Mangaluru, June 12, 2015: Briefing media June 11 Thursday, DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim said it is an attempt to make Pilikula popular with common man, ’Rain Festival’ at Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama, will be hosted June 14, Sunday.
The festival would also create awareness on environment, tradition and culture of the land.
Pilikula Executive Director Prabhakar Sharma said the festival will have an exhibition of traditional umbrellas or rain protection accessories like Gorbe along with umbrellas used by present generation.
Painting folk art on umbrellas, painting on umbrellas and exhibition will be an added attraction. New umbrellas will also be displayed. A competition on umbrella designing will take place. Those who would like to design umbrellas should register their names before June 13 with Jagannath, Curator on Mobile 9841245137. The most attractive umbrellas will get Rs 5,000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2,000 as prizes.
Magician Santhosh from Kundapura will enthral the visitors with "umbrella illusion magic" and "water can escape magic." A photography exhibition related to rain will also be held. Those who would like to take part can send their photographs (18X12 size) to Executive Director, Pilikula, Moodshedded before June 13. He said to entertain visitors, there will be traditional songs, pad-dana," "Varsha rithu gana sambrama," folk dance, traditional games like "channemane," "Pokku" (Gajjige aata), "Kuntebille," "lagori," tying coconut frond, "jubilee." The mouth watering delicacies like "halasina happala," "pathrode," "tajank vade," "halasina dose," "kottige," "rasayana," jackfruit payasa, boiled and dried seeds of jackfruit, roasted seeds of tamarind and so on will also be available for the visitors. Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation will have a stall for the sale of fresh fish.
The festival will also showcase different models of rain water harvesting system, interesting figures related to rain, acid rain, cloud burst and lightning conductors. The forest and agriculture department will exhibit saplings of various fruit bearing trees, farm implements. The Agriculture Department will have separate stall to provide information to farmers. Apart from sowing patterns, the department will be providing information about preparation of vermicompost. The Horticulture Department will have a stall on terrace gardening and varieties of ornamental plants.
The Executive Director said in a bid to increase the greenery in Pilikula, in association with Rotary Mangaluru, around 100 endemic plants of Western Ghats will be planted near Urban Haat, at Pilikula, The HPCL, MSEZ and other organisations have come forward to take up planting in the area. Parking facilities have been provided near Urban Haat which can accommodate over 400 vehicles.