Tulu Koota Kuwait witnessed the emergence of a new enthusiastic team of Managing Committee members at the 14th Annual General Meeting of Tulu Koota Kuwait held at Indian Community School (Sr. Girls), Salmiya, on Friday, 20th December, 2013, who affirmed their willingness to work for the progress and welfare of the Tuluvas, like their predecessors.
The grand evening commenced with the invocation song by Mr. Suresh Salian and Mr. Santhosh Kunder followed by the traditional lighting of lamp by the Managing Committee Members 2013 and the advisors.
The Annual report was presented by Mr. Wilson D’Souza, General Secretary on the activities organized during the year 2013, while the Financial Report was presented by the Treasurer, Mr. Vinay Kumar Bhandary. Both the reports were approved by the members of the association. Mr. Ramesh Kidyoor, the outgoing President expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Committee members and thanked every member for their continuous support.
The ambulance donation project namely “Thuder” main donors Mr. Harish Shetty, Mrs. Monika Harish Shetty, Mr. Piyus Dias, and Mr. Satischandra Shetty were felicitated for their valuable contribution. The volunteers who worked hard during the World Tulu Convention were also felicitated by Fr. Noel D’Almeida and Fr. Roshan Rosario. In addition to this, other associations of Kuwait,BillavaSangha Kuwait, Buntara Sangha Kuwait, Kuwait Canara Welfare Association, Navachethna YuvakaMandal, and the United Mangaloreans in Kuwait were recognized by a memento for taking part in the World Tulu Convention 2013. The Managing Committee members of 2012 were also felicitated by the Advisory Committee member Mr. Satishchandra Shetty, Fr. Roshan Rosario and Fr. Noel D’Almieda. Valuable contributions of Mr. Ramesh Kidiyoor, Mr. Vishweshwar Karkala, Mr. Wilson D Souza, Mr. Faustin Pinto, Mr Suresh Salian, in collecting the maximum funds during WTC 2013 were appreciated with a gift. Fr. Noel D’Almieda and Fr. Roshan Rosario appreciated the efforts of Tulukoota Kuwait for its charitable work.
The new Managing Committee members for 2014 were unanimously elected. Returning Officer Mr.Suresh Shyam Rao Neramballi invited the newly elected Managing Committee members to the dias,who then introduced themselves to the audience.
The Managing Committee for the year 2014 are: Mr.Tharendra P. Shettigar (President), Mr. Harish Bhandary (Vice President), Mr.Sathish Acharya (General Secretary), Mr. Lionel Mascarenus(Joint Secretary), Mr.Vijaya Kairangal(Treasurer), Mr. Rajesh Mendon (Internal Auditor), Mr. Suresh Salian(Cultural Secretary), Mr. Ronald D’souza (Sports Secretary), Mr.RameshShekar Bhandary (Welfare Officer), Mr. Faustine Pinto (PRO).
The President Mr.Tharendra P. Shettigar called upon the members of Tulu Koota Kuwait to extend their wholehearted support to the new Committee in their pursuit of welfare of Tuluvas and promotion of Tulu language, art and culture.
Variety of cultural programmes were lined up for the evening starting with dances by Shravya Shetty, Karthikeya, Viola Martis, Preeti Suvarna, Rithvik Shettigar, Ajay Karkala, AkshayaKarkala, AishwaryaGopakumar, AadiraGopakumar, groups from Desi Strikers, which kept the audience entertained. The audience wasmesmerized by the melodious compositions rendered by Ms. LaveenaPraphulla and thoroughly enjoyed the humorous skits presented by LionelMascarenhas, ManojBangera, Lucy Aranha, Nasir Puthyaveetil, Mahesh Poojary and Janet D’souza as a team. The raffle draw was conducted by Mr. Yadunath Alva and prizes were distributed to the winners by outgoing managing committee of 2013.
Towards the end of the program, a skit depicting the birth of Jesus Christ was beautifully displayed by the members of TulukootaKuwait. Festive atmosphere of Christmas celebration was joyous and colourful with Santa clause’s appearance with cakes and chocolates. This was followed by scrumptious dinner from Avanti Palace Restaurant. The program was beautifully compared by Mr. Purandara Manchi. The AGM concluded with Vote of Thanks by the General Secretary Mr.Satish Acharya.