Mangalore, Oct 10, 2011 : In his inaugural address, at the silver jubilee celebrations of the District Panarae Yane Nalike Community Association held in Town Hall on Saturday, District-in-charge Minister Krishna J. Palemar urged the seniors in the community to pass on their art forms to the younger generation.
Pointing out the fact that there is a difference between the way the art was performed earlier and the way it is performed now, he spoke of the importance of preserving traditions and art forms as they are.
He also stated that he is still in the process of trying to convince the government to provide monthly pension for retired Nalike artistes and to provide 1 acre land in each taluk to construct community halls. He also said that the government will implement the laws made to protect Nalike art from imitation and mockery in the public places.
In his address, Deputy Speaker N. Yogish Bhat said that patenting traditional medicines prepared by members of the Nalike community is important since foreign countries are trying to patent various medicines belonging to India, while the people of India are unaware of both the importance of these plants as well as the need to patent them. He urged the universities to take up the issue and patent these medicines. He also stated that Rs. 25 lakh has been earmarked for the construction of a community hall for members of the Nalike community at Shakti Nagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Erya Laxminarayana urged the members of the Nalike community to pursue modern education as well as protect and preserve their ancient art forms and traditions. He stated that there are bank employees and professors who belong to the Nalike community, who preserve their ancient art whenever they find the time.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said that the government is mulling over the idea of providing Rs. 15k as annual pension to the members of the community.
The members of the Nalike community had urged the elected representatives to grant Rs. 25 lakh for the construction of a community hall in Moodubidri, provide scholarships to the kids of Nalik community, implement the act that bans imitation of Nalike art forms, invest in the establishment of a cooperative bank, and much more.
Around 24 Nalike community members were felicitated for their contributions on this occasion.
An audio CD of Tulu folk songs, directed by Sheena Nadoli, the theatre director, was also released.