Billava Sangha Kuwait presented variety of cultural programmes in the Billava Chavadi-2017 held on 20th October 2017 at the Cambridge school Auditorium, Mangaf, Kuwait. Historical drama Tulunada Amar Beerer ‘Kantabaare Boodhabaare’ was performed by the artists from Kuwait was one-of-its- kind which was enacted with series of Spot lights, background narration and props thus bringing the historical situation live to the audience. This type of enactment was done for the first time in Kuwait and it brought out the brilliant acting by the artists under the direction by Shri Sathish Acharya.
The program commenced with National Anthem and prayer by Smt. Ashwitha Surendra Poojary. The event started with Diwali celebrations, lighting of lamps by the ladies of the committee followed by Narayan Guru Pooja by the Management committee members. Cultural Programme was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp and souvenir release “Billava Bolpu” by President Shri Raghu C Poojary and Bagavathike couplet in the background by the Chief Guest ‘GanaSurabhi’ Shri Ravichandra Poojary Kannadikatte written by himself for the occasion.
The president Shri Raghu C. Poojary welcomed the audience with a humble speech which was followed by a welcome Bharatanatyam Classical dance performed by Ms.Shilpa Chandrashekar. Krithi Poojary performed Yakshagana dance on the Gejjegiri, bhagavathike by chief guest himself. Cultural dance from kids and adults of the association claimed loud applause from the audience.
Advisor Shri Rohith Sanil gave the insight of the ongoing resurrection activities of Deyi Baidethi KotiChennaya Moolasthana at Gejjegiri. The Chief Guest Ganasurabhi Shree Ravichandra Poojary Kannadikatte, renowned Bhagavatheru from Mangalore and eminent Kuwait artist Mr. Sathish Acharya who directed the drama were honored with a memento by the Managing committee. One of the senior members Shri Manoj Kumar was felicitated for his contribution to BSK. This was followed by the felicitation of the Sponsors of the event – Main sponsor – Pacific International, Gold Sponsor – Well-wisher and Silver sponsors – Khalil Bahman & Partners, Kuwait National Exchange, Rawnaq United General Trading & Contracting Company, BEC & Metro Medical Care. Advisor Shri Satish Kunder spoke about the Scholarship Programme undertaken by BSK and appealed all Tuluvas for unity irrespective of religion, caste or creed.
The main attraction of the event was Yakshagana Bhagavathige by the chief guest Gaanasurabhi Shree Ravichandra Poojary Kannadikatte, Mrudangam by Mr. Arun Narayan Nair, they both enthralled the Houseful of audience and Yakshagana lovers all through.Mr. MithunVishwanath, Joint Secretary rendered the Vote of thanks.
Tulu historical drama ‘Tulunaada Amar Beerer – KaanthabaareBoodabaare’, the story written by Shree Muddu Moodubelle, Dialogue by Mrs. JayalaxmiVishwas and Mr. Mahesh Poojary Polali, directed by famed artist Mr. Satish Acharya, songs written and produced courtesy by Shree Paramananda Salian, music by Mr. MithunVishwanath. The drama casted some of the most loved and admired Kuwait Billava Sangha’s artists Yashodha Krishna, Kavya Prashanth, JyothiSudhir, Gautham Suvarna, Dheeraj Salian, Balakrishna Poojary, SudhirKumar, Sudhakar Salian, Ghanshyam Attavar, Hrishikesh Kotian, Rakesh Poojary, Sukumar Karkera, Sujeeth Amin, Sujith Kotian, Amarnath Suvarna, Harsha P. K., Prashanth Poojary, Nithin Salian, Amith Salian, Mstr. Tejas, Mstr. Tanush and support artists KavitaBangera, Shilpa Chandrashekar, Shruthi Hemanth, Rashmi Mithun, Tina Govind, Preethi Krishna, Sandesh Amin, Avin Suvarna, Sandesh and Padmanabha Poojary. Stage settings were effectively handled by DhanrajTalapady, Krishna Poojary and team. Drama team was well supportedby Mr. Rohith Sanil and Mr. Chithrek Bangera all through the preparation. Major part of the Costumes was provided by Lalitha Kala Arts, Mangalore and Kalari–Kuwait. The sound and lighting was provided by Illusions, Souvenir and Artwork by Manoj Kumar while photography was by Mr. Sandeep Kumar Attavar and videography done by Moon Media. Tasty Dinner was supplied by Shreyas Restaurant.
Enthusiasm in the audience was on the high and continued so until the end. It was heartening to see the audience, were so much involved with the drama as they stuck to their seats till the end. The event was well coordinated and organized by the Cultural Secretary, Shri. Amaranth Suvarna, while the event was nicely hosted in style by Smt. Rashmi Nagaraj.
BSK Management committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Sponsors, Well-Wishers, Committee Members, Members one and all for their contribution towards the grand success of ‘BillavaChavadi 2017’.
Report by: Suresh S. Rao Neramballi