Kuwait, Mar 1: The 21st annual general body meeting of Tulu Koota Kuwait (TKK) which is one of the largest associations in Kuwait was held on February 26 on virtual platform. The programme commenced with the Kuwait and Indian National Anthem which was played by TKK stars Arshia Ramesh Bhandary and Hrustun Henry Fernandes followed by a prayer song by Sadvikha J Rao, a budding TKK talent. The outgoing members of the managing committee led by outgoing president Ramesh Shekar Bhandary marked the auspicious beginning of the program by lighting the ceremonial lamp.
President Ramesh Shekar Bhandary wholeheartedly welcomed the members of the association for 21st annual general meeting and spoke about the successful journey of TKK though it was tough time for Koota through Covid rams affected by COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned that all the events conducted in the 20th year have created history thus setting the TKK standard high. He also thanked the members for giving him an opportunity to serve the Koota as a President for a long period of 805 days. In addition, with pleasure he announced, Tulu Koota Kuwait has been selected for the Karnataka State Tulu Sahitya Academy award (Overseas) for the year 2020 for its outstanding Cultural and philanthropic activities. This is the first ever Award in the history of Tulu Sahitya Academy that is bestowed to any Overseas Associations. Tulu Koota Kuwait is fortunate enough to achieve such an award. President Ramesh Shekar Bhandary wholeheartedly thanked members, well-wishers, past presidents, sponsors, Tulu Sahitya Academy and the chief minister B S Yediyurappa for the award.
At the meeting, general secretary Vijay Wilson Albuqueque submitted the annual report 2020 that reflected on the accomplishments of the Koota during this pandemic year. The audited annual finance reports for the year 2020 was presented by treasurer Shankar Shetty and both reports were approved in the meeting by the applause of virtually attending members.
The committee members who had surpassed all efforts in reaching out to individuals, advertisers and sponsors to support the events of Tulu Koota during the year, were awarded during the AGM. The top 3 financial contributors for the Koota during 2020 were president Ramesh Shekar Bhandary, advisor Wilson D’Souza, cultural secretary Abdul Razak, and committee members with Highest raffle tickets sale were also awarded with prizes for their support.
This was followed by the introduction of 2021 managing committee members for the Koota. Returning officer Harish Bhandary efficiently introduced new management committee members who were nominated by the outgoing management committee and Advisory committee due to the current situation as office bearers of Tulu Koota Kuwait for the year 2021.
The elected members of new managing committee are:
President – Sanath Kumar Shetty
Vice president – Abdul Razak Nitte
General secretary – Roshan Prashanth Quadras
Joint secretary –Vanitha Vinod Kumar
Treasurer – Dinesh Ram Bannanje
Internal auditor – Shankar Shetty
Cultural secretary –Manoj Shetty
Sports secretary – Chandrahas Shetty
PRO – Manoj Stephen Rego
Welfare officer – Vijay Wilson Albuquerque
The newly elected managing committee members in their introduction speech thanked Tulu Koota Kuwait for giving an opportunity to serve Tulu Koota in their new role. They assured the association their utmost professionalism, commitment and team work to boost Tulu Koota Kuwait public profile significantly.
The newly elected president Sanath Kumar Shetty in his speech expressed his gratitude for selecting and keeping faith to lead as President of TKK for the year 2021. As the Tulu Koota Kuwait Stepping into 22nd year of formation, he assured that along with his new dynamic team will work to bring-in innovative ideas, strategic thinking and most valiantly strive to increase the credibility and visibility of Tulu Koota Kuwait in the space of welfare and charity projects. He also assured that the existing welfare projects under the banner of ‘Ashraya Yojane’, ‘Glimmer of Hope’ and ‘Project Education’ would continue with the extended scope and dimension to it. He thanked his immediate past president Ramesh S Bhandary for his outstanding efforts in leading TKK and taking the association to the next level. All The advisors and outgoing president of TKK congratulated the new president and managing committee for the year 2021.
The day was also filled with cultural programmes as below:
1. Filmy dance fusion by TKK Dance Group consisting of Adeline Vanessa Castelino, Arrushi Manoj Kumar, Roselynn Joice, Ashmit Bhandary, Karthikeya Brahma and Royce Paul
2. Semi classical and hip hop Fusion by TKK Dance Group consisting of Adeline Vanessa Castelino, Arrushi Manoj Kumar and Roselynn Joice
3. Folk dance by Hawalli Kids by Ayush Harish Nayak, Abhiram Nagendra Bahma and Nikitha Victoria Nazreth
4. Old vs New Hindi songs fusion by TKK budding talents Aryan Ramesh Bhandary and Mugdha Bhandary
5. Tulu song and dance TKK kids Lauren and Rachel
The Raffle draw was conducted at the end of the programme and the winners are as follows:
1st Prize - Gold Necklace – Thelma Roshan Quadras
2nd Prize - Laptop - Jagadeeshwara Shanbogue
3rd Prize - Smart Phone - Abraham Thomas
4th Prize - LED TV- Dinesh Ram Bannanje
4th Prize -Microwave Oven – Roshan Quadras
The event was well coordinated by cultural secretary Abdul Razak, Zoom support by TKK technical team and wonderfully hosted by young and energetic talent Srinath Prabhu.
The virtual event concluded with a vote of thanks by the general secretary Roshan Quadras.