"In America, there is scope for dream but not for memories. In such a country, Kannada Americans have made all efforts to spread the fragrance of Kannada. This conference should not become fair alone, but should enrich our Kannada language. Those who have contributed in Science and technology field in English should also strive hard to contribute the same in Kannada," Dr Kambara was quoted as saying in Amoghavarsh, the biggest auditorium in Atlanta.
'Mukhyamantri' Chandru, Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority, in his introductory remarks said, "Kannada language has uniqueness in itself. Growth of Kannada literature is neither due to Mukhyamantri Chandru nor TS Sitaram or TM Vittalamurthi, but the credit goes to 'Negila Yogi' (farmer)."
However, the formal inauguration of 7th AKKA World Kannada Conference was held on Saturday, Sept 1, 2012. Rashtra Prashasti award winner and Director of STEM (Space. Time. Energy. Movement) Dance academy Madhu Nataraj along with his group and Shwetha Venkatesh performed dance and Kathak, respectively. Kathak is a special form of Indian dance.
Delegates on stage like Dr Shivamurthy Shivacharya Maha Swamiji, prominent veerashaiva women - Vimala Channabasappa and Swami Nirbhayananda Saraswathi, President of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashrama addressed the gathering.
When compare to last conference, there were less number of members being registered this year. The speciality of this conference was - neither politicians nor actors were present at the function. Hence, all attentions bestowed on the poets and writers.
Luncheon was organised at Akshaya Patrae, a huge dining hall inside the auditorium. Intermittently, coffee and tea were also served. The main purpose of gathering was to promote fellowship. Interestingly, the gathering witnessed the attendance of people belonged to all age of groups.
In order to create an Indian ambiance around the venue, the organisers tried different styles of decoration. Banana Garden was a part of the decoration which was placed outside the auditorium. Nymphoides aquatica (Banana plant) were bought from Plant City Florida. Tender coconut and sugar cane juice stalls were also found outside the auditorium.