Tuesday, May 26, 2015



Wedding of Aishwarya with Muralidhar was fixed for May 20, 2015 at Puttur Shri DurgaParameshwari Temple. Aishwarya is daughter of Mayagundi Bhaskar Bhat, who is my sister's son, it's a close family wedding. Travelled to Udupi on 19th May by Durgamba sleeper bus. Reached Udyavar at 7.30am, had bath, breakfast, took the car and reached the vnue by 9am.

Had another bout of breakfast and wedding muhurthum was at 10.30am and was there promptly with family members.
It was traditional brahmin wedding with girl carried by her sodara mava, exchanging garlands , when the screen separating the bride and groom was removed. Afterwards other formalities of Kanyadaana, mangalyam tantu naanena, sapta padi etc etc....
Then grand lunch follows...... MADUVE OOTA..... special sweets, chiroti, laddu etc etc....
Next day's BEEGARA OUTHANA was at KunjaruGiri Temple near Katpadi. The same evening left for Bengaluru by Durgamba sleeper.
writtrn on Wednesday 27th May 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015


Maiyas sponsored Yakshagana called  SU-DARSHANA YASKHAGANA was organized on Sunday, 24th May 2015 from 10am to 9 pm. Since it was 5th year running, it was named as PANCHAMADA INCHARA, five different Yakshagana Prasanga, two hours each,  by fanous Yakshagana Kalavidaru.
the program started with Deepanjali at 10 am.
The five PRASANGA presented were:
1.  Satyabhama - by Thenku Thittu.
2. Urvashi-IndraNadana - Neelkodu Shankara Hegade, Sudheendra Holla, Janardhana Hande and others.
3, Subhadra- Arjuna - Sujayeendra Hande, Mantapa Prabhakar Upadhya and others
4. Mandodhari-Dashanana : KondadhaKuli RamachandraHegade, and others.
5. VijayaShri PanchaPandava: Vidyadhara Jalavalli and others.
Apart from the above, there was SIMHA NRUTYA by Dhareshwara Mohana Hasyagara.



ORGANIZERS WITH Mr & Mrs Sadananda Maiya
All the presentations were excellent, costumes, dances, singing and dialogues. Stories from MahaBharatha or Ramayana were nicely narrated, some of the dialogues even applies today.
Janardhana Hande and team worked hard and put up an excellent free show with lunch, tea and dinner. Thanks to Dr P SadanadaMaiya for his keen interest and support for Yakshagana.

written Tuesday 26th May 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Wednesday, 13 May 2015
The occasion was wedding celebrations of Ashwini-Kiran at GuruNarasimha Kalyana Mandira, Bengaluru.... The previous evening was the day for get-together of bride and the groom's party. As most of the assembled people were Yakshagana lovers, a bayalaata was organized by the children of Yakshagana Kendra, Manipal. The prasanga was VEERA ABHIMANYU.
Yakshagana is the leading traditional theatre of Karnataka. It has an unbroken tradition, which goes back to the 15th century. Being removed from the principal seats of power and hidden in the coastal tracts of Karnataka it was one of the last styles of dance drama to attract national attention.Yakshagana brings together stunning costumes, powerful music and imaginatively choreographed dance to create a theatre form that thrills the audience while instructing them in the basics of Indian culture, philosophy and dharma.

After the defeat of Bhishma on the tenth day of the Mahabharata war, Drona is appointed as the commander of the Kaurava armies. Drona proposes to station the Kaurauva forces in a circular formation (chakravyuha) on the next day of the battle. This special formation will be impregnable to anybody except Arjuna. If Arjuna is kept off the battlefield for the day, Drona will be able to capture the other four Pandavas. Pleased with the suggestion, Duryodhana sends the Samasaptakas to keep Arjuna engaged at a distant battlefront.

At the side of the Pandavas, Dharmaraja (Yudhisthira) is worried: who else than Arjuna can break the chakravyuha formation? Then Arjuna's son, Abhimanyu, comes forward and requests Dharmaraja to be chosen as the one who can do so: he learnt the technique of breaking the circular form when he was still inside his mother Subhadra's womb, because he overheard her and Krishna talking about it when she was pregnant of Abhimanyu. Dharmaraja tries to dissuade Abhimanyu from fighting saying that he is too young, but ultimately yields to his nephew's persistent request. Next the young hero goes to Subhadra, asking her for her blessing. Subhadra tries to dissuade Abhimanyu from his mission, but he refuses to listen to her.

Abhimanyu fights his entry into the battleground. He slays Saindhava who is guarding the entrance. Unable to endure the missiles of Abhimanyu, Drona resorts to tricks to defeat him. He instigates Karna to attack Abhimanyu from behind and chop off his hands that hold his bow. Abhimanyu uses the wheels of his chariot as weapons and charges at his enemies. All the prominent leaders of the Kaurava forces—Drona, Karna, Salya, Kaurava, Dushasana, and Saindhava—join hands to attack Abhimanyu. Finally, they succeed in vanquishing him. Abhimanyu is dead. Ashamed of having slain a child in a battle of unequal forces, the crest-fallen Kauravas return to their camps.
Children of makkala yakshagana koota presented the play beautifully, the dance, dialogues and the singing by "Bhagavataru" Satish Kedlaya was superb.
Ashwin-Kiran Wedding Reception

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Watched on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at PVR Cinemas, The Elements Mall, Nagavara.
PIKU - Movie is a comedy with Amithab Bacchhan (Bhaskor Banerjee), Piku (Deepika Padukone),  architect, daughter of Banerjee are the main charaxtors and of course Rana Choudhary (Irrfan), Taxi service owner, apparently has a subtle love and hate relationship with Piku.
Put a grouchy, old, constipated man, his extremely rude daughter and complaining relatives together at a dining table, and you'd expect some emotional drama and fireworks. At Piku’s table, though, there is only one conversation: on constipation.
The old, constipated man introduces himself simply as “Bhaskor Banerjee, Bangali”. And like a true Bengali, he is proudly critical of anything and everybody. As he puts it, he is “brutal and honest.” So much so that he doesn’t believe in respecting his 30-year-old single daughter’s privacy to ward off a suitor. He bluntly tells the doomed suitor that Piku is “sexually independent”.
The selfish old man, doesn't want his daughter to get married, as he is dependant on her.
The road trip is accompanied by a big wooden chair with a potty hole in the centre. The kissa kursi ka continues with even more fervour as Rana starts impressing the shamelessly khadoos Bhaskor with his own constipation remedies.
This leads to the most remarkable scene between the two actors — Bachchan and Irrfan — with Irrfan at his candid best, performing the idea of squatting at an Indian toilet, but on a bed and suggesting Bhaskor try the same on the Western commode. The ease of the two actors' comic timing is reminiscent of Bachchan in his older Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies, like Chupke Chupke.
Piku presents a very realistic view of a typical Indian family. The film has life as it is, minus any over-the-top idealistic relationships or preachy morals. The film harps on the simplicity of reality, gently tugging on your heartstrings. 
An emotionally rich and endearing film, Piku is a heart-warming experience that every Indian who has lived with ailing or ageing parent will connect to. Independent women who juggle their professional and personal lives with domestic responsibilities are likely to identify more with it.
A good entertaining movie and relationships well expressed.
written Wednesday 13th May 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Academy of Music has organised a three-day drama festival starting May 1 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vayyali kaval, Bengaluru, 
The event will start off with the release of two books of plays, Nimiththa and Gathi , both written by S.N. Sethuram. Gathi was staged at 7 p.m., under the direction of Mr. Sethuram.
The finale will see the staging of the drama Samayakkondu Sullu by Bhargavi Narayan.
The plays will be staged from 6 p.m. onwards at Chowdiah Hall, Vyalikaval from May 1. The Hindu is the media partner for the event.
The drama is a hillarious one, with Ramesh in financial problem, trying to avoid his relations coming to his house for various reasons, staying there and demanding lot of things.
We witnenssed two days of events in the evening. 


Ayurveda is a healthcare system of vedic origin, estimated to be 5000 years old. Ayurveda has a comprehensive view of human health, where health is determined not only in terms of state of the body, but also of mind and spirit.The theme is BALANCE..... balance among the different system within the body, balance among the body, mind and soul, balance between mankind and environment. Managing deiseases is restoring balance usuing natural resources.
Thus Ayurveda is about nature, mankind and health.

Panchakarma includes 5 therapeutic procedures that are indicated to the person suffering from different types of diseases. Our human body is made up of doshas (functional elements), dhatus(structural elements) and malas (waste products). There are three doshas in our body, namely vata, pitta and kaph. These three doshas have specific functions to be carried out in our body and their balance is responsible for our health, while a loss of balance is known to cause diseases. The panchakarma procedures bring these doshas to their normal balance thus restoring complete health. The practice revolves around 5 therapies, they are:
  • Vamana – induced vomiting (for disturbed kaph dosha)
  • Virechana – induced purgation (for disturbed pitta dosha)
  • Basti – Medicated enema (for disturbed vata dosha)
  • Nasya – for diseases of the head
  • Raktamokshan – Bloodletting (for doshas disturbing blood

Seven days of panchakarma therapy was taken from 17th April to 24th April at SDM Ayurvedic Hospital, Udyavara, Udupi. Dr Niranjan Rao was the doctor incharge. 
The procedure followed were:
1. Enema
2. Oil massage and abhyanga
3. Kati Basti for disc prolapse , Scieatica
4. Physio Therapy
5. Alepa.

Rejuvanation and relaxation occurs after each therapy.  Oil massage for 30 minutes with two people giving massage to the body. 
Kati Basti is the hot oil treatment for disc herniation and pain.
Physio Therapy is the usual allopathy treatment of Traction, Interferential Treatment (IFT) or TENS and hot pad therapy for an hour,
Alepa is medicinal paste for the whole body, keep for an hour or two and take bath.

The normal food was coming from Sujatha's (Nalini's sister in Udyavara), brought to the room by none other than qualified Ayurvedic Doctor, Dr Smitha (Sujatha's daughter)

The Doctor advised that if pain doen't subside, go through another routine after a couple of months.

However, it was a good experince.
written 4th May 2015