Belthangady, Dec 13: The valedictory ceremony of the four-day Vishwa Tulu Sammelan was held on Dec 13, Sunday, at 7 p.m. An orchestra comprising a combination of traditional Tulu music with Mime Ramdas Group’s popular dance hits added to the charm of the occasion.
Margaret Alva, the governor of Uttaranchal, was the chief guest. In her speech, she praised the women of Tulunad for their impressive characteristics and ability to progress.
Highlights of day four
The last seminars of the day were conducted by Prof Yedupathi Gowda. Dr. Sripathi Kalluraya, Dr. Shashikala Shetty, and Dr N K Tingalaya spoke on the need to explore fresh ideas for growth and development. Sattvika R Shetty, the member of Mumbai Bunts Sangh, spoke on the topic “Growth of Tulunadu and Employment Opportunities Abroad.” Giridha Prabhu spoke on “Development of Tulunadu.”
One of the highlights of the last day was a Sabi-Savaal Tulu Quiz, which was conducted by Sitaram Kulal, the former president of the Tulu Sahithya Academy, and Kadri Navaneeth Shetty. More than 2,332 people participated in this quiz. The winners are Deepthi Shetty of Kujattabail, Mangalore; Chitra V P, Puttur; Shwetha Shetty, Sampige in Moodbidri; Suntha from Alake in Mangalore; Trusha from Kalleri-Karaya in Belthangady; Nithan Kumar Karaya of Belthangady; Yogitha A Alankar of Puttur; Navyashree Bantwal; Satish Hegde; Tenka Karandoor of Belthangady; and Misab Nekkinady of Belthangady.
Media did a great job: Dr. Hegde
Shri Dharmasthala Dharmadikari Dr. Veerendra Hegde, the president of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, said in his concluding speech that the media has done an exemplary job in covering the day-to-day events of the Convention. The most fascinating thing about the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan, said Dr. Veerendra Hegde, was the fact that all the people who attended the Sammelana, in spite of their differences of color, caste, religion, and localities, were bound by a common thread—their love for their mother-tongue Tulu. Dr. Hegde expressed his unhappiness that this great cultural event has still not attracted the attention of the international media in spite of its magnitude and grandeur while trivial events such as a pub brawl and the attack on some girls by some unruly boys hits international headlines.
He expressed gratitude to media persons for giving extensive coverage to all the events of the Convention. Thanks to the media, people all over the world as well as those who couldn’t attend the Convention for a variety of reasons could get the best reports of it. The press has successfully conveyed the true spirit in which the Sammelan was organized. By doing so, they have rendered great service to Tulu cultural tradition and language.
Dr. Mohan Alva, the chief secretary of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan, said that 18 important resolutions had been passed during the Convention. Some of these are to include Tulu in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, to demand for Tulu all facilities due to minority languages, to rename Mangalore Airport as Tulunadu Airport, to improve the condition of the Mangalore Railway Station, to develop Tulunadu as a spot of tourist significance, to introduce a Tulu news channel in All India Radio, to re-establish Bramhavar Sugar Factory, and many others.
Dr. Veerendra Hegde felicitated B R Shetty, the NRI entrepreneur from Abhu Dhabhi; Veerappa Moily, the union law minister; M K Dharmaraj of New Delhi; Dayanand Pai of Bangalore; Santhosh Hegde, the Lokayukta Justic; M N Rajendra Kumar, the veteran of the co-operative movement; M T R Sadanand Mayya; Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI chief secretary; B Mohammed Haji Mohideen of Thumbay, Banumathi Tendon of Bangalore; Dr. Manmohan Attavar; T Sham Bhat; BV Acharya of Bangalore; and Rammohan Rao of New Delhi by presenting a silver plaque to each of them.
The other dignitaries on the dais were Swami Vishweshateertha of Puttige Math in Udupi; MP Nalin Kumar Kateel; MLAs H Gopal Bhandary and Abhayachandra Jain; MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary; Dharmapal U Devadiga; Dr. Mohan Alva, the chief of the convening committee of Vishwa Tulu Sammelan; and Paltady Ramakrishna Achar, the president of the Tulu Sahitya Academy.
Yasho Varma, the secretary of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan, made the welcome speech. Dr. Chinnappa Gowda expressed gratitude. The masters of ceremonies were Manjula Mangalore and Moodbidri Muniraj Renjala.