Kuwait:The World Tulu Convention entertained Tuluvas in Kuwait with an impressive line of guests, an array of cultural programmes, Tulu discussions, dance performances by “Excellent” Group, a Tulu drama “Nank Matherla Bodu” by Lakhumi troupe and a Yakshagana on Gandiva Biruva.
The World Tulu Convention that took place on October 17 and October 18 at the American International School Kuwait with full packed crowd, was a grand success with superlative performances by everyone.
Dr D Veerendra Heggade, in a message sent to the association, expressed his deep desire to be a part of the Convention as the preparations of the event was taking place since quite sometime now. He mentioned that he could not attend the function due to unavoidable circumstances and wished that the Convention would continue with the same tradition and aim of the World Tulu Convention of Ujire.
Vivek Rai,founder of Tulu Sahithya Academy, presided over this Vishwa Tulu Sammelana.The guest for the first day was Ivan D’Souza, general secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). Abhaychandra Jain, youth, sports and fisheries minister was the guest on the second day.
The ambassador of India to Kuwait Satish C Mehta was present at the event. He was felicitated and in his speech he wished the very best to Tulu Koota Kuwait.
The guest list included B R Shetty, a well-known business man, professor Dr Abdul Rahiman, academician, professor Dr VamanNandavar, writer and professor, his wife professor Chandrakala Nandavar, Dr Chandrashekar, managing director of Adarsh Hospital Udupi, international photographer Astro Mohan, social worker Harish Pergade, famous drama artiste and director Vijay Kumar Kodialbail, Janapada artiste Dayanand Kattalsar, Raymond D’Souza of the Mr World fame, editor-in-chief of Udayvani Manohar Prasad and expert in mimicry and hosting Tonse Pushkal Kumar, Khaled Hamdan Al Saif, CEO and deputy chairman and Ali Al Khandary, administration and training manager of National Petroleum Services company .
Under the able leadership of president Ramesh Kidiyoor, with the co-ordination of cultural secretary, Suresh Salian and all the committee members, the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana reached out to the hearts of the people. The event started off with a traditional procession. The procession on both the days charmed kids and adults alike, with the traditional tiger dances, jokers, dancers, Chende, an elephant and much more. The welcome team made an impressive presentation with traditional food items, Tulunadu antiques and sweets displayed in a very traditional manner.
The convention was announced open with the lighting of the lamp and welcome speech by president, Ramesh Kidiyoor. In his speech, he welcomed all the guests and thanked everyone who worked hard for the convention. He also informed the audience that the foremost motto of the event was to support the “Inclusion of Tulu Language” to the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.
The world Tulu Convention Souvenir was released in innovative and creative manner by managing committee members and esteemed guests. All the former Presidents of Tulukoota Kuwait were present on the grand event of World Tulu convention 2013.
Guest hosts Manohar Prasad and Tonse Pushkal Kumar along with Bhavishya Shetty, Shobha Bhandary and Swarna Shetty hosted the event with grace and grandeur.
The first day of the event witnessed various cultural activities by different associations of Karnataka in Kuwait. Billava Sangha Kuwait contributed a very touching performanceon the twin heroes of Tulu Nadu, Koti Chennaya. Bunts Kuwait showed Tulu Naduda Porlu and Navartna Madmalna Porlu. Kuwait Canara Welfare Association displayed an excellent traditional dance, while Navachetna Yuvaka Mandal beautifully danced on a Fishermen dance. United Mangaloreans of Kuwait well exhibited the ritual of the “Roce” event which takes place a day before every Mangalore Christian wedding.
The “Excellent” dance team thrilled one and all with their synchronized performances on both the days. Their shows based on “Nava Durga”&“Tulu Nadu Shristi”were highlights of the respective days. Aditi Suvarna, Shantala Sathish and Athira Gopu Kumar also teamed up to give Fusion and other classical performances as local artists.
The talented Tulu Koota Kuwait children all geared up to give an awesome and lovely performance named Tulu Siri, showcasing different occupations and communities of Tulu Nadu. The children looked beautiful and elegant in different outfits enhancing the look of the show. Tulu Siri was conceptualized by Suresh Salian and TharendraShettigar.
As per the custom, the convention witnessed two Tulu language discussions (Shibira) conducted one on each day. The first Shibira was based “The Role of the Media and Publications in the upbringing of Tulu Language and Culture” and the participants were Vivek Rai, Sharfuddin BS, Vaman Nandavar, Manohar Prasad and Astro Mohan.
The following day “Tulu Nadu Culture – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” was discussed by VivekRai, Vijay Kumar Kodialbail, Dayanand Kattalsar and Chandrakala Nandavar.
The first day of the event was concluded with an energetic performance given by Yakshagana artists on Gandiva Biruva, while the second day had the audience clap with laughter on the performance of the Lakhumi Thanda Group on “Nank Matherla Bodu”, led by Kishore D Shetty.
The Convention came to an end with Vivek Rai’s address, wherein he said that all the programmes of the Convention were very well displayed and that he felt at home even in this Gulf country. He also wished the best of luck to Tulu Koota Kuwait and all its members. General secretary Wilson D’Souza rendered the vote of thanks.
Banana Leaf Restaurant and M&M Confectioneries served food for the guests and artistes alike.
Note : Raffle Draw has been postponed and will be held during the annual general body meeting on December 13 (Friday) at 6 pm at Khaitan Indian Community School Auditorium.