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Report by Clarence Pinto
Photos: Dilip Correa and Sunil Salian
Daijiworld Media Network - Muscat (GA)

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Muscat, Dec 11: The annual get-together of the Mogaveera community living in Oman was held at the beautiful surrounding of PDO Cricket grounds near Qurum. When the Eid festival sprinkled the festive joy and celebrations around Sultanate, the brave Mogaveera families embraced each other to celebrate their togetherness in a unique way.

Mogaveeras are the major fishing community in the coastal Karnataka region of south India. They form one of the largest communities of the Tulunadu (Tulu speaking people of the western coast of India) and famous for their bravery and hardships. The word 'Mogaveera' is a modernized version of the old word 'Mogeyar'.

Mogaveeras are strongly and uniquely dominate the fishing and marine industry business in the coastal Karnataka region. They are spread out all over the coastal Karnataka region including Kasargod, Udupi, Kundapur and Karwar.  Many have migrated from their native villages in search of a prosperous career to Mumbai, Bangalore, Gulf countries and also to USA, UK and Australia.  It is a well-known fact that due to their bravery and determination, Mogaveeras were the first people from South Canara / Udupi to visit Bombay (present Mumbai) and coastal region of Gujarat and Saurastra in the north region and Colombo in the South.

The Mogaveer youth are traditionally known for bravery. The naval force of the famed Queen Abbakka of Ullal consisted of brave Mogaveera youth. With the support of the strong navy she could mount a valiant attack against invading Portuguese in the eighteenth century. The famous surnames of Mogaveeras are Amin, Bangera, Chandan, Gujaran, Kanchan, Karkera, Kotian, Kunder, Maindan, Mendon, Pangal, Puthran, Salian, Shriyan, Suvarna, Thingalaya, Das, Gurikara, Marakala \ Marakalthi(men and women respectively), Mogaveera, Naika, Padubidri, Rao, Sapaliga, Tandela and Tholar

The annual Mogaveera event of 2008 commenced with the cricket tournament for men. There were four teams, Mangalore XI, Suratkal XI, Kaup XI and Udupi XI, participated in the tournament.  After interesting and hard fought matches, Udupi XI won the winners’ trophy and Mangalore XI secured the second place.

 “The annual get-together function had been organized by our Mogaveeras living in Oman for the last 20 years in the Sultanate of Oman” says Dr Shekar Salian, an eminent physician of the Muscat region, known Indian to the majority of the expatriates living in Ruwi and an instrumental for the Mogaveera annual event. He fondly remembered two pillars of the Mogaveera community in Muscat, Bhuvanendra Kidiyoor, a famous entrepreneur and hotelier of coastal Karnataka region and the late Shantaram who helped and inspired the community to come together and thus meet and share their joyful moments in these annual events. “We affectionately remember the support and inspiration given by the late Shantaram and Bhuvanendra Kidiyoor. They were supporting the community events with full spirit. We used to have two annual events. One during Diwali season and second, during the Eid-Al-Adha festival time. We used to meet in Mutrah hotel, back in 1988 and celebrate Diwali and annual sports events at the various venues.” When narrating the Mogaveera events Dr Salian was in a jubilant mood. “Many of us look forward to these annual celebrations since the community members get an opportunity to meet their loved ones.  Our people are spread across Muscat and till Sohar town and hence, this is also a reason to travel from their work place and take part in this community gathering.  As we all know, it difficult to meet all the community people very often and hence, this is a special occasion where we meet and share joy and happiness.”

The current organizing team consists of P Y Kotian, well-known community activist and entrepreneur, Dr Shekar Salian, Tarnath Kotian, Madhav Suvarna, Sadanand Amin, Pradeep Shriyan, Ramanand Kunder, Prakash Naik, Naveen Kumar, Devanand, Ashok Kotian, Ashith Salian, Harish Kotian and Sudhakar Karkera.

The fun and frolic events of the sports were thoroughly enjoyed by young and adults of the community. Lemon-and-spoon race for children below 10 years, Breaking the Pot (Blind folded) for children above 10 years and ladies, bowl out game for ladies, three-legged race for bachelors, brick-walk game (crossing the bridge) for couples were the major attraction. Lucky Mogaveera contest attracted many participants. There were many surprise gifts and prizes for the participants.

Sumptuous and traditional lunch was served with Meen (fish) fry, kori sukka (chicken dry curry), Mangalore style sambhar, Tendli curry and payasa (sweet dish).

When www.daijiworld.com spoke to Sadanand Amin and Tarnath Kotian, the prominent members of the community, they expressed their real joy of participating in this gathering. “It is really fun to be here and spend time with our community members. It brings out the sweet memories of Mangalore alive here in Muscat. It is fun for our children also. We are also able to show our tradition to our children so that they can carry it to the next generation.”

The joyful day ended with the distribution of prizes. Mogaveeras left the venue saying good bye to each other – “nana vora thikkk’ga….. Dever yedde maltherda nana vonjji vorusod kuda thik’ga….”

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deepak y k hejmady, hejmadiMonday, December 15, 2008
really appreciated for the mogaveers muscat thank daijiworld and mogaveera friends

Ajay S. amin, Mangalore, MuscatMonday, December 15, 2008
What a memorable event. Well organized Annual get-together day for Mogaveeras. Good crowd, delicious food, good service by youngsters. Games for allThanks to Daijiworld for sharing our joy. Ajay S. Amin

Devdas Salian, Hosabettu/AbudhabiSaturday, December 13, 2008
Congratulations...for the Mogaveers Annual get-together and sports&games, Funs, and lovely enjoyments. Thanks for the excellent coverages. Congrats for the President and members of the Mogaveers coducted the great and achievemets of the annual functions in Oman. Hai hello to Harish Kotian, Pramod Kotian, Narayan Kotian, Manoj Hosabettu, Mr. Salian, Mr. Suvarna, and Mahila Mandali. Best of Luck for all.0503241540.

Ravi Kanchan, Kundapur, HaladySaturday, December 13, 2008

Vasu K Amin, MangaloreSaturday, December 13, 2008
We enjoyed the wonderful event by looking at the pictures. We wish all the best to our brothers and sisters.

Koni Prakash Naik, Kundapur / MuscatSaturday, December 13, 2008
Thank you Daiji once again. I think it would be apt to mention the name of the persons who have done a fentastic job in organizing interesting sports/games, mainly Prakash Naik, Ramanand Kunder, Tharanath Kotian, Naveen Kumar, Ashok Kotian, Pradeep Shriyan and Yuvaraj Kediyoor (also organizing committee member)and all those volunteers who extended their helping hand. Thank you everyone.

Ms.Amita Kotian, Mumbai/MuscatFriday, December 12, 2008
Thank you daiji for covering the spectacular event  about mogaveera community.Congratulation to all community members of Muscat Mogaveera. Keep up the spirit

Yadava L Kotian, Hejamady,SharjahThursday, December 11, 2008
Thanks- Daiji.World.com for very good coverage and also we can see our community native friends at Muscut.Hello Narayan Kotian & Pramod Kotian

Sadanand M Amin, PadubidriThursday, December 11, 2008
I am very happy to read the news presentation by DAIJIWORLD of Mogaveera Social Meet held on 9th December 2008 at Muscat. I thank Mr Pinto and Mr Dilip, who have put in lot of effort in reporting the event aptly. My Best Wishes to Mogaveera Friends.

robin joseph, Mangalore/BahrainFriday, December 12, 2008
Dear Friends, I would like to add few good things about the Mogaveera community, It is right to  say Mogaveera community people are brave, hardworking, sincere,godfearing,loveable and the same time non compromising  if rubbed on the wrong side !. Wishing them all success .