC)
  • Kusuma & Naras Bhat (CA)
  • Nalini & Krishna Bhat (PA)
  • Vasudha & Krishna D Bhat (TX)
  • Lalitha & Narayan Bhat (MD)
  • Mahesh & Sandhya Bhat (VA)
  • Rekha & Prakash Bhat (VA)
  • Neerada & Ramachandra Bhat (OH)
  • Girinari & Ramachandra Bhat (VA)
  • Pratibha & Ramakrishna Bhatta (VA)
  • Vinuta & Shivu Bhat (VA)
  • Vidya & Venkat Bhat (CA)
  • Smita & Pradeep Chandrashekhar (MD)
  • Sarweshwari & Gajanan G Hegde (PA)
  • Geeta & Gopal Hegde (FL)
  • Kshama & Mahabal Hegde (MD)
  • Parvati & Manjunath Hegde (VA)
  • Veda & Subray Hegde (VA)
  • Jaya & Sreenath G.K (MD)
  • Shashi & Prasad Kanchana (DE)
  • Lalitha & Dhruva Kanjarpane (NJ)
  • Roopashree & Ganesh Kurse (CO)
  • Sushma & Anil Krishnananda (VA)
  • Anita & Swamy Narayana (WA)
  • Raji & Pradeep Shama (VA)

ದಾನಿ: Silver Sponsors: Smt. & Shree:

  • Sujatha & Jayanth Kumar (NY)
  • Chaya & Krishna Upadhya (CA)
  • Sujatha & Gopal Bhat (CA)
  • Vidya & Gajanan V Hegde (NJ)
  • Sunanda & Gopal Haregoppa (MN)

And the souvenir advertisement sponsors (list is in the souvenir). We hope we you all had a chance to read 'I am Brahman' booklet and some of the articles presented in our HavyaSiri (ಹವ್ಯಸಿರಿ) souvenir, which represents the collective creativity of the community. We were fortunate to have a special guest, Dr. Helen Ullrich, to release the souvenir and talk about our community.

Our media & web team has compiled photos and videos from the event. If any of you have taken videos of the invited artist performances, especially Jr. Shankar, please do not share it on any public sites.

We all need to stay connected and support the community/charity activities - even after the convention. We urge you to use our website and it's forums to share different ideas. Reach out to your chapter VP or the HAA office bearers for questions/suggestions.

Please note that we have moved our 'member telephone directory' to website (ಬಳಗ link on top, once logged-in) , where you can search & get connected with other members of your interest. We would be happy to send a soft-copy of the member directory, on request.

Many families felt that this was a big family re-union and are already looking for the next convention in Chicago. Finally, we believe Maha Ganapati's grace was the reason for the success of the convention and we pray for lord Ishwara's blessings to all.
सर्वे जनह् सुखिनो भवन्तु....

Regards,
Shivu Bhat
On behalf of HAA & it's DC chapter
www.havyak.org