November 30th, 2014Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Business & Economy, Green Initiatives / Environment, Nature
Bamboo, the tallest member of the grass family, has been an integral part of families in rural India since many years. Be it the baskets used to drain cooked rice, the ‘moras’ used to clean grains, the huge bins to store food grains or the inconspicuous ladders. Bamboos, some of the fastest growing plants, are still of notable economic and cultural significance in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia. In South India, it is also an important part of Hindu festivals and weddings.
Chikkasiddaiah’s store in the NABARD Stall at Dasara Exhibition has a whole variety of bamboo crafts from key-chains, vases, lamp-shades, plant-holders and photo-frames. But what catches your attention are the intricately designed ornaments — ear rings, studs, necklaces and rings. While we do see other bamboo crafts elsewhere, bamboo ornaments are rare and it’s a delight to see the blades of grass so deftly crafted into ethnic jewellery pieces…
by Nandini Srinivasan
With the advent of modern gadgets, the bamboo utensils and implements did take a backseat for sometime. However, with people becoming more conscious of using eco-friendly material around their homes, the humble bamboo has again surfaced in new avatars, keeping in tune with the contemporary style and needs. From all kinds of furniture to delicate ornaments, bamboo has found a place in many a home today.
While the North-Eastern States have been in the forefront in the manufacture of bamboo goods, down South, except for Kerala, bamboo crafts was until recently restricted to only the traditional implements. In Karnataka, the Meda tribe whose prime occupation is bamboo work has now ventured into more creative crafts, thanks to the untiring efforts of people like R. Chikkasiddaiah, who specialises in intricate bamboo craft and is working towards bringing back his community to the bamboo business, training them to adapt to the changing trends and styles.
Chikkasiddaiah’s store in the NABARD stall at Dasara Exhibition has a whole variety of bamboo crafts from key-chains, vases, lamp-shades, plant-holders and photo-frames. But what catches your attention are the intricately designed ornaments — ear rings, studs, necklaces and rings. While we do see other bamboo crafts elsewhere, bamboo ornaments are rare and it’s a delight to see the blades of grass so deftly crafted into ethnic jewellery pieces. Except for the long thin strands of bamboo that are cut finely through machines, the entire range of jewellery is hand-crafted.
‘The strands are cut in different sizes, chemically treated, dried in the sun and then hand-crafted. It takes a lot of effort,’ says Chikkasiddaiah, who along with his wife, creates these pieces. Chikkasiddaiah made bamboo crafts only as a pastime, as he worked at the Mahadeshwara Sugar Factory, till it shut down in 2006. It was then that he decided to take up the family profession in a serious way, but also realised that his community artisans could remain in the business only if they adapted to the new evolving styles. Thanks to the then DCF of Hunsur region K.H. Vinay Kumar, Chikkasiddaiah attended ‘Biduru Siri,’ a programme organised by the Forest Department to introduce the artisans to new crafts and revive the art.
Chikkasiddaiah then relentlessly pursued the authorities concerned to provide proper training to the members of the Meda tribe so they could continue with their occupation. He, along with a few others, was sent to visit an organisation called Uruva in Perekaypetta in Kerala, which manufactures a wide range of bamboo products for the international market. The Regional Development Training Centre in Bangalore trained about 30 artisans from Kollegal in various bamboo crafts.
Since then Chikkasiddaiah has been trying out several new artefacts in bamboo and is one of the very few artisans who makes bamboo jewellery. He was also sent by NABARD to participate in the International Surajkhund Mela in Haryana in 2012. His crafts got a huge response and people were asking for more!
Bamboo, a very versatile raw product, is said to have a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and also a very good tensile strength. It does a lot of good to the environment too, says Chikkasiddaiah and adds that the National Bamboo Mission, which has recognised the eco-friendliness of this humble grass has reserved Rs. 7 crore for its growth and cultivation. Earlier, bamboo was grown only in the forest but now, its cultivation in private lands has been permitted. The Forest Department also gives Rs. 10 – Rs. 15 for every sapling planted in private lands towards its maintenance and encourages bamboo cultivation.
Marketing of goods too is supported by NABARD, DIC, ZP, SARAS and TRIFED. Though help from these organisations has opened up many avenues for bamboo craftsmen, the economic viability is still not very encouraging, says Chikkasiddaiah who rues that many from his tribe are slowly moving away from the art.
‘My age is catching up and I’m not able to keep pace with the demand. A lot of hard work goes into making intricate pieces but we can’t price them high! If only people recognise the effort behind handcrafted items and pay a little more, we will have our tribesmen continuing in the profession,’ he says and adds that he is ready to teach the art to anybody who is genuinely interested to carry it forward.
And did you know that the word ‘Bamboo’ comes from the Kannada word ‘Bamboo’ (§A§Ä) which was introduced to English through Malay!
If you do go to the Dasara Exhibition, do drop in at Chikkasiddaiah’s stall to appreciate the deftness of his art.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / Monday , November 24th, 2014
Life-time Achievement award for Basavaraja Musavalagi of CAVA
The painting titled “Think Once” by N. Parameshwara of city has been selected for Karnataka Lalithakala Academy award, which will be presented to him by Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree at the Awards Ceremony and Annual Art Exhibition to be held on Nov. 25 at 6 pm at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru.
Parameshwara, a resident of Hebbal, is a final year BVA student of Ravivarma Art Institute, Chamarajapuram. He has exhibited his talent in many shows like White Space in Kalamandira, Chitra Parise at Karnataka Lalithakala Academy, Mysuru Dasara, Kalamela Mysuru, Kerala Cochin Durbar Hall and so on.
He has won many awards — Mysore Dasara Painting Award, 2013 Drushya Belaku Gulbarga to name a few.
Meanwhile, the Life-time Achievement award will be presented to a veteran artist from Mysuru Basavaraja Musavalagi, Head of Graphics Department at CAVA in recognition of his art works.
Ten artists from across the State, including the one from Mysuru, have been chosen for the 43rd Annual Art Awards. They are: S.H. Mashalkar (Kalaburagi), K.S. Ranganath (Bengaluru), J. Dundaraja (Bengaluru), Ananda Bedraala (Dakshina Kannada), Ashok G. Nellagi (Kalaburagi), N. Kantharaj (Bengaluru), S.S. Maragol (Kalaburagi), Devendra Huda (Raichur) and Vishveshwara M. Patagara (Uttara Kannada).
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Monday , November 24th, 2014
Silkworms from Bengaluru will soon be reared in the US as pet food for lizards and other reptiles
A US company will be importing silkworm eggs from Bengaluru to grow them as pet food. A professor from the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) is felicitating the initiative and earlier this month helped in selecting the ideal way to farm mulberry plants in Louisiana, US. The silkworms will not be used for producing silk but become feed for exotic pet lizards in the US.
Dr BL Chidananda, an associate professor at the department of animal sciences, visited insect breeder ‘Mulberry Farms’ which are setting up the first silkworm breeding centre in Ringgold, Louisiana. It is the only company in the US to be granted permission by the US department of agriculture to import the silkworm eggs from India.
Speaking to Mirror, Chidananda said, “Mulberry cultivation was in troduced to the US in the late 18th Century. It was cultivated in Louisiana, Florida and California, but it never took off. Now this company that produces pet foodd wants to grow silkworms, especially for pets like lizards and other reptiles. Since silkworms are domesticated they can be reared for pet foodd. However, the problem with the whole thing is the mulberry plant, which is the sole food of silkworms, they do not grow well in the US due to the extreme weather. The company tried to grow mulberry in California but found it very uneconomical.” Chidananda has suggested growing mulberry for silkworms in polyhouses. Chidananda did the needful by studying the weather patterns in the farm at Ringgold, Louisiana.
“I have suggested cultivation of mulberry in poly-houses for six months of the year. It cannot be done in winter. Poly-house cultivation of mulberry will not be economical in India. Unlike India, the mulberry leaves will not be fed fresh to the silkworms. They will be ground into dry powder and used as feed for silkworms later. For six months, the plants will be pruned and capped.This is the way Bengaluru silkworms will be reared in the US very shortly.”
The company is already into insect farming and grows cricket and armyworms.
Silkworm pupae are indirectly and directly consumed by people as well. In some places in India, silkworm feed is replacing fish feed in poultry. Chidananda said, “Littleknown is the fact that pupae are also a delicacy in some parts of India.”
source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / BangaloreMirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Shyam Prasad S , Bangalore Mirror Bureau / November 24th, 2014
A five-day workshop on ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’ by Natural farming proponent Subhash Palekar, hailing from Belora village in Maharashtra and known for his books on Zero Budget Natural Farming, began this morning at Kalamandira in city. The workshop is being held under the joint auspices of Janachethana Trust, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and Rural Development Organisation.
More than 1,200 people, including farmers from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Haryana, Orissa and other States, are participating in the workshop.
The workshop was inaugurated by the former Speaker Krishna.
‘Naisargika Krishi Beeja,’ a book authored by Raju B. Kannali was released by Subhash Palekar while ‘Dhanvantari Chikitse Chitra Roopaka’ authored by Subhash Palekar was released by Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda, former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University.
D.R. Patil, President, Naisargika Krushi Andolana, Karnataka, speaking on the occasion, said: “Nowadays lot of farmers are spoiling the soil by using chemicals in order to increase the yield. We should stop using chemicals and move into the path of Natural farming.”
Prasanna N. Gowda, President, Janachetana Trust, Mysuru, in his keynote address, urged those participating in the five-day workshop to take an oath to follow Palekar’s methodology of Natural Farming cent percent.
The workshop aims at introducing nature-friendly farming, controlling of pollution resulting from different forms of farming, introducing natural farming to the farmers who have incurred heavy debts due to unscientific farming, using of Indian seeds keeping in mind the environment balance and to encourage breeding of Indian cattle.
H.P. Ravikumar (Devegowda) of Aralahalli in Pandavapura; Gangadhara Siddaramappa Chincholi of Shindagi in Vijapura, Satyanna of Sagara and M.G. Yogananda Swamy of Tipaturu were felicitated on the occasion along with mementos and a cheque of Rs. 5,000 each.
K.S. Puttannaiah, Chandrashekhar Kadadi, Badagalapura Nagendra and others were present. The workshop will conclude on Nov.23.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Wedesday , November 19th, 2014
November 24th, 2014Sports
At the age of 15, he is the youngest player in Champions Tennis League
by S.N. Venkatnag Sobers
Mysore, over a decade ago produced great tennis players, from Mohit Vijay Kumar to Prahalad Srinath and from Neeth Devaiah to Pooja Shree, after which there had been a lull. Now we have Vasisht Cheruku from Mysuru. He is just 15-year-old, is over 6 foot tall, has a wide rage of shots and a mental strength to boot, making him a perfect tennis machine and many hope to see him in the international scene pretty soon.
As the first edition of Champions Tennis League (CTL) began recently in New Delhi, one boy from Mysuru stood tall, as Vasisht became the youngest player in the league. The CTL, headed by Indian tennis Legend Vijay Amritraj, has 12 top junior players from India drafted into six teams — with two players each. For Vasisht, the CTL has come at the right time when he has won every tournament there is to be won in his age category in India and now hopes to hit the international circuit.
Apart from playing various tournaments, Vasisht has represented India thrice in U-14 category. He has also presented Indian at the World Junior Tennis finals played at Czech Republic.
Vasisht, a national junior U-18 champion, started to play tennis at the age of 7 years under the guidance of Nagaraj. After having got a strong foundation from Nagaraj Tennis Academy in city, he joined Mysore Tennis Club (MTC) in 2011-12 . It was during this time that former Davis Cup player Prahalad Srinath, who was in Mysuru with his students at MTC, noticed Vasisht practising at MTC and asked him to join his Academy in Bangalore.
“It was a tough decision,” says Vasisht’s father Vinod Reddy, “as Vasisht was going to School in Mysore but Prahalad’s Tennis Academy was in Bangalore. Now he is in the National Institute of Open Schools programme so it gives him freedom to travel, of which there is a lot in tennis.” Inspite of his gurgling travel schedule, Vasisht is good at studies too, he has been a distinction student.
The rise of Vasisht in tennis has been phenomenal, considering that, he stopped playing in U-14 category much before he was 13-years-old and started playing in U-16 and U-18 categories and has now won almost all the Junior Tennis Tournament in the country. If you thought this would make the young lad pompous, he has his father to keep him grounded. “ I am happy that he has done well so far. I hope he continues to be humble and grows further in Tennis,” says his father.
Vinod had a lot of people, including his family and friends, to thank for supporting Vasisht throughout his endeavour to excel in tennis. He says: “lot of my family members and friends have supported us both financially and mentally to help Vasisht reach this level” and adds “my wife too has gone the extra mile, as sometime I cannot travel with Vasisht and she does, which can be quite tedious. Also, added to that is the anxiety one experiences when their child is playing, it can be quite stressful.”
On Vasisht being selected for Bangalore Raptors, Vinod said it was a good opportunity for young Indian tennis players to get exposed to international conditions and working style of international tennis players. “Though Vasisht may not get a chance to play, just being in team, along with Venus Williams, Thomas Enqvist and others, itself is a great opportunity to learn,” says Vinod.
When Vasisht was asked how it feels to be the youngest player in the Tennis Champions League, he says: “initially I didn’t believe it but then they sent the confirmation and I was very happy.” Speaking of what he hopes to gain from this experience, he says: “the very fact that I get to interact and get information is amazing. It will help mould my game better for international standards and more importantly mould my attitude and mental strength for the international games. Also, just to be with and practice with the people I have watched on TV and idolised is a great experience.”
This humble boy, who loves tennis and with a family that has taken a bold step by making their son’s passion their own, is sure to be the next big name in Indian Tennis and in turn, making Mysuru’s presence felt again in Tennis.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / Tuesday , November 18th, 2014
November 24th, 2014Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Premiere of ‘Walking With Wolves’
The premiere of ‘Walking with wolves’ made by wildlife photographers Krupakar-Senani was organised jointly by Information and Public Relations Department, Karnataka Film Academy and Mysore Film Society at Kalamandira here yesterday and the documentary film was appreciated by a housefull audience.
The movie has been filmed at the plains of Koppal and Raichur districts with perseverance over a period of three years and will be screened across the globe in December.
The scenes of three packs of wolves moving with nomadic tribe have been wonderfully captured and carnivorous wolves devouring banana, maize and berries is just baffling.
The research assistance and narration is rendered by Joseph Raj. The entire life style of wolves featuring their movements, hunting skills and eating habits have been flawlessly and precisely picturised in the movie.
Interacting with the audience after the show Krupakar-Senani said that the human-animal conflict over food dated back to ages and extinction of wolves would cause an imbalance in the food chain. They added that wild animals and humans have a good equation basically which should be maintained. They expressed scepticism over branding wolves as man eaters. They appealed to the people to spare forests and promote wild life.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Tuesday , November 18th, 2014
Mysuru, the Cultural Capital of Karnataka, which had been adjudged the second cleanest city in the country in the past has now been awarded the ‘Best City’ award by the Union Urban Development Ministry following the findings of a survey conducted by India today.
It may be noted that the heritage city of Mysuru, also known as the city of Palaces has been included in the list of 100 cities in India to be developed as ‘Smart City’ under the ambitious plans of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The award was handed over to Mayor R. Lingappa by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at a function in New Delhi on Friday in the presence of MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Monday , November 23rd, 2014
November 23rd, 2014Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Built at a cost of Rs. 2.5 crore
‘Konkan Bhavan’, a community building of Konkani Christian Association, built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.5 crore was inaugurated by Bishop of Mysuru Rev. Dr. Thomas. A. Vazhapilly at Vijayanagar 2nd Stage here this morning.
Apart from the Bishop, Mangaluru MLA and Vice-President of Christian Development Board J. R. Lobo, Jidda Mohammed Ali, a Konkani Muslim from Bhatkal and M. Jagannath Shenoi, Managing Partner of Mangalore Ganesh Beedi Works representing Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities respectively also inaugurated the Konkan Bhavan by cutting three different ribbons to commemorate the unity and diversity and to symbolise the amalgamation of the Konkani speaking community.
Leonilla Crasto, former Municipal President of Kundapura, one of the guests of honour lit the prayer lamp followed by other guests including Home Minister K.J. George, Ronald Colaco, NRI entrepreneur and Chairman of International Federation of Christian Associations, M. Jagannath Shenoi and MLA J. R. Lobo.
Gracian Rodrigues, President, Konkani Christian Association welcomed the guests and thanked the gathering for their full cooperation in achieving this milestone. He said that the Konkan Bhavan is a big hall which will help Konkani Christians to conduct programmes and added that it would be open for all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Appreciating the contribution of the Association’s leaders, Jagannath Shenoi who spoke on the occasion, said “A leader is very important for the development of any community.”
Around 1500 people attended the programme.
John William D’Souza, General Secretary of the Association who proposed a vote of thanks, acknowledged all the benefactors and sought their support in future.
When media persons asked Home Minister K.J. George whether permission will be given to conduct ‘kiss of love’ campaign in Bengaluru, he said that it was left to the concerned Police Commissioner to give permission and added that if at all the permission is given, the organisers must ensure that the culture and the law & order should not be affected.
Valerian Fernandes, Proprietor, Fernandes Transport, Bengaluru; Hemacharya, Editor-in-Chief, Daijiworld Publication Pvt. Ltd., Mangaluru; Adrian D’Souza, MD, Deccan Group of Companies, Bengaluru and Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem were present.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Monday , November 17th, 2014
Former chief justice of India Justice S Rajendra Babu and professor emeritus Prof G V Ajjappa received honorary doctorates at the first annual convocation of the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU).
An honorary doctorate was also awarded to former chief justice of India Justice M N Venkatachalaiah in absentia.
Governor Vajubhai Vala presented the honorary doctorates at the convocation held at D Veerendra Heggade Kalakshetra at Sattur near Dharwad on Saturday.
MP and former attorney general of India K Parasaran delivered the convocation address. He said justice, liberty, equality and fraternity, as elaborated in the Constitution, should be the profession of faith for those in pursuit of law in whatever walk of life. He also stressed the need to encourage women to take up the legal profession.
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra, KSLU Vice-Chancellor T R Subramanya, Registrar T V Manjunatha, Registrar (Evaluation) B S Reddy, and others were present.
Degrees were awarded to the first batch graduates of the five-year BA LLB, BBA LLB and honours courses, three batches of the three-year LLB course, three batches of the LLM course, and PG diploma. Gold medals were presented to the first rank holders in the courses, while 10 cash prizes were also distributed.
source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> State / Hubballi – DHNS, November 23rd, 2014
November 22nd, 2014Sports
Sneha SS of Dakshina Kannada clocked 12.50 seconds to win the gold in girls’s U-18 100M sprint at the 30th Karnataka Junior inter-district athletics championships here on Monday. Inchara NS and Anusha MR from Mysuru pocketed silver and bronze with a timing of 12.70 and 13.00 seconds respectively.
Results: Boys: U-16: Discus throw: Jagannath (Belagavi) 38.41, 1; Sanjeev Balavi(Belagavi) 37.10, 2; Steepan PS (UKDAA) 35.30, 3.
Medley relay: Bengaluru Rural 2:07.70, 1; Kodagu 2.08.90, 2; Belagavi 2.09.70, 3.
5000M race walk: Kashinath SK (Belagavi) 28:04:05, 1; Zinith Kaverappa (Kodagu) 28:39:9, 2; Nikhil RD (Bengaluru Rural) 32:49:60, 3.
U-18: High jump: Raviteja DS (Bengaluru Urban) 1.80, 1; Preran Manjunath (Bengaluru Urban) 1.75, 2; Mitun SR (Chitradurga) 1.50, 3.
Medley relay: Dakshina kannada 2:04.10, 1; Dharwad 2.06.70, 2; Shivamogga 2.08.00, 3.
Discus throw: Vivek SA (Dakshina Kannada) 45.00, 1; Suryaprakash (Bengaluru Urban) 44.65, 2; Sharath Babu (Dakshina Kannada) 43.29, 3.
U-20: Triple jump: Karthik (Dakshina Kannada) 14.39, 1; Sidhartha (Dakshina Kannada) 13.02, 2; Nooruizama Jakati (Belagavi) 13.02, 3.
Javelin throw: Sharfan Ahamad (Tumkur) 50.83, 1; Madhu R (Dharwad) 47.36, 2; Venu Prasad (Dakshina kannada) 41.23, 3.
4x400M relay: Bengaluru Urban 3:28.50, 1; Dakshina Kannada 3:32.00, 2; Vijayapura 3:46.70, 3.
Girls: U-16: Javelin throw: Vaibhavi VB (UKDAA) 29.60, 1.
3000M race walk: Shravya (Udupi) 18:24:02, 1; Kavitha Bai (Kodagu) 19:34:80, 2.
Discus throw: Kalavathi BT (Bengaluru Rural) 27.80, 1; Vaishnavi CL (Kodagu) 26.68, 2; Khyaathi Achutha (Udupui) 21.90, 3.
U-18: 100M: Sneha SS (Dakshina Kannada) 12.50, 1; Inchara NS (Mysuru) 12.7, Anusha MR (Mysuru) 13.0, 3.
High Jump: Babitha K (DKAA) 1.49, 1; Tejaswi (Bengaluru Urban) 1.47, 2; Anusree MV (DKAA) 1.33, 3.
Javelin throw: Jagrithi K (Kodagu) 30.62, 1; Durga Bhavani (Davangere) 21.91, 2.
Discus throw: Niveditha (Uttara Kannada) 37.59, 1; Jyothi (Vijayapura) 26.48, 2; Nivetha T (Bengaluru Urban) 26.44, 3.
5000M race walk: Danuja TE (Kodagu) 29:18:00, 1; Vilma D’Souza (DKAA) 30:38:20, 2; Pavitra D (Bagalkot) 31:53:80, 3.
U-20: 100M: Veena Adagi (Vijayapura) 13.0, 1; Monika S (Bengaluru Urban) 13.3, 3.
High jump: Nishmitha MN (DKAA) 1.36, 1.
Shot put: Uma PS (Mysuru) 12.81, 1; Kavitha NR (Vijayapura) 7.96, 2; Shwetha HR (Bengaluru Rural) 7.40, 3.
Javelin throw: Akshatha S (DKAA) 28.46, 1; Sahana Y (DKAA) 26.02, 2.
source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Sports / Vijayapura – DHNS, November 11th, 2014