News 18 Kannada presents Varshada Kannadiga – 2021

The Varshada Kannadiga Awards, the annual signature awards of News18 Kannada felicitated… last week in the city. News 18 Kannada, India’s largest news network’s 4th Annual Award ceremony. Varshada Kannadiga awards to eight extra ordinary achievers from Karnataka. As a precursor to the event, a jury meet was held on recently with members comprising the who’s who of Bengaluru. The jury was chaired by the esteemed former Justice H N Nagamohan Das – High Court of Karnataka.

“Just Speaking should not be an achievement, our performance should speak louder. It is indeed a great job to honor and honor such achievements that have shown the glory of Karnataka”, said Honorable Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappan, who presented the Varshada Kannadiga Awards.

The winners were:

  • Sukesh Hegde, in the Sports category
  • Om Shivaprakash H L, in the Science and Technology category.
  • Ashwath Hegde was chosen in the Business category. 
  • Thontada Siddarama Swamiji was honored in the Social Service category.
  • Actor, Sanchari Vijay bagged the Arts and Entertainment award.
  • K. N Ganeshayya lifted the Literature trophy.
  • C. N. Manjunath, was the Varshada Kannadiga 2021.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, the most coveted honour was bestowed Chiranjeevi Singh

While presenting Lifetime Achievement Award, honorable Opposition leader Mr Siddaramaiah said, “Many people who worked for society's prosperity throughout their life, they won’t get recognized anywhere. I would thank News18 Kannada for recognizing such personalities, let such sociopathic work continue. These type of wonderful achievers set an example for the younger generation.”

“It’s my Ancestral Virtue, that I lived half of my life in Karnataka”, said retired IAS officer Chiranjeevi Singh, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The jury comprised Doddarange Gowda, Poet & lyricist, R Ashok, Revenue Minister – Government of Karnataka, Sudharani - Sandalwood Actress, Reena Suvarna- IPS officer, V R Raghunath - Former Indian Professional Hockey Player and Entrepreneur Sneha. The three hour meet saw active discussions about the nominees across all categories. The Jury put together had a good mix of seven eminent people from different sectors. From the Law enforcement, to politics, art and culture, entertainment, sports and corporate, the panel was well represented by all sectors. The roundtable saw a good amount of humour, related anecdotes, varied opinions about nominees and their contributions – before finally reaching a consensus. 

The awards are divided into eight categories -- literature, entertainment, public service, business, science and technology, sports. The other two categories are the Varshada Kannadiga and Lifetime Achievement award. The names were shortlisted looking at people who have performed extremely well during the year, some unrecognized and extraordinary feats of ordinary people. The names were submitted by the editorial staff as well as those in the field outside. These names were filtered over and over again and finally, five were shortlisted in each category before placing in front of the jury.

News18 Kannada Varshada Kannadiga 2021 will be telecasted on 30th March 2021 Tuesday at 6 pm and repeat on 31st March 2021 Wednesday at 3 pm.


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