AKKA history and little backgorond
AKKA is a non-profit, Educational, Linguistic and Cultural Organization; incorporated under Non Profit Corporation act of the State of Florida, to integrate, coordinate, network and unite the activities of all Kannadigas and Kannada Kootas for promotion and preservation of Kannada language and culture in North America. AKKA's constituent units include; Board of Trustees and Board of Directors from all the regions of U.S.A. and Canada.
AKKA was born in February 1998, at the World Kannada Sammelana-98 held in USA at Phoenix, Arizona. A group of prominent Kannadigas who believed in the need for a central organization were selected from across the country and formed a steering committee. This committee elected the office bearers of AKKA and the constitution was drafted.
The first AKKA World Millennium Kannada Conference was held in Houston, Texas hosted by Kannada Vrinda of Houston in the year 2000. More than 2000 people attended this conference, one of the most talked about events. There after seven AKKA World Kannada conferences were held.
The 2nd AKKA World Kannada Conference was held in Detroit, Michigan in 2002 hosted by Pampa Kannada Koota which scaled AKKA to greater heights, with more than 4000 Kannadigas attending the conference. The momentum generated by the gathering and networking of such large number of Kannadigas in Detroit carried onto Orlando, Florida. In 2004, Srigandha Kannada Koota hosted the 3rd AKKA World Kannada Conference. The 4th AKKA World Kannada Conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland in 2006 hosted by Kaveri Kannada Association which is the most profitable AKKA convention. 5th convention was hosted by Vidyaranya Kannada Koota, Chicago, Illinois, 6th convention hosted by Karnataka Cultural Organization – Brindavana (KCOB), New Jersey, and 7th convention hosted by Nrupathunga Kannada Koota (NKK), one of the oldest Kannada Koota in the US.
8th AKKA World Kannnada conference was hosted by the biggest Kannada Koota of the US and one of the most energrtic Kannada Koota of Northern California (KKNC).The conference was held in San Francisco Bay Area during August 29, 30 and 31st, 2014.