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Bantwal: Aati Kalenja’s Arrival Keeps Evil at Bay


Bantwal: Aati Kalenja’s Arrival Keeps Evil at Bay

Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (VA)

Bantwal, Aug 6: The people of Nalke community are all geared up for ‘Aati Kalenja’, a traditional dance form of Tulunadu, at Manila near Vittal here.

Tulunadu is known for its rich cultural traditions. The cultural traditions of the district are closely associated with the local weather and nature. Aati Kalenja is such tradition which has a connection with weather and changes in the nature which occur from time to time.

The month of Aati is special in many ways. It normally comes in the months of July and August. It is a time for farmers to take rest after sowing paddy in the field. However, rain does not take a break during this time. Mother Nature is seen at its greenest in the season.

At the same time, the season is also conducive to the insects and pests to breed.  So man is more prone to sickness in this season.  It is on this background that man starts pleading and pleasing the nature to be considerate towards him.  This could well be called the origin of the Aati Kalenja cult in Tulunadu.

Kalenja is the name of a spirit who is in charge of the protection of the village-folk during the month of 'Aati.'It is widely believed that by practising the Aati Kalenja in the form of a dance, one can win over the evil spirits.

During the period the members of the Nalke community adorn themselves with costumes made of tender palms of the coconut tree, anklets, colourful clothes and a long cap made up of areca spate etc. They paint their face with different colours and designs, carry a parasol made of leaves and decorated with flowers, go from house to house and dance in front of the spirit beating a small drum known as tembare. The house-holder gives them rice, coconut, turmeric, charcoal etc.

This rich tradition is gradually disappearing in Tulunadu nowadays. One can see this folk dance only in the interior pockets of Tulunadu, during Aati days.


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  • Naveen Achar, Sajeepa Nadu - DUBAI

    Wed, Sep 29 2010

    Thanks Daijiworld for your commited good work.

    Naveen Achar - DUBAI

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  • P. Bilimale, New Delhi

    Tue, Aug 10 2010

    good article on Ati Kalenja. He comes to eardicate all evils even in the age of modern day hospitals.

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  • Naina, Mangalore/USA

    Tue, Aug 10 2010

    Thanks Daiji world.

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  • Vinod John, Manipal

    Sun, Aug 8 2010

    Nice picture.. Feeling nostalgic.. I remember the times we kids followed the aati kalenja performers from one house to the there till the end of the lane.. It was fun. The dance steps were simple and nice to watch.. Sad such things are missing now. I think there was one more thing with person dancing with the horse frame.. Cant recollect what was it. Anybody?

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  • Divakar, Venur/KSA

    Sun, Aug 8 2010

    While I read this article and pic, it's take me back my childhood. But still this culture continuing, we very happy. May be our dirty politicians stop this bcoz of vote politics, means this Aati Kalenja is doing dalit persons. Go ahead my dalit friends keep our tulunada culture alive. Thx to DaijiWorld.

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  • prajju, mlore/dubai

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    nice pics....thanx daiji

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  • suresh salian, kuwait

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    Its really amazing........... JAi Tulunaadu..

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  • Leena Martis , Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    Aatti Kadanja's when i saw this I remembered my childhood days his umbrella is special! photograpy is looking real

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  • Clara Lewis, Kemmannu/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    Nice pictures, bring back the childhood memories, we use to watch koragara kunitha at Tallur and surrounding villages of kundapur taluk, by koraga community they tie green leaves around their waist and dance to the beat of drum (dolu) to win over evil.

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  • Mohan Attavar, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    These pictures brought back sweet memories of my childhood days in Mangalore. "Aati Kodangje" as I used to know then, is not to be seen these days. They used to beat the drum and sing "Pardhana" like "Kodanje kodanjena kodanje jarid booriyena...." and there used to be "Sonada Madimal" after that. Nice pics Daiji.

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  • Nithesh, Udupi/Doha, qatar

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    wonderfull photography by dayanand...

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  • harry martis, sajeepa/gujarat

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    wow wonderful! Kudos to all who promote our tulunadu culture.

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  • sathish ullal, ullal

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    My only request with the community people to maintain the tradition in dress and jewellary. Here in the pictures, the artist has not taken care on those things. Normally they used to take jewellary and dresses from nearby "BhoothaSthaana". Appreciate the community for keeping the art alive.

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  • Lancy Furtado, mangalore / Dubai

    Sat, Aug 7 2010

    Good job by Daiji team..we should always protect the traditional culture to the coming generation...reminded my childhood days with my grand parents.....

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  • stany, Bantwal, Agra

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    Thanks to daijiworld for refreshing my memories of my childhood by publishing the tulunadu traditional dance and its richness. thanks.

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  • shweta devadiga, manga

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    beautiful pics... dayanand...

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  • g.n.bangera, mijar/ muscat

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    thanks Daiji world doing the best Mangalore people . when we see tha Ati Kalenja our olden day memory come alive , Help needed to keep this tradition alive by giving kore fund to the NALKE Community

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  • J.naveen ammanna, jeppu mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    Nice photos thanks Daijiworld.that photos reminded memy childhood we small childrens going with Aati kodanje(we used to call that time)House to house then we childrens doing same like in our playtimes after 16 year I Saw this Aati kalanja in this photo once again thanks for keeping my memories alive

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  • shetty, Mangalore / Australia

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    Good Pic.......Thanks Daiji World

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  • SUJITH ,POLALI, riyadh

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    Nice pictures ,thanks to the publisher ,keep up the good work its really intreasting to view these pictures & this kind ,tradtiones we can find it in D,K DISTRICT & UDUPI ,only

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  • A RAZAK, Perlya BC Road

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    AATI kadenja is Traditional we need to support our tulunada culture.

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore/USA

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    Great job of keeping the culture alive to the people of Nalke community, and thanks to Daijiworld for spreading it around.

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  • Rj Avinash, 92.7Bigfm, Mangalore, Udupi/Kundapur/Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    aati kalenja...nama tulunaaddha shokda parba..The pics above says it all. Watching the pics itself was a great festival to my eyes. I feel proud to have born in tulunaad..Oh God, Thanks very much..
    Mr. kukkaje, Nice pics..

    Best,

    Avinash..

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, KSA

    Fri, Aug 6 2010

    A BEAUTIFUL TRADITION I CAN NEVER FORGET. THE PICTURES ARE SUCH FABULOUS REMINDED ME OF MY CHILDHOOD AND THE PADDY FIELDS WE OWNED AND CULTIVATED IN THOSE DAYS. THE RAIN THAT WE USED TO ENJOY AND IT NEVER ALLOWED US TO GO OUT FOR A WHOLE 24 HOURS EVEN. WOW BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.

    THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS DAIJIWORLD TEAM FOR KEEPING MY MEMORIES ALIVE AND THANK YOU FOR DAYANAND KUKKAJE WITH GREAT APPRECIATION. I AM A FAN OF YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY YAAR. YOU WILL FIND A BETTER FUTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD. THANK YOU.

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