A joint programme of 13 Karnataka associations lead by the Koota was held on the 24th November at Al-Andalus School, Rumathiya with HE Mr. M. Ganapthi, the Abassador of India to Kuwait as the chief guest. The guests of honour were Kannada actor Mr. Jaggesh, B.R. Shetty, the businessman from the UAE, Karnataka legislators; Mr. Jagadissh Metgud, Mr. Vishwanth Mamani, Mr. Rajashekhar Sindhur, Mr. Chandrashekhar Namoshi and the businessman from Belaum Mr. Rajanna Harkune. Mr. Sudhakara Shetty, President of Dubai Kannada Sangha was present as an invited guest. The programme was inaugurated by Mr. M. Ganapathi. Dr. B.R. Shetty was awarded with UDYOGARATNA for his contributions to the industry. The other speakers on the occasion lauded the efforts and activities of Kuwait Kannada Koota.