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January 3, 2013

Alva’s cultural fest goes international; mega events planned in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Shodhan Prasad

Dubai, Jan 3: Popular cultural events Alva’s Virasat and Nudisiri will be going international with the maiden international event to be inaugurated in Dubai on January, 31 and in Abu Dhabi on February 1.

Announcing the same at a meeting convened by Namma Tuluveru to discuss and plan the cultural fest at the Banquet Hall of Fortune Plaza, here Dr Mohan Alva, Chairman of Alvas Education Foundation, said over 80 artistes from the Foundation flying from India to present this beautifully designed extravaganza heritage cultural festival.

Dr. Alva said he is happy that he chose UAE to be the first country to host the first International followed by Bahrain, Muscat, Qatar, Malaysia and other countries.

Explaining in detail how he started cultural festivals, what made him think of this and how his idea got support of local as well as national feelers, he said the event later went on hitting success year after year and now Virasat celebrated 20 years of its existence in the national level.

He said that this cultural festival, 'virasat', aims at igniting and spreading cultural awareness among the people not only in local level but also in International level. Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Dr Veerendra Heggade’s quote during his presidential address at the last Virasat event said that the aim of Virasat is to enable the formation of good, value-based human beings, which is the exact object of any religion too.

Shodhan Prasad welcomed the gathering and invited the guests the dais. Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha President, Sarvotham Shetty introduced and briefed Dr. Mohan and his Foundation’s contribution. He also pointed out that because of Alva’s Cultural Festival; the name of Moodabidri is highlighted in the world map.

Chairman of Fotune Plaza Group of Hotels, Pravin Shetty was also present. Presidents and Executive Members of various Regional Community Associations of Karnataka and Tulu Nadu along with well-wishers and media representatives took part in the meeting.

In Abu Dhabi

Similar meeting was also held in Abu Dhabi under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha on December, 31, 2012. Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty presided the meeting. Sarvotham Shetty and leaders of various regional community associations of Karnataka and Tulu Nadu attended the meeting. After the briefings all participants unanimously welcomed the idea of this cultural festival and agreed to support.

Membership Drive

With both these meetings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi there was a membership drive wherein all the leaders and guests signed off the membership fees which will enable them to facilitate easy access wherever the Alva’s Virasat Festival takes place. Members have agreed to support this event in great spirits and conduct the same in the planned manner in UAE. Dr. Alva has already started the ground work and his representatives are already here to carry out other works needed to host the event.

Cultural Extravaganza

As planned the event will kick off on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Al Nasr Leisure land Ice Rink, in Dubai with the doors opening at 7 p.m. and the programme inauguration at 8 p.m. The very next day another programme will kick off at Abu Dhabi Indian School Auditorium with the gates opening at 5 p.m. and inauguration at 6 p.m.

There will be a variety of cultural programmes to include dance, music and small skits throughout which will be presented by the whole group of cultural masters of around 80 students flying from India for these events. It will be a feast for the entire cultural heritage music lovers in UAE and open to all irrespective of caste, creed or nationality. Dr. Alva has requested full support from all the Tulu & Kannada Community Organisations in UAE to support this event towards thunderous hit.

The meeting was fruitful with lot of creative suggestions from leaders of various communities which concluded with vote of thanks and dinner.

During the meet Dr Alva also mentioned about the Alva's Virasat-2013', a national-level cultural festival by Alva's Education Foundation which will be held in India from January 10 to 13 at Shobhabhavan in Mijar, Karnataka and said that there are plans to combine Alva's Virasat and Alva's Nudisiri as ‘Vishwa Alva's Nudisiri Virasat' in the coming years.





Alva’s cultural fest goes international; mega events planned in Dubai, Abu Dhabi


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