Dubai: Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF) & Trust - Mangalore conducted "World Beary Convention 2017" and Gulf Region's First "Beary Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2017" in Dubai at the Great Grand Ball Room at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, UAE. The mission of World Beary Convention 2017 was to create and promote an integrated value chain contribution of distinct arts, values and culture of Bearys and their contribution to the state of Karnataka with a strategic view of understanding the values and beliefs of the diverse linguistic ethnicity.
"Beary" is a Muslim ethnic community that originated from the coastal parts of the state of Karnataka in India. Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF) Trust was set up to provide education to the poor masses of the coastal parts of Karnataka. BCF’s main objective is to promote, educate and create social, cultural and educational awareness among the Bearys and the downtrodden population of the coastal Karnataka and the UAE. BCF regularly conducts cultural, sports, talent search, educational activities, career guidance seminars, Iftar party etc., every year. BCF also provides educational scholarship to the poor and downtrodden students for pursuing their higher studies in the field of medicines, engineering, pharmacy, business, management, nursing, journalism, dentistry etc.
Karnataka is the Southern State in India having varied and distinct blends of art, culture and heritage. "Beary" is also a Muslim ethnic community that originated from the coastal parts of the state and its culture and heritage also contributes to Karnataka's heritage, sovereignty and culture. Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF) was constituted in order to provide educational scholarship to poor Kannadiga students. BCF is also involved in conducting Islamic lectures, quizzes and Iftar functions; promoting the Bearys heritage and culture and also applauding other Kannadiga cultures; felicitating the learned and distinguished delegates from the world arena; enhancing the knowledge of Islamic values and principles; building career path and providing placements; fostering and providing platform to talented people in the field of literature, arts, sports and culture.
Zafarullah Khan, Chief Advisor, BCF & Chairman, Zain Group of Hotels was the Governor of the World Beary Convention. Dr. B K Yusuf, President of BCF presided over the function. Abdul Latif Mulky was the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Beary Convention. M B Akbar was the Chairman of the Cultural Sub committee and Usman Moolur was the Chairman of Stage and Infrastructural Committee. M E Moolur, Vice President was Chairman of the Media Relations Committee. Saleem Altaf was responsible for ushering the guests. Latif Puttur was responsible for the technological work. Several of the BCF executive members namely Riyaz, Nawaz, Iqbal Mepha, Samad, Sajpa, Gafoor, Rafique and several others including Dr. Kaup and Ladies Wing President Mumtaz and its ladies members assisted in conducting the programme in a grand manner.
The Bearys' Cultural Exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. B K Yusuf and other guests. The exhibition displayed around 200 items of the ancient era of Bearys using various items including paintings and were also supported with Beary food exhibition. The cultural programme started with a Quran recitation by Master Nazeem Ahmed Moolur followed by an invocation by M B Akbar. The cultural programme was compered jointly by Iqbal Mepha, M B Akbar and Usman Moolur. Kids performed well in fancy dress competition and fashion show to the thunderous applause of the public. Similarly, there were dance performances by BCF kids and also dance performances by the kids and male adult members of the Ocean Kids. Variety of entertainment programmes were performed during the session such as Duff, group dance, Arabic dance, Kol Kali, Qawali, solo songs etc. Tea and snacks were served during the programme.
The stage and felicitation function started in the evening with Quran recitation by Hawa Naseema U T Khader, daughter of Minister U T Khader. Dr. Kaup Mohammed, Gen. Secretary delivered the welcome address and presented the objectives and mission of the World Beary Convention. Shafi Saadi, member of Wakf Board, Government of Karnataka conducted Dua and wished the BCF a grand success in its endeavour.
M E Moolur, Vice President of BCF introduced the Forum and expressed his gratitude to all for gracing the function with their presence. He told that it was the BCF which gave an Identity to Beary ethnicity at an international level. Briefing about the achievements of BCF, he informed that so far 13000 poor Kannadiga students, irrespective of their caste or creed, had received scholarship from the forum. He also informed that, the basic tag line of BCF is – the message of universal brotherhood from Holy Quran which says,“Allah has created men and divided them into different castes, tribes and groups so that they live peacefully on earth."
Abdul Latif Mulky, VP and Chairman, Organising committee thanked all the committee members for their support. He thanked BCF for giving him an opportunity to serve the community as the chairman of this programme. He gave a brief description of the past activities of BCF. Quoting the famous words of Prophet Mohammed SAS, he told that Allah’s blessings is always there where there is unity.
Dr. B K Yusuf, delivered the presidential address. He thanked all the guests and the gathering for sparing their time to attend the programme. He gave a brief narration on how BCF was established 16 years ago. Quoting the Surah from Quran, he told that Allah had given a beautiful promise to mankind-“ Allah will surely reward those who do good work. The result of goodness is always good.” He further said that the beauty of BCF was the unity among the members in rendering selfless service to the society. He appealed to all to support BCF in its endeavour for the betterment of the poor mass. He emphasised on the Quranic message which says Allah will help only those who help themselves. Dr. B K Yusuf was conferred with an award of felicitation.
Zafarulla Khan, the Governor of the Event delivered an enlightening speech to the audience. He said that they must be proud as Kannadigas and Indians. He also mentioned that, one's religious identity was their personal matter and added when it came to one's state or country's interests people must broaden their extent of ideologies and always put national interest first. He praised BCF for its wonderful service to society. Zafarullah Khan was conferred with an award of felicitation.
N A Haris, Member of Legislative Assembly from Bangalore admired the selfless service of BCF. He said that BCF was striving for the development of society in various fields such as education, culture and other social work. He also told that he felt delighted to attend this programme and thanked BCF for inviting him as a Special Guest of Honour.
Moideen Bawa, MLA expressed his pleasure for having close relationship with the BCF and in all of its activities. He applauded BCF for showcasing the rich culture and humanistic traditions of Bearys in the international arena. By giving an example of an Akbar-Birbal story, he narrated how every Kannadiga is impressed by the social service of BCF.
U T Khader, admired BCF for its consistent social service since many years. He singled out and praised BCF's scholarship programme. He elaborated the quality of mutual love, unity and steadfastness of Kannadigas in general and Beary’s in particular and highlighted the patriotism and simple lifestyle of this community. He promised that as the representative of people he would leave no stone unturned to see that his people got their dues and support from the government's developmental schemes.
Dr. B. R. Shetty, Chairman of the NMC spoke about his family connection with Beary community. He elaborated his devotion on a “Auliya” in Kaipunjal and his emotional attachment to this Dargah. He mentioned about his involvement with BCF right from its inception. He expressed his belief on interfaith communications and praised BCF for its commitment on social responsibility.
Faridah Ajmal, social worker; Syed Shafiulla Saheb, VP of Janata Dal (Secular) and National Spokesperson of the party; Tanveer Ahmadullah, another national spokesperson also spoke.
Zaid Zafarullah Khan, thanked all the members of the BCF for nominating him for the Young Entrepreneurship Award. He also mentioned that this was his first award after becoming an entrepreneur.
The following prestigious Awards were conferred during the World Beary Convention 2017:
PADMASHREE DR. B R SHETTY-KARNATAKA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ZAKIR AHMED MOHD. SULAIMAN, BAHRAIN-AWARD OF COMMEMORATION AND APPRECIATION
N A HARIS, MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY-AWARD OF COMMEMORATION AND APPRECIATION
DR. U T IFTEKAR-AWARD OF APPRECIATION
B AHMED HAJI MOIDEEN THUMBAY-BEARYS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
M B NOOR MOHAMMED-COMMEMORATIVE AWARD OF FELICITATION
ZAIN ZAFARULLAH KHAN-YOUNG ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD