The first ever meeting on the proposed ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayono 2016’ was held at Fortune Plaza Hotel Auditorium today the 12th November, 2016 at 5 pm under the leadership of the elected Honorary President of Overseas Wing, Sarvotham Shetty who invited various Tuluva leaders of UAE to come together in preparing for the event which is proposed in Badiadka, Kasaragod during December 9th to 13th, 2016.
Vinay Naik opened up the meet welcoming the invited Tuluva leaders from various Communities and briefing on the programme. He highlighted the venue and the richness of the place where this three day’s ‘Ayono’ or the so called Tuluva Conference is going to take place viz., Badiadka, Kasaragod which has given birth to very many famous personalities who contributed for Tulu and that the place which still can be said that the admirers of Tulu are currently in abundant. He also briefed that this Conference is a joint conference irrespective of any caste, creed or religion and where all Tuluvas will wholeheartedly assemble and showcase the art and culture of our Tulu Nadu. He then invited Sarvotham Shetty to inaugurate the meeting with inaugural speech.
Sarvotham Shetty invited all the Tuluva leaders to join hand in inaugurating the meeting with the traditional lighting of the lamp. Soon after the inauguration he revealed on how the main office bearers of the ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayono 2016’ invited him and how he has been selected for the overseas honorary president ship. Dharmapal Devadiga is the ongoing president of the main ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayono 2016’ who responsible organizer of this whole event. While expressing his sadness on the numbers of members present in the current meet, he detailed on the programme scheduled for the conference and said that the organisers have arranged a good event combing all the Tuluvas of the World in one venue for a five day’s Conference wherein Tuluva regional people of various linguistic sects like Tulu, Kannada, Malayalam Konkani, Marathi, Karhada, Beary, Maapille, Urdu, Kundagannada, Aregannada, Kodava, Havyeka & Maavila multi-linguistic meet will happen for the first time in such a beautiful venue. He also added that there will be an each day event with special programs scheduled throughout wherein the Tulu Nadu’s Culture, Worship, Art, Folk, Games, Literature will be highlighted in one venue. He highlighted that though Kasaragod is part of Kerala the blood running in the veins of those people living in this place is still Tuluva blood which we can still observe in their behaviors and their love toward this language which still people of the real Tulu Nadu is lacking. Hence after various discussion this venue is being selected for this great event to gather people of various caste, creed and religion under one umbrella in this conference mainly focusing Tulu language, culture and folk. More than 3 lakh Tuluvas are expected to gather from around the world and more than 2 crores of rupees are estimated to be spent to make this great event successful. Since the organisers have budgeted a proportion expected from overseas Tuluvas, he said that he has shouldered this responsibility and have arranged meetings in various Gulf Countries wherein the Tuluva Leaders of each Gulf Country have come forward to support for this cause. Before inviting contributions from the assembled leaders at the meeting, Sarvotham Shetty announced that his contribution which was followed by other leaders in support. While meetings in different Gulf States are on in selecting the office bearers for this event, the UAE office bearers were announced by Vinay Naik are as follows:-
Vishwa Tulu Ayona 2016 – UAE Office Bearers,
President — Frank Fernandes
Vice President — Harish Bangera
Vice President — M.V. Moolur
Vice President — James Mendonsa
Vice President — Devi Kumar Kambli
Vice President — Devesh Alva
Vice President — Sathish Poojari
Vice President — Joseph Mathais
Vice President — Syed Mohammed Ajmal
Secretary — Dinesh Shetty
Joint Secretary — Prabhakar Ambalathare
Joint Secretary — Shodhan Prasad
Media Co-ordinator — Ganesh Rai
Entertainment Secretary Jayaram Rai
Honorary President — Sudhir Kumar Shetty
— Harish Sherigar
— Praveen Shetty
— Premnath Shetty
— Gunasheel Shetty
Treasurer — Rathnakar Shetty
Executive Committee — Balakrishna Salian
Vasu Kumar Shetty
Ravi Prasad Shetty
Ladies wing — Shashi Raviraj Shetty
Jayashree Santhosh Shetty
Later elected President of UAE Wing, Frank Fernandes spoke on his selection and with humour rendered a beautiful speech citing some texts of Ramayana and Vedas. While wholeheartedly accepting the responsibility bestowed on him he shared some examples of his childhood and his earlier active participation in the rituals of Hinduism. He confirmed his participation and wished the event great success.
Later Prabhakar Ambalthere an active critic Kannadiga/Tuluva activist residing in UAE from Kasaragod expressed his feelings and highlighted the Tuluvas of Kasaragod who as per him are still the real Tuluvas who have contributed a lot to the whole of Karnataka in very many ways which is in record. Later Ganesh Rai spoke and briefed on the overseas Tuluvas who have contributed for the Tulu language, culture and folk and said that there were very many people who have put lot of efforts to show case the rich Tulu Culture in this part of the world. He congratulated Sarvotham Shetty for his leadership in arranging this meet and wished him good luck. Continued was a good speech by Manohar Thonse from Abu Dhabi Billawas who briefed the audience on and about the programme, which he said is the venue to put together the richness of Tulu Culture, Folk and Art in one place assembling Tuluvas from around the world which in other means ‘Tuluva World Conference’. He continued and said that the richness of Tuluvere Parba, Culture, and Folk was showcased in very many occasions in the gulf especially in the unforgettable historical event by Nama Tuluveru UAE in Dubai lead by Shodhan Prasad, some time ago, which is one of such event to be remembered. While congratulating Sarvotham Shetty for his selection he said that we need to collectively join hands in the success of this programme.