Greetings from the 2016 KAOCA committee, and our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2016 to you and your loved ones.

We would like to start off by thanking Bharat & Nandini Shenoy and the 2015 committee for a job well done. There is tremendous effort that goes in by the committee as well as the volunteers from the community in organizing the events and programs that wouldn''t otherwise be possible. Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one in the 2015 committee and the volunteers & community for the excellent programs and events last year!

The theme for KAOCA 2016 is "Integration, Interaction and Inspiration":

Integration - we are but an integration of the ancient and the modern, of the east and the west, of tradition and open-mindedness. Even in India, our culture is an integration of our roots in the north, with our eventual settlement in the south and west of India. Our language, culture and traditions go back to ancient times, but we now live in Silicon Valley, the birthplace of the internet and so many new technologies and cool technology companies. Within each of us, we see what we truly are, a successful resolution to this apparent dichotomy, an integration of so many apparently incongruous ideas and themes. Let us celebrate this integration in our dance, song, food and programs.

Interaction - our events center around culture, entertainment and food. But underlying this, is a deeper vein of facilitating interaction within the community. We wanted to explicitly bring this out as a theme this year. We would like to engage the community more, whether by means of social media, or providing a platform for people to showcase their talents, or simply looking for opportunities to promote greater interaction within the community.

Inspiration - we live in a world that is growing increasingly complex and the pace of change, both the good and the bad, is accelerating daily. The global reality of today is increasingly volatile markets, geopolitical conflicts, a world struggling to find a balance. Where, then, shall we look to find the values we cherish, such as peace and truth and beauty? Let us look for hope and inspiration in things ephemeral and small - be it the beauty in the sky at sunrise, the sound of the waves on the beach, a smile on a child''s face. Let us try to inspire ourselves and others around us in our daily routine, in our work, in the time that we share with each other and from a KAOCA perspective, in the food and programs that we put together.

The 2016 KAOCA committee is already hard at work in putting a wonderful set of events this year. The committee will try to make improvements, big and small, and strive to a higher standard, that we might surpass the high bar set by earlier committees - and in turn, be surpassed in excellence by future committees that follow us. Look for these changes this year in the website, the web registration process, the communication, the programs, the menu, the food, the venues and the logistics.

Here are the events planned for this year.

Event Date Venue
Ugadi Saturday,March 26th, 2016
(4pm to 11pm)
CET Auditorium (SOTO Theater)
701 Vine Street San Jose CA 95110
Sports Day /
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
(3pm to 11pm)
Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95132
Picnic Saturday, 13th Aug 2016
(11am to 6pm)
Central Park, Pavilion Picnic Area
Santa Clara, CA.
Diwali Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016
(4pm to 11pm)
CET Auditorium (SOTO Theater)
701 Vine Street San Jose CA 95110

In addition to the events, we will be publishing:

Finally, the 2016 KAOCA committee can only create the space, organize the logistics, provide a forum - but truly, the success of our events comes from you, the community, by your attendance and participation. We encourage you to attend all the events, to showcase your talents, and to reach out to other Konkani people in the bay area who may not be aware of KAOCA. We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions - please direct them to and one of the team will promptly get back to you.

Program planning for Ugadi is already underway, and practices for the dances will start soon. If you would like to participate in any event, please submit your information via this link ASAP.

Please join us, that we may together enrich our lives, in the spirit of integration, interaction and inspiration.

Dev Baren Karo.

For the KAOCA 2016 Committee
Deepa and Arun Rao


Diwali 2016

Saturday 5th November 2016
[3:30 PM to 10:30 PM]
CET Auditorium (SOTO Theater)
701 Vine Street
San Jose CA 95110

Register Here

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