By Dinesh Holla | Photos: Punik Shetty
Mangaluru, Apr 24, 2015: Tulunad known for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant art forms has always earned a place of pride in the cultural map of India. Some of the unique traditions of Tulunad like the Bhootharadhane, Kambala, Naga Mandala, fairs of religious shrines of different faiths as well as art forms like Yakshagana have earned the land much acclaim across the globe.
Though there is a regret that the present generation is showing least interest in such art forms and traditions, there is a silver lining in the form of some organisations which have been striving to promote the culture and traditions of the region.
In this backdrop, a sincere attempt made by two young artistes of Mangaluru to promote the culture and tradition through art form, that too using a nearly two decade old scooter, is worth appreciation. Thanks to their efforts the Bajaj Chetak Scooter today stands resplendent of the cultural glory of Tulunad while also sensitizing youngsters in this regard through its vibrant shades and colours in all hues.
Pranesh of Kudroli and Jeevan Salian of Kavoor are the two enthusiasts who ventured into this task with the active support of the scooter owner Vikram Nayak. The two gave a base yellow paint to the scooter over which a diaspora of cultural and art reflections could be seen. To the left of the scooter are paintings reflecting cock fighting and Dasara Huli Vesha, while to the right are scenarios from Kambala sport. The rear of the scooter has paintings of light house. To the front of the scooter one can see Yakshagana characters while below the back of the handle are paintings of Guttu House. The rest of the place is filled by Tulu Nadu’s chariots, paddy heaves,musical instruments, paddy hooves, sea waves, fishing scenes and pictures of fairs and festivals.
Though the paintings are in Madhubani style, the two artists have incorporated their own style in the process of decking up the scooter. The old scooter is now all adorned like a bride all set to be the cultural ambassador of Tulunad.