Tuesday, January 28, 2014


It was another day when one more year has passed when India became republic and the day day, January 26, is celebrated as REPUBLIC DAY throughout India and the world.
There was the usual Flag Hoisting cermony at Coffee Board layout park in the morning by Kannada Sahitya Parishat members and only few people bothered to attend the ceremony.

Mr Cha. Ramesh, Principal of Suma Public School brought his school children with the band, and there was a Chielf guest the hoist the Flag. He generally spoke about the importance of Republic Day, constituion and people who worked on it.

It was a short function, with couple of children also speaking about the Republic day.

written on Wednesday 29th Jan 2014


Shivalli Smartha Brahmana Mahaparishat is the community organization in Bengaluru and the Annual day program was organized at H N Kalakshetra, Jayanagara, Bengaluru on 19th Jan. 2014.

The usual program of honouring the distinguished people,  students who have achieved high scores in the last examinations, ditribution of prizes and mementos and of course cultural program. It was more of social get-together and for meeting like minded people from the community.

The program very much reminded of the days when we used to organize Karnataka Sangha program in Dubaii, those days.
written on Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014


It's  amazing that one can really enjoy early morning music concert...... so many people love it, which can be seen by the number of people attended the concert on Sunday morning 7 am on 19th January 2014 at at the open air venue of Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru, with its cool weather.
The live vocal recital was by the famour singing duo, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra.... and it was relly mesmarizing..... People just sat without a whisper, only sound of birds and monkeys at times disturbing..... and the people were completely absorbed in enjoying the recital.
I can't recall the names of raagas and other details but it was really excellent.
Rajan and Sajan Mishra are brothers, renowned singers of the khyal style of Indian classical music. They were awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2007,Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, jointly in 1998,the Gandharwa National Award for 1994-1995 and the prestigious National Tansen Samman 2011-2012 on 14 December 2012.
The concert was organized by Rajaguru Smruthi organization and sponsored by Prasiddhi Silks.

Written on Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

SPORTS DAY - (ಕ್ರೀಡೋತ್ಸವ ೨೦೧೪)

It was on Sunday, January 12, 2014, sports day of Shivalli Smartha Brahmana Mahaparishat at Acharya Pathashala Grounds at Basavanagudi, Benagluru. The atmosphere reminded of the days we used to have KREEDOTSAVA of Karnataka Sangha, Dubai, for many years.....
So we were there at the venue at 9.30am when the registrations were going on and the gathering was about to start the function. After the ususal welcome, inauguration by the Chief Guest, events started with childrens race. The usual 50m race, 100m race for various age groups, musical chair for children, and throwball for ladies.
Large yougsters were attracted the event as CRICKET was there and I think there were about 8 teams and they started about 11.00 am.
There was also march past by all those who gathered...... and lunch with bisi bele baath and mosaranna.
As we were tired after lunch and weather was hot, we decided to leave after 2pm
It was a good reminder of the by-gone days.
written on 17 Jan 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Makar Sankrāntī is based on the position of the sun. The sun enters the zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) on the day of Makar Sankranti. All the tithis (dates) of Hindu Dharma’s festivals vary every year; however, Makar Sankranti falls mostly on 14 January (occasionally on 13th or 15th January). Every eighty years, the difference created due to the revolution of the earth around the sun is made up by pushing ahead Makar Sankranti by a day.
This is the Suggi or harvest festival for farmers of Kaveri basin of Karnataka. On this auspicious day, young females (kids and teenagers) wear new clothes to visit near and dear ones with a Sankranti offering in a plate, and exchange the same with other families. This ritual is called "Ellu Birodhu.Here the plate would normally contain "Ellu" (white sesame seeds) mixed with fried groundnuts, neatly cut dry coconut and fine cut bella (jaggery). 
neighbours visit to give ELLU BELLA
The mixture is called "Ellu-Bella" (ಎಳ್ಳು ಬೆಲ್ಲ). The plate also contains sugar candy moulds of various shapes (Sakkare Acchu, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ ಅಚ್ಚು) with a piece of sugarcane. There is a saying in Kannada "ellu bella thindu olle maathadi" which translates to 'eat the mixture of sesame seeds and jaggery and speak only good.' This festival signifies the harvest of the season, since sugarcane is predominant in these parts.
It was not a celebrations as such, but a special day with neighbours visiting and exchanging greetings.
written on Thursday, 16 January 2014


Two little pigeon birds just born, behind the bathroom window, in BIRTHI MANE, Bhuvaneshwari Nagar, Bengaluru was a surprise. It's amazing to see how life brgins those two birdies..... 
how long will they survive...... no one knows..... 
However...... we want them survive, become healthy and fly away into big big world....
seen on Tuesday,14 January 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

RAMADEVARA BETTA (ರಾಮದೇವರ ಬೆಟ್ಟ)

Ramadevara Betta (Hill) is a Hindu shrine rising more than 3000 feet. Lord Ram is said to have visited here during his 14 years exile. There is a Ram temple at the top of the hill. It will give you an awesome feeling as you approach the hill. It is here the 1975 super hit movie Sholay was shot.This betta is in Ramanagara.
The town Ramanagara is about 60 Km from Bengaluru and we (me, nalini, Ravi, Vidya and Rishi) decided to go for the trip, trek and climbing expedition on Sunday, January 4, 2014,
Left Bhuvaneshwari Nagara, Hebbal, Bangalore at 9am and after having breakfast in one many vegetarian hotels on the way, reached the foot of the hill (about 3 km from the main road)at 11.30am
The hill (Betta) has about 300 nicely laid steps to climb and trees and shrubs on the way. After about 250 steps climb, there is Ramadevara temple, with archak who will do the aarthi to Lord Rama, specially for you.
There are nice resting places with beautiful view around.
Still climbing up to a place with a small ladder and steps on the steep rock to reach a high place and a bit risky too. However, climbers who enjoy, it's an awesome place.
Then there also another difficult place with with narrow path and lot of thorny plants, It's very risky and one has to be careful to go on the trek along this path. However, Mom, ravi and rishi made it.
Rest is the climbing down, apparently will not take much time. 
Next was the popular place to have food .... KAMAT'S LOKA RUCHI.....on the main road to Mysore....
It was nice and pleasant, enjoyable trip.
Written on Tueday, 7th january 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


It is celebrations all over the world to say GOOD BYE to the year 2013 and WELCOME the NEW YEAR 2014. We had number of years celebrated in Dubai with friends at various places.
This year we the family, Mom, Ravi and Vidya and Rishi went to Country Club at Yalahanka to celebrate and arrival of 2014...... there was huge gathering, tagged as ASIA'S BIGGEST New Year party, with a film celebreity performing.
We stayed there till 12.30am, cold night and returned.
written on Thursday, 2nd January 2014


Hongirana School of Excellence at AmteKoppa, near Sagar organizes annual festival for students and parents every year, tagged HONGIROTSAVA. It is a four day program with presentaion of students participation and showcasing their accomplishments.
The program devided over different sessions like VICHAROTSAVA, VIJNAANOTSAVA, ANAAVARANA, VAARSHIKOTSAVA, etc etc... and each day with a variety of entertainment program. It was on 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th of December 2013.
This year Dr. Na. Someshwar (That antha Heli program) was there to conduct quiz program, Film and stage celebreity Arun sagar was there to entertain one session.
There was some very good dance and Yakshagaana program by students.
My niece Ms Shobha is in charge of the school which has more than 900 students, with more than 70 teachers for KG to Class XII CBSE school. There are more than 350 students staying in the hostels, and campus spread over 12 acres of land.
Written Thursday, January 2, 2014


As mark of tribute to Late B Srikanth Somayaji, a musical program is organized every year by his wife, Abhilasha.S. at Birthi Salekeri. This year it was on Wednesday, 25th Decemebr 2013 at Birthi House.
Late Sikanth, being my brother's son, was a talented music composer, singer, passed away at the age of 46 years in May 2004 in a car accident.
This year musical program was by Shashikanthn, Vocalist, accompanied by Shashi Kiran on the evening of 25th Dec. We left from Bangalore by car early morning 4.30, via Shiradi, Mangalore, and reached home at 1.00pm.
There was also singing by Ms. Lakshmi Kulakarnni, elderly lady with a very good voice and was honoured with shawl and fruits.
Also there was drama " OBBANOBBA RAAJA" presentation by Kinnara Mela, Heggodu and it was very good.
The program concluded with refreshments and dinner.
written on Thursday 2nd January 2014