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    August 31st, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    A painting at the Government Museum in Bengaluru which will be taken up for conservation. Photos: Sampath Kumar G.P. / The Hindu

    A painting at the Government Museum in Bengaluru which will be taken up for conservation. Photos: Sampath Kumar G.P. / The Hindu

    Work on 250 paintings from Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum to be taken up first.

    Hundreds of heritage paintings, some more than 300 years old, at Bengaluru’s Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Government Museum will be restored to their former glory.

    Officials have sought the advice of art consultants to consider the 17th and 18th century museum collections for conservation. Of the 750 paintings in the gallery and the museum, at least one-third, which were sourced nearly 60 years ago for the collections, have considerably faded, aged and even damaged.

    “Around 250 paintings from the gallery and museum will be taken up for conservation to restore their glory and extend longevity. Professionals from INTACH Chitrakala Parishath Art Conservation Centre (ICKPAC) made an initial study and submitted a status report with details of conservation,” said C.G. Betsurmath, Commissioner, Department of State Archaeology, Museums and Heritage.

    The works selected include drawings, paintings, ivory and plaster of Paris works of artist K. Venkatappa, who was court painter of the then Mysore royals, Mysore and Thanjavur art works, Deccani and Rajput paintings, Rajasthani miniatures of Malwa, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Bundi and Mewar, Rajasthani paintings on cloth, the deft brushes of Bundelkhand, the distinctive Basohli paintings of Jammu and Kashmir, the pictorial art of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, original oil on canvas Malva painting, the Sikh paintings of Punjab, the South Asian Mughal works and Persian miniatures.

    In 2014–15, Rs. 17 lakh was approved for protection of the paintings. “We are getting the amount sanctioned again for this financial year for going ahead with the ICKPAC’s remedy suggestions. The total cost is yet to be finalised as the work will be taken up in phases,” he said.

    Though delayed, H.T. Talwar, Director, Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Department, said the conservation efforts would take off soon.

    This will be the first time these old paintings will be refurbished. On the importance of the paintings, Mr. Talwar said, “Our gallery and museum boast nearly 15 celebrated painting styles that have adorned the royal palaces of India.”

    Artworks to be restored include

    ‘Epic Ramayana’ done in Mysore style on a 7ft X 7ft canvas with 41 depictions of the Ramayana

    Rare Krishna-Rukmini series playing Pagade (game of dice) in the darbar

    Portraits of Krishnaraja Wadiyar and his son-in-law Lingaraja Urs.

    QUOTES: 

    C.G. Bethsurmath, Commissioner, Department of State Archaeology, Museums and Heritage: Nearly 250 paintings from the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Government Museum are going to be taken up for conservation soon.

    H.T. Talwar, Director, Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Department: These heritage-value paintings are precious, as they are priceless, only that they are placed without much fanfare at the museum and gallery.

    Madhu Rani K.P., Director, ICKPAC: We have examined in situ 72 paintings and 17 prints at the museum, 32 art objects of Mysore and Thanjavur paintings at the gallery, including some of the best works of painter K. Venkatappa, and suggested conservation remedies that would take nearly 15 months.

    Time and human negligence have taken a toll: ICKPAC

    The INTACH Chitrakala Parishath Art Conservation Centre (ICKPAC), which has done the initial study on these artworks, says the paintings of historical significance have been ravaged by time and negligence.

    “Presence of dust and dirt, high humidity (leading to water stains and fungal growth), improper storage, presence of insects, abrasion of the paintings due to mishandling etc., are a few factors for deterioration,” said Madhu Rani K.P., Director, ICKPAC.

    The group had examined 72 paintings and 17 prints at the Government Museum as well as 32 art pieces at Venkatappa Art Gallery.

    The ICKPAC will now individually determine the conservation effort required for each object. “Every art object will be approached differently, depending on the material and the techniques used. The paintings would require an estimated 12 to 15 months for treatment,” said Ms. Rani.

    Cannons to be sent for conservation

    The Government Museum recently added three cannons to its collection and they will soon be sent to the Regional Conservation Laboratory, Mysuru, for conservation. “Two were found near Tipu’s Palace during excavation for Namma Metro work. Another one was found during the work on a building of Bangalore Medical College and Research Centre a few months ago,” said H.T. Talwar, Director, Archaeology, Museums and Heritage Department.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – August 31st, 2015

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    August 31st, 2015adminSports

    Mysuru :

    City’s Pranavi S. Urs, a student of National Public school and a product of the JWGC, won the ‘Category C’ title in the IGU South Zone Junior Golf Championships 2015 orgnaised by Chikkamagaluru Golf Club in Chikkamagaluru which concluded yesterday. Pranavi returned with a two-day aggregate score of 150 (75+75) to clinch the title.

    Another upcoming youngster Aryan Roopa Anand from JWGC, finished second in the Category ‘B’ section with a two-day card of 152 (76+76). He also finished fourth in the ‘Category A & B section’. Disha Kavery of JWGC, Mysuru and a student of Excel Public school, Mysuru, finished third in the ‘Category ‘C’ girls section with a two-day aggregate score of 162 (84+78).

    City’s Vidatri K. Urs, a student of National Public School, Mysuru and a product of JWGC emerged as the winner in Category D girls section with a two-day card of 169 (83+86).

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / August 31st, 2015

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    August 31st, 2015adminSports
    The winners in the U-17 open and girls Karnataka State Chess Championships conducted by the Mysuru Chess Centre at the Hotel Dasprakash premises seen with the trophies. Standing from left: Khushi M. Hombal, H.R. Manasa, Ojas Kulkarni and P. Shet Prajwal

    The winners in the U-17 open and girls Karnataka State Chess Championships conducted by the Mysuru Chess Centre at the Hotel Dasprakash premises seen with the trophies. Standing from left: Khushi M. Hombal, H.R. Manasa, Ojas Kulkarni and P. Shet Prajwal

    Mysuru :

    Ojas Kul-karni of Bengaluru and H.R. Manasa of Mysuru won the Karnataka State Open U-17 and Girls Chess titles respectively on the concluding day of the Karnataka State U-17 Open & Girls Chess Championships held at Mysuru yesterday.

    Ojas Kulkarni (7.5 pts) drew his final and ninth round tie against Ithal H.L. Rajath of Bengaluru (7 pts) to clinch the U-17 Open title.Four players – P. Shet Prajwal (Tumakuru), Likhit Chilukuri (Davanagere), Ithal Rajath (Bengaluru) and Jagadish (Bengaluru) tied with 7 points each and secured places from second to fifth in the final placings.

    Mysuru girl Manasa (ELO-1698) won the U-17 Girls title with 6 points. She was tied with Kushi M. Hombal (Shivamogga) with 6 points from seven rounds, but the better progressive tie-break score of 29.5 to the latter’s 26.5 helped her clinch the title.

    Final Placings: U-17 Open: Ojas Kulkarni (B’luru-7.5 pts); Shet Prajwal (Tumakuru- 7pts); Likhit Chilukuri (D’gere-7 pts); Ithal Rajath (B’luru-7pts); Jagadish (B’luru-7pts); Varma Shabdhik (DK-6.5 pts); Arjun Adappa (DK-6.5 pts); Sudharshan Bhat (B’luru-6.5 pts); Ajay (Shivamogga-6.5 pts); Jatin (Mys-6pts).

    U-17 Girls: Manasa (Mys-6 pts); Khushi Hombal (Shivamogga-6 pts); Spandana (Shivamogga-5.5pts); Shalmika Jain (DK-5 pts); Isha Sharma (B’luru-5); Dhanyatha Corry (B’luru- 5 pts); Akshatha Raju (Mys-5 pts); Supraja (Mys-5pts); Siri Sharma (DK- 5 pts); Sanjana Raghunath (B’luru-5 pts).

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / August 31st, 2015

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    The centre will also sell gardening equipment, seeds, saplings and manure

    The centre will also sell gardening equipment, seeds, saplings and manure

    Addressing a ‘green disparity’ that had left Bengaluru North and East high and dry, the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) and Horticulture department have embarked on a major mission create more gardens in these part of the city.

    Executing an ambitious plan, both the organisations have set up a sprawling two-acre nursery on airport road that would provide all the required inputs to people for greening the area.
    The UAS in association with the Nursery Men Cooperative Society, an affiliate of the Horticulture department, on Friday inaugurated the nursery that will nurture the green need of the people of North and East Bengaluru.
    The resource centre will also be a place for people to buy gardening equipments, seeds, saplings and manure.
    Giving details of the project, Dr N Rajanna, manager and head of the Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) which is supervising the setting up of nursery unit said, “Bengaluru had only one nursery set up by Nurserymen Cooperative Society. But it was based in Lalbagh and largely benefitted the people of Bengaluru south. People from other parts of the city wanted to buy any plants or saplings, they had to go all the way to Lalbagh.

    Hence, many from North and East had refrained from gardening activities. Now, with the nursery on UAS campus, adjacent to the airport road, people from these areas of people can be benefitted and take up gardening.”
    The officials are hopeful that availability of nursery inputs at a closer distance would only attract more and more people to take up gardening and public planting exercise.

    What will it do
    * The society will be supplying seedlings and plants at the same cost as Lalbagh * People can buy all sorts of plants including ornamental, flower, fruit and medicinal plants * There will be gardeners at the centre who would help with the queries on setting up a kitchen garden or terrace garden * Besides, there will be availability of nursery inputs like equipments and seeds

    Green disparity
    Several reports by IISc experts over the condition of green cover in IT city, Bengaluru North and East revealed more built up area when compared to Bengaluru South that is replete with gardens and vast green patches.

    The Location
    The nursery has been set up conveniently at the entrance of UAS campus from the Airport road making it easier for people to visit, park and spend considerable time in choosing plants.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror / Home> Bangalore> Others / by Niranjan Kaggere, Bangalore Mirror Bureau / August 30th, 2015

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    Hemant Bhardwaj, CEO, MD and co-founder of PMHLC, said, “With our business model which is a win-win for each stakeholder in the ecosystem, we anticipate achieving one million transactions within 12 months of operations. Zigy.com will connect chemists and druggists with consumers.”

    Zigy.com, integrated with Zigy HealthVault, is a first-of-its-kind patient-controlled electronic health record system that will use technology to connect Indians needing health products and services with doctors, clinics, hospitals and other healthcare providers.

    Zigy HealthVault provides a highly secure and completely confidential way of storing all health-related information for patients and family members. Zigy facilitates its easy retrieval, upon the patient’s authorisation, to enable doctors and other healthcare providers to fully understand the case history. This structured flow of information will result in better diagnosis.

    Phaneesh Murthy, co-founder and executive chairman of PMHLC, called Zigy the first step towards realising “our dream of a Swastha Bharat”.

    The online marketplace will initially serve customers in five cities – Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The product portfolio on the marketplace will include allopathic, homeopathic, ayurvedic and other wellness products.

    The operations will be extended to 50 cities within 18 months, and PMHLC expects Zigy to serve rural India after a while.

    Zigy is available on both the web and mobile platforms.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bengaluru / by Express News Service / August 25th, 2015

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    August 30th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Four personalities of the City — District Co-operative Union President H.V. Rajeev, Journalist Amshi Prasannakumar, Kannada Sahitya Parishat Mysuru President M. Chandrashekar and Beautician Uma Jadhav — will be conferred ‘Sri Raghavendra Ratna’ award at ‘Raghavendra Mahadarshana’ book release function organised under the aegis of Sri Raghavendra Prakashana at Rotary Hall on JLB Road in city on Aug. 31 at 11 am.

    Prof. Bhashyam Swamiji of Yoga Narasimhaswamy Temple, Vijayanagar, Dr. V. Bhanuprakash Sharma, cultural patron K. Raghuram, former member of All India Handlooms & Textiles Corporation G. Ravi will be the chief guests.

    For details, contact Mob: 99648-86981.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> In Brief / Saturday – August 29th, 2015

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    by Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore

    India and China had cultural relations with each other in the early centuries Before Christ (BC). In fact, the name China or Cheena is a Sanskrit form of a dynasty named Tsin, which ruled in China. Thus China owes its modern name to India and this is a great Indian contribution.

    India and China had political and cultural relations around third century BC. According to traditional stories, King Ashoka is said to have sent 18 Buddhist monks to China for the propagation of Buddhism there. One such group reached China in 218 BC. The story of Bodhisattva was quite popular in China around the second century BC. By about third century, the Hanas invaded China and the Chinese King requested help from many countries including India. During that period, he saw cotton cloth which the Indian merchants had brought for trade, and they liked the cotton cloth and traded in them. In fact, China was famous for silk (Chinambara) which is mentioned in our epics and puranas.

    During the rule of Ming dynasty, the Buddhist monks, Dharmaraksha and Kasyapa Matanga were taken to China and they translated many Buddhist works into Chinese language. Those Buddhist monks passed through Bamiyan, Kashgar, Kuchi, Karashahar and they became great Buddhist centres.

    People from India used to go to China through two routes which were full of risks. More than 500 years later, devotees used to go through Nepal and Tibet and it became quite popular. Special mention should be made of great saints like Dharmaraksha, Kumarajiva, Vimalaksha, Punyatrata etc. In fact, many great Buddhist scholars of Nalanda went to China to get better recognition there. The celebrated travellers Fahien and Huentsang made everlasting contributions towards Buddhism in China. The latter stated that he is unwilling to go back to China leaving the sacred land of Buddhism. Gradually, Buddhism declined in China and Tao and Confucian leaders became more important and began giving trouble to Buddhists. Sacred Buddhists texts like Vinayapitaka, Sutrapitaka, Abhidamma- pitaka were translated into Chinese language. In fact, some of these are not available in India and Buddhists had to depend upon Chinese texts. This glorious period came to an end in early medieval period. It never saw such a glory again.

    Under this background, a Chinese inscription found in Karnataka may be examined. There is an inscribed stone in the Shantika Parameshvari Temple in Kumta, North Canara district of Karnataka. It contained letters which were neither Brahmi, Nagari or Kannada and created a furore among the local people. But the people were helpless and even the traditional epigraphists were of no avail. Today people do not know how this stone came to the local temple. At that juncture, a photograph and a estampage were taken and they were sent to Prof. Noboru Karashima of Tokyo University, who was studying Indian inscriptions. In fact, Tokyo University had a course of study on Indian epigraphy under Dr. Karashima. The latter conducted an international conference on Indian epigraphy at Tokyo, which I had the good fortune to attend.

    After getting the estampage of the inscribed stone, Karashima deciphered it and read it as ‘Guong Dong Kaiyi Kasshong Ven Veng Jhima.’ It means that this is the Samadhi (tomb) of Guong Dong Ven Veng who established this township. Further Guong Dong is a town in Southern China. He established this in honour of the great God. This information is not sufficient to write more about the saint whose tomb was established here. Obviously, it was meant for worship in those days but it lost its significance and importance in course of time. Suryanath Kamath had published a note in a newspaper.

    Further research on this problem yielded some more interesting information. By about 1850, the British were scary of the Chinese individuals who were known to be robbers and were deported to an Island as life sentence. By about 1833 roughly, fifteen men and ten women were freed. Among them some were Buddhists while others were Christians. The Christians married Goan girls or boys and began working as labourers in tea estates, some took up basketry. However, they continued to do thefts and hence local Police kept a strict eye on them and their movements. It is said that most of these people, both men and women, went and settled in Karwar. The bamboo and basketry work done by these people was famous till recently.

    Now, we may come back to the saint whose Samadhi has been described above. Hence, it is quite likely that the Samadhi stone which was set up there might have been brought to Kumta where it is now lying.

    According to the local people, some of the Chinese merchants who were moving from place to place for the purpose of trade noticed a Chinese inscription and out of respect for the saint brought it to Kumta. It was lying somewhere in the town. In India, local people play an important role in the preservation of our ancient relics in general and inscriptions in particular. As there were no museums in those days, inscribed stones used to be brought to the local temples and kept in a corner. The same thing should have happened to this stone also. In the early days the Chinese merchants used to visit Kumta and had a temporary settlement there.

    In other words, this confirms that the Chinese merchants used to visit Kumta for the purpose of trade. They used to be in good numbers and spread themselves in different parts. Thus Kumta became an important centre for the Chinese merchants.

    The North Karnataka gazetteer prepared over a hundred years ago, quotes many elders of Kumta who had seen Chinese merchants staying there. In fact, they used to develop friendship with young and beautiful local girls and paid them heavily to be with them. This also made the local Chinese merchants closer to the local people, for their generosity in paying money. This normally happens with foreign visitors. Having come to India and settled down here, the Chinese elevated their saint to greater heights and began worshipping them. In fact, they must have converted them to the level of Gods. In that way, this Chinese inscription though short, is significant and adds a page in the cultural history of Karnataka. The tradition continued till recently is a point of importance, in spite of the present political scenario. Let us bow to saint Guong Dong.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles  / Saturday – August 29th, 2015

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    Swami Vivekananda was never tired of repeating his clarion call to the youth of India, ‘You are the master of your own destiny.’ Many social reformers too have given similar calls to the youth to dream and work diligently to improve their social, academic, economic and political conditions despite being oppressed under adverse social conditions. Some listen to these spiritual and social reformers, pursue their exhortation and succeed.

    Top : Narayan with wife Jayamma, son Jayaramu, daughter-in-law Shwetha (extreme left) and grandson Amith. Below : Narayan (extreme left) with his political mentor Siddharamaiah.

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    Narayan with wife Jayamma, son Jayaramu, daughter-in-law Shwetha (extreme left) and grandson Amith.
    Below :
    Narayan (extreme left) with his political mentor Siddharamaiah.

    One such person to succeed in our city, I do not know if inspired by such noble souls, is Narayan, who was the Mayor of our city (in 2000-01) and now, at age 60, is the Chairman of the Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission.

    Born into a community which, under our enlightened and secular Constitution, is called Scheduled Caste of Madiga community in Karnataka, Narayan’s parents lived in a slum and worked as Safai Karmacharis, manual workers, that included manual scavenging work as well.

    As a child, he lived with his parents and six siblings in an atmosphere and milieu that would not even allow one to dream for a better future. Poverty and hunger haunted him. Poverty forever degrades a person, never enables nor ennobles one unless made of a sterner stuff. Narayan apparently was made of a sterner stuff. He decided to change the course of his destiny.

    Beginning as a manual scavenger at Mysuru Railway Station for about eight months, by age 16 he managed to study ending up as a class X drop-out. He got a job in the famous Ideal Jawa motorcycle factory of Farrokh Irani, a liberal, generous industrialist of our city. Many underprivileged had benefited from Farrokh Irani’s egalitarian approach to an enterprise and Narayan was certainly one such beneficiary.

    From a paltry salary of Rs. 180 a month he got from the Railways for doing that dirty job, he got a decent, dignified salary of Rs. 1,800 a month at Jawa factory. Of course, in between these two jobs he had worked as a domestic help and also at the silk factory to supplement income.

    From 1978 when he became a permanent employee at Jawa, he never looked back. It was a turning point in his life made possible by people who belonged to the upper class with a heart. The popular english weekly ‘The Week’ of Aug. 30, 2015 has written about him in its ‘The Indian Hero’ column under the headline “Clean sweep — One man’s inspiring journey from a manual scavenger to a Mayor and more” where Narayan has expressed his experience as a domestic help that shows his employer in poor light. May be the meaning of domestic work is different to different persons.

    Nevertheless, for Narayan that was a springboard to get into Ideal Jawa that changed his life forever, for better. The service at the upper-caste house seemed better than the one Railways offered him. More than that the upper-caste family head kept his word and got Narayan the job in the factory.

    Be that as it may, what is most admirable in Narayan was that despite a respectable salary in his pocket, he did not forget to help his fellow-men, the Safai Karmacharis. Whenever there were attempts to evacuate his fellow-men from their slums without showing them an alternative place, he would protest and take the lead to meet politicians and officials to get help. He was even imprisoned about four times, he says. That was when he came close to Vedanta Hemmige, MLA of Janata Parivar who made him the Director of Karnataka Slum Development Board when Ramakrishna Hegde was the Chief Minister. Later he became close to Siddharamaiah, then of Janata Parivar and thereafter never looked back. As a politician he rose to become the Mayor of Mysore City in 2001-2002. And now he has risen higher as the Chairman of Karnataka Safai Karmachari Commission drawing a salary of Rs. 1 lakh a month, riding an air-conditioned Toyota Innova car, functioning from an air-conditioned office in Bengaluru.

    The Commission is a quasi-judicial body, not an implementing agency. Narayan has persuaded the Chief Minister Siddharamaiah to set up a Development Board for the over-all development of Safai Karmachari in Karnataka whose number, according to Narayan, is over 35,000. The Board is likely to be set up soon. If so, let us hope, Narayan will be its first Chairman.

    ‘Fame is the by-product of success,’ says the actor-poet Ayushmann Khurrana. Our Narayan is one local example where his success as a politician has brought him this fame. Let a thousand flowers bloom, like Narayan, in the garden of Safai Karmacharis and spread the fragrance of human kindness and compassion all around.

    e-mail: kbg@starofmysore.com

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Abracadabra ..Abracadabra / by K.B. Ganapathy / Saturday – August 29th, 2015

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    August 28th, 2015adminArts, Culture & Entertainment
    Ravindra Katoti | Vinod Kumar T

    Ravindra Katoti | Vinod Kumar T

    As an eight-year-old, Ravindra Katoti visited harmonium artiste Rambhau Bijapure with his parents. When he heard Bijapure’s mesmerizing music, Katoti decided he had found his calling.

    “My brother used to learn the flute from him (Bijapure). It all began with a casual conversation. While we were at his house in Belagavi, he asked me what I would like to learn. And, just like that, I said, ‘Harmonium,’ ” recalls Katoti.

    Now, 38 years later, Katoti contributes to popularising harmonium solo concerts through the Harmonium Habba in Bengaluru. Its ninth edition, held on June 28, saw a Hindustani solo (on the harmonium) by Sudhir Yardi, while R Paramasivan played Carnatic compositions and old songs from the Gubbi Veeranna drama company. The event ended with Colours of Harmonium, an exploration of Hindustani classical, light classical and devotional genres by Ravindra Katoti.

    The annual fest is organised by the Bijapure Harmonium Foundation, set up by Katoti, as are a few more concerts and lecture demonstrations round the year. BHF has also brought out audio recordings of the harmonium, a DVD titled Learn to Play Harmonium, aimed at beginners, and a documentary on the maestro it is named after.

    The foundation’s efforts to project the harmonium as an independent instrument have paid off. “Earlier, people would be astonished if you mentioned a harmonium concert, even though the violin, sarangi and many other instruments have featured as the main ones in concerts for ages. Now, at least, people are aware,’’ says Katoti.

    Before he shifted base from Belagavi to Bengaluru, he found that Bengalureans were largely unacquainted with the instrument. “When I was called, performances where the harmonium took centre-stage were few and far between,” he says.

    But he has witnessed people gradually develop a taste for it. “It has been 13 years since I started the foundation, and slowly I find them supporting my cause,” shares Katoti. Solo performances even have dedicated listeners these days, he says, adding, “This is an instrument that originated in France and is thriving in India,” he says.

    Harmonium is a global instrument, Katoti declares. It lends itself to many genres: Hindustani, Carnatic, devotional, light-classical and even Western.

    An A-grade All India Radio and Doordarshan artiste, Katoti has played in venues across India and the globe. “In places like Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata, people come from a rich cultural background and it’s always a pleasure to perform in these cities,” he says.

    Concerts abroad—Europe, US and the Middle East—are another question altogether. People patronise a variety of arts, and the audiences there are far more disciplined. “Unlike in India, they listen to the concert rapt in attention and complete silence,” he says. But this makes it harder for artistes like him to gauge their response.

    Scholarships and awards have punctuated Katoti’s musical journey. He was awarded a three-year scholarship by the Karnataka Sangeet NrityaAcademy in 1986. In 1993, following his brilliant performance at South Central Zone Cultural Centre’s Yuva Sangeetotsav held at Ujjain, the then Maharashtra governor P C Alexander honoured him for his top-notch performance. The following year, he was conferred the title of Sur Ratna by Bhatkande Lalitkala Academy, Raipur. He also has a doctorate in commerce from Karnataka University, Dharwar.

    On the question of how he wants to further his guru’s legacy—who passed on five years ago—he says he wants to “continue doing what he is doing: teaching and performing”.

    This apart, he wants to mark Bijapure’s birth centenary year, 2017, with harmonium concerts across the country. He remembers his guru as, “someone who taught me the gist of music, with harmonium as the medium”.

    Though known for his gaayaki style of rendition, where the musician uses the instrument to achieve a human voice-like quality with the music, he has also shared the stage with the greats of Hindustani music, including Gangubai Hangal, Bhimsen Joshi and Pandit Jasraj.

    Ask him how different playing independently and accompaniment are, and he responds with, “When you accompany someone else you follow the other artiste’s thoughts; when you perform solo, you play out your own thoughts.”

    And the art of accompaniment cannot be taught, he believes. “You can teach them how to play, but accompaniment is their prerogative. It has to be habituated.”

    Katoti has also composed his own music, for bhav geets and devotional songs, besides two raga maalikas. This is an entirely different ball game, for “you have to keep in mind the lyrics and the musicians who will sing or play it.”

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / by Chetana Divya Vasudev / August 08th, 2015

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    Krishna Byre Gowda, Minister of State for Agriculture, has said that the government has decided to develop seed potato at the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research Station at Hesaraghatta in Bengaluru and distribute them to growers in Hassan and other places in the State.

    The institute would develop disease-free seeds which would assure a better yield to growers, provided it was cultivated in a scientific way, the Minister said at the drought review meeting here on Wednesday.

    He was reacting to the allegations of H.D. Revanna, Janata Dal (Secular) MLA, that substandard seeds were distributed among growers in Hassan district in the past two years and the growers had incurred crores of rupees losses.

    The Minister said that the production might begin in a year or two. Till then, the government would get quality seeds from Punjab, he said.

    Mr. Revanna alleged that many traders and commission agents in Hassan had sold table potato as seed potato to farmers in the last few years and cheated growers.

    He alleged that the district administration had failed to initiate action though he had written to the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Executive Officer of the Hassan Zilla Panchayat.

    Mr. Revanna said that the growers were discouraged by the fall in the prices of potato every year and the area under potato cultivation had come down considerably in Hassan district.

    T.B. Jayachandra, Minister for Law and Parliamentary affairs, asked the Deputy Commissioner of Hassan to make a list of potato growers in the district and their requirement of seed potato. The government would get seeds from Punjab and distribute it among growers.

    The Minister also said that the government might not hesitate to distribute them at subsidised rates to encourage growers.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by H.S.Narasimha Kumar / Mysuru – August 28th, 2015

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