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‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ Preparation meet in Dubai & & ‘TULUNADA RAKSHANA VEDIKE’ Opens International Ghataka

Published On : 20 Nov 2017   |  Reported By : Shodhan Prasad

In a lightening call Tuluvas residing in UAE joined together and enthusiastically met at Fortune Plaza Hotel, Dubai on 18th November, 2017 at 7.30 pm to discuss preparation of the proposed ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ an annual event of Tuluvas scheduled to be held at Nisarga Dhama, Pilikula, Mangalore on 23rd & 24th December, 2017. ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ is a mega event where more than 2 lakh Tuluvas are expected to assemble and celebrate the occasion exclusively for Tuluvas of Tulunadu irrespective of any caste, creed or religion.

Shodhan Prasad opened up the meet welcoming all the Tuluvas and briefed on the occasion. He said that ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ is one of the event mainly for Tuluvas, by Tuluvas and an event depicting the importance of Tulunadu Culture, Folk, Art, Tradition and way of living. He said that this event will also highlight the hourly need of Tuluvas in collectively working towards developing our language, culture and tradition in the current world. He added that, this event will be successful only if everybody join hands together in large numbers and work hand in hand as if it their family celebration.

He mentioned the grand celebration of ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayona 2016’ a maiden similar event which recorded a grand seven day celebrations on five stages in Badiadka, Kasaragod wherein the organisers chose Dubai resident, a prominent Community leader, Sarvotham Shetty as the President and who successfully concluded the vent with the blessings of Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, Shree Veerendra Hegde. Sarvotham Shetty who received ‘Mayura Global Kannadiga Award 2017’ just one day ago in a programme organized by Sharjah Karnataka Sangha was welcomed and invited on to the dais to host the programme as he is also one of the Executive in ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ event.

Sarvotham Shetty, shared his views and experience handling ‘Vishwa Tulu Ayona 2016’ event last year. He briefed on the various occasions how the people of Kasaragod impressively carried over the programme in a pure traditional way with ultimate dedication. He said that he was shocked to see people flocking to be part of the maiden cultural first ever event and there were more than 2 lakh people who assembled during this festival. He also mentioned on how miraculously the fund was contributed to the event on the spot in spite of the demonetization of currency announced by the Government during the same time. While wishing good luck to the coming event, he assured fullest support and co-operation.

It is for the second time that a person from Dubai is being chosen for this year’s event too and Shodhan said that he is immensely proud to announce this as the person chosen is not only a successful business man, but a humble person who has Produced not only Kannada & Konkani Movies but also has Produced and Presented a Tulu Movie ‘Jai Tulunadu’ recently. Having track record of producing 5 movies in 3 languages, Frank Fernandes has promoted various Tulu/Kannada/Konkani programmes in the Gulf and India by sponsoring wholeheartedly. Frank Fernandes though a Christian by faith has wide knowledge having studied various sacred books of Islam & Hinduism and flawlessly chants the verses of these holy books in various occasions. He is being rightly chosen as the President of ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ mega event.

Speaking on the occasion Frank Fernandes briefed on the preparation and requested everyone to join hands in making this event a successful event. He explored verses from holy books and said that God has not made any religion. It is we who have made this and at the same time we should understand that humanity is the greatest religion. He also said that all religious books state and record the same teachings. We need to make ourselves aware that we need to live in peace and harmony for a good life and whatever problems happen sometimes in our native places are being triggered by political parties for their gains which we need to understand, he added.

Shodhan then invited, M.E. Moolur, Vice President of Beary’s Cultural Forum a body who actively support educational scholarship to the needy back home and with a record number every year they do. Moolur a writer, lyricist, singer and a social worker spoke on the occasion and shared some of the sweet past events and moments. He highlighted the rich Tulu tradition and language and said that this one of the leading Dravidian Language second to none. The respect in this language is said to be ultimate and can easily convert any other language instantly. He gave an example singing a Hindi old song and translating it in Tulu which was applauded by the whole audience. Some of the historical moments he shared showed his vast knowledge on the mother tongue.

Later President of ‘Tulunada Rakshana Vedike’, Yogesh Shetty Jeppu was invited on to the dais who is said to be a first time visitor to Dubai and an enthusiastic social worker of Tulunadu. Yogesh Shetty Jeppu was felicitated with flower and being introduced as a savior of Tulunadu as how a soldier protects the boundaries of a country. For the past 9 years Yogesh the founder president of Tulunada Rakshana Vedike is a staunch soldier of the foundation fighting for the cause of Tuluvas in a right manner. He was a Corporator in Mangalore Municipality and also a main convener of the current ‘Tulunadochhaya 2017’ event.

Speaking on the event Yogesh shared some of the good bad moments in his 9 years career carrying on the responsibility of a President. He also briefed on the necessity of such an organizing which will not only fight for injustice but will also fight for the rights of Tuluvas in their state. He said that his organization so far has been carrying out their duties rightfully without any single black mark to any of their members including him. He also raised certain points on why such an organization is important in the society. Yogesh proudly mentioned that as of now ‘Tulunada Rakshana Vedike’ has grown tremendously with the support of Tuluvas and are having branches in various part of Tulunadu.


Though there were few individuals working in various places outside India for this Vedike, it is for the first time officially an ‘International Ghataka’ was inaugurated in a flash time that too in Dubai in the presence of its founder president Yogesh Shetty Jeppu. Briefing on the importance of this Ghataka, Yogesh said that he is proud to choose the Official Team in whom he has seen the spark of fighting instinct for a cause and who were elected and announced as below:-


Frank Fernandes – Honorary President
Hidayathulla – President
Suresh Poojary – Vice President
Nithyanand Beskoor – Vice President
Ajmal Sayed – Vice President
Praveen Bhandary – General Secretary
Laltha Hegde – Joint Secretary
Uwaiz Chowgule – Joint Secretary
Umesh – Joint Secretary
Vinod – Treasurer
Suchith Narayan – Organising Secretary

Youth Wing:

Premjeeth – Youth Wing President
Vikram – Youth Wing General Secretary

Women/Ladies Wing:

Rajani Jagadish Amin – President
Mamatha Kotiyan – General Secretary

Honarary Advisory Committee

Sarvotham Shetty
Shodhan Prasad
M.E. Moolur

Photo session was conducted soon after the nomination process which continued with another meet to discuss further course of action.

The programme ended with vote of thanks rendered by Shodhan Prasad and followed by sumptuous buffer dinner sponsored by Naushad from Saudi Arabia who came all the way from there being an ardent follower of ‘Tulunada Rakshana Vedike’.


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