Report: M.Iqbal Uchila, Dubai
Photo: Ashok Belman
Dubai, October 4: As a tribute to the late artiste Umesh Nantoor, “Pushpanjali” a programme was organised by the Sangam artists of Dubai at the Shiekh Rashid Auditorium in Dubai on Friday, October 3rd.
The dignitaries inaugurated the program by garlanding a photograph of late Umesh Nanthur. Member of legislative council of Karnataka Ivan D’Souza and well-known cine actor and MLC Tara graced the event as special guests.
After a prayer dance, a brief stage programme was held to pay tribute to Umesh Nantoor.
This programme comprised songs by UAE’s talented artistes, dance by students, and comedy skits by renowned artistes of UAE.
The administrative director of the Dubai Acme Building Materials as well as a renowned singer Harish Sherigar, Akshatha Rao, MelwinD’Souza, Joshal, Dony-asha Koreya, Mallika, Jameel, Ganesh Prasad along with other singers enthralled the audience by their marvellous voice.
Comedy-artist Chidananda Poojary’s team entertained the audience by their comedy program “Kasalo Kusal”. The dance program by the local artists made the program much more entertaining.
Vijay Kumar Kodialbail congratulated the members of Sangama Kalavidaru led by Noel Almeida, who put every effort to remember Nantoor after 10 years. Speaking in Tulu, Kodiabail said that his latest movie ‘Madime’ is all ready for release and sought the support of Tulu cine lovers to make it a huge success.
Tara too spoke on the occasion and thanked Praveen Shetty of Fortune Group for inviting her to the memorable event.
MLC Ivan D’Souza was felicitated for his contribution to the Karnataka coastal region as a political leader. A citation was read out, and shawl, memento and fruits were presented.
Ivan D’Souza in his address thanked the organisers for inviting him all the way from Mangalore, and assured his support to the cause of NRIs who currently face various problems. “We are planning to open an NRI cell in Mangalore through the Karnataka government. The coastal region has a large number of NRIs residing in the Gulf, Europe, the USA and Canada. MLC Tara and I will jointly raise this issue in the next legislative council session to be held in Belgaum next month,” he said.
He also informed that through his efforts, passport issuance in Mangalore office has now risen to 400 passports per day from 200 per day earlier. He also assured to address any NRI related issues to the government.
The guests present on the dais were, cinema and play director and artist Vijay Kumar Kodialbail, the administrative director of Acme Building Materials- Harish Sherigar, Actress Tara, journalist Walter Nandalike, Praveen Shetty of Fortune Group of Hotels, Michael D’souza, Shaila Umesh Nantoor wife of Late Umesh Nantoor and organiser Noel Almeida.
The stage programme was followed by an entertainment programme, wherein more than 20 talented artistes rendered about 50 Tulu, Kannada, Hindi and Konkani songs. Pradeep Barboza, Chidananda Poojary, Deepak D’Silva, Alphonse D’Souza presented hilarious Tulu skits.
Naveen Koppa, hosted the programme.
Harish Sherigar, Vincent Rodrigues, Joshal D’Souza, Ganesh Prasad, Raviraj Tanry, Rosald Sequeira, Melvyn D’Souza, Sharath Ram, Shiva Kumar, Jamil, Dony Correa, Asha Correa, Akshata Rao, Mallika Bekal, Jamil, Nikita Menezes, Bluma Pinto, Divyashree, Binil Thyagarajan, Sameer, Roshan Carolo, Gopi Kamath and Ashwath Samuel made the event a successful one.