KARNATAKA ASSOCIATION OF CANBERRA COMMITTEE MEMBERS (2019-2020)

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President

Ms. Saritha Malyadri

I migrated to Australia in the year 2010 and I am a Dentist by profession. I am an ardent crafter and like to crochet, knit and paint. Over the years I have actively participated in various cultural events organized by KAC and other organizations. I hope to work to my fullest potential as president of Karnataka Association of Canberra and will work in the best interest of community to fulfill my role. 

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Vice President

Mr. Uday Kumar Mangane

I was born and brought up in Gulbarga. I have been in IT industry for more than 17 years and has worked in different cities including Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Birmingham, Doha and Canberra has been my home since 2016.

My hobbies include playing tennis, snooker, trekking and walking.

I'm excited to be part of this year's KAC committee and look forward to a fun filled year.

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Secretary

Ms. Shraddha Swami

I moved to Canberra in 2009 from Hubballi, a city in Northern Karnataka. I have been coming to KAC events and have enjoyed being part of it and meeting my fellow kannidagas. Being a proud mum of two lovely girls, I am looking forward with this opportunity to create a beautiful environment for networking with the kannadigas, contributing to the community and building an inclusive culture that embraces, celebrates and values cultural diversity.

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Treasurer

Ms. Rashmi Srihari

A proud mum of two kids, hailing from beautiful town of coastal Karnataka, I am a loved member of the Kannada family here in Canberra. Being 11 years with kannadigas of Canberra and a member of this association's past committees, it gives me great pleasure to be elected as part of year 2022-23 committee. 

I come from a musical background family and have been part of various theatrical shows and have 20 plus years of dancing experience.  I hope to carry out the role of treasurer for Karnataka association of Canberra efficiently.

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Cultural Officer

Ms. Harshita Rampur

I came to Australia in 2010 from beautiful city Bengaluru. I have lived in Sydney, Perth and now Canberra has been my home for last 5 years. I have extended family here and like spending quality time with them. I have actively participated in KAC cultural events from 2017 and have made wonderful friends along my journey. I organize Badminton, walking and hiking events across Canberra. Art has always been an integral part of my life. I have learnt Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music and I paint in my spare time. I am looking forward to serving the KAC community this year and bring the best for KAC.

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Media officer 

Mr. Balbeem Shurpali

I moved to Australia in 2017 and proud to call it my new home. Before moving to Canberra, I lived in Capital of Sunshine State, Brisbane. I am in love with Brisbane and identify myself as Queenslander. I was actively participating in Kannada Sangha Queensland as a volunteer, which drove me to be part of this beautiful committee of KAC.  Before moving to Australia, I spent my 8 years in Singapore. In Karnataka I studied in “ಕವಿಗಳ ಊರು, ಪೇಢಾ ನಗರಿ” Dharwad. I would like to be part of this Karnataka Association of Canberra, to make new friends and work for the betterment of Kannada people into this beautiful country of Australia. I want to be as Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu said “ಎಲ್ಲಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನೀ ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಿರು”.

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Public relations officer

Ms. Shruthi Khadabadi

I was born and brought up in Karnataka, Bangalore and migrated to Australia with my husband. I enjoy organizing events. I am happy to be in the KAC Committe this year and look forward to assisting in various events throughout the year. 

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Member

Mr. Venkatesh Bidarkal

Venkatesh Bidarkal moved to Australia in 1997 and called Canberra his home since then. He has been an active community volunteer, particularly amongst the Indian diaspora. He has been very active with KAC since the beginning and also served as EC member for FINACT and IAAC for several years. He is interested in creating good relationships and linkages with other organisations and promoting the great work carried out by the Indians in Australia. He is happy to volunteer at any level or platform in community organisations in ACT and surrounding region

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Associate Member

Mr. Kumar Thrishool

I am a Kannadiga born and brought up in Bangalore. I am passionate about my culture and origin. Having arrived in Australia 9 years ago, I am now an Australian citizen. I have been working as an IT consultant across many cities in Australia. I am settled in Canberra with my wife, son and daughter. I really look forward to making new friends and exploring new opportunities in this wonderful place. Among my passions and hobbies, I enjoyed participating in quizzes, debates, stage plays, singing, biking, hiking, camping etc. I am also involved in the charitable work promoted by SEWA Australia. As the secretary for SEWA Australia - Canberra, I organize charity and community events including Cleanup Australia Day, Blood Donation, Tree Plantation Day, etc.

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Youth Member

Mr. Neel Khadabadi

I am school student who was born in Canberra. My parents are from Karnataka, and I try to speak kannada at home. Many of my friends' parents are members of the Karnataka Association of Canberra. I look forward to serving as a youth member in the committee.