Mangaluru: Savour ‘Halasina Gatti’, ‘Akki Pundi’ at ‘Aati Koota’ at Pilikula Park on Aug 2

Mangaluru: Craving for some traditional Aati delicacies like Pathrode, Halasina Gatti, Akki Pundi, Kadale Padengi and much more-then head on to “Aati Koota “to be held at Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama, organized by the staff of Nisargadhama in association with departments of Horticulture, Agriculture, Kannada and Culture, Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra and Rotary Club. “Aati Koota” is held as celebration of the month of Aati.

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(Left) Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, president of the district Kannada Sahitya Parishat, S.A. Prabhakara Sharma, executive director of Pilikula Nisargadhama, A.B. Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner, and P.I. Srividya, CEO of zilla panchayat, at a meeting on ‘Aati Kuta’ celebration to be held at the Guttinamane (right) in Pilikula, at the DC’s office in Mangaluru on Thursday.

Briefing about this event to the media persons at the DC’s office, DC AB Ibrahim along with Executive Director of the Nisargadhama S.A. Prabhakara Sharma, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, president of the district Kannada Sahitya Parishat, and P.I. Srividya, CEO of zilla panchayat said that the “Koota” will be held at the Guttinamane, located near the Park between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ” This event will be unique, including planting of paddy saplings in the paddy field, followed by ‘Aati Kalinja’ vesha from people of Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia. These veshas will be performed by professionals who have been into that act for years,” added DC.

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There will be also planting of coconut saplings and Yakshagana Chikkamela. Those attending the events at Pilikula will be served with traditional delicacies like “Pathrode”, ‘Tekkade Adya”, “Halasina Gatti’, “Kadale Padengi” ‘Akki Pundi’, and many other items. There will be also competitions in Aati Kalinja vesha, Aati Kalinja dance, recitation of Aati poems, ‘Tulu ogatu’ (tulu puzzles) and quiz which will held at the Urban Haat, located close to the zoo. The event will also feature Yakshagana Talamaddale and performances by Yakshagana Chikkamela.

Rotary Club will undertake activities for the children like face-painting using organic colours, while The Swaroopa Adyayana Kendra will provide masks for children so that they can use them during Aati Kalinja. The children will also have a chance to play the traditional game of Chennamane. The sumptuous “Aati Meal” priced at Rs 250 per person will be served at the Guttinamane, while there will be snacks also sold at stalls in Urban Haat.

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