Thursday, December 31, 2015


27 December 2015, Sunday
Abhilasha introducing the artists
In memory of Late Srikanth Somayaji for his love of music, a music concert is being organized every year by his wife, Abhilash S, under the auspices of Anisha Gaanakoota, Udupi at BirthiHouse, Salekeri, Brahmavar. This year it was on Sunday, 27th December 2015.
Jayarama Somayaji welcoming the artists & guests

Ms Gargi Sahabaraya
This year's concert was by young and upcoming vocalist Ms Gargi Shabaraya, accompanied by VenuGopal Shanbhoug on violin and  Nikshith Puttur on Mridanaga.

Audience enjoying the music
Mrs Sarojakshi honoured
The concert started at 4.30pm, The artists and guests were welcomed by Jayarama Somayaji and Ms Abhilasha introduced the artists.

with Michael, RadhaKrishna and Dinesh

on the sidelines photopose
Ms Gargi's , though young had melodious voice sang carnatic classical and then some daasara padagalu. She ably assisted by the accompanying artists. Later the artists were felicitated.
Smt. Varijakshi R Bhat, vocalist from Udupi was honoured for her long years of service to music and her able singing carnatic classical over the years.
The artists and the guests were treated with light refreshments at the end of the program.

Written Thursday 31stDecember2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

MohanVeena-Violin JugalBandhi

Friday, 25th December 2015
A mesmerizing music concert was held at the premises of ShriRama MahaPattabhisheka at Shringeri Mutt, ShankaraPura, NammaBengaluru. It's JugalBandhi by Pandit VishwaMohan Bhat on MohanVeena and Vidwan H K Venkatram on violin, ably supported by Vidwan Trichi Harikumar on Mridanga and Pandit RamKumar Mishra on Tabla.
Pandit VishwaMohan Bhat
Pandit RamKumar Mishra
Vidwan H K Venkatram
The concert began with raag HamsaDhwani on violin by Venkatram with accompanying mridanga and continued with raag Raageshwari by Pt.VishwaMohan Bhat with accompanying Tabla.
The tempo was superb and soothing,
The concert ended with an excellent presentation of "Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram"  with all the four artists joining in to add to melody and rhythm and it was high energy climax.
As the compare of the event remarked, if any one has any kind of depression, he would have been completely cured by listening to the fantastic concert.

"RaghupathiRaghava Rajaram...."

"HamsaDhvani, Rageshwari...."
written Saturday 26 December 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Wednesday 23December2015
It was the first day of 5 Day program celebrating VidyaVachaspahi Bannanje Govidacharya 80 years at Dayananda Sagar College, KumaraSwamy Layout, Namma Bengaluru.
The auditorium was almost full with people by 4pm when the inaugural session was to begin. There were eight Swamijis from various mutts, Senior and Junior Swamiji from Pejavar Mutt, Puttige Mutt SugunendraTirtha Swamiji, and others.
The stage was well decorated all the seers were full of praise for life and work of Bannanje Govindacharya and blessed him with long life and more useful years of his creative work.
Grand Stage
with Pejavar & Puttige Swamiji

Padma Shri Shri Bannanje Govindacharya, is a scholar, well-versed in Madhva tradition. He is a well known philosopher, "pravachanakaara" (speaker on spiritual texts), writer of many books in Kannada and Sanskrit, poet and screen play writer. He hails from Bannanje locality of Udupi in Karnataka, India. He was born in 1936. He is in particular one of the greatest experts on the Madhva Tattva Shastras or Madhva philosophy. He is best known for his pravachanas or discourses which are very popular among Tuluvas and Kannadigas all over the world. Though his pravachanas (discourses) have made him a household name among Tuluvas and Kannadigas his contributions to vedic scholarship also extend to voluminous writing. He is the author of numerous translations and commentaries both in Sanskrit and Kannada of the Vedic Texts. His literary achievements also include his translation and commentaries of the complete texts of Shri Madhvacharya. He was awarded the PadmaShri by the Government of India in 2009.
Udayavani Page2, 24/12/2015

We with Bannanje
Udayavani, Page4, 24/12/15
After the program, there was screening of the film "BHAGAVADGITHA" produced by G V Iyyer,
It was a very well organized program Bannanje Govindacharya Prathistana, Bengaluru.
written Thursday 24Dec2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


A 25-days program from 14December2015 to 7January2016 is organized to celebrate "ShriRama Maha Pattabhisheka" at Shringeri Mutt, ShankaraPuram, NammaBengaluru.

It's massive effort by the organizers to attract people and celebrate Sanatana Dhrama, Yugapurusha ShriRamachandra and his ideals.

It was on Saturday 19December, sixth day of the program we went to see the place. As it was after 2pm, there was huge line of people for receiving prasad(lunch mixed rice, plane rice sambar, sweet and butter milk). The whole arrangement was well organized, no rush or push, food is not wasted and enough food for all.
After that we went around to see the "Paaduka Mandira" where footsteps of famous saints and seers. past and present were displayed with their photos.

In a auditorium, a group was singing bhajans on the stage.  There were lot stalls for various merchandise for people to see and buy, like a festival (Jaatre).
Next to that there is a huge, massive temporary hall for cultural program in the evening, with display of different idols of Gods as exhibits. A brochure available for everyday's programs by famous and celebrity people including Pravin Godkhindi, VidyaBhushan, Pandit VishwaMohanBhat, DanceDrama, YakshaGana etc.
Once again hats off to organizers to arrange such a large program.
written Wednesday 23December2015

Monday, December 14, 2015

Gayana- Nrutya-Abhinandane

Sunday, 13December2015
That was a program to felicitate and honour retired Police office and Folk artist, Dr Vemagal D NarayanaSwamy at Ravindra Kalakshetra, NammaBengaluru at 5pm.

We were there to enjoy the musical program. Singers were SrinivasaUdupa, BK Sumitra and few others. There were accompanied by keyboard, flute, tabla and rhythm pad. Each singer presented one song only and there were given a gift.

There was a group dance by Venakateshwara Natyshala, from students of Mrs RadhaSridhar.

Srinivasa Udupa

Mrs and Dr NarayanaSwamy flicitated
Mrs B K Sumitra
The program was supported by Kannada Sanskriti and culture department of Government of Karnataka.
written Monday 14Dec2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

KANNADA DRAMA-"ಸೂರ್ಯಾಸ್ತದಿಂದ ಸೂರ್ಯೋದಯದವರೆಗೆ"

Saturday 12December2015

Scenes from the Play
The Kannada Drama "Sooryasthadinda Sooryodayadavarege" is a 75- minutes play presented by amateur artists at SevaSadana, Malleshwara, NammaBengaluru. The play is directed by NanjundeGowda with music and songs rendered by Ramachandra Hadapad.
The story is about a 10th century King of Malla Kingdom, who lost his parents at his young age and he was the only heir apparent for the Kingdom. The governing council consisting of Minister, Purohit and Security Chief installed him as King before his marriage. After five years of marriage, he did not have issues. Due to some ill health at his young age, he was impotent. His agony, trauma was his inability to satisfy the sexual desires of his wife, the Queen of the Kingdom.
The Artists -Kalavidaru
The Governing Council decides "Niyoga" for the queen with the forceful consent of MallaRaja. Niyoga is a custom followed right from the times of MahaBharatha, Ramayana. When the man is unable to cause pregnancy to his wife, she accepts another man (UpaPathi) for one night, that is "Sooryasthadinda Sooryodayadavarege".
The question continues to be, how can a woman be deprived of her ambitions, aspirations, desires and lust when the man is unable to satisfy her. When she enjoyed her desires one night with UpaPathi, she blames the society, customs, Dharma and the system. The king psychologically suffers and curses himself for his inability.
RamachandraHadapad and NanjundeGowada

Nalini with RadhikaBharadhwaj
The backup music and songs by Hadpad is melodious and soothing. All the actors put in their best effort. The MallaRaja and the Queen's performance is excellent. The emotions- pain, anger, passion, sympathy, helplessness, apathy, happiness, sorrow all well expressed.  The dialogues were extra ordinary. The stage setting and lighting was superb.
On the whole it was an a very good presentation.
written Sunday 13Dec2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Saturday 5thDecember2015

Kadalekai Parishe, annual groundnut festival is held near DoddaGanesha, BasvanaGudi, NammaBengaluru, on last monday of Karhtika maasa. The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls buying and selling various types of groundnuts.The farmers from neighbouring states also brings their produce to the market,
Nalini and VeenaRajkumar

The story is that in olden days, the farmers were worried that their crop was being devoured in the night by some. To find out, one of the farmers went in KarthikaMasa night, pitch dark. He found out that the culprit was none other than Lord Shiva's abode, Nandi (Basava). Since then farmers collectively pledged their first crop to LordBasava.

Another story is that founder of Bangalore, KempeGowda prayed for the welfare of the farmers at the temple and built big bull temple  and hence area is BasavanaGudi.

Apart from groundnuts, there are lot of others items on sale at the festival. Eating outlets, cgildren play area, household items, decorative pieces, fancy items, toys etc.

For people it is Jhaatre..... Festival atmosphere,

written Monday 07Dec2015