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‘Aatidonji Dina’ by ‘Scent’: A winning Feast of Tulunadu in Dubai

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Dubai(UAE): SCENT (Sandhya Creations Event Network Team) in association with Fortune Plaza Hotel (A Praveen Shetty Enterprise) concluded the first ever ‘Aatidonji Dina’ cultural programme in Fortune Plaza Hotel, Al Ghusais on August 14, 2022 which was an overwhelming crowd of more than 1500 Tuluvas from across the UAE flocked into the event venue to create a festive mood after a long time and became a historic event for the first time to see the uncontrollable audience rushing inside the premises and enjoying five hours of the event just rapping, eating and dancing throughout.  The entry, food, prizes and entertainment was free for everyone which was never evented earlier. This scene was a new concept and never seen in any of the Tuluva event ever in the history of events in UAE.

The programme  started sharp at 10 am with the traditional drums inviting and welcoming the Guests of Honour, the true representatives of the three faiths of India; Hindu, Muslim and Christian; showcasing communal harmony on one platform on the soil of UAE a country and the leaders who have proven record of religious tolerance in this part of the world.

With due respect and honour ‘SCENT’ welcomed Pujya Shri Bahushrut Swami – BAPS Hindu Mandir.  He is an Electrical Engineer and worked in Bangalore before becoming a sadhu. He gives his Seva in PR and Outreach department in BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi.  He speaks Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati fluently.  He became Sadhu in the year 2015.

Another Guest, Pujya Guru Shri Nayan Swami  – BAPS Hindu Mandir. Professionally he is an Electronics Engineer. Attained Diksha in 2013 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He studied Swaminarayan Philosophy, Sanskrit, Gita, Bhagwat Puran, Mahabharat, Ramayan. He is the International Singer of BAPS.  Currently looks after the Kids and Youth activities in the Middle East.  He also is an Kirtan/Bhajan Singer.

Rev. Fr. Victor Fernandes – St. Mary’s Church Dubai was a Guest of Honour.  He is born in Nellikar, Mangalore Taluq and did his studies in St. Aloysius and Graduated from Canara College, Mangalore. He did Philosophy in Bangalore and Theological studies in Mysore. He was the Principal of Milagres English Medium School, Kalyanpur. He became a Priest on  May 1, 2000. Served in Mizoram, Assam, Moodubelle & Brahmavar. Currently in Dubai since June 28, 2022 serving in St. Mary’s Church.

Shri. Mushtak Ahmed – Taalib-ul-Ilm of Islam was the third Guest of Honour.  He is a native of Belthangady in Mangalore.  He graduated from SDM College Ujire.  He did his post graduation from KSO University, Mysore. Currently studying Islamic “Aalim” in ‘Nur Ul Ilm’ Academy Dubai. He is a resident of Dubai Since 2006. Currently working with Government of Dubai.

All the four Multi-Faith Guests on the stage were received and were honoured by representatives of SCENT with Shawl, Flower, Garland and Fruit Basket with due respect.  All the guests spoke words of wisdom, faith and humanity and commonly declared that the program designed by SCENT is an example to the world wherein one should keep away the differences of opinion and embrace one an another as human being respecting each other’s faith setting an example to others to follow.  They also thanked the Rulers of UAE for allowing people of different faiths to live in harmony and enjoy their freedom of religion in this part of the world.

Followed was the traditional lighting of the auspicious lamp and the true Tulunadu opening up of the ‘Pingara’ and inaugurating the programe and blessing done by the Guests of honour.

Soon after the auspicious inauguration were speeches by the Guests of Honour who commonly spoke on the event and the richness of the Tulunada ‘Aatidonji Dina’ celebration. They unitedly said that will be part pf the event and good initiative by the organization who attempt to keep the spirit of faith and religion in this part of the world alive and which will help the generation ahead to continue and pass on to the generation ahead.

The Members of SCENT included convener Shodhan Prasad family, Sudarshan Hegde family, Nityanand Beskoor family, Ashok Bailur family, Alwyn Pinto, Pramod Kumar family, Santosh Shetty, Shameer Bolar, Rakshak Mangalore and other members abroad.  Fancy Dress children and those who participated in other dance programmes enthralled the audience.

The food festival was in an ambience created with a village look tents with displays of more than 70 varieties of Tulunada ethnic food displayed from one corner to other.  Plus display of various artefacts of yesteryears for the audience to view.

There were more than 26 participants presenting over 71 varieties of ethnic food of Tulunadu all homely prepared some of which are rarely available anywhere nowadays.  They not only showcased the importance of our ethnic food but also gave an opportunity to the present generation to taste the fresh healthy food which has its own importance. The food included rich traditional cuisines which were never available in any restaurants  and were specially prepared with love by the members of Tulunadu who decorated it with the true touch of tulunadu cuisine.

All the Guests arrived at the food exhibition spot and inaugurated the place with cutting of the red ribbon. Food Festival counter was opened up for public and they started flavoring the different dishes of Tulunadu and savoring the maximum taste of it the aroma of which was spread across the venue.

Various cultural program started emerging which included Yakshagana Ballet by children, Group Folk Dances of various Teams, Various Fancy Dress participants, Tiger Dance, Folk Song live singing which entertained throughout.

Lucky visitors  won  various prizes and all the participants were well  honoured for their contribution.

The entire program was free.

FB/Whatsapp and went Live in FB and Youtube for Tuluvas to enjoy worldwide.

On the whole it was an event that will be remembered forever.

Report by: – Shodhan Prasad

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