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Karnataka Sangha Sharjah (KSS) one of premier Kannada Association working under the auspicious of the Indian Association Sharjah,  is gearing up with all preparations for Decennial Celebration which will be held on 18th May, 2012 at Holiday International Hotel, Sharjah. 


Every year Karnataka Sangha Sharjah identifies the well deserved Kannadiga in UAE who have excelled in their respective field and felicitates them with "Mayura Award" during their annual celebration.  This year specially since it is a Decennial Celebration, they have come up with a well thought to identify three personalities instead of one and fortunately the selection went to representatives of three religion i.e., Walter Nandalike, Harish Sherigar & M.E. Moolur who really need no introduction as they are well known in their own field.  These three great personalities will be honoured with Mayura Award during the annual celebration which will be witnessed by leaders and dignitaries from various religious faiths specially flown from India along with local guests to witness the mega event.

WALTER NANDALIKE - Media Personality

Walter D’Souza who born on Jan 23, 1973 to the parents Sebastian Dsouza and Lilly Dsouza of Nandalike village of Belman Parish, Karkala Taluk, though has his degree in commerce had no knowledge in computers until he started daijiworld (then daijidubai.com) website in 2001.

With his own initiative, spending day and night when he was in Dubai to earn daily bread learnt about computers. Since he had journalistic background it was his childhood desire to create a media in any form, but no one has predicted that he would create a media through internet that would help thousands and thousands of people from coastal area who spread all over the world.

With his little knowledge, he created a webpage on Jan 14, 2001 and after that it is a story all who know. Spending prime hours of his life, sacrificing his family, social, and leisure life he built up the site www.daijiworld.com and today it has viewed more than 3,000,000 people worldwide on daily basis. There is no language, caste, creed barrier for the viewers. Right from the Mangalore to Rome every day people glue in front of daijiworld to get latest and minute-to-minute happening of Coastal cities of Karnataka as well as Mumbai, Goa , Bangalore, national and Internation news. Today daijiworld is visited over 140 coutries worldwide.

The website has not only helped the people to get the latest news, but created bridge between the people spread different parts of the world. Hundreds of people those who lost the links from each other re-connected through daijiworld. More than 300 families received charity help either for education, sick or poverty by flashing thier appeals to the readers. The generous readers have made those families’ life possible due their donations. The estimated held generated through daijiworld appeals are Rs 4.5 crore.

Since year 2007 April, Walter converted his website which started as hobby in 2001 to a professional company. He left his job for the sake of promoting website and today company lead by him ’Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd’ has more than 35 dedicated employees in Mangalore and has more than 200 freelances in India and abroad. This is another example that how he has generated employment to those several people by floating idea of daijiworld.com

Walter Nandalike, is first person to introduce TV concept on the internet from Mangalore. He launched Mangalore’s first ever internet TV ’TV daijiworld’ and which running successfully today with huge viewership abroad who watch the entertainment and news happening in Mangalore through their computers.

Daijiworld Weekly, a print magazine is another milestone of his career, which was started under the company Daijiworld Publications Pvt Ltd in Feb 2009.

Apart from his media achievement, Walter started his days of journalism by writing stories and analysis in Konkani and Kannada. He has written about 100 short stories, several current affair articles, two novelties. His stories broadcast on All India Radio. He is a proved actor as well as orator who successfully compeered more than 100 major cultural events In India as well as gulf countries

For bringing innovation in Mangalorean e-media Walter has been featured in several daily as well periodical print magazines, TV channels, Radio channels in India as well as abroad. His success story has been heard in several colleges of DK and Udupi districts to inspire young minds to take-up challenges in the life, and how one can rise from scratch.

Walter Nandalike has received over 66 national, international and regional awards for his achievement in journalism. Some of the noted awards are Pingara Rajyotsava Award 2007, IPP Star of Year - 2009 from Toastmasters Club, Houston, USA, Rachana Entrepreneurs of the Year 2010, Sandesha Media Education Award 2010, Editors’ award 2011 for his editorial article and many other awards and recognition.

Walter who married to Wilma, has two kids 14-year-old Cema and 10-year-old Samantha. Walter is a resident of Dubai and lives in Dubai along with his family.

 HARISH SHERIGAR - Entrepreneur

Harish Sherigar was born on 11th September 1966 to Appu Sherigar Karkala and Rajivi Sherigar in Mangalore, India. His parents always believed their son was destined to be an entrepreneur as they had cited his leadership qualities at a very tender age.

Born and brought up in Mangalore, he was a brilliant student and an all rounder. He won the prestigious awards at college level itself and was the president of student council in the year 1988. Since his childhood he was blessed with a melodious voice. He graduated with honours in Commerce from Gokarnanatheshwara College and did his diploma in computer applications at NIIT, Mangalore. He was always known for his melodies voice since college days.   

After obtaining his degree Sherigar migrated to Muscat and worked for a reputed building material company as sales manager from 1991-1996 and gained abundant knowledge and experience in the field of building materials. At the early stages of his career itself he was a perfect combination of  ’talent, perseverance, self belief, a never-give-up-attitude and of course, a bit of luck’ and thus was lauded by the company management as one of the dedicated employee of the organization.

His journey towards perfection later on took him to Dubai where he joined a new company under the same designation as earlier and soon earned the confidence of the organization.

With his innovative, sharp business acumen, focused vision, professionalism and experienced vocation in the same meadow he started his own business in the year 1999 named M/s. ACME Building Material Trading LLC, a well known market listed comprehensive company in Dubai. He has been instrumental in taking this organization to its present level of growth in an amazing short span of time. Most of his employees are from Mangalore/Dakshina Kannada. He also owns a real Estate firm named Harsha Residency in his home town. Apart from all this he has a special bond with his old family business named Avinash Mosaic Tiles, in Kulshekar. He is married to Sharmila Sherigar and blessed with two children Akshatha and Anshul.

Sherigar is an active philanthropist funding numerous humanitarian projects and charities as well as being personally involved in them though he prefers to keep this aspect out of the lime light.

His larger than life persona continues to win hearts all over Dubai by organizing a charity show called Dhoom Dhamaka 2011 for the benefit of Saanidiya School for special needs & Mangala Education Trust for children with special needs. His contribution towards charity is not restricted to any one region or community.

He is always ready to extend his support to all kinds of cultural programs organized in UAE by our people from Karnataka. Recently he has elected as a President of Devadiga Sangha Dubai, his leadership is mainly focusing for Education to poor children in Karnataka.

M.E. MOOLUR - Social Service

Mohammed Ebrahim Moolur was born on 5th of July, 1953 in a place called Moolur in Uchila in one of the famous district of Udupi in Karnataka.  Well known for his social service from long he is being fondly called as M.E. Moolur.

He is actively involved in Social and Cultural fields from the College days as was always Students Leader and in Cultural Activities.  He has written and directed few Kannada and Tulu Dramas and wrote many Tulu and Kannada Lyrics during High School and College days. Interestingly a collection of Kannada and Tulu Lyrics were published while was  mere a high school student.  He is Vice President of Bearys Cultural Forum since its inception.  He is also a Unit President of Al Ehsan English Academy School-DKSC , Mangalore and Chairman of Moolur Al Ehsan Women’s College Building Committee.  He is also one of the Director, Vartha Bharati Kannada Daily News Paper, Mangalore.  Further he is a Coordinator of Markaz Huda Women’s College, Puttur. and an active member of Tulu Social Organization called NAMA TULUVER UAE


He is being conferred with various awards few of them to name are prestigious “STAR OF THE BEARYS-2012” AWARD from Bearys Cultural Forum, UAE  in view of his exemplary service towards the development of the society, “GADINADA DHWANI PRATHISHTHANA AWARD" for Social Service and Cultural Awareness and many more honors and awards in recognition of dedicated and selfless social services


Though living in Dubai since 33 years he is currently engaged in Optical & Pharmaceutical business from the last 18 years.  In the course of his stay in UAE he has helped so many fellow countrymen to come to UAE by providing them Visa and helping them to securing employments.


Karnataka Sangha Sharjah announced that they will be honoring all the three great personalities during their Decennial Celebration due to be held on 18th May, 2012 at Holiday International Hotel, Sharjah and have requested all Kannadigas all over UAE to come, witness and make this event a memorable one.  

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Ananda, For Awards Sun, May-6-2012, 3:35
Have these award (again and again)receiving, produced, helped, or mentored, any others to receive such awards? Kindly publish here. Please share....
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