The much-talked 6th World Kannada Conference, which was being held
at New Jersy Edison Hall, ended on this Sunday. The last evening
was full of cultural events including song and dance. The first
American Kannada Koota Association (AKKA) Kannada Film awards event
was also interspersed with the closing ceremony.
Kannada actress Aindrita Ray, who has a Bengali origin, has
bagged the best actress award for her performance in the movie
Manasaare, directed by Yogaraj Bhat. Actor Puneet
Rajkumar, who is the son of late Kannada superstar Dr Rajkumar, has
received the first AKKA award for his wonderful performance in the
2009 film Raam.
Renowned comedian of Kannada movies, Jaggesh was honored with
the lifetime achievement award. Actor Santosh got the 'Promising
hero" award, but ironically his film Nooru Janmaku failed
badly at the Box Office. Actor Vijaya Raghavendra, who has won
National Award as a child actor, was awarded for one of his flop
movie Mathe Bandha Ganesha.
The huge audience present at the Edison center in New Jersey
enjoyed the cultural event. Puneet Rajkumar promised to widen the
market for Kannada movies in foreign countries with a healthy
approach. The actor has taken the task of meeting KFCC members in
In his address, actor Jaggesh urged people to watch the Kannada
films in theatres rather than watching in DVD system.