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Field Marshal Cariappa’s birth anniversary observed in Kodagu

Programme: Students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya sing bhajans at the samadhi of Field Marshal Cariappa in Madikeri on Wednesday.

Programme: Students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya sing bhajans at the samadhi of Field Marshal Cariappa in Madikeri on Wednesday.  

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: Late Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa was remembered here on Wednesday at a solemn and simple function organised at his ‘samadhi’ in Roshanara, his home.

The Field Marshal’s son, Air Marshal K.C. Cariappa (retd.); his wife Meena Cariappa; daughter Nalini Cariappa; ex-servicemen; Headquarters Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, Chikkathimmaiah; Assistant Commissioner Akram Pasha; and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan-Kodagu Vidyalaya (BVB-KV) School M.B. Belliappa; offered floral tributes at the samadhi of the late soldier, who had died on May 15, 1993 at the age of 94.

The students of the BVB-KV rendered bhajans to mark the occasion.

Students who had won essay competitions on the occasion were presented prizes by Ms. Nalini Cariappa.

Harshavardhan, a class X student of the BVB-KV, who came first, read out his prize-winning essay on Field Marshal Cariappa.

Students Shrena Biddappa, N.D. Diya and Nikitha read out popular phrases of the Field Marshal. The rolling trophy was bagged by BVB-KV.

Field Marshal Cariappa, the only Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Independent India, was conferred the rank of Field Marshal in 1985.

He was called ‘Chimma’ in family circles and ‘Kipper’ in Army circles. His career in the Army spanned three decades. He had served as the Indian High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand from 1953 to 1956.

Air Marshal Cariappa (retd.) thanked Mr. Belliappa, Executive Vice-Chairman of the BVB-KV, who was instrumental in organising the event and acknowledged the presence of Col. C.M. Belliappa (retd.), the 92-year-old cousin of the late Field Marshal and his wife, representatives from the District Administration and others on the occasion.

A one-minute silence was observed at the start of the function to pay respects to R. Venkataraman, former President of India, who passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Statue garlanded

The president of Madikeri City Municipal Council P.D. Ponnappa garlanded the statue of the late Field Marshal at the Sudarshan Circle in the city in the morning to pay homage to the gallant soldier known for integrity, uprightness and discipline.

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