Dubai: The maiden meeting on the proposed ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayano 2016’ was held at Fortune Plaza Hotel Auditorium on November 12 at 5 pm under the leadership of President of Vishwa Tulu Ayano 2016, Sarvotham Shetty who invited various Tuluva leaders of UAE to come together to prepare for the event, which is proposed in Badiadka, Kasaragod during December 9-13.
Vinay Naik opened up the meet welcoming the invited Tuluva leaders from various communities and briefing on the programme. He highlighted the venue and the richness of the place where this three-day ‘Ayano’ or the Tuluva Conference is going to take place.
He also briefed that this conference is a joint conference irrespective of any caste, creed or religion where all Tuluvas will wholeheartedly assemble and showcase the art and culture of our Tulu Nadu. He then invited Sarvotham Shetty to inaugurate the meeting with inaugural speech.
Sarvotham Shetty invited all the Tuluva leaders to join hand in inaugurating the meeting with the traditional lighting of the lamp. Soon after the inauguration he revealed on how the main office bearers of the ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayano 2016’ invited him and how he has been selected for the overseas honorary presidentship. Dharmapal Devadiga is the president of the main ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayano 2016′.
He said that the five day conference must bring together linguistic sects of Tulu Nadu-Tulu, Kannada, Malayalam Konkani, Marathi, Karhada, Beary, Maapille, Urdu, Kundagannada, Aregannada, Kodava, Havyeka & Maavila.
“The five-day event is going to be a cultural extravaganza showcasing various aspects of Tuluva land. Culture, Worship, Art, Folk, Games, Literature will be highlighted during the event. He highlighted that though Kasaragod is part of Kerala the blood running in the veins of those people living there is still Tuluva. More than 3 lakh Tuluvas are expected to gather from around the world. As of now the estimate for the event stands at Rs two crore,” he said adding that since the organisers have budgeted a proportion expected from overseas Tuluvas, meeting of Tuluvas in Gulf nations have been held and the Tuluvas in Gulf have expressed his complete support for the event.
Sarvotham Shetty announced his contribution which was followed by other leaders. While meetings in different Gulf States are on in selecting the office bearers for this event, the UAE office-bearers were announced by Vinay Naik.
Vishwa Tulu Ayona 2016 – UAE Office-Bearers are:
President – Frank Fernandes
Vice President – Harish Bangera
Vice President – M.V. Moolur
Vice President – James Mendonsa
Vice President – Devi Kumar Kambli
Vice President – Devesh Alva
Vice President – Sathish Poojari
Vice President – Joseph Mathais
Vice President – Syed Mohammed Ajmal
Secretary – Dinesh Shetty
Joint Secretary – Prabhakar Ambalathare
Joint Secretary – Shodhan Prasad
Media Co-ordinator – Ganesh Rai
Entertainment Secretary Jayaram Rai
Honorary President – Sudhir Kumar Shetty, Harish Sherigar, Praveen Shetty, Premnath Shetty, Gunasheel Shetty
Treasurer – Rathnakar Shetty
Executive Committee – Balakrishna Salian, Younis, Ravi Shettigar, Sugandraj Bekhal, Noel Almeda, Vishwanath Shetty, Vasu Kumar Shetty, Balraj Shetty, Sunder Shetty, Manohar Thonse, Jayanth Shetty, Deepak S.P., Sampath Shetty, Ravi, Prasad Shetty, Raviraj Shetty
Ladies wing – Shashi Raviraj Shetty, Jayashree Santhosh Shetty
Later elected President of UAE Wing, Frank Fernandes spoke on his selection and with humour rendered a beautiful speech citing some texts of Ramayana and Vedas. While wholeheartedly accepting the responsibility bestowed on him he shared some examples of his childhood and his earlier active participation in the rituals of Hinduism. He confirmed his participation and wished the event great success.
Later Prabhakar Ambalthere, an active critic, Kannadiga/Tuluva activist from Kasargod living in UAE said that Tuluvas in Kasargod are Tuluvas by all means and their contribution for the growth of Tulu and Kannada language have been recorded.
Ganesh Rai, Manohar Tonse among others spoke on the occasion.
The meet concluded with light refreshments.