Oman: Two and half decades of togetherness is definitely a milestone to celebrate. The members of Muscat Mogaveera Koota got together to highlight their association jubilantly. Silver Jubilee Celebration was an evening filled with myriad events, full of colour, mirth and joy.
Stage all set in grandeur:
Entrance: The entrance was magnificently decorated in traditional style with banana plant, garland made of mango leaves, fresh flowers, Gendale (tender coconut) and apt lighting. A well decorated balloon filled arch bordered above the main door. All were greeted traditionally and women were given fresh Mangalore Mallige Flower, Haldi-Kumkuma and Rose water sprinkled on each guest. Children dressed in Omani costumes welcomed the guests which was an added attraction.
The Guests of Honour:
- Nadoja Dr. G. Shankar -Chairman G. Shankar Family Trust, Karnataka Government Rajyothsawa Awardee, Prominent Social Worker
- Yashpal Suvarna-State Secretary, BJP Yuva Morcha, President, DK Fish Marketing Federation.
- Ananda Suvarna-Businessman & Prominent Social Worker
- B.N.Narasimha -President, MogaveeraSangha Bengaluru
- Shri Hiriyanna Kidiyoor, Prominent Social Worker
The eminent distinguished guests were welcomed in the traditional style with great pomp and the rhythmic musical beats of “Chende” & Symbols and the renowned ethnic “Pilivesha” (tiger dance) by the members of the community. Along with, all the members of MMK gathered on either sides and warmly welcomed the guests with due respect.
Welcome Address :
Koni Prakash Naik, Vice President –MM Koota, addressed the gathering in Kannada and English. The distinguished guests were presented Floral Bouquet and a Shawl by the Committee Members. Dr. Shekar Salian, President- Muscat Mogaveera Koota welcomed and presented to Nadoja Dr. G. Shankar, Ramanand Kunder to Yashpal Suvarna, Shrinivas Shriyan to Mr. Anand Suvarna, Mr & Mrs. SharathKumar to Hiriyanna Kidiyoor, Shashi Puthran to B.N. Narasimha.
All other special invitees who graced the occasion from Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait and Mangalore were also greeted with floral bouquet and a shawl.
Lighting of the Lamp:
As is customary and traditional, the proceedings of the 25th Year Silver Jubilee Celebration- Muscat Mogaveera Koota began with lighting of the lamp. Dr. Shekar Salian and Ramanand Kunder escorted the honourable guests to the rituals. The background score was a “Slokha” rendered by Ganesh Beejadi.
Muscat Mogaveera Koota- Journey So far: “Bonding Beyond Boundaries” :
Koni Prakash Naik, Vice President of Muscat Mogaveera Koota, at the outset congratulated His Majesty Sultan Qaboosbin Said and the friendly people of Oman on the occasion of its 45th Glorious National Day and also thanked His Majesty and the entire Ministry for the support extended to the Indian people to continue with such social/cultural activities in Oman. He also spoke at length about the entire journey from the inception to the present scenario of activities and functions, the various achievements, creation of MMK logo, blood donation cmap, charity services, visits of eminent sports personalities and the first ever Volley Ball Tournament – Mogaveera Cup, organized by MMK sponsored by Mangalore Spikers in Muscat.
Musical Feast “Ganamrita”:
A Musical programme by Ganesh Beejadi and Kalavathi Puthran, enthralled and regaled the members with good selection of songs and popular numbers in Tulu, Kannada and Hindi such as, “Naav Aaaduva Nudiye Kannada Nudi” “Mokeda Singari”, “Shiva Shankari” Gori Tera Gaav Bada Pyaara”, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar“, Naanu Kolike Ranga”, “Kaanadha Kadalali”, etc., Divya Kotian also rendered some beautiful Kannada and Hindi duet numbers with Ganesh Beejadi.
A beautiful medley piece of Flute lead by Lokesh and BhaskarBasrur with the orchestra of other instruments was presented and enjoyed by all.
Cultural Tapestry of Music and Dance:
Divya Kotian , on the centre stage, compered and welcomed the participants for the first performance- a beautiful dance with peacock feathers and the finale piece with huge green leaves arranged to depict Lord Ganesha.
Participants were: Chetana Vishwanath Bangera, ShreyaGirish Kanchan, Dhriti Ravi Kanchan, Ithi ArunThingalaya, Niharika Pushparaj Amin, Akanksha Ranjanand Disha Devanand Amin.(Coordinator :Mrs SahanaGirish).
It was followed by another foot tapping dance number performed by Mithil Ravi Kanchan, Harshil Padmakar Mendon, Jeeval Padmakar, Sohan Girish Kanchan, Anuj Umesh Kumar, Aryan Umesh Kumar,Hitesh Shivram Kanchan, Shartah Devanand Amin, NiketanPushparaj Amin, Sushmitha Shesh Kanchan) (Coordinator: Mrs. Sahana Girish)
It was now time for instrumental music – fusion. The flautist Lokesh and keyboard player Bhasker Basrur along with other musicians mesmerized the audiences. Ms. Kashvi LokanathPuthran presented a Solo Recital – Peacock Dance for a Tulu song.
The ladies team presented a beautiful dance, with different coloured costume, to a medley of songs depicting the native flavor and cultural heritage.
Participants: Roopa Umesh Kumar, Vandana Padmakar Mendon, Dr.Seema Ranjan, Sureka Prasad Karkera, Sumana Naveen Kotian,Ramya Gurdas Kunder.
Thereafter, a power packed and energetic bollywood dance performance with lots of Latkas and Jhatkas, with beautiful expression and full of movements was presented by Shreya Girish Kanchan, Dhriti Ravi Kanchan, Ithi Arun Thingalaya,Niharika Pushparaj Amin, Akanksha Ranjan and Disha Devanand Amin.(Coordinator Sahana Girish).
The guest, Suresh Salian from Kuwait, sang a Tulu song highlighting the essence and glory of Tulu Naadu and the language.
Art Like Never Before- Magical Strokes by Vilas Nayak:
Asia’s leading Speed Painting Artist, Mr. Vilas Nayak, exihibited his mettle and mesmerized the entire audience with his symphony of colour strokes in conjunction with the strains of music. He believes that empty canvases breath life and the brush of strokes found forms and shapes.
“All the eyes held captive by his artistic display”. Each and every one were held in captivity, as their attention was just glued to his canvas guessing what is going to come out of the canvas. Deft Strokes, amazing creations and quick work were evident and prominent. Vilas Naik painted a Yakshagana artist, in synchronization with the music of Yakshagana song. His painting of Muscat Palace and Taj Mahal monuments was mind blowing.
Entertaining Magic Show:
Set to music, Satish Hemmady and team presented a volley of Magical tricks and kept the audience spell-bound. A great number of umbrellas from various materials were spun in no time. It was a rain shower of umbrellas of different colours, all over the stage. It was sheer deft movement by Satish Hemmady. His assistant (team members) too presented a lively Comedy Magic Episode.
Felicitation of Guests, Founder Members and Major Sponsors
The honourable guests, the Founder members and the major sponsors of the event who were the backbone support for the event, were felicitated in the traditional style with a shawl,memento, dryfruit basket. MM Koota members were very proud of the great support.
Nadoja Dr G Shankar was felicitated by the President of MMK, Dr Shekar Salian Yashpal Suvarna was felicitated by the Vice President Prakash Naik, Koni Hiriyanna Kidiyoor was felicitated by RamandKunder, Vice President of MM Koota Ananda Suvarna was felicitated by VishwanathBangera
Narasimha Beejady was felicitated by PadmakarMendon.
Founder Members, Shekar Salian, Prakash Naik, Ramanand Kunder and Shirish Kumar were felicitated by Hiriyanna Kidiyoor along with major sponsors, ShriAshish Kumar, Shri Devanand Amin, Smt. Sahana GirishKanchan (on behalf of Girish Kanchan), ShashiPuthran and Ashok Kanchan.
The Souvenir “MatsyaSangama” was released by the Chief Guest Nadoja Dr G Shankar in the presence of the distinguished guests, Committee Members and the Editor, Praveena Ramanand Kunder. Shesh Kanchanhighlighted the essence and contents of the Souvenir. The Guest of Honour congratulated the Muscat Mogaveeras and appreciated the events. They expressed their happiness and wished them success always.
Leeladhar Baikampady, President – Muscat MogaveeraBahrain, presented a memento to Dr Shekar Salian, President – MMK.
Shirish Kumar conducted the stage proceedings. Vidya Puthran conducted the proceedings of the awardsgiving ceremony. Certificate of Excellence and Trophies/Gifts were awarded to children of MMKoota members for their outstanding achievements in education, sports, etc. Achievers: Shashank Sadanand Amin, Khushi Ashok Kanchan, Pratamesh Santhosh Kumble, Arhan Ranjan, Roshan Lokesh Kunder, Mithil Ravi Kanchan and Hitesh Shivaram Kanchan.
The Choreographers and make-up assistant were presented a memento by a Member of MMK for their wonderful presentation and training the members for the dances. Ashok Kotian presented a memento to respective member of MMK.
Mementos were presented to the musicians of the orchestra and the artists Mr. Vilas Nayak, Ganesh Beejadi, Kalavathi Puthran and Satish Hemmady. Sharath Kumar conducted the stage proceedings.
Luck of the Draw:
Raffle draw was conducted to pick “Lucky Mogaveera”. The First Prize a 40” TV, sponsored by Ashish Kumar, was won by Veerendra Suvarna. Dr. Ranjan pulled out the winning coupon for the draw. The Second prize, Mobile Phone, sponsored by Girish Kanchan, was won by Sandeep Maindan.
Vote of Thanks:
Sujatha Lokesh, Joint Secretary of MMK delivered the Vote of Thanks.
A beautiful evening to remember:
A good start culminates in a good finale. All the members of Muscat Mogaveera Koota present in The Grand Hall, Hotel Al Falaj were treated to a sumptuous dinner, great entertainment, melody, art, music, dance and magical tricks.
Mementoes were presented to each and every member as a token of appreciation. The memento was designed by the Executive Committee of Muscat Mogaveera Koota.
MM Koota Committee: Dr Shekar Salian (Hon. President), Prakash Naik (Vice President), Ramanand Kunder (Vice President), Aarti Ravi Kanchan (General Secretary), Sujatha Lokesh Kunder (Jt. Secretary), Raj Salian(Treasurer), Jyothi Shivaram (Jt. Treasurer), PadmakarMendon (PR Co-ordinator), Sharath Kumar (Cultural Co-ordinator), Vishwanath Bangera (Sports Co-ordinator) and Girish Kanchan (Fund Raising Co-ordinator)