Tulu people

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Total population
1,720,000 (2001 census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Jain Prateek Chihna.svgJainism
Related ethnic groups
Dravidians · Kodavas · Konkanis · Kodagu Gowda

The Tulu people, or Tuluva (plural Tuluver), are an ethnolinguistic group native to the Tulu Nadu region of India, presently divided amongst the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka and the Kasaragod taluk of Kerala up to river Chandragiri.[4] They are the native speakers of the Tulu language. There is a sizable emigrant Tuluva population in Maharashtra.[2] and several countries of English-speaking world. [5][6]


Tuluvas are one among the Dravidian race found in South West Konkan coastal areas, Tuluvas belong to the Warrior class, on other sect Agriculture, Fishing and Hunting formed the important occupation of Tulu people. In Earlier days Tuluva Men was known for martial Arts known as Garadi (Gymnasium's)[7]

The majority of Tuluvas are Hindus who are subdivided into various Tuluva sub-castes namely Billava, Bunts, Mogaveera, Kulala and Devadiga. The Tuluva Brahmins are sub divided as Shivalli Brahmins, Sthanika Brahmins and Tuluva Hebbars.There is a sizeable amount of community member's who follow Jainism and are known as Jain Bunts.[8] Many Tuluvas have settled in Mumbai where they have excelled in various fields from banking to Bollywood.[9]


Nagabana: The place were Nagadevatha is worshiped, known as "Moolastana" (place of origin) of Tuluva Clans.

Tuluvas follow matrilineal system of inheritance known as Aliyasantana, where inheritance is from uncle to nephew, except for Brahmins[10].Other distinctive features include the rituals of Yakshagana, Bhuta Kola, Nagaradhane[11] Aati kalenja and Kambala.[12] Tuluva New Year is called Bisu parba, which falls on the same day as Baisakhi, Vishu and the Thai New Year.[13]

Tuluva Paddanas are sung narratives, which are a part of several closely related singing traditions in Tulu Language, Padannas are sung during the occasion's which describes the evolution of Tulu tribes and Tulu Culture.[14]

Demand for Tulu Nadu[edit]

From India's independence and following the reorganization of states, the Tuluvas have been demanding national language status for Tulu[15] and a separate state for themselves called Tulu Nadu (Land of Tuluvas), based on their language and distinct culture.Though somewhat subdued for a while, this demand has grown stronger in recent years. Several organizations like the Tulu Rajya Horata Samiti have taken up the cause of the Tuluvas, and frequent meetings and demonstrations are held across towns in Tulunadu (like Mangalore, Udupi etc.) to voice their demands.[16][17][18]

Prominent Tuluvas[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tulu". ethnologue.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Language in india". Language in India. 2003-05-05. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ Tulu Nadu, Kasaragod, Kerala, India | Kerala Tourism
  4. ^ "Tulu Nadu, Kasaragod, Kerala, India". Kerala Tourism. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Welcome". www.tulukootakuwait.org. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Dubai: Committee for "World Tuluvere Ayono"". www.daijiworld.com. Retrieved 2016-11-20. 
  7. ^ P.Gururaj Bhat "Studies in Tuluva history and Culture:From Pre Historic times up to [sic] the modern" (1975)
  8. ^ Bhat (1998). South Canara+Madras. 
  9. ^ http://www.screenindia.com/old/fullstory.php?content_id=9651
  10. ^ Yogitha Shetty. "Ritualistic World of Tuluva: A Study of Tuluva Women and Siri possession cult". Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nagapanchami Naadige Doodadu". Mangalorean.com. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 28 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Connecting with nature". "Deccan Herald". 17 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Star of Mysore". Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  14. ^ Peter J. Claus, "Variability in Tulu Padannas". Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  15. ^ "Demand in RS for official status to Tulu, Kodava languages". dnaindia.com. 
  16. ^ Tulu Rajya Horata Samithi has urged that the region comprising Tulu speaking people should be given the status of a separate state."News headlines". daijiworld.com. 
  17. ^ Now the time has come for all Tulu natives to pressurize the union government with the demand for a separate Tulunadu state”, said renowned Tulu litterateur and Yakshagana artiste Kudyady Vishwanath Rai."Beltangady: Litterateur Kudyady Vishwanath Rai Voices Need for Tulunadu State". daijiworld.com. 
  18. ^ "Vedike demands separate Tulunadu State". The Hindu. 

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