Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SALEKERI HABBA (Festival) - ಜಾತ್ರಾ ಮಹೋತ್ಸವ 2018

16 - 17th February 2018
Salekeri, Brahmavara, Udupi Dist, Karnataka


Birthi,Salekeri is the place where I was born and brought up. My father, Venkatramana Somayaji was the temple priest for many many years (more than 40 years). During my younger days I used to accompany him for special occasions like festivals, Sone Arthi.
The temple deity is BrahmaLinga Veerabhadra Sri Durga Parameshwari.

Over the years, the temple has seen renovation, changes for better, and the people, mostly weaving community looks upon temple deity for all their welfare and prosperity.

The Annual Festival, Habba, Jaatraa Mahotsava usually takes place in the month of February. Though it is 6-day festivities, people from all over the place gather on the day of Deities Meravanige (Procession) on the streets of Salekeri in the night with pomp and pageantry.

The next day, used to be DHAKKE BALI, another ritual but due various reasons, instead there is RATHOTSAVA on the streets upto Badaa Salekeri and back.

People from the town born and brought up and went to school, now working in different parts of India, come to native place for participating in the celebrations and networking, meeting each other, and pay obeyance to God Almighty.

Grocery shop of RaghuramPai (Dhaga)
Number of food stalls, merchandise and other attractions come for short time and do their brisk business as large number of people gather for the festival. For some, it is also time to show off their newly acquired wealth and position in the society.

JAATRAA MAHOTSAVA is time for celebrations.

posted Wednesday 21st Feb. 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018


Sunday 18th Feb. 2018
Kota, Udupi District

We were going for a lunch (oota) at Kota, from Birthi Salekeri, we made a short visit to Dr Shivarama Karantha Theme Park at Kota,

The place is dedicated to Jnana Peetha Prashasthi awardee, Kadala Theerada Bhargava, Dr Kota Shivarama Karantha. The premises has beautiful ambiance outside with garden, a small pool with a bronze statue of Dr Karantha in the middle and the atmosphere is serene.

Inside the building, there is gallery type auditorium, a museum with statues of eminent Kannada writers and many paintings.

Regular cultural programs and award ceremonies take place in the auditorium and lot of people visit the place just to spend some time and see the museum.

We were there for some time and left the place with a good feeling.

posted Tuesday 20th Feb. 2018 


Saturday, 17th Feb.2018
RoofTop Hall, Kidiyur Hotel, Udupi

We were in Birthi, Salekeri, Brahmavara to attend Jaatra Mahotsava at Salekeri, I got the meddage about the Book Release program at Kidiyur Hotel. Hence we decided to attend the program.

It is humorous book "VIVAHA BHOJANAVIDU", written by Sri Shantaraja Aithal and is organized by Suhaasa Udupi/

Sri B V Kedilaya
Ramesh Bhat M

Also to pay tribute to Sri GopalaKrishna Adiga, on his birth centenary Sri B V Kedilaya spoke about half an hour, highlighting his poems, thoughts and thinking.

Sri Shantaraj Aithal distributed the copies to his friends and other guests. Sri ChandraShekara Kedlaya sang a melodious song written by GopalaKrishna Adiga,

Ramesh Bhat proposed vote of thanks.

posted Tuesday 20th Feb. 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Sunday 11th Feb. 2018
TaralaBalu Center, R T Nagara, NammaBengaluru.

Shivarama Karantha Vedike began its activities in the year 1993 by the initiative of Sri Pa Chandrashekara Chadaga and other fans of Jnana Peetha award winner Dr Kota Shivarama Karantha. The Vedike organizes regular programs encouraging Kannada Literature, Yakshagana, Drama, Music etc.

It organized Inauguration Program of Silver Jubilee year 2018, with Sri Chiranjeevi Singh as Chief Guest at the premises of Library of TaralaBalu Centre on Sunday at 10am, followed by guest lecture and Felicitation Program.


The program began with lighting the lamp by the dignitaries and Sri Chiranjeevi Singh inaugurated the Silver Jubilee year in Kannada, remembering the time he spent with Dr Shivarama Karantha and praising all the people who are running the Vedike programs for last 25years.


Sri Chiranjeevi Singh
Dr. R Poornima, Journalist and Saahiti (Literary person) in her guest lecture spoke of Sr Gopalakrishna Adigas poems and literary work and his vision of Kannada Literature and poetry.

Sri B V Kedilaya
Sri. B V Kedilaya, current President and Senior Critic, was honoured with peta, shawl, garland and fruit basket. 

P ChandraShekhara Chadaga felicitated
Sri P ChandraShekara Chadaga, hardcore Abhimaani (Fan)of Dr Shivarama Karantha Vedike,  for his continuous dedicated service, was honoured.

B V Kedilaya

Dr R Poornima
Sri B V Kedilaya, a good speaker enumerated his life and his literary work, his association with GopalaKrishna Adiga and Shivarama Karantha and thanked the Shivarama Karantha Vedike for honouring him. As he passed 80 years, his health issues not make him to actively participate in the  further programs.

with Prabhakara Kedilaya
Sri P ChandraShekhara Chadaga also in his reply, thanked the committee for the honour and said that only his love and affection of Dr Kota Shivarama Karantha made him spend his time on Vedike activities for last 25 years.

Program concluded with vote of thanks by Sri VeeraShekhara Swamy, followed by lunch.

Silver Jubilee program continued after lunch with Beluru RamaMurthy with "Haasyopanyasa" and lecture by Sri Sridhar Bhat YakshaGaana "Yesterday and Today"

In the evening at 5pm, there was 'YAKSHAGAANA" by Suvarna Prasadhana YakshaRanga artists and others distinguished guest artists. The story line of the presentation was 'NAHUSHA MOKSHA" (See a separate blog)

The program concluded at 9 pm

posted Thursday 15th Feb. 2018