During 1950s, when India became a republic and many states and provinces were formed on the basis of language spoken in a particular region, the state namely 'Mysore' was formed with the Kannada speaking people of South India.
However, the name 'Mysore' was not accepted by some regions and people demanded the change in the name of the state.
Finally, the state of all Kannada speaking people was renamed as Karnataka on Nov 1, 1973.
From 1973, the day has been marked as a government holiday in Karnataka and Kannadigas take great pride in celebrating Rajyotsava with various festivities, cultural events and performances through out the state.
Every year the government of the state asserts Rajyotsava awards, which are awarded to people responsible for great contributions in the development of Karnataka in the field of art, literature, science, politics and more.
Senior litterateur, D G Nadya; Sanskrit Vidwan, Derebail Harikrishna Tantri and social worker, Lancy Mascarenhas won the 2010 award for different categories.