Mr. Sarvotham Shetty – Mangalorean Star

Mr. Sarvotham Shetty – Mangalorean Star

Mangalorean.com is very pleased to introduce the star of the month of May, an individual who was instrumental for the formation of Karnataka Association (Auh), Bunts Association & Tulu Koota in the United Arab Emirates and strived for the smooth functioning of these Associations for the last 28 years. A well known face in the UAE is none other than Sri. Sarvotham Shetty – a man with a passion for cultural activities. As his name suggests he is “Sarvaralli Uttama”. His down to earth life style, crystal clear communication skills, authoritarian look and the hidden talents in art, culture, and drama has made him a leader who commands respects by his deeds in Arabian Gulf.

Sarvotham was born and brought up in a tiny hamlet of Pareekha in the district of Udupi near Manipal. After his Pre-University education in Perdoor & Hiriyadka, Mr. Shetty moved to Mumbai and toiled in a hotel to earn his livelihood. Thereafter, he worked in a Solicitor’s office for some time. His “earn and learn” motto got him a Government Commercial Diploma from Bombay University and later continued his education in R.A.Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai and received the B.Com degree in 1978. Active in Students Union, he represented R.A.Podar College as a Student Representative to the Senate of the University of Bombay in 1977.

After a brief stint in a Pharmaceutical Company, he joined Syndicate Bank in 1970, where he honed his skills in Banking and Finance. As a youngster, his love for dramatics inspired him to take part in Inter Collegiate Drama Competitions and carve a niche for himself in the arena of dramatics and arts. During his college days he received warm tributes for his memorable performance in a play called “Haggada Kone” written by well known writer Parvathavani’ and thus etched a name for himself in the world of Kannada arts.

In 1979, with the co-operation of his friends, he founded “KALAJAGATHU” and had a privilege to be its founder, President. ‘Kalajagatthu’ went on to become a well-known cultural Forum of Mumbai, which even to this day promotes Kannada & Tulu theatrical play’s in Mumbai.

It was then that his life took a significant turn. A leading business house of UAE; International Distribution Establishment of Abu Dhabi invited him to join them to a key position. He was called upon to discharge multifarious responsibilities, which he fulfilled with all the zeal and sincerity for which he is so famous for. He has served as a General Manager for 25 years in International Distribution Establishment and presently he is managing his own business in the UAE capital.


With wife Usha, Son Samarth & Daughter Samyuktha

In addition to his responsibilities at work, in his spare hours he went out to get connected socially and once again began his real interest of building platform for the fellow community members to meet, greet and share the traditional bond of friendship and hidden talents in them. Thus born Karnataka Sangha Abu Dhabi, UAE Bunts Sangha & U.A.E.Tulukoota and Mr.Sarvotham is the President of these cultural Forums.

It was a great moment for Kannadigas of the Emirates, when Sri. Sarvotham Shetty became the first Kannadiga to be elected as the President of India Social Center (ISC) for the year 1999-2000. ISC is a premier Indian Association in the Gulf & he remains the only person to be elected unanimously in the 45 years history of this official organization. He created history again when he was once again elected as the President of ISC in 2002-03. In an earlier stint he was the Vice-President during the year 1995-96. Mr. Shetty was also the founder Vice-President of Toastmaster International Abu Dhabi Chapter and he became a CTM.

Since 1997, Mr. Shetty is the Member of Board of Governors of the prestigious Abu Dhabi Indian School, Abu Dhabi, which is the leading School in the entire Gulf with CBSE Syllabus with over 5000 students. Being a board member, he is also the Sports Coordinator of the school and has served the community relentlessly in shaping up the children by inculcating discipline and leadership.

It is a matter of pride to mention here that Sri. Sarvotham Shetty was instrumental in introducing the game of ladies Throw Ball in UAE through the Bunts and Kannada Associations. This heralded a new sport in the Gulf which now has become a household name and is very popular.

The culmination of all his social work and the leadership quality in bringing the Kannadigas of the Emirates together, resulted in the greatest moment of his life in 1998 when the Govt of Karnataka conferred on him “Karnataka Rajyotsava Award” under the category of ‘Horananda Kannadiga’ for his contribution in the development of Kannada Arts and Culture in foreign land.


Felicitated by Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha, Abu Dhabi


Felicitated by Dr.Deviprasad Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore (L); Felicitation from Oman Bunts(R)


With Indian Ambassador HE K.C.Singh


Receiving Prize from Sarfraz Khan, Bowler Pakistan Team


Felicitation from Baharain Kannada Sangha, Bahrain


Receiving prize at the College Day (R A Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai)


Global Man Award received from Rashtrakavi Sri Shivarudrappa during Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana in Kuwait


Feliciation received from Home Minister HE MP Prakash during Rajyotsava


Felicitation from Al Ain & Buraimi Kannada Sangha, Al Ain


Karnataka Rajyotsava Award – 1998 received for promoting Kannada Culture & Arts in Foreign Land under Horanada Kannadiga category.

Suvarna Karnataka Rajyotsava Award – 2006 for Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha


With Sushmitha Sen, Neema B R Shetty and Dr.B.R.Shetty


With Kiran Bedi, Sudhir Kumar Shetty & Ravi Pandit of UAE Exchange Centre


Mysore Association, Bombay – Trophy for Kannada Drama


Sports prize receiving from Sunil Gavaskar


Kannada Drama prize receiving from Vishu Kumar, Director Kannada Movies


With Sarfraz Khan, Pakistani Bowler


Kannada Sahithya Sangha formed in R.A.Podar College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai

Felicitation from Delhi Bunts Sangha


With Sri Oscar Fernandes


With his Throwball Team (Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha)


With Indian Amabassador HE Sudhir Vyas & Mr.M.A.Yusuf Ali


Receiving Suvarna Karnataka Rajyotsava Award for Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha


With Mr.Ramesh Arvind, Kananda Film Star

Under his able President ship, last year Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha received the coveted “Suvarna Karnataka Rajyotsava Prashasthi” for the meritorious work rendered for the cause of Kannada/Karnataka in a foreign land. It is interesting to note that the award was bestowed on the 50th Anniversary of Karnataka State and the 25th Anniversary of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha.

The numerous accolade and honors he received from various Associations and Forums all over the world shows the love and respect he draws from people of different walks of life, language and culture.

As a President of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha, he organised Ist Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana in Abu Dhabi and invited Sri Siddaramayya (Dy.Chief Minister of Karnataka Govt) as Chief Guest along with 14 people high delegation in 2004. Also, during their Silver Jubilee of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha’s Silver Jubilee celebration, invited HE Kumaraswamy (Chief Minister of Karnataka Govt) as a chief guest along with 19 people from a high level delegation including 5 major IAS officers. First time in the history of Karnataka in their 50 years of formation, a Chief Minister visited Gulf country.

Sri. Sarvotham Shetty is a happy family man with a loving and supportive wife Usha and lovable kids Samarth and Samyuktha. Samarth is doing his Mechanical Engineering (8th Semestar) in Bangalore Institue of Technology, Bangalore and daughter – Samyuktha is doing her Instrumentation Technology (2nd Semestar) in Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

Mr. Shetty has 3 brothers and 2 sisters. His brother Purushotham Shetty, working for Syndicate Bank, Pune; Vasanth Shetty is doing business in Udupi and looking after their family house in Pareeka; and Prashanth Hegde is working in Abu Dhabi. Sister Saroja is married and her husband doing Hotel Business in Mumbai and sister Shoba is married and her husband doing Hotel Business in Mumbai

His hobbies are: collecting addresses, telephone numbers & E-mail addresses of people and keeping contact with them he says. He is also a social worker and great humanitarian who love to help the poor and needy.

A dramatist, sports lover, educationist, a founder cum organizer of Kannada & Tulu cultural activities, a worshipper of ‘Kannada Matha’ all rolled into one; Sri Sarvotham Shetty is an asset to Gulf Kanndigas and we pray Almighty Lord to give him strength and inspiration to continue to serve and uphold the Karatnaka tradition & culture in this part of the world.

A brief Synopsis of his interview:

M.com: Since you are residing in UAE for more than two and a half decades do you have any special incidents that are worth sharing?

Ans: Living in UAE has been a great experience in itself, where you get surprises everyday. Having lived in this country for more than a quarter century; I have seen this place grow from an ordinary gulf country with hardly any business activities, to a country which can be now called, a financial hub of the world.

Personally this country has given me self growth, both mentally and financially. I came here in the year 1979, with nothing much to say as my own, but today whatever I am is because of this country and its people who have helped me to achieve and excel, and I feel really proud of these achievements.

M.com: Would you like to share any special incident in your life that made you feel realy nice deep within?

Ans: There are many instances which have given me a lot of self satisfaction. Having been actively associated with various social organisations; I had the opportunity to meet various personalities – unknown to well known, cultural ambassadors of our country to the President of India. Each and every one has left behind an unforgettable memory and have made an impact on my mind.

I am basically a lover of art and culture of my state in particular and my country as a whole. Promoting the rich culture of my state and the diversity of my motherland, which is full of moral values, to people spread around, irrespective of where I am, is my main goal and ambition in life. By the grace of GOD, Karnataka Rajyotsava Award – 1998 which was given by the Karnataka State Government came as a pleasant surprise and made me more responsible and strengthened my character and bonding with the State I belong to.

M.com: If you had to meet one good world famous personality whom would you like to visit and why?

Ans: I would personally like to meet Mr. Nelson Mandela if I get an opportunity. He is my inspiration, who has gracefully given up his powers and even today leading a simple & normal life. I was attracted by his philanthropic work, noble messages through his simplicity & leadership. I wanted to inculcate and practice such virtues. I really don’t know to what extent, I can achieve the same but trying to do so itself is a great experience which I enjoy the most.

M.com: What is the nicest gift a leader can give his followers?

Ans: The nicest gift a leader can give is to practice what is being conveyed, and be honest. A leader should possess traits like effective communication, co-ordination, togetherness, team work, getting results and enjoying success together as one team.

M.com: Can you brief us on your success behind promoting the culture in foreign country and how was it possible?

Ans: Right from childhood, I am actively involved in various cultural activates and theatres. It is more of a habit than necessity. This habit forced me to organise various types of cultural activities in Bombay and now in UAE. For me a cultural organisation is a means of self-development and to meet new people. Further, this type of platform helps many people to exhibit their talents. My idea of promoting is mainly to bring people together and promote Indian culture. I strongly believe in the motto of our country – “Unity in Diversity”.

I am really indebted to Dr B.R.Shetty, MD & CEO of New Medical Centre Group, for his moral support & encouragement. I don’t think I would have been able to carry out the various cultural and other social activities without his blessings.

M.com: Nowadays, there are many organizations are emerging in the name of culture in far away lands. Being the main and initial promoter of the Karnataka culture in a foreign country, What does it take to make it successful and how do you keep the organizations active.

Ans: Team work is the ‘key manthra’ to achieve success in any association or organisation. The core committee members should have a clear objective before it starts functioning. Meticulous planning and making your associates realise their responsibilities will help you achieve the objectives and goals you have in your mind. There should be a clear message conveyed to the audience and listeners through all the activities which your organization conducts. This will set an example to other sister organisations. Leaders can come and go but policies should continue.

M.com: What is the message you would like to give to the viewers of m.com?

Ans: My day always starts with Mangalorean.com, which reminds me of my homeland everyday. It keeps me updated on the happenings of our State almost on an hourly basis. I wish that Mangalorean.com will blossom into much bigger & popular news agency. My best wishes to all the readers of Mangalorean.com.

Special Statement:

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support, that I have received from my ex-employer M/s.International Distribution Est., Abu Dhabi and its staff owned by Mr.Ali Dhieb & Mr.Ahmed A.Al Fardan.

Mangalorean.com wishes Mr Sarvotham Shetty all the very best in his future endeavours.

Submitted by Claude Fernandes

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Comment on this article

vidya rani, India:
hello sir….
im impressed and touched by the social work you have done till now….hats off sir…..

Prabhakara Kedilaya, USA:
Deeply impressed by the interesting events and achievements in your life. Service done to the community is great and to be emulated by young people..God bless you your family

Sony Y.Shetty, India:
Namaskara,SarvothamMama.

Congratulations on ur latest award.May God bless u & ur family always..

Best Regards from:
Mattar ParadiMane Family.

C GEORGE VARGHESE, UAE:
IT IS DEFINITELY APPRECIABLE

satish chilly willy, UAE:
Sarvothammanna for us is special, from the time we were are new to Abu Dhabi till today we see him working selflessly for Kannada, Tulu and the community. We pray to God to give him good health and power to work more. Sarvothammanna deserves more awards not only from Karnataka state government but from the government of India and the UAE govt. Jai Hind Jai Karnataka

Rashmi Shetty(Rashmi Sandeep), UAE:
Congratulations uncle :).. You always make us feel proud..luv u for your hard work nd dedication towards our community.regards.

hemalata a.mendon, India:
I am touched by the social work you do for the people of Karnataka in Middle East. Nobody has the patience and time to do such work.

Keep it up!….

jasmine, India:
hello sir,
i wish to have your email id.

please email to janu.suha@gmail.com

JEEVAN SHETTY, FARANGIPET MANGALORE, India:
SHETTY SIR SUPER SUCH A GOOD WORK,WE ARE PROUD TO SAY THAT MR.SARVOTHAM SHETTY IS A INDIAN MORE IMPORTANTLY HE IS FROM DK (MODERN OF BUNTS COMMUNITY)
I WISH YOU VERY VERY HAPPY N SUCCESFUL LIFE
THANK YOU SIR
GOD BLESS YOU

K.S.G.Shetty. New Delhi, India:
Be a social worker not politician. Serving Humanity is one of the best thing we everyone can do. You are one of the person who continiously working toward that. Hearty Congratulations

Dr Badur Rajeeth Shetty, Qatar:
Congratulations Sarvotham Anna, You have done us proud. I remember the saddest moments of my life. Its still fresh in my mind to have such kind thoughts coming from good samaritans like you during the sad moments.
May god bless you and your family.
B.Rajeeth Shetty,(Bother in law of Late B. Vasanth Shetty,Ex OIB,BOBK, Staff,Oman. Ex Doha Bank and EX NBO,Abudhabhi.)
Anesthesiologist,

HMC,Doha,Qatar.
Anesthesiologist:Physicians who are the life line of Modern Medicine

Vijay Shetty, India:
Hi, & Hello, Mr.Sarvothamanna,

Every human being is born with a kind of social responsibility which he has to fulfill during his lifetime. It is not just enough for someone to be self centered and busy in his own world. You are right example of being a true and successful human, although I don’t know you personally, but after reading this inspiring article, you are one person I have come across who has the will, time and energy to discharge the responsibility towards the society. We all are proud to have person like you in U.A.E. and especially in our community. We heartily wish you good luck and may God fulfill all your dreams to come true I would congratulate you for the success in bringing the community people together in the Gulf, God bless you and your family, give more strength to serve the people.
Congratulations once again, keep up the good work, & youngster like me would surely like to follow you.
Thanking you.

With kindest regards,
Vijay Shetty (Pune-India)
Email id- vip1071@ymail.com

Fr. Henry Sequeira, India:
After reading this article, I am sure he is a man of great vision. I would like to have his mobile no. and e_mail id. My e-Mail id id fr.henrysequeira@gmail.com

sudhir shivarama shetty kaup, India:
Can you give me mr. Sarvotham shettys email id please.
my email id is sudhir2265@rediffmail.com

Sudhakar Shetty-Maxtalent Global, Algeria:
Fantastic and great contribution done to the society and community development, it is people like Sarvotham Shetty and their yeoman efforts and service rendered that make life so different leading to a world of caring and sharing. Team Maxtalent Global would like to salute him and his dedication and also wish him good health, lot of success in all the current and future endavour he is involved and undertakes. Our best wishes to his wife and childrn for standing tall in his selfless nobel journey, to serve fellow mankind, good luck -Sudhakar Shetty (Maxtalent Global-www.maxtalent.org)

shashikanth b g, India:
I am working in abu dhabi as a security guard frm last 4 months, i am from kasaragod of kerala, it is a border of karnataka near managalore, if i am in kerala also i studyed kannada, i speak tulu in home, sir i am also a sports man in throw ball i have represented national throw ball 2 times once in kota and once kerala, i am state player to 2 years, after my +2 i have done safety course, then i worked as a safety officer in Gujart for 2 years, if i have any chance to play throw ball please call me sir my number: 0557954940, now i am working in Etisalat south exchange in salam street, as a security.

Jayalaxmi Shetty, Mangalore, India:
Dear Sarvothamanna, May god bless you with many more stars. Congratulations.

chetan b shetty, USA:
THE AWARDS WHEN GIVEN TO SOME RARE PEOPLE BEGETS A SPECIAL DISTINCTION. THIS IS ONE SUCH CASE.

mohad ansar bellare., Saudi Arabia:
Dear Sarvothamanna,
Hearty congratulations on this great achievement! Best wishes for you and your family.

prashanth Shetty, UAE:
sir my love and respect to u…….
I wish to have the contact tel number and address of uae bunts association

Please email to-: brpjn_ppshetty@hotmail.com

shamsuddin, India:
my love and respect brings me to you after 12 to 14 years since we met in Abu Dhabi Kannada Sangha. My best wishes to you and your family.

AFSAL EMC, UAE:
CAN I HAVE THE TEL. NO.?
AFSAL EMC
0552752052
Afsal.Kuttichadayan@alfahim.ae

NAGESH MOGAVEERA, India:
I like to karnataka & kannada launge.

sainathshetty mumbai, India:
proud of the karnataka.

Pushparaja Chauta, India:
A real bunts hero, Congratulations.

Paul Mathew, Abudhabi, UAE, UAE:
A fantatastic man with a large heart to help the community at large not only restricted to Mangalorians but an asset to all of India. May GOD shower all his blessings on this remarkable Indian.

faheemnm@gmail.com AbuDhabi, UAE:
Wow what a personality, having this much charactaristics inside, but looks so calm and simple.Hats off to Mr. Sarvotham bhai. I Suggest at least Indian Govt. should recognise him and give him the highest award to him as his work for his social and cultural work to the mankind.

Nithyanand M Shetty, UAE:
May almighty GOD keep this multi talented gentleman and gem of a person and his lovely family from mangalore always happy and healthy.He and his wife Mrs.Usha Sarvotham celebrated thier 25th wedding anniversary with thier lovely childrens Samarth and Samyukta in a private ceremony in abudhabi recently. As far as I know them personaly for the last couple of years, both of them are great achievers in their life, they are my role models and guiding forces for me and my wife.

DAYANAND, UAE:
sir I wish to have the contact tel number and address of uae bunts association

Please email to padmadayahari@yahoo.co.in

raagakashyap, India:
Although i am not mangalorian i could not sustain my pleasure after reading about you. As a mysorian i want to wish you more more energy health and comfort to serve more people. I felt very proud of you as a kannadigalu.

with regards
raagakashyap.
my mail adress
raagakashyap@yahoo.co.uk

Mohan Ram Shetty (CCL), USA:
May god bless you with many more stars.

Afsar Mahfooz, UAE:
Dear Sir

I would like to personally Congratulate for your achievments awards which you got in may, You deserve to get this award, I persionally Exprienced your style of working when i was your colleague and appreciate your Hard work for society and your down to earth attitude.

May all the wishes to you will bring you more and more achievments & recognition.
Thanks & Regards
Afsar Mahfooz
Memory Computers
Abu dhabi
050 3237851
mahfooz_afsar@yahoo.com

NAGESH.S. SHETTY, UAE:
SIR,

THIS IS JUST A SMALL START. THERE ARE LOT MORE OF SUCH THINGS TO COME.

A PERSON LIKE YOU IS VERY RARE IN THIS WORLD AND SPECIALLY I FEEL LUCKY THAT I EVER MET U, REALLY SIR I FEEL VERY HONOURED NOT ONLY ME BUT THE WHOLE OF MANGALORE WILL BE PROUD OF U. THIS IS NOTHING AFTER READING ALL ACHIEVEMENTS OF YOURS I FEEL IT’S NOTHING.

SIR, THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME IN ALL POSSIBLE WAYS BECAUSE YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON WHO MADE ME REALIZE THAT I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD(DUBAI) THANK YOU, I WILL BE ALWAYS GREATFUL TO YOU.

MAY GOD SHOWER HIS BLESSING ON YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

GUYS, BELEIVE ME HE IS BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR ALL THE MANGALOREANS IN U. A. E.

SIR KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK BECAUSE LOTS OF GUYS LIKE ME ARE STILL WAITING FOR JUST TO SEE A GLIMPSE OF YOUR OUTSTANDING WORK.

GREAT MAN, GREAT WORK THE WORD IS AWESOME TO DESCRIBE YOU SIR.

YOUR’S OBLIGATORY FOREVER
NAGESH.S.SHETTY(BARCLAYS)

Shashiraj Hegde, Shirva Nadibettu, UAE:
A star indeed. Ocean of energy, selfless approach, dedication, perseverence, big heart, bunch of talent…Big salute to you Sarvothamanna. Thanks for keeping all of us together, thousands of miles away from home.

God bless you and your family with health and wealth for long long time.

Khasim Ahmed, JFRiyadh, Saudi Arabia:
Dear sarvothamanna, Bravo
I think i need not say anything,long list of wellwisher have already spoken what you are.you have shown how a single person can make a deep impact on the community by imparting the passion. keep it up

Prakash Nayak, Abu Dabhi, UAE:
Sarvothamanna,

Heartly Congratulations for the Award you have recieved and your series of Spectacular Achievements. Defenetly you deserve this Award.

This Article helped me to know you personally, your College Days, Mumbai Days and Series of Wonders in UAE.

Sarvothamanna, you have proved that there are no constraints for a Selfless, Humble Achiever and Social Activist.

Sri Devaru nimma sakala istarthagalannu eederisi, nimma kutumbakke sakala sowbhagyagalannu needali yennuuvde nanna haraike.

Abhinandanegalondige

Prakash Nayak.

Shankar Shetty, UAE:
Dear Sarvothamanna,

Please accept our hearty congratulations.

You and your family have sacrificed your wealth, time and energy in helping people. Through your active participation and contribution in various cultural associations of Karnataka, from time to time you provided us opportunities to enjoy and cherish rich tradition and culture of Karnataka, in UAE. You are a selfless man always prepared to walk extra miles to help people or for a cause, you only remember and regret where you have not been successful in helping people or solving the problem.

You are a true Noble MAN, May GOD bless you and your family.

Sincerely,

Shankar Shetty, Vimla & Neha
Emirates Bank, Dubai

Ishwar M. Ail, Mumbai, India:
Congratulations Sir, for your achievements to strengthen Kannada language and culture in the UAE. Wish you all the best. You deserve this title “MANGALOREAN STAR”.

Balajith Shetty, Saudi Arabia:
Dear Sarvothamanna..
Congratulations for the award you have received and you are well deserved for this award.
It’s my previlage to know you personally.
Good luck to all your sincere efforts for the benefit of Indian community.

With Regards
Balajith Shetty
Al Azizia Panda United Inc.

Narasimha Shetty, Oman:
We all know that Mr. Sarvothamanna, as we fondly call him – is man of many many honours. A loving and passionate human being with no boundary for his achievements and social services. He is a man with exceptional qualities & niceties.

We love you for what you are Sarvothamanna and wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous life

Loving regards
Narasimha Shetty & family members.

B.Ganesan (ganesh), USA:
After reading the profile of Sri. Sarvotham Shetty, readers like me came to know about his multi talents and his selfless service for the community. Really Great, Sri. Sarvotham, you deserve even very high honor than what so far you have achieved.
B.Ganesan (ganesh)of Abudhabi
camp:Tampa, florida, usa
http://vedaclass.blogspot.com

Satish Shetty, UAE:
Congratulations Sarvothamanna, We knew some of your work in gulf. It is great pleasure to know about your college days and mumbai days. What an achievement! Commitment, dedication hardwork and achievements. Without Ushakka’s support it is imposible to reach this far. Congratulation Ushakka. God bless

Satish Shetty and swarna Shetty Dubai.

Shashikanth Hegde, UAE:
Congratulation Sarvothamanna !!. Words are not enough to describe the warmth we receive, when we are with you. A gentle, caring, brotherly figure, should have been called Karnataka Star, not just Mangalore star for the service you have rendered to the kannada, tulu & bunts community. You are truly “Savaralli Uthama”. May God bless you and your family with long & healthy life.

Nandu N. Kudtarkar, UAE:
Namaskar Sarvottam Anna,

Anna I guess is elder brother and so correct about a person we all know for so long. His association has brought a lot souls together. We at Maharashtra Mandal Abu Dhabi are very proud to have know and closey associated with Shri. Sarvottam Shetty. We wish him all the succes and good health in future.

Gurudas Pai, UAE:
I have known Mr Sarvottam Shetty for a very short time. But during this short time me and my family have been admiring his selfless sense of dedication and service to the expatriate community of this region.

Our Mr Sarvottam Shetty, deserves much more than what is said and spoken. We can find him behind all the cultural activities and initiates efforts to locate and get renowned personalities to this Arab world.He does it himself for the good of all the people here.

We the residents should at least reciprocate by attending the functions organized by the associations in large numbers. One can certainly feel the pain and hurt in his eyes and heart when on certain occasions the attendance and turnout is poor. The least we can reciprocate for his efforts, is by attending such functions in large numbers.

I, on my behalf and on behalf of my family, wish him and his family Good Health, Prosperity and Success in all his efforts.

Vivek Belman, Kuwait:
Dearest Sarvothum Anna

Our hearty congratulations…..
May god bless you with good health, happiness, peace and strength to do much more noble causes in future.
You really deserve this….Mangalorean….!!

All the best,

Vivek, Suprita, pritvi, purvi
Kuwait.

SANTOSH K.M, UAE:
Dear Sarvotham

Congratulations on Your “Mangalorean Star”

you are a wonderful person and this “Star” should have been achieved long before. May god bless you for your future success and achievements as always.
Best regards
Santosh K.M
ISC, Abu Dhabi

Kaiser, UAE:
Congrats!!! Sarvothamanna..

Words fall short to appreciate you always. Wish you success always.

Shoukath, Kaiser, Sidra & Simra

Ganesh Shetty & Chitra Shetty, Baku, Azerbaijan:
Dear Sarvaothamanna,

Congratulations on your latest award. You are a gem of gems. On this occasion, I want to thank you for the selfless service you are offering to the Bunts society, Kannadigas and to all the Indians. May you have a long life with robust health; May your dreams come true.

Ravikumar H.K, UAE:
Dear Sir

Congratulations for you from me & my friends to attempting the glorious achivements & making the unity of kannadigans in UAE.

Regards
Ravi H.K & Riyazuddin
Trans Continental Industries

Musafah Abu Dhabi UAE
055-8674137
055-7346435

Ravindranath Shetty, UAE:
Congratulations Survottamanna and to Ushakka, I believe one can not reach thus far without the support of life partner. May God bless you and family all the best and success in your personal and social works.

Ravi, Shakila,Shishir & Sanjana

RAMESH SHETTY, UAE:
DEAR ANNA

Heartly congratulations to you and we expect more from you as you are worth of and deaserve much more

RAMESH,SUJATHA,DHRUTHY,YASHA
ABU DBABI

Suresh Nellikode, UAE:
Dear Sarvotham,

Congratulations!
You are a wonderful person who had decided long ago that the season of giving is yours only, and not your inheritors!
It cannot but get noticed once. And the time came.
Your each recognition brightens my family too, as you were never an outsider.

M.Ravi Shetty, Qatar:
Dear Sarvothamanna,
Congratulations to you for one more feather on your cap. Any amount of accolades showered on you will be less for the untiring services you have been providing to all the needy, for your contributions to so many charitable causes.
We are really proud of you and you will remain a role model for many and an example for the younger generation to know and understand what social service is all about.
Kudos to Mangalorean.com for choosing you as the Mangalorean Star.

With kind regards
M.Ravi Shetty
President
Tulu Koota, Qatar

Anand Salian, Jebel Ali, Dubai, India :
I congratulate you on behalf of Jebel Ali Karnataka Friends.
You are very precious for our Kannadigas.You are like your name ie., “Sarvaralli Uttama”.
We pray almighty to give you health and prosparity to do much more work for Kannadigas.
God Bless you and your family.

Divakar Poojary, Doha, Qatar, Qatar:
Dear Sarvottamanna,

“CONGRATULATIONS” on your achievement of being the “MANGALOREAN STAR”. It is indeed a matter of pride for all those who are associated with you, especially Tulu bandhavas.
I take this opportunity to wish you and your family, all the happiness in the world and may God bless you with lot many laurels in the coming days.

Best Regards,
Divakar Poojary
Doha, Qatar

Rajendra Shetty, UAE:
Heartly congratulations to you and Wish you all the best and success in all your future endeavors

Best Regards
Rajendra Shetty
Dubai

B.G.MOHANDAS, UAE:
Believe me, since the day this well written article and pictorial on Sarvotham Shetty was published I virtually meet him every day through your website and experience a strange sense of belongingness and respect to this extraordinary human being who is as sincere, simple, up-front humble and result oriented as his role model Nelson Mandela. Just a glance at his immaculate photo with sparkling eyes and friendly magnetic smile reflects his character and selfless virtues.

I deem that my long standing association with this vibrant personality is a rare privilege bestowed on me and I shall cherish it throughout my life. Since 1985 when I took up community service as a passion and pastime I have been witnessing, admiring, practicing and following his footsteps in all the activities I undertook over the years. He is a leader par excellence and he leads by exemplary deeds. He wholeheartedly guides and supports every Karnataka cultural and literary activities in the Emirates without any reservation. This in a way is a great inspiration and moral booster for the newcomer volunteers who would like to serve the Kannada cause as a pastime.

All these days I resisted my craving to pen this feelings of mine because I was afraid I may end up writing an essay! Such is his sheer influence on the society and friends which is the culmination of his innumerable pure good deeds which has been elucidated in this article.

I adore him, respect him and love him and I through this column wish Sri. Sarvotham Shetty and his family all the happiness, prosperity, peace and many more accolades, so that the generation to come will be inspired by such a person with extraordinary talent and selfless motive in his leadership.

Umesh Shetty, CCC, Abu Dhabi, UAE:
Congratulations Mr Sarvotham Shetty on being featured in Mangalorean. You desrved to be a star of Tulunad.

B.K.SHETTY, Saudi Arabia:
DEAR MR. SARVOTHAM,

REAL PRACTICAL MAN YOU ARE YOUR EFFORTS IN ACHIEVING THIS IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED.

IN JEDDAH WE ARE CELEBRATING CULTURAL EVENING OF KARNATAKA NRI FORUM ON 19TH JUNE 2008.

ON BEHALF OF KNRI FORUM JEDDAH WE ARE INVITING YOU AS THE GUEST. IF YOU ARE ATTENDING PLS MAIL OR CALL.
shettybk1955@yahoo.com mobile 00966504807043.
B.K.SHETTY (PRESIDENT KNRI FORUM JEDDAH)

Prakash E Noronha-Doha, Qatar:
Dear Sarvothamanna,
Congratulations for the award, you are really deaserve for it.Also thanks for M.com for for recognising your service for the community.
Wish you all the best and success in all your future endeavors.
With regards.

PRAKASH Edward Noronha

AnilKumar Shetty , Hotel Laxmi & Hotel Krishna, India:
The recognition you have received is well deserved.

Our enthusiastic congratulations to you and your family.
It is extremely motivating to read about such a vibrant person . His zeal with which he has worked is praiseworthy. His commitment and passion to the art and culture of Karnataka is highly commendable. He is a paradigm for all of us to admire and emulate.Some day we would also like to follow his footsteps…………
With warm regards,
AnilKumar Shetty and Karishma Shetty (Khalsa College)

Prakash Chandra Ajila., Qatar:
Dear Sarvothamanna,

Congratulations to you and thanks to Mangalorean.com for recognising your service for the community. I hope your selfless service for the community deserves a unified recognition from all bunts, Tulu & Kannada community of GCC countries. Wishing you and your Family all the best.

Prakash Chandra Ajila.

Subash Shetty Galadari Automobiles Abu Dhabi UAE, Uruguay:
Dear Sarvottamanna,

Heartly congratulations to you and we expect more from you as you are worth of and deaserve much more

Subash and Kavya Shetty

sudhakar alva Dubai, India:
Congratulations for your achievemnts and being the star of Manglaore.I am just back from holiday and saw your article in M.com. Happy to see some of your old photographs.I am still surprised about your memory power.(every birthday and anniversarie calls which you give to your big friends and well wishers list) Keep up your good social work and support for people like us.May the God bless you Ushakka and kids.

Shashi Sharad Shetty, UAE:
Dearest Sarvotamanna,

Congratulations on receiving this award.You truly deserve it.We have seen the time and effort youve put towards our Bunt commmunity functions and other occasions.Your energy and enthusiam is unparallel.May u always keep shining like a “star” in everything u do..

God bless,
Shashi Sharad Shetty,Dubai

Ashok Shetty, UAE:
Dear Sarvotham,

As the name suggest, you are Mr.Perfect. Through your hard work and single minded approach, you have acheived what very few acheive. Hats off to you.

With Warm Regards
Ashok Shetty

Sukumar Shetty & Shilpa S. Shetty, AbuDhabi, UAE:
Dear Sarvothamanna,
Congratulations for the well deserved recognition. Along with all these recognitions we wish you to be get honoured by one more prestigious “PRAVASI BHARATIYA SAMMAN” award, b’coz u really deserve that award for your unconditional & selfless service to the community.
Wish you all the best and loads and loads of success in all your future endeavors.

With kind Regards,
Sukumar Shetty & Shilpa S. Shetty, AbuDhabi

Brahma Rai & Dr.Smitha Bhandary, USA :
Dear Sarvothamanna..
Congratulations for the award you have received..and you have deserved this award for the service to the public without any expectation.
It’s my previlage to know you personally.
Good luck to all your sincere efforts for the benefit of Indian community and also many thanks to Ushakka for her vlauable support to your selfless community work..

Best Regards from us

virendra nath, Qatar:
Dear Sarvotham Shetty,

Indeed a great acheivement for you. My heartfelt congragulations to you for the wonderful job you are doing for the comminity.

I still remember those wonderful days I spent with you in Abudhabi, in toastmasters the first day when I went as a guest of yours. When I hear and see the achievements of people with whom i have been associated i feel proud of my people i talk to my friends and family members of the association i had with them.

Sarvotham your are really Sarvotham the great, once again congrats to you, my regards to your wife and love to your children.

Do contact me back on vlaa@rediffmail.com, if you happend to be in doha contact me on 5615261, if i can be of any help to you it will be a previlage to me.

Samarth Sarvotham Shetty, India:
Congratulations dad!!!!! A very sincere person with dedication n determination for which only the sky is the limit. Very selfless and unconditional in his deeds, very respectful n courteous to anyone who approaches him and always ready to help people in need. He has been a wonderful father and even better a role model though some of the kids i grew up with called him Hitler,anger is at the tip of his nose and trust me you do not want to get on that side of him. All in all a wonderful person, so dad keep up the good work.

love sam

Sudhir Kunder, UAE:
Tons of congratulation Mr. Sarvathom Shetty. Winning the Mangalore Star award proves your ability that you are the star in the heart of the Mangalorean. You are very down to earth person and this I can vouch for with real time experience during my first interaction with you at the Throw ball match at the ADIS Abu Dhabi.
Well, lots can said about you, but words just cant fill the space as your action speaks by itself.
May God give you more energy to be what you are and continue making us Mangalorean proud ever.
More Power and Good luck. God Bless.

From Sudhir Kunder & Family, Abu Dhabi

Sarvotham Shetty, UAE:
Dearest well wishers,

First of all my sincer thanks to M/s.Roshan D’Souza (Washingon), Queenie (Chicago), Claude Fernandes (Abu Dhabi), Thomas Sequiera, Violet, Lancy D’Souza, George D’Souza, Christopher D’Cunha, Satish Ullal, Una Sabarwal and entire team of www.mangalorean.com for featuring me as “Mangalorean Star” for the month May, 2008.

I am indeed overwhelmed by the torrential heap of good wishes, nonplussed by your vibrant responses and paralysed for finding the right words to convey my heartfelt feelings. I mean each and every word of my inept reply. I would like to keep all of these and direct those inspiring words that made me exuberant like a child.

Such was your love for me that today, I would not be counting the bountiful blessings every minute of the day for the past so many days. It has been an undescribable experience that I wish continues on for ever. I also pray God that he gives me strength to be able to do better whatever little I am doing under the enabling milieu that you all provide me. I do not know whether I should thank you all for I would like to assume all our relationship is a part of our indivisble personalities. I would like to be selfish in refraining from thanking you for your kind words. However I would like to count my myriad blessings that I have such a meaningful existence amongst you all.

With best wishes to one and all,
Sarvotham Shetty – Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Tel : +971 50 6125464
Email : sarvo@eim.ae or utham1@hotmail.com

Olinda D’souza (Arthur’s wife), Abu Dhabi, UAE:

Hearty Congratulations Sarvotham!

Hats off to you! Your dynamic personality and your humbleness as a human being has always been much appreciated and applauded.
Your rightly deserve the Manglorean ‘STAR’ award and we hope that very soon you will also receive the All India “STAR” Award.
Wish you all the best and loads and loads of success in all your future endeavors.
Arthur D’souza and Family, Kallianpur/Pune, India