Dubai, August 16: SCENT (Sandhya Creations Event Network Team) in association with Fortune Plaza Hotel (A Praveen Shetty Enterprise) concluded the first-ever cultural program “Aatidonji Dina” at Fortune Plaza Hotel, Al Ghusais on August 14th.
The event drew an overwhelming crowd of over 1,500 Tuluvas from all over the UAE flocked to the event venue to create a festive atmosphere after a long time and became a historic event for the first time to see the out of control crowds rush inside the premises and enjoy five hours of the event just rapping, eating and dancing throughout.
Admission, food, prizes and entertainment were absolutely free for everyone, which had never happened before. This scene was a new concept and has never been seen in any of the Tuluva events in the history of UAE events.
The program as planned began with the traditional drummers inviting and welcoming the guests of honour, true representatives of the three religions of India; Hindu, Muslim and Christian; showcasing community harmony on a platform on the soil of the United Arab Emirates, a country and leaders with a proven record of religious tolerance in this part of the world.
With respect and honor, ‘SCENT’ welcomed Pujya Shri Bahushrut Swami – BAPS Hindu Mandir. He is an electrical engineer and worked in Bangalore before becoming a sadhu. He gives his seva to the Public Relations and Outreach Department of BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi. He is fluent in Hindi, English, Marathi and Gujarati. He became a sadhu in 2015.
Another guest, Pujya Guru Shri Nayan Swami – BAPS Hindu Mandir. Professionally, he is an electronic engineer, obtained diksha in 2013 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He studied Swaminarayan Philosophy, Sanskrit, Gita, Bhagwat Puran, Mahabharat, Ramayan. He is the international singer of BAPS. Currently, he is in charge of activities for children and young people in the Middle East. He is also a Kirtan/Bhajan singer.
Father Victor Fernandes – St Mary’s Church Dubai was also a guest of honour. He was born in Nellikar, Mangaluru and was educated at St Aloysius College and graduated from Canara College, Mangaluru. He did philosophy in Bengaluru and theological studies in Mysuru. He was the principal of Milagres English Medium School, Kallianpur. He became a priest on May 1, 2000. He had served in Mizoram, Assam, Moodubelle and Brahmavar. Currently, he has been in Dubai since June 28 serving in St Mary’s Church.
Mushtak Ahmed – Taalib-ul-Ilm of Islam was the third guest of honour. He is from Beltangady in Mangaluru. He graduated from SDM College Ujire. He graduated from KSO University of Mysuru. Currently studying ‘Aalim’ Islam at ‘Nur Ul Ilm’ Academy in Dubai. He has been a resident of Dubai since 2006 and currently works with the Government of Dubai.
The four multi-faith guests on stage were received and honored by SCENT representatives with a shawl, flower, garland and fruit basket with due respect. All guests spoke words of wisdom, faith and humanity and agreed that the SCENT-designed program is an example to the world of putting aside differences of opinion and embracing each other. as a human being respecting the faith of others by setting an example. others to follow. They also thanked the UAE leadership for enabling people of different faiths to live in harmony and enjoy their freedom of religion in this part of the world.
This was followed by the traditional lighting of the auspicious lamp and the actual Tulunadu opening the ‘Pingara’ and inaugurating the program and the blessing made by the guests of honour.
Shortly after the auspicious inauguration, all the honored guests delivered speeches on the event and the richness of the Tulunada ‘Aatidonji Dina’ celebration. They declared together that it will be part of the event and the good initiative of the organization which tries to keep alive the spirit of faith and religion in this part of the world and which will help the generation to come to continue and to pass on to the next generation.
SCENT members included Organizer Shodhan Prasad Family, Sudarshan Hegde Family, Nityanand Beskoor Family, Ashok Bailur Family, Alwyn Pinto, Pramod Kumar Family, Santosh Shetty, Shameer Bolar, Rakshak Mangalore and other members abroad. The costumed children and those who participated in other dance programs captivated the audience.
The food festival was held in an atmosphere created with village-like tents with displays of over 70 varieties of Tulunada ethnic dishes on display from corner to corner. Plus display of various artifacts from yesteryear for the public to view.
Over 26 participants presented over 71 varieties of ethnic Tulunadu dishes, all prepared at home, some of which are rarely available anywhere these days. They not only showed the importance of our ethnic food, but also provided an opportunity for today’s generation to taste fresh and healthy foods that have their own significance. The food included rich traditional cuisines which were never available in any restaurant and were specially prepared with love by the members of Tulunadu who decorated it with the true touch of tulunadu cuisine.
All guests arrived at the food expo venue and opened the venue by cutting the red ribbon. The Food Festival counter was opened to the public and they started flavoring the various dishes of Tulunadu and savoring the maximum taste of it, the aroma of which spread throughout the hall.
Various cultural programs began to emerge including Yakshagana ballet by children, group folk dances by various teams, various costumed participants, tiger dance and live folk singing which entertained throughout.
Lucky visitors won various prizes and all participants were honored for their contribution.
The entire program was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for Tuluvas to enjoy around the world.
All in all, it was an event that will be remembered forever.