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    Monkey top windows in the heritage building;

    Monkey top windows in the heritage building;

    Bengaluru :

    The structure built in 1887 has seen the city change, from a quiet abode for retiring seniors to a rushed metro that stays up all night.

    Located in a lush green 20 acres, the hotel is said to be one of the first luxury hotels in the city. As you walk around the hotel, you will be greeted by turkey, geese and butterflies.

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    “Bengaluru was a leafy British cantonment and all families owned a part of the city’s gardens. A British couple, Mr and Mrs Bronson, opened a boarding house with ten beds and called it Bronson’s West End. It was opened to offer efficient boarding with laundry and kitchen facilities to the soldiers,” says Somnath Mukherjee, General Manager at the hotel. The single-storey building has been now converted into a Jiva Grande spa.

    Arun Prasad, a historian and researcher, says that the guesthouse was need of the hour as there were no exclusive lodgings to accommodate the upper-class British who visited the city. “They would come here to visit the city or the officers living here. Some of them would also come to visit Royal Maharaja of Mysore,” he says.

    “While the guesthouse was run by Mrs Bonson, who was married to a British officer, she started getting enough visitors and next year her husband also joined her and helped her in developing the property,” says Arun Prasad. The hotel had an ideal location – on the high grounds, next to Golf Club and adjacent to Race Club. The historian says that this made it easier for officers to access both the facilities.
    There was so much demand that they extended it to two other existing buildings. One of the two buildings was earlier occupied by Grenadier Guards Regiment, one of the units of British Army, says Arun Prasad. Another building, he says, belonged to the secretary of the Race Club. They must have been built in early 1900s.

    The post box located in the building which is the oldest functioning one in the city.

    The post box located in the building
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    Oldest Post Box
    Walk to the right of this building and you will find a post box that is still functional. It was used by the guests when it was Bronson’s West End. “It is the oldest operational post box in the city. It has the original Victorian Crest. It is made of cast iron,” informs Somnath Mukherjee.
    But much before the guest house was opened by Bronsons, Muneshwara temple existed a little ahead of the building, which is now part of the hotel. The year in which it was built remains unknown. “It would have been a place of worship for people who lived in this locality,” says Somnath Mukherjee. The carving in front of the temple says that a great jamun tree fell on this temple ‘kalasham’ splitting the trunk into two but the temple remained unharmed. Even now the temple is open to the guests who visit the hotel and also to outsiders.

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    Even the trees here are ancient, among them is a Rain Tree. According to a carving put up in front of the tree, it was planted in 1848 approximately. A Christmas tree planted in front of it measures more than 130 feet and is believed to have been planted even before the guesthouse came up. Eagles and parrots have made their nests here. Many more trees have been added and maintained by The Taj West End which occupied the place in 1984 and have preserved it with much love.
    Arun Prasad says that in a book called Cyclopedia of India, a descriptive account of the landmarks and the people of India in early 1900s is listed. One of the landmarks mentioned in the edition printed in 1909 is Bronson’s West Land.

    “The book describes it as an establishment of six fine buildings, spacious verandas, overlooking beautiful gardens and cottages. It also mentions that the building had a large dining room, a spacious drawing room, lofty billiards room with two full-sized billiard tables. All the rooms were furnished with modern amenities. There was a bakery, a dairy and carriage services as part of the hotel according to the book,“ he tells us.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Pratima Shantaveeresh / Express News Service / November 09th, 2016

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    ( Picture right shows ) Keerthi Kumar of Belagavi who created a new meet record in Discus Throw attempting his final throw at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium. (Centre) K.A. Bharath of Bengaluru City sporting victory sign after creating a new meet record in the men's 1,500 meter run. ( Picture in extreme left shows ) the Bengaluru 4x100 meters women's team sporting victory symbol after creating a new meet record in 4xx100 meters relay.

    ( Picture right shows ) Keerthi Kumar of Belagavi who created a new meet record in Discus Throw attempting his final throw at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium. (Centre) K.A. Bharath of Bengaluru City sporting victory sign after creating a new meet record in the men’s 1,500 meter run. ( Picture in extreme left shows ) the Bengaluru 4×100 meters women’s team sporting victory symbol after creating a new meet record in 4xx100 meters relay.

    Mysuru :

    Three new meet records were created on the second day of Dasara athletic events held at Chamundi Vihar Stadium yesterday.

    K.A. Bharath of B’luru City in 1500 mts), Keerthi Kumar of Belagavi Division in Discus Throw and 4×100 women’s relay team of Bengaluru City broke old records to set new records in men’s and women’s categories at the Chamundi Vihar Stadium here yesterday.

    At the end of Day-2, Bengaluru City tops in both men’s and women’s category with 10 gold, two silver and two bronze medals and are followed by hosts Mysuru with 9 golds, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals.

    Bharath shines: K.A. Bharath of Bengaluru City, who had earlier won gold in 800 mts, hogged the limelight again by creating a new meet record in the men’s 1500 mts event by clocking 3:58.00s to erase the previous record of 4:01.58s set by M.D. Manjunath of Mysuru Division in 2009.

    Keerthi Kumar of Belagavi division threw the discus to a new meet record of 49.77 mts and broke the previous record of 47.76 mts set by Dharamveer Singh of Mysuru Division in 2011. Keerthi Kumar on day-1 had won a silver medal in the men’s shot put.

    The third record came in the women’s section with the Bengaluru City’s relay quartet of Afsana Begum, Nityashree, Prajna S. Prakash and Reena George creating a new meet record in the 4×100 mts relay event with a timing of 47:00 sec, erasing the old mark of 47.48 sec, set by Bengaluru City’s athletes in 2014.

    Swimming: In the swimming events held at the University Swimming Pool. S. Nishanth of Bengaluru City with 11 points (gold in 200 mts Breaststroke, silver in 100 mts Breaststroke & silver in 200m Individual Medley) won the individual champion title in the men’s section. Sunaina Manjunath of Bengaluru City excelled in the pool in the women’s section by winning the individual title with 15 points (three golds).

    Team games: In the team games, Mysuru men’s tennis team spearheaded by S. Prateek won the title beating Bengaluru Rural 2-1 in the final. Bengaluru Rural won the women’s title beating Bengaluru City 2-0 in the final.

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    Athletics: Men: 400mts: Tarun Shekar (B’luru City, 48.10 sec), 2. V. Gowrishankar (B’luru City), 3. Ananda Bhyrava (Mysuru), 1500mts: K.A. Bharath (B’luru City (NMR-3: 58.00 sec, 2. Vinayaka Ghadi (Mysuru), 3. T.S. Sandeep (Bengaluru Rural), 110m Hurdles: Akshaya Shalavadi (Belagavi-16.90 sec),2. M.D. Dnayanashwar (Belagavi), 3.M. Amog (Bengaluru Rural), Discus Throw: Keerthi Kumar (Belagavi, NMR: 49.77 mts), 2. V.S. Vikyanth (Mysuru), M.R. Nandish (Mysuru), High Jump: Abhijeet Singh (Mysuru -1.95mts), 2. Nagaraj Gowda (Belagavi), 3. Raje Nayak (Belagavi) & A. Ravi (Bengaluru Rural), 4x100m Relay: Mysuru (42.30 sec), 2. Bengaluru City, 3. Belagavi.

    Women: 400 mts: 1. Nityashree (B’luru City, 56.40 sec), 2. R.A. Chaitra (Mysuru), 3. Supreetha (Mysuru), 1500 mts: Thippavva Sannakki (Mysuru, 5:04.00 sec),2. Shraddha Shetty (Mysuru), 3. R.Usha (Bengaluru City), 100m Hurdles: 1. Prajna S. Prakash (B’luru City,14.30 sec), 2. P. Harshitha (Mysuru), 3. S.G. Priyanka (Mysuru), Discus: 1. Navya Shetty (Mysuru, 38.43 mts), 2. P.S. Uma (B’luru City), 3. N.M. Jayasheela (B’luru Rural), High jump: Abhinaya Shetty (Mysuru, 1.65 mts), 2. V. Chaitra (Mysuru), 4x100m Relay: B’luru City (NMR- 47:00s-Afsana Begum, Nityashree, Prajna S Prakash, Reena George), 2. Mysuru, 3. Belagavi.

    Team Games

    Men: Tennis (Final) Mysuru Division bt Bengaluru Rural 2-1 (S. Prateek bt Basavaraj 6-4, 6-4, Aryan Pathage lost Alokh Aradhya 4-6, 4-6, S. Prateek/Manjunath Prasad bt Alokh Aradhya/Basavaraj 6-3, 7-5).

    League Results

    Kabaddi: Bengaluru Rural bt Kalaburgi 33-14, Bengaluru City drew with Belagavi 14-14, Mysuru bt Kalaburgi 31-9, Bengaluru Rural bt Kalburgi 30-19, Football: Belagavi 4 (Navaz (1), Sufain (1), Faran (1) & Kiran (1)) bt Kalburgi 0, Bengaluru City 2 (Sunil (1), Sujith Kumar (1)) drew Bengaluru Rural 2 (Surya (1), Sampath (1)), Mysuru Division 6 (Praveen Kumar (3), Kiranthan (1), Praveen (1), Manju (1) bt Kalburgi 1 (Vijay (1)), Bengaluru City 8 ( Satish (1), Sunil Kumar (1), Manivannan (1), Vignesh (1), Sujay Kumar (1), Sridhar (1), Suresh (1), Hariharan (1)) bt Belagavi 1 (K.Joped (1)), Hockey: Bengaluru Rural 7 (Srikanth (4), Jay Karan Kumar (1), Rohan (28), Sanjeev Kumar (38)) bt Kalburgi 2 ( Bharath (1), Anand (1)), Kho Kho: Belagavi bt Kalaburgi 12-6, Bengaluru Rural bt Bengaluru City 20-10, Net Ball: Mysuru Division bt Belagavi 39-8, Mysuru bt Bengaluru Rural 16-10.

    Women: Tennis: (Final): Bengaluru Rural 2 (Kushi Santosh bt Tejaswini 6-2, 6-3, Sagarika bt Tanuja 6-4, 7-6 (8)) bt Bengaluru City 0.

    League Results: Kabaddi: Mysuru bt Belagavi 44-13, Bengaluru City bt Kalaburgi 55-5, Bengaluru Rural bt Belagavi 41-8, Mysuru bt Bengaluru City 26-16, Net Ball: Mysuru bt Bengaluru Rural 12-4, Bengaluru City bt Belagavi 20-5, Hockey: Bengaluru Rural 5 (Shalini (1), Sriraksha (3), Dhruthi (1) bt Kalburgi 1 (Vijayalakshmi (1), Bengaluru City 7 ( Sandra (1), Anjali (2), Abhinashree (2), Mahira (1), Dhruthi (1) bt Belagavi 0, Kho Kho: Belagavi bt Kalaburgi 11-4, Bengaluru City bt Bengaluru Rural 11-10.

    Swimming

    Men: 200mts Individual Medley: 1. V.M. Hemanth Jenukal (Mysuru, 2:19.40 sec), 2. S. Nishanth (Bengaluru City), 3. P.M. Suhas (Mysuru), 100mts Breaststroke: 1. D.S. Pruthvik (Mysuru, 1:10.67 sec), 2. S. Nishanth (Bengaluru City), 3. L. Manikanta (Bengaluru Rural), 200mts Backstroke: 1. V.B. Hemanth Jenukal (Mysuru, 2:22.71 sec), 2. M. Sharath (Mysuru), 3. Jagrut Amuri (Bengaluru City), 100mts Freestyle: 1. Gaurav Yadav (Bengaluru City-0:55.84 sec), 2. Tanmay R. Shetty (Bengaluru Rural), 3. H.M. Anirudh (Bengaluru City), 4x100mts Medley Relay: 1. Bengaluru City (4:28.26 sec), 2. Belagavi, 3. Bengaluru Rural.

    Individual Champion: Nishanth (Bengaluru City-11 points).

    Women: 200mts Individual Medley: 1. Sunaina Manjunath (Bengaluru City-2:45.13s), 2. Arundhathi S. Deshpande (Bengaluru Rural), 3. A.B. Bhavana (Bengaluru City), 100m Breaststroke: 1. D. Arundhathi (Bengaluru Rural-1:25.62s), 2. Pratiksha Patel (Bengaluru City), 3. B.G.Madhura (Bengaluru City), 200mts Backstroke: 1. A.B. Bhavana (Bengaluru City-2:45.24s), 2. K. Kshitija (Mysuru), 3. Bhoomika R. Kesarkar (Bengaluru City), 100m Freestyle: 1. Sunaina Manjunath (Bengaluru City-1:05,56 sec), 2. U.S. Saptami (Bengaluru City), 3. D. Arundhathi (Bengaluru Rural), 4x100mts Individual Medley:1. Bengaluru City (5:23.64 sec), 2. Bengaluru Rural, 3. Kalaburgi.

    Individual Champion: Sunaina Manjunath (Bengaluru City-15 points).

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / October 04th, 2016

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    A 20-minute short film titled ‘Bannerghatta Breathing for Bengaluru,’ throws light on man-animal conflict, the rich biodiversity of the forest patch spread across 270 square kilometres and challenges due to increasing urbanisation around the forest.

    It shows the wildlife and biodiversity of the fragmented forest patch in full valour.

    The lone wild tiger roaming in Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) has also been captured in the film.

    It also covers the problems which the department has been facing because of shrinking land due increasing denotification and mining. The movie also dwells on the history on how the forest patch was notified, how the zoo was carved out of it and how land was added to the patch to strengthen elephant corridors.

    The film has been commissioned by Sunil Panwar, Deputy Conservator of Forest, BNP and has been filmed by conservationists and film makers duo Ashok Hallur and Padma Ashok of Ideas for Change. The film was released on Friday by Governor Vajubhai Vala.

    Butterfly Walk
    The Karnataka Forest Department will organise a Butterfly Walk in Hennur Park on Sunday, October 9, for Bengalureans. The park spread across 34 acres has over 34 species of butterflies. During the walk, people will be shown different species, the host plants, the larvae and the nectar plants. Apart from Forest department officials, experts are also being roped in to create more awareness among people.

    The Forest department has created three artificial ponds in the park and improved the biodiversity to increase the number of species to the park. The open storm water drain passing through the park, has little impact on the butterflies. This park along with parks in Jarakabandekaval and Doreswamypalya. The green environs of Doraisanipalya Jallary Reserve Forest off Bannerghatta Road is home varied species of butterfly.

    BBP open on Vijayadashami
    The Bannerghatta Biological Park will remain open on October 11, on the occasion of Vijayadashami. Tuesday is normally a holiday. The management this time has decided to keep it open, said an press release.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> City / Bosky Khanna / Bengaluru – DHNS, October 08th, 2016

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    October 8th, 2016adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Travel

    Mysuru :

    District-in-Charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa inaugurated the 9- day Dasara Aahara Mela (Food Festival) at Scouts & Guides Grounds near the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here yesterday.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Mahadevappa said that the festival is not only to relish a variety of food items, but also to make people understand the importance of variety of healthy food items, hygiene and also to spread the significance of organic food items.

    People from different parts of the State have put up stalls on the ground, serving special dishes of their respective regions.

    The food items offered, include vegetarians and non-vegetarian, Bakery products like Pastry, Chocolates, Pizzas, Homemade coffee, Jowar roti and Chutney.

    A range of food items made out of millets and organic food products are another attraction of the mela.

    Tribal Delicacy: Tribals from various hamlets in the district and from across the State, have setup ‘Adivasi Aahara Mane’, where food cooked in Bamboo stems, is among the star attractions of the mane. Tea made of ‘Makali Beru’ (a root), variety of tubers grown in forests, dishes made of greens, a delicacy made of bamboo shoots and other tribal recipes are also available.

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    A plate of Bamboo Biryani costs Rs. 150/-, while a bowl of ‘Bidirakki Payasa’ costs of Rs. 50/- a plate of ‘Kadugenasu,’ Jenu, Rs. 25/-, a cup of Makali Beru Tea Rs. 20/- Crab curry, & Ragi Ball meals Rs. 100/-, Ragi Ball & Uppesaru Rs. 50/- and a cup of Bidiru Kalle Rs. 20/-.

    Karnataka State Lamps Co-operative Federation Chairman M. Krishnaiah said Bamboo Biryani, which was a hit during Dasara 2014, receiving a overwhelming response.

    “We could serve Biryani only to 50 percent of the visitors in 2014. But this time, we are prepared to serve 100 plates of Biryani in an hour to meet the demand. A team of 15 people are busy preparing a variety of tribal food items”, he said and added that all tribal delicacies are prepared by experts fro m among the community.

    The food mela also features exhibition of a whole range of equipments and articles used by tribals residing in different parts of the State.

    The equipments on display include rope used for honey extraction, Net used for catching wild cocks, fish, birds etc.,

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / October 02nd, 2016

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    Mysuru :

    Adding to its Clean City fame, Mysuru has bagged the Number 1 position as the ‘Open Defecation-Free City’. It has been recognised as the first city with a million-plus population to achieve this distinction.

    For two years in a row, Mysuru has topped the list of the cleanest cities in the country. It was named the cleanest in the country by a nationwide survey Swachh Survekshan 2016, which was carried out under the Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched on October 2, 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    It may be mentioned here that about a couple of months back, representatives from the Quality Council of India visited Mysuru for an inspection and had submitted a report to the Union Urban Development Ministry that the city qualifies the parameters of an open defecation-free city.

    The report also mentioned about the city’s cleanliness, waste disposal and drainage systems.

    The MCC will be presented with the award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 30 in New Delhi which will be received by Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna and MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, according to MCC Health Officer Dr. Ramachandra.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / September 24th, 2016

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    A picture from ‘Beluru Halebeedu Shilpa Kalasamrajya’ by Pundalika Kalliganuru.

    A picture from ‘Beluru Halebeedu Shilpa Kalasamrajya’ by Pundalika Kalliganuru.

    D.V. Gundappa, a prominent poet of Karnataka, had penned 60 Kannada poems in his book ‘Antahpura Geetegalu’ in 1950 after being mesmerised by the dexterous chisel of the stone sculptures at Belur.

    After that poetic attempt, a book, ‘Belu-Halebeedu Shilpakala Saamrajya’, brought out by Kikkeri Publications, Bengaluru, tells tales through the photography of illustrator and photographer Pundalika Kalliganuru.

    The pictures in the book are also enhanced with commentaries, verses, and hymns penned by Pramod Nallur and Kalliganuru.

    The 400-page book, with around 2,000 pictures, is a compilation of Mr. Kalliganuru’s four years of painstaking effort.

    Assisted by other photographers, such as Mahalingu, Deepu, M. Viswanath and Vipin Baliga, the work of the 10th century Hoysala sculptors of the Jakkanachari style comes through splendidly in the book.

    “If you see the grandeur of Hoysala architecture you will know that sculptors created more than 1,500 Hoysala temples. Belur and Halebeedu were their signature works. I wanted to showcase them pictorially giving them a huge spread,” says Kalliganuru.

    “Amongst the 5,000 pictures clicked in four years, I felt bad that 3,000 could not be accommodated. This speaks of the specifics of detailing in each stone sculpture of Belur and Halebdu,” he adds.

    The assortment in the stone art made Kalliganuru present his pictures in 39 chapters with nearly 10 categorisations of the sculptures.

    “The carvings are intensely soaked in their explicit details. The only way that I could mirror them was shoot them in both natural sun and in rain where they reflected their true poetry in stone,” says Kalliganuru.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – September 26th, 2016

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    Food trucks may not be new to Bengaluru but one run on women power alone is a novel and refreshing sight. Founder Archana Singh and CEO Praveena Nandu along with the all-women team of five launched the food truck in Bagmane Tech park on Monday. And it is already a hit with customers.

    After years of working in corporate communication, Archana left to pursue her two passions- children and food. Heading operations for a pre-school chain, she fulfilled the first. She had been playing with the idea of starting a food truck for two years before she founded the company, 7th Sin Hospitality Services in November last year.

    “When the remodelling of the truck delayed the launch, I got an offer from a corporate to run a bistro on their premises.” Archana said. With the bistro up and running, it was time for the truck to roll out. The ‘Glocal’ cuisine they serve at the bistro got the corporates interested.

    The food truck too serves the same food. One can find unusual items on their menu- malai tikka pasta, quesadillas with Chettinad chicken filling, paan cheesecake- essentially, global food with an Indian twist. “Since gluttony is the seventh sin, I thought this would be an appropriate name, Our portions are also large, in keeping with this,” Archana said.

    Having been independent all her life, she wanted women from all strata of society to be able to experience the same freedom. Most of the women she hires, be it at the bistro, the truck or the central kitchen in Mahadevapura, are from underprivileged families, often school dropouts and victims of domestic abuse. Archana wanted to empower such women to become financially independent and get a new lease of life.

    “I believe that with training, unskilled labour can be converted to talented workers.” she said.  Professional chefs in the company train the women and according to Archana, now they cook just as well as them.  Hemavathi, who studied till class 10, said: “This is my first job and I love the work. It is a new experience for me and it feels good to be earning.”

    The food truck will be open for business six days of the week, parking in colleges, IT parks, at events and even birthday parties. On Sundays, the truck will park in different parts of the city to provide free food to those in need of it.
    The truck is already grabbing attention of other states with people from Hyderabad and Chennai asking if franchises could be opened in those cities. Praveena Nandu, CEO, said, “It’s been less than a week but the response has been great. People are being drawn in by curiosity and we are being invited for many events.”
    DH News Service

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> City / by Meghana Chaukkar / Bengaluru – DHNS, August 30th, 2016

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    On Nagara Panchami, people offer puja to scorpions and hold them in their hands.

    On Nagara Panchami, people offer puja to scorpions and hold them in their hands.

    Kandkur village in northern Karnataka worships and plays with venomous stingers.

    You may have heard of different kinds of fairs including cattle fair. But this village in Yadgir district of Karnataka on Sunday celebrated a “scorpion fair.”

    In this annual fair on Nagara Panchami, people not only offer puja to scorpions, but also take these venomous stingers in their hands and allow them to move freely over their bodies.

    This year was no exception with scorpion devotees from the district and across the border in Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh converging on the village to celebrate scorpions.

    Devotees young and old, women and men thronged the temple on the village hillock where they first offered pooja to Goddess Konddammai who is said to be a scorpion goddess. Later, they searched for scorpions, which were found in plenty under the rocks and the stones of the semi-arid region.

    Having caught the venomous insects, the devotees proceeded to play with them. Some let the creatures crawl over their bodies, some pop them into their mouths, letting the insect rest on their tongues for a few minutes. Children, too enjoyed playing with scorpions, exhibiting no fear.

    The devotees’ courage stems from the belief that Goddess Kondammai will save them should the scorpion bite.

    If bitten, they apply a paste of herbs, largely consisting of turmeric, on the wound. Shankar, a regular to this fair, however, claims that no serious injury or death has occurred so far at the fair over the years.

    Government precaution

    The State Health Department, however, is taking no chances. Concerned over such a “dangerous tradition”, officials deployed additional doctors at the primary health centre in Kandkur village.

    Dr. Diwakar, District Health Officer, cautioned that scorpion bite could turn out to be very dangerous for children below 10 years. “But people don’t heed to our request to desist from touching the scorpions. Hence, we have kept ready a team of doctors for any emergencies,” he told The Hindu.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / Ravikumar Naraboli  / Kandkur – August 08th, 2016

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    Bengaluru:

    City-based Glorious Festival of Harmony is set to celebrate 25 years of harmony singing on July 30 and 31. From its quiet start in 1996, Glorious is a much-awaited festival today.

    “When we started, it was difficult to put together six choirs from the city because there were no choirs then and nobody was excited about harmony singing. It is starkly different today, with harmony singing being a part of mainstream music. Every year, when schools and college reopen we have students waiting for the festival,” says Regi Chandy, co-founder of the festival, in which over 1000 people participate every year.

    This year, the silver jubilee celebrations include performances by the city’s best schools, colleges, churches and even children’s choirs. Besides independent choir Astrophels, from Kottayam in Kerala, a performance by popular singer-songwriter Sheldon Bangera from Mumbai is another highlight.

    For Chandy, harmony singing is more than just a music performance. “It is not about giving prominence to only one singer. It’s a performance where every voice comes together to make beautiful music,” says Chandy.

    The 25th Glorious Festival of Harmony will be held on July 30 and 31, 5.30pm to 9.30pm, in Dr B R Ambedkar Bhavan, Vasanthnagar.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Bangalore / TNN / July 29th, 2016

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    Memorabilia brought from Chennai being arranged for display at the Museum.

    MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath is seen displaying the Padma Bhushan Award Certificate of late R.K. Narayan at the writer’s house in city this morning. Others seen are Corporator D. Nagabhushan, MCC Superintending Engineer Suresh Babu, RKN’s grandson Karthik Krishnaswamy and nephew R.S. Jayaram.

    MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath is seen displaying the Padma Bhushan Award Certificate of late R.K. Narayan at the writer’s house in city this morning. Others seen are Corporator D. Nagabhushan, MCC Superintending Engineer Suresh Babu, RKN’s grandson Karthik Krishnaswamy and nephew R.S. Jayaram.

    Mysuru :

    With the renovation work of Novelist late R.K. Narayan’s house on Vivekananda Road in Yadavagiri reaching completion, the arrangement of the writer’s memorabilia brought from Chennai commenced this morning at the house turned museum, which will be inaugurated soon. The memorabilia include RKN’s cot, chair, table, watch, glasses, books, medals, awards and certificates won by him.

    The photographs and paintings that adorned the walls of the house earlier too have been brought back.

    RKN’s nephew R.S. Jayaram and grandson Karthik Krishnaswamy have arrived in city from Bengaluru to inspect and guide the arrangement of memorabilia. Incidentally, Jayaram too had been living in the same house and was very familiar with the arrangements of all items.

    MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Superintending Engineer Suresh Babu, Assistant Executive Engineer Manjunath, Development Officer Jagadish and Corporator D. Nagabhushan were supervising the arrangements at the museum.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Betsurmath said that MCC had spent Rs. 29 lakh for renovating the house and another Rs. 5 lakh for landscaping.

    He pointed out that the building has been renovated to the original looks including the colour of the paint and wood structures to bring back the memory of yesteryears. He added that the maintenance aspects have to be worked out in future.

    Speaking to Star of Mysore, Jayaram recalled the nostalgic memories of his stay in the house and his association with his uncle RKN. He expressed happiness in conversion of the house into a memorial keeping the heritage intact.

    Dr. Betsurmath has requested people who are in possession of any memorabilia of RKN to pass it on to MCC which could be exhibited at the Museum.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 21st, 2016

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