Dubai: For the first time, the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, was held outside Tulunadu (the first edition was held at Ujre, Dharmasthala) in Dubai. The two-day 2018 edition was inaugurated in a grand manner here on Friday, November 23.
Delegates and dignitaries from all over the world graced the spectacular occasion. Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade, Bishop of Mangaluru diocese Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, NRI Entrepreneur Dr B R Shetty, Educationist and Cultural czar, Dr. Mohan Alva, Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary diocese, ministers UT Khadar, Jayamala, NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald Colaco, MP Veerappa Moily participated in the inauguration held at Al Nasr Leisure Land Ice Rink.
Uniquely, all the dignitaries, including the two Bishops and Minister U T Khader, spoke in Tulu and this was appreciated by none other than Dr. Mohan Alva and Dr. B R Shetty, when they addressed the gathering. Among other cultural events, there was a brilliant performance of Tulunadu's favourite folk dance- the Pili Vesha.
Inaugurating the Sammelana, Shree Kshetra Dharmastala Dharmadikari Padmavibushan Dr D Veerendra Heggade said, "Dubai is a golden land. Its rulers have given ample opportunity for the people of Tulunadu to work, do business and prosper. We should not forget their goodwill."
Bishop of the Mangalore Diocese Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, who was the chief guest of the occasion, appreciating the contributions of the Tuluvas to the society said, "Tulu has brought us all together from across all boundaries. So let us continue to be together always."
Director of Madhyama Communications Abdul Salam Puttige said, "When many rural languages are on the verge of extinction, Tulu is in the top 30 most spoken languages and we all should be proud of it."
Bishop of the Bellary Diocese Rev Dr Henry D'Souza also spoke during the event. "Our Tulunadu is a land of communal harmony and for years together. the people of this land have proved this through their brotherhood."
CSI Priest Father Ebnezer Jathanna said, "The love and affection the Tulu language inherits has united us all. Tulu will remain with us through the ages. We all should take efforts to keep this language alive."
The valedictory of the Sammelana will be held on November 24, where Odiyoor seer Gurudevananda Swamiji, Puttige seer Sugunendra Theertha and Manila seer Mohandas Paramahamsa Swamiji will also participate. The valedictory will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, November 23, at the same venue.
The two-day festival has scheduled several Tulu cultural events, to preserve and nurture the Tulunadu language and culture. Rasamanjari, Tulunada Gobbulu, Naatya Ayona, drama, Yakshagana, comedy skits etc are the prime attractions in entertainment.
Well-known compere from India, Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, Sahil Rai, Naveen Shetty, Priya Harish Shetty, Karnire Mohan Rai, Kadri Navaneet Shetty, Dayananda Kathalsar, and Ashok Pakkala are hosting the events.
The President of UAE Tuluvas, Sarvotham Shetty is the chief convener of the ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018’ Dubai, which is being organised in association with various cultural organisations in Dubai. Shodhan Prasad is the event manager, while Ganesh Rai is in charge of the souvenirs. Newskarnataka.com, Karnataka's premier pan-Karnataka website, initiated and run by Tuluvas from Mangaluru, is the natural media partner for this mega event.
More than 4,000 Tuluvas from all over the world have descended on Dubai to witness this unique programme. But, there are those from among the nearly 40 lakh Tuluvas in Tulunadu (the erstwhile South Canara comprising an area of 10,432 Sq. kms stretching from Kundapura to Kasargod, which is now spread now over three districts in two states) that could not make it for a variety of reasons including logistics. For them, Newskarnataka.com hosted the event live on its webpage and Facebook page and received wide appreciation for the same.
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