Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Sunday, 26th April 2015
Shringeri is the famous place, where Sharadamba Temple is centre of attraction. This temple and the Goddess radiates lot of energy from within, which attracts lot of visitors throughout the year.
We started of from Udupi at 8 am by with Nalini, Vijaya and Smitha. After having breakfast at Hebri at Badekillayas Hotel, reached Kigga, a small place, which has Rushya Shrangeshwara Temple.
After visiting, we reached Shringeri, a distance of 20 km . Being Sunday and school holidays time, there were lot of visitors. 
The new entrance called GOPURA, is being given final touches and the entrance to the temple is through the side doors. 
The Sharadamba temple in Shringeri was established by Sri Shankaracharya when he established the Sharada Peetham Matha here. It is a beautiful temple, set in the Malnad region. Shringeri is located on the banks of the river Tunga. It is a famous pilgrimage center and very important for the followers of Shankaracharya.
Sri Shankaracharya was travelling across the country with his disciples. when he reached this spot, known as Shringa Giri, because the hill here was the place of the ashram of Vibhandaka Maharishi and his great son Rishyashringa. 
When Sri Shankara came to this place, he saw a strange scene – a cobra had reared up and spread its hood, to provide shade from the hot sun for a spawning toad. He was enchanted by this sight. Saraswathi Devi, who was with him in the form of a young girl named Bharathi, decided to stay here. Adi Shankaracharya also decided to stay here and set up the Shringeri Sharada Peetham, one of the five Mathas he established in various parts of India. It is said he spent twelve years here. 
written Thursday, 30th April2015


Sunday, 26th April 2015

A beautiful waterfalls near Shringeri has lot of potential for tourist attractions. It's fresh water falling from the rocks, amongst natural surroundings. Five km road from Kigga is not so good, but motorable. One has to walk down about 80 steps to reach the falls. There are changing rooms and one can walk down under the falls and enjoy.
We had to come up after 45minutes at the falls, as it started raining heavily and the steps were slippery to come up. There were lot of tourists, young and old.

Sirimane Falls is located at a distance of 5 km from Kigga near Sringeri, a popular pilgrim center.
Kigga, a small village which houses to beautiful waterfalls. Kigga is about 16 kms from Sringeri. Water from falls feeds coffee estates and paddy fields in the downstream. A moderate entry fee is collected to maintain the walkways and viewpoints. The money collected also supports a small hydraulic power plant which is built adjacent to falls which lights Kigga houses. The entire activity is controlled and maintained by local bodies.
The place is in the process of improving for attraction of tourists.
written Thursday, 30 April 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Mysore Govinda Prasad known to us since 1978 when I was working as a teacher in Doma GSS Gombe, Nigeria. He also came to Gombe as Maths Lecturer at Teacher's college and since there were very few Indians, we became close family friends.
He hails from Mysore wher his grandfather was Asthan Vidwan for Maharaja of Mysore .
His wife Nagamani and son Trivikram Prasad (Bachu), he was 13years,
As there were not much of entertainment in that samll place Gombe, we used to have get-together, picnic and travelling our by car for long distances.
in 1964
The saga continued till 1985, when he left for Dubai to work in Our Own English High School.
The very next year, I also got the job to teach Physics in the same school and our fellowship continued. We used to go for outings, picnics and often get-togethers continued. He became Supervisor in the school and then later shifted to corporate office.
Due to Nagamani Prasad's health issues, In 2002, he relocated himself with his wife to Bangalore and and his son Bachu was married and had twin girls, also settled in Bangalore.
Mr Prasad is a jovial person and he always has a humourous angle for any issue. He passed his Sanskrit highest exam at the age of 75 years and also took part in 10 km marathaon.
I was also relocated to Brngaluru in the year 2010, when we could continue our fellowhip and seeing each other often.

on 7th April 2015 at Bengaluru
It's now April 2015, he decided to relocate again to Mysuru, with his wife, where he feels it is  more comfortable than Bengaluru.
We wish him happy, healthy and peaceful life in the years to come.
written Saturday, 11th April 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Wednesday, 8th April 2015
Concert in progress
Another evening well spent attending music concert of Naadoja Dr Vidyabhushana at Sheshadripuram, Namma Bengaluru.
Vidyabhushana is a vocalist from Karnataka. He sings devotional songs, chiefly Haridasa compositions, and carnatic classical music.He has hundreds of albums to his credit, mainly devotional songs in Kannada and has given many concerts all over the world. His first album was the extremely popular "Dasara Padagalu" and the 100th - "Tanu Ninnadu Jivana Ninnadu". Performing for more than 20 years, he has traveled to many countries including a successful tour across the length and breadth of USA in 1999., He was honoured with the title of Sangeetha Vidya Nidhi in 1994. He was also honoured the Doctorate by Hampi University. Sri Vidyabhushana began to learn music when yet very young, from his father late Sri Govindacharya, and for several years was an ardent disciple of Sri B. V. Narayana Aithal of Udupi. In the later years he got training from the famous musician, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri R.K.Srikantan and then from the well known exponent T V Gopalaksrishnan.
He continues his constructive activities in music, and the spread of devotion and service to the community through "Bhakti Bharathi Prathistana", a trust for which he is the founder trustee. This trust conducts extensive musical programs to commemorate Shri Purandara Dasara Aradhana and other events. Presently he is constructing "Purandarashrama" in Bangalore.
He is a native of Dakshina Kannada district. He lives with his wife and two kids in Bangalore. He was the pontiff of Kukke Subramanya Mutt before becoming a full-time singer.
At the Sri Seshadripuram Ramaseva Samithi, Vidyabhushana was honoured for his 25 years of performances, without a break at the samithi. “When I started singing for the samithi, I used to see only sand around the college premises where people sat and listened even for four hours at a stretch. The ambience and open-air cool breeze has always been inviting,” says Vidyabhushana, who holds a Doctorate in ‘Haridaasa Haadugalalli Sangeetha,’ from the Hampi University.

after the concert....
written on Thursday 9th April2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


A scene from the play.....
KARNA BHAARA - Another excellent of drama of 60 minutes, at Rashtriya Natakotsava at Bayalu Ranga Mandira, Ravindra Kala Kshetra, Bengaluru on Tuesday, 7th April 7.30 pm
ಕರ್ಣ ಭಾರ
ಭಾಸ ಮಹಾಕವಿಯ "ಕರ್ಣಭಾರ" ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತವೆನಿಸುವುದು ಅದರ ’ಬಹುಭೂಮಿಕೆ’ಯ ಲಕ್ಷಣದಿಂದ. ಶಲ್ಯನ ರಥ ಏರಿ ರಂಗದ ಮೇಲೆ ಬರುವ ಕರ್ಣ ಸ್ವೋಪಜ್ನನಾಗುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಗತಜೀವನವು ಆತನನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಶಾಪವಾಗಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿಹಾಕಿತೆನ್ನುವುದನ್ನು ನಿವೇದಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಆದುನಿಕ ಬದುಕಿಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆಯಾಗಬಲ್ಲ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿತ್ವವುಳ್ಳ ಭಾಸನ ಕರ್ಣನಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಇಂದ್ರ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣನಾಗಿ ಬಂದು ಅವನ ಕವಚ ಕುಂಡಲಗಳನ್ನು ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣನ ಕಪಟ, ದೇವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯತೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುವ ಮೂಲಕ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯೊಳಗೆ ಕರ್ಣನನ್ನು ಅಸಹಾಯಕವನ್ನಾಗಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ಬಯಲು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾನೆ ಭಾಸ. ಈ ರಂಗಪ್ರಯೋಗವು ಭಾಸನ ಆಶಯವನ್ನು ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ. ಕರ್ಣನು ದಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರತಿಯಾಗಿ ಇಂದ್ರನಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಕೊಡುಗೆಯನ್ನು ತಿರಸ್ಕರಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ ಮತ್ತು ತನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇಟ್ಟು ಹೋರಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ, ಹೀಗೆ ತನ್ನ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ’ತಾಪತ್ರಯ’ಗಳನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಾ, ವರಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುತ್ತಾ ತನ್ನ ಸ್ವಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯದಿಂದ ಮುನ್ನಡೆಯುವ ಕರ್ಣನ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಬಗೆಯನ್ನು ಈ ರಂಗಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಧ್ವನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.
Sripad Bhat, director of the play has shown his excellent imagination and creativity in presenting  the story of Karna, from MahaBharatha. The play depicts how Karna.....who is  Kunti Putra, Soorya Putra, Sootha Putra...... is defeated by Indra, Parashurama and Shalya...... by unfair means. Indra, in disguise of a Brahmana, presents himself superbly with acting, dance and with humour.
The music and dance presentation of group of cows, horses, elephants or gold and Shalya's riding the horses are amazing.......
After the show with Sripad Bhat and others..
The play is presented by SANGAMA KALAVIDARU, MANIPAL. Bhasa's play assumes contemporary relevance because of the characteristic plurality.
written Wednesday 8th April 2015


Entrance to the venue
As a part of Rashtriya Natakotsava, in memory of C G Krishnamoorthy, we attended the second day of the program at Samsa Open Air Theater, Ravindra kalakshetra, Bengaluru, on Monday 6th April 2015 at 7 pm.
Scene from the play

 Mruthyunjaya - Kannada Drama by Natana Mysore, based on Niranjana's novel on farmers' revolution in the time of Pharaohs in Egypt.

The play was well presented, with costumes, ways of Egyptian pharaoh, Mahaprabhu, Mahamantri and Rajaguru, being carried by four men, the dialogues are very absorbing. Those monarch cannot accept any changes or people who revolt are summarily executed so that the remaining people remain loyal and obedient. They had no choice.
The leader of farmers revolt was invited to Pharaoh's court, he disappears and the accompanying people were sent back.
The play ends with a message " From the darkness to Light"......
written Tuesday, 7th April 2015


Sunday 5th April 2015
It was an excellent three hour music program of Late D R Bendre songs, BENDRE BELAGU....... sung by Ramachandra Hadapada and his team, Gargi, Shruthi, Nayana Tara and the accompanying musicians which included Tabla, Rhythm pad, Dholak, Flute, and Keyboard.
The program was organized by Multi-faceted AVIRATHA, Non-Governmental Organization at K H Kala Soudha, Bengaluru at 4pm.

Dattatraya Ramachandra (D.R) Bendre (1896-1981)  is one of the foremost poets not only of Karnataka but of India. This is borne out by his winning the Jnanapith Award  in 1973 which rates as the Noble Prize of India.
Bendre was a profile poet. 1427 poems in all. With him life is not different  from poetry. But he always held life as greater than letters. Much too often life itself unfolds as poetry .A large chunk of his poems springs from real life events. Life offered him more than a fair share of distress and unhappiness. He was without employment for a long stretch. The British Govt. jailed and then kept him under house arrest as they thought his poem Narabali (sacrificing of Humans) an indictment on the British regime in India.
Nayana Krishna, Gargi, Ramachabdra, Shruthi
Bendre believed in the value of an integrated personality but loved to project himself as a threefold being: Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, the biological self, the dehiProfessor Bendre, the thinking self; and Ambikatanayadatta, the creative self. The three selves were conceived as mutually supporting selves, as the imagery Bendre used to concretise this idea clearly suggests. He spoke of Ambikatanayadatta and Professor Bendre as closely related to each other as the banks of a river or the belly and the back. One could not exist without the other. 
Ramachandra Hadapada and his team of singers have done superb justice to Bendre poems by singing more than 25 songs melodiously with accompanying musicians, termed as KAVYADA NAADA LEELE....
The show was at a ticket price of Rs150.00 and the hall was full with only few seats in the balcony of Kala Soudha.

Written on Tuesday, 7th April 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015


It's Thursday, 2nd April 2015, the movie VASTU PRAKARA was released, went to Orion Mall, to watch the movie. There was a big build up in the media about Yogaraj Bhat's movie.
The movie is good entertainment and on a lighter note is sarcastic about the astrology of building science. People have been believing this for ages and some kind of truth must have been there and there evidences too.....  |The circumstances may lead up to coincidences and just can't condemn the age old belief.......
The cast.... Rakshith Shetty, Ishani, Parul, Ananth Nag, Jaggesh, T N Seetharam, Sudha Rani acted well as per their role. The story line is little dragging.... Cinematography and location are super,
Written on 2nd April 2015