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Sunday, August 09, 2009 2:33:51 PM (IST)  

Dr Veerendra Heggade in Dubai to Unite Tuluvas for Tulu Sammelan

Dr Veerendra Heggade in Dubai to Unite Tuluvas for Tulu Sammelan

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Report: Shodhan Prasad
Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai

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Dubai, Aug 9: UAE Tulu Koota with the initiative of Dr B R Shetty hosted a warm welcome to Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade of Shri Kshetra Dharmastala & Dr Mohan Alva of Alva’s Education Foundation who have come all the way from Mangalore to brief hosting of the first and foremost ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelan 2009’ in Ujire.  Dr Heggade touched UAE enroute his tour to Russia with the arrangement mediated by Dr B R Shetty on behalf of UAE Tulu Koota.
The programme was all set at Lotus Hotel, Dubai started at around 7 pm with participants for the first time in UAE interestingly from all over the gulf.
Sarvotham Shetty, a Rajyotsava Awardee himself, opened up the event with welcome speech in his golden voice.  The guests welcomed and on the stage included, Dr Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala, Dr Mohan Alva of Alva’s Education Foundation, C R Shetty, president, UAE Tulukoota and Karnataka Sangha Dubai, Dr B R Shetty, chief convenor of UAE Tulu Koota and MD of NMC Group Companies, Pitamber Alke, president of Tulu Koota, Muscat, Surendra Heggade, brother of Shri Veerendra Heggade,  Ravi Shetty, President of Tulu Koota, Qatar, Elias Sanctis & N S Shetty of Tulu Koota, Kuwait.  Sarvotham introduced Dr Veerendra Heggade and his mission ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelan’ which is due to be held in Dakshina Kannada during the period 10th December 2009 to 13th December, 2009.
As released to the press, Ujire in Belthangady taluk will host the first Vishwa Tulu Sammelan in association with Shri Kshetra Academy from December 10th to 13th with Shri Veerendra Heggade as the Chairman of reception committee said that the exhibitions reflecting Tulu Sports and Culture will be held in seven taluk headquarters from October 21 to 28.  The reception committee has received a good response from informal feelers sent to Tulu speaking community and can register as delegates by paying Rs.251/- which will entitle them to memento, publication, boarding and lodging facilities.
Dr Veerendra Heggade was felicitated with flowers, fruits and shawl by Dr B R Shetty.  Even all other dignitaries on the stage were also felicitated with flowers and shawl on behalf of UAE Tulu Koota.  Kushal Shetty one of the active Tulu activist in UAE, spoke  few words especially on Dr. Heggade and Dr. Mohan Alva and welcomed them with flower bouquet.
Soon after the felicitation, Dr Heggade opened up his speech remembering Manjunatha Swamy and Annappa Swamy of Dharmasthala and spoke in pure tulu language.  First and foremost he thanked all those who have taken interest and attended the function in spite of their busy schedule.  He emphasized the importance of tulu language and culture and remembered people who have dedicated all their time for the existence and survival of this language.  He said that God is one who has blessed every one irrespective of caste and religion for the good deeds they have done to the society and Tulu is one such language commonly spoken by all the faiths in the southern part of Karnataka which really should be applauded.  Though there are many languages spoken by different faiths in Dakshina Kannada, tulu is the only common language in use though Kannada is the state language.  Now it is the duty of every individual residing in this part of the society to save this dying language.  He also mentioned about the people of tulunad who have contributed a lot to the mankind wherever they go.  He then mentioned about the influence of western culture in our home town which fuels the slow fading of our rich language, because of which there comes the need of ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelan’.  Dr. Heggade mentioned about the great saints, philosophers and god men of yesteryears such as Koti Chennaya who have sacrificed their lives for the betterment of tulu nadu.  He said we now have to think of uplifting our society and contributing to the development of  our home land which is blessed with all natural resources.


The main theme of ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelan’ is “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”.  Unlike previous similar sammelans, this is not exhibiting culture, drama and dance but purely on discussions, talk shows, education, investment etc. along with keeping up the tradition.
In brief, the ‘Vishwa Tulu Sammelan’ will be held in 6 main cities of Dakshina Kannada and will focus on the opportunity of investment, Sahitya, Sanskriti, Education and above all work on keeping up our traditional alive.  Special mention was on B.R. Shetty and his contribution to the society which was applauded.  Dr. Heggade welcomed all the NRI’s to attend the sammelan and requested everyone to make this event a unique event.
Dr Mohan Alva, General Secretary of the Samithi started his speech with love and dedication to Dr. Heggade and with all the praise for his kind deeds to mankind.  He said that since long this event is being spoken but was not able to do due to several reasons.  He said this time with the blessings of the Dharmadhikari he is sure that the sammelan will take place.  The sammelan is all about ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ keeping in mind Tulu naadu, Tulu language, tulu tradition and development of mankind in this part of the world.  He specially made comment on those ancestors of Tulu nadu who have dedicated their life to the upliftment of our society.
The places selected for the event includes, Mangalore, Moodubidri, Udupi, Kasargod, Puttur, Sullia, Bantwal and Karkala and will be on Saturdays.  Around 20 different committees are formed to take care of this event through out.  Dr. Alva briefed about the website and on line registration process for those Tuluvas who need to register and take part in this great event.  He also stressed that people in great numbers take interest and participate in this unique event.  He also spoke about Tulu Academy.  He mentioned that though tulu is not a language of other minority communities like Beary’s and Catholics of Dakshina Kannada, it is more spoken by these in great numbers and this should be appreciated.  He said these communities have contributed a lot to the existence of tulu language which is applaudable.  A latest discovery says the great King Krishadevaraya Wodeyar of Karnataka is a moola Tuluva origin.
Sarvotham Shetty spoke on the web site and registration process to this event and requested the attendees to spread this to their friends and relatives.
Ravi Shetty, President of Qatar Tulu Koot spoke on the importance of this meet and also mentioned about their 10th anniversary programme held recently.  C.R. Shetty, President of Karnataka Sangha Dubai and UAE Tulu Koota spoke on the importance of tulu culture.  He emphasized and requested the organizers to think of making a model city for tuluvas back in home town so that we can visit, take our children there and show them that this is our culture, tradition and values.
Elias Sanctis of Kuwait Tulu Koota praised about those people who are really born to help others.  He mentioned those names of great personalities who were born specially to serve the community and that we need to remember them for their good deeds.  His speech in a mix of Kannada and Tulu with flavour of ‘gaade maathu’ was really interesting to hear.  He whole heartedly showed his willingness to join the sammelan and said about forming external committees for the NRI’s to ease participation.  N.R. Shetty of Kannada Koota, Kuwait also spoke and praised about the good deeds of Shri Veerendra Heggade and Mohan Alva to the society.  He also whole heartedly welcomed the idea and his willingness to contribute.
Other speakers included, Dr. Yousuf of Beary’s Cultural Forum, L.V. Puthran of Mogaveers UAE, and finally B.R. Shetty on behalf of UAE Tulu Koota who briefly introduced all the stalwarts of Tulu Naadu residing in the gulf and their contribution to their mother land.
In between special mention on the good deeds of Dr. Veerendra Heggade were mentioned such as ‘Micro Financing’  which is running successful with spot approval at site and ‘Suraksha’ Insurance Scheme which has around 10 lakh people enrolled with direct billing facility.   These are ably run and organized by the Dharmadhikari himself.
There was a open question and answer cession and many tuluvas spoke about the concern and shared some good points which were noted by Dr. Heggade promising that those concerns will be taken care of.  Especially those points raised by Herman Louis of 105.4 HM Radio Spice on pushing our youth in these participation and suggestion from Denzil who said that we need to invite non-tuluvas from around the world to participate in this great event.
Finally, old students of SDM College, gathered together to felicitate their guru ‘Shri Veerendra Heggade’ with flower bouqet which really touched his heart.
Sarvotham Shetty praised the Media for their coverage and Dr. Mohan Alva, concluded the programme with vote of thanks and a sumptuous vegetarian buffet was served to all the attendees at the Lotus Hotel, Dubai.

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Comments on this article
bhaskar shetty, udupi
Sunday, August 12, 2012

It is known that krishnaevaraya is the son of the famous vijaynagar commander tuluva narasa nayaka ,who is a bunt(shetty).doubts are there only of the previous vijaynagar is also said that hakka & bukka were bunts(shetty).and dont use the words that bunts were subordinates of vijaynagar empire.all sort of nonsense and foolish sories are return of the previous dynasties.

Looking at the personalities of todays individual one can clearly judge the communities capacities,so please dont write anything a try to impress others by writing anything.vijaynagar empire was formed from the hoysala empire the king veera ballal was a shetty bunt converted to jain. in fact you can say that the entire south was ruled by the shettys or bunt community and nocommunity of south can compare themselves to the great valour of the bunts(shettys).want more explanation & proof then we can sit and talk & clear.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Great Personality Dr.Verrendra Heggade Sir,
I am still missing him to touch his feet,hopefully on 24th March have an option in adiudupi on our Self Help Group organising program. IF yes that day will be noted as luckiest day in my life... You people lucky really.. Jai Dharmasthala Jai Tulu Nadu Tulver...

neelam arya , KALYAN,MUMBAI
Saturday, April 10, 2010

very very nice article such great people are boon to tuluvas people

S. S. Kaup, Kaup/USA
Monday, August 17, 2009

The Vishwa Thulu Sammelan is a magnificent expression of work of those who really are about their people. Drs. Heggade, Alva, Pai, Yenappayya, and many many others should be admired and greatly recognized for theeeeir worthy contributions to Thulu speaking people. These people are engaged in transforming the culture of this area and beyond using education as the instrment, Dr. B.R. Shetty and his cohorts should be commended for bringing the message to Dubai and highlighting the significance of this movement.

One of the critical roles this movement can play is to bring people of different religion, caste. class closer under the umbrella of THOULAVAS(Thulu Speaking people) as equals on every respect, but not as Hindus, Jains, Christians. Muslims, Bunts Mogaveeras, carpenters or any other designations of social order. These religious differences and social order disignations are killing India''s potential to offer people to live in peace and happiness. Those who have studies religions of the world know that religion offers unifying influece for good beahvior. At the same time , it is used as a eapon of of distrust of people of other religion.

Let us make religion as a persiona pursuit, not as an imposition on others. Let us meet and interact as human beings. The tradition practiced, values held and tools used by Thulu speaking people is unique and should be cherished. The Thulu lkanguage is a tool of communication but a unifying and powerful tool. Perhaps, another mission of this group could be to explore the history, intent and benefit of the practices, values and tools used by THOULAVAS. This would allow us to archive those values,practices and tools which are outmoded in a museum and celebrate those which are still useful and beneficial.

Srinivas Achar, Udupi-Dubai
Friday, August 14, 2009

Dr Veerendra Heggade truly is a torchbearer of our tulu mate representing the large heartedness and broadmindedness of Tulu culture.He is an inspiring person.Dr Mohan Alva is another noted votary of Tulu language and culture. Thus for all the Gulf Tuluvites it was adouble whammy. Dr B R Shettys quintessential role of community integrator came to fore again during the event.That Tulu leaders in Gulf like Sarvotham Shetty, C R Shetty,B KYousuf, LV Putran,Kushal shetty(UAE),Elias ,N SShetty(Kuwait) and Ravi Shetty(Qatar) and other prominent community leaders will take the message to all their constituents is indeed a done thing. Srinivas Achar

Lokesh V Puthran, Kudroli/ Dubai
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

His Holiness Dharmadhikari Shri Virendra Heggade has done a great service to Tulu Nadu People. He had given a good talk on tulunadu and future activities of Vishwa Tulu Sammelan. Thanks to Padmabhushan Dr.B.R.Shetty and Shri Sarvottam Shetty for organising such event and inviting us for the same. JAI TULU Nadu , Jai Karnataka and Jai Bharat Mate. We will try our level best to participate in Vishwa Tulu Sammelan. President UAE MOGAVEERS.

harish shetty, marne/abu dhabi
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nice video and article, Thank you Daiji & Shodhan Prasad for nice report, Keep it up

pavan, Bekal
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dr. Verendra Hegde is truly a son of soil ,a true Tuluva .My kind request to raise the need for Tulu sattelite TV service @ VISHWA TULU SAMMELAN 2009.

Nellyson, Karkala\Riyadh
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dr. Verendra Heggade is a great perosnality and is doing a wonderful service to the society.Tulukoota @ Ujjire is will no doubt click and bring glory to this wonderful land of Tulu speaking people . May this Sammelan Unite all the People irrespective of Religion and take up some of the political and land issues such as "SEZ" which bothering the Canara People. All the best to Verendra Heggade and Mr. Shetty

Surekha Rai, Mangalore/Bangalore
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It is very nice article.

udaya kumar kayyar, Mangalore/U.A.E
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sri Dr Veerendra Heggade is a great and gift to our Tulunadu.we need Blessing... Very good luck to you all. Uday kumar kayyar Firepro International Dubai,U.A.E

udaya kumar kayyar, Mangalore/U.A.E
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sri Dr Veerendra Heggade is a great and gift to our Tulunadu.we need Blessing... Very good luck to you all.

sathish, kudla/ Amsterdam
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lets all Tuluvas also learn TULU scripts too from

rajachandra, Bangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

It is stated that - A latest discovery says the great King Krishadevaraya Wodeyar of Karnataka is a moola Tuluva origin. Which Krsihnadevaraya Wodeyar ? If you are talking about any of the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore, then there has never been one with that name. If you are talikng about the celebrated Ruler Krsihna Devaraya of Vijayanagar empire, then Vijayanagar Rulers are not known as Wodeyars ! Vijaynagar Empire was Ruled by four differrent Dynasties known as sangamas, Suluvas, Tuluvas and Aravidu. Where as Krishna Deva Raya belonged to the Tuluva Dynasty and ruled between 1509-1529. Tuluvas were subordinate officials before they usurped the Kingdom. There is no new discovery as claimed , it is a old acknowledged historical fact.

Nellyson, Karkala\Riyadh
Monday, August 10, 2009

Namaskara namma Tulu Bandavereg.. Good news all Tulu speaking people from Karavali belt. Let us strenthen the language which will bring all people together irrespective of caste or religion. All the best to the Orgainisers of the Event.

nayak, mangalore\usa
Monday, August 10, 2009

Nice to know Vishwa tulu samelan is happening. All the best, make use of this golden opportunity to preseve and imporve our tradition and culture. I will try to be in mangalore that time. during my school days I used participate in tulu bashana and prabhandha even though my mother toungue is konkani. Tulu, konkani and kannada has equal status to me and are near to my heart and we will not allow it to die. Jai ho

Tara Kumar, Kuwait
Monday, August 10, 2009

Thanks to Padmashree Dr.B.R.Shetty & his team for organising such a grand event for good cause. Thanks to His Holiness Dr.Veerendra Hegde of gracing this occasion.. Thanks to daijiworld for the excellent photographs.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mr.Veerendre Heggade is the most respected personality because of his personal integrity & his social work..concern for the downtroden,upliftment of the poor,now micro financing..etc. Request him to hold ''Servadharma Sammelana'' to convey the message of ''Peace''which is badly needed to our 2 districts.

Suleman, Uchila, Udupi
Monday, August 10, 2009

It was a great idea to have such an event"Tulukoota". I am very proud of this language and remind my kids to learn this language whenever they have the chance to visit this great land. I believe Tulu language has got a tremendous spirit and strong bond than Malayalam.

However,recent bad incidents in our locality is denting such spirits among us tuluver. We like minded people should keep away such antisocial elements and bias to continue with good relations and love among tulu speakers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

It is very happy to know that Dharmadhikhari DR Veerendra Heggade had come all the way from Mangalore to promote VISHWA TULU SAMMELAN 2009.We will try our best to make our self present to this Megha Event.

manoj, manglore/dubai
Monday, August 10, 2009


Gration Dsouza, Kulshekar / Mangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

Best wishes and wishing all the success for the tulu sammelan which will be held during 10th to 13th Dec 2009. Dr. Verendra Heggade has given a lot to our society and this adds one more feather on his cap,a great venture, truly all the present and future generations will remember his good works.

Gration Dsouza, Kulshekar / Mangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

Best wishes and wishing all the success for the tulu sammelan which will be held during 10th to 13th Dec 2009. Dr. Verendra Heggade has given a lot to our society and this adds one more feather on his cap,a great venture, truly all the present and future generations will remember his good works.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Akash Salian , Dubai/Mangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

Missed an opportunity to take Shree Dharmadikari blessings. Thanks to Dr.B.R.Shetty &Tulukoota UAE for organised such a great event.

shiva shetty, dubai/mangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

It is a great day for all Kannadigas to see Rajarshi Shri D. Veerendra Heggade&mohan alva here in Duabi.good report & photos thanks daijiworld team

Garry Pinto, Kateel/Dubai
Monday, August 10, 2009

Dr.Virendra hegde,Dr.Mohan Alva...the things which you both gave to educational and sports field is unique and unforgettable one..,May God bless u both for the goodthings u both are doing...,Thanks

Santhosh v Shetty, Mlore/ dubai
Monday, August 10, 2009

Dear Mr shetty, It is Happy to know that Mr shetty is promoting Tulu Kuta and Tulu Nadu. We are proud of you  All the best Sir. keep The good work going.

Upendra Kundove, Puttur/ Sharjah
Monday, August 10, 2009

It is a great day for all Kannadigas to see Rajarshi Shri D. Veerendra Heggade here in Duabi.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tulunadha Punya Purushe Dr, Rajarshi,Indira Priya Dharshini, SHREE SHREE VEERENDRA HEGGADE nigaleg UAE g swagatha su-swagatha,Yanna Adarsha devere ereg MANJUNATH SWAMY aayur, aarogya,bagya, kordu nanala hechina rithid samaaja seve malpuna avakasha korad pandh devereda nattonuve.

Sk Moolur, Udupi
Monday, August 10, 2009

Dr Veerendra Heggade is a great personality and gift to our Tulunadu / state.

Vinay Shetty, Udupi/Muscat
Monday, August 10, 2009

Missed an opportunity to take Shree Dharmadikari blessings. Kudos for the group who organized this, but should have been better published to make people aware of this event well in advance

Vijay Brahmavar, Brahmavar-Bahrain
Monday, August 10, 2009

This is golden opportunity for all of us (tulu speaking NRI''s) to attend the sammelan and make grand and unique event - All the best

Prakash, Mangalore
Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy to see that the dias is shared by Tulu koota Kuwait Reps.Thanks to the TKK president of Kuwait.

Sarvotham Shetty, Pareeka - Abu Dhabi
Sunday, August 09, 2009

Requesting all Tuluva''s to visit for registration. Please extend your full support to Tulu Vishwa Sammelana to be held at UJIRE from 10th Dec to 13th December, 2009. Thanks to DAIJIWORLD specially Sujay Bendoor and Shodhan Prasad for their excellent news/photograph coverage.

arif bava, abu dhabi
Sunday, August 09, 2009

Warm welcom to Dr. Verendra Hegde, you are the one who is inspiration for all mankind to do good work. You are the the one who is real living legend, there is no mistake, if we compare to you with the saint mother teresa and Mahatma Ghandhi, you deserve a grand salute from all mankind and we are proud to say we are mangloreans because of you. keep up good work without considering cast and creed as ususal.

Reyan, Farwania
Sunday, August 09, 2009

It is nice and rare to see sharing one stage by all the Great Tulunadu personnel.  Very good luck to you all.

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