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    The family members have formed an association

    It is to bring all members under one roof


    Mukkatira family members in Kodagu and outside the district have formed an association called Kodava Mukkatira Family Association with a view to bringing all members living in different villages in Kodagu and outside the district under one roof, the president of the association, Mukkatira Uthaiah, said on Monday.

    Mr. Uthaiah, a retired police officer, and members of Mukkatira families from different parts of the district, were speaking to presspersons here. Mukkatira family members had spread out and settled in various locations in the district during the times of the former rulers of Kodagu. Most of them had now expressed willingness to forge unity, Mr. Uthaiah said. Forming the association was the first step in bringing all Mukkatira family members under one platform, he added.

    The secretary of the association, Mukkatira G. Aiyappa, who is an industrial lawyer and plantation workers union leader, said the coming together of the members was to usher in cooperation, assist the poor to pursue education and lend a helping hand to the deserving in times of crisis.

    The association would also aim at encouraging sports and games activities among family members and promote cultural activities as well, Mr. Aiyappa said. The rules governing a particular Mukkatira family as of now, wherever they lived, concerning deaths, births and other traditional practices, except marriage, would continue, he clarified. Matrimonial alliances (between different Mukkatira families) may not continue in future, he said clarifying a question.

    The treasurer of the association, Mukkatira Appaiah, a retired Superintendent of Police, said that 19 Mukkatira families living in different pars of the district had given consent to forge unity and become members of the association. They were Mukkatira families from Harihara, those from Gonicoppa to Kutta, Bondha, Pulikotu, Nelaji, Kunjilageri, Bavali, Arapattu, Aruvatoklu, Kumbaladalu, Kadagadalu, Madapur, Betri, Bittangala, Balamuri, Moovatoklu, Mukkodlu, Toochamekeri and Kunda. A few more families had sought time to join the association.

    Mukkatira T. Nanaiah, a member of the association and advocate from Bangalore, stated that the bylaw of the association was being prepared and the association would be registered soon. The objective of the association would be to achieve all-round development involving all Mukkatira family members. The families now identified themselves by the name of the village they lived in. Mukkatira Vasant, another member, gave an account of the history of the family.

    Mukkatira Vani Devaiah, a member of the association, was present.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / National / Karnataka / by Staff Correspondent / May 19th, 2009

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    It will be held at the Patrika Bhavan on June 23

    Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, in association with the V.K. Gokak National Trust, Haveri, is organising a one-day programme on the life and literary achievements of V.K. Gokak, a Jnanpith award winner, on the Patrika Bhavan premises here on June 23.

    The programme will be inaugurated by the former president of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Bangalore, Chandrashekar Patil (Champa), the president of the parishat, T.P. Ramesh, told presspersons here on Friday.

    Many writers and intellectuals did not believe that Gokak would provide justice to Kannada when the Gokak Commission was set up by the State Government during R. Gundu Rao’s regime. However, when the reports came out on according top priority to Kannada as a medium of education everyone was surprised, he said.

    The Gokak movement went on successfully in Kodagu for one and half months where Kannada activists staged dharnas in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, organised a Kodagu bandh and took out torchlight parades, apart from programmes in the taluks, Mr. Ramesh said.

    He recalled the incident of Kannada activists courting arrest for waving black flags during the visit of the then Chief Minister, late R. Gundu Rao, demanding the implementation of the Gokak report.

    Mr. Ramesh would preside over the inaugural function while Taltaje Vasanth Kumar from Uppinangadi would deliver the main speech.

    An elocution competition would be conducted on the Gokak movement in the State involving pre-university students, teachers training college students and ITI students on June 20 at the Patrika Bhavan, Mr. Ramesh said.

    On the same day, a folk song competition would be conducted for SSLC students.

    Teachers from schools would be involved in an essay competition on the life and literary achievements of Gokak.

    They would have to submit the essays to the president of the Kodagu District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Madikeri, before June 22, Mr. Ramesh said.

    M. Ramakrishna, professor from Bharati College, Mandya, would deliver the valedictory address at 3 p.m. the same day.

    Writer N. Mahabaleshwar Bhat would preside over the function. The president of the Madikeri unit of the parishat, K.T. Baby Mathew, and the honorary secretary of the district unit, Bharati Ramesh, were present.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / Staff Correspondent / National / Karnataka / Madikeri / June 19th, 2010


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    A district-level philatelic exhibition “Kodagupex 2009” will be held on February 8 at the Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa Multipurpose Indoor Auditorium here.

    Superintendent of Post Offices, Kodagu, Division, K. Thammanna made this announcement at a press conference here on Tuesday.

    Postmaster General, South Karnataka Region, Shanti Nair will inaugurate the exhibition.

    On the same occasion, Ms. Nair will release a special cover with the Madikeri Fort in the background. Lt. Gen. B.C. Nanda (retd.) will be the chief guest. In the philatelic exhibition, 35 people will participate in the junior category; seven in the senior category; and eight in the invitee category, Mr. Thammanna said.


    The exhibition will open at 9 a.m. Prizes will be distributed at 3.30 p.m., he said.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com /Staff Correspondent / National / Karnataka / Feb 04th, 2009

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    More than 1000 tribals would take part in the first tribals’ convention to be held in Karnataka here on April 25. The convention is focussing on legalising forest land, distribution of `Anthyodaya’ ration cards for tribals, site and rights and self-respect of tribals. The convention will be inaugurated by President of Tribals Rights� National Forum MP Bajuban Riyang, Forum State General Secretary G C Bayyareddy told reporters.

    He said there were more than eight crore tribals in the country.The tribals had no self-owned land nor houses and were residing in the outhouses of farm owners. The names of the tribals do not find a place in the voters’ list and they were deprived of government facilities, he said. More than 1,000 tribals from Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada,Udupi, Chikkamagalur, Shimoga and Ramanagar Districts would participate in the convention

    source: htttp://www.ibnlive.in.com / PTI /Apr 22nd,2011

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    C B Muthamma, the first woman Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, died here on Wednesday. She was 85. 

    She passed away in a private hospital where she was undergoing treatment, her family members said.

    Chonira Belliappa Muthamma was born Jan 24, 1924, in Kodagu. In a career that began in 1949, she served as ambassador and high commissioner to a number of countries. She retired in 1982.

    Muthamma had fought against gender bias in the foreign service and had taken the Indian government to court in 1979 for bypassing her for the coveted foreign secretary’s post.

    Though the Supreme Court dismissed the petition, it noted that there was truth in Muthamma’s contention that there was gender discrimination in the foreign office.

    Muthamma brought out in the form of a book essays she had written over the years. Titled ‘Slain by the System – India’s Real Crisis’, it was published in 2003.

    She had also co-authored a book on Kodava cuisine.



    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / IANS / Thursday  Oct 15th, 2009

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    Wockhart doctors perform rare operation that helps 13-year-old girl’s left ventricle pump more blood to the body


    Looking at her sitting with quiet dignity, facing the glare of harsh lights, you would never guess what her tiny heart has been through.

    Indira, 13, a farmer’s daughter from Kodagu, was born with her heart on the right side of her body, while the heart’s pumping chambers and arteries had got inter-changed.

    She got a ‘new life’ after Dr Devananda from Wockhardt Hospital and his team performed three surgeries her – all within a year which has worked miracles for the child.

    Ever since she was a year old, Indira used to fall sick frequently. She made trips to many hospitals, where she was prescribed medicines for for ailment. When she grew older, she had difficulty in breathing and used to turn blue after even after a little work.

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    Fortunately, Dr Devananda met her and explained to her family that surgery was the only chance for her survival.
    Indira’s heart was unable to pump blood to the entire body as her ventricles had got interchanged. The right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs and the left ventricle to the rest of the body. As her left ventricle wasn’t strong enough to pump blood at required pressure, doctors had to train her heart by creating obstructions in the blood flow to increase blood pressure.

    There have been only a handful of cases in the world where the ventricle has been trained to pump blood after the age of 12. As her parents could not afford the surgery, the Needy Heart Foundation stepped in along with Wockhardt Hospitals to facilitate the same. The final step, the ‘double switch’, was completed successfully. The girl was on artificial ventilation for two weeks as she had developed pneumonia after her surgery, on May 26 this year. Before the final surgery, doctors had given her a 25-50 per cent chance of survival. But Indira insisted she wanted the surgery and her parents relented.

    Dr Prakash Vemgal, who monitored her after surgery till her discharge, spoke about how, after the tubes were removed from Indira’s mouth and she could speak, she told doctors that her birthday was on June 16.  A surprise party was arranged for her and she cut the cake.

    After speaking to the press, she quietly left with her mother in an autorickshaw.

    source: http://www.bangaloremirror.com / Bangalore Mirror Bureau / Monday, Sept 22nd, 2008

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    A Tiger Wedding in Coorg, India

    The Illustrated London News,   Dateline: December 06th, 1873

    “The small province of Coorg, in Southern India, is situated among the mountains that separate Mysore from the Malabar coast to the west. Its late Rajah, being of cruel and treacherous misrule, was deposed in 1834, and the Coorgs, being put to the vote, unanimously desired to become complete subjects of the British Government. In 1852, the deposed Rajah visited England, accompanied by his daughter Gauramma, and paid his former enemies the compliment of seeking for her an English and Christian education. In June 30, 1852, she was baptized, the Queen herself standing sponsor, and giving her the name ‘Victoria.’ The Princess Victorian Gauramma, who was a constant visitor to her Majesty at Osborne and Windsor, eventually married an English officer of the name of Campbell. She died in 1864; her tyrant father lies buried in the Kensal-green Cemetery.
    “A good description of Coorg will be found in ‘Eastern Experiences,’ by Mr. Lewin Bowring, late Resident or Governor of Mysore. The natives are distinguished for their fine appearance and warlike temper. They are skillful hunters, being trained for this from infancy; at the birth of a boy, the first thing done is to place a little bow and arrow in his hands, and to fire a gun outside the house, thus initiating his career as a huntsman and warrior.
    “In the accompanying illustration there is abundance of music, feasting, torchlight, and dancers; and the owner of the mansion is brought in with triumph to graces the festival.
    “A curious ceremony takes place when a tiger has been shot by a Coorg man. Tigers are not numerous in the country, and this ceremony has only occurred twice within the past four years. On the last occasion, March 9 of this year, the successful huntsman was Mr. Colovanda Carriapah, Head Sheristadar of the Mercara Talook. In this ceremony the man is wedded to the soul of the dead tiger.
    “As shown in the Illustration, he is seated under a canopy in full warrior costume. On each side are placed his weapons and the household emblems of plenty, vessels of rice and milk, and burning lamps, analogous to the Masonic corn, wine and oil. So he sits, receiving the homage and congratulations of his relatives and friends. Each scatters a few grains of rice over his head, and gives him a sip of milk from a brass vessel resembling a teapot, and makes an offering in money, varying in value according to the means of the donor. The hero of the day is afterwards carried in triumph round the tiger, which is suspended to a high bamboo grame in the garden. The officers and ladies of the regiment stationed at Mercara, who reside in the late Rajah’s palace, were specially invited to attend.
    “Mr. Carriapah is a native Coorg gentleman of high merit and distinction. He wears the gold Coorg medal, which was presented by the British Government to his father, for suppressing an insurrection in South Canara. Our correspondent would further testify to Mr. Carriapah’s unvarying support of English education among the Coorgs. A wealthy and influential man, he spares neither time nor money in this cause, and has, at his sole expense, erected schools for Coorg girls as well as boys, and has on several occasions received the thanks of the Government of India, as well as of the local Government of Mysore and Coorg.
    “We are indebted to Captain Belford Cummins, of the Staff Corps at Mercara, for the sketch we have engraved.

    source: http://www.harappa.com

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    June 23rd, 2011adminSports
    Bangalore’s Baban Khan won the 1400-1600cc race in the four-wheeler category in the VASA Autosports autocross event here on Sunday.
    Suhem MK of Coorg took the second spot while Amjad Ali of Mudigere finished third. Rajshekar of Bangalore clinched the Novice class ahead of the second-placed Harsha Natraj of Mysore.

    Two-wheelers, Novice class: Mohammad Asif (Tumkur) 1; Shaan (Hassan 2; Salman Baig (Tumkur) 3. Expert class: Madhu S (Tumkur) 1; Rajendra RE (Shimoga) 2; Mohammad Azgar (Mysore) 3. Intermediate class: Rajendra RE (Shimoga) 1; Madhu S (Tumkur) 2; Syed Dastagir (Shimoga) 3. Indian Open: Tanveer (Mysore) 1; Madhu S(Tumkur) 2; Mohd Azgar (Mysore) 3. Local Boys: Syed Dastagir (Shimoga) 1; Rajendra RE (Shimoga) 2; Nathaniel Soans 3.

    Four wheelers, 1400-1600cc: Baban Khan(Bangalore) 1; Suhem MK(Coorg) 2; Amjad Ali (Mudigere) 3. Novice Class: Rajshekar(Bangalore) 1; Harsha Natraj (Mysore) 2. 1001cc-1400cc: RD Patel (Mudigere) 1; Baban Khan (Bangalore) 2; Veeresh Gowda Kalasha (Mudigere) 3. Novice class: Divakar (Mudigere) 1; Lokesh Gowda(Bangalore) 2. Upto 800cc: Rajshekar (Bangalore) 1; Baban Khan (Bangalore) 2. Ashok (Mudigere) 3.

    Novice class: Sree Hari (Mudigere) 1;  Divakar 2. Indian Open class: RD Patel (Mudigere) 1; Rajshekar (Bangalore) 2; Ashok (Mudigere) 3. Novice class: Harsha Natraj (Mysore) 1; Kiran (Bangalore) 2. Ladies class: Ashika (Bangalore) 1; Harshitha Gowda (Bangalore) 2; Veena Ponnappa (Mysore) 3.
    Fastest driver: RD Patil (Mudigere). Best rider: Tanveer (Mysore)


    source: http://www.deccanherald.com/ Shimoga / DHNS / Jun 13th

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    Read Biography of Robin UthappaRobin Venu Uthappa, born 11 November 1985 in Kodagu,Karnataka is an Indian cricketer. His father is Venu Uthappa, an international hockey referee and mother Roselyn is a home maker hails from Kozhikode. He made his One-Day International debut in the seventh and final match of the English tour of India in April 2006. He had a successful debut, making 86 as an opening batsman before being run out. It was the highest score for anyIndian debutant in a limited overs match.

    Uthappa first came to the public’s attention when he made 66 for India B against India A in the Challenger Trophy in 2005. The following year, in the same tournament, Uthappa made matchwinning 93-ball 100 against the same team which propelled him in the big league. Previously, he had been a member of the India under-19 team that won the Asia Cup. Once a wicketkeeper-batsman, his List A batting average of near 40 with a strike rate of approximately 90 has made him regarded as something of a limited overs cricket specialist.

    He was recalled to the ODI side in January 2007 for the series againstthe West Indies where he smashed a 70 from just 41 balls.

    He was selected in the 15-member squad of the Indian Cricket team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies in March-April 2007. He played in all 3 group games, but only scored 30 runs in total as India suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh and a loss to Sri Lanka resulting in the team not qualifying for the Super 8 stage.

    In the sixth ODI of the NatWest Series 2007-2008, he scored a sensational 47 of 33 balls to take India to a thrilling victory, keepingIndian hopes alive in the 7 match series that they were trailing 2-3 before the match. Used to batting as an opener, in this match he came in at the unfamiliar position of no 7. When he came at the crease India were 5 down for 234 after 40.2 overs, still needing 83 from less than 10 overs. After Dhoni got out in the 47th over with the Indian score at 294, Uthappa kept a cool head to take India to the target with two balls to spare in a remarkable victory.

    Uthappa also scored a crucial 50 against Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup in South Africa, when India were tottering at 36/4. India subsequently won the match in bowl out 3-0.

    He is known for his trademark ‘walking slam-bang’ shot.

    Uthappa played for Karnataka institute of cricket (KIOC) – under the guidance of Irfan Sait who runs the cricket camp.

    source: http://www.yasni.com


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    Arts Interview  :  SARITA MANDANNA

    Tiger Hills author Sarita Mandanna on buzzine.com
    Some authors like to create new worlds. Others like to reflect in a world they are most familiar with. Sarita Mandanna chose to dab a little in both, creating a new world while also staying close to home in her debut novel Tiger Hills, which just hit bookstands in 18 countries and is being translated in 14 different languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Hebrew, Hungarian, Dutch, Russian, Slovenian, and Greater Chinese.
    A native of Coorg, Sarita’s hometown provides the stunning setting of Tiger Hills. According to her, Coorg is often described as the “Scotland of India,” ergo providing an ideal backdrop for the romanticism of her story. WhileTiger Hills is quite the fictional tale about Coorg, there are a few truths to share about Sarita, such as her degree from the Indian Institute of Management, as well as an MBA from the Wharton Business School. After working as a private equity investor in New York, Sarita moved to Canada in 2010. When she finally wrote and completedTiger Hills, the novel was long-listed for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize and was a 2011 TV Book Club pick in the United Kingdom.
    Every so often, I choose to drift from the narrative storytelling and offer you, the reader, a chance to observe a conversation in almost complete entirety. In such situations, it is far more compelling for you to feel a part of the conversation and take whatever messages, if any, you choose to take as opposed to me taking liberties of determining what is important and what is not.
    With that, enjoy the conversation I had with Sarita. She is more than a promising talent; Sarita is someone who I believe will go places with her writing talents, and I certainly hope that, after reading her story below, you will go out and support her by buying her book or recommending her work to a friend. Either way, enjoy!
    Parimal M. Rohit: Let’s start with the most interesting of observations. You reportedly garnered the highest advance for a debut novel. How did that come about? What was it about the story that made Penguin India believe in your story that much to pay you a high fee up front?
    Sarita Mandanna: That is a question best reserved for Penguin India! It was a huge honor, of course, to have my debut novel published by Penguin and for them to express the confidence in it that they have. They were the first to come on board, and Tiger Hills has since been sold in 18 countries to date. As far as the actual amount is concerned, there have been many conjectures in the Indian media–suffice it to say that, had I received but a fraction of the amount I was supposed to have, I would be on a very expensive vacation, lounging on a beach somewhere right now!
    PMR: Funny! As for the story itself, the title is very revealing, especially to those who know of the true setting of Tiger Hills in India. Tell us about the world you built and how you brought it to life through your words…
    SM: Tiger Hills is named for a fictional coffee plantation in Coorg, which is a beautiful part of Southern India. It’s where I’m from–my family traces roots here for centuries. I love it dearly, and when I began to write Tiger Hills, I knew that Coorg would be the setting, and none other. Tiger Hills begins in 1878 and spans the next 70-odd years, through World War II and beyond. It traces the lives of Devi and Devanna, two childhood friends, inseparable until Devi meets Machu, a tiger-killer and a man of much honor and pride. It is the relationship between the three that sets into motion a series of events that change all three lives, with consequences that affect generations to come. While Coorg forms the highly personalized canvas of the story, the characters in the novel all struggle with universal themes. What do we do when thrust into circumstances not of our choosing? Tiger Hills explores the nexus between fortitude and acceptance, the choices we make, and the far-reaching impact they can carry.
    PMR: What made you choose the time period?
    SM: I wanted to write a story that was almost classical in structure–something with a large narrative arc. Tiger Hillsspans almost the entire lifetime of the central protagonist, Devi, beginning with the day of her birth and following her through maturity and into her dotage. To cover that length of time necessarily meant that the novel had to start decades in the past. The early 1900s were also a particularly interesting period in Coorg. Coffee-planting had become widespread, introduced by English and European settlers in the mid-1800s, and there was a significant influx of wealth into the region. There was a whole new generation of Coorgs still wedded to the old ways but simultaneously Westernized, being sent overseas to study, etc. That intermingling of cultures, especially in the context of the time, was intriguing enough that I wanted to explore that in the course of the novel.
    PMR: Are there any characters in the book you most identify with? Anyone a fictitious representation of who you are in real life?
    SM: All the characters are fictional in the aggregate but draw in bits and pieces from people I have known. As far as any of the characters representing me–not really. Devanna is bookish, and I can certainly identify with that. Devi is headstrong and, well, no surprises there either. Other than that, no, they are all completely fictional!
    PMR: What do you want the reader to feel as they read the book? How about the feeling after they complete it?
    SM: I take it as the ultimate compliment when people tell me that Tiger Hills is a page-turner and that they were unable to put it down. It’s also fantastic when they tell me that they found themselves exploring a new world and that they were angry, they were sad, they were laughing out loud as they read; that they were so invested in the characters that they find themselves thinking about them well after the last page is turned.
    PMR: Any prospects of selling the movie rights?
    SM: I haven’t really given it much thought.  I’ll cross that bridge when it I come to it, I suppose.
    PMR: As this is your debut, what was the writing process like? Was it much more difficult or enduring than you realized? What did you learn from the process that’ll help you with your next book?
    SM: Tiger Hills was five years and counting in the making. I wrote it while living and working in New York City. It wasn’t an easy time–while deeply satisfying in the aggregate, there were also days when I seriously questioned my sanity for taking this on.  Extracting yourself from the immediate world–the physicality of it–and immersing yourself in one of the imagination takes a bit of transitioning, and it was all the more challenging in the case of Tiger Hills because I was working full-time as well. While work took priority, I wrote in all the spare time that I had, even correcting drafts while on the treadmill. I’d write late at night, after the work day …and on all the weekends when I wasn’t working. I don’t think writing the next book is going to be particularly easier or different. I just hope it doesn’t take another five years and that I get a bit more sleep during the process than I did while crafting Tiger Hills!
    PMR: Speaking of your next book, do you have any ideas of what it will be about (assuming you are planning for a second book, of course)? If there is another book, is it still in idea phase, or are you already writing?
    SM: I’m in the process of researching an idea. It is still early days, and it is in very nebulous form right now. I’m excited about it, though, and am looking forward to plunging into the writing once more.
    PMR: Finally, tell us about your background.
    SM: I was always an avid reader, and while I did think that I would write, it was very much a “one day, some day” kind of aspiration. About seven years ago, after a particularly draining week, I came back home from work itching for a creative outlet and to do something completely removed from what I did during the day. I booted up my laptop and simply began to write. That initial output became a short story, followed by six more in rapid succession, and formed the springboard to Tiger Hills.

    (Photo Credit: Dan Abramovici)
    source: http://www.buzzinebollywood.com / by Parimal M. Rohit / Mar 18th, 2011


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