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    A selfie moment at Agumbe view point in Western Ghats of Karnataka. | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

    A selfie moment at Agumbe view point in Western Ghats of Karnataka. | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar

    Karnataka Tourism’s maiden offer includes a tour of Mysuru and Kodagu

    In what is being touted as the first of its kind by a State-run tourism corporation in the country, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) has decided to offer a ‘women’s special’ tour package.

    The package, a three-day, two-night tour of Mysuru and Kodagu, promises to be a unique experience for women travellers.

    Priced at ₹6,406 (for a 39-seater) and ₹4,596 (for a 31-seater bus), the package provides a bus for women, accommodation at KSTDC properties, and guides to help. “Our itinerary is such that women can enjoy nature, adventure, culture, architecture, and shopping. There is also a visit to a silk factory, and time to relax at coffee and spice plantations,” said an official. The package has been launched on a pilot basis.

    Officials said they had received feedback and enquiries from potential travellers though the trip was yet to commence. The tour would become operational when a minimum of 35 passengers signed up.

    Although rooms in KSTDC hotels were on a twin-sharing basis, single travellers could be accommodated in single rooms depending on the availability, the officials added. More destinations were likely to be added to the package based on the response to the Mysuru-Kodagu offer.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by K.C. Deepika / Bengaluru – May 22nd, 2017

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    For amateur astronomers who are fascinated by stars, the sky is never the limit. They look beyond it, for galaxies, stars, satellites, meteors and more. While the city’s surrounding areas offer good opportunities for stargazers, of late Bengaluru has been seeing a rise in another kind of space enthusiasm — astrophotography.

    Astrophotography is the art and science of photographing objects in space. While an amateur stargazer can only retell his experiences, these photographers capture them in pictures for all to see.

    “Astrophotography is picking up fast. We have a Facebook group called Indian Amateur Astrophotographer that has over 3,600 members across India. Many of them are from the city,” says Keerthi Kiran M., a system engineer who is also a member of the Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS), a Google group with over 3,000 members that promotes astronomy as a hobby.

    BAS organises regular workshops on astrophotography and talks by experts. According to Mr. Kiran, many of the group’s members are now trying out astrophotography.

    Subhankar Saha, who participated in one the workshops, took up astrophotography six years ago. “Having a basic knowledge in astronomy helped me. The best season for stargazing and astrophotography is between November and May. During this time, I try to head out and photograph deep-sky objects twice a month. I generally travel to Koratagere, near Tumakuru,” he says.

    Deep-sky objects include faint objects in the sky such as nebulae and galaxies.

    Though Mr. Saha has advanced equipment such as an astronomical mount, a modified DSLR, a specialised camera and three telescopes, he says a beginner can even start with a good mobile phone camera, or a DSLR, and a tripod to take stunning photographs of the night sky. With advanced equipment, one can shoot star trails, the Milky Way and even faint nebulae.

    “The astrophotography community is quite vibrant today. A lot of new people are getting into the hobby,” he says.

    B.S. Shylaja, director, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, says many students who come for astronomy sessions to the planetarium get into astrophotography. “There is a lot of interest in the subject now.”

    Partying with the stars

    Karthik Subramanian, who has been an amateur astronomer for about seven years, has been accompanying his friends on regular ‘star parties’ — informal gatherings of amateur astronomers. “Last month, I went on an observing trip along with my friends. We were able to capture the Milky Way through Sagittarius and Scorpius on the camera. For me, the hobby is about appreciating the wonders of nature in the sky.”

    Many members of the Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers are also astrophotographers. Chandrashekar G., who picked up the hobby 10 years ago, started with a DSLR. Today, he carries over 40 kg of equipment to remote places around Bengaluru to shoot stars and planets.

    However, serious astrophotography requires a lot of expertise. “This kind of photography is very challenging. We are trying to photograph objects in the sky which are extremely faint. Autofocus and metering do not work. So, the photographer has to manually focus and set the shutter speed to photograph the night sky. Even then, it needs a very long shutter speed to capture enough light from these faint targets,” Mr. Kiran says.

    Astrophotographers use techniques where they shoot many short-exposure images and then combine them to make one image which looks like a long-exposure one. There are a lot of do-it-yourself projects that people can try to track the stars, such as using the barn door tracker, which rotates the camera at the same rate as the Earth’s rotation. And just as light pollution affects the stargazing experience, astrophotography also needs a dark, dry place far away from lights.

    It is also an expensive hobby, unlike stargazing, where many objects can be seen with just the naked eye or a simple telescope. “The stars move in the sky. So long exposure can result in streaks. One needs special equipment to track the stars. Normal photographic lens may not suffice for astrophotography. Extremely good quality lenses and telescopes are needed to take good photographs,” Mr. Kiran says.

    Some equipment are not available in India and need to be imported. “One requires a lot of passion and a deep purse to pursue this hobby. But, once you get into it, it is very rewarding,” says Mr. Chandrashekar.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Sarumathi K / Bengaluru – May 20th, 2017

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    He had to be clad in white, and look calm and contemplative.

    At most, he could hold a brush and a palm leaf manuscript.

    That was the brief veteran art ist V T Kale got from the seer of a Chitradurga mutt who was commissioning a portrait of Basavanna, the 12th century poet-reformer. Kale’s research included a careful reading of history books and vachanas (pithy verses) to get the contours of Basavanna’s body and face right. But the challenge was bringing out Basavanna’s multiple identities -statesman of Bijjala, poet-philosopher, and social reformer? “It was difficult,” says the 83-year-old artist.

    The painting, completed in 2005, remains one of the most popular images of Basavanna. So popular that when the state government recently decided to put it up along with portraits of Gandhi and Ambedkar in all offices, they initially didn’t bother crediting Kale. Images of public personalities from a bygone era seem to have a life of their own. And artists have a tough time capturing in bronze and acrylic the real and imagined features of Basavanna, Kempe Gowda I, Kittur Chennamma , Sangolli Rayanna and other personalities as envisaged by political parties and identity groups.

    For one, there are no photographs to fall back on. “In the 12th century, people were not in the habit of making portraits of themselves. So, I had to imagine Basavanna’s character, his contribution to society and politics,” says Kale. He did at least 10 sketches before the mental picture became clear enough for him to start the painting. B C Shivakumar, whose Kempe Gowda busts and statues gaze down at Bengalureans from Lalbagh, VV Puram and Gavipuram, says the first one took him a year. “I studied the history of Kempe Gowda and the folk songs about him,” says the artist. The first one was commissioned by Kempegowda Nagar residents. At the Gavipuram signal, the city’s founder stands holding an unsheathed sword, one foot firmly on one foot firmly on a rock. By the time the next commission came from Vokkaligara Sangha in VV Puram, the local chieftain who is supposed to have carved out Bengaluru as his capital in 1537, was a swashbuckling figure on horseback.

    These statues and portraits are not just about assert ing the identity politics of those who commission the works.

    “They align public spaces with histori cal and mythical memories,” says Chandan Gowda, sociology professor at Azim Premji University .

    But memories can be tricky. Delhi based sculptor Anil Ram Sutar, who is creating the mam moth Sardar Patel ‘Statue of Unity’ and the costly and controversy ridden Shivaji statue off the Mumbai coast with his father Ram Vanji Sutar, says such projects require a tough balancing act. Patel’s images are available but he had to be the `Iron Man’ when it came to the statue. Shivaji was tougher as he is perceived as a chivalrous king, riding a horse with a sword in hand.”People worship him for those qualities.Eventually, one has to bring to the sculpture what people believe about him and what has been painted until now,” says Sutar.

    Public perception often is defined by popular culture. Vishal Kavatekar, an upcoming sculptor and guest faculty at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, remembers hearing a senior artist being asked to create the same costume worn by actor Rajkumar for a statue of 16th century emperor Krishnadevaraya. “Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan have played many historical figures in their movies and people sometimes want to see a resemblance to the actors in the statues,” says Kavatekar.
    Apart from looking at existing templates from descriptions in literature to historical movies, some artists take creative liberties. “They might make the skin complexion fairer or the body more sensual or muscular,” says Gowda.

    There are times when historical inaccuracies are called out. There is an ongoing debate about how Kempe Gowda’s appearance has been slowly altered to suit changed sensibilities -from a figure with folded hands to one fiercely wielding a sword. Kavatekar says many complained that the founder’s statue in front of the BBMP office at Corporation Circle, one of the oldest in the city, suffers from a `Rajkumar look’ mainly due to the elaborate kurta-pyjama outfit.

    Gowda says creative risks are fine but when the images are for public circulation, the motive of art shifts. Bengaluru-based artist N Shivadatta says he made 1,400 sculpture mementos of freedom fighter and queen Kittur Chennamma in a few days to be distributed at the Vishwa Kannada Sammelan in 2011. “The pressure to flatter and not offend the feelings of those from a particular community is very high,” he says.More so because these art works create a public image for a figure who may have just been a name.

    Kale is non-committal about such controversies. But he insists that the artist has to study the character of the historical figure, and his life and times. “The artist should meditate on the subject and with sadhana (practice), art will get better,” he says.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Sandhya Soman / TNN / May 21st, 2017

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    Gangadhara Hiregutti to get Mohare Hanumantha Rao award

    Noted journalist Nagesh Hegde, who writes extensively on environment and science issues, has been chosen for the prestigious TSR Memorial Award by the government for 2016.

    Gangadhara Hiregutti, editor, Munjavu daily, has been selected for the Mohare Hanumantha Rao Memorial Award.

    An expert committee, headed by former judge Indrakala, announced the award on Monday. The awards carries a purse of Rs.1 lakh each and a citation. The awards will be conferred on these two journalists at a function to be organised shortly, according to a release.

    Mr. Hegde served as Assistant Editor, Prajavani, and was also with Sudha, a weekly magazine. With a master’s degree in environmental sciences from the Jawaharlal University (JNU), he taught Environmental Geo-Science at Kumaon University, Nainital.

    Environmental issues

    He wrote extensively on environmental issues during his tenure as feature editor at Sudha.

    He has delivered lectures on environmental issues in various parts of the world. He has also worked towards popularising science among rural communities.

    Mr. Hegde is the recipient of many awards, including the Karnataka Rajyotsava and that of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy. He has written over a dozen books in Kannada on science, environment and development.

    Award for U.R. Rao

    U.R. Rao, space scientist, has been chosen for the Bhaskaracharya Award, instituted by Sri Channaveera Swamiji Foundation of Saranga Math in Vijayapura district. This was disclosed by Arun Shahpur, MLC, to presspersons here on Monday.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com  / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – May 16th, 2017

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    An equestrian statue of Maratha King Shivaji, which was eagerly awaited by the Maratha community of Hubballi-Dharwad, has finally reached Hubballi from the artist’s studio in Indore.

    The 12-ft bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj riding a horse, weighing approximately 2,500 kg, was made by sculptor from Indore Mahendra Kodwani. Mr. Kodwani has earlier made other statues of historical personalities for installation at various junctions in Hubballi.

    It took nearly a year for Mr. Kodwani to complete the bronze statue.

    It was only after approval from the former Mayor and Municipal Commissioner of Hubballi-Dharwad that the work on the statue began. The Mayor and the Commissioner, who had visited the artist’s studio at Indore, had inspected the clay model and after their approval, Mr. Kodwani began fabrication work.

    The statue reached Hubballi on a truck on Monday. It will be kept wrapped till its installation at the Mahatma Gandhi Park.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Hubballi – May 09th, 2017

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    The Centre for Information Education Development Studies (CIEDS) Collective will soon organise a memorial event to pay tributes to Chalam Bennurkar, a pioneer of documentary film making in Karnataka, who passed away recently.

    Film societies are also planning to hold a festival of documentaries made by him. The 62-year-old filmmaker was found dead at a pond in Bagur, Chitradurga district.

    He had gone missing for a few days and his wife Kalpana had filed a missing person complaint.

    Chalam’s Kutty Japanin Kuzhandaigal (Children of Mini Japan), a Tamil documentary on labour conditions in Sivakashi, had won Golden Dove award at International Leipzig Festival of Documentary and Animation Film (Germany) and Citizen’s Prize and Prize of Encouragement at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Japan in in 1991. “Through this documentary Chalam took images of land to different platforms across the world. He brought value to the serious documentary films in Karnataka,” says Kesari Harvoo, filmmaker.

    Chalam had taken up various social issues, especially about women, through his films. He was instrumental in organising film festival on women’s issues in Bengaluru Film societies in 70s.

    He was also known as the voice of trangenders because of his documentary All About Our Famila.

    He also worked with Amitabh Chakraborty for Bishar Blues about Bengali Fakirs which undertakes a journey to understand Marfat, indigenous form of Islam in Sufi tradition.

    He also made documentary on Kunde Habba, a unique festival of the tribal people in Kodagu and Naave Yeravara on the Yerava community.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – May 08th, 2017

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    A measure of history: The museum in Davangere has 3,000 varieties of weighing scales and measures.

    A measure of history: The museum in Davangere has 3,000 varieties of weighing scales and measures.

    In the heart of Karnataka, one man’s obsession has resulted in the first collection of weights and measures

    The first museum of weights and measures in the country sits in the Chamarajpeth market area of Davangere, Karnataka. Called Tula Bhavan, its exhibits include more than 3,000 varieties of weighing and measuring devices, some dating back at least three centuries.

    A visitor can see, for example, wire gauges and a depth-measuring tape made in Germany and folding scales from America and England. The bulk of the collection, though, originates in India, and includes devices from almost every part of the country, including from the times of the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Mysore Wadiyars, the Adil Shahis, and the Keladis. Among the prize pieces are wooden beam scales from Mysore, and weighing stones used during the Adil Shah period.

    The museum is the creation of a family which makes its living in the trade.

    Chennaveerappa Yalamalli had been in the business of selling weights and measures for 45 years. His son Basavaraj joined the family business in 1982. In 1997, he decided he wanted to set up a museum to create awareness of varieties of measuring devices. He began travelling across the country to collect information and models for his project. In 2006, he had enough to start the museum.

    When his father died in 2012, he took over the running of the business; two years later, in 2014, he set up the Chennaveerappa Yalamalli Memorial Trust to run and grow the museum.

    The museum entered the Limca Book of Records in 2016, and in January this year, the Department of Posts declared it the ‘first of its kind’ in the country in its in-house magazine.

    Mr. Yalamalli told The Hindu that he is sad that he has had little help from local authorities or the government, but he is happy that his son, Sriraj, has joined him, not just in the business but also in the mission of developing the museum.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Pradeepkumar Kadkol / Davangere – May 02nd, 2017

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    IME’s Instrument Gallery, with collections from renowned musicians and music connoisseurs, will soon open its doors to the public

    There are over 300 instruments native to India and more than 120 regional forms of music. Such nuggets of information will soon be available on touchscreen and computer-based interactive installations in the three-storey Centre for Indian Music Experience (IME). Spread over 50,000 sq. ft, the IME is expected to be ready later this year. It is located on a 2-acre property within the Brigade Millennium Enclave in J.P. Nagar.

    “The Instrument Gallery will house items donated by renowned musicians and their families, and connoisseurs. Their generosity is touching,” said Manasi Prasad, project director, IME. The gallery will house 250 instruments, of which 108 will be part of the permanent collection.

    Music as a shared experience

    In September 2014, the family of Ustad Bismillah Khan donated one of his shehnais to the IME. Although giving away the family’s treasure was a heart-breaking moment, the maestro’s son Zamin Hussain is happy that it would become a “national treasure” once it becomes a part of the ‘Bharath Ratna Memorabilia’.

    Later, the IME received Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s silver paan box.

    “Vocalist Sudha Raghunathan donated one of her antique tamburas, as she felt IME will help people re-discover Indian genres of music, both traditional and contemporary,” said Suma Sudhindra, director, Outreach, IME.

    Chitraveena Ravikiran donated one of his gottuvadhyas so that people can see, feel and understand the instrument. “I have seen my father making this instrument at home. The Instrument Gallery will also be a tribute to the makers. Gottuvadhya’s history goes back a few centuries. It is mentioned in Bharata’s Natya Shastra by the name Maha Nataka Veena with 21 strings,” said Mr. Ravikiran.

    Other valuable contributions include Bickram Ghosh’s tabla, B. Rajashekar’s three morsings, B.R. Ravikumar’s ghata and Palanivel’s nagaswara.

    Memorabilia from Carnatic vocalist late M.S. Subbulakshmi, sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and singer Lata Mangeshkar are expected to reach IME soon.

    “String instruments from Rajasthan, percussion pieces from Kerala and veena varieties such as the Bobbili, Tanjore and Mysore are part of our collection,” said Ms. Sudhindra, who has donated her Mysore veena. Non-Indian instruments, such as the clarinet, saxophone and mandolin, which are now integral to Indian music, will also be showcased.

    The rare collection

    “We have 28 instruments in the classical section and nearly 80 in the folk section of our permanent exhibits,” said Ms. Sudhindra.

    Rare instruments include the Nagphani (wind instrument) from Bengal used in Garhwali folk; Gopi that preceded the Ektara used in Baul music; the deep resonators from Rajasthan Tarpi and Bankia; the stringed tribal folk Jogiya Sarangi; the stringed Surinda from Rajasthan; Timila from Kerala; Hudak from Bengal; Taus and the Mayur veena from Uttar Pradesh.

    Bengaluru’s percussionist Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma has donated four instruments, including a Thavil, Manipur Pung and a mridanga.

    Vikram Sampath, who has written books on music, said, “IME will definitely enter the tourism map of Bengaluru. Foreigners will be surprised to see the different existing forms of music outside of Bollywood.”

    First interactive music museum

    The IME is touted as South Asia’s first interactive music museum. It is a ₹50-crore initiative designed by Gallagher & Associates who also worked on the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, and are familiar with the Indian aural culture.

    IME will have 11 thematic spaces, including a sound garden, learning spaces, tribute to classical schools (some of them demonstrated by musicians Ranjani, Gayathri, and Ravikiran), folk traditions and several computer-based installations that allow visitors to experience the process of making music, including recording.

    The contemporary section will have an autorickshaw in which people can sit and listen to individual bands. Melting Pot will showcase an amalgam of Indian and foreign melodies on touchscreen, including military bands patronised by the maharajas, which had a great influence on the army; shaadi (marriage) and jazz bands.

    “The entire effort transcends the idea of IME being a mere artefact-driven museum,” said Ms. Prasad.

    Listening to lore

    Visitors are likely to enjoy the fascinating stories that accompany rare instruments. Take the case of the Surbahar whose predecessor is the Rudra Veena. Maestro Omrao Khan Beenkar is believed to have designed the Surbahar after being denied music lessons on the Rudra Veena. Over time, the Rudra Veena started to see a decline, as Dhrupad is said to have been easier on the Surbahar.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – April 29th, 2017

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    April 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Rajendra Hosamani. | Photo Credit: ARUN KULKARNI

    Rajendra Hosamani. | Photo Credit: ARUN KULKARNI

    Seven years of practice and zeal to learn has enabled 28-year-old Rajendra Hosamani to see some success in the field of music. This self-trained guitar player brought laurels to the district by winning State-level cultural event held at Mysuru recently and also participated in national-level event at Haryana. He is also invited by colleges to perform during cultural events.

    Mr. Hosamani, hailing from Kalaburagi city, is pursuing his Master of Science from Reshmi College in the city. His father is a retired government employee and mother works in Cooperative Dairy Federation. Though his family is in no way associated with music, he chose it.

    Speaking to The Hindu, he said that he started learning guitar through Internet in 2010 and gradually started attempting to play song. He would spend hours trying to get the sound right. “Though I didn’t get any support from my parents towards my hobby, I dedicated 8-10 hours every day to learn the guitar. Today, I can play same song in different styles including free-hand, tapping, rumba style, flamenco and so on,” he said.

    Rajendra is an ardent admirer of Spanish Guitarist Daniel Munoz and had a greater inclination towards his style. The rendition of Munoz’s Malita Mala and Madonna’s La Isla Bonita and Enrique Bailamos series by Mr. Hosamani have gone viral on the Internet.

    Rajendra spends most of his time for learning new techniques adapted by guitar legends across the world. Mr. Hosamani prefers to master the basics. “One needs formal training in music theory to compose own music. But, being self-taught helps artist stand out and set new trends.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Correspondent Kalaburagi / April 30th, 2017

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    Food for thought: Cooks of Kondrahalli in Kolar are in demand in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, besides Bengaluru.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Food for thought: Cooks of Kondrahalli in Kolar are in demand in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, besides Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Faced with odds like unemployment, drought and parched lands, households of Kondrahalli village have made this an alternative source of income

    On a hot afternoon in March in a sleepy village in Malur taluk of Kolar district, 40-year-old Sathish Kumar discusses his family ‘business’. “I have studied up to SSLC, and now I work as a cook at auspicious functions,” he says. “My younger brother Rajesh, who like me studied up to the class 10, is a cook. My older brother Nagaraj, who is 46-year-old, is also cook,” he keeps on explaining.

    Sathish and his brothers are not the only family of cooks in their village. There are 60 households that call Kondrahalli village home, and all but one have taken up cooking to eke out a living. The oldest member of the 60th family that has yet to pick up spatulas, is a retired government school teacher.

    There are villages that nurture at least one wrestler in every household. Others take pride in ensuring that one member is a teacher or a government employee.

    But this is the story of an entire village whose residents, when faced with unemployment, drought and parched lands, turned to cooking as an alternative source of income.

    In Karnataka, Kondrahalli village goes by the moniker ‘Banasigara grama’ (cooks’ village). A majority of the people here are landless and many worked on fields owned by farmers in surrounding villages. But with every passing generation, finding agricultural work and sustaining a livelihood from it was becoming increasingly difficult.

    Career change

    The struggles of two generations of families served as a catalyst for this career change. “Instead of depending on others and blaming nature, we opted to take up cooking,” says Nagaraj, who holds Bachelor’s degree, but prefers working as cook.

    “We are happy with our profession as it feeds our families. It gives us pleasure to feed other people and get paid for his,” Sathish adds.

    Most villagers, like Sathish and his brothers, are second-generation cooks having learned the tools of the trade from their fathers.

    Only the men cook, and their profession for the most part takes them to Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Be it marriages, house warming ceremonies, political functions or birthdays, the cooks of Kondrahalli are in demand.

    Not all 60 families cook for one event. “An order comes in, and depending on the size of the event, a team of 15 to 20 male cooks will go to the venue,” says a villager, adding that on an average they charge ₹40,000 to ₹60,000, which is then divided up among the cooks. The leader of the team — the person who brings in the order — usually gets takes home ₹4,000-₹5,000; for big assignments he can earn as much as ₹10,000.

    “We have experience cooking for even 40,000 people particularly during functions organised by politicians,” says Sathish.

    The cooks of Kondrahalli are adept at different cuisines, but their holiges are in great demand, they say. (Holiges, like puran polis, are sweet flat breads with delicious stuffings made from sugar and peanuts to coconuts and tur dal, cooked on a hot girdle with liberal helpings of ghee.) Mysore Paak is another speciality.

    Regular contracts

    Their fame guarantees them regular contracts from tour operators across north and south India. “None of us have any formal training. Practice makes us good cooks,” says villager Basavaraj, who is of course, a cook. During peak marriage and grihapravesha seasons, the men leave the village to go on “cooking missions”.

    “The men folk will be away for months on end working in far-off places like Kuppam, Punganur and Ramasandra in Andhra Pradesh and Alangai, Kaveripatna, Karimangala, Ambur and Baragur in Tamil Nadu,” says Sathish’s sister-in-law, Saritha.

    At home, women help with preparatory work. “We prepare masalas on grinding stones when the power goes off,” Saritha adds. But when the men return to Kondrahalli from their missions, it is the women who prepare their food. Some gender roles are hard to break.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu  / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Vishwa Kundapura / Kolar – April 29th, 2017

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