Report by: Neramballi Suresh S. Rao
Kuwait: TuluKoota Kuwait celebrated the Tulu Parba 2014 on Friday, 17th October 2014, at American International School, MaidanHawally, Kuwait from 3:30 pm onwards.
The event commenced with lighting of the lamp by the eminent guests for the occasion, H.E. Shri Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, Mr. Sudhir Shetty UAE Exchange COO – Global Operations Abu Dhabi, alongwith Managing Committee. It was followed by the Souvenir Release, which was brought out to commemorate the event.
The President, Mr. Tharendra Shettigar welcomed everyone and briefly mentioned the endeavors of Tulu Koota Kuwait to uphold our heritage, culture and traditional values along with the welfare activities. The Ambassador in his speech expressed his happiness to attend such cultural events and mentioned that it is a medium with which the people of Kuwait would know India better. Mr. Sudhir Shetty, in his charismatic speech stressed the importance of our culture and language to become better citizens and said that our children can learn the language only at home. Mr. Sudhir Shetty was felicitated with the traditional shawl, fruits, and memento.
The cultural program commenced with welcome dance from the children of the Natya Veda Dance School. The stage of Tulu Parba became colorful with the arrival of Mr. Vilas Nayak on the stage. The ace speed painter, the finalist of ‘India’s Got Talent’ on Colors TV brought the stage alive with his paintings of Yakshagana character colorful costume which is popular in Tulunadu, “Mother Teresa” with glitters alone and the Girl’s face upside down. He also painted a patriotic portrait depicting national integrity with four different canvas frames in tandem with dance drama “Sauragini Rashtra” enacted by the Koota children and directed by Cultural Secretary, Mr. Suresh Salian. Semi classical Dance by Anjali school of dance was a visual treat. Another dance drama, “Dashavatara” also directed by Mr. Suresh Salian and with dance choreographed by Mrs. Shantala Sathish mesmerized the audience with scenes of different incarnations of Vishnu shown on the stage.
In the felicitation ceremony, the founder member of the association, late Mr. John Misquith was posthumously awarded with memento in memory of his outstanding services. Mr. Elias Sanctis, the ex-president of Tulu Koota Kuwait was also honored by the Ambassador with shawl, fruits and memento for his continuous support to the association. The committee members who were honored for their outstanding support and hard work were Mr. Wilson D’Souza, Mrs. Geetha Suvarna and Mr. Sanath Shetty. The Merit cum means Scholarships and Merit certificates for academic excellence in X and XII standards were presented to the deserving children of Koota members. Mementos were presented to all the sponsors in appreciation of their support to TKK activities.
This was followed by the much awaited Tulu Comedy drama “Bangar Babu” written and screenplay given by Arun Chandra BC Road, who was here in Kuwait for the show. He had been awarded as the Best Comedian in “Bale Thelpale” comedy show and was here to participate in the drama. The drama was directed by Satish Acharya. Also present in Kuwait were the prominent Tulu-Konkani drama artist NelluPermanoor and the Music director of the drama, Vishwanath Nelyadi. The local artists SathishAcharya, Chandrahas Shetty, Sanath Shetty, Manoj Bangera, Purandara Manchi, Lional Rayan, Lucy Aranha, Mahesh Poojary, Sanmati Menda, MithunVishwanath, Jyothi Sudhir, Ashwini Pinto and Rajesh Fernandes rocked the show all through the 3 hours and succeeded inenthralled the audience with brilliant performances.
General Secretary proposed the vote of thanks with special mention of the sponsors.
The Event Sponsor was UAE Exchange, while the Mega Sponsor was Khain Properties. The Main Sponsors were Presidency Homes And Infrastructures, NAPESCO and Northern Sky Properties. The Gold Sponsors were Al-Ahleia Insurance Company S.A.K and BurhanTecnologies, while the Silver Sponsor were Al Mulla Group, Al Rasheed International Shipping Company, Raja Company W.L.L., Ashraf & Co. Ltd., Avanti Palace Restaurant, Alghanim Fencing Industries Co., Oriental Restaurant & Confectionery, Paragon Builders, Sagar Transport, Al Arfaj Engineering Co.Wll., KEMS, White Stores, Al Barakah National Co. and Advanced Technology Company.
The program was elegantly hosted by Purander Manchi, Bhavani Madhav, Reshma Menezes and Sachinanda Suvarna. The lighting was done by Anand D’Souza and the show was concluded by singing the National Anthem.