ALVA KUUTO is the first and the only Indie band writing and performing in the Dravidian language Tulu. Tulu is predominantly an oral culture is spoken in the coastal belt of Karnataka for 2500 years.
Language lies at the heart of our identities: the vehicle by which we express thought and feeling and the medium through which we receive intergenerational wisdom. Inspired and informed by this understanding, Alva Kuuto, translating to ‘Alva’s collective/group,’ was initiated by Praveen Alva in 2022 to take Tulu music to diverse platforms and stages across regions. At present the group comprises Praveen Alva on vocals and acoustic guitar, Abhilash Shet on bass guitar, Anshuman Upadhyay on drums and Siddharth Pradeep on electric guitar.
In this performance titled SOLMELU translating to 'Thank you', the band is extending their gratitude to their loyal audience for all their support since the inception of the band; they will present a unique musical experience through stories and memories of the southwestern coastal region, reimagining folk melodies and narratives via contemporary sensibilities and arrangements.