NAVIKA, the acronym stand for North America Vishwa Kannada Association or Naavu Vishwa Kannadigaru.  NAVIKA is a non-profit grass roots organization created to promote and enrich cultural heritage of Karnataka.  NAVIKA was formed on Ugadi day March 2009.  It is a diverse community that embraces Kannadigas from all walks of life and is dedicated to unify all Kannadigas across the globe to promote social welfare and strengthening our social support system.  It is committed to building a strong entity that empowers all Kannadigas and improving networking and areas of education, culture business and philanthropy.

It is estimated that nearly 60 thousand plus people from Karnataka live in the United States of America. NAVIKA has already made huge strides in upholding its promises and efforts in Globalization by successfully convening five major conventions. Three World Kannada summits in USA and two in Amerikannadotsava in Bangalore.

We are excited to launch several new projects and initiatives and continue to make leaps and bounds in accomplishing our goals.  We are currently expected to introduce NAVIKA retreats in the form of excursions in America and overseas to promote social interactions and more importantly increase awareness of NAVIKA organizations among Navikas, ;launch Kannada Newsletter which is the first of its kind; establish a young adult business/financial networking committee to embrace a large spectrum of financial issues to increase economic stability of Navikas and conduct fundraising events for charitable and meaningful causes to strengthen our social support system.

NAVIKA is a strong platform to show case our Vishwakannadigas values of hard work and integrity.  I humbly appeal to each and every Kannada to actively partake and get involved in moving this organization high standards of excellence.  I am proud that NAVIKA is promoting Kannada-Kali Programs in America.  Our hope is that NAVIKA will represent itself as an entity of strength, unity and power for all Kannadigas, symbolizing as a stable mother-ship that will provide and anchor and identity  to all Kannadigas nurture a sense of belongingness for all families and inspire hope in our future generations.  So, come on aboard and let us set sail to new frontiers and ventures waiting to be accomplished!


ಎಲ್ಲಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರು ಇರು
ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನೀ ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಿರು
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಸತ್ಯ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ನಿತ್ಯ

With best Wishes

Renuka Ramappa, M.D