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Grand Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018- Dubai on 23-34 Nov

Published On : 10 Nov 2018   |  Reported By : Shodhan Prasad/Photos: Ashok Belman

Overseas Tuluvas in association with Akhila Bharatha Tulu Okkoota & Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy have jointly come up with a meaningful event ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018 – Dubai’ to be hosted in Dubai on 23rd & 24th November, 2018 at Al Nasr Leisureland Ice Rink & Nashwan Hall under the License of Rhythm Events Company.

The two day event for the first time ever is being hosted outside India giving it a real meaningful name. All these years the same Conventions were arranged by the organisers in Mangalore and outskirts but were all the time within the territory of Tulunadu. This time a thought arose as to ‘why not we hold this outside India’.

A meeting was held in Dubai by likeminded Tuluvas viz., Sarvotham Shetty, Shodhan Prasad & Ganesh Rai who later arranged a meeting with the various Tuluva Community leaders of UAE and requested support in hosting this mega event in Dubai.

Sarvotham Shetty as the President of UAE Tuluvas became the Chief Convenor of ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018 Dubai. Shodhan Prasad as the Event Manager drafted and crafted the whole Event. Ganesh Rai took charge of the Souvenir with his expertise and as one of the fund raising source. Thus the programme got a good start to move ahead.

It was decided that the whole Event will be conducted through a professional licensed Event Management Company and ‘Rhythm Events’ came into this venture with their License. The event will be under DTCM permission and the proposal has been sent along with the clearance from venue Al Nasr Leisureland’s NOC to the Event Management to proceed with.

Veerappa Moily


A.C Bhandary                       Aravind Bolar                    Beliyoorghuthu Viveka Rai


Bishop of Bellary Rev. Henry DSouza   Bishop of Mangalore Rev. Peter Paul Saldanha


Bunts Krishnappa Rai Ganesh                    Dharmapal Devadiga                      Dinesh Amin Mattu 


Dr. Mohan Alva                                   Dr. Syed Ummer                            Ganesh Amin Sankamar


Guru Kiran                                    Jayamala                                           Marne Sarvotham Shetty 


Mr. Abdussalam Puthige Muslim Scholar            Navin Padil                                    Padmashri Dr. B.R. Shetty


Padmavibushana Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade               Prashamsa                  Priya Harish Photo   


      RJ Saiheel Rai.          Rev. Fr. Ebnezer Jathanna CSI Church                         Richard Castelino


Ronald Colaco.                        Sadanand Perla.                         Sampaje Moideen Kunhi Jabbar


                        Shodhan Prasad - Event Manager Sammelana       Shree Shree Gurudevananda Swamiji Odiyoor    


Sree Sree Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji.        Sunil Shetty                 Sunitha Shetty         


Tukaram Poojary               U T Khader                                   Umanath Kotian


                   Umesh Mijar                              Vijaya Kumar Kodialbail

Shodhan Prasad presented the master plan and as per that it is a ‘Sarva Dharma Convention’ mainly highlighting Tulu Language, Culture & Folk amongst the Tulu Speaking ‘Sarva Dharma’ Communities of Tulu Nadu. With the vision to save Tulu language, Culture & Folk the core mission is to show case the importance of including the Tulu language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Currently as per Article 344(1) and 351 of the Indian Constitution, the eighth schedule includes the recognition of around 22 languages. There are demands for inclusion of 42 more languages and Tulu stands in the bottom 42nd.

Sarvotham Shetty as Chief Coordinator held various meetings with Akhila Bharata Tulu Okkoota & Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Presidents to get moral and monetary support from the Government of Karnataka. Since it is a joint venture of the three organizers the hosts being in Dubai will do all preparations to present the event whereas the later will put every effort in getting Government of Karnataka’s grants as monetary support for the event. An initial nod from the Chief Minister has been received and await sanctions.

Accordingly the following sub-committees were formed to present a two day mega event.

 Core Committee – Comprising of leaders of various community organisations
 Sub Committee – Comprising of Members from various community organisations
 Budget & Audit Committee – Comprising of Auditors & Chartered Accountants
 Members Co-ordination Committee
 Souvenir Committee
 Exhibition Committee
 Cultural & Convention Committee
 Food Committee
 Marketing & Publicity Committee
 Welcome & Volunteer Committee
 Backstage Committee
 Stage Programme & Felicitation Committee
 Time Police Committee – Who will manage the time slots
 Airport Receiving & Transport Committee
 Musical Orchestra Committee
 Al Ain Ghataka
 Abu Dhabi Ghataka
 Oman Ghataka
 Throw-ball Teams Ghataka

The whole programme will comprise of the following Cultural & Social awareness programmes:

Tulu Folk Dance Competitions

A pure GCC Level Folk Dance Competitions will be held during the event. So far 6 Teams comprising of Oman, Bahrain, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai’s various teams have confirmed their participations. Each team has more than 10 members and some of the team has around 28 participants of various age levels fully prepared. A total of 118 dancers will be competing in these 6 groups registered.

Joint Inauguration (Udipana) by Heads of various religious communities of Tulu Nadu on 23rd Nov @ 2 pm:

Padmavibhooshan Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade – Dharmadhikari of Shri. Kshetra Dharmasthala will inaugurate
Padmashri Dr. B R Shetty, Patron of UAE Tuluvas & Main Sponsor will preside the event
Rev. Bishop Peter Paul Saldhana of Mangalore
Rev. Bishop Henry D'Souza of Bellary
Bollywood Star Shri.Sunil Shetty
Rev. Fr. Ebnezer Jathanna of CSI Protestant Church
Shri. Abdul Salam Puthige, Muslim Scholar and Chief Editor of Varthabharati
Shri. Ronald Colaco, Philanthropist and Businessman & Main Sponsor
Shri. Sujat Shetty, Businessman and Silver Sponsor
Dr. Mohan Alva, Founder Alvas Educational Institution Moodabidri & Promotor of Tulu
Shri Veerappa Moily, Member of Parliament
Smt Jayamala Actress, Minister of Government of Karnataka
Shri. U T Khader, Minister of Government of Karnataka
Shri Umanath Kotian, MLA Government of Karnataka
Shri. Aravind Jatti (Basava Samithi)
Shri. Sarvotham Shetty, Chief Organiser of Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, President UAE Tuluvas
Shri. Dharmapal Devadiga, President Akhila Bharata Tulu Okkoota
Shri. A C Bhandary, President of Karnataka Sahitya Academy
Shri. Guru Kiran – Sandalwood Artiste
Shri. Shodhan Prasad, Event Manager of Vishwa Tulu Sammelana
Shri. Ganesh Rai, Artiste

Joint Valedictory (Mugithala) by following dignitaries on 24th November at around 7 pm

Padmavibhooshan Dr. D.Veerendra Heggade as Chief Guest
Padmashri Dr. B R Shetty (Presided)
Dr.Sunitha M. Shetty, Writer & Scholar will be the main Speaker
Mangalore Bishop Rev. Peter Paul Saldhana
Bellary Bishop Rev. Henry D'Souza
Bollywood Star Sunil Shetty
Rev. Fr. Ebinejer Jathanna – CSI Protestant Church
Shri Abdul Salam Puthige, Muslim Scholar
Shri Veerappa Moily, Member of Parliament
Smt Jayamala, Minister Govt. of Karnataka
Shri U T Kadar, Minister Govt. of Karnataka
Shri.Sarvotham Shetty (Swagatha)
Shri.Dharmapal Devadiga
Shri. A. C. Bhandary
Shree Shree His Holiness Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji of Ashta Mutt
Shree Shree Gurudevananda Swamiji, Odiyoor Temple
Shree Shree Mohandas Paramahamsa Swamiji
Shri.Guru Kiran
Shri.Shodhan Prasad
Shri.Ganesh Rai

‘Tulu Aisiri’ Souvenir Release:

As a part of the maiden ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018 Dubai’ remembrance a 200 plus pages beautifully crafted Souvenir designed by well-known artiste Ganesh Rai will be released during the event. This all in one hand book of Tuluvas will have beautiful messages from leaders, poems, stories, write-ups, wishes, greetings including personal and commercial advertisements from Tuluva Community people around the world. Around 2000 copies will be distributed free to all the families during the event.

Tulunada Pabholu (Festivals of Tulu Nadu)

A dance ballet by Artistes from Chakrapani Nritya Kala Kendra Mangalore headed by Master Suresh Attavar comprising of more than 35 artistes from both India and Dubai will showcase different festivals of various religious sects.

Tulu Yakshagana Bayalata (Ballet)

Local artistes of Yaksha Mitraru comprising of talented youngsters headed by Dinesh Shetty Kottinja will be presenting ‘Jambhavti Kailasa’ Yakshagana Bayalata

Yakshagana Natya Gana Vaibhava (Dance drama)

Satish Shetty Patla and his 9 member Team will be arriving from Mangalore to present the very famous Yakshagana Natya Gana Vaibhava, a spectacular dance drama.

Tala Maddale – An ancient art of story telling

Jabbar Samoa, Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, Kadri Navneeth Shetty, Thonse Pushkal Kumar & Dayanand Kathalsar will be jointly presenting this ancient art of storytelling.

‘Pili Nallike’ – Tiger dance of Tulu Nadu

Around 18 member ‘Phili’ Tiger dancers both from local and India will be presenting a dance form of Tiger Dance one of the old folk dance of Tulu Nadu with painted body and well synchronized dance trained by Girish Narayan of Dubai.

‘Tulu Rasamanjari’ – Musical Orchestra & Sandalwood’s Guru Kiran

An 7 piece band of local talented Musicians ‘Versatiles’ headed by Play back Singer Pramod Kumar will be presenting the first ever ‘Tulu Rasamanjari’ with various local trained singers. They will be presenting one hour sessions on both days of the Event with melodious and fast numbers. Actor Singer of Sandalwood, Guru Kiran will be the added attraction in this event who will present some of the famous Tulu songs to dance with.

‘Tulu Ayona’ – a Folk Dance Ballet

Visiting artistes from Dr. Rajesh Alva Team of Badiadka Mangalore will be presenting Tulu Folk Dance with their strong 50 member troupe who are arriving from Mangalore specially for this event.

‘Sathyapuratha Siri’ Dance Drama

A famous Tulu Nritya Roopaka by Sanathana Natyalaya Mangalore headed by Chandrashekar Shetty and Troupe comprising of around 26 artistes will be presenting this rare folk dance.

‘Yelver Daiyar’ Dance Drama

A grand Tulu Nritya Roopaka by Natya Nikethana, Mangalore headed by Ullal Mohan Kumar will be presenting this with 6 artistes from Mangalore and 16 local talented dancers.

Tulu Nada Gobbulu – Sports of Tulu Nadu

Nagesh Kulal and his Team from Mangalore will be presenting a different form of dance titled ‘Tulu Nada Gobbulu’.

Various Stand-up Comedy Teams

Prashamsa Team comprising of Sandeep Shetty Manibettu, Prasanna & Merwin along with Sharath Kumar. Umesh Mijar Team along with his 6 accomplish will be flying from Mangalore to present some rib tickling super humorous stand-up comedy during the both days with various slots. Gammath Kalavider the local talented Team will also add spice with their comedy skits in between.

Tulu Janapada Acharaney Ghosti (Folk Celebration Convention)

Well known Professor Dr. B.A. Vivek Rai will be presiding this convention which has Prof. Tukaram Poojary, Prof. Ganesh Amin Sankamar, Dayanand Kathalsar & Kudhi Vasanth Shetty participating.

Hasya Kavi-Kavana Ghosti

Dr. Y.N. Shetty will be presiding this Poetic Convention which has local poets participants comprising of Prakash Rao Payyar, Irshad Moodabidri, Gopinath Rao, M.E. Moolur & Shree Avinash Bhat Abu Dhabi.

Tulu Chalana Chitra & Rangha Bhoomi Ghosti (Film & Theatre)

Dr. Jayamala (Actress) will be presiding this Tulu Film & Theatre Convention which has Richard Castelino, V.G. Pal, Kishore D. Shetty, Naveen D. Padil, Thonse Vijay Kumar Shetty, Bhojaraj Vamanjoor, Aravind Bolar, Vijaykumar Kodialbail & Shodhan Prasad participating.

Madhyama Ghosti (Journalist)

Walter Nandalike will be presiding this Ghosti with Dinesh Amin Mattu, Sadanand Perla, Dr.Ummer & Ganesh Rai.

Horanada & Anivasi Tuluvara Samavesha

A special discussion from Tuluvas from outside Tulunadu specially Tulu leaders from various parts of India and NRI Tuluvas from various parts of the world will be gathering on this show. There may be more than 25 members participating here.

Masters of the Ceremony

6 talented well-known MC’s viz., Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, Kadri Navneeth Shetty, RJ Saiheel Rai, RJ Priya Harish Shetty, TV personality Naveen Shetty Yedmar all from Mangalore & Ashok Pakkala from Mumbai will be jointly hosting this mega event with their expertise.

Tulu Nada Toopike (Exhibition)

Some of the rare artefacts of Tulu Nadu will be the main attraction of this Tulu Nada Exhibition headed by Artiste Zuber Khan Kudla. He has a talented bunch of Artistes who are working hard from many days putting their fullest efforts to decorate and make this area inside Nashwan Hall and the ‘Dwara’ (main entrance) a real treat for the eyes. This will have items of Tulu culture, games and sports including video presentations.

Tulu Nada Thenasu (Food Stall)

Mouthwatering Tulu Nada delicacies such as Moode, Kottige, Manjalda Iretha Adya, Buns, Goli Baje, Arep Adya are some of the food to name. However there will be many more displays and savories from Devesh Alva and his Team who are well prepared to serve fresh and tasty preparations for more than 4000 visitors from all over the world throughout the day.

Swagatha Team (Welcome)

More than 600 well prepared volunteers comprising of women & men have geared up to receive Tuluva Guests from all over the world in a traditional way. A ‘Purna Kambha Kalasha’ with live drum beats & trumphets with traditional attire welcome will be provided for the Guests from the entrance to the venue in a formal way.

‘Muttale’ our traditional head gear

More than 2000 ‘Muttale’ (traditional head gear) will be flown from Mangalore for this event to be distributed during the raffle. When it is worn by the audience it will display the simplicity of our Tuluvas in this rich land.

‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelana’ Dubai Tour

To attract and encourage more Tuluvas to attend the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana Dubai, officially Shodhan Prasad & Sabitha Shetty under the umbrella of ‘Wanderlust Tourism’ have offered Dubai Tours with economically budgeted price to Tuluvas from all over the world. The 5 days package has now attracted big number of tourists from India and abroad who will be participating in the 2 days Sammelana along with the special Tour.

It is learnt that there are many Tuluvas from Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Delhi and other places who have formed various Groups and are coming on their own expenses voluntarily to witness this event.

Live streaming of the Event

Namma Kudla TV Team of 4 cameramen will arrive from Mangalore to arrange live streaming of the entire event in Namma Kudla TV Channel. People who will not be able to come will have an opportunity to watch it back in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi & Kasargod Districts plus live on internet.

To conclude

With the joint preparations going on in full swing for quite some time; the organizers having more than 335 participants, 300 plus Committee Members, 600 volunteers and 24 plus well-known Guest Speakers hope that the world will witness an historic amazing unique programme in Dubai for the Tuluvas to remember forever.

Sandhya Creations are the Event Manager of Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2018 Dubai.


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