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    January 31st, 2015adminSports
    Seen in the picture are (from left) Chandan, Basavesh, Trainer Samith Bhat and Karthik.

    Seen in the picture are (from left) Chandan, Basavesh, Trainer Samith Bhat and Karthik.

    Mysuru :

    City’s Karthik and Basavesh have won a silver medal and a bronze medal respectively, while Chandan has been awarded a certificate of appreciation at the National Kick-boxing Championship-2015, organised by Kick-boxing Federation of India, held at Kurukshetra, Haryana, from Jan.5 to Jan.8.

    All three were trained at ‘Genesis’ under Samith Bhat.

    Basavesh, also a student of Genesis, has won his second Mixed Martial Arts bout in Yoddha Fighting Championship, organised by Association of Combat Sports, held at Bengaluru on Jan.17.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 25th, 2015

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    January 31st, 2015adminSports


    Roller skating is a popular sport in Mysore city and many roller skaters have gone on to do well in the International-level. City’s Varsha S. Puranik, a talented roller skater who is the National champion in the women’s category for the last five successive years, performed well in the 52nd National Roller Skating Championships held at Navi Mumbai on Thursday and won gold in the women’s 500mtrs event and won her 36th gold in the National Championships. She is our ‘Star This Week.’

    Varsha was awarded the prestigious Ekalavya Award by the Govt. of Karnataka last year. She represented India in the World Games-2013 at Cali, Colombia and fared well.

    Varsha, 25, is a II year MD Microbiology student, JSS Medical College, Mysuru. She is the proud daughter of R. Srirama Krishna (retd. IOB) and Thara Srirama who have been of great support and encouragement to Varsha. Her elder brother Sri Harsha’s roller skating exploits inspired her also to take up to this sport.

    Starting skating at a young age of three, Varsha began her basics at Bal Bhavan Roller Skating rink under the guidance of Ravi in 1990. She joined Vishwamithra Roller Skating Club in 1993 and started to train under the guidance of late K. Sridhar Rao at J.K. Grounds. Presently she trains with R. Srikanta Rao, a Ekalavya Awardee, at the Rao’s Roller Skating Club.

    Varsha has represented Karnataka in 17 National Championships and has emerged a top roller skater in the junior and senior sections. She has been the consecutive National champion in the senior category in the National championships representing Karnataka for the last five years. She emerged as the fastest skater in the country in 2008 and 2010 Nationals.

    Varsha first represented the country in the International level in 2001 in the World Inline Speed Skating Championships at France in 2001 and took part in the 10km race and finished 16th. She got her first International medal when she was part of the Indian relay team which won the bronze medal in the 5km relay event in the Asian Roller Skating Championships.

    In 2003, she represented India in the World Junior Championships at Venezuela (5km race-finished 15th). In 2004, she represented India in the 10th Asian Championships at Japan and finished 4th in the Individual event.

    In 2010 she represented India in the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou, China and finished 7th in the 3000m Time Trials.

    In 2012, Varsha took part in the Wold Championships and finished among top 20 skaters and qualified for the World Games.

    Varsha intends to continue the sport and aims to work hard and has a goal to win a Individual medal representing India. She is a hard worker and that has yielded results and hope she achieves her goal in the days to come.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 25th, 2015

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    Mysuru :

    A three-day National Workshop on ‘Reviving the Indian Intellectual Tradition’ has been organised by Samkriti Foundation at Rama Mandira Hall in Krishnamurthypuram from Jan. 26 to 28.

    Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Bengaluru Chairman N. Ramanuja will inaugurate the Seminar on Jan. 26 at 6.30 pm. Researcher Chittaranjan Naik will be the chief guest and Samkriti Foundation President Prof. M.A. Lakshmithathachar will preside over the inaugural.

    Academic Sessions on Jan. 27 will feature paper presentation by Vid. Gangadhar V. Bhat, James Boag, Dr. K.S. Kannan and Dr. Chittaranjan Naik, Dr. M.A. Narasimhan, Dr. N.S. Govindarajan, Dr. H.L. Chandrashekhar and Prof. M.A. Lakshmithathachar. Prof. S.K. Kiran Kumar and Prof. Chittaranjan Naik will chair the sessions.

    On Jan. 28, Academic Sessions will feature paper presentation from Vid. Umakant Bhat, Vid. H.V. Nagaraja Rao, Dr. S.K. Kiran Kumar, Retd. Prof. of Psychology, Dr. Mukundan Cadambi, Chennai, V. Lakshminarayanan, Director, Vishvakshema Trust, Mysore and Dr. M.A. Alwar, Asst. Professor, Maharaja Sanskrit College, Mysuru. The session will be chaired by Prof. M.A. Lakshmithathachar.

    Panel Discussion and Valedictory Session will be held at 4.30 pm on Jan. 28, according to a press release.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / January 25th, 2015

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    January 31st, 2015adminSports

    Murugan, a former India international footballer, passed away in Kolar on Tuesday. He was 71.

    Remembered as a speedy forward, Murugan represented India in the seventies and turned out for MEG for close to two decades.

    He is survived by wife and four children.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport> Football / by Principal Correspondent / Bengaluru – January 28th, 2015

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    January 31st, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Veteran Yakshagana artiste Arate Manjunatha passed away at his house in Gavali village after prolonged illness near Kundapur on Friday. He was 73. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

    Majunatha was regarded as one of the finest artistes donning the roles of women characters in both Tenku and Badagu thittu schools of Yakshagana. He was a natural at these roles. Besides a good voice, he was a graceful dancer, known for his acting prowess and powerful dialogue delivery.

    Born in Gulvady village of Kundapur taluk in 1942, his formal education ended at class four. He was attracted to Yakshagana at a young age of 13 years and learnt its basics under the tutelage of Matapady Srinivas Nayak and Veerabhadra Nayak.

    In a career spanning five and a half decades, he worked in various Yakshagana melas including Saligrama, Mandarti, Maranakatte, Kamalashile, Keremane, Rajarajeshwari, Surathkal, Mulki, Kollur, Pollali and Kundavu melas.

    He had deep knowledge of women characters coming in the Puranas and epics. He donned the roles of women characters such as Ambe, Damayanti, Shashiprabhe, Dakshayini, Chandramati, Subhadra, Sita, Meenakshi, Mohini, Prabhavati, Sridevi with aplomb. He also donned the role of male characters including Krishna and Ashwathama.

    As founder of Ganesha Pravasi Yakshagana Samsthe, he recognised the services of senior Yakshagana artistes and provided guidance to junior Yakshagana artistes.

    He also served as the member of Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy. Several awards came in search of this versatile artiste including Karnataka Rajya Prashasti, Karnataka Sahitya Parishath Prashasti, B.V. Acharya Award, Bhojappa Suvarna Award and Ramavittala Award.

    Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, and the Yakshagana Kalaranga organisation, have condoled the death of Manjunatha.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by Ganesh Prabhu / Udupi – January 30th, 2015

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    With a space to exhibit their works. Photo: Sampath Kumar. G. P / The Hindu

    With a space to exhibit their works. Photo: Sampath Kumar. G. P / The Hindu

    Her passion for art led Bindu P.V. to quit the IT industry and start an art gallery on her terrace

    Bindu P.V. is an artist. But, that’s not how she started.

    Her whole family was into the IT industry and she too mindlessly followed that trail till she realised that she wanted to do something different.

    Her passion for the canvas, oils and paints led her to take up a crash course in painting. She started with three traditional arts forms — Mysore paintings, Tanjore paintings and traditional mural art from Kerala.

    “Once I started with the traditional arts I met a girl who was into abstract paintings. I realised that in traditional art you tend to copy a set pattern, even when it comes to designs and themes. Everyone keeps doing the same thing. With her I learnt to explore more about abstract art,” says Bindu, who then adds that she went on to complete her MFA.

    “I learnt that I work better with single or double tones. I seem to have a difficulty with more colours. Though I have quit the IT industry, it does not seem to leave me as most of my themes are IT-related,” she laughs and adds that it was during this time that she came in contact with many other artists.

    “One common thing that I found was that most of them struggled for gallery space, or to sell their art. I also met a physically challenged girl, struggling to sell her works. I tried to help her and realised how difficult it was to sell her works, especially when one can not afford either to exhibit in a gallery or even have access to social networking sites. Then we both tried to sell her work at Chitra Sante and found that art works are sold for a meagre Rs. 100. That was shocking and heartbreaking to see as some artists work anywhere from three hours to a month on each work. This struggle is what triggered off the birth of my art gallery — White Sanctum Art Gallery in Dodda Anekundi.”

    She has built this gallery on the terrace of her home with ample space for art shows and to conduct workshops.

    “It’s a platform to help popularise art by conducting workshops and introducing the common man to various kinds of arts, and to host exhibitions of artists who have absolutely no backing.”

    The gallery offers a 1,200 sq. ft. area of exhibition space. “It’s a very simple gallery, which aims to provide an equal platform for any artist. The paintings here are priced at Rs. 4,000 and go up to over a lakh. We have works of budding artists and Academy Award winners too.”

    Right from oil paintings to water colours, Bindu promises you’ll get something that will suit your style and budget.

    “The art is priced like this so that even the middle class can afford it.” White Sanctum Art gallery was inaugurated on January 18.

    “We have enquiries for workshops, especially from people from working in the IT sector. So we plan to start with water-colour workshops and then take one step at a time.”

    Bindu, who has had several solo shows in Baroda, Delhi, and Kerala, now plans to exhibit her works here too.

    She has also done a thesis on Ravi Varma’s life and an analysis on his work and its effect on social change, specially in Kerala.

    “His works have brought a silent change in society — be it in the caste system, or in education. His works speak volumes about changes one should expect in a society. Like he would decpict a boy reading a newspaper and so spread the idea of literacy in Kerala. Artists were not allowed to sign their works and he started signing his works. My thesis focussed on the effect of his works on the minds of ordinary people,” she adds.

    She talks of upsetting it is, the way society still look at artists.

    “Films depict them as drug addicts or dressed shabbily. Stop treating artists as good-for-nothing kind of people. We are not prodigals who have lost our way. We too have opportunities now with animation and art shows and can generate revenue and support ourselves through our works. Artists are ordinary people who just think extraordinarily.”

    White Sanctum currently has a group show, which will be on till February 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    For details call 65687209 or email

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Friday Review> Art / by Shilpa Sebastian R / January 28th, 2015

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    January 30th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education

    Expo of clocks open to public till Jan.26 between 9 am and 4 pm


    Mysuru :

    The Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Shivarathreeshwaranagar, had organised a presentation on ‘Time Management’ by M.S. Chandrashekar Iyer, city’s well-known horologist, at its premises this morning.

    During his presentation, Chandrashekar Iyer explained about mechanism and accuracy of various types of clocks — digital, mechanical, analog and atomic clocks.Dr. N.M. Shama Sundar, Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, speaking to Star of Mysore, said, “Chandrashekar Iyer’s Grandfather K.S. Lakshmana Iyer, was the first person to start a watch repair shop in Mysuru. The shop was started under the name ‘Lakshmana Iyer Watch Company’ on Ashoka Road in city in the year 1912.”

    He further said that Chandrashekar Iyer started repairing watches at the age of 10 years and has over 70 years of experience in repairing watches.

    Speaking about the purpose of conducting the presentation, Shama Sundar said that it was organised to make the Medical Students understand the value of time. He noted that time management is very important for doctors because during emergencies, even seconds matter in saving the life of patients.

    On the occasion, an exhibition featuring wrist watches, wall clocks, alarm clocks, time pieces, cells, batteries, engravers, programmable time switches, bells, sirens, cardiac pacemakers, digital diaries, thermometers, hygrometers, barometers, mobile phones, calculators, lactometers, digital calendars, telephones and other time-related instruments, was inaugurated by Chandrashekar Iyer at the College’s Histology Lab.

    The exhibition will be open till Jan.26 between 9 am and 4 pm. High School students can attend the exhibition.

    The exhibition is dedicated to late Dr. K.H. Basavaraj, Senior Professor of Dermatology, JSS Hospital, Mysuru.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Saturday, January 24th, 2015

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    January 29th, 2015adminSports


    Mysuru :

    Okinawa Karate-Do Shorin Ryu Shorin Kai Association India had organised 12th Shorin Kai National Karate Championship-2015 on Jan. 10 and 11 at Nanjaraja Bahaddur Choultry in city. In all, 643 Karatekas from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and different parts of Karnataka (Begaluru, Mysuru, Hassan districts participated.

    The chief referees of the tournament were Sensei E. S. Kumar (Black Belt 7th Dan), Renshi. N. Santana Krishnan (Referee – KAI, Judge- AKF) and Sensei Sudhakar (Black Belt 5th Dan) from Chennai.

    The tournament was held for three separate groups — white and yellow belt, Blue, Purple and green belts and Brown and Black belts.

    Bangalore team won the highest number of medals in white and yellow belt categories and also won the white and yellow belt trophy.

    The overall championship was won by Mysuru team and the first runners of the tournament were H.D Kote and Nanjangud team under the leadership of Sensei B. Rajesh and the second runners were Periyapatna and Kudligi team headed by Sempai S. Eshwar, according to a press release from the tournament organiser Shihan S. Sunil Kumar.

    source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 23rd, 2015

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    January 29th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Leaders
    S. Settar

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    ‘We should ask ourselves what we have done to attract youngsters to history’

    80-year-old S. Settar has spent half a century researching Indian archaeology, art history, history of religions and philosophy and classical literature.

    There are no signs of fatigue or ennui, as he continues to dig deep into history to come up with new gems, with his new area of focus being history of language, script and literature.

    As his friends, admirers and students get together to celebrate his life and work on January 29, Prof. Settar is himself busy with three ambitious projects that he hopes will make history accessible to young readers.


    The eminent historian, who has held several teaching and non-teaching posts, including Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, and Emeritus Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) at present, spoke to The Hindu .


    Q. What motivates you to keep at research?

    A. There is so much wonderful source material that interests and excites me. I also feel ashamed that it is not being explored. Our conventional ways of reading history has made us ignore much of the rich material.

    What historical material have we missed?

    We have, for instance, not explored literary classics as tools of reading history and culture, beyond their literary value. The history of the evolution of language and script is another fascinating area that has largely remained unexplored.

    What should be the focus of historians?

    We should stop advising others and complaining about young people not being interested in history. Instead, we should ask ourselves what we have done to attract the younger generation to history. Much has been done, for example, to make Shakespeare or Socrates accessible to the young, which we have not done.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Bageshree S / Bengaluru – January 29th, 2015

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    January 28th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Jalaja Naik, the Chairperson, Karnataka Tanda Development Corporation (KTDC) addressing presspersons in Vijayapura on Tuesday. / The Hindu

    Jalaja Naik, the Chairperson, Karnataka Tanda Development Corporation (KTDC) addressing presspersons in Vijayapura on Tuesday. / The Hindu

    Admitting that there was a high incidence of migration for better livelihoods in the Lambani community, Jalaja Naik, Chairperson, Karnataka Tanda Development Corporation (KTDC), has said that the Corporation has decided to encourage self-employment programmes for people of the community to prevent their migration.

    Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, she said that the Corporation was contemplating to give cows to the people of the community so they could involve in dairy activity.

    She said dairy farming would bring additional revenue to families, which could prevent them from migrating to other States for earning a livelihood.

    Lamenting that the traditional art of the Lambani community has not gained enough popularity in handicraft sector, Ms. Naik said that the Corporation would like to set up at least 12 handicraft centres to promote cottage industry among Lambanis.

    She said, “These centres would purchase the handicraft materials from the community and sell to buyers. This will have a twin objective. While it brings extra money to the community, it also popularises traditional arts”.

    Ms. Naik said that since the community has many women who have not completed SSLC, the Corporation would offer tailoring training to them to help them become self-employed.

    “During the training, the women will be given a stipend of Rs. 1,500. A decision will later be taken on supplying sewing machines as it needs government approval”, she said.

    She said that the government has allocated an amount of Rs. 56 crore annual budget to the Corporation, and said that she has urged the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah to augment to at least Rs. 200 in the coming budget. eom

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by Firoz Rozindar /  Vijayapura – January 28th, 2015

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