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    When four youngsters took the stage at the India Innovation Summit on Thursday, the packed hall greeted them with thunderous applause. From a 17-year-old girl who sowed the seeds of her venture in 2015 to a 21-year-old village lad who has gone the extra mile to help distressed farmers, the innovators shared their journeys and success stories at the two-day meet organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

    This app tracks baby’s mental, physical growth

    “When I was in class six, school authorities told my parents to get me enroled in a special school. I was 11 when they realized that I was suffering from dyspraxia, a motor disorder caused by damage to the brain. By the time I stepped into class 10, I became an ace coder,” said Harsh Songra, founder of My Child, an app. Featured twice in the Forbes India 30 Under 30 list, he’s been a TedEx speaker too.

    Founded in 2015, the app helps parents track the child’s mental and physical development and unusual symptoms from birth to two years. “Today, we connect to over 200 mothers across 140 countries in a month to help them understand their children’s development stages and identify signs of a disorder, if any. The app uses artificial intelligence algorithms. I have also started a content page — We Included — which narrates the tales and travails of the disabled across the globe and sensitizes people,” said Harsha.

    Harsh Songra, 21, co-founder, My Child


    A platform which hones communication skills

    While chasing the IIT dream, Siddharth Pandiya realized that he was doing no value-addition by becoming another computer engineer. “I left the rat race and started something which I realized is so vital today, a debating platform. My parents always wanted me to develop communication skills,” said Siddharth, who is preparing to join University of California, Los Angeles.

    The teenager who just completed PUC from Greenwood High School is the founder of Debate for Change, a forum supported by Google. An avid debater since the age of eight, Siddharth’s aim is to make schoolchildren discuss varied topics with students across the world, hence enhancing their communication skills. “It’s a voice-based platform. One has to meet certain parameters, like the number of debates, to secure a world ranking,” he said, adding, “I’d rather be an aggregator of skills and find the right people to do the right job than a master of all trades. That’s my success mantra.”

    Siddharth Pandiya, 18, founder, Debate for Change


    This initiative hopes to change mindsets, save resources

    Two years ago, when an environmentalist spoke about the impact of wasting resources and degradation of the planet during environment day, classmates Garvita Gulhati and Pooja S chanced upon the idea of a social startup — Why Waste? “The speech got us thinking and we realized we needed to do something,” said Garvita, who was 15 years old then.

    “If we drink water from a bottle at a summit and leave it half empty, 14 million litres of water will be wasted in two days? Our initiative intends to change mindsets. I believe we are all tenants on Earth; if we can leave a house spick and span being tenants, why can’t we do that for the planet? We have to stop wasting resources, which are limited,” she said. As part of the initiative, Garvita organizes campaigns to conserve natural resources.

    Garvita Gulhati, 17, co-founder, Why Waste?


    A tech tool to aid farmers

    Hailing from a humble farmer family in a remote Mangaluru village, Ajay Gopi started an agriculture startup in 2015. “I have experienced the agony farmers in our country go through. When about 1,500 farmers committed suicide in Karnataka because of crop failure and debt, I decided to make a difference,” said the collegegoer.

    The startup, Teraniru, gives users access to the aquaponics technology, wherein plants grow in soil which sucks the same water in which fish breed. His prototype is functioning since December at the Kaggalipura rural market. “My aim is to do away with middlemen in the agriculture sector. We have to focus on people who contribute to the food chain, otherwise we will not survive,” said Ajay, who is now head of Project DEFY in Mangaluru and a fellow at Ashoka India.

    Ajay Gopi, 21, co-founder, Teraniru

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / July 14th, 2017

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    Panditrao Dharennavar conducting classes for Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in Indi taluk of Vijayapura district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Panditrao Dharennavar conducting classes for Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in Indi taluk of Vijayapura district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Dharennavar, a Kannadiga, has been teaching Punjabi to the community in Vijayapura

    Back in 2012, Panditrao Dharennavar was in the news for translating Kannada literature into Punjabi. Now, the professor is bringing Punjabi back to the Sikhs in his hometown Indi at Vijayapura district.

    Mr. Dharennavar, who teaches sociology at the government degree college in Chandigarh, has turned into an ambassador of the two languages. He teaches Punjabi to Sikh children of Gurunanak Nagar in the taluk, while also translating Kannada works into Punjabi.

    Based in Chandigarh for the last decade, Mr. Dharennavar has mastered enough Punjabi to be able to write it. He has translated Vachanas of Veerashaiva saints and social reformers Basaveshwara and Akka Mahadevi into Punjabi.

    “When I came here on vacation, I came to know about the colony of Sikhs who have been dwelling here for over 70 years. After being disconnected from Punjab for decades, these people have forgotten Punjabi and speak Hindi and Kannada. They also speak Sikhali, their own language which is similar to Punjabi but has no script,” Mr. Dharennavar said.

    That is when he decided to teach Punjabi to the community, mainly the children.

    He is happy with the interest shown by the children. “Perhaps it their instinct that makes them learn the language so quickly,” he said.

    Ujwal Singh, one of the residents, said that he is grateful to Mr. Dharennavar for having so much concern for the community to teach the language. “We wanted someone to teach us Punjabi so that we could read our religious books. The language also connects us to our roots,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Firoz Rozindar / Vijayapura – July 12th, 2017

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    Karnataka Philatelic Society to hold exhibition after 10 years

    Philately, like letter writing, does not have many takers today. But young and old collectors will participate in an exhibition of rare stamps by the Karnataka Philatelic Society (KPS) from July 14 to 16 at the Rajarajeshwari Kalyana Mantapa, Rajajinagar. The event is being organised by the society after 10 years. Till 2008, philately exhibitions were held regularly by the Department of Posts, too, but they were stopped when participation dipped.

    “Most major collectors these days are in the age group of 40 to 60. Not many young people are interested in hobbies such as philately and numismatics. Through the exhibition, we want to revive interest in them,” said Nikhilesh Melkote, general secretary, KPS.

    Of the 114 applications the KPS received for the exhibition from Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Assam, only 22 were from children or teenagers. “Till a few years ago, many schools encouraged the hobby and had their own clubs, which is not the case today,” Mr. Melkote said.

    Sri Krishnan K.L., 17, is among the exceptions — he started collecting stamps when he was eight. “I always tell my friends that philately is about a lot more than collecting stamps. We learn about countries and their history.”

    Two schools that have philatelic clubs are also participating. One of them is the Vijaya High School in Jayanagar, which has been running its philately club since 1973. The school also houses a stamp museum. “The idea is to encourage children to take up the hobby. Our students also participate in State and national exhibitions,” said Nirmala B.K., in-charge of the club, and a collector herself.

    Selection process

    K. Chaitanya Dev, president, KPS, said exhibits for the show are selected by a committee of three senior philatelists. “We check the entry forms and the previous record of the collector. Some exhibits are rejected on the basis of quality, but to encourage young participants, we have decided to allow all the 22 exhibits by them.”

    The best three exhibitions in various categories will receive awards. “Depending on the success of the event, we want to make this a yearly affair,” Mr. Dev said.

    Games and quizzes will also be organised. There is also a prized lucky dip, the winner of which will get the world’s first ever postage stamp: the Penny Black, issued in 1840 in Great Britain.

    The survivor

    The society, affiliated to the Philatelic Congress of India, was started in 1975 by Col. L.G. Shenoi and his like-minded friends.

    “At that time, three other clubs were already running, including a Youth Philatelic Club. But, they stopped functioning eventually,” said Mr. Melkote, who joined the the Karnataka Philatelic Society in 1977.

    Today, the KPS has nearly 600 members, almost a hundred of whom meet once a month at the General Post Office to discuss and exchange stamps.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Sarumathi K / Bengaluru – July 10th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Vinaya Seshan, a grade 10 student of  Inventure Academy , won three medals at the 2017 Dance World Cup held recently in Germany .

    The event is considered to be one of the world’s top all-genre dance competition for children and youth. More than 12,000 participants from 47 countries competed in the qualifiers, and over 10,000 from 43 countries made it to the final.

    Vinaya bagged gold in the duet category and a bronze each in the hip-hop group and hip-hop solo categories, adding to her haul of three medals at last year’s World Championships. Vinaya danced in Inventure’s formal blue uniform as she considers it to be her lucky charm.

    Vinaya’s passion for dance began in Grade 1 and she has been a regular in Inventure’s dance teams and musical productions.

    She got her big break when she was selected for Berserk, a week-long dance workshop conducted by the Lourd Vijay Dance School. She was part of their squad that won a bronze in the 2015 World Cup.

    Vinaya also plays the tabla, guitar and piano. “Being versatile is important; at the same time finding the right balance is difficult, but achievable,” she said.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / July 10th, 2017

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    Perfect blend: Wax statues of musicians at the Melody World Wax Museum in Mysuru. DH Photo

    Perfect blend: Wax statues of musicians at the Melody World Wax Museum in Mysuru. DH Photo

    What makes the Melody World Wax Museum in Mysuru stand out from other wax museums is its display of various musical instruments and wax statues of musicians playing instruments. There are around 100 life-size wax statues and over 470 musical instruments displayed here.

    This is a one-of-its kind wax museum that was established by Shreeji Bhaskaran, a Bengaluru-based IT professional, in October 2010 as a tribute to all musicians from across the world. This museum focuses on the preservation of art and culture of India, especially in the field of music.

    Making of the statues

    All the musical instruments that are displayed here are purchased from across the country and world. “While India is moving towards a virtual digital platform, most of the art and culture heritage of India is disappearing. The collection of this museum is unique and represents most states of India,” says Shreeji. Nearly all the musical instruments of Karnataka are displayed in this museum.

    The wax statues and instruments in the museum are a source of attraction for many. However, the making of these wax models takes a long time. The process of making wax statues involves several steps including computerised digital imaging techniques, conventional and traditional methodologies of moulding and sculpting, etc. In fact, around 50 kg of wax is used to make each statue and it takes 13 months to complete.

    After the statues are developed, they are given an authentic look with the use of various accessories.

    Clothes are specially stitched to fit the statues and their styles. Colours are mixed in with wax when it is in the molten state. However, cosmetic colouring is used only in the final stages of the statue’s creation. The eyes and teeth used in the statues are artificial while the hair may be synthetic or natural, depending upon the statue’s requirement to get a real-life look. All the statues exhibited are of life size and are dressed in traditional clothing.

    Probably, this museum houses the largest collection of musical instruments in Karnataka. These have been displayed in 19 galleries. There are also wax models of various bands from across the country and abroad in genres such as Indian Classical, Hip Hop, Jazz and Bhangra. While many of the wax statues showcased at this museum have musical relevance, there are a few which also have social importance.

    Major attractions

    Highlights of this museum include a colossal statue of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and a life-size statue of Maharaja Srikantadatta Wadiyar. Another attraction at the museum is that you can play some of the musical instruments displayed in a special section.

    The museum has become a popular haunt for people who want to get to know the rich musical diversity that India offers. In fact, the museum gets as many as 400 visitors on weekdays, while it gets around 600 visitors on weekends.

    Melody World Wax Museum is open on all days between 9.30 am and 7.00 pm. To know more about the museum, visit

    source: / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by Monica S A / July 11th, 2017

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    Sanskrit and English scholar D.S. Krishnachar, 96, a big name in printing of religious books in Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Kannada through the Prabha Printing House in Basavanagudi here, died of cardiac arrest on Sunday. He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters.

    His son D.K. Upendra said Mr. Krishnachar, who studied in Fort High School, Chamarajpet, and Central College, was a friend and classmate of freedom fighter H. Narasimhaiah, and was closely associated with scholars N. Ranganatha Sharma and K.T. Pandurangi. “My father used to start the day with The Hindu. It is amazing to note that he has read from page 1 till the end for over 70 years. Having been a resident of Bengaluru all along, he also interacted with the editorial team about changes in the paper. He was interested in current affairs and discussed relevant topics with all of us. In fact, he passed on the habit of reading newspapers to us,” Mr. Upendra said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – July 02nd, 2017

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    Recreating heritage: An artistic rendering of the temple with its soaring tower. At right is Adam Hardy, lead architect for the project.

    Recreating heritage: An artistic rendering of the temple with its soaring tower. At right is Adam Hardy, lead architect for the project.

    Cardiff architect revives 800-year-old tradition of building with soapstone in Karnataka

    An architectural style that goes back 800 years, a plan for an ornate 21st century temple built out of soapstone in an obscure village, and an architect from Wales to see it through.

    That is the story of the Hoysala-inspired Lord Venkateshwara temple at Venkatapura, a few km away from Mulbagal in Kolar district of Karnataka. The usually quiet hamlet hums with activity as people make a clearing, where the fields lead to a plateau.

    Funded by donations

    The temple, designed in the striking Hoysala style, will come up on seven acres of land here, funded by donations.

    The structure shuns modern-day cement. Floated by a public trust, it promises to be bigger than the Belur Chennakeshava temple. Leading the team is architect Adam Hardy, Professor of Asian Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

    The Vimana, or tower, will stand 108 feet tall.

    The temple has been commissioned by a public trust. “It was my father’s dream to have a temple in Venkatapura,” says Aravind Reddy, from the same village and treasurer of the Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Hoysala Art Foundation. “I have always been fascinated by Hoysala architecture and wanted to revive the tradition. When we started, we planned a small temple with a budget of ₹15 to ₹20 lakh,” he says. The project is now estimated to cost at least ₹300 crore.

    Classic iconography

    Prof. Hardy says, “The Hoysala style is known for architectural planning, detailed iconography, beautifully carved pillars and use of soapstone instead of sandstone. To replicate it will be no easy job.”

    Quest for the architect

    The planners had no problem sourcing sculptors, artists and even the material. It was the search for an architect who could recreate the Hoysala magic that was the bigger challenge, one that took years to solve.

    A chance meeting with Yashaswini Sharma, architect and author of Bangalore: The Early City AD 1537-1799, in 2009 gave the project its first chance of success. “When I told her I wanted to build a Hoysala temple, She showed me the book written by Mr. Hardy. I found some 60 plans for a Hoysala temple in his book. I knew I had to meet him,” says Mr. Reddy.

    It so happened that the scholar was visiting India at the time. “It was after I met him that the scale of the project became mind-boggling,” says Mr. Reddy. It took eight years of designing and redesigning the plan before construction began a few days ago.

    The trust wants its creation to reflect the best of the three famous temples in Arsikere, Belur and Halebid.

    The foundation for the ambitious plan was laid on June 14, and the ceremony was attended by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore Yaduveera Chamaraja Wadiyar.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Sarumathi K  / Bengaluru – June 15th, 2017

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    Designer Latha Puttanna says you cannot duplicate the intricate handwork done over time through machines

    From being a housewife and a beautician to one of the most-sought after designers, Latha Puttanna has had an interesting journey. This year, she celebrates 25 years of being a designer with an exhibition of over 100 hand-made designer blouses.

    “I was already thinking out-of-the-box, drawing, sketching and executing the design on fabric. Marriage was the best thing to happen to me as I was just not interested in studies. I was just 16 then,” she says with a laugh.

    Latha gave up her salon as she felt “stagnated in it” and started “designing my clothes. Whatever I wore was appreciated and friends and family asked me to makefor them too. As an experiment, I designed 80 salwar suits and had my first exhibition in 1992. They were all sold out. That is how my label – Latha Puttanna – came into being. What you see today is a result of my passion and a quarter century of experience. It is not a by-product of any training. The very essence of being an Indian is the USP in my designs. We have such a vast range of textiles and heritage. I am inspired by that.”

    Latha has always worked with natural fabrics. “Embroidery is my biggest strength. Today it is hard to find skilled craftsmen, but every design or thread work comes with a piece of history, be it the fabric or the crafts used. They are priceless and can be handed down to the next generation too.”

    Latha says the blouse she is wearing has embroidery from “over 25 years ago. This was originally used on a kurta. I cut off the sleeves as the work is priceless and has every kind of embroidery on it. Then I attached it to a new blouse and I got a new design. The blouses that we will display has one style of thread work taken from this very blouse and worked in varied designs.”

    Latha says the exhibition is a “tribute to all that I have done over the years, to the people who have worked with me and to our rich culture and heritage.”

    When asked about the focus on blouses, Lata says, “People have always asked me for blouses and I tell them it is attached to this sari or that. I felt the time now was right to display the wide range of blouses we have created. Women can buy, mix and match and wear them with the saris of their choice. The best part of our blouses are that they can be worn on a western skirt or a ghagra, with pants, palazzos or saris. You can match them up and go completely ethnic or blend it with western wear, the choice is yours.”

    “The sad thing is that today, in the fast-paced world, everything is done in a jiffy, from food to designs. So people are losing out on our rich textile history. You can’t duplicate this intricate handwork done over time through machines. I find it hard to cope with that mentality. People are willing to shell out huge amounts for clothes that are mass produced. But with us, every piece has a story attached. So you are wearing a slice of history when you drape our saris or blouses, so why not invest in a design with a story?”

    The exhibition offers over 100 blouses with unique designs. The blouses are priced at ₹4,000 upward and come with Kalamkari prints for lining “so that even the inside looks gorgeous.” Various peek-a- boo openings are in the back with aari work, zardosi and silk patchwork. The venue is Arts village, opposite Bowring Institute, St Mark’s Road, on June 16 from 10 am to 7 pm. Call 7338335169 for details.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Shilpa Sebastian R / June 14th, 2017

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    When you meet young entrepreneurs Chethan Hiremath and Deeraj Gowda , the men behind the social-media makeover that the Bengaluru City Police  pages have got, the first impression that you get from their camaraderie is that they have known each other for a lifetime. They even live together. But as it turns out, this friendship-cum-business partnership is less than a year old.

    The Twain Meet 
    Chethan tells us, “As people who deal with social media , it is interesting that we met on Snapchat. I was working on a project and needed a new logo and one of the many responses I got was from Deeraj. I liked his design and that’s how we started working together.” The twist in the story here is that Deeraj was, at the time, pursuing his passions in graphic designing and photography, having quit a cozy DRDO aeronautical software developer job. “I had just started my own firm when we met. But after a few discussions we realized that our views were similar and got together,” adds Deeraj.
    Initially, the duo catered to a lot of F&B clients, given that Chethan has a flourishing event management firm to his credit. “But then, one day we realized that none of it was really worth our time. It was as boring as a 9-5 job, just delivering what the client wants — put up some posts and get some likes. They didn’t really want to drive content, which is our strength. Which is when we decided to let go of all our clients and refocus our energy on the big league,” says Chethan.

    Bengaluru Police Onboard 

    One of the biggest clients that this eight-month-old partnership has bagged is the Bengaluru City Police. “Technology is the future and we had read a couple of articles in which Bengaluru City Commissioner Praveen Sood had spoken about his plans in this direction. We knew that if we had impress him and reason why social media should rank high in the scheme of things. It was the perfect opportunity. We sent out a message on their Facebook page, about how miserable they were faring in the online space, while the ground reality was far from it. People didn’t really care what the police were doing. We explained that there are two things that work phenomenally online — negativity and humour — and that we understand both well. We told them that the only way forward would be to get an agency to handle this. We didn’t exactly pitch it for ourselves, but said that we would love to do it for them,” explains Chethan.

    The duo didn’t expect to hear from the city cops, as they have their own social-media team led by MG Nagendra Kumar , DCP Command Centre, which has been doing a good job. “They had about five lakh followers on both Twitter and Facebook all by themselves. Yet, within days of our message, we got a call from them. Initially, they weren’t ready to outsource and wanted us to help with ideation and work from their premises,” says Chethan. Deeraj adds, “We showed them posters and memes around drunk driving and no-honking and explained that the only way to reach out to the younger generation is through what they like doing. Most relationships today are about tagging each other on social media and we thought that memes are the best platform to communicate ideas. And it worked well. Praveen Sood was impressed and then gave us the job”

    The Game Plan 

    Having followed memes over the past 4-5 years, Deeraj says that they have their finger on the pulse and know what is ‘in’ and will trend. “We try to inculcate that meme with a message; that’s how the Game of Thrones and Pablo Escobar memes came about. We blended humour with social messages, without diluting the image that the Bengaluru Police has. Whatever content they have, we find a creative way to put it across. Initially they were reporting stuff, like, for instance, ‘Today we caught a robber’. Who cares? People think that it is their duty. But when we involved a bit of humour to say the same thing, people started paying attention,” says Deeraj, adding that the duo have contests among themselves about who comes up with the better idea and who gets maximum shares and likes.

    But given the seriousness of the job, posts go online only after they are vetted by Nagendra Kumar. “Every single post goes through him and a lot does get shot down. We understand pop culture, so there is a lot of convincing that has to be done, and if you reason well, they will accept,” says Chethan.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Prathibha Joy / TNN / June 14th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Bengalureans Santosh Chandrasekhar, 26, Aiman S, 24 and Sumit Dasgupta , 24 started working on their dream project Rangzen – a 39-minute-long documentary film on Tibetans, hardly did they know it will fetch this trio the award for best documentary in Bangalore Short Film Festival 2017.

    Not just that, this documentary film featuring lives of Tibetans who had escaped Chinese invasion and took refuge in India has made three Bengalureans proud by bagging a special jury award at International Film Festival of Prayag, Delhi and the audience award at Feel the Reel International Film Festival in the UK, this year.

    Santosh Chandrasekhar, assistant professor at a city college, “The movie is all about their struggle to hold on to their Tibetan identity in a foreign land and how they dream to go back to a nation that doesn’t exist anymore. The film has got answers to seeking their identities and their perpetual fight for freedom and a struggle to find their self.”

    “We, through this documentary, were trying to initiate discourses related to the Tibetan struggle for freedom and generate awareness about our ‘guests’ among our fellow Indians. Although in exile for over 56 years, we fail to recognise Tibetans. We ignorantly see them as either northeasterners or Chinese. The Tibetan freedom struggle being one of the longest after the exodus of the Jews can put this documentary film into major political articulation,” added Aiman S, a copy writer and another maker of this documentary. The documentary has also made an entry to official selection category at International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala and Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, 2017.

    source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / by Sreemoyee Chatterjee / TNN / June 13th, 2017

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