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    Actor and director Revathi launched author Rajiv G Menon’s book ‘Thundergod: The Ascendance of Indra’ in Mumbai recently.

    VJ Nikhil Chinappa and actor Purab Kohli were seen in a scintillating conversation with author regarding his popular fiction book at Aurus, Juhu.
    Gul Panag, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sandhya Mridul, Cyrus Sahukar, Shonali Nagrani and many more were seen enjoying the launch.

    Before setting out on a writing career, Rajiv G. Menon was an actor, occasional screenwriter, traveler and beach bum. A voracious reader since childhood, he was fascinated by stories and characters from Indian, Greek and Norse Mythology. Thundergod was born as a result of that fascination.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Entertainment> Regional / TNN, October 26th, 2012

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    Manikanta Mahime Mantap of the Shri Kanchi Kamakshi temple bagged the first place in the Madikeri Dasara festival.

    This was announced by the Madikeri Dasara Janothsava Committee here on Thursday. The other prize winners are mantap depicting the killing of Darigasura by Saptha Mathrikas of Sri Chowdeshwari temple (2nd prize) and Ganapathi becoming Gajamukha by Shri Kote Mahaganapthi temple (3rd prize). All the mantaps took part in the Shobha Yatra held from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

    A large number of people had gathered to watch the procession. There was also a stampede in which a person was injured. Police were also forced to resort to mild lathi charge to disburse the crowd.

    Presiding over the Dasara function, Kodagu district in-charge minister M P Appachu Ranjan said he had instructed the district administration to stop the implementation of high tension electric line project work in south Kodagu which would affect the ecology. On cloud seeding in Kodagu, he said that he had spoken with to the ministry concerned not to conduct cloud seeding in Kodagu as it would affect the whole plantation area.

    He also announced that for the construction of a swimming pool in Madikeri, for providing turfs in Somwarpet and Kudige, and also an indoor stadium in Madikeri, a special grant of Rs13 crore has been released by the government. State film academy president Tara took part in the event.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> City> Mangalore / TNN, October 27th, 2012

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    October 30th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    As the Dasara vacation is coming to an end, the number of tourists visiting Kodagu district is increasing.

    Though there was a decline in the number of tourists visiting the district, following row over river Cauvery, the tourism has resumed its pace in the second week of October.

    The number visitors visiting Kodagu has doubled over the years. According to the sources, about 3,000 tourists from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and Bangalore have visited the district during the week end. Over 2,400 tourists have visited Kaveri Nisargadhama on Saturday and 1245 tourists have visited Dubare elephant camp. The tourists who first pay visit to Talacauvery, Bhagamandala, Abbey falls, later visit Kaveri Nisargadhama, Dubare elephant camp, jungle lodge and resorts, Bailukuppe Tibetan camp and Harangi reservoir.

    Majority of the tourists stay at lodges in Madikeri and Kushalnagar, while a few go for home stays that are located at various parts of the district. Though the number of tourists visiting the district has increased over the years, the district still lacks basic facilities. The public have been demanding good road connectivity, specially to Dubare elephant camp.

    The elephant camp is still the most sought after tourist destinations in Kodagu district. Hundreds of tourists from India and abroad visit daily. The camp has gained popularity in Asia itself.

    Situated amidst lush green forest and on the bank of river Cauvery, this centre is a perfect getaway for the tourists coming from cities.

    The camp accommodates 20 elephants at present. The Jungle Lodge and Resort has made arrangements to offer packages to the tourists which includes, studying elephants, understanding their routine life, food habits etc.

    The package programme which begin at 9.30 am, allows the tourists to bathe the elephants, offer them food with the assistance of mahouts and elephant safari. The elephant safari will be open to the tourists from 10 am to 1 pm.

    Deputy Conservator of Forest Dhananjay said that the Department has been stressing on eco-friendly tourism and it has been trying to disseminate information on conserving wildlife and bio-diversity, to the tourists.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / DHNS, Khushalnagar / October 07th, 2012

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    October 30th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Huge crowds, colourful processions, all-night dancing and merry making

    A view of the Dasha Mantap procession in Madikeri; (right) Chairperson of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Tara speaks at the Dasara celebrations./ Photos: nanda kumar / The Hindu

    The roar of the demons piercing the darkness, incarnations of gods and goddesses slaying them to usher in peace and a sense of security, the idols of deities invoking instant reverence, all under dazzling lights on Wednesday night through to Thursday morning were the highlights of the Madikeri Dasara Dasha Mantap (decorated cars) procession as the curtains came down on the Dasara festivities in Madikeri a couple of days ago. It was a different experience for the visitors who revelled in music and wandered on the undulating terrains of the city from a warm evening on Wednesday till Thursday morning. The festivities in the city normally begin in the evenings.

    Dasara celebrations had started during the times of the former rulers of Kodagu and is said to be over 120 years old. The car procession is said to have been popularised by an individual called Bheem Singh, a Rajasthani man, who had settled down in Madikeri. A big crowd from Mysore too visited Madikeri to make merry after witnessing the Mysore Dasara during the day.

    The entire Madikeri city was illuminated to give it a special look befitting the occasion. The Dasha Mantaps portrayed themes of divine forces destroying evil. Gods and goddesses slaying the fire-spewing demons, scenes from mythology, all depicting the victory of the good over evil, were the hallmarks of the Dasha Mantap procession.

    The Kanchi Kamaskhi temple mantap depicting ‘Manikantana Mahime’ won the first prize, Chowdeshwari temple car showing the slaying of demon ‘Darigasura’ by the ‘Saptamatrikeyaru’ won the second prize while the car from the Sri Kote Maha Ganapathy temple depicting ‘Gajamukha Katha Saramsha’ bagged the third prize. Unlike the past, only two tractors each were used for the construction of the each mantap (car) this time. Normally, the cars indulge in fierce competitions during the Dasara festivities.

    Other temple cars were ‘Andasurana Vadhe’ from the Sri Kundurumotte Chowtti Mariyamma temple, ‘Sri Veeranjaneya Darshana Katha Saramasha’ from the Pete Srirama Mandira, ‘Andhakasurana Vadhe’ from Kote Mariyamma temple, ‘Kartyaveerarjuna Vadhe’ by Parashurama from the Dechur Sri Rama Mandira, ‘Seetapaharana’ from the Dandina Mariyamma, slaying of demons ‘Shumbha-Nishumbha’ from the Karawale Bhagavathi temple and ‘Moshikasurana Vadhe’ from the Kodandarama temple.

    Thousands of enthusiastic people from across the State witnessed the conclusion of the grand Dasara celebrations on Wednesday evening. The Dasha Mantaps taken out from as many temples hogged the limelight even as youth danced to the lilting tunes rendered by artistes at the Ranga Mandira at the Gandhi Maidan.

    The first car from the Pete Sri Rama Mandira started as per tradition at 9 p.m. on Wednesday being followed by the decorated cars of other temples. They converged on the General K.S. Thimayya Circle before starting their journey towards the Bannimantap on a common assigned route.

    The city’s narrow roads were choking as people thronged the temples where the construction of the mantaps were going on before their journey towards the General K.S. Thimayya Circle. The ban on movement of vehicles of all kinds inside the city came as a big relief for the people to walk freely. Police had made separate parking arrangements at four locations to prevent vehicles coming from outside the city.

    Make-shift eateries, and toy and fancy item sellers made brisk business on one flank of the Mahatma Gandhi Road (Raja Seat Road) while the youth danced to the tunes emanating from the orchestra at the Ranga Mandira. Sporadic clouds hovering above had created some doubts in the minds of the people initially, which, however, fizzled out later to pave way for a clear sky and an impeccable evening. People were heard saying that the number of visitors was less this year compared to last year. The most congested places were the town police station and the private bus stand where people sat in the galleries to watch the ‘Shobha Yatre’.

    The ‘Putani Railu’ (toy train) was operated at the Raja Seat throughout Wednesday night where children and adults alike enjoyed the ride. The police had made elaborate security arrangements and the festivities went on peacefully. The State Government had granted a sum of Rs. 50 lakh for Madikeri Dasara this year.


    A large number of people participated in the Gonicoppa Dasara festivities at Gonicoppa in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu on Wednesday. Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Kodagu district in-charge Minister, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, and Chairperson of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Tara, were the guests.

    As many as 15 tableaux were taken out on Wednesday afternoon from the APMC yard to the ‘Gonicoppa Dasara Nada habba Samiti’ stage located behind the private bus stand, watched by hundreds of people from both flanks of the roads.

    Interestingly, there were two tableaux on Nityananda of Bidadi Ashram which garnered the attention of the people. The tableau depicting the pernicious effects of endosulfan bagged the first prize, M.P. Keshava Kamath, one of the organisers of the festival, said. This was the 23rd time the samiti had organised the tableaux procession in Gonicoppa.

    Again, 10 decorated cars were taken out in the evening, watched by an enthusiastic crowd. Many had come from outside the town too. The State Government had granted a sum of Rs. 25 lakh for Gonicoppa Dasara this year.


    The taking out of the bedecked ‘Shakti Parvathi Devi’ idol in Somwarpet town from the temple in a procession for its immersion in the Anekere tank marked the conclusion of the Dasara festivities in Somwarpet town on Wednesday night.

    Ayudha Puja

    The Ayudha Puja celebrations too were observed in a grand manner in Madikeri, where bedecked public transport vied with each other for the prizes. Reports of Ayudha puja on a grand scale were also received from Sunticoppa, Somwarpet, Murnad and Virajpet towns.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> Features> District Plus / by K. Jeevan Chinnappa / October 27th, 2012

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    Come October 30, tourists will be able to enjoy the visual treat of elephants participating in a number of entertaining events.

    The Forest department is all set to organise a ‘Jumbo Festival’ at the Dubare Elephant camp near Nanjarayapatna tourist centre in Kodagu district.

    The elephants will take part in various games, which are scheduled to begin at 9.30 am
    The pachyderms are being trained and groomed by the Forest department for the various activities. Under the guidance of the mahouts and kavadis, the elephants are in the process of learning to perform tricks such as kicking a football, holding each other’s’ tails and moving in a circle, holding each other’s ears and other such acts.

    Ranjan, the calf named after Sports Minister Appachu Ranjan, is being trained to salute the other elephants and the tourists — a spectacular and grandiose act.


    Elder elephants such as Vikram and Gopi are being involved in sports events. The elephants, which took part in the Mysore Dasara procession — including Harsha, Prashant, Vikram, Vijay, Gopi and Kaveri — are currently engaged in the training of junior elephants under the supervision of the mahouts and kavadis.

    The remaining pachyderms, including Ranjan, Shivagange, Theertharam, Chandra, Ram, Ajjaiah and others are to take part in other events.

    Taming the wild

    Several wild elephants which used to stray into the fields of the farmers and often to destroyed crops, had been captured about three years ago. They are also being trained at the camp.

    A total of 20 elephants will take part in various activities. The training of the elephants is being undertaken under the guidance of taskmaster J K Dobi, informed Deputy Conservator of Forests of Madikeri Division, Dhananjay.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> State> Kushalnagar (Kodagu) / DHNS / October 27th, 2012

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    Penang (Malaysia):

    India’s top squash player Joshna Chinappa claimed the IJM Land Penang Open after defeating top seed and local favourite Siti Munirah Jusoh in straight games on Sunday.

    (This was Chinappa’s seventh…)
    Chinappa defeated her Malaysian opponent 11-9, 11-7, 11-1 in a 34-minute battle between the two top seeds at the Nicol David International Squash Centre. Both had dropped just one game en route to the final.

    This was Chinappa’s seventh WSA World Tour title. It was the Indian who kept up her dominant form in the final, winning the first game narrowly.

    Jusoh’s resilience waned as the match progressed and the gap in the score was more pronounced in the second game. The Malaysian could not keep pace with the Indian and could claim just one point from the third game.

    Chinappa gained a walkover in her first round tie after Pakistani qualifier Zahab Khan withdrew injured.

    The Indian later battled from a game down against number six seed Karman Siu to face another Hong Kong player in number three seed Carmen Lee in the semifinals.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Sports> More Sports /by PTI / October 28th, 2012

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    October 24th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    A variety of programmes will be organised for children as part of the “Makkala Dasara” event at different venues in Madikeri on Saturday.

    According to the information received here on Friday, Makkala Dasara was celebrated for the first time in the history of Madikeri Dasara. The main event would be inaugurated by Kodagu Zilla Panchayat president B. Shivappa at the Gandhi Maidan.

    Madikeri Dasara Committee president H.M. Nanda Kumar and working president Robin Devaiah would be present. “Makkala Sante”, a shandy comprising groceries, would be put up by two groups of students, one from classes 5 to 7 and the other from class 8 to 10 at 10 a.m. at the Gandhi Maidan, it was said.

    The Dasara Mantapa competition in which students would be required to make their own mantapas based on different themes would be held at the venue at 10 a.m.

    A painting competition on “Na Kanda Madikeri Dasara” would be held at the District Children’s Welfare Council Hall (Bal Bhavan) at 10 a.m.

    Competitions would be held in two categories; students from classes 6 to 7 will form the first and students from classes 8 to 10 will form the second category.

    Rangoli competition would be held at the Rotary Hall for both the categories at 10 a.m.

    Fancy dress competition, scheduled to be held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan hall near Omkareshwar temple at 10 a.m., was expected to draw a good number of participants. Children from classes 1 to 4 would participate in it.

    Winners of all the competitions would receive prizes. Reputed business establishments would sponsor the prizes, it was said.

    Magic Show

    Cauvery Kalakshetra would be abuzz with activity from 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, where magician Vikram Jadugar would present a variety of magic tricks.

    Dance programmes would be organised before the magic show, it was said.

    source: http://www.TheHindu.com / Home> National> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Mysore, October 20th, 2012

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    October 24th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Overwhelming response to new events

    Enthused by overwhelming response to new additions during this Dasara, the Madikeri Dasara Committee has decided to introduce Women’s Dasara during the next edition.

    Dasara Committee Working President Robin Devaiah said that the Children’s Dasara and dasara cultural programmes, introduced this year, were a runaway hit. Now, the Committee has decided to celebrate the next Dasara with grandeur, by adding one more variety to the event–Women’s Dasara.
    Giving details of the valedictory programme of this year’s Dasara, he said that Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashoka, Higher Education Minister C T Ravi, MP Vishwanath, MLC M C Nanaiah, T John, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy Chairperson Tara, Zilla Panchayat President B Shivappa and others will be the chief guests at the function, which will be held on October 24 at 10.30 am.

    “Arrangements have been made for the procession of Dashamantapa. We expect over one lakh people to gather on the occasion and parking arrangements have been made for the tourists vehicles that enter the city in large number on the day. Information on parking and traffic diversion will be disseminated to the tourists and the check posts,” he said.

    Speaking about the expenditure for ‘Dashamantapa’ procession, he said each Mantapa has been built at a cost of Rs 1.70 lakh.

    The committee has already given cheques of Rs 1.20 lakh each to all the organisers of the Mantapas. The balance amount will be distributed on the occasion of the prize ceremony.

    All the Mantapas which arrive at Banni Mantapa on time will be rewarded with cash prize of Rs 5,000. He said it had been decided to give Rs 80,000 prize to each of the four ‘Karaga dancers’ replicating Shakti Devathe. Gold coins too will be gifted as the prize for Karaga dancers.

    Dasara Committee and City Muncipal Committee President H M Nanda Kumar said that the government has released Rs 50 lakh for Madikeri Dasara which has already reached the hands of the Committee.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Madikeri, DHNS / October 23rd, 2012

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    October 23rd, 2012adminBusiness & Economy

    Construction work on the Mysore-Madikeri broad gauge railway line will begin in the next six months, according to K.H. Muniyappa.

    The Union Minister of State for Railways on Thursday said that the proposed line will be taken up on 50:50 cost-sharing basis with the Karnataka Government at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore.

    He said the 90-km Mysore-Kushalnagar stretch on this line is expected to be completed in five years. “It will be a proud moment for the people of Coorg as this project will put the district on the railway map of India for the first time,” he said.

    The Railways has taken up several projects on cost-sharing basis in Karnataka to achieve the twin objectives of connectivity to hinterland and economic growth of backward areas.

    The cost-sharing projects with an outlay of Rs 6,000 crore are in progress in the State. Of this, Rs 3,600 crore is being shared by the State Government, he said.

    In order to improve railway infrastructure in Karnataka, Rs 15,623 crore has been sanctioned for new lines and track doubling in the last three years. This includes 356 km of new lines, and 568 km of track doubling, he said.

    Emphasis is also given on the timely completion of these projects. In the last three years, projects worth Rs 1,213 crore have been completed. This includes 46 km of new lines, 97 km of gauge conversion, and 107 km of track doubling, he said.

    Newly laid Kadur-Chikmagalur broad gauge line, a part of the Kadur-Chikmagalur-Belur-Sakleshpur project, is in its final stages of completion and will be commissioned later this year. The doubling work on Birur-Shivani is expected to be completed during the current fiscal, he said.

    Other important projects such as Hassan-Bangalore (via Shravanabelagola), Tumkur-Rayadurg and Kolar-Chikballapur, and the track doubling work on Ramanagar-Mysore are being pushed on fast track to meet the deadline set for completion, Muniyappa added.

    source: http://www.infrawindow.com / Home> News / Infrawindow News Bureau, Mangalore / October 20th, 2012

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    Dubai, Oct 20:
    UAE Bunts devotionally concluded a vibrant ‘Shree Satyanarayana Pooja’ at JSS School premises, Al Barsha on 19th of October, 2012 from 9.30 AM to 1.30 PM with more than 1300 devotees present throughout the pooja formalities seeking blessing from the Lord.

    Chief Convener of UAE Bunts, Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty greeted the devotees and conveyed Navaratri wishes to all. Among other prominent personalities include Shekar Shetty of Arab Udupi Group of Hotels, Sarvotham Shetty, President UAE Bunts, Sudhir Kumar Shetty, CEO UAE Exchange Co and many Presidents and Office Bearers of various Community Organisations in the UAE who witnessed the Pooja along with members of the Bunts Community.

    The pooja formalities were conducted on a beautifully decorated Mantap full of flowers and fruits on a high pedestal with a huge back drop of Goddess Mahalaksmi & Goddess Durgaparameshwari behind the colourfully litted wooden mantap.

    Sarvotham Shetty welcomed all the devotees and opened up the pooja formalities with a prayer. It started with Guru Pooja, Ganapathi Pooja, Kalasa Pooja, Navagraha Pooja, Satyanarayana Pooja, Bhajans & continued with Satyanarayana Katha recitation and concluded with Maha Mangalarathi. The pooja formalities were ably done by Purohit Raghu Bhat along with his assistants. On behalf of the Bunts Community, couples Gunasheel Shetty & Sahana Gunasheel Shetty, Ashok Shetty & Veena Ashok Shetty, Prasanna Shetty & Sushma Prasanna Shetty sat on the main pedestal to receive the pooja blessings.

    During the programme, senior member of UAE Bunts, Jagadish Shetty & Prathima Jagadish Shetty were honoured with Shawl by Dr. B.R. Shetty while Shekar Shetty presented Fruits & Flower bouquet to the felicitated couple. UAE Bunts felicitated the said couple as they have decided to settle down in their home town for good. Their dedicated service to the community during these three decades were fondly remembered while Sarvotham Shetty bid them farewell.

    It was nice to see various community organisation’s leaders and members participated in UAE Bunts Pooja throughout the day and they were Billawas Dubai & NE, Billawa Balaga Dubai, Billawara Balaga Abu Dhabi, Nama Tuluveru UAE, Vishwakarma Seva Samithi, Mogaveers UAE, UAE Amchigele Samaj, Devadigara Sangha, Kodagu & Dakshina Kannada Gowda Samaja, Kodava Samaja, Vokkaligara Sangha UAE, Padmashaali Samoodhaya, Ramaraja Khastriya Sangha, Brahmana Samaja, Theeya Samaja, Kundapura Devadiga Mithraru, Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha, Dubai Karnataka Sangha, Sharjah Karnataka Sangha, Dwaniprathistana, Kannada Koota, Basava Samithi including many senior citizens and well wishers.

    Bunts Senior organiser Ganesh Rai thanked Shashikala Sharad Shetty for the beautiful Mantap, Rajesh Kuthar & Team for the flower decoration, Raghu Bhat, Shivaraj Rao & Krishna Prasad for the pooja formalities, Satish Shetty & Sangeetha Shetty for the devotional bhajan arrangement, B.G. Mohandas & Ashok Belman for Media support through Gulf Kannadiga.com, Shodhan Prasad for Media support and coverage in Daijiworld and other media websites, Vinay Naik for Media support through Namma TV, Sponsors Pravin Shetty, Rajesh Shetty, Shashikala Sharad Shetty, Shekar Shetty, Guruprasad Shetty & Gunasheel Shetty.

    Soon after the pooja formalities, the devotees queued up for the dharshan and prasada systematically. Later the prasada was distributed by the Ladies Team and the devotees followed to the first floor for Maha Prasada pure Vegetarian Lunch Buffet and savored the tasty dishes and sweets served by Woodland Restaurant Sharjah and Saheba Caterers, Ajman whose owners Divesh Alva & Shekar Shetty were applauded for the tasty food distributed.

    The whole programme was systematically conceptualized by an able enthusiastic Team of UAE Bunts comprising of Sarvotham Shetty, Ganesh Rai & Sudhakar Alva supported by Pravin Kumar Shetty, Shekar Shetty, Divesh Alva. They were assisted by the organizing Committee Couple Members of UAE Bunts, Dr. Suraj Rai & Dr. Arathi Rai of Abu Dhabi, Udaya Shetty & Shashikala Uday Shetty of Dubai, Prasanna Shetty & Sushma Prasanna Shetty, Niranjan Shetty & Shilpa Niranjan Shetty, Nishith Shetty & Reshma Nishith Shetty, Satish Shetty & Sangeetha Shetty, Suraj Shetty & Sangeetha Shetty of Sharjah along with 50 other members of UAE Bunts whose efforts were highly witnessed with the successful pooja organised and concluded.

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / Home / by Shodhan Prasad , pics by Ashok Belman (Gulf Kannadiga) / October 21st, 2012

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