Mangaluru, April 16, 2015: The ancient nostalgia of Tulunadu traditions came alive at the ’Guthina Mane,’ organised by Pilikula Nisargadhama Society in Dr Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama in Mudushedde, Mangaluru. The atmosphere was rife with a traditional festive spirit, on the eve of Tulu new year ’Bisu’ on April 14, Tuesday.
’Bisukani,’ a decorative arrangement of newly harvested fruits, vegetables and other natural produce, was the centre of attraction at Bisu celebrations. Auspicious utilities such as lamp, mirror, betel leaves, arecanut etc were aesthetically arranged as prescribed.
Produce grown in the fields and plantations in Pilikula were made best use of with household implements such as sickle, coconut graters, knives, etc were placed auspiciously in ’Bisukani’ .
Dr Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama Cultural Committee President and Hampi Kannada University Former Vice Chancellor Prof B A Vivek Rai said Bisu marks the beginning of the new year, according to Tulu calender which starts with Paggu month. Bisu signifies peace and prosperity. The celebrations are not only for display but also to introduce Tulunadu culture to the present generation.
Nowadays, agriculture is fast loosing importance. Bisu observance has a special significance with respect to agriculture. The celebrations are not a mere display but create awareness, respect and love among youth. Prof Vivek Rai said that in coming days, efforts will be made to observe other celebrations of Tulunadu as well, at Pilikula.
DK DC and Pilikula Nisargadhama Society President Adoor B Ibrahim hoped that Pilikula Nisargadhama will become a cultural hub of Tulunadu, rather than only being a picnic spot.
Pilikula Nisargadhama has been observing Aati month celebrations from the last couple of years. Bisu celebration is being introduced from this year, as an effort to revive age-old tradition of Tulunadu. The Tulunadu culture is vanishing and people’s encouragement is necessary to preserve the heritage, the DC said.
Traditional lunch : Sumptuous and traditional lunch comprising of around 23 items was another highlight of the programme. During a sit-down lunch, typical Bisu vegetarian cuisine was served on plantain leaf. Prof B A Vivek Rai, ADC Sadashiv Prabhu and N G Mohan helped in serving lunch to people.
Rangoli : Rangoli competition was conducted for women on the occasion. Special coupons were provided to people at Rs 200, which was inclusive of lunch and visit to Pilikula biological park, herbarium, artisan village and boat ride in Pilikula. Hundreds of people took part in the one day celebrations.
Superintendent of Police S D Sharanappa, ZP CEO P Sreevidhya, MCC Commissioner Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, Vijaya Bank DGM Uday Kumar Shetty, Pilikula Regional Science Centre Director Prof K V Rao, Pilikula Nisargadhama Executive Director Prabhakar Sharma, Zoo Director Manjunath Bhandary, ZP Member Yashavanthi Alva, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura were present among the enthusiastic public participants.