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Message from AKKA WKC 2004 Chairperson and Convention Committee
The AKKA WKC 2004 meeting held in Orlando during Labor
Day weekend was a success despite the hurricane Frances,
who visited at the most inopportune time. The organizing
committee agonized over the decision whether to proceed
or to cancel the meeting when it became apparent that the
hurricane was going to pass over Orlando. Knowing that
the path taken by a hurricane is very unpredictable, we
weighed many pros and cons and finally came to the decision
to go ahead with the convention. Here are some reasons
that influenced our decision:
attendees had already come to Orlando on Thursday and
many more were
to arrive on Friday morning.
Moreover the entire delegation from India - the dignitaries
as well as numerous artists - was already settled in the
resort in Orlando. Too much had already been invested,
for which there could not be any refunds if the meeting
was to be canceled (fixed investments like food supply,
airfare, production costs, decoration etc.)
• The resort officials assured us that it was one of the
safest places to be in a hurricane, built specifically
to the most recent codes to withstand major categories
of hurricanes. However, we contacted everyone by phone
and email and apprised them of the situation in Orlando,
so that everyone could make an informed decision of their
own. Many changed their flights to Tampa and transportation
was arranged to Orlando. We are fully aware that the
premature closure of Orlando airport at noon on Friday
caused some to change their plans. However, we are confident
that there were no safety issues that were ignored.
• To postpone such a complex meeting to another
time would not be possible as the resort was not available
for a future date. The financial losses also would be too
heavy a burden to bear. No amount of insurance could compensate
for the ‘human investment’ that had already
been made for the meeting.
About 1500 people participated in the three day event
and gala. Those who attended felt very safe in Orlando
and all were of the opinion that it was a very successful
convention. The quality of the programming was superb,
catering to all appetites, and the food was abundant and
We are well aware that many people who could not attend
are concerned about the registration fees. We plead for
your understanding as this event was unique because we
were caught in the cross winds of a storm and many who
had intended to attend were denied that opportunity by
the fury of Mother Nature.
AKKA is a not for profit organization. The cost to the
attendees of this biennial event is kept low only because
it is heavily subsidized by donations collected from the
largesse of Kannadigas. This year, as before, many generous
Kannadigas came forward with donations.
We pledge that we will make a good faith effort to return
at least part of the registration fees to those who could
not attend, after the final tally of our accounts are completed.
Evergreen singer of Kannada Film Music will be performing at WKC2004. DO NOT MISS this opportunity to see and hear him sing songs from yester years and today. He will be enteraining us on September 4, 2004 in the evening. Come and Enjoy!!!! For other entertainment programs at WKC2004Click Here .
Bharatanjali , a group Bharatanatyam feature choreographed by B. Bhanumathi, will perform at the Convention. Some of their landmark productions include Sambhavami Yuge Yuge, Sri Krishna Darshanam, Shivam Shankaram and Bhakti Yogam Upasmahe. One of the many excellent reviews include ...the dancers were not only beautiful, but their co-ordination and perfect movements were a joy to watch....
Number of Dignitaries will grace the AKKA WKC 2004 convention. Florida Attorney General Charlie Christ, Chief Minister of Govt. of Karnataka Dharam Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna are among the few of prominent personalities. For a full list of invitees, Click Here
Philanthropist Premchandra Sagar and Minister of Govt. of Karnataka Mr. P.G.R Sindhia will be attending Business Forum activities at the convention.
Registration: Register online for the
AKKA WKC 2004 Convention. Intermediate Registration date extended to :8 AM EST, September 1, 2004 . Please visit
page for more information.
Online Booking for accomodations: Book
rooms online for the AKKA WKC 2004 Convention
at the grand Gaylord Palms Resort. Accomodations
AKKA Convention Attendees Only are specially priced
at a fabulous discounted rate of just $85. NOTE: Limited
Rooms available at this discount price, so book
yours early! Click here to
access the online booking.
All forms such as The Registration forms, Cultural Entry Forms, Booth Registration Forms, etc are available for download. Click here
are happy to announce that the Convention Committee has
negotiated accomodation for the Convention attendees, at
Gaylord Palms Resort for only $85 per night. Since
charges here run up to $220 a night, this is an offer unsurpassed!
Please mention that you will be attending the AKKA conference
when you make reservations.
You can enjoy a wonderful vacation in Orlando by making
reservations at this price for upto nine days starting
three days before
the conference and ending three days after. Please call Gaylord
Palms at 407-586-2000 for reservations. To learn more
about Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Centre,
We welcome suggestions, input and feedback from you regarding the AKKA Convention 2004. Please send them to email@example.com Thanks.
Convention Fast Facts
The Gaylord Palms resort provides state-of-the-art convention meeting facilities
and accomodation under one roof.
The Grand Osceola Ballroom has a seating capacity of more than 4000.