Encouraged by the applause and accolades received for “TejoDiya 2010”, the Foundation enlarged the scope of operation and enhanced the scale of the annual event and held “TejoDiya 2011” on December 20, 2011 at the Town Hall, Mangalore. Dr. Balipa Narayana Bhagawatharu, a renowned exponent of Tenkutittu tradition of Yakshagana and eminent senior folk researcher and scholar, Dr. Amritha Someshwar were honored. The two stalwarts were recognized for their six decades of service to the culture, literature and performing arts of Dakshina Kannada District. Both the doyens were offered floral tributes, fruits, shawls, plaques and Rs. 25000/- each.
Ms. P Ramaa, an artiste of renown, holding a masters degree in music from the Mysore University, and known for her mellifluous voice and charismatic blend of melody, depth of understanding and soul-stirring rendition, was also honored with shawl, sari and cash.
Also honored at the function were special children from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts who had done the country proud by winning medals at the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games Athens 2011. Ms. Dhanya S Rao, Ms. Pramila Pinto, Mr. Royston Pinto and Mr. Anil Mendoca received certificates, plaques, mementos and cash for their path breaking performances.
A donation of Rs.1.50 lakhs was handed over to Rotary Club of Mangalore towards meeting the total cost of a class room to Navachethana High School, Neermarga, Mangalore.