Mangaluru, Dec 21, 2016 : Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education, Mangaluru, managed by Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops Conference, on Wednesday December 21 announced the 26th annual Sandesha Awards for the year 2017.

The awardees are Dr Kamala Hampana (literature), actor Prakash Rai (Prakash Raj) (media), Yuvaraj K (art), Anil Patrao (Konkani music) and Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust run by Shamita and Renita (education). Also, John Devaraj has been chosen for Sandesha Special Recognition Award, 2017.

Sandesha Awards 2017 ceremony will be held on Friday January 13, 2017 at Sandesha premises at 5.30 pm.


About the Awardees

Dr Kamala Hampana - Sandesha Literature Award, 2017

Dr Kamala Hampana was born on October 28, 1935 in Devanahalli to Rangalakshamma and Rangadhama Nayak. Married to Hampa Nagarajayya, she has made a huge contribution to Kannada literature as a researcher, critic, biographer, radio playwright, novelist, and a writer of children's literature, modern vachanas, and women's literature.


Prakash Rai - Sandesha Media Award, 2017

Prakash Rai (also called Prakash Raj) is a well acclaimed film actor of national fame. Born in a Tulu family, he has become a multilingual film actor who has performed in languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and English. A versatile actor, he can be a hero, a villain or even a supporting actor. He has received national award for his film 'Kanchivaram'. He has presented some good films in Kannada like 'Naanu Nanna Kanasu, 'Oggarane', 'Idolle Ramayana'. In the movie 'Singham', he was much appreciated for his role of the villain.

Prakash Raj Foundation believes in giving back to life philosophy. According to Prakash Rai, "Life sometimes can take turns, slight, U or may be 360 degrees. We don’t know which turn is that but definitely, there is something that ignites within to give back to life".

All this is not momentous, rather a journey, comprised of experience from knowing downtrodden to riches, destitute to destined, closures to new openings, he believes.


Yuvaraj K- Sandesha Art Award, 2017

Born in 1956, Yuvaraj has served for the past three decades as a lecturer and principal in Shivamogga. A popular folk singer, he has a huge collection of folk songs from different parts of Karnataka, which have been published as music albums. A man gifted with unique folk voice, he has to his credit above 1,500 performance within and outside the state of Karnataka.


Anil Patrao - Konkani Music Award, 2017

Anil began his music journey at the young age of 4 playing harmonium. By the age 12, he began his public performances. As a choir master of Derebail church, he has trained many in music. A composer of over 200 songs, he has presented several musical evenings in collaboration with his brother John Patrao under the banner 'Patrao Nite'.

John Devaraj - Sandesha Special Recognition Award, 2017


A civil engineer by profession, Mr Devaraj is a versatile personality who sees the Divine in various forms. A sculptor, architect, puppeteer, actor, dramatist, cameraman, cine artiste, art director, film producer, and an advisor to several organizations, he is an institutions by himself. His achievements include a unique mural in New York made of soil and water gathered from sixty different nations of the world, a 25 feet tall anti-fascist memorial in Austria, a huge picture of 370x280ft for the children of Pakistan, and a 22 feet tall terracotta statue in Lalbaugh, Bangalore.

Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust- Sandesha Education Award, 2017

Two bold 22-year-old women from Mangaluru, Renita Lobo and Shamita Rao, ventured into a challenging task of starting a school in a deeply remote village of Shakaranarayana, 30 kilomtres away from Kundapur in order to spread the light of knowledge among the illiterate people of the area. Started with LKG/UKG, the institution now is providing education up to the intermediate. The courageous and selfless service of these ladies has received a wide acclaim from the general public.

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