Tulukoota, Kudla observed ‘Bisu parba’ (Vishu festival) with a function at the University College here on Monday.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the function, M. Mohan Alva, chairman, Alva’s Education Foundation, Moodbidri said that ‘Bisu parba’ was basically associated with agriculture. As agriculture had diminished, the celebration of ‘bisu parba’ had lost its grandeur in the present times.

When agricultural activities were at their peak, landlords and agricultural labourers exchanged farm produce, fruits and foodgrains. This made their social relations strong. By keeping ‘Vishu kani’ (where fruits, vegetables grown in their farm lands are kept as a display) at home, all members of the family came together and celebrated the festival, Mr. Alva said.

Now ‘Bisu parba’ was being celebrated symbolically both in villages and in towns as families have split. Mr. Alva said that ‘Bisu parba’ could regain its glory only if agriculture was revived.

Kasaragod Chinna, a theatre artiste, released a drama book ‘Aahalye’ written by Kadri Navneeth Shetty. The drama had bagged Ratnavarma Heggade award in 2011 instituted by the Tulukoota.

Later artistes of Spoorthi Mahila Mandali, Padavinangady staged the drama directed by Taranath Urwa.

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