Friday, February 25, 2011

BACK TO BANGALORE

It's amazing.......memorable....... we spent more than 22 days in ooru (native place)...... and almost everyday attending functions and having grand lunch (OOTA).......  culture, tradition,...... whatever one say...... there is value, meaning...... at the center of all events and celebration, there is social gathering, network, and ....... get to know how everyone is doing......  spending money depends on one's interest, ability and willingness.....
However...... it was time well spent......  recollecting nostalgia..... making up for the years not present in ooru...
Driving back to Bangalore..... a distance of 480 km...... car loaded with personal items...... and people..... me,  mom, rishi, nagaveni and kusuma from hebri...... started off from Birthi at 7.30 am, after the morning rituals.... reached Hebri, had second breakfast .... left from there at 9.15am..... after saying bye to all people there...... passing through ghat section, Agumbe...... reached shimoga..... visited Prema, native from Birthi....... reached Chitradurga at 2.30pm...... lunch at Upadhya refreshments.....  and then enter NH4 super highway...... reached outskirts of Bangalore around 6pm...... submerged in traffic...... reached shubha's house around 7pm.....
reached Marthahalli home around 9pm...... all's well....safely arrived...... Thank God........

IMAGES ON THE WAY
AGUMBE

SAKRE BAILU
 Fri, 25 Feb

Thursday, February 24, 2011

DR. KOTA SHIVARAMA KARANTH RESEARCH CENTRE

Dr. Kota Shivarama Karanth, a great personality, a legend in his time, Jnana Peetha Prashashti Award winner, lived for 95 years, passed away on Dec 10, 1997. He lived in Saligrama, Udupi District, for last four years of his life at the residence of Ms. Malini Mallya. an ardent fan of Dr. Karanth.
Now Ms Mallya's two storied house has become a exhibition centre for display of Karnth's works, photos, and Yakshagana Centre, and an auditorium in the second floor for small functions.
First two floors have large number of displays of books, photos, Karanth's legendry literary works, his awards, honorariums, his art work and his personal items used during his live period.
Ms Malini Mallya is very possessive about the items and does lot of research on Dr. Karanth.......
Her effort to keep DR KARANTH ALIVE is very very commendable.....  
  
Wed, 23 Feb

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

UPANAYANA - ARUNA

 

Arunachala....... son of Nalini brother Sathisha......
Event........... ....Upanayana or Brahmodesham.......
Venue..... .... ... Sri Puttige Mutt, Udupi
Date, Time....... Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 9.20am
Close relations arrive as early as 7 am with the performing priest (Purohit) and rituals begin......Ganapathi Pooje, Navagraha Pooje..... Chavala (hair cutting)...... bath..... breakfast......
Mother's parents with their relations arrive in a procession (Dibbana)..... and are welcomed.....
Boy is made to stand on a rice spread on the floor.......  covered with with a thin sheet of cloth..... Janivara is placed outside the cloth and the cloth removed...... boy attains the status of brahmachari...... 
then the other formalities of GAYATHRI MANTHROPADESHA........... giving gifts, presents...... and aarthi.... all these time, saxofone party playing music...... 
As an entertainment...... dance presentation by Supriya Bhat..... Vijaya's daughter..... for half hour.....
Grand lunch follows..... holige, laadu...... and a take away steel box with sweets......
back home by 2.30pm for a good siesta.....


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CUTTING VEGETABLES


Those days...... when a function or an event to take place...... normally in the houses........ close relations from far and near arrive on the previous day of the event...... the house is abuzz with activities..... decorating, cleaning, arranging banana leaves, arranging, etc etc....... people are in celebration mood......  followed by dinner.....
One such activity is prayers for almighty for function to go smoothly and cutting vegetables for next day's grand lunch...... for large number of guests arriving......
Such was the occasion.... these days.......function not in the houses..... but in the celebration halls...... Nalini brother Satisha's son is going to be initiated as BRAHMACHARI,,, at a function called BRAHMOPADESHAM,.... the next day at Puttige Mutt, Udupi....... participated in  CUTTING VEGETABLES...... it's like inauguration of the event........had dinner and returned to Birthi......
Earlier in the afternoon.....attended CHANDIKA HOMA and grand lunch at Vasudeva Achar, Hebri...... Visited Aroor Srdhar (Bombay) at Naturopathy Centre at Pareeka, near Manipal...... and a visit to Savithris at Kinni Moolky, near Udupi......

UDUPI UTSAV

GOLDEN CHARIOT

Around 8 pm........Car street, Udupi was not very crowded...... three chariots are being pulled by ropes round the street ..... by devotees......Golden Chariot, Navartna chariot and a huge chariot called BRAHMA RATHA...... it's really mesmerizing scene...... even the pontiff of Krishna Mutt, Shiroor Lakshmeevara Thirtha Swamiji....... leading the devotees..... in chanting..... GOVINDAA...... GOPALAA..... big procession with band, music, crackers, burning cloth dipped in oil,,,,,,,,, eventually the deity is taken into Krishna Mutt...... with pooja and Mangalarathi.....
Tue, 22nd Feb

Monday, February 21, 2011

BRAHMOPADESHAM

Brahmin males have to undergo Brahmopadesham  when they turn around ten years old, to initiate them into Vedic studies. The key ritual during the Upanayana is that of putting a Janivaara or sacred thread across the left shoulder of the boy. The Janivaara consists of three threads made of cotton. The boy, once initiated, is called a Brahmachari or twice born and is expected to perform japa or sandhyavandana.. 


Another relation is celebrating the boy coming to age of 10 years......  celebration to initiate the boy to be BRAHMACHARI........ the family spends lots of money to express their happiness and joy with their family, relations and friends.......
The grand function was in Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Brahmavara..... followed by grand lunch and gift....




After lunch...... back home and nice siesta.......
Evening to Manipal, visit to Vishala Keshav Bhat....... dinner at Vijaya at Kadiyali.... and back to Birthi......
Mon 21 Feb

NAMING CEREMONY (NAAMAKARANA)

It's another function to celebrate the arrival of newborn and a get-together for relations and friends..... Ganesha Adiga, Classmate of Ravi from UKG days...... celebrating the arrival of their baby boy...... named ANSH.....
The function was in his in-law's house at Ambalpady, Udupi......
Grand lunch.......  back home and good siesta......


Sun, 20 Feb

Sunday, February 20, 2011

DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN

He was a distinguished person in the locality, society...... a humble, understanding, simple person..... Lions Club active member....... member, chairman of so many societies and trusts......
He is Jagajivan Das Shetty, age 65 years .......  Chairman of Charmakki Narayana Shetty Lion's Eye Hospital  at Saligrama...
Happened to meet him when I took Dodda and Nagaveni for Cataract eye surgery..... he very much remembered our younger days and my elder brother B P Somayaji...... sat with him in the hospital entrance and spoke for quite sometime......
Fate was so cruel in taking his life in a tragic road accident.....on 18th Feb..... just on his way back from Saligrama to Maabukala...... saw him resting in peace.....
My Almighty God rest his soul in perfect peace....
Mon 21st Feb

VISIT TO TEMPLES

DHARMASTHALA
Set off from home around 9am...... drove a distance of about 130km.......passing through Karkala, Moodabidri, Belthangady, Ujire...... to reach Dharmasthala at 12 noon..... seat of Manjunatha Swamy and place of Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari.......  after darshanam at the temple, waited for community lunch on banana leaf....... An elephant with mahout waiting outside...... either feeding its food or waiting for visitors......  a small amount given to it...... would make its trunk to place on the head of persons......a form of blessings.....people believe........ Also visited Gommateshwara on the hills......

SOUTHADKA
A small place...... distance of 25km from Dharmasthala...... a Maha Ganapathy temple in the open...... no roof over the whole temple ......surrounded by trees....What happens during rainy days?..... they say....... pooja formalities still take place.....   a very sublime and beautiful ambiance.......... spent some time sitting in shades of trees...... lots of devotees present temple Ghante (Bell).......


KUKKE SUBRAMANYA
Reached another famous place in the foothills of western ghats, near Kumara Pravatha at 4.30p.m...... is the temple called Kukke Subramanya with LORD SUBRAMANYA as deity...... has old and also new temples..... a serene, calm, clean temple premises...... with importance of serpent God...... lots of people visit the place with the belief that their hardships would be eased and life will be more happier.....

Left the place at 6.30pm and drove back a distance of 175km  via Mangalore to Birthi and reached at 11pm
Sat, 19 Feb

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A DAY AT GARADI MANE

After watching Dakke Bali at Salekeri for a while, it was time go to Garadi Mane, a small group of houses by surname Varamballi...... temple called GARADI...... nearby, about a km from Birthi......
Afternoon with CHANDIKA YAAGA with grand lunch inside Garadi.....
Evening was time for Dakke Bali again in Garadi...... a small number of audience.....Darshana Paatri (possessed) and Ardhanari (Vaidya), singing and dancing around the MANDALA for an hour......

Back to Birthi by 10pm....
Fri 18 Feb

Friday, February 18, 2011

SALEKERI JAATRE

The second day of Salekeri Jaatre (Festival) has more activities......  More people attend the temple to worship and pray to deity...... DURGAPARAMESHWARI,......... VEERABHADRA......... and then entertaining themselves and the family with purchases, eatables...... though there is free lunch at the temple......
DAKKE BALI......


It is a rare place of Shakti worship, which has retained the age-old custom and practices, which trace their origin back to the Vedic Ages.
A family by name Vaidya, of Udupi District are mainly involved in the performance of Dakke Bali. Dakke is an instrument, which is played by vaidyaas as a hereditary art. Men dress up in a manner to symbolize Ardhanaari (half man & half woman). It is also said that they perform as Naaga Kannike. The role of Ardhanaari / naaga kannike is usually played by senior vaidyaas with the dakke instrument made of leather and bronze metal. This is played by the Vaidyaas in their hands, to invoke the spirits. They initially place the dakke in the Holy Place, pray and then play upon until the DARSHANA PAATRI of the place get possessed. With this possession they move around spherically during the worship. This is known as Dakke Bali.
RATHA UTSAV......

The deity is carried now in a RATHA......a decorated high wooden cart with four wheels, pulled by rope by people....... for a distance of about a km through the main street of Salekeri with pomp and pageantry .......  dance, music, acrobats, singing........and on the return people offer AARTHI........
Later in the night ...... YAKSHAGANA ...for entertainment..... the whole night dance ballet...... depicting a story from Mahabharatha,,,,,,
Fri, 18 Feb

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SALEKERI GENDA FESTIVAL

The image shows the decorated part of the Salekeri Temple....... all set for the annual festival.... lots of shops around for people to buy all kinds of stuff........ wanted or unwanted.......
After worshiping at the temple, the deity is carried in a PALLAKI....a wooden carrier, carried by two men on shoulder,....... in a procession with all paraphernelia to a distance of 1km to place called BADA SALEKERI.....followed by the temple priest, local higher ups in the society strata....... somayajis, varamballi's', bunts, shettigars.......... whatever people talk about caste, society...... the divide exists and the people accept it.........
After the pooja, seva from different communities......songs, keerthane, panch vadya, chande, dolu, sexafone, band set, dance performers, acrobats,....... and some more..... the procession leaves back and on the way...... every house presents a aarti to the deity...... and a shawl made of cotton made at home, called panji .... and this dipped in oil burned in front of the deity....... with the belief that the family will be blessed for the coming year....
Thur, 17 Feb

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

VISIT TO ANOTHER TEMPLE

Temples in India are not only worshiping places but also a place for social get-together...... once year people in the neighborhood and also those who can afford....... from far off places....... visit to the temple on the occasion of  JAATRE  or HABBA,,,,,,.... people are thankful to the local deity for keeping the family well for the year passed and pray for good health, prosperity and happiness in the coming year. .... Family members enjoy the day after Darshan of the Deity...... have free lunch (they call prasada) and spend the day buying some cheep entertaining stuff, which last for a day or two......
One such visit was to Mandarthi........Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple....... a distance of 16 km from Birthi..
It was JAATRE time...... went through the routine rituals...... visited a family friend Vishwanatha Udupa.......
and back.......
Evening again to a place called GILIYAARU....... another place of deity...... but there was YAKSHAGAANA..... dance ballet...... by child artists..... MAKKALA MELA,,,,,, trained by H. Sridhar Hande of Kota....... it was a two-hour presentation of story from Mahabharatha....... BABRUVAAHANA..
back home by 9p.m ...........
Tue, 15 Feb

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BHAJANE AT GURUPURA


Mon 14 Feb
Subramanya....... an old friend from Dubai days..... good singer and a nice man...... was instrumental in starting Bhajane Group at Dubai, as early as year 1999........ relocated back to Mangalore in 2004..... is very active in singing devotional songs...... and is serious and sincere....... no fooling around.....  informed us that there is one hour bhajane program at Gurupura, about 20 km from Mangalore and we are invited.....
So we had programmed our day to Mangalore....... left in the morning with Shama, who had audition at Prasara Bharathi,,,,,,, after 1 pm, she was sent back....... had lunch at hotel........ visited Jagdish and Pratima Shetty, saw their new apartment complex....... then to Vamanjoor, Subramanya's house.......
One hour of Bhajans participated....... left from Gurupura at 10 pm..... reached Birthi at 11.45pm.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

MGM COLLEGE ALUMNI FORUM


Sun 13 Feb
Just to get the nostalgia of college days...... some 44 years ago......... went to MGM college in the morning for ALUMNI DAY ......... there were not too many enthusiasts....... some 40-50 people present, who finished college some  40 to 45 years ago........ and become businessman...... professionals...... and exhausted their steam....... however most of the people trying re-collect those days when they were students....... trees were small...... lecturers were good..... times when mobile phones, laptops were not there...... internet was not heard.... ambiance, environment were conducive.....
Post lunch session was some nominating office bearers for re-juvanating the sick forum, increasing memberships. .....etc etc...... how to get youngsters motivated to the forum.....
Cultural program was not interesting..... back home 6 pm.....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

NAAGA MANDALA




SNAKE WORSHIP RITUALS

Nagamandala Is A Quaint Ritual Prevalent Mainly In Coastal Karnataka Region (Dakshina Kannada District And Udupi District). It Is An All-Night Ritual Performed As A Worship To The Serpent God.
Observed Mostly By The Brahmins, Nagamandala Is Performed During December To April, Before The Monsoon. There Are Two Groups Of Performers In Nagamandala – The First Being 'Paatri' (A Brahmin) Who After Inhaling The Areca Flowers Gets Possessed By The Cobra God, And The Second Group Is Known As 'Naagakannika' Identified As 'Ardhanari' Who Dances And Sings Around An Elaborate Serpent Design Drawn With Natural Colors On The Sacred Ground.
The 'Vaidya' Community Group Draws The Designs (A Circle Of Snakes) On The Sacred Ground Using Five Different Colors. The Five Colors Are White (White Mud), Red (Mix Of Lime Powder And Turmeric Powder), Green ('Jangama Soppu' Green Leaves Powder), Yellow (Turmeric Powder) And Black (Roasted And Powdered Paddy Husk). The Combination Of These Five Colors Is Called As 'Panchavarnahudi' In The Local Dialect.
Sarpam Tullal Of Kerala Are The Counter Parts Of Nagamandala.The Snake Worship Rituals Practised In Tulu Nadu Are Quite Unique And Different To The Aforementioned Rituals. Snakes Have Their Own Snake Shrines In A Corner Of The Garden, Often Under A Neem Tree Known As Nagabhana. This Is Usually A Stone With Snakes Carved On It. Accordingly, Nobody Is Allowed To Chop The Tree Near The Nagabhana. It Is Also Believed That, Snakes, Specifically The Cobras Are Not Be Harmed Or Killed By Anyone. If Harmed, The Individual Has To Perform A Ritual To Cleanse The Sin Of Killing/Harming The Snake. The Belief Is That The Individual Who Refuses To Perform The Ritual Will Be Cursed By The Snake For Eternity. It Can Also Be Noted That In Tulu Nadu Or The South Canara Region In Karnataka, Agriculture Is Predominant That Too Paddy Is The Main Crop. In These Fields Snakes Help In Saving The Crop From Rodents. This Can Be A Plausible Reason For Worship Of Snakes In Line With Other Nature Worships Such As Cow And The Banyan Tree.
Nagamandala Ritual In Progress:
Nagamandala Depicts The Divine Union Of Male And Female Snakes. It Is Generally Performed By Two Priests. The First Priest, Called As Paatri Inhales The Areca Flower And Becomes The Male Snake. The Second Priest, Called As Nagakannika Or The Female Snake Dances And Sings Around An Elaborate Serpent Design Drawn With Natural Colours On The Sacred Ground. The Ritual Is Supplemented By Playing An Hour Glass Shaped Instrument Called As Dhakke. The Drawings In Five Different Colours On The Sacred Ground Are White (White Mud), Red (Mix Of Lime Powder And Turmeric Powder), Green (Green Leaves Powder), Yellow (Turmeric Powder) And Black (Roasted And Powdered Paddy Husk).
The Ritual, Centered Around The Serpent Design, Continues Till Early In The Morning........
Such was an occasion witnessed by us, last night at Padu Kere, Saligrama,,,,, Hosted by Ravindra Aithala and family. ....... Massive and elaborate arrangement for food, seating, entertainment and decoration...... The scene is mesmerizing .......
returned home by 1.30 a.m.
Sun,13 feb

Friday, February 11, 2011

VATTI NENE

Breathtaking view of Arabian sea and Sumana river joining....... from a place called VATTI NENE, near Baindoor, coastal Karnataka....... When we travel from Kundapura towards Bhatkal on NH 17....... after you climb the hilly road and turn off from the main road...... drive about 2 km inside  Forestry department protected area...........It's simply amazing....... wondering about nature's or God's creation......?? Definatly not the man's creation.......
Unfortunately....... there is no proper road and other basic fecilities for visitors to be attracted......
Sar 12 Feb

Thursday, February 10, 2011

BEEGARA OUTHANA

After the wedding, the girl becomes the family member of the boy's house...... there are ceremonies for the girl to enter the house...... auspicious moment...... she should bring welfare and prosperity to the family..... that's the occasion when there are pooja, homa..... and of course grand lunch for relations and friends..... called BEEGARA OUTHANA......

Such was an occasion where we headed yesterday..... about 60 km from Birthi,a  place called Uppunda.... on the coastal Karnataka on NH 17..... for the function after Deepa's wedding, ....... took place in  Durgaparameshwari Temple..... and a  grand lunch on banana leaf,   at nearby Kalyana mantapa.....
After lunch we, Dodda, moms and Nagaveni...... headed towards VATTI NENE, a beautiful hill view resort, where one can see the long stretch of clean beach..... and sea joining up with river...... nature at its best.....spent some time enjoying the view..... and headed back......
Stopped for a while at KAMBADHA KONE....... Deepa's in-laws house....Subraya Udupa.......where he has a rice mill..... then to Hunglur, near Kundapura..... Dhanya's house......and another stop at Kota Sridhar Hande's house and finally back to Birthi at 7 p.m..................
I am yet to learn uploading photos in the blog..........
Fri, 11 Feb

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

DEEPA WEDDING

It was in November 2010, we went to Hubli for Deepa's engagement.....  and the day for wedding was fixed for Feb 9, at Sharada Kalyana Mantap, Udupi......
Today was the D-day for Deepa......  we from Birthi left from home as early as 8.30am..... reached the venue of the wedding on time...... had breakfast there..... then the groom's party arrives with DIBBANA..... welcomed by the girls parents and relations......
After initial rituals..... Deepa was brought to stage by her uncle..... Bhaskar Bhat, representing..... and around 11a.m..... muhurthum..... garlands were exchanged...... officially married......
the other formalities followed..... girl handing over..... called DHAARE...... , mangala sutra etc.etc.....
Grand lunch followed at 1 pm.....  about more than 500 people..... after which socializing..... meeting relations and friends..... not met for ages......
Back home by 4 pm.......... good sleep.....
evening to Brahmavar bus stand to drop Shaila and Rishi...... travelling to Bangalore...... short visit to Achi mane and back..... to birthi mane......
Wed 09 Feb

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

VISITORS AT HOME

A very clever carpet seller comes home with few pieces........ people at home are excited..... there was selling price and a buying price..... the guy argues..... and he knows he can fool them..... Shaila throws a challenge..... whole lot for Rs 3000/- assuming that there were 10 pieces..... the guy accepts and says bring money..... the guy accepts the money and walks off..... he had the day's selling... later to find out that there only 4 pieces.... 2 big & 2 small... 
Morning batch of Satish and family, from Hunsur and Vijaya, inviting for Upanayana and evening batch with Sadaram, Sandhya and party after the visit to temples....
Earlier, Doddappa was taken to clinic at Brahmavar for a small wound for dressing......
Evening to Sharada Kalyana Mantapa at Udupi for a pre-wedding  get-together... had dinner and back to Birthi....
Tue, 08 Feb

BRAHMOPADESHAM (UPANAYANA)


When the boy child reaches the age of 9-10 years, parents will have an urge for celebrations, calling friends abd relations for a social get-together...... and a ceremony is performed, for him to learn veda, shastra and mould him to perform all ceremonies, pooja etc...... called BRAHMOPADESHAM..... such was an occasion for Praveen Bhat, a distant relation. The ceremony took place in a large hall, called kalyana mantap.... where large number of people can gather..... the ceremony was over before 9 am...... later there was a bhajan group with a lady on a lead voice..... who entertained people gathered with devotional songs till 12 noon......
Afterwards...  grand lunch on banana leaf for more than 600 people with so many items served very orderly....
On the way back visit to Jayalakshmi Bhat;s house in Mayagundi....... rest, coffee.....
Back to Birthi House......
Monday 07 Feb

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SALEKERI TEMPLE

Salekeri Durga Parameshwari Temple, where my father was  temple priest, performing pooja for many, many years...... almost 50 years ago....... all festive occasions I used to be there with my father as an assistant.....
Today visited the place with my brother, as there was special function  CHANDIKA YAAGA......... most satisfying part was earlier generation people recognizing you, showing respect and affection...... with expressions like........ ├┐aavaga bandidri ayya....??...... somejre, hengidri....??..... iga ellidri....??etc etc.....
There was special lunch due to Chandika Yaaga by a sponsor...... about 30 brahmins and about 2000 others for lunch...... separate lunch arrangements......
Back home for a good siesta.....evening watching live telecast of  KANNADA SAHITYA SAMMELANA from Bangalore......
Sun, 06 Feb

Saturday, February 5, 2011

ANOTHER WONDERFUL DAY

Sat, 05 Feb.
Day with full programs...... visit to Anegudde Mahaganapathy temple..... Shubha's harake ,sankalpa (mental decision) to offer MUDI AKKI KADUBU to Lord Ganapathy..... after Maha Mangalarathi ..... special lunch with kadubu, shyavige..... about 40 people for lunch including...... we (doddapa, Leela dodda, Nagaveni, Vijaya, Nalini & myself), relations from Hebri and Hiriadaka..... after lunch to Kota Sridhar Hande's house for special function at PATELARA MANE backyard......
First was TAALA MADDALE..... artists sit on the dias..... talk and argue about part of story from Ramayana, with support of Bhagavatharu, maddale and chande......it's yakshagana minus costume and dance..... different characters spoken by different artists,,,,,,Ravana, Atikaaya, Lashmana, Vibheeshana..... by Vasudeva Samaga, Kumble Sundar Rao, Vaikumta Herle..... etc
Next, FELICITATIONS to H. Sridhar Hande, turning 75 yrs......was brought to stage with his wife on a  procession, then speeches on his achievements, accomplishments as artist, establishing and training youngsters for YAKSHAGANA, ....... release of book about Sridhar Hande ...... SIRI SAMPADA..... and his reply as a humble man.......working without aspiring for reward...... honouring with shawl, sanmana patra, fruits and memento...... a memorable moment for a hardworking man...... GOD BLESS.....

Then comes the real YAKSHAGANA by trained, renowned artists........a part from Mahabaharatha..... SUDHANVA-ARJUNA......    beautiful presentation of story with singing, dance, heavy costumes of the artists,.......narration of different beliefs like Ekaadashi Vratha, Shraddha...... and more.....excellent dialogue by the artist Sudheendra Holla, Kondadakuli Ramachandra Hegade, Sujayeendra Hande and others......

Highlight of the program was H Sridhar Hande also presenting a part of Krishna, with yakshagana costumes and dance,........a man turned 75......dedication and love for the art.......
A day well spent..... returned to Birthi at 11.30 p.m.
Sun, 06 Feb

Friday, February 4, 2011

YAKSHAGANA AT KOTA

Friday....04 Feb..... attended a program of House warming at Munduje, near Hiriadka, a distance of 35 km...a big house built by Dinesha......a hilly remote rural area.... rich with natural surroundings......back home after lunch... rest, then to Handattu, Kota, a beautiful evening program with felicitations, speeches and then YAKSHAGANA.....ballet style dance drama.....a simple two or three character presentation with singing, dance, acting with heavy costume.....two and half hours with two episodes of stories from Ramayana...... .Sujayeendra Hande, Chittani, Sudeendra Holla and others on the main role......
Had dinner and back home......

Sat 05 Feb

TRAVELLING TO OORU

Thursday..... 03 Feb.....It was a pleasant drive...... even from Marthahalli to Kengeri, amazingly smooth drive due to almost empty road in the city......early morning 5.30am.....after picking up doddappa and Nagaveni on the ring road..... hit the highway NH4 Bangalore-Pune........beautiful 4-lane fast road to Chitradurga.....distance of 200 km in two and a half hours.....had some good idli-vada, coffee.....in Upadhya refreshments...........
From there to Shimoga, on a not-so good road..... to Thirthahalli..... good lunch in a hotel.....then to Hebri, passing through Agumbe Ghat section...... rest for a while......reached Birthi by 5.30pm.....
Sat, 05 Feb

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ANOTHER TRIP TO OORU (NATIVE PLACE)

The idea of going to ooru is quite mesmerizing..... the smell of the soil (mannina vasane), the place where you were born and brought up, played around, nearby places you went, relations you visited for various family functions.... relations who were fond of and no more.......nostalgia of those days comes to memories.....
Driving to Birthi, Salekeri, near Udupi ( a distance of 430 Km from Bangalore) with brother and sister Nagaveni....and of course, wife Nalini....... to attend series of functions...... House warming, Chandika Homa, Upanayana, Wedding, Salekeri Habba, (Festival)....... etc etc..... a long list.... Driving is not a strain, but it's pleasure....
Salekeri Habba, annual festival in the local temple, with...... GENDA, traditional walk on the coal fire, and the next day DHAKKE BALI, offering of dance with music and singing ...................
to the Deity DURGAPARAMESHWARI.....
My father used to be the temple priest when I was young,,  I used to participate in the fest..... by offering pooja, breaking coconuts or simply giving prasada..... blessings from God...... and the of course, fun and frolic....
It's great feeling of going back to roots after almost 40 years...... nostalgia of younger days.....
Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011.