Heggade moots Tulu cultural centre

It will be a reality provided government allots 5-acre of land

Speaking at a programme to release a DVD on the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, at SDM College of Business Management here on Saturday, he said the Tulu cultural centre would be a theme park depicting the entire Tulu tradition and the way of life.

A 50 cent-land is with the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy reserved for a ‘Tulu Bhavan’ and the Academy may give it back to the government if they allot some 5 acre land towards the new project, Heggade observed. 

He said the documentation of the four-day mega event in the form of a DVD has given the organisers a great feeling of satisfaction and purposefulness.

‘Namma Kudla’ has produced the five-and-half-hour DVD out of 76-hours recorded visuals.

No to land conversion

Heggade, who was also the chief organiser of Vishwa Tulu Sammelan, said a panel has been formed to follow-up the resolutions passed during the Tulu convention. “Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has been urged to drop the Netravathi river diversion project when he visited Kokkada recently. The efforts will be on to realise the resolutions,” he said. Heggade also said he is still against conversion of agricultural land for the industrialisation purpose.

District-in-Charge Minister J Krishna Palemar said an inquiry committee has been set up to find out whether the report that gave first place to Mangalore in industrial pollution is true tor false. “It is unfortunate that Mangalore got the unwanted tag after I got the environment portfolio!” he said.

Entrepreneur P Dayanand Pai said he would give all support to realise the dream of Tulu Samskritika Bhavan.

MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Tulu Sammelan secretaries M Mohan Alva, B Yashovarma, Namma Kudla founder B P Karkera were present.

Rs 3.74 cr for Sammelana

What was the total money spent for Vishwa Tulu Sammelan? It was Rs 3,74,72,847.
Presenting the audited accounts of the convention at the DVD release function, the convention secretary B Yashovarma explained various sources of income and the heads of expenditure made during the mega event.

According to the report, the money required for the convention came from the government (Rs 1 crore), Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala (Rs 78.78 lakh), SDM educational institutions (Rs 38 lakh), donors (Rs 1.33 lakh), registration fee (Rs 26.34 lakh), exhibition stalls (Rs 3.5 lakh), Nempu souvenir (Rs 1.42 lakh) and others.

The expenditure part includes advertisement and publicity (Rs 34 lakh), pendal (Rs 28 lakh), ground levelling (Rs 6 lakh), souvenir (Rs 29 lakh), decoration (Rs 19 lakh), facilities (Rs 17.42 lakh), Tulu cultural village (Rs 32.37 lakh), food (Rs 85 lakh), cultural programmes (Rs 10.76 lakh) and sound-lighting (Rs 30 lakh).

DVD release in novel way

The DVD was released in a unique way. Dr M Mohan Alva, the General Secretary of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, enacted the role of a ‘bhoota’ and performed magics through which he “produced” the DVDs.

The bhoota took various articles from the ‘Akshayapatre’ such as areca-beetel leaves, tender coconut, kalasha, kalase, pingara, akki mudi. D Veerendra Heggade was asked to cut open the akki mudi, and then as he opened he got a bunch of the new DVDs.

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