'Tulu culture can't survive without nature'

'Tulu culture can't survive without nature'

“Nature and Tulu culture have an inseparable bond. If we don’t save our nature, we can’t save Tulu language, as well as Tulu culture,” opined Udupi Government College Kannada PG Department Head Dr Gananath Shetty Ekkaru.

He was delivering a lecture during ‘Bisu Sammilana’ programme, organised by Bantara Yane Nadavara Matru Sangha and Maatru Sangha Mangalore taluk committee, on Saturday.

“Tulu culture is mainly based on farming culture. The rituals like Bootharadhane, Daivaradhane, Kambla and Keddasa have relation with the nature of Tulunadu. Globalisation and modernisation have started affecting the nature.

Investors pour money on industries which are dangerous to the environment. Unless we save our nature, Tulu language and culture would just become show piece.


Speaking on Tulu calendar, he said that the Tulu New Year begins according to the movement of the sun. The month also begins from 14 of every month and moves in a circle and ends on 15th of next month. It is very much near to the path of nature. He also lamented on the glorification of the Vedic tradition as it would affect the man and nature relationship.

Bantara Yane Nadavara Matru Sangha President Maladi Ajith Kumar Rai said that the Sangha which was established in 1908 gave prominence to education as it is the base for future. Though it is proved true, in some ways it has become curse to the community as educated youth have started moving away from the grand old traditions. “We are in transition period. More programmes should be organised to unite Bunts and increase awareness about our tradition,” he added.

Earlier, the programme was inaugurated by unfurling the coconut flower. Ex-servicemen Brigadier Niranjan Hegde, Radhakrishna Shetty, agriculturist Ramanath Attar, Kshema lecturer Dr Saayigeetha Hegde, and athlete and youth farmer Prathibha Shetty were felicitated on the occasion.

Puttur MLA Shakunthala T Shetty, Bunts Association Mumbai President CA Shankara Shetty, social guide Shashikala Adappa, Bantara Yane Nadavara Matru Sangha Vice President Kenchanooru Somashekara Shetty, Secretary Meghanath Shetty were present among others.

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