Namma Tuluver in association with Rythm Events concluded Kaup Ranga Tharanga’s much appreciated “Dhumbu Pira”, Tulu comedy stage play, successful 2 shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on March 4 and March 5, 2016 respectively with packed audience who enjoyed every bit of laughter with blend of social message to the society.
Shodhan Prasad, the founder member of Namma Tuluver opened up the show with greeting note and invited the Conveners, Syed Ajmal and Deepak SP on to the stage introducing them. Later Syed Ajmal welcomed the audience and guests and briefed on Nama Tuluveru’s social charity activities all through these 6 years of existence promoting art and Tulu language in this part of the world which was very well applauded by the whole audience.
Soon Shodhan invited the Chief Guests for the traditional lighting the lamp. The Chief Guest of the evening was Fr Franklin D’Souza, the Diocese of Shimoga who hails from Moodabidri and has come all the way from his home town as a staunch supporter of ‘Ranga Taranga’ Group. A brief introduction was provided showcasing the Christian Priests achievements and love towards Tulu language through his 16 years of service in priesthood preaching peace and harmony in 27 countries. Another Main Guest was Mohandas Poojary, Business Development Manager of Land Trades, the Main Sponsor of the event who are well known in real estate industry of Karnataka. Followed by Umesh Kuckian of Sai Vision Group who created and crafted the Stage of the Drama beautifully, Arya Bhata Awardee & Pravasa Bharati Awardee Praveen Shetty of Fortune Group of Hotels who provided hospitality to all the artiste, Harish Bangera of Dubai Source & also Leader of Ranga Taranga Group, Leeladhar Shetty Kaup who joined hands in lighting the lamp ceremony.
After lighting the lamp Fr. Franklin was greeted with flower bouquet by Syed Ajmal and on behalf of all the Guests, Father Franklin spoke few words praising Nama Tuluver’s contribution to the society and extending his support to such causes. He also praised the Ranga Taranga Troupe, Shodhan Prasad and blessed Nama Tuluveru for its charity works. Later Shodhan invited Sulochana Ramanna mother of one of the Sponsor Gunasheel Shetty of Ace Cranes and announced her 75 birthday celebration the previous day and requested her to felicitate Leeladhar Shetty with flower bouquet and shawl.
Every year Namma Tuluver felicitates one member of the group arriving from India who works for the social cause and last year they honoured ‘Samaja Ratna Leeladhar Shetty’. This year they identified the Director of ‘Dhumbu Pira’ stage play, Shiv Prakash Poonja who served Tulu Drama industry for over 25 years and who also being honoured in India with “ABHINAYA SHOORE” and “RANGADHA RAVI VARME” for his contribution to art field. Shiv Prakash Poonja was invited on to the stage and honoured with ‘Citation’ which was read by Latha Hegde while he was draped with Shawl by Sayed Ajmal and Deepak SP, Fruits by Praveen Shetty, Flower Bouquet Harish Bangera, Memento by Purushotam Salian and Sanmana Patra by Umesh Kuckian. In return to the felicitation, Shiv Prakash spoke few words and thanked the organisation for honoring him.
Later the Main Sponsor of the programme, Mohandas Poojary, BDM of Land Trades, Mangalore was felicitated with Shawl, Fruits, Flower Bouquet and Memento. He also spoke few words and promised all support to Namma Tuluveru every year.
Followed was felicitations to all other Sponsors, Praveen Shetty, Umesh Kuckian, Mohd Zaki, Prashant Acharya, Herman Lewis, Syed Ajmal, Joel Crasta, Sabesan Shanker & Harish Bangera with shawl and memento. All the Support Sponsors and Media Representatives were praised and honoured with shawls.
All the Members of Nama Tuluveru including Prabhakar Suvarna, Noel D’Almeida, Purushottam Salian, Yogita Salian, Rajani Amin, Latha Hegde, Anil Cardoza, Anand Bailoor, Hari Maloor, Alwyn Pinto, Dinesh Sanil, Sameer Bolar, Ajay Nayak, Suhail Ali, Yadav Kotian, Shodhan Prasad and others jointly worked for the success of the show.
About Dhumbu Pira
Without wasting much time, immediately the Tulu stage play Dhumbu Pira, rolled on with beautiful background live music by Sharath Uchil and realistic lighting effects by Harish Kaup introducing the happy go family of a medium class with a background of old house beautifully crafted with changeable roll on facility to show later a different twin modern houses changeover after the first scene which was smoothly transformed in time. The play written by Shyam Kumar Chitrapura was well directed by able Shiv Prakash Poonja who also acted in the drama as one of the two sons of the leader of the family along with their little sister who were happily living until their marriage which later creates friction and partition of the family including their parents who were forced to be shared within the two sons. A happy go joint family later stays in separate houses face to face as per the mediator who created this seeing the close bondage of the parents. The seriousness of the drama gets twists with fun with the entry of three relatives of one of the son’s wife who make their special entry as a temporary visitors. One enacted by Sandeep Shetty Manibettu as a deaf character and another normal but both as past gangsters with the third one a funny character as their ever-loving sister whom they closely protect. These three characters really gave a laughter riot all through the drama with their rib tickling funny but meaningful dialogues all through the play. Throughout the story shows how the family gets divided because of the fight between the two sons, inducing pain to their close loving parents who sacrifices their happiness for their children’s happiness and at the end the death of their mother brings realization to their stubbornness after mediation of their only sister who even refuses to tie ‘Rakhie’ during Raksha Bhandan. The story seems to be directly inspired by the Hindi movie ‘Bhaghban’, the Amitabh Bachhan and Hema Malini starrer. ‘Dhumbu Pira’ a comedy drama ended with serious note of social message to the audience who were glued to the seat till the end of the drama. The entire team comprised of Shiv Prakash Poonja, Sujith Shetty, Sandeep Shetty, Prasanna Bailur, Merwyn Shirva, Sharth Uchil, Madhukar Palimar, Raghuraj Paniyadi, Shamith Rao Inna, Shrinivas Uchila, Yashwanth Uppur, Rajesh Alape, Harish Kaup, Suchetha Sharth & Shwetha Kaup. Deepak SP delivered the vote of thanks.
In Abu Dhabi
The whole troupe travelled to Abu Dhabi on March 5, for a second show hosted jointly by Namma Tuluveru and Abu Dhabi Tulu Koota under the leadership of Sarvotham Shetty. The show was held at Bright Riders School in Shabbia Mussafah.
Sarvotham Shetty opened up the show inviting Padmashree Dr B R Shetty and his elder brother B Sachidanand Shetty as the Chief Guests along with Leo Rodrigues, Shekar B Shetty, Pinto, Abdulla, Ravi Rai, Manohar Thonse and other members of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha including Jayaram Rai, Younis, Mohd. Uchila, Althaf, Yogish Prabhu, Chetna Yogish Prabhu, Sarvotham Shetty, Usha Sarvotham Shetty on to the stage for the inauguration of the drama who were later honoured with Shawls by Dr B R Shetty. He also invited and felicitated Namma Tuluver representatives, Shodhan Prasad, Deepak SP and Purushotam Salian with shawls while all the guests were also honoured with shawls during the event including Members of Media present. Later ‘Samaja Ratna’ Kaup Leeladhar Shetty the leader of Ranga Taranga Group was invited on to the stage and honoured by Dr B R Shetty and B Sachidanand Shetty jointly. In return Leeladhar Shetty thanked all those who supported them in their journey to Dubai and for the felicitations in this country.
The Tulu stage play Dhumbu Pira started and took the Abu Dhabi audience into laughter riot throughout. Later at the end Sarvotham Shetty felicitated all the artistes on the stage with gift hampers and concluded with vote of thanks.
Ranga Tarangas entire troupe returned happily to Mangalore this morning from Dubai Airport after two successful shows with a glow on their face receiving the greatest applaud from all their well wishers in UAE as a gift while returning keeping a promise to come again to entertain.