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68 to get Rajyotsava Award as Karnataka celebrates 50 years of its renaming

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    1st Nov, 2023
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The Rajyotsava Award will be presented during the celebration of Karnataka Rajyotsava, the state's establishment day, on November 1st.

Rajyotsava Award 2023 recipients –

  • ISRO Chairman S. Somanath, golfer Aditi Ashok, and retired Supreme Court judge Gopala Gowda are among the 68 people and 10 organisations selected for the Rajyotsava Award - 2023 by the Karnataka government for their contributions in different fields.

About Rajyotsava Award-

  • It is the second-highest Civilian Honour of Karnataka state after Karnataka Ratna.
  • Karnataka Rajyotsava Award was initiated in the year 1966.
  • The Rajyotsava Award carries a purse of ?100,000, a gold medal a 20-gram and a citation Rajyotsava award is given in 24 categories.
    • It is conferred in recognition of the contribution in various fields - Arts, Literature, Culture, Education, Industry, Sports, Medicine, Science, Social Service and Public Affairs to the citizens of Karnataka
  • Rajyotsava Award is given every year on November 1 on Kannada Rajyotsava.

Kannada Rajyotsava-

  • Kannada Rajyotsava, also known as Karnataka Rajyotsava, is a significant state festival celebrated in Karnataka, India, on November 1st each year.
    • Kannada Rajyotsava commemorates the day when the state of Karnataka was officially formed. On November 1, 1956, several Kannada-speaking regions were merged to create the state of Karnataka.
  • The state unification brought together different Kannada-speaking regions
    • including the princely state of Mysore, the Kannada-speaking parts of Bombay and Madras presidencies, and other regions, to form the present-day Karnataka.
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