USA: New England Tulu Koota (NETK) USA, celebrated its third annual cultural event, Suggida Parba on March 25th, 2017 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Burlington, a suburb 16 miles from the city of Boston. Suggida Parba is the popular festival that marks the heralding of the Spring season and is traditionally observed by Tulu speaking families in Tulunadu, a region consisting of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka and the Kasargod district of Kerala.
The event commenced with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the guest of honour, Sujyothi Shetty. This was followed by the conventional invocation song to the tune of classical music played on the table. NETK President Bhaskar Sherigar then welcomed the group and talked about the goals of the organisation to carry on and cherish the rich traditions of Tuluvas (Tulu speaking families) in the New England area. He laid a special emphasis on the need to preserve the language of Tulu by encouraging children to speak the language at home.
The entertainment program for the evening was planned by the Cultural Committee members Puja Shetty, Shalini Shetty, Sowmy Shetty, Ragu Kinnigoly, Aneesh Puttur, Sneha Shetty. Kavita Shetty and her son Shalin Shetty along with a team of young adults Aadhya, Arjun, Akash, Abhishek, Sneha, Rishi and Aryan played an active role in presenting the various activities for the evening. Akash Shetty and Arjun Hegde synchronised the audio arrangements while Aneesh Puttur and Ashwin Shetty covered the visual aspects of the proceedings.
The evening was filled with an amazing range of talents from elementary schoolers to teenagers and adults. There were several dances for the evening that included classical and hip-hop. Folk dances to the tune of Tulu songs set many feet tapping. Lighter moments for the evening were a stand-up comedy and a Tulu skit that invoked laughter and applause from the audience.
The delectable Mangalorean cuisine cooked by the volunteers was a fitting finale to the conclusion of an enjoyable evening. As in the past SuggidaParba get-togethers, there were delicious snacks served during the break. Dinner comprised of several vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees much to the delight of the Tuluvas.
The parba concluded with the vote of thanks by Puja Shetty. Active participation of the committee members along with the guidance of NETK president BhaskarSherigar resulted in the success of another magnificent evening in New England Tulu Koota.
The cultural event was attended by families that travelled from the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York.
By Kavita Shetty