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    September 2nd, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Shoot in progress

    Shooting in Progress

    Fox History gave students a chance to present their culture on film.

    Ayush Ganapathi, a Std VI student of Coorg Public School at Gonicoppa in Kodagu, has made it big. He is one of the five students picked by the Fox History channel in the country to depict the rich and unique culture of Kodagu district.

    Many partcipants

    More than one lakh students from over 60,000 schools across the country wrote an essay on the theme “My City and My History,” highlighting the cultural and historical aspects of their region.

    Ganapathi wrote an essay on Puliyanda, a Kodava family’s origin and existence, following which he figured in the list of 12 students who were called to Delhi for final interview. The students were asked to speak and explain their themes and Ganapathi was one of the winning five.

    Fox History had organised the event in association with the Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage (INTACH). The channel team visited COPS and a few select places in Kodagu for a shoot.

    The traditions of Kodagu, mainly cultural, were shot in the COPS premises, apart from shoots in other locations such as Talacauvery, Nalknad Palace and the Ain Mane (ancestral houses) of the Puliyanda family. A mock show of Nari Mangala (wedding of a slain tiger), a practice that was in vogue in Kodagu in the past, was also shot on the occasion.

    Fox History proposes to make a documentary for telecast some time later. The teachers and staff of the COPS, who interacted with the Puliyanda family, should be complimented for bringing laurels to COPS, says M.D. Nanjunda, senior Principal of the COPS.

    source: www.thehindu.com / Life & Style > Kids / by Jeevan Chinnappa / March 21st, 2011

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    July 8th, 2011adminArts, Culture & Entertainment


    When you spot a king cobra, no matter how petrfied you are, stay put. Don’t run for cover, is herpetologist Snake Satish’s advice.

    The king cobra, he says, is a shy creature. “When we walk in the forests, the reptile catches the earth’s vibration and moves away from it,” he explains. Satish works as a warden and estate manager in Coorg Public School, Gonikoppal

    Popularly known as Snake Satish, he has captured 42 king cobras in the past eight years in Kodagu. Most of them have been freed into the forests. The snakes have been caught from houses and estates. Most of his catches were from Karike, Padi, Perambadi Cherambane, Heggala, Shanthalli and Kundalli areas.

    King cobras are shot dead out of sheer fear. “There has been no incident of death due to a king cobra bite in Kodagu, Satish says. Though they are aplenty in Kodagu, the shy and slithery creatures are rarely sighted. They are active in August and September. One among the most venomous snakes in the world, the king cobra feeds on members of its own ilk and other little snakes. It is the only snake to build its own nest.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / by G Rajendra / TNN / Jul 07th, 2011

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