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A day at the Pilikula heritage house

Staff Correspondent

22 delicacies of the coastal belt steal the show

MANGALORE: Facets of Tulunadu culture came alive at a prototype “Guttina Mane” (a traditional house for a clan with an open courtyard) at Pilikula Nisargadhama here on Wednesday.

The occasion was a programme titled “aatitonji dino” (a day in the Hindu lunar month of “aashada) organised by Pilikula Nisargadhama Society.

People tasted 22 delicious delicacies of the coastal belt at the “nadu mane” (sheltered area around courtyard) besides witnessing some of the ancient household articles, agriculture-related articles, old bamboo baskets, wooden game articles, pottery items and articles used in “bhoota worship” (spirit worship). The special Aashada delicacies were made by enthusiastic women at their own places and brought to “Guttina Mane”. There was “sarnedde” (a sweet recipe prepared using jaggery, coconut and rice flour). “Women prepare this dish for Shivaratri,” said Sunitha R. Shetty who had cooked it and also served it to the participants.

Shankari T. Alva had cooked “neeruppad chatni” (chutni prepared from mango pieces stuffed in salt water). There were coastal specific dishes such as “patrode”, “kudu chutni”, “timare chutni”, “kanili gasi”, “pejakai chutni”, “mude”, “manjal ireta gatti”.

And when K.M. Kaveriappa, vice-chancellor of Mangalore University, played “chenne mane” (a rural indoor game), it marked the inauguration of the event. For those who could wait for the cultural programme to take place, there was “aati kalenja” dance, “chennu kunita” (a Tulu dance) and other folk dances.

Students rendered folk songs. Some women shared the tricks of the trade of preparing dishes of the “aati” month. Books on Tulu culture and literature were put on sale.

Father Denis D’Sa, administrator, Father Muller Medical College and Hospital, who attended the event, said: “There was an uncomfortable atmosphere in the city today. I saw police checking vehicles at many places in the background of the recent bomb blasts. I felt free here. It is a serene atmosphere in the village here. I feel free here.”

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