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    November 30th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    The inscription in archaic Kannada speaks of the valour of a local warrior. | Photo Credit: VAIDYA

    The inscription in archaic Kannada speaks of the valour of a local warrior. | Photo Credit: VAIDYA

    A 14th century stone inscription has been discovered at Hagalamane village in Bhadravati taluk by R. Shejeshwara, Assistant Director of the Department of Archaeology, Heritage and Museums.

    Mr. Shejeshwara discovered the inscription in an agricultural field on the outskirts of the village based on the information provided by local residents. It has been chiselled from a schist rock slab.

    The inscription, which is in archaic Kannada, speaks of the valour of Jakka, a local warrior and son of Homachara Bhaira Gowda. Mr. Shejeshwara said it is a ‘Mastigallu’, installed to commemorate Jakki, wife of Jakka, who committed self-immolation after her husband died while fighting enemies.

    The lower panel of the inscription has been damaged and all that remains now is the head portion of a sculpture of Jakki wearing pandanus flowers.

    In the middle panel, there are carvings of goddesses taking Jakka and Jakki to heaven.

    In the topmost panel, there are carvings of a Shivalinga and a Nandi being worshipped by a sage in heaven.

    Experts opined that the inscription was installed during the early phase of the Vijayanagar kingdom.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Staff Reporter / Shivamogga – November 29th, 2018

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    Meet Rupa Sridhar, who worked with NASA, and is now making her debut as an actor in Mataash

    Rupa Sridhar describes herself as “an out and out IT professional” with 24 years experience. She has “worked in the US for many years at NASA. I was a software scientist, into research and enjoyed my work.

    After having worked abroad for years, we decided to return for personal reasons,” says Rupa, who adds that she was at the peak of technology while working “amidst geeks and interesting people in the US”.

    After 17 years with NASA, Rupa started working in Bengaluru, till she decided to take a break. “Working 16 hours a day in different time zones takes its toll on your health and mind.”

    Hence, she started her own software company. “In spite of all this, I felt there was a tiny creative aspect hiding in a corner of my heart. Even in the US, I was a part of theatre. There I took it up as a hobby.”

    Rupa also acted in an American short film, “which never was released I think,” she says with a laugh. It was chance meeting with director SD Arvind, that landed her in a role in his film Mataash, which will release in the first week of December.

    “We had an audition and I was selected for the role. We were also given a short workshop where we were taught the nuances of acting and before I knew it, we had completed the shoot of Mataash.” Rupa plays a modern mother in the film and says she felt comfortable in the role as she could identify with it. She is also all praise for the director.

    “Arvind stands out as a true professional. When I met him, I felt he is a brilliant combination of education and creativity and will surely go far ahead.”

    Any initial jitters facing the camera? “I was awkward the first few minutes, but Arvind made it look like a piece of cake. Soon, we were all comfortable in front of the camera.”

    If Rupa was offered a film and an invitation to return to NASA, which would she choose? She laughs and says, “I better zip my mouth. Actually, a second stint at NASA is always welcome; but if films also come up, I am open to that too.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Movies / by Shilpa Sebastian / November 27th, 2018

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    November 29th, 2018adminBusiness & Economy, Records, All

    Role of women as entrepreneurs in nation-building highlighted

    Coast Guard District Karnataka on Thursday organised a workshop for women achievers to mark National Integration Week being observed across its facilities between November 19 and 25.

    The Week is being observed to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony, national Integration and pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood, said an official release. A number of programmes, including seminars, workshop etc. based on the themes of secularism, anti-communalism and non-violence, are being organised.

    During Thursday’s workshop, inaugurated by Commander, DIG, S.S. Dasila, Giselle Mehta, President of the Association of Retired Officers of Customs, Central Excise and GST, spoke the on values and role of women as entrepreneurs in nation building.

    She has been a business person, owning Allgrow Ventures and a Director of Allegro Ventures India. She is also a novelist and published “Blossom Showers” in 2011.

    Archana, Manager, Airport Operations and Customer Service for Indigo, spoke on the role of women in the family and society and women empowerment. She laid emphasis on women being pioneers in nation building and key to sustainable development and quality of life in the family.

    Environment protection

    Pandit Health Resort & Spa’s Chairperson Ruby Agarwal spoke on protection of natural resources which are features of environment that are important and of value to human beings in one form or other.

    Highlighting maintaining national integirty, Mr. Dasila said the feeling of unity amongst all citizens is vital for the growth and stability of the country.

    The first day of the week was observed as “National Integration Day” followed by “Welfare of Minorities Day” on November 20, “Linguistic Harmony Day” on November 21, and “Weaker Sections Day” on November 22. Cultural Unity Day was observed on November 23 and Women’s Day on November 24. “Conservation Day” would be on November 25.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mangaluru – November 25th, 2018

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    November 29th, 2018adminAmazing Feats, Records, All

    Former Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, National Public School founder K P Gopalkrishna and Sandalwood actor Jai Jagadish are among the other awardees.

    82-year-old Kaamegowda has created 14 ponds in his village Daasanadoddi | pandarinath b

    82-year-old Kaamegowda has created 14 ponds in his village Daasanadoddi | pandarinath b

    Bengaluru :

    Kaamegowda, the 82-year-old shepherd from Daasanadoddi village in Malavalli taluk of Mandya district, got glad tidings on Wednesday when he was informed that his four-decade-long effort to create 14 ponds in his village, had been recognised by the state government. On Thursday, Kaamegowda will be among 63 recipients of this year’s Rajyotsava award, to be given by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru.

    Former Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, National Public School founder K P Gopalkrishna and Sandalwood actor Jai Jagadish are among the other awardees.On July 15 this year, The New Indian Express had first reported on Kaamegowda’s inspiring tale in a story titled ‘Shepherd from Karnataka builds 14 ponds on barren hill, turns his village green’.

    Kaamegowda, who has not had any formal education, dedicated 40 years of his life to digging, creating and maintaining 14 ponds on a hillock in his village. Thanks to his efforts, the ponds remain full of water, even during the scorching Mandya summers.
    “Let there be more lakes,” he said, upbeat at having been recognised by the government.

    “It is a service to mother nature and I must not take credit. We humans can afford to buy water but animals and birds cannot,” he told TNIE on Wednesday. True to form, Kaamegowda said that the `1 lakh purse that the Rajyotsava award carries would also be spent on the upkeep of the ponds.

    When TNIE first visited his house, Kaamegowda, who sleeps in a cattle shed under a mosquito mat, said that his family had given up on trying to convince him to stop spending on the ponds. His stubborn dedication to seeing the water bodies develop meant that he would spend all cash awards and other money that he received into the effort instead of spending it on mending his house, in severe disrepair. True to form, Kaamegowda on Wednesday said that the `1 lakh purse that the Rajyotsava award carries would also be spent on the upkeep of the ponds.

    In a modest tone, he added that repairing his house was last on his list of priorities for the moment. “These gestures are our contribution to nature which has given us so much. Till I am alive, I can only think of the ponds,” he said.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> States> Karnataka / by Express News Service / November 29th, 2018

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    Wipro Limited Chairman Azim Premji receives the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), from Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler, in Bengaluru on Thursday.

    Wipro Limited Chairman Azim Premji receives the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour), from Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler, in Bengaluru on Thursday.

    Azim Premji, philanthropist and Chairman of Wipro Limited, on Wednesday received the highest French civilian distinction, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) from Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler.

    Speaking on the occasion at the Wipro campus, Ziegler said the award was bestowed on Azim Premji for his outstanding contribution to developing the information technology industry in India.

    “Also, for his economic outreach in France, and his laudable contribution to society as a philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University,” he said.

    TheLegion d’Honneur , instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.

    The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.

    In his acceptance speech, Premji said he is extremely honoured by the award bestowed on me. “The vibrancy of the French democracy and its diversity is an inspiration to all across the world,” he said.

    Wipro’s association with France spans over 15 years and the company enjoys a close relationship with several French organizations. Nearly 65% of Wipro’s employees in France are locals.

    France is a key market for Wipro and the company is committed to continues investments there. Large French digital companies already have a strong footprint in India, employing over 1.3 lakh people at their R&D centres and facilities.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> Business> Business News / by N.V. Vijayakumar / DH News Service, Bengaluru / November 28th, 2018

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    November 28th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All

    AmbareeshBF28nov2018Ambareesh was a three-time MP who represented Mandya constituency

    M.H. Ambareesh, who distanced himself from active politics during the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, was a politician who fought hard on issues affecting the State.

    The actor-turned politician served as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in the UPA government, led by the Manmohan Singh government. However, he resigned from the ministry in 2008.

    A three-time MP, Mr. Ambareesh was elected to the 12, 13 and 14th Lok Sabha from Mandya constituency. He had served as the Housing Minister in the Siddaramaiah government. He was dropped from the Cabinet by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in 2017.

    He was a member of the Assembly from 2013 to 2018. Though the party had given him ‘B’ Form to contest the 2018 Assembly elections, Mr. Ambareesh did not contest from the Mandya Assembly Constituency, citing health issues.

    True to his ‘rebel star’ style, Mr. Ambareesh was an avid racer and active member of the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC). He opposed his government’s move to relocate the BTC saying racing is not gambling, and hundreds of families would lose their livelihood if it is moved out of the city.

    Mr. Ambareesh questioned the motive behind the move to relocate the club. Noting that even in New Delhi, the Prime Minister’s official residence (7 Race Course Road) is very close to the Delhi Race Course, he opposed relocation of the BTC. Congress leaders M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G. Parameshwara, D.K. Shivakumar and others condoled his death.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Nagesh Prabhu / Bengaluru – November 25th, 2018

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    November 28th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Mangaluru :

    ‘Konkan Fiesta’ a fest with dance, music and food is all set to enthral Mangalureans on December 2 at Mangalore Hills, Bondel, 3 pm onwards.

    The one day extravaganza is organised by Hera Pinto in association with Club Mantra.

    The fest organised under motto ‘Creating good fun for betterment’ aims to gather all dance, music and food lovers under one roof and celebrate togetherness with joy, cheer and laughter, especially for the Catholic community of Mangaluru and Udupi diocese.

    As part of the upcoming fest, two online contests have already begun, namely ‘Baila Challenge’ and ‘Popular Family.’ Title winners will be awarded with cash prize of Rs.10,000 each.

    The highlights of the event are ‘Sun Shine’ brass band, Perampally and ‘Alcatrazz’ a well renowned band which is coming all the way from Goa, to perform live.

    To keep the audience enthralled, the fiesta will have various food and beverage stalls, along with games and sales stalls. Exciting spot prizes and lucky draws will be held during the event.

    Konkan Fiesta, will raise funds on the day of the event for Riya Foundation (residential therapeutic home for persons with varied disabilities).

    Entry to the festival is absolutely free.

    Passes will be provided across Mangaluru and Udupi soon.

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / by Daijiworld Media Network / November 28th, 2018

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    November 26th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    A still of the Kannada film ‘KGF’.

    A still of the Kannada film ‘KGF’.

    Lahari Audio acquires the rights of the multi-lingual film for ₹3.6 crore

    Touted as the costliest film made in Kannada, KGF created a records of sorts with Bengaluru-based Lahari Audio acquiring audio rights of the film on Saturday by paying ₹3.6 crore.

    According to Tulasiram Naidu of Lahari, popularly known as Lahari Velu in the film industry, his company, which had acquired the audio rights of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion by paying ₹2.25 crore, bought the audio rights of KGF by paying more than that.

    “It is a whopping sum of ₹3.6 crore and the highest amount being paid for acquiring audio rights of a film in the history of south Indian cinema,” said Mr. Velu.

    “While the Kannada version of audio with six songs and four bit music pieces will be released on November 29, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam versions are set to release in the first week of December,” producer Vijay Kiragandur told The Hindu.

    Like Bahubali, which was released in two parts, KGF is also being made in two parts. While the first part is set to release in the last week of December, the sequel is slated for release in mid-next year. In actor Yash’s own words, “With KGF, Kannada films get a new found respect in Indian cinema”.

    The much-awaited KGF is being widely talked about in the Kannada film industry for the past three years, as it is showing all signals of becoming a trendsetter.

    Mr. Kiragandur has refused to disclose the budget of the film and has maintained that he is not worried about the budget, as making the film is more of a passion for him than a business proposition.

    While the film is shot in Kannada, it will be dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi and released simultaneously.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Velu is in the process of making a multi-lingual and multi-starrer film on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which is being scripted by K.V. Vijayendra Prasad of the Bahubali fame.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Muralidhara Khajane / Bengluru – November 26th, 2018

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    November 26th, 2018adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Records, All
    B.V. Karanth Theatre Complex that has come up at Heggodu in Shivamogga district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    B.V. Karanth Theatre Complex that has come up at Heggodu in Shivamogga district. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Heggodu complex to house his books, audio-video documents

    The dream of the Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth Theatre Trust (BVKTT) to protect and preserve the huge repository of books, musical instruments, posters, and theatre properties collected by the doyen of Indian theatre is finally being fulfilled with B.V. Karanth Theatre Complex coming up at Heggodu in Shivamogga district.

    The complex has been developed in association with Nilakanteshwara Natya Seva Sangha (Ninasam), Heggodu, at a cost of ₹65 lakh. Ninasam, established in 1949, had set up a theatre library facility back in 1980, and it has a collection of over 15,000 rare works on theatre. With Karnath’s collection on theatre now added, the library will be further enriched. “Probably, this will one of the very few libraries on theatre in the country,” said Jayaram Patil, managing trustee of the BVKTT.

    The former director of the National School of Drama Kirti Jain will open the complex on December 2. In all, the complex will have around 30,000 books and over 1,000 audio-video documents. The complex will be open to students and faculty of Ninasam, besides visiting scholars, theatre enthusiasts, and the public, according to Akshara K.V. of Ninasam.

    Music instruments

    Meanwhile, the repository of rare musical instruments collected by Karanth during his lifetime, from all over India, are now at the Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village in Manipal, founded by Vijaynath Shenoy.

    Musical instruments collected by B.V. Karanth are now at Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village in Manipal. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    Musical instruments collected by B.V. Karanth are now at Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village in Manipal. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    “Karnath had over 150 rare musical instruments. As there is no person to preserve and protect them, our trust decided to donate all the musical instruments, which were stored in Karanth’s house in Bengaluru, to Hasta Shilpa. Karanth himself had agreed to give them to Hasta Shilpa following an appeal from Mr. Shenoy. Now, they are under the safe custody of curators and preserved in an air-conditioned storage facility,” said Mr. Patil.

    State project was shelved

    A decade ago, Rangayana in Mysuru, of which Karanth was the first director, had planned a theatre library and museum on its premises.

    The Department of Kannada and Culture had also shown interest. The late H.S. Mahadeva Prasad, who headed the department, had formed a committee of experts in theatre and architects, headed by the director of Rangayana, in 2007. A facility at a cost of ₹2.5 crore was planned and a plan was sent to the government. The Minister even sanctioned ₹10 lakh as a token honorarium to the trust to part with Karanth’s collection, and preparations were made to lay the foundation stone for the ambitious project.

    However, the dream could not be realised with the fall of the coalition government headed then by H.D. Kumaraswamy. “As successive governments failed to take initiative in the museum project to protect and preserve the priceless collection of Karanth, the Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth Theatre Trust, in association with Ninasam, finally found a safe place for the collection,” said Mr. Patil.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Muralidhara Khajane / Bengaluru – November 26th, 2018

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