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Category: Military Service | Indian Army | Coorg Warriors | Martyrs
Field Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa OBE (28 January 1899 - 15 May 1993) was the first Indian Chief of Staff and one of the highest Indian Military rank holders.He was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Military in 1949.
Kodendera Subayya Thimayya (March 30, 1906 - 1965). He became a commissioned officer of the British Indian Army in 1926. He became Chief of Staff of the Indian Army in 1957.
Rai Saheb I P Muthanna, WW1(1914-1918) hero who served in Iraq, "Muthanna Road" and "Muthanna Airbase" in Baghdad are named after him.
Air Marshal Cheppudira D Subbia, Joined IAF and was commissioned in April 1942 at the age of 18. Retired in 1978 after serving a full tenure in the rank of Air Marshal. In the early 40s he flew Hurricane fighters, Tempest Fighters etc. He was among the first to be decorated for piloting skill & bravery and was awarded the Vir Chakra and later on the param vishisht seva medal.
Lt General Apparanda Aiyappa, As a captain he saw action in the Malyan campaign in 1942 against the Japanese in World War II. He was the first Indian Signal officer in chief. He got promoted as Lt. Gen. and then got promoted as Master General of Ordnance. He was the first Indian to be Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals. He was then deputed to Bharath Electronics Ltd (BEL) where he became chairman and held the post until 1972.
Air Marshal K C Nanda, son of Field Marshal Cariappa, POW during the 1971 Indo-Pak War when he was an air force pilot.
Nadikerianda Bheemaiah, As a Junior Commissioned officer, he was awarded the Vir Chakra for conspicuous bravery in J&K Operations in 1947.
Squadron Leader Devayya, Maha Vir Chakra, during the 1965 Indo Pak War, he was known as 'wings of fire'.
Major Ranjan Chengappa, he is a Shaurya Chakra winner and is currently in Congo for UN mission as part of peace keeping force.
Col C(Chembanda) M Thimmanna, awarded Shaurya Chakra for bravery in counter insurgency operations
Brigadier P.T. Monappa, VSM, Chief Security Advisor to the Southern Army Commander and Head of all the Intelligence Organizations.
Major M.C.Muthanna, Shaurya Chakra, war hero killed in Kashmir in the year 2000.
Naik Pemmanda D Kaveriappa, killed in Kargil
Squadron Leader Mandepanda Appachu Ganapathy, Vir Chakra, flew Gants for the Indian Air Force and one of the only Indians who shot down Pakistani Sabre Jets in the Battle of Boyra 1971.
Ulliyada Subramani Muthanna, Commandant, 82 Bn, Bangalore, BSF (Border Security Force), has been awarded the 'Police Medal for Meritorious Service Independence Day-2009'.
Category: Party | Politics | Politicians | Organisation | Civil officers
P.A. Mohideen , First & only Beary/Muslim Municipal President of Mercara city until date.
The Mercara Town Hall, the Municipal Dispencery (Mahadevpet road, Madikeri) and the main building of Municipal Bus Stand are some of the landmark monuments conceived, contemplated and built by him. He was also instrumental in establishing the Badriya Jamath (a community for Muslims) of Madikeri.
Kollimada C. Carumbaiah, Freedom fighter and Member of Parliament(Rajya Sabha) between 1954-56.Was jailed by the British for eight years for having participated in the freedom struggle. Was president of Kodagu District Congress Committee until his death in 1960. Was a close friend of Boodhan leader Vinoba Bhave
C M Poonacha, freedom fighter INC, Chief Minister of Coorg State (1952-'56), MP, Union Minister, Governor.
Gundu Rao , was Chief Minister of Karnataka state, India from 1980 to 1983. Rao was born in Kushalnagar,Kodagu. He built Majestic bus station in Bangalore which is known today as Kempe Gowda bus station.It was during his period as Chief Minister, Foundation was laid for development of Information Technology (IT) sector in Karnataka particularly Bangalore.
Nandinerawanda U. Nachappa, Founder President of 'Codava National Council' in short 'CNC' a Coorg/Kodagu separatist organisation, that fights for a seperate Coorg Statehood and additional benifits for its people.
Kalachanda U. Ravi Thamaiah, Founder President of 'COORG WESTEREN GHAT INHABITANS LIBERATION ORGANIZATION (CWGILO)', established in 1992 in mandalpatti, Coorg, fights for the liberation of the Western Ghats of Coorg/Kodagu for its people from the clutches of Government and other interested parties with un-worthy intentions. ....Read More
Prema Cariappa , Bangalore City Corporation Mayor. She is a politician from Indian National Congress party is presently a Member of the Parliament of India representing Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
Chonira Belliappa Muthamma, was the first woman to write the Indian Civil Services examinations in 1948 and to join the Indian Foreign Service in 1949. She is also know for her campaign for the rights of women in government service in India. Her last major published work was a collection of essays titled Slain by the System published in 2003.
Category: Sports Person | National Team Players | Athletes
Aiyudda Robin Uthappa (born 11 November 1985), an Indian cricketer,son of an international hockey referee, is a limited overs cricket specialist.
Joshna Chinappa (born 1986) was the first Indian girl to win the British Squash Championship title in 2003, at Sheffield, U.K and was also the youngest Indian women's national champion.
Rohan Bopanna (born 4 March 1980) is one of the Indian High Seeded professional tennis player.
Ashwini Nachappa (October 21, 1967) is an accomplished athlete and the glory girl of Indian female sprinting at the turn of the 80's having beaten P.T. Usha.
Arjun Halappa , (born December 17, 1980 in Somwarpet, Kodagu, Karnataka) Ace hockey player of Indian Natioanl Hockey Team. He is a field hockey striker from India. Halappa represented India at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where India finished in seventh place.
M. P. Ganesh, is a former field hockey player, captain and coach of the Indian team. He played for India at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, finishing third. He was one of the coaches of the Indian team that won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1973.
B. P. Govinda, is a former player and captain of the Indian field hockey team. In 1972 Govinda was selected for the World XI team.He was born on 4 September 1951 at Somwarpet in Coorg district of Karnataka.He was awarded Arjuna Award for his contribution.
Jagat and Anita Nanjappa are a well-known couple in the sport of motor racing in India. They have participated and won many motorbike and car rallies in India. Together, they have won nine Indian National Rally Riders Championship awards in the motorbike section from 1986 to 1996. Their victories led MRF to sponsor them.
M M Somaiya, Indian team hockey player - captain of the Indian team to win a gold and an Arjuna award winner
Panda Mutthanna, Indian Hockey Player, Arjuna Awardee
Poonacha Cheppudira S, Hockey player, Olympian Bacelona 1992, Officer: SBI, Bangalore.
A B Subbaiah, Indian team hockey player,1996 Arjuna Awardee.
V S Vinay, Ace hockey player of Indian Natioanl Hockey Team.
Len Aiyappa, Ace hockey player of Indian Natioanl Hockey Team.
Reeth Abraham , athlete, represented Karnataka State and India on a number of occasions. She was the national champion in long jump and heptathlon. She won the Arjuna Award in 1997.
M R Poovamma Maachettira , athlete, India's representative in 2008 Beijing Olympics, 4x400 women's relay.
Bollanda Pramila Aiyappa, hepthalon athlete, India's representative in 2000 Sydney Olympics and in 2008 Beijing Olympics
Arjun Devaiah, Indian National Athlete and Arjuna Award winner.
Category: Filmstars | Actors & Actresses | Ramp Models | Arts & Entertainment
Zulfi Syed (Zulfikar Syed), the model-turned-actor is from Virajpet, Coorg. He is a former winner of Gladrags Manhunt Contest. He has done modelling for Raymonds, Levis, Axe and others. His filmography includes, Lara (2009), Yahan Ke Hum Sikander (2009), Jimmy,(2008), Mr. Hot Mr. Kool (2007), Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005) & Wajahh (2004).
Biddu or Biddu Appaiah is an Indian-British music producer, composer and song-writer who lifted the careers of British star Tina Charles, Pakistani-British singer Nazia Hassan, Alisha Chinai and many more.
Prasad Bidappa, A well-known fashion designer or the "Style Guru" is specialised in training models for the Miss India beauty pageants. Many of the past beauty queens are his students.
Nikhil Chinappa, MTV VJ & music composer is a well known face to all music lovers. He anchors the hugely popular show MTV Select. He has also acted in a film, Snip with Sophia Haque.
Prema, Beautiful and a versatile actress of South Indian Movie. She won a State Award Winner for the Category 'Best Actress' in 1996 for the movie "Om". She has also bagged Filmfare ('Best Actress') award for the movie 'Kanasugara' in 2001.
Daisy Bopanna, (Born: 15-Dec-1980) is an Indian actress in Bollywood and South Indian movies. Her hit movies: Gaalipata (Kannada, 2008); Aishwarya (Kannada, 2006); Garam Masala (Hindi, 2005); Chakkara Viyugam (Tamil, 2008); Bharatchandran IPS (Malayalam, 2005); Prajapathi (Malayalam, 2006)
Yasmin Ponappa, Tamil actress (Aaranya Kaandam) and TV star
Tina Ponnapa, the Coorg girl who won the national award for her first film Meera (Tamil) is the lead actress of the movie 24 Hours in Melbourne.
Nidhi Subbaiah is a model turned actress who did a television commercial for ‘Fair & Lovely’. She played lead roles in Kannada movies such as 'Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro', 'Vara' and 'Chamkaisi chindi Udaisi'. She has also acted in a Tamil movie, 'Kadhalan Kadhali'.
Bullet Babu, a popular charector in South Indian movies and television serials started his career in the Kodava movie "Baal Polundath". His famous Kannada movies includes, 'Majestic', 'Kariya', 'Nandi', 'Uppidada MBBS', 'Gaja', 'Ram', 'Bindass'. He has also acted with actors like Vikram & Sharath kumar in tamil. His most noted kannada language TV serials includes, "kadambari" & Chandrika.
Mandepanda Sonia Aiyappa from Coorg entered the finals of the Femina Miss India 2008 contest.
Sakala Appachu Debrass, Former Miss India- 1991 runner up and ramp model
Shubra Aiyappa, Ramp model, Winner of Ford Supermodel of the World 2005
Arati Monappa, textile designer. Arati the design label came into being in 1995, when Arati Monappa was in Ahmedabad until 1998.
Uma Poonacha, Bharata Natyam performer & Member UN International Dance Council (UNCID).
Ammatanda Raksha Changappa is a highly awarded dietitian, nutritionist, researcher and nutrition author, with an experience spanning research, academia, counselling and management. She is also the Owner-Principal Consultant of Nutrewise.
Category: Literature | Writers | Journalists | Columnists | Novelists | Cartoonists
N. Ponnappa, is Bangalore's most wellknown, and one of India's best, cartoonist. His daily Offside cartoon is a regular feature of the local Times of India. He is the grandson of Nadikerianda Chinnappa, the compiler of the Pattole Palome.
Dr M. Gautham Machaiah, Journalist and Corporate professional
Kaveri Nambisan , daughter of C M Poonacha is a well known English novelist. She is also a surgeon who practices in rural India. She has written various books including 'The Truth About Bharat, Almost', 'The Scent of Pepper', 'Mango-coloured fish', 'On Wings of Butterflies' and 'The Hills of Angheri'.
Sarita Mandanna, a Debutant author, created ripples in the publishing world with her first novel, 'Tiger Hills'.