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    Saraswathy Ganapathy: ‘Health is inextricably linked to everything else — caste, women’s status, education.’ / The Hindu

    Saraswathy Ganapathy: ‘Health is inextricably linked to everything else — caste, women’s status, education.’ / The Hindu

    On a quiet lane in J.P. Nagar I Phase, a whirlwind is at work. Amid colourful piles of handmade paper, Saraswathy Ganapathy, project director of the Belaku Trust, is answering phones, scribbling notes, directing volunteers, and scrutinising a turtle-shaped stuffed toy that, to the women that made it, is a means to a better life.

    Her energy is contagious and her passion for Belaku, a non-government organisation that aims to improve the lives of the villages of the nearby Kanakapura taluk, is unlimited.

    “Just 15 km from Bangalore, women were slapped in local hospitals for making sounds during labour, were terribly undernourished, working yet feeding babies, and being deprived of a responsive system and birthing advice owing to changes in the traditional family. It was so inequitable,” Dr. Ganapathy says, remembering the late 80s and the 90s in the taluk.

    A trained paediatrician herself, birthing practices and women’s healthcare became a major concern for her. Armed with initial funding from the World Health Organization, Belaku began work in 1995, and went on to deal with local superstitions, a deluge of social and healthcare issues, political apathy and interestingly, its own struggles. “We discovered that we didn’t have all the answers and that it was all about learning from each other.”

    Seeds for Belaku

    For Dr. Ganapathy, it’s been a long journey to Belaku: from a childhood “lived across India” with a doctor mother, to going to medical school she “never wanted to”, a 15-year stint in New York City, life in Mumbai, which she “disliked”, to finally settling with her husband, playwright Girish Karnad, in J.P. Nagar (a wilderness in the late 80s) because of “a beloved rain tree whose branches covered the entire plot”.

    And, she says, since then, feeding, birthing and health practices in Kanakapura taluk (connected to J.P. Nagar by the winding Kanakapura Road), have improved, and Belaku itself has grown.

    Three income generation units — Ushe, Deepa and Kirana — owned and administered by the women of the taluk themselves, make stuffed fabric toys, trendy recycled paper jewellery, embroidered and block printed pouches, stoles, and Belaku’s highly successful handmade paper stationery.

    The women earn Rs. 75 to Rs. 180 a day, working six days a week.

    Importantly, women have been trained as ‘gelatis’ (friends), mentoring others in basic health and birth care practices.

    Young women watch their mothers being successful, working women and negotiate for a college education instead of an early marriage.

    “At the end of the day, you realise how health is inextricably linked to everything else — caste, women’s status, education. But the system grinds along and doesn’t seem to acknowledge that it is there for the purpose of serving people. Things may not change in my lifetime, but at least there’s a glimmer of hope.”

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News>  Cities> Bangalore / by Aliyeh Rizvi / July 19th, 2013

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    July 31st, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports, World Opinion


    A snapshot of a video of Mohammed Zulkharnain Beig who represented India arriving to participate in the Muay Thai World Championship in Thailand recently.

    A snapshot of a video of Mohammed Zulkharnain Beig who represented India arriving to participate in the Muay Thai World Championship in Thailand recently.

    Mysore :

    Mohammed Zulkha- rnain Beig is a 20-year-old Muay Thai fighter from city with a Pro-Amateur Muay Thai World Championship bronze medal to his credit. He fights at the Academy of Martial Science in Krishnamurthypuram and is being trained by Kru. M.N. Vikram.

    He has been at the Academy of Martial Science since around three years and has been involved with kickboxing since around 14 years of age.

    A resident of Bannimantap in city, Zulkharnain studied upto 7th standard at St. Matthias School in Bannimantap and later pursued his studies at Qatar and completed his education (equivalent to PU) there. He wants to do a course in Hotel Management.

    Eldest son of Ayub Beig, a Mechanical Engineer working at Doha, and Bibi Sara, residents of Bannimantap, Zulkarnain has a younger brother Zafeen Beig who is studying seventh standard at St. Matthias School in city.

    Star of Mysore caught up with young Zulkharnain who has huge ambitions in the sport of Muay Thai. Excerpts:


    SOM: How did you initially get into Muay Thai martial art?

    Zulkharnain: I started learning Muay Thai for fitness, self-defence and moreover I wanted to be a boxer and felt happy when I learnt that Mysore had a Thai kick-boxing training centre in which I soon got enrolled.

    SOM: What do your family and friends think of the sport which you have chosen to pursue?

    Zulkharnain: My friends think it is cool, quite a few of my friends want to join as well. My family are very supportive and encourage me.

    SOM: You train at Academy of Martial Science. What’s it like training there?

    Zulkharnain: Training at Academy of Martial Science is good. My coach Vikram trains me for three days a week and I follow it up for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening on the remaining days. I am happy to be part of the Academy and I’ve learnt so much there.

    SOM: You had a very successful year in Muay Thai. What can we expect from you in 2014?

    Zulkharnain: In 2013, I won the fight against France in the world championships and achieved a bronze medal. I was one among 650 fighters from 79 countries to achieve this feat. I will be competing in the Amateur and Pro-Amateur World Championships to be held in the year 2014 to bag the title.

    SOM: Why do you fight and what motivates you?

    Zulkharnain: I fight because I love it. I train so hard that if I could fight every weekend I would, and it makes me happy. I love winning and I learn when I lose. My trainer Vikram and my family motivate me to fight.

    SOM: What was the reaction of your friends and family members when you told them that you were selected to participate in the World Championship?

    Zulkharnain: Everyone among my friends, family and relatives were shocked when I told them about the selection and they were in for a shock again when I told them that I won the bronze medal at the championship. I am proud to represent my Mysore, my club and my country India.

    SOM: What is Muay Thai to you and what has it taught you?

    Zulkharnain: To me Muay Thai is a weapon for self-defence and a sport. It has taught me confidence, patience, hard work and very importantly, discipline in life.

    SOM: Your message to youngsters who want to take up this as a sport or for self-defence.

    Zulkharnain: My message to youngsters, especially girls is, get trained in Muay Thai as it helps in many ways especially for self-defence, good health and to lead a disciplined life.

    Speaking on trainers, Zulkharnain’s coach Vikram said that a trainer first needs to be trained properly and correctly to inculcate both physical and mental discipline among their students.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / by  S. Kenneth Shishir / July 25th, 2013

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    Vikram Sampath

    Vikram Sampath

    The rich Indian traditional Carnatic and Hindustani music in the form of vocal and instrumental found its way to reach the common man in the early 1900s through the Gramophone and LP records or Long Playing records. But with the advent of magnetic tapes, CDs, mobile phones, and other technological innovations, the Gramophone and LPs became more of a collector’s item.

    Many treasures of great music by eminent musicians like Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Gangu Bai Hanagal, M.S.Subbulakshmi and a host of others recorded in the form of the LPs were lost and it called for some initiative by passionate people to preserve whatever could be.

    That is when Vikram Sampath, a tech savvy young Bangalorean and a music aficionado took up up the mammoth task of archiving the music of yore. By digitising original recordings and making it available to music lovers at the click of a mouse on a digital platform, Vikram’s mission, Archive of Indian Music (AIM) is a comprehensive and honest approach to wards preservation of some of the gems of Indian music.

    The challenges

    “The first challenge of the project was the collection of LPs of different genres of music from different sources across India. Then we had to evaluate the quality of the records. The process of conversion to the digital format and finally uploading to the public domain through a website involved using top class technology,” says Vikram.

    Collecting rare LPs from different parts of the country, spreading across genres, was indeed a tough task for Vikram and his team. He says, “The first ever Indian gramophone record was made in the year 1902 by Gauhar Jaan. I had a collection of a few hundreds of LPs to begin with. It was an absolute team effort to collect LPs from different parts of India, in different languages cutting across the genres of music.

    Today, we are in possession of a huge inventory of LPs which include speeches of famous personalities.”

    Bringing Gauhar back

    Vikram, who is also a published author of three major books- ‘Splendours of Royal Mysore’, ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan! – the life and times of a musician’ and ‘Voice of the Veena: S Balachander, a biography’, stumbled upon an LP of Gauhar Jaan, when doing research on his book on the Mysore royals. “Gauhar was an extremely gifted Hindustani vocalist and it was her music that inspired me to initiate AIM,” says Vikram.

    Giving shape

    During his visits to Berlin, Vienna and other European countries, he was exposed to the technology of archiving of music content and that was the triggering point for him to give concrete shape to the project.

    “Initially I proposed the concept to the Government of India, but the response was lukewarm but I was lucky to get help from Mohandas Pai of Manipal group. It has been a great journey in the world of music which has connected me to a team of dedicated music lovers,” he says. To listen to the preserved music, visit

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by R. Manjunath Chavan / ENS – Bangalore / July 13th, 2013

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    The company announced its results before market hours today, 12 July 2013.

    Meanwhile, the S&P BSE  Sensex was up 206.07 points, or 1.05%, to 19,882.13.

    On BSE, 5,902 shares were traded in the counter as against an average daily volume of 1.43 lakh shares in the past one quarter.

    The stock hit a high of Rs 2,779.40 and a low of Rs 2,779.40 so far during the day. The stock had hit a 52-week high of Rs 3,010 on 7 March 2013. The stock had hit a 52-week low of Rs 2,101.65 on 26 July 2012.

    The stock had underperformed the market over the past one month till 11 July 2013, rising 2.13% compared with the Sensex’s 2.78% rise. The scrip had also underperformed the market in past one quarter, sliding 13.40% as against Sensex’s 6.12% rise.

    The large-cap IT company has an equity capital of Rs 287.12 crore. Face value per share is Rs 5.

    Infosys  has retained its guidance of 6% to 10% growth in revenue in dollar terms for the year ending 31 March 2014 (FY 2014). The company has raised the guidance in rupee terms due to a steep depreciation of the rupee against the dollar. The company has forecast 13% to 17% growth in revenue in rupee terms for FY 2014, higher than its earlier guidance of 6% to 10% growth, which the company had given at the time of announcement of Q4 March 2013 results.

    Infosys’ consolidated net profit declined 0.8% to Rs 2374 crore on 7.8% growth in revenue to Rs 11267 crore in Q1 June 2013 over Q4 March 2013. The results are as per International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

    Infosys Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rajiv Bansal said that the company has announced compensation increases for FY 2014 effective July which will affect the company’s profit margins in the future quarters. Infosys CEO and Managing Director S. D. Shibulal said that the management is cautiously optimistic about rest of the year. Despite facing an uncertain macro environment, changing regulatory regime and a volatile currency environment, the company has done well in Q1 June 2013, he said.

    Infosys and its subsidiaries added 66 clients in Q1 June 2013. There was a gross addition of 10,138 employees and net addition of 575 employees by Infosys and its subsidiaries in Q1.

    Infosys liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents, available-for-sale financial assets, and government bonds were at Rs 24078 crore as on 30 June 2013, higher than Rs 23958 crore as on 31 March 2013.

    Infosys is a global leader in business consulting and technology solutions.

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    source: / Business Standard / Home> News-CM> Hot Pursuit / Capital Market – July 12th, 2013

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    July 30th, 2013adminRecords, All, Sports


    D. Karthik bagged ‘Mr. Mysore’ title (Medium Group) at the 22nd year’s Mr. Mysore Best Physique Competition organised by Mysore Amateur Body Building Association at Jaganmohan Palace on July 20.

    He was coached by Mansoor Ayaz

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / July 24th, 2013

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    July 30th, 2013adminRecords, All, Science & Technology

    BharatBF30jul2013Mysore : 

    City boy B. Bharat Raj, a 5th semester student of NIE Institute of Technology, Koorgalli, is one of the three engineering students from Mysore, who have been selected by internet giant Google for the Google Student Ambassador (GSA)-2013 programme. Bharat is pursuing his engineering in Electrical and Electronics.

    The students were selected on the basis of technical and communication skills. The selection process consisted of filling an online application followed by a telephonic interview for shortlisted students.

    A total of 270 students have been selected from 98 cities across India. This programme provides an opportunity for students to learn about different products of Google directly.

    The students will undergo a training programme at Goa from Aug. 1 and 4, where they will receive training from top executives of the company.

    Other Google Student Ambassadors from city are Tejaswini, a 4th sem. student of Computer Science, Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology (refer SOM dated July 19) and Harsha Prakash of SJCE.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 24th, 2013

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    July 28th, 2013adminScience & Technology

    Bangalore :

    Neurosurgeons at Manipal Hospital have come across a breakthrough in the otherwise complicated aneurysm surgery. The conventional method involved getting to the blood stream through an insertion in the large femoral artery in the upper leg, but this time, the doctors have corrected a balloon formation in an artery wall of the brain by creating a puncture in the patient’s hand.


    The path-breaking technique was designed to solve a problem that had occurred at the operation table when surgeons discovered that there were major complications in the arteries surrounding the heart, which could complicate the surgery.

    “Coiling, where a flexible wire is inserted from the upper leg could not be done in this case; so we tried this method and it clicked,” said one of the doctors.

    The 50 year old patient, reportedly, had undergone surgery clipping to block aneurysm in the middle of the brain, but the clip had come off, leaving no option but to make an insertion through the hand.

    The operation is successful and the patient is recovering fast.

    source: / OneIndia News> News> India / by Pallavi Sengupta / Wednesday – July 17th, 2013

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    July 28th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

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    Bengaluru-based author, Anita Nair, is going places. And she is taking Bengaluru with her. She was recently featured in France’s Le Monde lifestyle magazine where she chronicled our city with beautifully woven French words. Shivajinagar, Cox Town, Frazer Town, Thoms Bakery, Cantonment Station and Bengaluru’s favourite Koshy’s Restaurant made it onto the magazine.

    “I have lived in Bengaluru for 22 years. My life has been limited to a diameter of 11 km. When I shifted houses, I shifted just 6 km away. I love my area,” she says. Having lived in the North East area of Bengaluru for so long, Nair didn’t have much of a problem zeroing in on the landmarks she would write about.

    She was given a brief by Le Monde to write about her favourite places and how they represent Bengaluru. “I could have written about Ulsoor Lake or bookshops, but I chose to write about areas that retained their original characteristics ever since I moved here,” she says. “Colonial bungalows, their neo-Gothic canopies, the profusion of silver oak trees, the wind a little harsh… everything was combined to address Bengaluru’s old-world charm,” she writes, about her first visit to the Cantonment Station area. She goes on about the roadside market in Cox Town, the lively buzz at Koshy’s, the unbelievable coffee and puff pastry at Thom’s bakery and the hustle and bustle of Shivajinagar.

    Nair has had her books translated extensively in Europe. This is not the first time she is being featured in an international publication. She has made herself known in Spain and Italy as well through El Pais and La Repubblica. Her latest detective fiction Cut Like Wound, is a hit among Parisians. The story involves a police officer investigating a series of murders in Shivajinagar, the heart of Bengaluru.

    About her love for the city, Nair says, “When you say IT capital, what you expect is a sense of anonymity. But Bengaluru is anything but that. To me, Bengaluru is still a small town. It feels good to know so many people around the city. It gives me a sense of belonging.”

    Nair is currently working on a historical novel that encompasses large sections of South India. In this novel, she brings in a bit about her home town, Kerala and other coastal areas like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Lifestyle> Books/Art / DC / by Swati Chatrapathu / July 16th, 2013

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    Director (Epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India, Mysore.

    Director (Epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India, Mysore.

    Dr. K.V. Ramesh, doyen among the epigraphists, who strode like a colossus in the field of epigraphy, breathed his last on 10.7.2013. His passing away has created a great void in the field of epigraphical research and a terrible loss to the epigraphical fraternity and his admirers.

    His long association with the Epigraphy Branch, ASI Mysore, was so close and continuous, even now it is difficult for us to come to terms that he is no more with us. He relentlessly pursued during his tenure as Director (Epigraphy) and also after, for the betterment of the Epigraphy branch. It was during his tenure two zonal offices was created and he was making efforts for further expansion of the branch.

    On many forums he strongly proposed to create National Mission for Epigraphy, like National Mission for Manuscripts, so that inscriptions that are located in the farthest and interior places could be located and documented. Apart from this, he had also proposed to have the National Institute for Epigraphy at Mysore to carry on intensive research work in the field of Palaeography and Epigraphy and also as one of the capacity building measures.

    His contribution to the field of Epigraphy is immense, particularly with regards to Epigraphical Studies in Karnataka, he added a new depth and dimension.

    The book on Western Gangas and Chalukyas of Vatapi, to name only a few are his masterly works. He has contributed innumerable articles for national and international journals and a multi-volume dictionary of the Social, Economic and Administrative Terms in South Indian Inscriptions, a project of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Also, he was fondly remembered by scholars for his profound contribution in the Ayodhya verdict.

    To accelerate epigraphical studies and studies in Onomastics, he established two Societies and was the founder-member and Chairman of the Epigraphical Society of India and Place-name Society of India. He took to great heights both the Societies and they have carved a special niche among the scholarly world.

    He was a down-to-earth person and friendly towards his colleagues, and always encouraged young scholars. Now we are orphaned because of his sudden demise. He was a fatherly figure to all the members, and continuously guided the destiny of both the Societies till the end.

    The rich tribute we can pay to this scholar-extraordinary is by only creating a band of dedicated and committed epigraphists who by unraveling new inscriptions, enrich epigraphical studies, for which he strongly stood for.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / by  T. S. Ravishankar / July 21st, 2013

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    July 27th, 2013adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Pt. Rajeev Taranath and Pt. Indudhar Nirodi seen strumming the tamboori together to inaugurate the concert at JSS Women’s College in city this morning.

    Pt. Rajeev Taranath and Pt. Indudhar Nirodi seen strumming the tamboori together to inaugurate the concert at JSS Women’s College in city this morning.

    Mysore :

    A day & night Hindustani classical music festival ‘Impu’ organised by Pandit Taranath Foundation commenced this morning at Navajyothi auditorium at the premises of JSS Women’s College in Saraswathipuram here.

    The programme featuring vocal and instrumental versions of Hindustani music commenced at 8.30 am and will conclude at 11 pm.

    The programme was inaugurated by Sarod Maestro Pt. Rajeev Taranath and singer Pt. Indudhar Nirodi by strumming the tamboori in unison.

    The performers include Ustad Fayaz Khan, Pt. Parameshwar Hegde, Pt. Narasimha Vadavati, Pt. Prabhir Bhattacharya, Poornima Bhat Kulkarni, Sameer Rao, Ravishankar Mishra, Sarfaraz Khan, Sanjana Koushik and Nishan S. Hiranmayi, with Pt. Rajeev Taranath winding up the show with a Sarod recital, beginning from 9.30 pm and concluding at 11 pm.

    Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Taranath paid rich tributes to his legendary father musician Pt. Taranath, claiming that the latter was a multi-faceted talent with immense skills. He opined that music had the power to soothe any disturbed mind.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / July 21st, 2013

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