STOP RAPE NOW!

STOP RAPE NOW!
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RAPE: The Shame and the Shameless





Like everyone else these days, I dread to read this news of horror in the mornings. 
I wish it would fade away..Oh, it does but not forever. There is a deceitful lull and sure enough there is a spurt..And the commotion and the usual indignant voices...

 While the no of incidences of rape and violence against hapless women and even more shockingly against girl-child continues to make unpalatable news , one is now forced to think of the cause and effect phenomenon.

This particular crime of shaming the woman's dignity and vilifying her character is not new..It was glamorized from the days of 70s Hindi Cinema and certain villains were even believed to be veterans at it..( For eg, Ranjit, Madanpuri, Prem Chopra etc)
We say that it is this day and age which has caused a quantum leap in crime against women.But It has nothing to do with less reportage then or more publicity now as claimed hollowly by some.

 It is becoming a crime of epidemic proportions, monstrous in its unsparing nature.

What I say next may not find many takers, and certainly it’s not a modern, popular opinion. I may sound orthodox or too old fashioned by nature and may even sound moralistic or preachy, but a little moral never hurt anyone. Especially in such immoral times.

There is a lot of undesirable 'connections' and 'mingling' taking place in social circuits of the Party/ Pubbing culture and flaunted as modern and civilized urban living, ostensibly called "COOL and Happening" euphemistically. Oh, there is lot of truth in it, I am afraid and.... in the widely prevalent dating culture of youth which they have adopted in most urban centres. 

Both such 'aping west' phenomenon and 'selling of Romance the Valentine's day's way' , using widespread social media has largely contributed to never before heard spurt in courtship and breakups and innumerable social and criminal fall-outs because of the same.

The irresponsible behaviour of the "haves" in flaunting their wild and irresponsible nocturnal habits would certainly have caused "have-nots” and fringe criminal elements in society into thinking "if it suits them, it is OK for us as well!"
 Strange logic? Criminal minds ?Yes..... but there are opportunities aplenty when you count the cases of courting couples attacked in lonely spots in and around the cities, esp in the wee hours of the day.

 There is no denial that today's society has lost a lot of moral nerve and ethical values.
All the conventional and safe practices of the past generation, which included separation of boys from girls till marriage to some extent are dubbed ‘silly’ and dismissed and even ridiculed as 'UNCOOL' and ‘Stupid’.

The situation has come to such a pass that even schools have turned into horror homes and teachers as depraved monsters. And then there is the widespread and uncontrolled use of Internet porn too, which has been made easily accessible to everyone on their mobile phones , which almost everyone seems to possess.
Always misuse outscores the right use and negative results outrun the positives...
Unfortunate but true.

The very people who rush to streets protesting RAPE  in bold banners today, what fundamental change in their lifestyle are they prepared to adopt to remain safe?
..Are they even coming half way to meet the authorities?

When cops are near the couples on beaches or parks and keep tabs on them with CCTV and all, we protest this as "Moral police"; and when they are not around and goons take over and attack us, we blame it as lack of security…
What are the authorities to do, then?..Aren't we putting them on the horns of an unenviable dilemma?

We talk of ‘deterrent’ punishment and some even emotionally suggest castration, but such cruel punishments will never find the nod of law in our democratic setup. There will be an immediate stay order in some court, even if a  Govt finds courage to pass such a law. They will first complain of misuse of law.

To add credence to the 'misuse' theory, already many false cases have been foisted on men by jilted women after years of co-habitation too!


Generally, this country lags far far behind in Policing and public security; besides sensitivity of the police officers in handling such cases is as good as nonexistent. They are but mere puppets in the hands of powerful politicians who always have the last word as to who should be arrested and who should be let loose. Why, some accused have even hailed from their families. So what can be expected from such immoral rulers as anything but fence eating the crop itself?

'Responsible living', 'disciplined life-style' and add a bit of grand-ma wisdom of 'come home early before sunset, do not be too friendly with all men' etc , might even just work for many urban young ladies...

 Thrills may have their place for the young ladies but then so does lurking Danger in the midnights when you wobble around drunkenly or drugged to the nostrils and found in the company of other men in questionable circumstances!
 Crime is just waiting to happen!

"Behave", our elders used to say, "do not take Risks", they preached. "Have some shame!" they shrilled....they advised "and lead simple, morally correct life devoid of liquor and drugs and live happily longer..
What’s so wrong with it, I can't, for the world of me understand. May be I am not a PARTY ANIMAL...Never thought the word ANIMAL suited me anyway!.
  
Is adopting a "safe, responsible living" devoid of "intoxicated 'happy hours' ", asking too much?..If it is, well then it’s too bad, but that's the way it is.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Up Above The Hills ..So High!



We had been planning a good family trip from a long time since Chinmay went away to Bangalore and I had been out of the country for nearly 5 months and just came back two weeks ago.

As such I was on leave and planned a visit to Madurai- Kodaikanal and Palani and back to Chennai via Madurai.

As per plans and bookings done , we left on the evening of 31st May by flight( Jet Konnect) from Chennai to Madurai.
It is a small craft and a 75 mins flight. This was Shyamala and Sanmathi's first flight experience and they were really thrilled and enjoyed the novelty.

 We reached Madurai and a Tavera vehicle which stayed with us throughout the next 3 days picked us up at the airport and escorted to Hotel Saratha Rajans (www.hotelsaratharajans.com.com/)


 This is an OK-type Hotel, a bit far from the temple, moderate facility but a little over priced. We rested overnight in two AC double rooms and were ready by 8 am next day for Meenakshi amman darshan.






After the usual bustle that accompanies even a 100 rupee special ticket and temple's hot interiors ( why no blowers even, let alone AC?),we still had very good darshan of Devi and swami and left for Kodaikanal in Tavera by 10 am. 

We had some pit stops and 'pic'-stops enroute the lovely uphill ride as weather cooled down considerably and were able to roll down the windows and enjoy the cool breeze waft around us.It made such a difference after the 'HOT' Madurai. We visited the famous waterfalls on the way ( Liril?) twice, once each way.

We reached Kodaikanal by 2 pm and checked into a small pretty hotel on the Main road called Apple Valley, which the owner proudly calls it as a Resort..That is 'resorting' to over-ambitiousness!!...(http://applevalley.in/)
Went to near by Hotel Astoria which is  a pretty good veg south Indian restaurant for snacks and lunch. .

Then ...We had a pleasant boat ride on the Lake in the falling evening light, after a 30-min wait and we could see the rush had diminished on this last Sunday before the schools start (for others...My daughter's school starts next week!). 
There is a small lovely veggie restaurant called "Rasoi" next to Hotel Astoria 
This 2 women + 1 man  eatery is run by a Gujju madam and we were treated to some hot aloo parathas and very tasty veggie dishes...
Check it out next time > Rasoi !

It was very misty and chilly in the evening and then went back and  rested our tired travel-jaded bodies..zzzzzzz!















Next day morning started at 8.15 am and we went in our 4x4 van to see Pine forest, Pillar rocks, Bryant park, Coakers walk and such beautiful visiting spots , normal on the tourist route.

We had lunch at the newly found Rasoi, and had Gujarati and Punjabi thali. Quality is again good but more quantity means more price!

Weather was pleasant but somehow the afternoon was a bit warm indoors and cooled down by early evening.
We also managed to visit small but very lovely shrine called Kurunji andavar ( Murugan) temple in Kodai as well as Sathya sai mandir called "Sai shruthi" near the lake, where we prayed and also sang a few bhajans ourselves to an absolutely empty hall!( afternoon 3.30 pm). 

The evening was enveloped in thick mist and it rained a bit later in the night but not too heavily, and thankfully not disrupting any program of ours! Temp range on both days was around 16 to 28 deg C...

We took many scenic pics on these 2 day/ nights in Kodai and I have uploaded some of them on my facebook page as well as some here:
https://www.facebook.com/nageshkumarcs


Onward we went to Palani leaving Kodai by 8.15 am next morning. The journey, in today's lexicon is AWESOME!

Thick mist laden hills, lush greenery and chilly air on the road made it a pleasant climb-down to Palani mount.

The waiting at cable car queue at Palani temple below  kills you . It was very hot and shockingly so after Kodai we had just left.

 After reaching the palani temple above by 12 noon (waiting 45 mins? below) we were told temple closed at 12 noon and we had to wait one more hour for the shrine to open. More waiting after buying 50 bucks spl tickets!
 To ward off all our fatigue, we had a  Beautiful darshan  of Dandayudhapani and we had some archanai and such normal activities completed, paying off an archak (many archaks keep jostling you there!) ( You pray and they prey???).

Another disappointment was we had to wait almost 1.5 hours for cable car service to resume as they promptly closed the service at 1 pm. This is as tragic as it is ridiculous leaving us all hot and sweaty up on the hills till 2.45 pm.. 
And yeah, Palani hill (1068 ft ele.) is no Kodai kanal(6998 ft elevation) in temperature!

We of course made use of this time by having tasty 'puliyogarai and sweet pongal prasadam', drank water and refreshed ourselves in the mean time!

 We could not have good lunch anywhere in Palani as it was 3.30 pm by the time cable car took us down the hills. The ride up and down is also a very welcome sight and worth doing too!...There is some crazy 15 rupee and 50 rupee separate  ticket lines there for the same cable cars, which I could never figure out why, but took the safe 50 buck line anyway. I don't know if it made any difference in the end.


Apart from the superb deity and his blessings( our kula daiavam/ mane devaru is subramanya...But actually Kukke subramanya, anyway!), I daresay Palani was not one of the best pilgrimage spots I have visited as they waste nearly 2 to 3 hours of yours in the day time by these interruptions and waiting period! I learnt later there is a parallel "cable train" service which our driver informed us as a better one... AFTER we came down!..Huh!

We left for Madurai straight and reached the same Hotel and spent a relaxing night and checked out for airport by 10 am next day after having a good sumptuous breakfast there. 
Chinmay had to leave by a bus back to Bangalore to resume his duties.
Our Tavera Driver for the last 3 days, Mr Vetri dropped us off and he had served us well.
Our plane left Madurai at 12.30 and reached at 1.15 pm at Chennai and we were home by 2.30 pm.

That about sums up a memorable trip for the four of us..

Thanks for your patience in reading this through!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Chennai-Sri Kalahasthi Road trip


A longstanding wish to see Sri kalahasthi , a famous panchabhootha sthalam of Lord Shiva was realized yesterday.
My son Chinmay and I left with a Driver at 5 am from home in our car. It is a 130 km trip from Chennai to the town in Chittoor distt AP
This was a very cool misty day and we made good speed in the early hours of Saturday to reach the Tirupathi Highway via Koyambedu-Annanagar-Red hills route. The road traffic was sparse too


We moved through misty paddy fields after Tada border town  and it was a pleasant welcome experience.
The road is very good too.
 We reached the already bustling temple town of Sri Kalahasthi by 7.50 am, with no break( 2hrs, 50 mins).
As we were quite hungry and had not seen any worthy restaurant on the way, we had idli vada breakfast in Saravana Bhavan near temple. It is quite clear from the ambience and taste that the brand name of Hotel saravana bhavan ( HSB) is being misused by many fakes and this is just one of them. Later I came to know that there are seven fakes of this name in this town, but no original!

The car parking guys forced us to keep mobiles in the car itself saying camera phones are not allowed!
The touts catch you in Car park( 60 bucks for parking!) and I was sold two oil vilakku lamps, and bilva leaves mala etc there in the car park itself for appeasing the Rahu-Kethu moorthys outside the temple. We bought a packet of milk along with it too and stood in queue and we saw there are rats which feed on all these among these statuettes boldly. (There are various detailed poojas to rahu kethu dosha nivarana worth 300/- to 1500/- here for those interested)


TYPE OF RAHU KETHU POOJA
POOJA RATE
FACILITIES FOR TICKET
OTHER DETAILS
ORDINARY POOJA300/-DHARMA DARSHANAMFOR SPECIAL DARSHAN EACH PERSON TAKE 50/- TICKET
SPECIAL POOJA @ Nagari Kumara Mandapam750/-SPECIAL DARSHAN FOR Two(2) personsTHIS POOJA WILL PERFORM AT SPECIAL MANDPAM
SPECIAL V.I.P. POOJA (Inside the Temple)1500/-SPECIAL DARSHAN FOR TWO PERSONS & SESHAVASTRAMS & PRASADAMSTHIS POOJA WILL PERFORM INSIDE the TEMPLE

After offering the milk and mala and kumkum to Rahu -Kethu, we had darshan of Ganapathi in a small  basement on the road outside and were given some avalakki prasadam there.

After climbing a few steep steps we reach the abode of Main temple.
To avoid rush as it was nearing rahu kalam in the 'dharma darshan', we bought 50 bucks each worth special tickets and went in through various corridors smoothly. En route we prayed to Subramanya ( our kuladevathe) and went in.
The moola shivalingam is Vayu lingeshwara in the panchabhootas.


As we missed the exit then, we had a second round of darshan in special line once more!
then we pass through many small 'templets' of Narayana, Dakshina moorthy etc on the way to Gnana prasunnambika abode, the consort of Lord Shiva here.Very nicely decked up Devi statue blesses us.

After completing this Darshan we came out and purchased prasadam like Laddu and vada ( Big tasty laddus like Tirupathi available here too!).

There is  a small hillock next to the temple, where the famous Bedara Kannappa legend seems to have played out as per mythology, the devoted hunter who offered his own eyes to the lord. It was already quite a walk in the main temple by now and I was a little tired.. My son Chinmay went up the hillock climbing the 200 odd steps and returned after the visit, while I waited at the bottom! He described what he saw there as  having seen a small temple and some very nice views from atop.

 By now we were hungry again (10:15am) as the morning breakfast was all but digested. We had a Masala dosa in a Ganesh Bhavan which is a much better restaurant than Saravana bhavan , the earlier one.

Snaps on the street outside the temple:



Well, the next phase of our misadventure is something I would like to forget in a hurry!
We had decided to see Tada falls sometime back and took a turn in from the main road..

OHHHH...It is a very long road, ceases to be road as we near the deeper forest and becomes a muddy, rocky surface and we bucked and rocked the way to AP forest gate who charged 60 bucks to go inside..What they did not say was INSIDE is some 5 km of trekking route and full of hard rock and sharp stones strewn on the hilly path.
See pics below:
On Hawaii slippers I had worn for the temple visit, 2 km was as much as I could stand, although Chinmay carried on for some more distance and we returned just seeing a small stream but not the 'falls'..I felt we would have 'fallen' down if we did anything more!
Well, it is a Trekker's path and you need to geared up for it!



As we returned homewards, the Saturday High way traffic caught up with us and we had to go to Lunch in Anna nagar by 3.15 pm at HOT CHIPS restaurant and actually returned home by 4:30 pm.

If we had avoided the Tada loop, we could have been home by 2 pm and that is the correct duration for just going to Sri Kalahasthi and back!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sachin: When The The Tireless Retired



Must-read: Sachin's Farewell Speech

There was a pop song in my youth in the 70s-80s  that went something like
Goodbye to you, my trusted friend
We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun 
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttpztjuiz5k)

That's all we can say as the legend Sachin Tendulkar says farewell  to cricket and hangs up his bat today.
Sachin, the batsman was phenomenal , so majestic and unflinching when he wielded his bat for 24 years for India. His life was in numbers and numbers was his life... 

Yet when the moment came to go back to pavilion for the last time, he was so dear and soft. He thanked everyone who had made his life what it is today. There was not one dry eye in the stadium or outside. 
A truly humble giant, despite his short stature!

No doubt, one could say through out his life, he got preferential treatment and Mumbai and Industry lobby had so strongly rallied behind him that his place was guaranteed for nearly a quarter of century. So much so that the Selectors in his lifetime had only to select the rest of the ten players..Sachin was ALWAYS there.
And he delivered, match after match, year after year, creating a status of a demigod that he was something that did not belong to this planet. The records he created may never be broken, but the the years he spent out in the middle entertaining one and will not be easily forgotten either. 

Sachin tendulkar's exit marks the end of an era for us, may be, and we only hope and pray there will be other golden boys with bat and ball for the next generations to worship.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

ಚೆನ್ನೈ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೊತ್ಸವ - ನವೆಂಬರ್ ೧, ೨೦೧೩:


ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಷತ್ ಮತ್ತು ಮದ್ರಾಸ್ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ, ಚೆನ್ನೈ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ನಿನ್ನೆ ನವೆಂಬರ್ ೧ ರಂದು ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೊತ್ಸವ ಸಮಾರಂಭ ನೆರೆವೇರಿತು. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಘಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಾದ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಕೂಟ, ಬೆಸೆಂಟ್ ನಗರ್ , ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸಂಘ, ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳಗದ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು  ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿ  ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ಸಮಾರಂಭವನ್ನು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕವಿ ಕುವೆಂಪು ರವರ ಸ್ಮೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಗಣಪತಿ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥನೆಯಿಂದ ಆರಂಭಗೊಂಡ ಈ ಸಮಾರಂಭದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯನ್ನು ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಭಟ್ ಅರ್ತಿಕಜೆ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರೆ, ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಯಾಗಿ ಖ್ಯಾತ ಸಾಹಿತಿ-ವಾಗ್ಮಿ ಶ್ರೀ ವೈ ವಿ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.

ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ತಮಿಳ್ನಾಡು ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಷತ್ ನ ಶ್ರೀ ಕೆ.ಪಿ.ಆಚಾರ್, ಮತ್ತು ಮದರಾಸ್ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಮುಖ್ಯ್ಸಸ್ಥೆ ಡಾ, ತಮಿಳ್ ಸೆಲ್ವಿ ಯವರು ವೇದಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಿದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನೂ ಆಸಕ್ತಿಯಿಂದ ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದರು. 
ಡಾ. ತಮಿಳ್ ಸೆಲ್ವಿಯವರು ನೀಡಿದ ಕುವೆಂಪು ಕೃತಿ " ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾಯಣ ದರ್ಶನಮ್" ಬಗ್ಗೆಯ ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನ ಅವರ ಸ್ವಂತ ಭಾಷಾಪಾಂಡಿತ್ಯ,ಸ್ವಾನುಭವ ಮತ್ತು ಸುಲಲಿತ ವಾಗ್ಝರಿಯ ಪ್ರತೀಕವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಕುವೆಂಪು ರವರ ನೀತಿ ದ್ಯೋತಕವಾದ ಈ ಮೇರು ಕೃತಿಯ ಪುಟಗಳನ್ನು ಮನವರಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟಂತಾಯಿತು.

ಕಲಾವಿದರ ಮನರಂಜನಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಚಿ. ರಾಜೇಶ್ ರವರ ಸುಮಧುರ ಪಿಟೀಲ್ ವಾದನ ಸಂಗೀತ ಪ್ರೇಮಿಗಳ ಮನ ಸೆಳೆದರೆ ಕಿರಿಯ ಚಿ.ವಂಶಿಯ ಕೊಳಲು ವಾದನದ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ ಬೆರಗಾಗುವಂತಿದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತ ಶ್ಲಾಘನೆ ಪಡೆಯಿತು.

 ಕು.ನಿಧಿ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ.ಶ್ಯಾಮಲಾರವರ ಯುಗಳ ಗೀತೆ: " ತೆರೆದಿದೆ ಮನೆ ಓ ಬಾ ಅತಿಥಿ" ಮಧುರವಾದ ದನಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದು ಎಲ್ಲರ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪ್ರಶಂಸೆಗೆ ಪಾತ್ರವಾಯಿತು.

ಭರತನಾಟ್ಯವಾಡಿದ ನಾಟ್ಯ ಮಯೂರಿ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ಕು|| ಪ್ರಿಯದರ್ಶಿನಿಯವರ ನೃತ್ಯ ಮನೋಹರವಾಗಿದ್ದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಕಣ್ಮನಗಳನ್ನು ತಣಿಸಿತು.

ಇದಲ್ಲದೆ ವಸಂತ್ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ ಮತ್ತಿತರ ಹಲವು ಪುರುಷ ಮತ್ತು ಮಹಿಳಾ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಸದಸ್ಯೆಯರು ಕುವೆಂಪುರವರ "ದೋಣಿ ಸಾಗಲಿ" ಮುಂತಾದ ಕೆಲವು ಕವನಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಡಿ ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನೂ ರಂಜಿಸಿದರು. 

ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಭಟ್ ರವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಭಾಷಣದಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಆದ ವಿಶೇಷ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಚುಟುಕಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಡಿ ನಗೆ ಹೊನಲು ಹರಿಸಿದರೆ, ಸಮಾರಂಭದ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಯಾಗಿ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ್ದ ಶ್ರೀ ವೈ ವಿ ಗುಂಡೂರಾಯರು  ಭಾಷಾ ಸಾಮರಸ್ಯ, ವೈವಿಧ್ಯತೆ, ಸಂಗೀತದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಪೇಚಾಟದ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳು ಹೀಗೆ ಹತ್ತು ಹಲವಾರು ವೈವಿಧ್ಯಮಯ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಸ್ಯ ಲೇಪಿತವಾದ ಶೈಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ  ವರ್ಣಿಸಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಮಯಸ್ಪೂರ್ತಿಯ ಮಾತುಗಳಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನೂ ನಗೆಗಡಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿಸಿಯೂ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡಗಿದ್ದ ಸಂದೇಶ ಮತ್ತು ವಿವೇಕ ವಾಣಿಯನ್ನು ಒತ್ತಿ ಹೇಳಲು ಮರೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ.

ಸಮಾರಂಭದ ನಂತರ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ರುಚಿಕರ ಉಪಹಾರವನ್ನು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಅದನ್ನು ಸವಿದು ತೃಪ್ತಿಯಿಂದ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗುವಂತಾಯಿತು.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Indian Cinema: Kannada event :100 and Counting!



Remembering the legends of the century!
Amma all the way, quite literally!

Thanks to two Passes issued by local Kannada sangha, we( Self and son Chinmay) attended the Day 2 of 100 yrs Indian cinema celebrations here at the air-conditioned Indoor auditorium in Chennai , the morning session which was reserved for Kannada film Industry and its achievements and honoring the Industry stalwarts interspersed with Cultural programmes.

The atmosphere was very festive, the roads decked with  the CM ‘AMMA’ posters all through and there was a lot of security to pass through before we entered the colorfully decked up stadium.


The inauguration by lighting the lamp was done by B Sarojadevi and Srinath accompanied by Home Minister KJ George.
The music and dance cultural programmes were simply ROCKING!
 Many enjoyable moments from past and present were showcased professionally.


It included veteran actress Leelavathi shaking a leg to ‘mellusire savigaana’, Beautiful Bharathi performing to the famous ‘Bala bangara neenu’ and Jayanthi swaying to ‘virahaa…’; songs which were landmarks in their own careers decades ago. Also Shruthi and Tara performed on some oldies from Kalpana films.


 Many young and upcoming artistes performed some hot numbers to both old and new film hits.(Whose names I am not aware of…That was more because of the surprising absence of any host /anchor for the programme and so the programmes just went on unannounced; many times the audience had to scratch their heads who they might be?)


Interspersed we had a video film that traced the roots of film making from the first cameras to silent movies to firsts in Indian cinema and Kannada celluloid world through the decades. It was a mesmerizing, thought provoking and grateful recall, worthy of the Centenary year!


The vintage video footage recollected some excellent milestone on-screen performances from Dr Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Srinath, Prabhakar, Shankar Nag etc from actors; and Leelavathi,  Kalpana, Manjula, Jayanthi ,Bharathi, Aarathi and others from actresses.


Many veteran producers, distributors and theatre owners (exhibitors), music directors, cinematographers and stuntmen who have served the industry were honored with mementoes recalling their achievements. Seeing renowned music director Hamsalekha brought back memories of Prema loka hit years, while Rajan of Rajan Nagendra of the bygone melodious decades! Also honored were worthy singer BK Sumithra and Choreographer Mugur Sundaram etc …Senior Actress Jayamala and Actress- Minister Umashree mostly did these honours.


It was a four hour marathon, well attended by enthusiastic Chennai kannadigas in the galleries.


 Among the attendees spotted in the VIP rows: Srinath, Rajesh, Sunder raj, KSL Swami,  Shivaram, Ramesh Arvind, Ambika, BV Radha and others


Among those who were absent (or not spotted): Ambareesh, Dwarakeesh , Rajkumar family, Anantnag, Sudeep, Darshan, Ravichandran. 

I read somewhere that there was some grumbling in the Kannada Industry that their representatives were not invited/ignored etc.  Happens in such events!


 Some lovely pics of today's event below:

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ಚೆನ್ನೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಬಂಗಾರದ ಮನುಶ್ಯ!




Saturday, September 21, 2013

ಚೆನ್ನೆಗೆ ಬಂದ ಬಂಗಾರದ ಮನುಶ್ಯ!



ಇಂದು ಚೆನ್ನೈ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ ಪಾಲಿಗೆ ಬಹಳ ಸಂಭ್ರಮದ ಸುದಿನ..ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಅಣ್ಣಾವರ ಮೇರು ಚಿತ್ರ "ಬಂಗಾರದ ಮನುಶ್ಯ" ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಲಚಿತ್ರವು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ೧೧.೩೦ ಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರದರ್‍ಶಿತವಾಯಿತು..

ಎಲ್ಲ ಚೆನ್ನೈ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಂತೆ ನಾನೂ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆ.

೧೯೭೨ ರ ಅತ್ಯುನ್ನತ ಸುಪ್ರಸಿಧ್ಧ  ಡಾ.ರಾಜಕುಮಾರ್ - ಭಾರತಿ ಅಭಿನಯದ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರದ ೧೦೦ ವರ್ಷದ ಶತಮಾನೋತ್ಸವದ ಅಂಗವಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಉಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಇಂದು ತೋರಿಸಲಾಯಿತು..

ಡಾ|| ರಾಜ್ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ತೆರೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ( ’ನಗು ನಗುತಾ ನಲಿ  ನಲಿ ’ ಹಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ) ಬಂದಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲರಂತೆ ಈ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲೇಖಕನೂ ಸಿಳ್ಳೆ ಹೊಡೆದು ಚಪ್ಪಾಳೆ ತಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾನೆ!!  ಚಿತ್ರಮಂದಿರ ಭರ್ತಿಯಾಗದಿದ್ದರೂ ಈ ಊರಿಗೆ ಶೇ ೬೦ ರಷ್ಟು ತುಂಬಿದ್ದೆ ಪುಣ್ಯ!

ಭಲೆ! ಭಲೆ! ಎಂತಾ ಚಿತ್ರ!!

  ಪತ್ನಿ ಸಮೇತ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ ಮಿತ್ರರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕುಳಿತು ಆನಂದವಾಗಿ ಈ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ನಾವು ತಮಿಳುನಾಡಿನ ರಾಜಧಾನಿಯಲ್ಲಿಂದು ನೋಡಿದ್ದು...ಹಾ, ಈ ಚಿತ್ರ ಮಾಡುವ ಹೊತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ ಹಲವು ದಶಕಗಳ ಕಾಲದಿಂದ ಈ ಚೆನ್ನೈ ( ಮದರಾಸ್) ನಗರದಲ್ಲೆ ಇದ್ದರೆಂದು ಮರೆಯುವಂತಿಲ್ಲಾ...



 As a part of 100 years of Indian cinema in Chennai, we ( self and wife) just went for Bangaradha manushya , 1973, a Rajkumar masterpiece (which ran for 2 years in States theater then) here in Chennai at Sathyam Cinema FREE, first come first served. 

We went with lot of expectations and we were very thrilled to meet so many cheerful kannadigas who took time off to see a classic together. 
All were asking me and wife to join a kannadigara sangha and participate in functions..Theater was 60% full which is great for chennai!

Wonderful film ..
Brought tears in my eyes..Superhit songs and performances..

Tomorrow we have got 2 passes to see the the main celebrations of kannada filmworld in a Stadium in Chennai..
More on it on my blog with pics, late tomorrow..