Monday, March 7, 2016

Nammoora Habba

I wrote my first blog in 2009 when an article I wrote did not make it to the college magazine. The article was about Udupi-Mangalore which focussed on culture, tourism and food. And here I am writing my blog number 101 about the same thing. Till date I never miss an opportunity to highlight anything good from my hometown. Last month Bangalore hosted its 3rd Nammoora Habba in Jayanagar. It was a 2 day festival with competitions during day and cultural events in the evening with a supply of Dakshina Kannada style food throughout the day.

The Chandraguptha Maurya ground was decked up with a huge stage which befitted the events that were lined up.

There was a section to showcase the art and culture of Nammooru.
The hulivesha and bhootadakola was an attraction for visitors.

Among the events there was Karavali themed fashion show involving panche, yakshagana and other attires unique to our coast. The kids who represented Dakshina Kannada in some of the talent shows sang for the crowd. There was 30mins comedy drama from the famous Mooru Muthu team. Supriya of the Rangitaranga fame along with other famous singers such as Narsimha Nayak and Gurukiran were part of the concert organized over two days. There was also a 15mins Yakshagana performance along with some artists performing fire tricks. Sadly I didn’t have a good camera to capture any of this.

The most important part of the two days – food. In veg options I can highlight the Mangalore buns, biscuit rotti, neer dosa, mundakki upkari and hoLige among a bunch of other dishes. In non veg there was chicken sukka and fish, a whole variety of it.

Apart from these the best part of the event was bumping into people I knew from my village and hearing Kundapura Kannada. It was one of those unique events that brought together a section of people in a cosmopolitan city to showcase and keep their culture alive. Watch out for this next year in case you miss home or if you wish to experience something different :)

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