Shri. Late P.B.Alke, President, Oman Billawas
A Guiding Force for all the members. A very renowned figure for his dedicated and passionate service to the community. A very familiar picture etched in the memories of many Mangaloreans In Oman. Fondly and respectfully addressed as “ Alkere’ .
During the first leg of his work tenure in Bombay, Shri. Alke served for 13 long years for “ Billawara Association as Hon. Gen.Treasurer and in various capacities.
He also played a vital role in Fund raising for the Association. He played an active role in the formation of The Bharath Co-operative Bank as a Founding member and Promoter. His strong MAXIM : “NEVER STOP TILL THE GOAL IS ATTAINED”
Pithamber Babu Alke was born in Mangalore. He completed his schooling in Mangalore. Way back in 1960, he migrated to the then land of promises and opportunities—Mumbai, (earlier Bombay). Seeking to embark on a career in the pastures of Bombay.
He strove hard and took up a brave challenge to continue his studies, despite the constraints. He valued the essence of education and thus completed National Diploma in Commerce & thereon went further to complete Intermediate ICWA ,Bombay.
His initial stint with a leading British firm, Forbes Campbell as an Accountant earned him the essential experience .His diligence and perseverance enabled him to climb up the ladder of his career.
The year 1977 saw a change in young Shri. Alke’s workplace. Crossing the shores of his home country, India, he sought employment in the Land of pristine beauty – Oman. He joined the Nasser Lashko group as Internal Auditor.
His innate qualities like dedication, sincerity and endurance enabled him to scale to the height of “ Financial Controller” in the esteemed Lashko Group. It is indeed a source of pride to note that he has become an integral part of the “Nasser Lashko” family , being associated with the “Nasser Lashko” family for more than three decades.
His inborn passion for social work dragged him to the forefront of service to the community. He has donned various roles in the functioning of many socio –cultural organizations. Along with senior Tuluvaites, Shri. Alke formed the active and vibrant TULU KOOTA, MUSCAT in 1985 and served in various capacities including as its President.
He has been the CONVENOR of The Shree Ganesh Festival Celebrations Committee since 1985. He has also been promoting the culture of TULUNADU by bringing Tulu dramas and Yakshagana troupes from India to Muscat for the past several years, along with other likeminded people.
Shri. P.B. Alke as President of ‘OMAN BILLAWAS” continues to tread on the path of life by sharing happiness amongst the members of the community.
S.K. Poojary fondly called by everyone as SK , left the shores of Mangalore to Oman in the year 1976 with rupees in hand. He started working as sales in International Furnishing Co., WJ.Towell Group for 10 years.
True to his enterprising nature, He saw immense potential for growth in the desert land. He took the challenge to start up his own business in the year 1986 with 2 persons. He faced challenges but was undeterred, His initiative, dynamism, and hard work are instrumental in the growth of this small business , as one of the leading companies in the field of furnishing today.
The company”Al Nargis Trading “ currently employs more than 50 people. He has been serving the Tulu Community Members since 1985 [Tulu Koota] .
He is one of the key member who has been involved for the last 25 years with the Ganesh Seva Committee , which has continuously been conducting and organizing Ganesh Chaturthi festive on a very large scale.
He is associated with many institutions, who work towards the development of mankind.
He is happily married to Mrs.Prema and is blessed with one son Master Sagar and one daughter Miss. Payal.
Being a successful entrepreneur Billawa, he strongly believes in towards the development and welfare of the community brothers and sisters.
Shri Ashok Suvarna, a member of IAA (International Advertising Agency) started his career a at the age of 16, working with a Chartered Accountants firm as an article clerk/office assistant while studying to be a commerce graduate. Although he was studying commerce his heart was in to theaters, he started training himself toexcel in acting, direction and lighting. He had the privilege to be trained under Mr. Sayyid Imtiaz Hussain, Gold Medalist from National School of Drama.
During his college days he joined two theatre groups Yavanika Theatre and Art Front Theatre and performed in many Hindi plays. He came to Oman in 1983 and was employed with Nasser Lashko Group of Companies till 1987.
He continued his passion of theatre activity here in Oman , joining the Asian Artistes Group formed by Mrs. Salima Raza. He participated in many one act play competitions in Oman conducted by the Indian Social Club and won the Best Play Award & the Best Director’s award for “Aur Zindagi Roti Rahi” and special Award for “Second Guest”.
Being a theatre enthusiast, he has always wanted to bring in quality shows to Oman. With this purpose, he formed an event management company called NPA Events LLC. ( www.npaeventsoman.com ). Under this organization he has brought in lots of plays & high caliber entertainment events including classical and non-classical shows to entertain the expatriates in Oman.
He is also credited with bringing in Tulu Plays/Yakshagana for our tulu speaking community in Oman. He was one of the founder members of Tulu Koota Muscat and also had an opportunity to act in the Tulu drama “Kamparana Katipiti” directed by Mick Max. He has been a part and parcel of many Tulu functions held in Oman.
He had the privilege of becoming the Entertainment Secretary of the Indian Social Club for a span of 4 years. During his tenure he has brought in lots of entertainment events for the Indian community here in Oman. He currently works very closely with the Indian Embassy on their several events.
He continues his passion of bringing the best of Events as – Executive Director with NPA Group of Companies which consists of four units: Oxygen(Advertising), MediaOne(Media Buying unit), NPA Publishing and NPA Events.
He is happily married to Smt.Vaishali,for the last 19 years.
Being a successful Billawa, he firmly believes that our community should progress. We should encourage the children of today to believe in themselves & put their best foot forward. We have laid the foundation, now it is upto the coming generation to build a monument befitting our great Billawa community.
Shri Arun Kumar has been following the footsteps led by his Father, who has been a who is a very active social worker and one of the founder of Karkala Billava sangha, His passion to serve the people has been inspired from his father who dedicated his life for the education and Got the best teacher award from the Government in 1982. Shri Arun Kumar Karkal is first son of Shri. K Sadashiv and Smt. Jalajakshi Sadashiv.
Shri Arun Kumar has been actively involved in serving the community from the age of 10 his first position was treasurer and continued till he came to Oman 1992. Shri ArunKumar started his career of employment with UB LT D as Officer Engineering Service before moving over to Oman.
Shri Arun Kumar did his Engineering Graduation from Bangalore University and post graduation from Indian Institute of Science. Being an active social worker, he continued his works by being a key member of National Students of Congress , he also held the position of Secretary NSUI State Level during college days.
His dynamism to take the responsibility and to drive led him to the enviable position he is in today, he currently employed with National Engineering Office (One of the leading Consultant firm in Oman) for the last 13 years,he has made the company proud by achieving many special projects and responsible for OIL and gas for OGC/PDO projects which are of world class In addition to the above challenging position he also holds the position of Executive Director of Ram Energy LLC (Recently started Oil and Gas Company) Associate of NEO & TCE engineering consultancy India. Oman operation.
In Oman Shri Arun Kumar has been a keen promoter of culture and social activity and also motivates lots of young budding cricketers
He is happily married to Mrs.Reema since15years and they are blessed with a son Master Anirudh who is 13years, Shri Arun Kumar strongly believes in living for today with your friends, he states’ gather happiness for the moments you live and spread across the same tomorrow.’
Shri. Umesh Bantwal, well known for his simplicity and humbleness , landed to Oman in January 1988, before coming over to Oman, he started his career in Mumbai in a Chartered Accountants Office as Audit Assistant, then came down to Mangalore joined Banking sector and worked as an Accountant for about 9 years.
Shri. Umesh Bantwal a keen positive thinker and was very active during his college days represented college team in Hockey, while pursuing his studies as Bachelor of Commerce his dream was to become a Chartered Accountant.
To realize his dream he worked hard, although he faced several challenges, he kept the momentum up by seeking job abroad.
During his initial break in Oman, he started his career as Sr. Accountant; it is his pure dedication and hardship which has taken him to the enviable position of “Accounts Manager” Today.
He has been an active member in promoting the Tulu community and participated in various cultural programs, he has been an integral part of the “Shree Ganesh Festival Committee’ for the last many Years.
He has been happily married to Mrs Prema who is an entrepreneur by herself and runs beauty parlor. He is blessed with one daughter Ms.Sharayu and one son Master Sharan.
His objective in life is to help the needy and in particularly the community members.
Dr. Anchan C.K. is a Successful Business Management Professional with Proven, Consistent Track Record of Business, 23years of international professional experience, Value-added and Innovative Solution-Provider, combined with the Proven Ability to Strategize Expansion into the Important Emerging Global Markets.
He has Strong Commitment to the Oman market, having resided in and contributed talents throughout Oman for the last 15+ years, interacting with various levels and functions of Government, Business and Consumers, Successfully.
His irrepressible will to succeed in his chosen field of “Sales & Marketing” which he pursued with characteristic modesty and high rectitude of conduct for years by working for best of the companies from various industries. He with his Ph D in Marketing with International Sales, Marketing Relationship & Strategies is an authoritative subject today globally in the field of ‘Sales & Marketing.”
His abiding interest in Education has put him at the forefront; he is a frequent invitee as ‘Guest Lecturer’ with all the leading colleges Of Oman & India. It’s his passion to educate and share, he states that “Real secret of happiness is not in what you have or what you receive but in what you share” He is also a “Columnists and Contributor to “Black & White, ‘Y’ weekly Magazine and Other Leading Publications, wherein he writes about various aspect of management and people, his articles are inspirational and are widely read through by management professionals.
Dr. Anchan C.K.” firmly believes in ‘Taking time to help others is one of the most important things you can do in life.’ He is a keen active member in promoting social welfare; he is currently associated with organizations which deal with development of humankind, children and culture. He has been the guest of honor for many such events.
He has been a recipient of awards from various organizations for his contributions towards development of mankind, education and above all as Trend setter to introduce various technologies and concepts.
Currently he is CEO of “Towell – take Solutions” – the leading IT solution provider in the region. He is associated with “W J Towell Group of Companies” since 2001, W J Towell is one of the largest corporate conglomerate of companies catering to every sector of the Oman economy.
He says ‘ Take time to stop and enjoy the little things GOD brings along your way each and every day.’ Thank him for what he has given to you till now, He marks his success to his parents ‘Shri & Smt. K. K Anchan” the guiding spirit throughout, & to his wife who has been inspirational- Mrs.NeelKamal Anchan – who by herself is an MBA and is a professional in the field of “Supply Chain Management”. He is blessed with one daughter Miss. Mihika who is aged 10.
He says there is lot to do, I will certainly give my best…..but will not leave the rest, and I will work towards the rest to have the best. He concludes “The man who walks with GOD always gets to his destination.”