Rajiv Ranjan, a Junior Research Fellow at the Mysore-based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, has bagged the 2014 Gandhian Young Technological Innovations Award.
He won the award for designing bioluminescence based “simple tool for detection of hazardous materials and sanitary condition at rural level.”
The award is instituted by SRISTI (The Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions).
Ranjan received the award from eminent scientist Padma Bhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar at a function held in Ahmedabad recently.
Using Rajiv Ranjan’s invention, presence of very low levels of pollutants like mercury, cadmium, arsenic and 2-4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (a remnant of pesticides) can be detected. Within half-an-hour the device can show the presence of up to 2 ppm of mercury, 4 ppm of arsenic, 16 ppm of cadmium and 100 ppm of 2-4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Besides, it can also detect presence of 100 cfu (colony forming units) per ml of bacteria in samples of food, milk and fruit juice.
The device has been designed using a marine luminescent bacterium and luciferin extracted from a new kind of firefly. For details, contact A. S. K. V. S. Sharma on Ph: 0821-2515910.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / April 24th, 2014
“Journalism is a powerful medium to expose scams like corruption,” opined Dr. H.M. Rajashekara, renowned Political Science expert.
He was speaking at a programme organised by Rotary Mysore Midtown at Rotary Centre on JLB Road here yesterday to present the Rotary Mysore Midtown Silicon award for excellence in journalism.
Dr. Rajashekara said that there were thousands of newspapers and periodicals in the country today throwing light on happenings in society. However, he opined that internet helped to get information in a jiffy.
He opined that the articles published in newspapers should be helpful to the society and the writers should be careful while writing about religion or caste.
Rotary Mysore Midtown Silicon award was presented to B.S. Prabhurajan, Special Correspondent, UNI, Mysore and K.H. Chandru, Senior photo- journalist, Vijayavani, Mysore.
The award has been instituted by Rtn. S. Raghavendra and Rtn. M.S. Naveena Chandra of Silicon Controls India Pvt. Ltd.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / April 24th, 2014
Kokkarebellur, a small village in Maddur taluk of Mandya district of Karnataka is named after the painted storks.
The word ‘kokkare’ means crane in kannada. Apart from Painted Storks, the spot-billed pelicans are also found here and it is rather disheartening to know that these birds have been classified as the “near threatened category” in IUCN Red List of 2009. Incidentally, this village is one of the 21 breeding sites existing in India and unlike any other bird sanctuary you may have visited.
A bird’s haven
For starters, Kokkarebellur is not a reserved forest sanctuary but a small village where the storks and pelicans coexist freely among the villagers and mostly in tamarind trees in the middle of the village.
The villagers are used to regular visits by tourists and photographers and can help you find the trees where the birds nest. The painted storks and pelicans are found in big herds during the migratory season. And make no mistake, these birds are huge. The painted storks have snow-white plumage with patterned bright pink and black stripes and have a yellow tapering bill. The pelicans have grey and white plumage, short stout legs, large webbed feet, flat and an enormous bill with an elastic bag of purple skin hanging below the throat that helps them collect fish from water.
The uniqueness in Kokkarebellur is the long established bonding between the birds and the villagers who have adopted this bird as their heritage, since they consider the birds as harbingers of good luck and prosperity to the village.
The happy co-existence of the villagers and the birds is because the villagers actually look after the birds, train them till they fly back to their nests. The spot-billed pelicans are protected by the law in India. In Kokkarebellur, a community-based project has been instituted to carry on the historical links of the pelicans with the villagers.
With increased nestling activity in recent years, efforts to conserve these birds have been fruitful and are also being hailed as a “role model” for replication at other places. Birds are seen nesting in clusters of 15 to 20 pairs per tree and the strange part is that they use the same set of trees every year.
The birds typically arrive after monsoons in September. They then make their nests, lay eggs from October to November and fledge around for three months till March, after which they tirelessly feed their hatchlings through the summer season.
As summer peaks in May, they re-migrate. Apart from the painted stork, you can also find little cormorants, black Ibis, grey herons, black-crowned night herons, ring necked parakeets and Indian pond heron.
Kokkarebellur is a must visit simply because this is probably the only place, where you can spot these winged beauties at such close quarters.
source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by Bindu Gopal Rao / April 15th, 2014
The 1st Mysore Professional Chess Academy’s (MPCA) All India tournament 2014, held under the aegis of the United Karnataka Chess Association and the Mysore District Chess Association under the guidance of AICF and World Chess Association, began at the Chamundi Vihar Indoor Stadium here this morning.
Around 300 chess players from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi, Orissa and West Bengal are taking part in the tourney.
The tournament was inaugurated by M.R. Suresh, COO, Cycle Pure Agarbathis, Mysore, K. Suresh, Asst. Director, DYES, Mysore and Prof. S.K. Anand Thirtha by lighting the lamp and moving the pawns.
Two rounds will be held today and the tournament will be held upto Apr. 25 and will have 10 rounds.
Keen completion is expected from the participants and they will compete for a total cash prize of Rs. 1,50,000 plus 35 trophies.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / April 22nd, 2014
April 28th, 2014Arts, Culture & Entertainment
by Phalgunn Maharishi
At 68, he still has an undying flair towards stone and wood carving. He has so far carved more than 10,000 idols and trained hundreds of students. He has also won a number of prizes. The person here is Chandrashekharachary, a sculptor, whose hands are well versed in the art for more than 50 years now.
Born in Mysore to an artisan family on May 13, 1946, he soon developed his interest in the art and was introduced to the tools and techniques used in sculpting at a very early age. Though he graduated in Science from Maharaja’s College (1966 – 1969) with Statistics as a main subject, stones attracted him more.
“My elder brother had drawn a sketch of Lord Ganesha when I was in 8th grade and that’s when I took up a small piece of stone and laid my hands on it. It wouldn’t have been an easy task to pick up this art if I wasn’t born in an artisan family,” said Chandrashekharachary while speaking about his early days.
He also added that the profession is hereditary to his family. His father was a goldsmith and two elder brothers were sculptors who have worked for the Chamarajendra Technical Institute and also the great Palace of Mysore.
For ten years after graduation, Chandrashekharachary worked as a craftsman for Cauvery Emporium and Chamarajendra Technical Institute during 1969 – 1979. “I would stay at home all day drawing the design and carving it on wood or stone. After the completion of an idol I would take it to Cauvery Emporium in Bangalore and sell it to them. They paid money lesser than a direct customer would pay but the process was easy,” commented Chandrashekharachary while speaking about his early experiences as a craftsman.
Later, he was recommended by the technical institute to work at Poompuhar, also known as the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., as a master craftsman and superintendent. He worked there for two years and later in 1981, he was appointed as a project officer at Cauvery Emporium for five years in places like Sirsi, Kumta and Bangalore.
He added “I was exposed to big machines during my tenure at Cauvery Emporium and along with my team of eminent craftsmen, I worked on hundreds of idols every day,” while recapitulating those moments.
Speaking about the procedure he follows, he said, “First, I draw a basic sketch so as to maintain accuracy while carving. After the basic sketch is completed, I draw it again on stones or wooden blocks and later start carving them” and added, “Usually I draw the sketches based on my imaginations. Everything is imprinted here inside my brain” with a confident smile.
Later, speaking about working conditions, safety measures and life style, Chandrashekharachary said, “we artisans usually work with dust surrounding us which makes our hands and legs rough. I particularly sometimes wear glasses to protect my eyes during wood carving as small pieces of wooden dust may enter into the eyes which is hazardous. We artisans usually live a poor living as we are given piece rate wages and many people hesitate to pay appropriate money as it is just a piece of stone. They don’t seem to see 3 to 12 months of hard workmanship behind it.”
After working at different places, Chandrashekharachary is now settled in Mysore near T. Narasipur Road with his son who is a software engineer. He still travels daily 14 kilometres from his home and works whole day under the hot sun with stone pieces and dust surrounding him. When asked him the reason, he said, “I love this art. My next generation is not leading it anywhere. So let me take it further with me as much as possible.”
He then elaborated, “the art is fading nowadays. Time has changed. There is no such support from government for sculptors. I am also ready to teach students who come to me to learn this beautiful art, but it seems that the younger generation is interested in more of computer education than the art!”
Some notable works of Chandrashekharachary include an elegant chair in rose wood which is 5 feet in height and can be seen at Puttaparthi Sathya Saibaba Ashram and Lord Ranganatha for a Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Bangalore.
Chandrashekharachary is also a writer during his free time. He has written around hundred vachanas by his pen name “Maradilingeshwara” for which he has been presented with an award in 1975 from Kannada Sahithya Parishat and also his Kannada article “Saahithyavannu Yeke Odhabeku” has been published in Youth Karnataka magazine.
It is not just Chandrashekharachary, but there are many other sculptors too whose works have be to recognised by the people and supported by the government more and more.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / April 22nd, 2014
Erangere badane, a thin and long brinjal variety, once cultivated at Erangere village in the taluk and hence having derived its name from the same, is no longer grown at Erangere due to rapid urbanisation. Only a few farmers in villages around Mysore continue to cultivate this variety, but in smaller quantities.
In this backdrop, the State Department of Horticulture has approached the Geographical Indications Registry, under the Controller-General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM), seeking Geographical Indication (GI) status for ‘Erangere Badane,’ an exclusive of Mysore.
A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin (for example, a town, region, or country). The use of a GI may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities, is made according to traditional methods, or enjoys a certain reputation, due to its geographical origin.
When SOM contacted Senior Assistant Director of Horticulture (State), M.S. Raju, he said that the Department had sought GI tag for Erangere Badane. It had applied for it four months ago and the issue was before the CGPDTM (GI Registry), Chennai. “GI Registry officials are expected to conduct an inspection and collect information on this variety, including its genesis and other details, before processing the application. A presentation will be made by the higher authorities of the State Dept. on the need for granting GI tag for this variety of brinjal,” Raju added.
Stating that this once indigenous brinjal variety was on the verge of extinction, Raju said there is a need to conserve it for future generations. “GI tag will help us in promoting its cultivation and giving a new lease of life for the dying crop,” he reiterated.
Also, the State Horticulture Dept. has created a seed multiplication facility of Erangere Badane at its nursery at Kukkarhalli Lake premises to boost the cultivation and also help establish a ‘repository of seeds.’ Here, Erangere Badane is grown on half-acre plot and its seedlings are distributed among interested farmers and others to boost its cultivation, Raju said.
Erangere Badane’s supply is limited as only very few farmers are cultivating it. Among the farmers growing this brinjal variety, Mellahalli on Bannur Road is in the forefront.
Erangere Badane is presently available at Devaraja Market and its price ranges from Rs. 30 to 40 a kg.
“All efforts would be made to encourage farmers to take up cultivation of Erangere Badane and preserve its seeds,” M.S. Raju said.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / April 22nd, 2014
Bhramara Trust of Y.T. and Madhuri Thathachari has organised a programme at Rani Bahadur Auditorium, Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences, Hunsur Road, on Apr. 24 at 5.30 pm, to present Bhramara’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Science -2014.
Prof. P. Balaram, Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, is the recipient of the Award.
Dr. K.S. Krishnan of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, will be the chief guest. Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, will preside over the programme.
About Prof. P. Balaram: Prof. Balaram’s main research interests are in Bio-Organic Chemistry and Molecular Bio-Physics. He is the author of over 400 research papers. He received his M.Sc from IIT Kanpur (1969) and Ph.D in Chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA (1972).
Prof. Balaram is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and the Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy. He has received many awards/honours in recognition of his work, of which mention must be made of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize of CSIR (1986), Alumni Award for Excellence in Research from IISc (1991), TWAS Award in Chemistry (1994), G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research (1994), Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Kanpur (2000), Padma Shri by the Government of India (2002) and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India (2014).
Prof. Balaram has delivered a number of lectures and has served on the Editorial Boards of journals, both national and international. He has served on many committees of the Government of India, and is currently a Member, Science Advisory Committee to the Union Cabinet and Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, among others. He has been the Editor of “Current Science” during 1995-2013.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / April 22nd, 2014
Bukhatir sons greet the Vijay Mallya who once owned two boxes in the cricket stadium
It was a nostalgic moment for Vijay Mallya, the owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. He returned to Sharjah Cricket Stadium, during his team’s match against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday after nearly two decades.
Mallya was a regular visitor for Sharjah’s Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS). “Mallya used to own two VIP boxes in the stadium and he made sure he enjoyed almost all the matches in the company of his friends during the eighties and nineties,” remarked Mazhar Khan, the General Manager of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium to Gulf News.
Mallya is a friend of Abdulrehman Bukhatir, who was responsible for sowing the seeds of cricket in this desert by bringing international cricketers to play in matches at Sharjah. It was also a special moment for Khalaf and Waleed Bukhatir, the two sons of Bukhatir who were very young when Mallya used to visit the stadium. Abdulrehman Bukhatir could not attend the first match as he is abroad and is expected to return in time for the third match at Sharjah.
Khan was also the chief coordinator of the CBFS and hence used to make all arrangements for the VIPs and film stars to be comfortable in their special boxes at the ground which used to have a fridge and individuals small televisions on each box.
Mallya who is one of India’s leading industrialists is an ardent sports lover and owns Force India Formula One team. He had purchased Indian star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh for a whopping Rs140 million (Dh8.52 million) in the player’s auction. After Singh’s match winning knock in Sharjah, Mallya said: “What particularly pleased me was Yuvraj Singh coming back to his old vintage self. His stroke play was magnificent.”
Before the start of the IPL’s seventh edition, Mallya gave a pep talk to his team players and said: “You can do it, you know you can do it. Just go do it and we want to take that IPL-7 trophy in our hands this year, so good luck to all of you and we have a great team, great atmosphere. Play hard and party hard too.”
source: http://www.gulfnews.com / GulfNews.com / Home> IPL2014 / by K. R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer / April 19th,m 2014
On how the pundits of Mathur set an example.
Mathur, the Sanskrit speaking village in Shimoga, Karnataka, is not new to the readers of these columns. This is an attempt to share my experience during a visit to the village where a three-day festival took place.
The annual utsavam for Lord Chenna Kesava Murthy and His Consort, Mahalakshmi, was a grand affair with all the elements of tradition in place.
This festival started on a Poornima day with the utsava murti getting a bath in the waters of the Tunga to the background of Vedic mantras chanted by scholars.
The deity was brought in a palanquin to a chariot, beautifully decorated. It was 10 a.m. and the deity was placed on His mount Garuda and installed in the chariot, which set off in a procession led by nagaswaram players, bhajan singers following them.
Chanting of Vedas
The pitch perfect chant of the Vedas is something unique to the place. The unhurried and harmonious rendition in flawless diction transports one to a different world. .
The car was taken around the four Maada streets. Approximately half way through, around 1.30 p.m., the procession was halted for a sumptuous feast at the village community hall. Pundits and their families and scholars from the neighbourhood, who had gathered for the festival partook of the lunch.
The procession was resumed at 7 p.m. to complete the circumambulation of the Mada streets and it was around 2.30 a.m.
On the next day, again the deity was bathed in the Tunga and the chariot began its run. It was called Rathotsava and the deity with His consort was seated on a horse.
The final day was set aside for the chanting of the Vedas. An interesting highlight was the smearing of holy powder on all gathered. Everybody then went to the river to have a bath. The three-day festival closed with dinner but not before bhajans were sung early in the evening.
Right from the cleanly swept streets that are decorated with marvellous kolams to the conduct of festivals that combines hospitality, the pundits of Mathur showcase heritage quietly. What is more they show that it is possible to make tradition a way of life.
Wish to visit the village and stay in the agraharam? Chenna Kesava Dikshitar is the person to approach. Several foreigners stay in Shimoga and visit the village to learn Sanskrit.
(The writer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org )
Meet the pundits
The Kalyana Nagar Association, Mandavelipakkam, (No. 29, West Circular Road) has arranged the sambhashanam of the Sanskrit Pundits of Mathur, 9.30 a.m. onwards tomorrow, Saturday, at the Association premises.
For details contact 24952997 and 24611674.
source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> Friday Review> Faith / by T. S. Viswanathan / April 17th, 2014
Abu Dhabi :
Bisu Parba, harvest festival is being celebrated in Tulunadu every year on April 14. Bisu Parba – 2013 was celebrated at the aegis of Bantara Sangha Mumbai with mega event as per the heads of all Bantara Sangha.
World Bunts Day – 2014, 40th annual get-together will be organized by UAE Bunts at Armed Forces Officers Club auditorium, Abu Dhabi on Friday April 25. The heads of worldwide Bunts Sangha will be the specially-invited guests present on the occasion.
UAE Bunts Patron Dr B R Shetty will preside the mega event, while Swami Vidyavachaspati Vishwa Santosh Bharati of Barkoor, Udupi district, will inaugurate the programme.
Banta Vibhushan Award to be conferred on Sri.Vijayanat Vittal Shetty
The annual prestigious Banta Vibhushan Award will be conferred on Vijayanat Vittal Shetty, in recognition of his entrepreneurship, contributions to social service, sports and religious spheres.
Special attraction – ‘Bale Telipule’ Tulu comedy Skits
Bale Telipule Tulu comedy skits will be presented on World Bunts Day by the award winning Prashamsa theater troupe of Kaup, Udupi district. Kusalda Birse famed artiste Sandeep Shetty Manibettu, Prasanna Shetty Bailoor, Mervin Shirva and Sharat Ucchila will be other casts enthrall the gathering.
The contemporary Tulunadu culture and splendor of Bunts hierarchy will be unveiled during the daylong mega event. The stage has been set to exhibit the folk art talent of children, youth and veterans.
The preparations are underway at the leadership of UAE Bunts president Sarvotham Shetty, along with the executive Committee comprised of members from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain & Norther Emirates.
The executive Committee urges all Bunts brethrens to arrive in traditional attire at the venue, as UAE Bunts have been known to present the show with punctuality and disciple in unveiling the rich tradition and practice of Bunts community.
For more info, contact the executive Committee members:
Kiran Shetty / Soujanya Kiran Shetty 0097150-3847266 / 0097152-7988343
Praveen Shenava / Gayathri Praveen Shenava 0097150-3574833 / 0097150-1561247
Dinesh Shetty (Yakshamitraru) / Arathi Dinesh Shetty 00971050-7083537 / 0097150-7025690
Dhanpal Shetty / Bharathi Dhanpal Shetty, 0097150-2357970 / 0097150-8532476
Sandesh Shetty / Sunaina Sandesh Shetty 0097150-3220684 / 0097150-5802465
Dr. Kiran Kumar Rai / Supriya Kiran Rai 0097150-3280165 / 0097156-2392029
Samarth Shetty / Thrapthi Samarth Shetty 0097155-8891309 / 0097155-3763850
Nishit Alva / Saritha Nishit Alva 0097150-1505102 / 0097155-8105358
Rajkiran Rai / Deepa Rajkiran Rai 0097150-6262899 / 0097155-4121681
source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / Media Release / Friday – April 18th, 2014