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    January 20th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Actor Kashinath. | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

    Actor Kashinath. | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

    Actor, director and producer K. Kashinath, 67, who was instrumental in changing the direction of Kannada cinema in the late ’70s, died on Thursday after a brief illness. In his four-decade career, Kashinath acted in over 40 films and directed 16. He was a rarity: besides directing, he wrote dialogues, songs, and even scripts. He was instrumental in the growth of several film-makers such as Upendra, Sunil Kumar Desai, music director Manohar, and he promoted actors Abhinaya, Umashree, Bank Janardhan, and Vanitha Vasu.

    In the late ’70s, when Kannada cinema was clearly demarcated as commercial and art, Kashinath created his own genre. He changed the perspective of a protagonist and anti-hero and carved a niche for himself. Besides mirroring the generation he was in, he spoke against social evils such as dowry often employing the double entendre. Many even accused him of damaging the image of Kannada film industry. Undeterred, Kashinath carved his own path and soon became a cult figure.

    Though he made his debut as a director in the comedy drama Aparoopada Athithigalu (1976), his talent came to the fore with Aparichita (1978), where new actors Shobha, Suresh Heblikar, M.V. Vasudeva Rao, Sundar Krishna Urs and Kokila Mohan made an entry. His landmark film Anubhava, starring Umashree (now Minister for Kannada and Culture) and Abhinaya created ripples for its content. Recently, speaking to the media, Kashinath had said: “Some were embarrassed, some criticised, while some secretly felt that Anubhava was their own experience.”

    He was working till the very last. In fact two days ago, he dubbed for his upcoming film Oll Munsami, directed by Anand Priya. His recent film Chouka was not only a box office hit, but also provided a new lease of life for Kashinath.

    Thousands of fans and political leaders paid their last respects. As Upendra put it, with Kashinath’s death, it is curtains to a glorious chapter in Kannada industry.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Muralidhara Khajane / Bengaluru – January 18th, 2018

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    Students sing Vande Mataram on the shores of Malpe beach in Udupi on Saturday. DH photo/Umesh Marpalli.

    Students sing Vande Mataram on the shores of Malpe beach in Udupi on Saturday. DH photo/Umesh Marpalli.

    As many as 4,580 students from 23 colleges sung ‘Vande Mataram’ on the shore of Malpe beach in the backdrop of the rhythmic tune provided by the jingles of waves on Saturday.

    The programme by Samvedana Foundation, Malpe, organised to create a world record by reciting Vande Mataram, indeed spread the fervour of patriotism all over the surrounding. Although the aim was to achieve a Golden Book of World Record, the major goal was to create patriotic fervour among the students.

    Singers, like Sangeetha Ravindranath, Malini Keshav, Suhana Sayeed and others joined the group of students. A 200 metre-long national flag was carried in a grand procession from Gandhi Shathabdhi Maidan in Malpe to the beach before the programme. More than 5,000 people, excluding students, were mute spectators to the mega event.

    The uniqueness of the event was that it was held to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda.

    The record was created for the green initiative is already being considered at Udupi by the foundation which enabled the students to wear the badges carrying the slogan of saving nature for future. The students were trained for a couple of days to join the chorus of patriotism.

    Speaking on the occasion, District In-charge Minister Pramod Madhwaraj said that youths should  strive for building the country following the ideals of the greate visionaries like Swami Vivekananda.

    The message of patriotism imbibed among the youths should send the unique message of oneness and brotherhood, he added.

    Singer Suhana Sayeed said that event is an outstanding and memorable one.

    It is a special experience that thousands of students joined hands to sing Vande Mataram, she added.

    Golden Book of World Record, Delhi, chief organiser Santhosh Agarwal said that Udupi has created a world record wherein a large congregation has come together to sing the national song.

    “This is for the first time that the maximum number of people gathered at one place and wore the badges. This is a new world record,” he added.

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service, Udupi / January 13th, 2018

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    There were prizes for members of the audience too. | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

    There were prizes for members of the audience too. | Photo Credit: K_MURALI_KUMAR

    18th edition of The Hindu Young World Quiz sees huge participation from schools across the city

    The regional finals of the multi-city event The Hindu Young World Quiz was held at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on Wednesday. This year’s event, presented by State Bank of India and powered by Eveready Industries India Ltd., saw huge participation of teams from schools across the city. The competition, which is an integral part of The Hindu in School (THiS) initiative, was open for students in two categories — Juniors (from classes 4 to 6) and Seniors (from classes 7 to 9).


    The team from Presidency School, Nandini Layout, led from the front and aced the competition in the Junior category. Aditya Sharath and Kushagra Agarwal, both class 6 students, won the competition with 120 points. “We never expected to make it to the final round. Last year, I had failed to qualify. But, this year we are the winners. We are extremely happy,” said Aditya. Kushagra said that they spend a lot of time in the library to gather information. “Winning at such events gives us a lot of confidence,” he said. They received trophies and certificates from The Hindu, goodies and a bicycle each from sponsors.

    Aryan. A and Sahil. G. from Vidyashilp Academy, Yelahanka took the runners-up position with 70 points. Meenakshi S. V. and V. Varsha from Sishu Griha Montessori and High School, New Thippasandra were the second runners-up.

    They were followed by teams from Alpine Public School, Kanakapura Road; Presidency School, Nandini Layout; and Freedom International School, HSR Layout. They received trophies and certificates from The Hindu and goodies from sponsors.


    The team from National Public School (NPS), Indiranagar, emerged victorious in the Senior category. Class 8 students Vishnu Sampathkumar and Dhyan Vyas built the lead from the beginning and scored 141 points. Vishnu and Dhyan have won at previous editions of the event.

    “It feels really good. I am winning this event for the third time. I have won twice in the Junior category. We are active participants in our school’s quiz club activities. We also participate in quiz-related workshops,” said Vishnu, who aspires to a career in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

    “You need to know how to analyse questions quickly. There will always be clues in the questions,” said Dhyan, who plans to do develop video games.

    They received trophies and certificates from The Hindu, goodies and a bicycle each from sponsors.

    Ananya Patil and Merin Scaria from Presidency School, R.T. Nagar took the runners-up position with 96 points. Sampreet and Sahana, also from Presidency School, R.T. Nagar, were the second runners-up.

    They were followed by teams from NPS, Koramangala; Sri Vidya Kendra The Smart School, Machohalli; and National Hill View Public School, Rajarajeshwarinagar.

    They received trophies and certificates from The Hindu and goodies from sponsors.

    Prize distribution

    Farooque Shahab, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Local Head Office, Bangalore Circle, was the chief guest at the valedictory function. He said that quiz is a mind sport and helps develop self-learning among children. Such events give opportunities to children to put their acquired knowledge to test, Mr. Shahab said. He and Devika Khare, Area Manager (Marketing), Eveready Industries India Ltd., presented prizes to winners.

    Sri Aurobindo Vidya Mandir (SAVM), Mahalakshmipuram, was presented a special prize for sending maximum teams to the event. In all, 200 teams participated in the Junior category and 263 teams in the Senior category.

    Quizmaster V. V. Ramanan hosted the show. Fantom Bikes is the National Gift Partner of the event. Arrow Publications is the Knowledge Partner. Naturo was the Gift Partner while Bejois was the Beverage Partner.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / Sudhindr A.B. / January 10th, 2018

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    One purpose and one ride on the same day in 18 different cities – this is what the ‘We Are One’ ride was all about. In Bangalore, 200 bikers from Road Thrill, Sanchari Bikers and Gixxer Club came together to raise funds for the ‘super humans’, as they call the differently-abled people. The collected funds will be donated to that supports differently-abled people across the country.

    On a cool Sunday morning, the ride started from Parle G toll gate at 7:30 and ended at Tumkur Road. Road Thrill, which is spread in many cities in India, organised the ride in 5 out of 18 cities.

    Sandeep KC, one of the three admins of the Bengaluru chapter of Road Thrill, says, “I joined RT 4 years ago. This ride was a different experience. Out of the 18 cities, where the ride took place, Road Thrill organized it in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Coimbatore.”

    Starting the ride on a positive note, the bikers invited two differently-abled bikers – BV Srinivas and Abhi – who rode along on their customised bikes and were honoured at the end of the ride.

    BV Srinivas had polio since birth. He walks using crutches but his energy is infectious. Once when he was lured seeing a bike, the owner mocked him saying that people like him should not dream of bikes. There was no turning back for him after that. He was invited as a special guest to join the ride today.

    Srinivas says, “My mantra is that nothing is impossible. I never give up. Especially when someone challenges me saying that I cannot do it, I get more motivated.

    After the first incident, I went to a dealer at Bannerghatta and asked him to modify a Royal Enfield bike for me. Mine has a side wheel for support and gears and break near the handle and the petrol tank which make it easy for me to control it.”

    Currently, Road Thrill has two chapters in Karnataka – Bengaluru and Shimoga – and plans to extend to Mysuru this year.

    On Republic Day, 26th January, Road Thrill is organidsing yet another ride to promote road safety.

    source: / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Reya Mehrotra / Bangalore Mirror Bureau / January 08th, 2018

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    First such church in Karnataka

    The new building of the Stella Maris Church, which resembles a boat and has a bell tower in the shape of a lighthouse, was inaugurated in the presence of three bishops, several priests and a large number of devotees here on Saturday.

    This is the first boat-shaped church building in the State. It has been constructed in place of the old church.

    Gerald Lobo, Bishop of the Udupi Diocese, along with Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shivamogga, and Robert Miranda, Bishop of Kalaburagi, inaugurated the church. Dr. Lobo blessed and sanctified the water that was used to bless the people and the structure of the church. The solemn inaugural mass was concelebrated by bishops and priests, with Dr. Lobo taking the role of chief celebrant.

    In his homily, Dr. Serrao traced the history of building of the ‘House of God’ from the Old Testament. He emphasised the significance of the church and spoke about how it was closely associated with the lives of devotees.

    After the homily, the Litany of Saints was recited. Then Dr. Lobo anointed the main altar with Chrism oil and sanctified it while Dr. Miranda anointed the walls of the church at four main points. Dr. Lobo then recited the prayer of dedication of the church. He handed over the lighted candle to Fr. Alban D’Souza, parish priest of Stella Maris Church, who in turn lighted the candles on the newly blessed altar. Meanwhile, all the lights within the church were switched on and the solemn mass continued.

    At the end, after the distribution of Holy Communion, the Tabernacle was blessed and sanctified and the ciborium containing the Holy Eucharist was placed reverently inside the Tabernacle.

    Later, a public felicitation function was held on the church premises. Pramod Madhwaraj, Minister for Fisheries, Youth Empowerment and Sports, said Stella Maris Church has always promoted harmonious relations among all people. Oscar Fernandes, MP, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, and Meenakshi Bannanje, president of Udupi City Municipal Council, were among those present.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Udupi – January 06th, 2018

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    Mysuru :

    Noted science writer JR Lakshman Rao passed away in a private hospital in Mysuru on Friday morning. He was 96.
    Rao was born in Jagaluru in Davanagere district in 1921 and did his schooling in Chitradurga. He came to Mysuru and joined Yuvaraja’s College and completed his MSc in chemistry from Central College in Bengaluru.

    Rao came in contact with noted Kannada poet GP Rajaratnam and published books in science in Kananda. He served as science professor in Tumkur College, Bengaluru Central College, Sahyadri College in Shivamogga, and at his alma mater Yuvaraja’s College.

    In 1933, Mysore University invited him to be the technical and scientific editor of Kannada – English Dictionary.

    Apart from various books on science like Aahara, Paramanu Charithre, Galelio, Vignana Vichara, Rao has written his autobiography – Nenapina Alegalu (Ripples of Memories) in 2015 where he has not only recollected his life and times as a teacher but also the history of University of Mysore and evils of higher education in the erstwhile state of Mysore.

    Rao was a resident of Saraswathipuram. He leaves behind his wife Jeevu Bai, son JL Anil Kumar and three daughters, Brinda Nagaraj, Vidya Shankar and Anuradha Rao. The last rites were conducted at the foothills of Chamundi Hills without following any rituals.

    The Breakthrough Science Society has condoled the death of Rao. In the press note, society head Dr Sudha has said that Rao is a great science writer and progressive thinker who was the pioneer of writing science literature in Kannada language.

    Sudha said that Rao was associated with Breakthrough Science Society from the past two decades and has raised his voice against superstitions and unscientific beliefs.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Mysore News / TNN / December 30th, 2017

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    Teenage songster Neeharika Panda promises to make a sound impact at Carnegie Hall next year

    Having dreams as a teenager is one thing. Actually making it come true is another matter altogether. For teen singing sensation Neeharika Panda though, it was all just waiting to happen.

    Having won the first place in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition Fall 2017, the young vocalist from Bengaluru is heading to Carnegie Hall next year to stake her claim on the global platform for singers.

    When she got the news, Neeharika says she was euphoric. “I was thrilled at getting this opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people at Carnegie Hall and showcase my talent.”

    Her entry for the event was the version of ‘Jamaica Farewell’ by Don Williams and she will be singing the same in her performance on April 1 next year. “Although Harry Belafonte is the original composer, I’m paying tribute to Don Williams since he passed away this September.”

    She continues: “I like this song a lot. I used to sing it in sixth grade and perform in the apartment we live in and in school. The song touches my heart. Whenever I listen to the song, it reminds me of Harry Belafonte journey. Personally, I have a deep connection with the song. I love country music and it fills my heart in a special way.”

    So what does she have in store for her audience? Neeharika says: “I hope they are happy with what they have heard and take life lessons from the song. ‘Jamaica Farewell’ talks about never giving up. It’s a song of hope and I hope it reminds them that no matter what obstacle comes their way, they can find a way out.”

    Looking back, the youngster says she’s been in love with singing since she was 11. “I have, till now, not received any personal training in singing. I only went for keyboard classes from fifth grade.”

    Her earliest memory of music is her mother singing songs by Lata Mangeshkar. “I grew up listening to classical music and that was my earliest inspiration. I soon started singing too and my parents encouraged me to give professional singing a shot. Since then, I’ve been honing my singing skills. My parents and friends have constantly supported me and helped me give this my 100 per cent.”

    The ninth grader from VidyaNiketan School in Hebbal, says she manages to easily juggle between her passion for music and studies. “Whenever I find time after school, I commit it to singing. Music freshens and motivates me. So after singing, I feel more prepped up to study.”

    While she loves to sing rock, pop, jazz and even classical, Neeharika’s heart is in folk. “I love singing in the folk style. It has a wide repertoire and I’d love to experiment with it.”

    While almost everyone in the list of winners in the American Protege International Music Talent Competition has a mentor, Neeharika is one of the only ones without one. “That is quite a feat in itself. I think since I’m one of the very few in the list without a mentor, it’s great to have made it by myself. Of course, I do plan to get professional training soon.”

    She also credits Bengaluru for playing a vital role in shaping her music. “Bengaluru is a city that encourages music. I listen to a lot of radio since some of my favourite songs are on air. It is also amazing to be in a city that has a league of entertainers. The environment is encouraging and competitive and the audience is always supportive.”

    Hoping to be a fulltime singer in the future, Neeharika reiterates that she would love to get personal training first. “I want to keep learning and never stop.”

    Ask her what’s next on her bucket list and she shoots back a long list. “My priority is to upload my videos on YouTube. I would like to compose music and also form my own band,” she says adding, “I hope to become popular worldwide. Of course, I’d love to keep playing and singing. It’s equally important to master an instrument – you can’t do without it.” To all the teens like her out there, she encourages: “Give your best, never give up on yourself and keep perusing your goals.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Music / by Allan Moses Rodricks / January 02nd, 2018

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    January 3rd, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Radha Viswanathan, vocalist and daughter of M. S. Subbulakshmi. | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

    Radha Viswanathan, vocalist and daughter of M. S. Subbulakshmi. | Photo Credit: K. Bhagya Prakash

    Carnatic vocalist Radha Vishwanathan, 83, daughter of M.S. Subbulakshmi, who accompanied the legendary musician for nearly five decades on stage, died in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. “My mother Radha Vishwanathan breathed her last on Tuesday, 11.50 p.m. on January 2. She was suffering from pneumonia for the last few weeks but was mentally very active,” said her son V. Shrinivasan.

    “It was unbelievable to see my mother pass away to the strains of a beautiful bhajan. She asked my daughter Aishwarya to sing one of the famous numbers of MS, Sriman Narayana and as the song treaded on the words Sripadame Sharanu in the Charanam, my mother bid a permanent goodbye,” said an emotional Mr. Shrinivasan. Ms. Vishwanathan had taken a music class as recently as two weeks ago to Ms. Aishwarya, and was teaching her from her bed at home, he said.

    Ms. Vishwanathan had shifted base from Chennai more than a decade ago and moved to Bengaluru to stay with her son, and continue teaching music to her granddaughter. “My grandmother has taught me nearly 700 compositions and has asked me to carry on with the rich MS legacy,” said Ms. Aishwarya.

    Born at Gopichettypalayam in Tamil Nadu in 1934, Radha Vishwanathan was two years old when M.S. Subbulakshmi married Sadashivam and came into the family. “My world was my MS Amma to me, she guided me not just in music, she was the light to my path of life,” she had one told this reporter during an interview in Bengaluru.

    She is survived by her sons V. Chandrashekar and V. Shrinivasan; daughters-in-law Sikkil Mala Chandrashekar and Geetha Shrinivasan; and grand daughters S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya.

    The cremation will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, said Mr. Shrinivasan.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Music / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – January 03rd, 2018

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    The Samvedana Foundation will organise the singing of the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ by over 2,000 degree college students, to create a recordon Malpe beach on January 13.

    Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Prakash Malpe, coordinator of the programme, said by so doing, the foundation wanted to enter the Golden Book of World Records. This is being done as part of the 155th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda.

    All the students will don white clothing while singing the national song. In addition, a 200 m long flag will be carried in procession from Gandhi Shatabhi ground to Malpe beach at 2.30 p.m. The singing would begin at 4 p.m. It would be sung in full with background musicAlready, about 2,000 degree college students from about 40 degree colleges in Udupi have volunteered to participate in the event.

    A team of 30 musicians were visiting these colleges to prepare the students for the event. Playback singers, including Rajesh Krishnan, Sangeeta Ravindranath, Malini Keshav Prasad, Surekha Hegde, Shruti Tumkur, Yashwant, Jagadish Puttur and Vaishnavi Manipal, would join the students.

    The students would also sport a badge with the slogan ‘Save Nature for Future’ during the event. The foundation would be launching a programme to create 100 forests in the State in May, Mr. Malpe said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Udupi – December 17th, 2017

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    December 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All


    The epic poem, Sri Ramayana Darshanam, for which Kuvempu was awarded the Jnanpith is a verse rendering of the Ramayana, and remains his most enduring work.
    The renaissance of Kannada literature on the national stage was heralded by the publication of Kuvempu’s Sri Ramayana Darshanam, which was awarded the Jnanpith Award, half a century ago. Google is honouring the contribution of one of Karnataka’s foremost man of letters by dedicating a doodle to the winner of the first Kannada Jnanpith on the occasion of his 113th birth anniversary. Incidentally, it is also the golden jubilee of the author’s novel Malegalalli Madumagalu.

    Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, who is better known by the pseudonym Kuvempu, was born on December 29, 1904 in Shimoga district. He was initially home-schooled, but was later enrolled at the Anglo-Vernacular school in Tirthahalli following the death of his father when he was 12. After completing his primary education he moved to Mysore to attend the Wesleyan High School, and later the Maharaja’s College of Mysore from where he graduated, majoring in Kannada and English.

    The bilingual education he received played an important part in his literary evolution. Kuvempu’s first work Beginner’s Muse, a collection of poems, was penned in English. However, his dalliance with the English language was short-lived.

    Kuvempu took up a lecturer post at his alma mater Maharaja’s College in 1929 and also taught at the Central College in Bangalore before his second stint at Maharaja’s University, where he would go on to become the Principal. In the intervening years, he was at the vanguard of educational reforms in the State, and was a proponent of making Kannada the medium of instruction in institutions in the State.

    Kuvempu was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University in 1956. His reputation in academic circles closely mirrors the development of his literary career. The rigours of life in academia only fuelled his literary output. He published short stories, plays, two novels, and 25 collections of poetry during the course of his career.

    He was staunchly opposed to casteism and many of his works explore political themes. Kuvempu also advocated gender equality and was opposed to superstition. The large body of work he left behind spans many genres, but he is primarily known for his poetry, the subject of his verses often being derived from nature. In the doodle, Kuvempu is seen surrounded by nature, the muse for many of his poems.

    The epic poem, Sri Ramayana Darshanam, for which Kuvempu was awarded the Jnanpith is a verse rendering of the Ramayana, and remains his most enduring work. It also marks the beginning of Mahakavya, an era where contemporary writers took to telling epic tales in verse, adapting the stories of yore into modern settings, and in the idiom of the day.

    Recognition and accolades started pouring in soon after. Following independence, and the reorganisation of States on linguistic lines, Kuvempu was conferred honorific of Rashtrakavi (national poet) by the Karnataka government in 1958. He is also the author of Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate, which was adopted as the State anthem of Karnataka in 2004.

    Kuvempu was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1988. His contribution to Kannada literature has been lauded by peers and has influenced a generation of writers including U.R. Ananthamurthy. He passed away in November, 1994.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sci-Tech> Internet / by Rohan Abraham / December 29th, 2017

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