Sahodhara Sahodhariyare nimagella AKKAna suswagatha.
AKKA stands for
Association of Kannada Kootas of America.
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. AKKAs
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 1st 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.
AKKA became a household word both in
USA, Canada & Karnataka and became a symbol of pride for
Kannadigas everywhere. In recognition of AKKA's successful
efforts in promoting Kannada arts and culture in North America,
the Government of Karnataka conferred the Rajyothsava Award
to AKKA in December 2001. Currently, 30 Kannada Kootas (representing
60,000 Kannadigas) across North America are members of AKKA
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
AKKA has actively involved in
various charitable work in Karnataka by organizing many fundraising
programs throughout North America.
We sincerely request
and urge you to show your support by becoming members and
contribute in any way you can, in this endeavor.You can access
the membership application page by clicking on the following
Board of Trustees