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    In a time of increasing cynicism, three stories that illustrate hope amid overwhelming adversity

    The Sceptic | Sandipan Deb

    This column is called The Sceptic, but this week, perhaps especially because every passing day now makes us more sceptical, more cynical about what’s going on around us, let me just shed that hat.

    Let’s feel humble.

    Yes, this needs a bit of explaining. For the past few months, I have been involved in a project that identifies and celebrates bravery, bravery beyond justly rewarded militaristic valour. And for all of us on the project, it has been an extraordinary journey. But let me not bore you. Let me tell you about three women you have quite possibly never heard of.







    In the car park behind one of south Delhi’s glitziest multiplexes, in a tiny hut made from plastic sheets and boxes, lives Pratibha Devi. She makes her living by scavenging and reselling the detritus of rich merrymakers who congregate at the multiplex. Twice a day, if you happen to be there at the right time, you are treated to a remarkable sight. More than a dozen stray dogs that live in the car park line up in front of her shed. Sometimes it’s khichdi for them, sometimes when she has a bit of extra money, she treats them to chunks of meat. The dogs have grown up with Pratibha Devi as the only mother they know. “Taking care of them is my life,” she says.

    All around her, you hear the buzz of the well-heeled life—fancy cars, young couples hanging out dressed in the latest fashion— people who have never known want or hunger. Pratibha has been threatened, officials have tried to evict her, she has been beaten up by busybodies for taking care of street dogs. But her spirit remains unconquerable. “That one is Sultan,” she points out. “And that one there, I named him Dharmendra.”

    Next stop: the Kolkata suburb of Haspukur. One rainy day in 1971, Subhashini Mistry’s husband Sadhan, an agricultural labourer, came home from work with a tummy ache. It soon turned into intense immobilizing pain. Three days later, Subhashini managed to get him to a hospital. The doctors were indifferent—it was too late, they said. All Subhashini could do was watch him die.

    But even as she wept, a rage swept through her. She decided that she would save as many people as she could from Sadhan’s fate. She would build a hospital. A young widow, with four small children and 70 paise in savings, would build a hospital.

    In the mornings, she sold vegetables. In the afternoons, she worked in her neighbours’ fields. In the evenings, she was a housemaid. And she saved every paisa she could, often forgoing meals. Her son Ajoy worked in a dhaba, and studied hard. He wanted to be a doctor. He achieved his dream. By 1991, Subhashini had managed to save Rs. 85,000, and bought some land. The Humanity Trust was formed in 1993, and a hospital in a 7’x10’ shed with mud flooring started functioning in 1994. Today, it is a three-storeyed building equipped with modem instruments and surgical facilities.

    The battle, however, is hardly over. The hospital has a capacity of 100 beds but due to shortage of funds, it is able to service just 35. Subhashini and Ajoy have written repeatedly to the state government for assistance, and been only met with silence. But Subhashini dreams of making Humanity a 700-bed super-specialty hospital. She will possibly do it too.

    Come now to a little hut on the edge of Halikal village, 70km from Bangalore, where a mother of 284 children lives—284 sturdy tall children.

    The 284 banyan trees form a sweeping awning over a 4km stretch of road. It’s cool and dark even at high noon, the only sound being birdsong from high up in the trees. In 1999, the local deputy conservator of forests toldOutlook magazine: “If you factor in the cumulative effect on the environment in terms of oxygen output, soil conservation, recharging the groundwater, a green canopy giving birds ample space for nests, these trees are worth crores of rupees.”

    Saalumarada Thimmakka (“saalumarada”—“row of trees” in Kannada—is an honorific people have added to her name) and her landless labourer husband Chikkannah could not have children. So one day more than 50 years ago, they started planting trees. The road to the next village Kudur was a dry hot one. They planted 10 saplings along the road in the first year, 15 the next year and so on. Every morning they would set off, with four pots of water, refilling them from wells and ponds along the way, and walk up the road watering the saplings and back again.

    They covered the whole stretch. The saplings grew to become trees, the trees grew tall, and the couple rejoiced in their children. Chikkanna died in 1990, but Thimmakka continued her life’s work.

    We are driving down her avenue with her, when she suddenly asks the driver to stop the car. She points to a tree towering regally over us, and says: “He is one of my favourite sons. He is 50 years old now!” Her face lights up with the smile that can come naturally only to the proudest and most loving of parents. We feel humble.

    Sandipan Deb is a senior journalist and editor who is interested in puzzles of all forms

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    source: / THE SCEPTIC by Sandipan Deb / Thursday, December 29th, 2011

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    December 30th, 2011adminBusiness & Economy, Nri's / Pio's

    Non Resident Indians (NRIs), including many from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi region, may now consider investing in term deposits in domestic banks as banks had announced an increase in the rate of interest offered on specific non-resident external (NRE) rupee term deposits.

    The interest rate has been increased from a minimum of 3 per cent to a maximum of 9.75 per cent for various maturity bands. In the past fortnight, the State Bank of India (SBI), the State Bank of Mysore (SBM), Canara Bank, YES Bank, and the Indian Bank had announced the increase in the rates.

    At least one more bank is likely to increase the rate of interest it offers. The interest earned on NRE accounts in the bank here was not taxed and the money could be repatriated abroad. While no bank has quantified the amount as numbers are yet to be collected, several bank managers said that it would increase more investments in NRE deposits. Sadashiv, Assistant General Manager, State Bank of India, Mangalore, with the increase the interest rate for NRE deposits was on par with the interest rate given on resident deposits.

    Chandrashekhar Kamath, Senior Manager, State Bank of Mysore, said NRIs investing in gold and real estate would now look at investing in term deposits.

    Sources in Karnataka Bank said the response to the increased rate of interest had been “good as hitherto, the rate of interest NRIs received was lower than 4 per cent.”

    The State Bank of Mysore had increased the rate of interest from 3.82 per cent to 9.5 per cent for NRE term deposits for a maturity band of above 1 year but less than 2 years.

    Canara Bank has revised its interest rates on NRE deposits with effect from Thursday. The bank is offering an interest rate of 9.25 per cent for a minimum maturity period of 1 year to a maximum of 5 years maturity, and 9 per cent for a minimum maturity period of 5 years to a maximum of 10 years.

    Corporation Bank is likely to increase the rate of interest on NRE deposits, said B.R. Bhat, General Manager of the bank. The bank’s asset liability committee (ALCO) would meet on Friday to decide on the issue. “We have to increase…now, it is the bare minimum (3 to 4 per cent),” he said.

    Sources in banks said the rate of interest on NRE deposits had been taken to encourage remittances so that funds flow into India to meet the requirements of the country. Earlier, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would tell banks how much rate of interest to quote. Now, the banks could pay more than the domestic rate. Another reason was fall in the value of the rupee in the foreign exchange market. At present, the exchange rate was Rs. 56 for one U.S. dollar. This was encouraging Indians working in West Asia to send more money home. This could be retained in India if a higher interest rate was given, they said.

    Karnataka Bank Ltd has increased interest rates on NRE deposits with effect from December 19. A bank release said the bank had increased the interest rates on NRE deposits from 3.82 per cent to 9.75 per cent (for an investment period of one year to less than two years); from 3.51 per cent to 9.50 per cent (for a period of two years to less than three years); and from 3.64 per cent to 9.50 per cent for a period of 3 to 5 years. The rates applied to all fresh NRE term deposits and renewals of maturing deposits from December 19.

    source: / News> Cities > Mangalore / by Reunuka Phadnis / Mangalore, December 29th, 2011


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    December 28th, 2011adminEducation, Records, All

    Mangalore University has announced the Degree results. The rank list is as follows.

    B A: Sam David (First rank), Jyothsna David Jacob Mathew (Second rank), Bijwayi K P (Third rank). All are from Brahmavara Crossland College.

    B Com: Seethalakshmi from Mulki Sundararam Shetty College Shirva (First rank), Shilpa Bhandari from Canara College Mangalore (Second rank), Rashmi R Shenoy from Puttur Vivekananda College (Third rank)

    B Sc: Meera from Karkala Bhuvanendra College (First rank), Ashwini Bhat from Mulki Vijaya College (Second rank), Shridevi K Hegde from Puttur St Philomena College (Third rank).

    BASLP: Anuradha Shastri from Mangalore Father Mullers College (First rank), Hezal Diona Mendonsa (Second rank), B N Jayasena from Mangalore Dr M V Shetty Speech and Hearing College (Third rank)

    BBM: Aparna Malya from SDM Business Management College Mangalore (First rank), Nuthan B S from St Annamma Degree College Virajpet (Second rank), Manjunath N Ingalaki from Manjunath Pai Memorial College Karkala (Third rank).

    BCA: Krutika from Vijaya College Mulki (First rank), Salitha D Almeda from MGM College Udupi (Second rank), Anjali from Vijaya College Mulki (Third rank).

    B Sc- Fashion Design: Justin V Thomas from Gloria College Puttur (First rank), Shyam Ravindran from Shridevi College Mangalore (Second rank), Chilambarasan from Gloria College Puttur (Third rank)

    BHM: Rohit Castoline from Moti Mahal College of Management (First rank), Anurag Sharma from Sarosh Institute of Hotel Administration Mangalore (Second rank), Fernandes Dan Charles from Sarosh Institute of Hotel Administration Mangalore (Third rank).

    BHS: Vinodh Vital Prabhakar from Institute of Hotel Tourism and Science College Udupi (First rank), Ashok Kumar Pundit from Moti Mahal College of Hotel Management (Second rank), Mithesh Nayor from Moti Mahal College of Hotel Management (Third rank)

    B Sc (Interior Design and Decoration): Chethan Patil from Shridevi College Mangalore (First rank), Thesniya V P from Shridevi College (Second rank), Josline Mary from Sridevi College (Third rank).

    BPEd: John Houthan H H from Physical Teachers’ Education Department, Mangalore University (First rank), Usha K R from Alva’s College Moodbidri (Second rank), Anand Kumar Mopagur from Alva’s College (Third rank).

    Social Work (BSW): Athmiya Kadamba from Alva’s College Moodbidri (First rank), Sangeetha Hegde from Alva’s College (Second rank), Akshatha Rai from St Philomena College Puttur (Third rank)

    B Sc (FND): Anjusha Ramachandran from Alva’s College Moodbidri (First rank), Ayisha Nada Khaji from Besant Women’s College Mangalore (Second rank), Giran Patiran Helage from Besant Women’s College (Third rank).

    Human Resource Development (HRD): Shanthi S from Alva’s College (First rank), Archana N from Alva’s College (Second rank), Shaila D Jain from Alva’s College (Third rank).

    LLB (three years): Abhijith V Shet from SDM Law College (First rank), Varsha from SDM Law College (Second rank), Vasudeva Kamath from SDM Law College (Third rank).

    BA Law (five years): Gorgy Bose (First rank), Greeshma Rai (Second rank), An Alexander (Third rank). All are from SDM Law College Mangalore.

    LLB (five years): Preethika Philinja (First rank), Prakruti Kalyanpur (Second rank), Sanoobar Fatima (Third rank). All students are from SDM Law College.

    B.Ed: Dipul K P from Leelavati Shetty College Kavur (First rank), Prameela from T M A Pai College Udupi (Second rank),Mrudula M Hegde from Vivekananda College Puttur (Third Rank).

    source: / Home> District> Mangalore / DHNS / December 26th, 2011

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    December 28th, 2011adminBusiness & Economy

    Lalique, the French company that specialises in handcrafted crystal, has opened its third outlet in India (after Delhi and Kolkata) and first in the South, at UB City, Bangalore.

    The store is designed in glass, with clean, minimalist lines, and lets its range of handmade figurines, perfume bottles, Hindu deities, and installations do the talking. Each exhibit is highlighted with subtle lighting. The shelves hold coloured crystal vases moulded into flowers, old-fashioned perfume bottles encircled with cherubs, galloping horses and figurines.

    Animal instinct

    What caught our eye though, were the Hindu deities — Ganesha and Nataraja figurines crafted from coloured crystal. The animal theme is also dominant in the collection — from sea anemones to fish, birds and horses. We especially liked a bookend with two rearing horses.

    A century in glass

    The brand was founded by French artist and industrialist, Rene Lalique, in the early 1900s, who became known for his perfume bottles, jewellery, clocks, chandeliers and installations.

    Limited edition

    Lalique also stocks a small selection of colognes and perfumes — but in glass bottles instead of vials and spritzers. They have about 28 limited edition fragrances in collaboration with French perfumers. We liked the woody and spicy notes in a men’s perfume that was dabbed on our wrists.

    From the maker

    Don’t miss the memorial edition, Hommage a Rene Lalique, sculpted on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of the founder last year. In this collection, Lalique reinterprets some iconic creations of the man often called the ‘Rodin of transparencies’. The most distinctive piece is a crystal parakeet which has been inspired by a fragment of a parakeet motif. From `10,000 upwards.

    source: / Express News Service, The New / Indian Express / Orissa/ posted December 27th, 2011

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    December 26th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education

    T.C. Shivashankara Murthy, Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, T.S. Nagabharana, film director, and Thukaram Poojary, president of the Rani Abbakka Tulu Adhyayana Kendra, at an exhibition at the five-day art camp which began on Saturday at B.C. Road near Mangalore. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

    Mangalore University will offer postgraduate diploma, diploma and certificate courses on Tulu language from the next academic year.

    This was stated by Vice-Chancellor T.C. Shivashankara Murthy while inaugurating a five-day art camp organised by the Rani Abbakka Tulu Adhyayana Kendra at Sanchayagiri, B.C. Road, on Saturday.

    Prof. Murthy said the syllabus and regulations related to the three courses had already been sent to the Government for its approval two weeks ago. Once the varsity got the green signal, the courses would be offered in some of the 187 colleges affiliated to the university.

    There was shortage of teachers while a decision to introduce Tulu language as a subject in schools was taken. The three courses offered by the university would now fill this gap. There was also a demand from a few colleges to start these courses, he said.

    The university had an Adhyayana Kendra (study centre) on Tulu which played a key role in the proposed introduction of the courses. The faculty available with the kendra would offer their services to teach the three courses to the prospective students.

    He said the kendra had funds which would be used to promote Tulu research in association with different organisations. The university had many study centres that promoted culture and literature of the coastal region and Yakshagana, Prof. Murthy said.

    Prof. Murthy said the 24 artists who depicted the life and struggles of Rani Abbakka had a challenging task. They had to recreate situations of the past without compromising on the historically proven facts. The life of the queen was an inspiration for women.

    “Though we have progressed in different fields, we have lagged behind in preserving our literature and culture.” Prof. Murthy hoped that the art camp and the efforts of the kendra would help in this regard.

    President of the kendra, Thukaram Poojary, regretted that people did not have regard for the traditions. People could draw lessons for their future from them, he observed. He said there was a plan to launch an art gallery and a library on the premises of the kendra. There was also a plan to recreate a “Tulu village”.

    President of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and film director T.S. Nagabharana, Bantwal MLA B. Ramanath Rai were present.

    source: / News> Cities> Mangalore / by Staff  Correspondent / Mangalore, December 25th, 2011


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    Bantwal, Dec 25:

    “Museums have been the saving grace of our times, when globalization, westernization, and modernization are threatening to endanger our culture. Museums have been attending to the work of conserving our culture, and taking it forward,” said Prof T C Shivashankara Murthy, vice chancellor of Mangalore University.

    He was speaking after inaugurating the national level painting camp, ‘Drishti-Srishti’ at Sanchayanagiri in B C Road here on Saturday December 24. The camp, which is based on the life of valiant Tuluva queen, Rani Abbakka, will be on for five days.

    He advised the young women of the 21st century to get inspiration out of the life and achievements of Rani Abbakka, who fought against the Portuguese for four decades. “We are in an era of knowledge explosion. Because of fast advances in all fields, culture faces the danger of becoming a casualty. Tukaram Poojary, who has pledged himself to the task of upholding our culture, which is facing risks from several angles, deserves wholehearted appreciation,” he lauded.

    Adding further, Murthy hailed the concept of building the blocks of history through scenes taken of one’s life. “I know the painters who are participating in this camp will face several challenges, one of which is taking care not to distort history. I have full faith in their talent, and am sure that an art gallery which will a model for the whole country will come up at this venue,” he said.

    Appreciating the functioning of Rani Abbakka Museum and Tulu Study Centre here, he said that the university is prepared to give academic accreditation to the centre, if it has plans to take up academic activities.

    Renowned Kannada cine director, T S Nagabharana, who was the chief guest of the function, lamented that the society here is not aware how best the visual medium can be utilized. He expressed his concern about the use of visual medium only in a symbolic manner than exploring its full potentials. Nagabharana said that the people who dream about the future, should have proper knowledge of their past, lack of which robs them of the ability to live in the present. “The foundations of our cultural heritage should remain permanently. In this backdrop, this camp, being organized to present the woman power Rani Abbakka represented in a society –centric fashion, is appreciable,” he said.

    Local MLA, B Ramanath Rai, who presided over the function, hailed Abbakka as an ideal leader who symbolizes the self respect of Tuluvas.

    Coordinators of the camp, N S Pattar and Kandan G, apart from secretary of Tulu Study Centre, Prof Ashalata Suvarna , were present at the dais. Reception Committee president, A C Bhandary, welcomed. President of the centre, Tukaram Poojary, delivered introductory address. Prof Vrishabhraj Jain extended best wishes to participants. Secretary of the reception committee, Navaneet Hingani, proposed vote of thanks. Dr R Narasimha Murthy compered the programme.

    Speaking to press persons later, Nagabharana revealed about his plans to bring before the people a piece of history in the form of a mega television series based on the life and achievements of Keladi Chennamma. He said that he has been studying about Chennamma since the last two years, and that no other achiever in history had been able to rule a province for 26 long years as Chennamma did. He revealed that this series will be brought to the people through Suvarna television channel.

    source: DaijiWorld Media Network – Bantwal (SP)/ Sunday, December 25th, 2011 / PHOTOGRAPHS by: Mounesh Vishwakarma

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    With less than a week to go for Christmas day, workers are busy giving finishing touches to the Christmas decorations inside St Mark’s Cathedral. They are tying sprigs of poinsettia to each pew and hanging the last holly garlands (plastic, alas). The tree, a new fibre-optic one donated by a member of the congregation, is up and laden with ornaments, as is the crib in the Nativity scene. “The decoration begins on the first Sunday in Advent [the four weeks leading up to Christmas], and we keep adding to it,” says Anjana Samuel, convener of the music and programme committee.

    The decorations are but one part of the Christmas festivities at St Mark’s, one of the oldest churches in Bangalore. Situated in the heart of the city, the cathedral was built in 1808 as a place of worship for the soldiers and officers of the British army stationed in Bangalore Cantonment. At that time, it was a plain structure. A chronology of the cathedral’s history says it was called “one of the ugliest buildings ever erected. With its yellow-washed walls and low roof it resembles nothing so much as a Bryant and May’s Match Box!”

    The yellow-washed walls remain but there is nothing remotely ugly about the cathedral now. A dome was added a few years after it opened, and when the interiors were redone after a disastrous fire in 1923, St Mark’s got a pulpit and font made in Genoa, Italy, beautiful stained glass windows, and a cross and candlesticks from Oxford, among other things.

    The imposing pipe organ was a gift to the cathedral from the parents of the famous English cricketer Colin Cowdrey in 1928. Bought for Rs 33,000 then, it is now worth Rs 10 crore, says senior organist

    E D George, adding that Rs 2-3 lakh is spent annually on its maintenance. The organ, made of Burma teak, has 1,000 pipes made in England and is one of the few of its kind in the country, says George, a former music teacher at Bishop Cotton’s School.

    Christmas celebrations at St Mark’s, says its pastor Reverend Daniel Ravikumar, begin from the first Sunday in Advent, with special sermons. On the first Sunday, an ecumenical service is held, to which members of other denominations are invited. At this year’s service, nine choirs from other churches took part. During Advent, church members also visit the poor and distribute food and clothing, a custom started in 1961 by the late Harry Daniels, the first Indian priest at St Mark’s. Special Christmas programmes by Sunday School children and senior citizens are also held.

    All this culminates in the Christmas Eve service close to midnight on the 24th and, of course, the service on Christmas Day. These, along with Easter, are the best-attended services every year, with the cathedral putting up shamianas outside for the spillover. There are “festival Christians” who come just for these services, says Ravikumar wryly. The 1,500-family-strong congregation, he adds, has been growing, perhaps because of the influx into the city.

    One of the most awaited events on the St Mark’s Christmas calendar is the special carol service, on the fourth Sunday in Advent. The one-hour service is followed by a parish dinner on the church grounds, with a bonfire to fight the winter chill. This year’s dinner saw three Santas arriving in a horse-drawn carriage, says Samuel, the convenor of the programme. “Each year we have a different theme and this time it was Hawaiian Christmas,” she says. Samuel is also a member of the 35-member choir, which begins practice for Christmas three months in advance. Apart from the carol service, the choir also goes on carol rounds to the houses of church members, for at least two nights. Typically, the group starts out at 7.30 pm and returns only by 8.30 the following morning!

    All this makes for a packed schedule for active members of the congregation, like Samuel. But Christmas remains her favourite time of the year. “We are able to touch the lives of many people and it holds a lot of meaning for me,” she says. It is, after all, the season for peace on earth and goodwill to mankind.

    source: / Home> Life & Leisure / by Indulekha Aravind / December 25th, 2011

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    Infosys BPO, the back office subsidiary of Infosys, has acquired Australia-based sourcing and category management services firm Portland Group. The A$37-million all-cash deal is expected to be completed by early January 2012.

    According to Infosys, which has often been criticised by analysts and industry watchers for not being aggressive on acquisitions despite sitting on almost $4 billion of cash, the deal will help it establish presence in the Australian market with more offerings in the value-added segment

    “The deal will essentially enable us to have a reach into the Australian market. It will enhance our sourcing and procurement capabilities. Infosys’ focus has always been on value-added services and this will add to it,” Swamithan D, CEO and MD of Infosys BPO, told ET.

    Portland Group has over 100 employees with a reported revenue of approximately A$31.3 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011. “Portland Group has over 100 procurement specialists with domain expertise and some 40-odd clients. None of them is our clients as of now. The deal will certainly help us intensify our service offerings and take sourcing and procurement functions to a higher level,” he added.

    The acquisition is expected to start contributing to Infosys revenue by next quarter. The country’s second-largest IT services firm is seeing a greater role for its BPO business as it transforms itself from an IT services firm to a business solutions firm. According to the company’s executive co-chairman, S Gopalakrishnan, BPO is now leading the sales in many of its new wins where earlier it would have been bundled along with IT services.

    Infosys’ BPO business is set to hit the $500-million-mark in revenue this year. “For Infosys, only 7% of business comes from BPO services. But I see that as an opportunity. Traditionally you would have thought that BPO comes later.

    But now BPO is leading the sale and everything else gets pooled to BPO,” Gopalakrishnan told ET in an interview last month. According to him, BPO is also gaining prominence as IT services firms move to platforms which have some amount of business processes embedded in them.

    Since October, the company has added incentives to its technology sales team if they are able to sell the BPO business as well. So far Infosys’ technology sales team was only responsible for selling IT services.

    The last acquisition that Infosys made was also in the BPO business. In 2009, it acquired the US-based McGamish Systems to expand its presence in the insurance and financial services sector. The company signed a $250-million deal with Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands and acquired three shared service centres located in India, Poland and Thailand from Philips in 2007.

    Portland Group CEO Galvin Solsky said Infosys will provide Portland’s clients with a highly compelling proposition that does not currently exist in the Australian market. “It (the deal) will allow us to offer our clients a truly integrated and globally competitive solution to deliver procurement benefits in the most effective and efficient way possible,” he said in a press statement. Infosys closed down 0.25% at Rs 2,667.35 on the BSE on Tuesday.

    source: The Economic Times / Home> Tech> ITeS / ET Bureau / December 21st, 2011

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    December 25th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All

    Violinists Vid. Mysore M. Nagaraj and Vid. Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath

    Mysore, Dec. 19:

    Rotary Namana Award -2011 will be presented to violinists Vid. Mysore M. Nagaraj and Vidvan Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath at a function organised by Rotary Mysore Midtown and Namana Kalavedike tomorrow at Vasudevacharya Bhavana on JLB Road at 7 pm.

    Profile: Amazingly gifted Mysore Maestro Vid. Mysore M. Nagaraj and Vid. Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath, children and disciples of famous violinist of Mysore, Sangeetha Vidyanidhi Vid. Prof. S. Mahadevappa, are the leading artistes among the topmost violinists in the world today. Their exceptional musical talents were first revealed at the tender age of 9 when they stormed into the music world and swept the music lovers and critics off their feet by their extraordinary musical acumen and technical virtuosity.

    Acclaimed as child prodigies with astonishing musicianship, Vid. Nagaraj and Vid. Manjunath blossomed into some of the leading instrumentalists in the contemporary musical scene. Their marvelous imagination and technical versatility have made them brilliant violinists in the annals of Karnataka music. The Mysore brothers are a blend of hard work, unique playing style and unsurpassable talent.

    The highly talented violin masters have collaborated with many outstanding musicians all over the world and have perfor med Jugalbandhi concerts with many top ranking Hindustani artistes in contemporary music today including Pt. V.G. Jog, Pt. Vishwamohan Bhag, Pt. Tejendra Narayana Majumdar, Pt. Ronu Majumdar and Dr. N. Rajam.

    Vid. Nagaraj is an AIR artiste at Mysore and Vid. Dr. Manjunath is serving as professor at the University Fine Arts College. / General News / December 19th, 2011

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    December 25th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All

    Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Karnataka Photo News (KPN) Editor Saggere Ramaswamy presenting the T.S. Satyan Memorial Lifetime Achievement award to Yagneshwara Acharya of Manga-lore at a function held at the Banquet Hall of Raj Bhavan here yesterday as renowned journalist T.J.S. George looks on. Picture right shows Nethra Raju of Mysore receiving the Best Professional Photography award from the Governor.

    Bangalore, Dec. 19 (OSR):

    The T.S. Satyan memorial awards for photojournalism was presented to six distinguished photographers by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj at the Banquet Hall of Raj Bhavan here yesterday.

    The award, named after late Tambrahalli Subramanya Satyanarayana Iyer (T.S. Satyan) — a Mysorean, who is considered the country’s foremost and one of the first photojournalists — is instituted by Karnataka Photo News (KPN) and

    The awards were presented on the 88th birthday of Satyan, which incidentally is the eighth anniversary of KPN.

    T.S. Satyan Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Yagneshwara Acharya ‘Yagna’ of Mangalore. The award comprised a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a certificate and a plaque.

    Speaking on the occasion, Bhardwaj said that journalists must never give in to any kind of pressure and must be unbiased while reporting news. “I may not be the right person to say this, but journalism and journalists have to always ensure they do not bow to pressures,” he said.

    Quoting poet John Keats, Bhardwaj said, “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. I always enjoy good reports and articles in the newspapers. I do not believe that Governors must not freely speak to the media. I am keen to speak on various social issues.”

    He further said that the doors of the Raj Bhavan will always be open for the honourable citizens and added, “the Raj Bhavan belongs to you. I am just a traveller.”

    Renowned journalist T.J.S. George, speaking as a guest of honour, remembered Satyan for his professional, clean and direct journalism, the qualities which he said, were lacking today.

    Editor of Prajavani Kannada newspaper K.N. Shantha Kumar, addressing the gathering, said that the legendary photographer T.S. Satyan still held a great deal of influence on the works of present day photographers. “Satyan’s works were a mixture of art and journalism and I feel photojournalism is the combination of the art in photography and discipline of journalism,” he said.

    “Technology has made it near impossible for any photographer to capture what can be called a ‘bad’ photograph but the basics of photography remain unchanged despite technological advancements,” he added.

    The other awardees are: Best Newspaper Photography – K. Gopinathan (Bangalore), Best Professional Photography – Nethra Raju (Mysore), Best Magazine Photography – Bhanu Prakash Chandra (Bangalore), Best Freelance Photography – Regret Iyer (Bangalore) and Best Online Photography: M S Gopal.

    These awards consisted of a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 each, a certificate and plaque.

    source: / General News / December 19th, 2011

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