Dasara at Home

Dasara (Navarathri) has just concluded and here is a small video of Dasara doll arrangements at house. More than Dasara it was known to us as ‘Gombe habba’ (ಗೊಂಬೆ ಹಬ್ಬ) back when we were kids. For all the ten days during the festival, 50 to 60% of our living room used to get occupied with the dolls. Below is a small video shot by my sister of this year’s festivities (since there is no narration, I’ve tried my level best to explain the arrangements below the video) – Top most step has ‘pattada gombe’ (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) – depicting the royal family of Mysore. Next two steps goes for the Gods […]

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ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಯುಗಾದಿ…

ಎರಡು ವರ್ಷದ ಹಿಂದೆ, ನಾನು ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ಯುಗಾದಿಯ ಸಡಗರ ತಪ್ಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಾಗ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದು. ಈ ವರ್ಷ ಕೂಡ ಅಂದಿನಂತೆ ಹಿಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳ ಮೆಲುಕು ಹಾಕುತ್ತಲೆ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಅಚರಣೆ. ಯುಗ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ ಹೊಸ ವರುಷಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಷವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ ಬೇಂದ್ರೆಯವರ ಈ ಸಾಲುಗಳು ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಬೀಳದೆ ಬೆಳಗಾಗದ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ದಿನವೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಗೂ ಸಹ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಬೇಗ ಏಳದವನು, ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಎದ್ದು ಕುಳಿತು ಬಕಪಕ್ಷಿಯಂತೆ ಈ ಹಾಡನ್ನು ರೇಡಿಯೋದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ತನಕ ಅಲ್ಲಾಡದಂತೆ ಕೂರಲಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದರೆ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಶುರುವಾಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಹಾಡು ಕೇಳಿ, ಮುಗಿಯುವ ತನಕ ಕೊನೆಸಾಲಿನವರೆಗೂ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹಾಡಿದ ನಂತರವೇ ಎಣ್ಣೆ ಸ್ನಾನದ ತಯಾರಿ. ಕುಲವಧು ಚಿತ್ರದ ಹಾಡು, ಮಾವಿನ ತೋರಣ, ಅಭ್ಯಂಜನ, ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ, ಬೇಳೆ ಒಬ್ಬಟ್ಟು – ಇಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೂ ತಪ್ಪುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷ ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ತಯಾರಿ ಮತ್ತು ತಿನ್ನುವಾಗ ’ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಮ’ನ ಪ್ರಸಂಗವನ್ನು ನೆನೆಯಲೇ ಬೇಕು, ಅದೂ ಕೂಡ ತಪ್ಪುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ’ಹೋಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಮ’, ಅವರ ನಿಜವಾದ ಹೆಸರಲ್ಲ. ಅವರ ಹೆಸರೂ ನನಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. […]

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Dasara is here…

Dasara festival (also called as Navaratri ), the state festival is here. After two years of gap, the ritual of arranging the dolls is back in our home. Here is a photo taken this evening while arranging the dolls. Well, its just a sneak-preview. More photos to follow soon. And here is another photo (an old post)

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Dream that's gonna stay as one

I don’t remember when I read ‘Karvalo’ for the first time, that was more than 11-12 years ago. After finishing the book, for the next week I was contending myself on the book whether it’s a fiction or a true story. Over next few years, I’ve read the same book countless number of time. Just that one book made me a fan of Poorna Chandra Tejaswi. Later, I got hold of his other works – ‘Jugari Cross’, ‘Chidambara Rahasya’, ‘Huliyoorina Sarahaddu’, ‘Abachoorina Post Office’, ‘Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu’ and ‘Annana Nenapu’, about Kuvempu, his father and well known poet & writer. I liked the way of his writing style. Each and every […]

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Magic with words

I was reading ‘Sanna Kathegalu – Volume 1‘, short stories by Maasti Venkatesh Iyengar, and there was this short poem in one of the stories. When I read it first, it felt familiar. It took me some time to make out the original rhyme. What a magic with words. Kannada What a wonderful language it is. Wonderful translation done here. Any guess on the original poem? 😉 Speaking about translation works, B>M Sri has done an amazing work in translating English poems to Kannada. Karunaalu baa belake is one such example. Original is here – Lead, kindly Light

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Neenaanaadre Naaneenena

Neenaanaadre Naaneenena (in Kannada) translates to – “If you are me, then am I you?“. Its a Kannada version of William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors“. Scripted by S. Surendranath in Kannada on the same theme with a slight change in characters. Happened to watch the drama ‘Neenaanaadre Naaneenena’ in Rangashankara yesterday. A total laughter riot for complete 2 hours – one obsessed to detective novels, other with Shayars, anohter is a deaf, fourth sings a song with every dailogue. Wonderful performance by Srinvas Prabhu, Sihikahi Chandru, Jahangir and others. Would love to wahtc it again. To add to this was company of taleneted Mukta balaga members – Pransesh Sir, Usha, […]

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Varanga

Boat way, originally uploaded by Prashanth Manikya. Varanga, a jain pilgrimage is approximately 75 KMs from Mangalore and 45-50 minutes journey from Karkala. It’s a small village well known for the jain temple (basadi) which is in the middle of a pond. The basadi is called as ‘Kere Basadi’. The basadi is also a chaturmukha basadi similar to the one in Karkala. On all the four sides of the basadi statue of 22nd Thirthankara Neminatha, is established. Only option to reach the basadi is by boat – they charge a nominal fee of Rs. 2 per person for the trip. Kere basadi, originally uploaded by Prashanth Manikya.

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