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Dubai : Bunts UAE Celebrates 38th Anniversary with Pomp and Gaiety

Shodhan Prasad
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Daijiworld Media Network

Dubai, May 13 : It was the 38th anniversary of UAE Bunts, a strong long standing community organisation for Tulunada Bunts existing in the UAE with a great number of members collectively holding get together and celebrating from many years.  This year's celebration held yesterday the 11th May, 2011 was in JW Marriott Hotel, Dubai attended by a big record number of bunts community members of more than 1400 numbers.  H.E. M.K. Lokesh, Ambassador of India in UAE graced the function as Chief Guest with Kannada/Tulu Film Actor Shivdwaj Shetty as Guest of honour and UAE Bunts Patron, Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty along with wife Dr. Chandrakumari B.R. Shetty who were present throughout the function.  Other guests include, Satishchandra Shetty, President Kuwait Bunts, Pradeep Shetty, President Bahrain Bunts & Mahesh Hegde, Vice President Saudi Bunts.

The programme started at around 11.00 AM with golden voiced President Sarvotham Shetty opening up the event in his imitable style. The Chief Guests were called on to the stage and the show was inaugurated with the traditional lighting of the lamp. Soon after the inauguration was a Ganapathi Prayer by Aishwarya Ganesh Rai & Amrutha Vinaykumar Shetty.

Smitha Chowta presented the welcome speech and soon was welcome song by organisers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah.  Later was a welcome dance presented by Deepashri Jeevan Shetty & Divya from Abu Dhabi.  'Kannu Muchaale' a dance number by Rekha, Tanuja & Anita Jairam Shetty from Dubai Bunts was fabulous followed was another filmy dance number 'Chikni Chameli' by Surekha Jitu Shetty & Pawan Poojary.  Also was "Suggi Kunitha' a folk dance with cute kids of Dubai was well presented by Usha V. Shetty & Praveen Shetty followed by Bollywood Dhamaka presented by Lakshmi R. Shetty and Nigel.  A Kannada song 'Pankaja' was later rendered by Chetna, Babita & Prasanna from Dubai.  All the dances were nicely performed by children and youth of Bunts.

Sarvotham Shetty then introduced the Bunts Committee and also introduced the new Committee for the coming year. Some of those whose wedding anniversary was on this particular day were also asked to come up on stage and exchange garlands with their spouse.

Chief Guest, H.E. M.K. Lokesh, Ambassador of India in UAE was felicitated by Dr. B.R. Shetty with shawl, flower bouquet, fruits and Memento.  Major Sponsors of the event including Shekar B. Shetty of Arab Udupi Chain of Restaurants, Pravin Kumar Shetty of Fortune Group of Hotels, Sujath Shetty of Ghantoot Building Materials, Premnath Shetty of Heat Shield, Cine Actor Shivdwaj along with their wives plus Sudhir Kumar Shetty of UAE Exchange, Ganesh Rai & Sudhakar Alva were present on the stage during the ceremony.  At the same time all the Sponsors were honoured with shawl and sweets.

H.E. Lokesh also released a 350 pages UAE Bunts Directory 'Aisiri' which was later distributed to all the invitees and guests.  'Aisiri' beautifully designed attractive directory is being conceptualized by Creative Art Director, B.K. Ganesh Rai of GPR Advertising & Signage a sister concern of NMC Group.  A committee was formed comprising of Sarvotham Shetty, Ganesh Rai, Sudhakar Alva, Ravindranath Shetty, Divesh Alva, Jayaram Rai, Uday Shetty, Satish Shetty, Anil Hegde, Nithyanand Shetty, Jayakar Rai, Sashikar Shetty, Satosh J. Shetty, Ravi Prasad Shetty, Vasu Kumar Shetty, Satish Shetty, Prashant Hegde, Jayananda Pakkala & Prabhakar Shetty who had worked day and night in compiling this great directory.

Followed was felicitation to Guest of Honour, Cine Actor Shivdwaj Shetty along with his wife and son.  H.E. Lokesh felicitated Shivdwaj with shawl, flower bouquet, fruit basket, Memento & Ganesh Rai read out the felicitation letter and handed over the same to him.  Shivdwaj who recently was honoured with National Award for his directorial venture Tulu Movie 'Gaggara' has also acted in another recently released Tulu Movie 'Bangarda Kural' and other Kannada movies.  He was touched by the felicitation and thanked the organisation for the honours.  He said I am proud to be a bunt and also shared his feelings later, while on the stage called for another event.

Ambassador H.E. Lokesh spoke few words in Kannada highlighting the contributions of Bunts Community to the world especially in the field of hospitality.  He thanked the Bunts Community Organisation for serving the Indians in UAE for over 38 years contributing in various fields.  His special mention is Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty whose enterprise have given shelter to so many Indians in UAE.  He added, "wherever I go I see a Shetty in that organisation' which means your community people are serving everywhere.

UAE Bunts also honoured the young and talented children of their community with 'Prathiba Puraskara' wherein Dr. B.R. Shetty along with his wife Dr. Chandrakumari B.R. Shetty presented the honours to various children who excelled in their academic studies with medals. Those children honoured were Shravya Suraj Shetty, Sanjana Ravi Shetty & Siddharth Satish Shetty.

In between the dance and singing Sarvotham Shetty conducted many spot games with fun and humour.  This time giving much importance to Tulu Folk, Bunts conducted various competitions for both children and youth.  Started with Folk Dance competition, various children participated in colourful folk and presented 'Koti Chennayya', 'Uttari Festival of Coorg', other combined folk dances comprising of Yakshagana, Bootha Aaradhane etc., and it was really nice to see sweet little children neatly dressed in traditional typical folk dress looking like miniatures.

Later with the Bunts talent was 'Mahishasura Mardhini' dance drama well presented by Vishwanath Shetty of Sharjah.

A wide spread Buffet Lunch was served to all the invitees with variety of salads, soups,  main course including traditional Mangalorean curries and mix of desserts.

Soon after the lunch was 'Musical Orchestra by Kiran Shetty & Group well presented and appreciated. The Ladies throw ball team who have achieved tremendous success all through the year in various occasions were also called upon on the stage and honoured.

UAE Bunts this time specially recognized and honoured few well known social workers for their exceptional dedicated humanitarian services and they were Shodhan Prasad, Sudhakar Alva and Balakrishna Salian who were invited on to the stage and felicitated with Mementos by Dr. B.R. Shetty in the presence of Actor Shivdwaj Shetty.  Sarvotham Shetty read out some of those tragic events where these individuals shouldered their responsibilities including promotion of blood donation campaigns in UAE.

Continuing with the Talent competition was a skit by Neopharma Staff nicely presented by Santosh Shetty & Group followed by "Dashavatara" neatly presented by Soujanya & Group choreographed by Prasanna Poojary.  Next was an emotional melo drama titled "Kargil Yodha" by Dubai Group choreographed by Rajesh Kuthar which deeply touched the heart of the audience who gave a standing ovation.  Bunts from Abu Dhabi presented ladies dance by Smita Chowta & Group and was finely choreographed by Pawan Poojary.   Before concluding was a Nrithya Roopaka 'Kaalinga Mardhana' well presented by Rajani Nagaraj Shetty of Al Ain.  At the end Arun Alva presented a group dance called 'Patti Rap'.

The best talents were identified as follows:-

In children's category:-

1st was 'Uttari Festival of Coorg' choreographed by Jasmitha Vivek Poojary
2nd was 'Abu Dhabi Dance Group' choreographed by Pawan Poojary
3rd was 'Koti Chennayya' choreographed by Rajesh Kuthar

In Bunts Talent Adult category:-

1st won by 'Abu Dhabi Dance Group' Ladies choreographed by Pawan Poojary
2nd won by 'Dashavathara' by Soujanya & Group choreographed by Prasanna Poojary
3rd won by 'Kargil Yodha' by Dubai Group choreographed by Rajesh Kuthar

All the choreographers were called upon and honoured while the best choreography were won by Jasmitha Vivek Poojary & Pawan Poojary.  Also, the judges of the talent competition were called upon and honoured with flower bouquet.

Concluding the event was Prize distribution followed by Raffle Draw.  Sarvotham Shetty who compeered the daylong event along with Sampath Shetty, Mangala Shetty, Reshma Divesh Alva & Jyotika Shetty, also conveyed the vote of thanks.

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Comment on this article

  • Satish Shetty, Dubai

    Tue, May 22 2012

    As Devesh rightly said, before making a comment, get your facts right. Devesh has been quite active in the community over the last couple of years which is known to all.

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  • Jeevan Raja shetty/ organiser 2012., UDUPI/CHERKADI MADI

    Sat, May 19 2012

    It was a great experience. The event was awesome, Kudos to all the committe members, thanks to each one who attended the getogether, thanks to all my co oganisers for supporting in making 38 th Bunts Getogether a successfull and memorable one. Special thanks to Sarvothamanna for motivating us.

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  • Suman, Mlore/ Dubai

    Wed, May 16 2012

    Oh... Narayana..

    1st English kalpu maraya... bokka comments paadu..

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  • Devesh Alva,

    Wed, May 16 2012

    @ Narayana,

    I don't know if you are from Dubai.But if you are from Dubai it shows your ignorance For your kind info I was one of the organizers last year and also for the pooja.But anyways I need not explain to you.......

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  • sadashiv s.p,

    Wed, May 16 2012

    Lookd like s fantstic programe through the pics.Intresting to note that in both the children n adults dance categories all the 3 prizes were won by the dances choreographed by "BILLAWAS'.JAI HO BILLAWAS.

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  • Rashmikant, Aikala / Dubai

    Wed, May 16 2012

    'Ecstatic' is what we are reading the response to this post. I, on behalf of the entire organizing committee, would like to thank you all for the encouraging words that you'll have bestowed upon us. It gives us immense pleasure and pride in being part of the Bunts organizing committee and having brought to you an event, loved and enjoyed by attendees of every age group.Thanks to Sarvotham anna for giving this opportunity. With your wishes of luck, we can only grow from here!Thank you all

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  • Sudhakar Thumbay, Thumbay/DUBAI

    Wed, May 16 2012


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  • Sachindra Shetty, Karkala

    Wed, May 16 2012

    Vinod, Viraj,

    Hi guys, i like your comments, perfectly right what u said both, this happening all functions, in all communities programms, who will work behind not will come, we want to c the same face all time.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Tue, May 15 2012

    Congratulations. Well organised programme.

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  • Narayan, Manglore

    Tue, May 15 2012

    Devesha Alva,

    First of all u r entering in this community programme first time, where u came before? May be this year u trying to show off in some programme!! not for community progress.

    what u say!!!

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  • Harsha Laxmidas, Mumbai/Dubai

    Tue, May 15 2012

    Dear Jaya and Anna,
    The kids are looking very pretty and beautiful...Prateek and Prapti...perfect Coorgi....
    Hats off to you all and Ms.Jasmitha...
    Congratulations once again.....
    Love from all of us....
    Laxmidas, Harsha, Shefali and Shelina

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  • dinraj shetty, Yermal/Dubai

    Tue, May 15 2012

    congratulation to organisers and great perfomers,

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  • Udaya Shankar Shetty, Mundkur - Abu Dhabi

    Tue, May 15 2012

    I do agree that very easy to comment on any subject / program and it is very difficult to organize and we all should appreciate the efforts of our organizers. Very good program good crowd. Specially parents and participants took lot of trouble in between their busy working schedule and may be they took financial burden.
    I appreciate the two suggestions made by our community members / sisters [Jyotika & Viraj]. I think in future our organizers and under the able leadership of Mr. Sarvothamanna can pass rays of hope on this subject.
    Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer.

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  • Organizing committee, Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Thank you Vinod for your Appreciation, but there is a small misunderstanding regarding pic coverage, this has been covered by media and not by bunts organized photographer, our photographer has been instructed to go to every table for a pic, DVD will take a weeks time.

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  • Poornima Hegde, Udupi/Mumbai/Abudhabi

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Excellent and colourful event.Great effort from Sarvothamanna ,the organizing committee and the participants.It was a great day.Kargil skit was heartrending,performance was exceptional.Venue and food was good.

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  • Navin Shetty, Kudla-Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    dear viraj & vinod - What i feel u did not go through all the photographs. Photo's covered all the tables and every nook & corner. There is no rich and poor in uae bunts. All have given equal opportunity in every field including the stage performance. Pls dont give chance for other people to talk. Undenu odinagulu "kaipugu oggarane padonde" uppuveru!!

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  • Vinod shetty, Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Well said Viraj,abudhabi/mangalore.Always cameras covered by rich community,same snaps repeating several times.what about other supporters if only rich community is enough to complete the event why they are inviting other peoples.

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  • viraj, abudhabi/mangalore

    Mon, May 14 2012

    The effort behind all the performances,stage decoration, dances,costume ,drama is truely worth appreciating,kudos to each and every soul who were involved with this,the pics have come out super good BUT there is one suggestion, in future bunts gathering we would like to see the more common bunts also to be covered by the camera man,not the elite few,if snaps are clicked of other bunts who are not so famous but an integral part of the rich community,it will add a feather to the cap.I missed the enthralling show this year,but the photographs have covered the entire show beautifully except would like to see more audience pics next time.

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  • Pranay Shetty, Mulki / Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Big thank you to the dedicated organisers for such a colourful event.

    I have been to many Bunts functions in India but the UAE Bunts team and thier core of veteran players have set a very high standard on organising the show . Cheers to you all.

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  • Ravi Shetty,President Bunts Qatar, Doha,Qatar

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Congratulations to Sarvotham Anna and the working committee members,participants and the volunteers for the successful celebration of 38th Anniversary of UAE Bunts.
    Thank you for your kind invitation. I really missed the wonderful show as Tulu Koota Qatar's annual day too was scheduled on the same day.
    Event has been well covered by the seasoned Shodhan Prasad and team Daijiworld

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  • Satish, Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    A fantastic show with exemplary performances. It was really emotional to see tears in lots of ladies eyes after the Kargil Yodha show.

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  • Ravindranath Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Congratulation to the organizing committee for presenting such a high quality program. “Kargil” show was excellent and appealing. Special thanks to the artists for presenting such a sensational show.

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  • Sudhakara Alva, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Well organised program.Very good show from all the kids & elders team.Good effort by all the participents to show our culture & rich heritage.I request all our community members to participate in our blood donation camps and all other activities.Your whole hearted participation gives us strength to organise more charity events.congratulation to all the organisers.

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  • Satish Hegde, Kundapur/Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    It was Great to see the kids & the adults giving amazing performances through out the program. All efforts put by the organizers,choreographers, performers & supporting members made this event a remarkable one.

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  • Deepa Shetty, Mumbai, India

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Great Show! Enjoyed seeing the pics and the report. Keep it up Bunts n the organising committee- Kudos1

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  • Devesh Alva, Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    One of the best programmes I have ever witnessed in the past few years.Great Job......

    Would also request my friends to please come in huge number every year and support the community....

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  • Kavita, Mumbai/Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    The programme looks very colourful and a fun event. wish i could have attended. Good job Meghna keep it up!

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Looking at the 'disagree' ticks
    here on comments of well ishers it is safe to presume that some 'Bunts' are upto some 'Stunts' to vent their ire!

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  • Mehul Shetty, Mumbai

    Mon, May 14 2012

    Wonderful! That's what defines the Bunts Anniversary event on May 11, 2012. Throughout the show, we never felt that we are not in our native Mangalore. Weheras, the songs, the performances, the acts, gave us a a refreshing feeling of being at home away from home. Thanks to the entire team of Bunts Sangha who planned, managed, and coordinated the show. Hats off guys! Well done - hope to see many more such events initiated by you guys.

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  • Hariprasad shetty, Nandikoor/DXB

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Really one of the best programme in UAE bunts get together,I am appreciate to Sarvothammanna(Pillar of UAE bunts),organisers&tallented performers.

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  • Prasad V Shetty, Kanthavara, Karkala

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Big Thanks from the Organizers team to all of you for attending in this nos,thanks to those for performing and making it an successful event.

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  • brijesh, mangalore/shj

    Sun, May 13 2012

    congratulations to the organising committee for putting up such an excellent is worth appreciatng the efforts of the little ones.not only this i would personally appreciate that the humanitarianism is recognised & is worth appreciating the initiative mr alva.for taking the initiative of mass wedding in m'lore& also the blood donation here in dxb.lets all support this good cause..kudos to the bunts community.

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  • Ramanath Shetty, Singapore

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Great pictures and celebrations. Proud to be Bunt

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  • Veenadhar Shetty,, Kundapur / Dubai-UAE

    Sun, May 13 2012

    "Heartly Congratulation to Sarvothamanna, Organising Committee Members and all the Supporting members of UAE Bunts". Stage decoration was Attractive & Excellent. One of the best program with competition and especially lot of traditional dances with great efforts. Great idea with good cause and lot of efforts to put together ALL of us through the -AISIRI- UAE BUNTS Directory-2012. Memorable Message from Dr. B. R. Shetty, M. K. Lokesh and D. Veerendra Heggade.

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    Sun, May 13 2012

    Congratulations. Well organised programme. Thanks to all the organisers of our Bunts group. I am really very sorry i couldnt attend the function. Keep it up and show our unity to the whole world. Please encourage our childrens to know each other within our community by arranging like these some more programmes. Thanks.

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  • Jane & Gilbert Aranha, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Congratulations UAE Bunts on the 38th Anniversary & grand celebration! Nice to see the pictures which took us to back home memories. Log live Bunts association!!

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  • Harini Shetty, Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    It was a fantastic experience for all of us. I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as we did putting it up.
    From 2012 Bunts organisers

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  • Shoba Shetty , Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and suggestion ....your wonderful comments really means a lot for the organisers who put all their efforts to make this event a memorable one - Regards from 2012 Bunts organisers

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  • RAJESH ALVA, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Wow what an evening...enjoyed every bit of it. Dashavatara Dubai...was the best of all...what a performance. fun fun and fun...

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  • Jyothika Harsha Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    What a wonderful event it was. First of all a hearty congratulations to the working committee members. We all enjoyed the program that was well organized and uted. The dance that was showcased were all excellent and the competition for the adults was truly professional. The kids competition was fantastic too where everyone has made a sincere effort to showcase the folk dances. Stage setting was excellent and food was good too. Proud to be a Bunt and keep up the good work. It is worth mentioning that the disclosure of financial standing of the association was very good as it gives a lot of transparency to the other members. But I would like to ask here that Why does not the committee have a single lady in its formation. I think an able lady and her views is always of greater contribution than having all men in the group. Bunts community gives a lot of importance to ladies and therefore, this aspect should be thought about. Three cheers to the Bunt community and proud to be a Bunt.

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  • Sarvotham Shetty, Pareekha - Abu Dhabi

    Sun, May 13 2012

    On behalf of UAE BUNTS my sincere thanks goes to all the participants, choreographers, co-ordinators and the huge bunts members for making this gathering a grand success. My special thanks also goes to Shodhan & Alex of daijiworld for their detailed report and beautiful photogrpahs.

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  • Mohammed Shakeel, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Congratulation to organisers and perfomers. Well done.

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  • Naveen Alva, Bellare/Dubai

    Sun, May 13 2012

    Very well organised program. Congratulations and thank you to Sarvothamanna & all the organising committee members for putting lot of effort in making the function a grand success. Last but not the least the stage decoration was very good.

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