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Dubai, July 11: Phonix Films in association with Sandhya Creations Overseas Movies and SCENT (Sandhya Creations Event Network Team) are all set to release the film Karnikada Kallurti Tulu overseas and in this pre-test had a program at Mahakani Restaurant Karama for today July 10th at 5 p.m. which was honored by all church leaders and members.

Shodhan Prasad welcomed the guests and informed about the program. Guests of honor were greeted on stage with a flower presentation from SCENT active member Ashok Bailur.

Praveen Shetty, President of Karnataka NRI Forum Dubai, Lt. fen dr President Billawa Family Dubai and Sharjah Karnataka Sangha, Sandeep Rai, Nanje Yachts, Naveen Suvarna, Makhani Restaurant, Rituof Tulu Paterga Tulu Oripaga, Alwyn Pinto from Mangaluru Konkans, Mallikarjuna Gowda from Kannadiagaru Dubai, Shashidahr Nagarajappa from Kannada Patashale, Krishna Prasad from Brahmanara Sangha , Noel Almeida, Anand Bailur President of Wow Yoga Kannadigaru UAE, Nagaraj Rao from Kannada Patashale, Girish from Yakshagana Tarabeti were the honored guests on stage.

Shodhan informed about the Karnikada Kallurti – Daivaradane, an ancient ritual of the Tuluvas that has been performed in the districts of Tulunadu for many decades. ‘Kallurti’ is one of the Daiva and there is an iconic story behind the birth of this Daiva.

The program began with the lighting of the lamp by all the guests on stage, including Mahendra Kumar, the film’s producer/director, followed by a prayer from Yuvaraj Devadiga.

In today’s generation, many people do not know the actual story behind each Daiva and Tulu ritual. Even parents may not have tried to educate their children about our rich history and rituals. It may happen that the seeing children asked their parents various questions to learn more about the Daiva and the rituals, but I’m pretty sure that the parents might not enlighten their children about the exact facts of the Daiva and the rituals to have. While these rituals and practices are fading by the day, very few people have come forward to help save this ancient tradition, culture, and practice. And one of the few people who dared to do that is with us today, and we’re lucky to have him here.

Shodhan said that we need to introduce the person behind the film who, as a non-Tuluva, a person from another community called Lingayat, has so much interest in researching the true story of our own Tuluva Daiva “Kallurti” and doing everything invested his money in the production of this non-commercial film to introduce to our Tuluvas. And that’s what we call a pure love for Tulunadu and Tulu Nadu’s AcharaVichara, rituals and the rich ancient traditions and practices. He invited and welcomed to the podium Mahendra Kumar, the producer, director and creator of this great film Karnikada Kallurti.

Introducing producer, director and writer Mahendra Kumar who was born to parents Pancha Peeta Somashekar Shetty and Nirmala Devi who have settled in Dakshina Kannada for quite some time. In 1985-86 he graduated from Govt College Mangaluru as Bachelor of Arts. He also did an interior design course and also became a real estate developer. He is also a musician who plays keyboards and also an actor which you will also see in this film. He is an Aradhaka of the Naga and performed Nagamandala Pooja in an open place for the first time in 2014. He also conducted “Dhakke Bali” in 2018, which was witnessed by more than 30,000 people. As a seva for Daiva ‘Kallurti’ he built a ‘Gudi’ temple for the Daiva in 2019 and also produced this film. ‘KarnakadaKallurti’ was released in Mangaluru, Madikeri, Bengaluru and other places, ran for two weeks and was appreciated by all those who watched this film. His other project, a children’s film entitled Journey of Belli, is nearing release and also has some Kannada films in future production to begin with. This is his first time visiting Dubai and let’s all together make his visit a memorable one

Mahendra Kumar complimented all the guests with a scarf he lovingly brought back from India.

Some excerpts from the film, including a trailer, were shown, which the audience liked.

Ganesh Rai honored our guest producer Mahendra Kumar. He read out the certificate of congratulations and asked the guests to present the bouquet, the letter of congratulations, the bouquet and the fruit basket to the recipient.

Ganesh Rai informed about Kallurtidaiva and other Daivas of worship in Tulunadu and mentioned the importance of these Daivas in the land of Tulunadu.

In return for the congratulations, Mahendra Kumar will speak, followed by well wishes from some guests on stage who have spoken and confirmed their support for the film’s release.

Nithyan and Beskoor said thank you and thanks to everyone who supported this event.

A cultural program of singing and dancing followed while snacks/tea/coffee were served to the audience and guests

Members of Sauharda Lahari also joined and lent their support with dance and song performances led by Yuvaraj Devadiga, Mahesh Attavar and his family and friends.

Dances were presented by Samyak and Samarth, Niska and Neha; while vocals were presented by Pramod Kumar, Sukanya Sharath, Amisha, Ramachandra, Ashok Bailurand Mayank – Instrumental.

Overall, the program has been successfully implemented with all participants confirming their fullest support and awaiting the UAE release date. All members of SCENT actively participated and were remarkably well positioned for the success of this program.

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