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    November 24th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All

    Mysuru:

    Veteran journalist and editor of ‘Andolana’ Kannada newspaper, Rajashekar Koti died following a massive heart attack on Thursday. He was 71.

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    November 21st, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    Miss. World 2017 Manushi Chillar with aunt Dr.Usha Chillar (right)

    Miss. World 2017 Manushi Chillar with aunt Dr.Usha Chillar (right)

    The new Miss World Manushi Chillar, who made the country proud, has a deep connection with Bengaluru. She spent five years of her childhood in Namma city.

    The 21-year-old beauty, who was crowed Miss World 2017 at a glittering ceremony in the seaside resort city of Sanya in China on Saturday, was born on May 14, 1997, in Rohtak in Haryana. When she was two years old, her parents (Dr Mitra Basu Chillar and Dr Neelam Chillar) relocated to Bengaluru.

    Her relatives told BM that it was in Bengaluru that Manushi began learning Kuchupudi. Dr Usha Chillar, Manushi’s aunt, told BM, “Manushi and her parents were in Bengaluru from 1999-2004 and she learned Classical Kuchupudi there. Her father was in Bengaluru when her mother gave birth to her in Haryana. Her father was placed in DRDO as a senior scientist in Bengaluru. When Manushi was two, she was taken to Bengaluru and she lived there for close to five years,” Usha added.

    From kindergarten to first standard, Manushi studied in Bengaluru. Dr Usha Chillar is also a faculty at BPS Government Medical College in Sonepat (Haryana) where Manushi is pursuing third-year of MBBS. Usha , who also teaches Manushi, said, ” She is a wonderful person. She has been a down-to-earth person and very intelligent. She used to always study and never give up. After coming from Bengaluru, she joined St. Thomas Girls school and even there she was a topper.”

    Manushi’s uncle, Dr Dinesh Chillar, Usha’s husband, recalls her academic achievements. Dinesh said, “She was a good student and she cracked the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) in the first attempt.”

    Her aunt and uncle said she balanced her extra-curricular activities and her academics and never gave up on any opportunity.

    Her college director, Dr P S Ghalaut, BPS government medical college for women, Sonepat, told BM, “She is a very bright student. She was hardworking from the day one and she is an ever charming girl. Any kind of event, be it dance, music or sports, Manushi was always there. But, like her parents who are doctors by profession, she is also a dedicated student. ”

    BM delved into her childhood days at her school St. Thomas Girls Senior Secondary School. The principal of the school, Anuradha Amos, told BM the news of Manushi becoming Miss World came in when the school was celebrating its Annual Day on Saturday. “She joined our school when she was in the second or third standard. She came in as an enthusiastic child. Right from her schooling, she was a quiet, down to earth. She was fond of Indian Dance. She had learnt it in Bengaluru before she could come here.”

    “We never thought she would reach here and all the credit goes to her parents,” she added.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Kumaran P, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 20th, 2017

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    Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel   | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

    Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

    Following a report in The Hindu about the crumbling state of Krumbiegel Hall, Alyia Phelps-Gardiner Krumbiegel, Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel’s great granddaughter, expresses her displeasure over the neglect of the historical structure.

    In her letter to The Hindu, Ms. Krumbiegel writes about how her forefather realised that he had found home when he first touched Indian soil at the age of 26. Excerpts from the letter:

    My great grandfather was a master at economic botanyencouraging the exchange of plants and seeds. He continued this at Lalbagh Botanical Garden. His very last planning assignment for the Indian government when he was 90-years-old was to plan the Rajghat memorial gardens (New Delhi). Royalty protected him when the British saw an enemy in every German. He gave Karnataka so much.

    The lecture hall which he spent so much time in was renamed Krumbiegel Hall in his honour. Which now brings me to the sad state of how Lalbagh (authorities) have treated a building named in honour of one of the five superintendents who made substantial differences to Lalbagh and Bangalore.

    Was Krumbiegel Hall a heritage building or was is it not a heritage building? In 2013, it seemed to be a heritage building.

    I really have heard it all ….. assurance that it was under restoration. Broken promises.

    ‘Whatever he touched he adorned’ is written on his tombstone. But, a man who gave so much to the country he found a home in – he always wanted independence for India and was never afraid to voice these views while he lived and breathed India — his life’s work is slowly being wiped away to be memories in the wind.

    Krumbiegel Hall runs deep in my veins. I’m very hopeful that the department will recognise that Krumbiegel Hall needs to be rebuilt with the original frontage restored and reinstated once again.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / November 16th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Nikhiya Shamsher, a student of the city’s Greenwood High International School, has become a role model for fellow students at the age of 15. On Tuesday, she won the prestigious National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2017 from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    The Class 10 student, who has achieved a milestone in social service, runs a registered NGO spearheading various campaigns to ensure that every child has equal opportunities to access basic necessities, learn and become successful in life. The award, instituted by the Centre in 1996 to recognize works of those aged 5-18 in various fields, carries Rs 10,000, book vouchers of Rs 3,000, a silver medal, certificate and a citation. Nikhiya’s initiative of Bags, Books and Blessings aims to provide schools and students with basic supplies such as uniforms, pens, paints, crayons and schoolbags. This campaign, which is in its third year, has helped over 7,700 students. The focus is mainly on underprivileged children and government school students.

    Another campaign run by Nikhiya is Yearn to Learn, which opened free science and maths labs in schools and colleges that lack infrastructure. Thirty-five laboratories set up at various schools have been serving 6,000 students. This year, she launched an ecommerce website, knicnacs.com, to raise funds and sustain the activities of offline campaigns. The website sells quirky and unique gifting products. “I hope this will help me reach out to a wider audience and encourage more people to get involved in social activities. The world’s population is around seven billion and some people see this as a burden, but I see it as a huge opportunity. If we can get 10% more students into technological fields, we can solve a lot of problems, such as climate change, scarce resources and conflicts that plague us today. It is simply a statistical advantage,” Nikhiya pointed out

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / November 15th, 2017

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    From morning to night, NIKC is thriving with cultural activity

    There was a time in namma Bengaluru, where one could only think of Bharatanatya when it came to classical dance. But, Natya Insititute of Kathak and Choreography (NIKC), founded by the late dancer-teacher and Kathak Exponent Dr Maya Rao changed that.

    Founded by Rao in 1987, the institute was affiliated to the Bangalore University for years and offered degrees in dance. “But a few years ago we decided to go back to a diploma. Now, the courses are shorter and ideal for those who want to do a crash course in dance and choreography, making it a liberal arts course,” explains Madhu Natraj, dancer and daughter of Maya Rao, who adds, “My mother started this place in Malleshwram as she was born here and had many friends in the area, inlcuding Vimala Rangachar, who offered this space. That is how NIKC was built in the premises of MEWS (Malleshwaram Enterprisers Women’s Society).”

    Today NIKC, is one of the most sought-after spaces for every form of cultural activity. Be it yoga, Kathak, lecture demonstrations, dance workshops or contemporary dance — NIKC is open to all.

    The idea, adds Natraj, was to convert the place into a cultural hub. NIKC was originally on the ground floor. “It was just a huge hall with a restroom in the back,” recalls Natraj. Five years later they moved to the first floor and Natraj, who has a fascination for designing interiors, kept converting the place to suit the multi-functional works of the dance institute. The huge hall is now divided into two with a foldable door. “We shut the door when we have two workshops happening simultaneously. The foldable doors are also used as side wings for performances,” adds Natraj, who also conducts choreography and contemporary dance classes here.

    The place also boasts of a huge library with over 2,000 books on dance, culture and dance history. Natraj also adds that many travelling dancers — Astaad Deboo, Anita Ratnam, Helen Acharya — visit NIKC to conduct workshops and lecture demonstrations. “Kalanidhi Mami (a well-known abhinaya teacher) opened up her first workshop in Bengaluru here,” she adds.

    The the space is also let out for an event called Company Kutcheri, where they invite artistes on a regular basis. So there are also talks and seminars besides music that are held on its premises.

    “In fact, we fight for the space. We have students, performers, Kathak dancers, working women, contemporary dancers and yoga practitioners — all trying to fit in and use this space. From morning 8 am to 9 pm, we have something happening here. It is always thriving with some activity or the other,” laughs Natraj.

    (Where we discover hidden and not so hidden nooks and crannies of the city)

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Shilpa Sebastian R / November 13th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    A square dedicated to the former erstwhile commandant of ASC Centre North, Colonel Girdhari Singh, was inaugurated in the city on Saturday. The Colonel was responsible for shifting of the centre from its initial location in Meerut to Gaya city in Bihar.

    A memorial for Colonel Girdhari Singh, AVSM, was inaugurated at the ASC Centre and College in the city on Saturday. (Express Photo Service)

    A memorial for Colonel Girdhari Singh, AVSM, was inaugurated at the ASC Centre and College in the city on Saturday. (Express Photo Service)

    A bust of the Colonel was inaugurated by Lieutenant General Vipan Gupta, Commandant ASC Centre and College in a grand ceremony at the ASC Centre on Saturday. “Colonel Girdhari was a thorough professional, under whose dynamic leadership, the centre had successfully moved and re-established itself in Gaya in an incredibly short time. He had been awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal by the President of India in 1978,” a statement from the Ministry of Defence said.

    A memorial to the Colonel was already existing in Gaya and when the ASC centre moved to Bengaluru in 2011, it was felt that the new campus must also have a memorial in order to keep up the heritage of the centre.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / November 11th, 2017

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    As many as 46 individuals and six organisations have been chosen for the district-level Rajyotsava awards in Udupi district for their contributions in different fields.

    According to a press release here on Tuesday, the individuals who have been chosen for the award are: Kota Suresh Bangera, Yalampalli Jagannath Achari, Heranjalu Subbanna Ganiga Noojady, K. Sadashiva Amin, Surendra Paniyur (Yakshagana), Padmaraj Hegde (medicine), G.K. Prabhu (education), Babu G. Poojary, Yermal Chaitra A. Salian, Vishwanath B., Krishna Devadiga, G.V. Ashok (sports), Natraj Parkala (literature/culture), Jayaraj (art), Sulochana Venugopal (fine arts), Neelavar Surendra Adiga (literature), Chandrahasa Suvarna, Panduranga Prabhu, Marvin Shirva, Sandeep Shetty Mavinabettu, K. Vasant Shenoy, Srinivas Bhat (theatre/films), Prasad Kharvi G.T. (arts), Matti Lakshminarayana Rao (agriculture), Alevoor Dinesh Kini (journalism), Rukmini Hande (Harikathe), Raghunath Manohar (innovation), M. Ravindra Hegde, Rangayya Shetty, Sitanadi Vittal Shetty, U. Vishwanath Shenoy, Shabbir Hussain, K.S. Jaivittal, Dayananda Hejmady, Ravi Katpady, Santosh G. Poojary, Vishu Shetty Ambalpady (social service), Tukra Panara, Aleya Raghavendra Udupa, Uggappa Parava, Sachin Salian, Altur Gautam Hegde (folklore); Sundar Serigar, Shammi Gafoor (music), Deepak Shetty, and Subrahmanya Hebbagilu (Horanadu Kannadigas).

    The six organisations are: Hanuman Vithobha Bhajan Mandir, Nama Tuluver Kala Sanghatane, Chaitanya Yuva Vrinda, Madhur Yuvak Mandal, Udyavara Friends Circle, and Budaga Jangama Tanda.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Mangaluru / by Special Correspondent / Udupi – November 01st, 2017

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    Today is Karnataka Rajyotsava, a day celebrating the formation of the state in 1956. ‘One State, Many Worlds’ best describes our story, marked by a unification despite the pulls and pressures of socio-linguistic fragmentation

    There is not a day on which Kannada, the state language of Karnataka, comes into popular focus more than every November 1. The day marked as Karnataka Rajyotsava, a public holiday, has been typically accompanied by visual symbols everywhere, of the state’s identity – like buntings of an (unofficial) flag and banners about an (official) language.

    Translated literally to ‘State Festival’, Rajyotsava marks the day in 1956 when the erstwhile Mysore State was expanded to re-unify into it, some key Kannada-speaking and geographically connected regions of South India. The change of the State’s official name to Karnataka itself happened close to two decades later, with the passing of the Mysore State (Alteration of Name) Act, 1973.

    The early C(K)arnatic

    The term ‘re-unification’ of the State needs to be understood with some historical context. The geo-political expansion of the region had been commenced by Chikka Devaraka Wodeyar and continued by Hyder Ali, which towards the end encompassed a surprising area compared to what Karnataka State is today.

    This growth of the Mysorean region was of course cut short by two key events: The Treaty of Seringapatam (1792) which ended the Third Anglo-Mysore War, and The Siege of Seringapatam (1799) which ended the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.

    The result of the former was that, about half of the Mysorean territory, was divided by the British and their allies at the time – the Mahratta Peshwa acquired territories up to the Tungabhadra River, and the Nizam of Hyderabad was granted land between the Krishna and Pennar Rivers, and the forts of Cuddapah and Gandikota. The East India Company itself retained a large integral central portion (Mysore and Coorg) and some of the Malabar Coast territories between Travancore and the Kali River, as also Baramahal and Dindigul districts. The result of the latter, which marked the final confrontation between the East India Company and the Kingdom of Mysore, was a further division of the remaining parts of the kingdom – Kanara, Wyanad, Coimbatore, Dharmapuri and Srirangapatna were retained by the British and the Nizam acquired Gooty, a part of Chittoor and Chitradurga districts. The effect on the ground was that large pockets of people were placed outside the core Mysore region, but still retained Kannada as lingua franca because of continued trade and commerce across the borders of a larger core region.

    Karnataka in focus

    The implication of the States Reorganisation Act of 1956 for the Kannada speaking regions at that time was of course, the re-unification of some zones that had been separated over a hundred years earlier, and the merger of other zones that were inherently Kannada speaking but were part of historical empires that had held on to them over time.

    Remarkably, the name indicated by the States Reorganisation Committee for the unified state was “Karnataka”. The committee’s report provides explanatory notes
    as to why the state was not proposed to be divided into two (keeping the erstwhile Mysore State separate, as was demanded by a school of thought at that time), and Section 329, which clearly states, “For these reasons, we recommend that one Karnataka State should be formed. This state should, in our opinion, comprise the, following areas…” and lists the areas proposed for unification covering the then existing Mysore State, four Kannada-speaking districts of the southern division of Bombay, namely, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwar and North Kanara, two districts from the princely state of Hyderabad namely Raichur and Gulbarga, South Kanara, Kollegal from Madras, and Coorg.

    There were some exclusions in the recommendations, such as Bellary and Hospet taluks, as well as Kasargod, and further explanations were provided with a note “The territorial limits of Karnataka, as thus proposed, broadly cover the Kannada-speaking areas, but in the case of one or two small units, linguistic considerations have been subordinated to other compelling reasons”. The report also mentions Kolar district as an inclusion despite having a majority of Telugu speakers, for reasons of historical interest of Mysore in its industry as well as proximity to Bangalore versus Kurnool or Hyderabad. It also provides a list of over a dozen additional justifications for inclusions, exclusions, economic considerations, developmental and industrial issues, natural resources, population and administration. Finally, in Section 351, the report makes a defining statement: “Karnataka with the territorial limits which have been indicated so far will have linguistic and cultural homogeneity and geographical integrity. Barring a few dissentients, all those who have been concerned with the Karnataka problem in some form or (Aber will sooner or later recognise that this is so…”

    Despite the recommended name in the SRC Report, the name of the expanded State was retained as Mysore in the SRA of 1956. Two decades later, with the passing of the Mysore State (Alteration of Name) Act, 1973, the erstwhile Mysore State officially adopted the name of Karnataka. This was in itself also due to an identity conflict where residents of northern Karnataka felt the name of Mysore reflected only the erstwhile regime, and did not represent the expanded state. Prior to the unification of Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar and Koppal districts, the High Court jurisdiction was Hyderabad, only 200 km away, but after the unification it had moved to Bangalore, at four times the distance.

    (The author is an IT professional and Bengaluru heritage enthusiast)

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Kiran Natarajan / Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 01st, 2017

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    Ganesh Devy undertook 300 journeys in 18 months to explore India's languages / ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/INDUS IMAGES

    Ganesh Devy undertook 300 journeys in 18 months to explore India’s languages / ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/INDUS IMAGES

    When Ganesh Devy, a former professor of English, embarked on a search for India’s languages, he expected to walk into a graveyard, littered with dead and dying mother tongues.

    Instead, he says, he walked into a “dense forest of voices”, a noisy Tower of Babel in one of the world’s most populous nations.

    He discovered that some 16 languages spoken in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh have 200 words for snow alone – some of them ornately descriptive like “flakes falling on water”, or “falling when the moon is up”.

    He found that the nomadic communities in the desert state of Rajasthan used a large number of words to describe the barren landscape, including ones for how man and animal separately experience the sandy nothingness. And that nomads – who were once branded “criminal tribes” by British rulers and now hawk maps for a living at Delhi’s traffic crossings – spoke a “secret” language because of the stigma attached to their community.

    In a dozen villages on the western coast of Maharashtra, not far from the state capital Mumbai, he discovered people speaking an “outdated” form of Portuguese. A group of residents in the far-flung eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar spoke in Karen, an ethnic language of Myanmar. And some Indians living in Gujarat even spoke in Japanese. Indians, he found, spoke some 125 foreign languages as their mother tongue.

    Dr Devy, an untrained linguist, is a soft-spoken and fiercely determined man. He taught English at a university in Gujarat for 16 years before moving to a remote village to start working with local tribespeople. He helped them access credit, run seed banks and healthcare projects. More importantly, he also published a journal in 11 tribal languagesGrey line

    Languages of India

    • The 1961 census counted 1,652 Indian languages
    • The People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) counted 780 Indian languages in 2010
    • 197 of these are endangered, 42 of them critically so, according to UNESCO
    • Arunachal Pradesh and Assam in the northeast, Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west, Orissa and Bengal in the east, and Rajasthan in the north have the most languages
    • India has 68 living scripts
    • The country publishes newspapers in 35 languages
    • Hindi is India’s most used language, spoken by 40% of Indians. This is followed by Bengali (8.0%), Telugu (7.1%), Marathi (6.9%), and Tamil (5.9%)
    • The state-run All India Radio (AIR) broadcasts programmes in 120 languages
    • Only 4% of languages are represented in India’s parliament

    Sources: Census of India, 2001, 1962, UNESCO, People’s Linguistic Survey of India 2010.Grey line

    It was around this time Dr Devy had an epiphany about the power of language.

    In 1998, he carried 700 copies of his journal written in the local language to a dirt-poor tribal village. He left a basket for any villager who wanted to or could afford to pay 10 rupees (£0.11; $0.15) for a copy. At the end of the day, all the copies were gone.

    When he checked the basket, he found a large of number of currency notes – “grimy, crumpled, soggy” – left behind by the tribal villagers who had paid whatever they could afford from their paltry daily wages.

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    Dr Devy and his team have recorded India’s many sign languages /
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    A story written in Spiti language, spoken in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh / ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/INDUS IMAGES

    A story written in Spiti language, spoken in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh /
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    “This must have been the first printed material they saw in their life in their own language. These were unlettered daily wage workers who had paid for something they could not even read. I realised this primordial pride and power of the language,” Dr Devy told me.

    Seven years ago, he launched his ambitious People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI), which he called a “right-based movement for carrying out a nation-wide survey of Indian languages as people perceive them”.

    As the indefatigable language hunter turned 60, he undertook 300 journeys in 18 months across the length and breadth of India to search for more languages. He paid for his trips using money he earned by delivering lectures in universities and colleges. He travelled night and day, revisiting some states nearly 10 times, and religiously kept a diary.

    Dr Devy also forged a voluntary network of some 3,500 scholars, teachers, activists, bus drivers and nomads, who travelled to the remotest parts of the country. Among them was a driver of a bureaucrat’s car in the eastern state of Orissa who kept a diary of the new words he heard during his extensive travels. The volunteers interviewed people and chronicled the history and geography of languages. They also asked locals to “draw their own maps” on the reach of their language.

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    The script of a language called Sakal spoken in Maharashtra /
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    The PLSI has already published 39 books on Indian languages /
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    “People drew maps shaped like flowers, triangles, circles. These were maps of their imagination on the reach of their language,” says Dr Devy.

    By 2011, the PLSI had recorded 780 languages, down from the 1,652 languages counted by the government in 1961. Thirty-nine of a planned 100 books carrying the findings of the organisation’s survey have already been published; and some 35,000 pages of typed manuscripts are being vetted for publication.

    India has lost a few hundred languages because of lack of government patronage, dwindling number of speakers, poor primary education in local languages, and migration of tribespeople from their native villages. The death of a language is always a cultural tragedy, and marks the withering away of wisdom, fables, stories, games and music.

    ‘Linguistic democracy’

    Dr Devy says there are more pressing anxieties. He worries about the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP’s efforts to impose Hindi all over India, which he calls a “direct attack on our linguistic plurality”. He wonders how India’s melting-pot megacities will deal with linguistic diversity in the face of chauvinistic politics.

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    Dr Devy is now planning to check the health of the world’s 6,500 languages / ANUSHREE FADNAVIS/INDUS IMAGES/

    “I feel sad every time a language dies. But we have suffered heavier losses in other diversities – like varieties of fish and rice,” he says, sitting in his home in Dharwad, a sleepy, historic town in Karnataka state.

    “Our languages have survived tenaciously. We are truly a linguistic democracy. To keep our democracy alive, we have to keep our languages alive.”

    source: http://www.bbc.com / BBC News / Home> News> Asia> India / by Soutik Biswas, India Correspondent / October 27th, 2017

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    October 30th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Sports
    When stars meet: Veteran cricketers B.S. Chandrasekhar, Syed Kirmani, E.A.S. Prasanna, and Rahul Dravid releasing senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s book Democracy IX at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    When stars meet: Veteran cricketers B.S. Chandrasekhar, Syed Kirmani, E.A.S. Prasanna, and Rahul Dravid releasing senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s book Democracy IX at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    Four Karnataka cricket legends shared the stage at the Bangalore Literature Festival on Sunday, leaving the audience spellbound.

    B.S. Chandrasekhar, E.A.S. Prasanna, Syed Kirmani, and Rahul Dravid regaled the audience in the company of senior journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai. The former India internationals were present to support Sardesai’s new cricket book Democracy’s XI.

    Dravid, the star attraction, stated that he was fortunate to start his career in a State that has produced several world-class cricketers. “The great thing about the cricket culture in the city is that you get to interact with international cricketers when you are young. I remember, when I was 18 or 19, we took a 48-hour train journey to Calcutta to play a Ranji Trophy match. I had G.R. Viswanath (then Karnataka chairman of selectors and team manager) and Kirmani sitting in my compartment. They were happy to share their inputs with me, and I was constantly picking their brain. As an 18-year-old, what more can you ask for,” Dravid said.

    He alluded to the fact that his seniors were not averse to knocking back a few cold beverages. “Forty-eight hours is a long time, you have to find ways to pass time. There were some card sessions, and I won’t say what else happened. All I can say is that the weather was warm, and that in those days, there were no fitness tests and diet rules,” he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Ashwin Achal / Bengaluru – October 29th, 2017

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