Grand procession unveils glory of Tulu culture

CM, Home Minister among others take part in First World Tulu Convention

Grand procession unveils glory of Tulu culture


Resplendent glimpses of World Tulu Convention, which was started at Ujire on Thursday.   DH photos by Chandrahas Kotekar

The procession led by a pachyderm belonging Sri Kshethra Dharmasthala was followed by nearly 50 troupes from the nook and corner of Tulunadu. Apart from the regular tiger dance, bear dance, dolls, keelu kudure, Kalladka dolls, masked dolls, there were several troupes that stole the show. Some of them included an all-women chende and an all-women tigeress dance and a group of women carrying stalks of hay. A group of Tuluvas who arrived from Nasik and Baroda in Maharasthra were also part of the procession. A group of people consisting of menfolk both adults and children clad in dhotis, a white cloth headgear, a towel worn across their shoulder blowing conchs ceremonially stole the show.

Resplendent glimpses of World Tulu Convention, which was started at Ujire on Thursday.   DH photos by Chandrahas KotekarIn fact, the procession also unveiled a host of folk dances that included Aati Kalenja, peacock dance, kangeelu and Koragas’ drums. Some rare dances by men and women belonging to Koraga community succeeded in drawing the attention of the onlookers. While cutouts of Krishna Devaraya and Rani Abbakka brought alive the memories of yesteryears, Kambala buffaloes reminded the folk sports in the life of rural people.

The Tulu Jyothi (torch light) was the last to arrive in the procession which was received by Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade in the presence of CM B S Yedyurappa and Home Minister Dr V S Acharya among other dignitaries.

Sea of people

Thousands of people witnessed the grand procession. In fact, throughout the nearly one kilometre route was flanked by the members of the public to have a glimpse at the rich Tulu tradition. A number of people climbed trees.

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