God created two most beautiful places in the world, one is Karnataka and the other is Wisconsin. Kannadigas who settled in Wisconsin started Milana the Kannada koota. Wisconsin is famous for Cheese, Harley motorcylces and paper factories and the natural beauty of the farmlands which remind us of our very own Karnataka. Milana has more than 150 Kannada families who have settled there for 25 years or more. Milana is blossoming like the lotus where the members come together like bees to meet, mingle and enjoy the sweetness of the friendship and share common memories. In our house called Milana, there is always a festive look and that is why we decorate it with the Banana plant and Mango leaves.
Southeastern Wisconsin enjoys an ethnically diverse demography with immigrants from various parts of the world making it either their permanent home or part of their life even if only for a few years. Indian community of Milwaukee forms a major portion of this diverse population and Kannadigas (people from the South Indian state of Karnataka, who speak the language Kannada) make up a significant portion of this community.
Coming from Karnataka, one of the most industrialized and culturally rich states of India, Kannadigas are known to be resourceful, entrepreneurial, proud and welcoming. The Kannadiga population in metro Milwaukee area reflects this with a good mixture of professionals (Doctors, Lawyers, IT, Finance Professionals, etc.), entrepreneurs and businessmen.
Milana Kannada Koota of Milwaukee is a cultural association promoting and preserving Kannada culture and heritage in Southeastern Wisconsin. Founded in 1979 by a few proud Kannadigas in the Milwaukee area, it has grown into a formidable association fostering Kannada culture by hosting regular cultural events, workshops, plays and movies. While celebrating its roots, Milana also believes in celebrating the American values of liberty, freedom and respect for cultural diversity. Through its various activities, Milana has continually striven to inculcate in its youth and member families the importance of these cherished values. Milana is a member of AKKA – Association of Kannada Kootas of America.
MILANA BOASTS OVER 250 MEMBERS, SUPPORTED BY A DEDICATED COMMITTEE OF VOLUNTEERS WHO MANAGE MILANA’S ACTIVITIES.
Note: Milana Kannada Koota achieved non profit status in Feb 2017.