Guthumane with Tulunadu Heritage Opens for Public View from April 15

Mangaluru: To Commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Pilikula Nisargadhama, a Bisu festival was held at the Guthu House, Pilikula here on April 14.

Speaking to the mediapersons President of Heritage Village Sub-committee Prof Vivek Rai said that we have highlighted Tulu Heritage in a creative way. Here we have the statues of Yakshagana artistes, Bhootaradane, and antique pieces. We have displayed all the traditional items in the Guthumane. We have also replicated the olden days style Kitchen where cooking was done using firewood. Onion bunches, rice mudi, Garlic, vegetables have been hung on to the roof for storing purpose. We have installed two kiosks, in one of the kiosks one can learn how to produce jaggery and in another to make akki mudi (rice bag made of dry paddy grass). Grandmothers tales are played in Kannada and English. Children can press the button to hear grandmother stories. People can also watch Yakshagana by pressing the button. There are four statues of Yakshagana artistes. From April 15, the Guthmane is open for public view with English and Kannada commentary so that visitors can understand in detail what is going on. Most of the antiques are brought from outside, deer horns made of pure wood are also displayed. Kannada and the cultural department had sanctioned Rs 98 lakh for the development of the Guthmane.

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Speaking to Executive director of Pilikula Nisargadhama Prabhakar Sharma said that Pilikula is ready for public view from August 15. In the past Guthumane was vacant, but now we have developed it with traditional items. There is an Ajji Kathe corner for children. Attractive antique pieces have been installed and it looks beautiful. Traditional Guthumane kitchen has been set up and from April 15 public can visit the Guthumane and go back in time to experience the heritage of the people of the district. Entry fees are Rs 30 for adults, Rs 20 for children above three years and no charges for children below three years. The Guthumane will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5pm.

Rs 1.5 crore has been released to develop Pilikula by the Kannada and cultural department, out of which we have spent Rs 98 lakh for the Guthumane and Rs 20 lakh for the artisan village, The remaining amount have been spent for the electronic fixtures.

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An open janapada museum will be built in Piilikula in the second phase. Roads will be developed from Pilikula to Guthumane.

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Deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim said, “Pilikula Nisargadhama is stepping into the 21st year after completing 20 years. Guthumane was not that popular because of lack of development, thanks to the State and central government for sanctioning funds for the development of Pilikula Nisargadhama and Guthumane. We have now reached a level where we have recreated the heritage of Tulunadu. We have recreated the olden days style kitchen, share the knowledge of how to make palm jaggery, store vegetables, and rice etc. He further said that today’s children are depending on fast food and they are not interested to know about the heritage of Tulunadu. In this regard, Adapa and team have done a fantastic job, all the work they have done looks original and live. If more and more people visit Guthumane it will help us in developing the Guthumane further. Encouragement from the public and the corporate world is must to develop the Heritage house. We will promote it as a “Must see spot”. On April 17, the Tourism minister will introduce a Bus and the toll plaza will be inaugurated.

All the artistes who have worked in developing the Guthumane were felicitated by DC Ibrahim, Prof Vivek Rai, Dr Bhandary, Dr Prabhakar Sharma and others were present.

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