Sunday, March 27, 2011

YAKSHAGANA AT BANGALORE


It was through the daily newspaper came to know that there will be felicitations to the famous NEBBURU NARAYANA HEGGADE (Bhagavatar) at ADA Kalamandira, Bangalore.
We reached there at 4.30 p.m. and searched for the place and found it opposite to Ravindra Kalakshetra.....
Seminar (Ghosti) was going on with people talking high about Nebburu...... Critic Umakanth Bhat notably special.....The famous Bhagavatar in the profession for last 50years and was very creative singer, artist.....
He was honoured with Rs 1 lakh cash and memento, shawl etc......
At 7.30p.m....... Yakshagana started with KAARTHI VEERYA as the story...... with heavy costume, dance,  story telling and acting, with entertainment from the HAASYAGAARA character...... as the story from Ramayana goes....... Kaarthi Veerya born with no arms..... and with great tapass..... acquires 1000 arms and becomes very strong....... and defeats proud Ravaneshwara and keeps him in prison for a long time.......
Good performance...... just for two hours...... good singing..... people were from IDAGUNJI YAKSHAGANA MELA...... back home by 10 pm......
Sun 26 March

Monday, March 21, 2011

ANIL WEDDING ENGAGEMENT

We had been missing few days....... as nothing much was happening.....
A distant relation was getting engaged.....  we were invited...... some Kalyana Mantapa in Sajjana Rao Circle in V V Puram, Bangalore...... in the afternoon.....
Reached there at 4 pm...... not much of ceremony..... it was more of get-together and a social gathering......
Had a heavy tiffin...... call it high tea...... with lot of items..... kadubu, bisi bele bath, shemige, samosa, gulab jamun, another sweet, tea, ice cream...... and some more......
Back to Marthahalli after visit to Shubha's house......
Sun, March 20

Monday, March 14, 2011

VIDURASHWATHA AND LEPAKSHI

It was Sunday...... we decided to go to nearby Andhra Pradesh...... to see historic places and temples.....
VIDURASHWATHA.......
Ashwatha Tree

It's about 120km from Bangalore on the way to Hyderabad......  reached up to Chikkaballapura, Gouri Bidanur and proceeded to a small place, about 8Km from there to a village Vidurashwatha, with not much of basic facilities..... place with lot of Ashwatha and neem trees......
Nagana Kallu

a small temple with large compound with thousands of serpent stones (nagana kallu)...... placed in by devotees...... who believed that their family will be blessed with children..... people were worshiping individually placed stones and quite few devotees sitting and offering prayers..... It's believed that Ashwtha is a male tree and Neem is female tree and there are occasions to celebrate the wedding between these two trees........ much required oxygen given out by these trees is very good for humans and can cause physiological changes in the body for better health......
After spending for an hour, we proceeded to Lepakshi, a distance of about 25 km via Hindupur........
LEPAKSHI......
Paintings on the ceiling....

This temple cum monument was built in the middle of 16th century by Vijayanagara dynasty King Achutaraya.
It was due to Viroopanna, architect ..... high placed official in the Kingdom.....planned and built the beautiful sculptures.... the monument is on KOORMAGIRI STONE BETTA (hill)......built without any foundation..... solidly on stone.......there is huge seven headed serpent stone (Nagalinga)...... which can be seen from a Nandi which is at a quite a distance....... The monument is protected by archeological department of Government of India......... stone sculptures on huge pillars are simply magnificiant....... each pillar has a different design, architecture, .... story to tell...... they were really talented and genius shilpis..... saree manufacturers copy the designs made some six centuries ago......
Seven headed Naaga Linga

the incomplete Parvathi-Parameshwara Kalyana Mantap...... stands today as a testimony of the misunderstanding between the King and the Shilpi (Architect) Viroopanna......
15 foot one-stone Nandi

Hindu culture, heritage, architecture  and history will be more appreciated by anyone who visit these places.......
On our return, drove back a distance of 20km to reach NH7 highway..... and another 102 km on the highway to Bangalooru........comfortably reached home by 6pm......
Sun, 14 March

Saturday, March 12, 2011

EARTH QUAKE & TSUNAMI IN JAPAN



So sad...... imagine some one sitting in the house, driving a car, travelling in a train....... suddenly everything.... washes away..... hardly few will know what happened......God's making........?? fate playing its numbers........?? or nature at its fury........??All said and done....... whatever advancement in science and technology,,,,,,,, and what not...... there is some super power that controls...... what's happening and what will happen.....Every religion calls it ....... GOD......??May the souls of thousands of people who lost their lives....... rest in perfect peace.......  and the survivors get the strength, energy and will power to move forward........
Fri, 11 March

Friday, March 11, 2011

RELIGIOUS CONVERSION - SEMINAR

It is in the daily newspaper one morning I saw...... a seminar on Religious Conversion - a seminar on its prevention and ways to contain the menace....... distinguished people will be speaking on the issue....
It was at Yavanika hall.... on Nripatunga Road, Bangalore at 10 am..... We managed to find the place though I was not sure....... almost 250 people were there..... when we reached, it was after 10.30pm.... program had started.......
Dr S L Bairappa speaking...

The function was organized by...... VARTHAMAN, group......Dr. S L Bairappa, leading novelist & researcher, Dr Chidanandamoorthy, a scholar,....one young Swamiji from a local Mutt, Dr Rajaram, another scholar, and also a lady, Dr Mangala Shridhar were the main speakers.......one Mr Danny Parreira, a young man from a rural area was impressive with his thoughts on conversion...... declared himself as "Hindu Christa"......
Dr Chidananda Moorthy.....

Some spoke that it is politically motivated..... ... a business..... entrepreneurship.... with lot of foreign funds flowing in...... poor and low cast  people promised money and better life...... but it is happening in a large scale, specially in rural areas...... people are falling prey to missionaries..... a very sad situation due to our political system....  since political parties would take advantage of it.....  call it "Vote Bank Politics".......
However..... effective action plan is very difficult...... one can only cause awareness....  reduce the levels in the hindu caste system..... give equal respect and recognition to all castes of people, etc etc....
Dr S L Bairappa wrote about the issue in his novel "Dharmashri" in 1959.....almost 50 years ago..... but the problem has aggravated become more complicated......
Audience.....

After a buffet lunch with bisi bele bath, mosaranna..... drove back home for a siesta......
Fri, 11 March

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ANOTHER NAMING CEREMONY (NAAMAKARANA)


They were family friends from Sharjah......  Soumya, her name...... her in-laws were also there  for a visit..... so we used to visit...... their family re-located to Bangalore in March 2010 and they were in contact.....
It was celebration of arrival of new boy in the family...... invited for the ceremony at Madhwa Sangha at Chamrajpet, Bangalore......  The place, we were able to get without much effort...... we just happened to see it on the way......
Had nice lunch.......left from there to Kengeri..... spent some time for Hyundai Free Car Clinic on Mysore road.......spent some time at Sandhya's house, with doddappa...... visited shubha on the way......
back to Marthahalli.... 11p.m.
Wed, 09 March

Saturday, March 5, 2011

LIVE MUSIC PROGRAM

It is....... after a long  time that we  were attending a live music program...... first in Bangalore...... in Chowdiah Memorial Hall at Malleshwaram.......... it was quite mesmerizing classical presentation of violin, sarangi, mridungam, tabla, piano and kanjira.......
The program was organized by Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, daughter, disciple of Legend violinist, composer,  Lalgudi Jayaraman....... as ARPANAM ...... tribute to GURU......
Started on time ..... with lot of classical music lovers...... mostly elderly from Tamilnadu..... obviously, Bangalore is home for them............ with the presentation of flute ensemble by a group of flutists from GOKULUM school..... low, pleasing and melodious.......
then..... half an hour instrumental music program of Lalgudi Viji on Violin, Murad Ali on Sarangi, Arun Prakash on Mridungum, Praveen Rao on tabla....... was an excellent presentation, blend, fusion and back-up....... simply superb...... though I can not elaborate on the intricasies of pieces presented..... called THILLANA......
Short stage program follows..... for release of CD..... music biggies on stage...... Lalgudi Jayaraman, T V  Gopalakrishnan, and Lalgudi Viji....... and Shri Harshananda Swamiji from Ramakrishna Mutt......for blessings....and Dr Suma Sudheendra.... president of Chowdiah Memorial..... for a short speech....
then the Vocal concert follows..... with Lalgudu Viji again, accompanied by sarangi, piano, tabla, mridungum and kanjira...... good voice and melodious singing........classical,,,,,,
Then,,,,,, half hour dance tribute by Nirupama, Rajendra and the group from Abhinava Dance company...... was really enchanting, refreshing..... steps, expressions, movements, stage set up, lighting..... excellent.....
It was an evening well spent...... drove back home......


Sat, 05 Mar