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Mangaluru: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy will give away its annual awards for the year 2016 at the three-day Konkani Lokotsav to be held from February 10 to 12 at Town Hall. Addressing the media, Academy president Roy Castelino said Cyril G Sequeira (CGS Taccode) (Konkani literature), Vasudev Shanbagh (art) and Clara Siddi (folk) have been chosen for the honorary awards.

Mangaluru: The 23rd edition of Alva’s Education Foundation, ‘Alva’s Virasat’, will be held from Jan 13 to Jan 15 at Moodabidri. “Eminent classical dancer VP Dhananjayan will be presented the ‘Alva’s Virasat 2017’ award,” said Dr Mohan Alva, Chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation. Dhananjayan, a native of Payyunur, Kannur district, Kerala, is also a prolific writer who writes on social and political issues. He is a recipient of several awards, including the Padma Bhushan.

Mangaluru: Noted artiste and Rajyotsava awardee Sarvotham Shetty of Abu Dhabi has been elected as the president of Vishwa Tulu Aiyano – world Tulu convention - 2016.  Shetty born in Parika near Manipal in Udupi completed his education in Perdur and Hiriyadka. Later, earned his Commerce degree from Mumbai. From his student days, he was the representative of university senate council in 1978. But he was very active in theatre.

Mangaluru: There was a need to preserve Tulu language and its culture from the onslaught of western culture, observed Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha member. "Tulu language must be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution to be considered as the official language," he added.  He was speaking at the World Tulu fest being organised at Badiadka in Kasargod district.  He released Tulu dictionary by Kannur Dr Shridharan and felicitated Vasanth Shetty Bellare, L V Amin and Usman Hayath. 

Mangaluru: Renovation work on Rashtrakavi M Govinda Pai’s house in Manjeshwar, 30-km from Mangaluru, has been completed and is likely to be inaugurated by the end of the month by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Speaking to reporters, Veerappa Moily, Chikkaballapur MP and chairman of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Memorial Trust, said that ‘Gilivindu’ was a joint project of the Karnataka and Kerala governments and was headed by a Trust. The project was named after a collection of poems by Govinda Pai.

Shirva/Manchakal:  The NYC (National Youth Convention) decennial cross, which is travelling in Udupi Diocese, was received at Pangla St. John Evangelist Church on Dec 2. The Holy Cross was brought by ICYM members of Pangla Parish from Shirva Our Lady of Health church to Salmara, Shankerpura at 4pm on Friday.  

There are a few bhutas known for their miracles in Tulu Nadu. One of them is Kunhi bhuta. A sub-deity worshipped along with Annappa Swami, Kunhi bhuta is worshipped in Puttur's Kabaka Baipady House. According to a folk story, Kunhi was born to a Malekudiya couple. As per the Malekudiya tradition, on sixteenth day after giving birth, the mother takes a holy bath following which the baby is put to cradle. The couple name the baby girl Kunhi.

Mangaluru: The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy (KKSA) will host Konkani Lokotsav 2017 on Feb 10,11,12- 2017.  Announcing the dates, Roy Castelino, President of the KKSA said, "Konkani people are always known for their contributions in the field of business, trade, industry, banking, education and healthcare. As a national language, Konkani finds its place in the VIII Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Also, it is the state language of Goa and more so, it is a popular regional language in Maharashtra, Gujarat, coastal Karnataka and Kerala.”

Manipal: Several kilograms of cashew, fig, resins, tutti-frutti, almond and other dry fruits were soaked in liquor at Fortune Inn Valley View in keeping with the tradition of preparing Christmas confectionary on Thursday. Vasanthi Pai, wife of Manipal University Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai, was the chief guest.

Karkala: Platinum jubilee of Christ the King Parish, Karkala will be held on November 23, the day also happens to be the annual parish feast.  Special religious and cultural functions will be organized as part of the celebration. Rev Fr Joswey Fernandes, Parish Priest of Christ the King Church along with the Vice President and Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council- Elsie D’Souza and Antony Aranha respectively in association with the Parish Council and parishioners are overseeing the preparations. 

Mangaluru: The thirteenth edition of 'Alva's Nudisiri', a cultural potpourri organised by Alva's Education Foundation will be held at the institution premises in Moodbidri on November 18, 19 and 20.  Addressing mediapersons here on Monday, Foundation president M Mohan Alva said Dr BN Sumitra Bai will chair this year's festival and litterateur Jayant Kaikini will inaugurate the three-day festival. This year, as part of 'Alva's sini siri' 12 Kannada popular movies will be showcased. 

A characteristic of Tulu’s bhuta worship is that it doesn’t discriminate: all religions and communities are treated equally. Here, many Brahmins, too, have achieved divinity and are now worshipped as bhutas. Kachhe Bhatta is one such Brahmin who is worshipped as a deity among Tulus. Kachhe Bhatta is also known as Kule. In Bellare, there is a Kote Mundugaru Temple where an annual ritual known as ‘kolam’ is held to appease Kule/Kachhe Bhatta bhuta. This bhuta doesn’t have any stories or even folk verses to shed light on its origin.

As soon as Dasara begins, Mysuru gets ready to worship goddess Chamundeshwari, who killed the demon named Mahishasura. Dasara is also celebrated in Mangaluru with much pomp and gaiety. Here Aadishakti is worshipped as Kali, Sharada and in other avatars. In Tulunadu, Chamundi Bhuta is a well-known deity but her origin is still mired in confusion. In Tulunadu, these bhutas are differentiated into two ways: one on the basis of historical stories; second, on the basis of phrases and verses available.

Mangalore: Tulu TV channel 'Namma Kudla' will be organising its​ 'sky lamp' (Goodu Deepa) competition in Kudroli temple premises as part of Deepavali celebrations on Oct 28, announced the channel's director​​ Harish B Karkera on Tuesday.

Kera/Udupi: Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM), Thottam were declared champions of Yuva Mell Gadya Khell (A day in the paddy field) held on Sunday. ICYM Pamboor and ICYM Kolalgiri walked away with the Runners Trophies. The event – A day in the paddy field – organised by ICYM Unit Kera in association with Udupi Diocesan and Deanery Youth Commission was a festival of unique folk games.

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