Kamat's Potpourri is the webzine showcasing the works of the Kamat family. You will find topics ranging from
pre-historic rock art to protecting the environment. The following log
traces the evolution of Kamat's Potpourri.
Last updated : June 13, 2013
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November 2001: The Kamat website has reached
its capacity once again. Vikas is torn between the decision to expand
it by a factor of two or by a factor of ten!
October 2001: I presided over the
Conference of Karnataka
History Congress for the year 2001. This post was held by many
of my mentors and professors, and I felt truly honored. Kamat accompanied
me to the temple town of Udupi and we met innumerable admirers, fans.
It was great to exchange views and ideas with fellow researchers and
people we admire. As usual Kamat went on a photographic spree and you
will see some of the pictures in the coming days. (See: The town of
Udupi, Temple Elephants)
September 2001: Vikas has been covering the news
and developments of the USA attacks in his daily updated blog. We
at Kamat family offer our deep condolences to all the victims of the
911-01 attack and their families.
My Kannada book "Mahile-Andu-Indu", Sai Publications,
Bangalore has been released.
Vikas and I have been working on finishing up my book on the History
of Education (to be published by Bahri).
I have been chosen to preside over the annual conference of the
Karnayaka History Academy! They said I am the first woman to be
appointed to this post.
August 2001: Kamat and I took a vacation
together after seven years. It was full of appointments, work and note
taking -- we met so many people, ate so much good food, and Kamat took
over 40 reels of pictures in a span of two weeks; tribals -- especially
the Siddis, ordinary people, fishermen, and famous people.
Kamat's new book -Maru Payana was released in Dharawad on Aug.15th.
July 2001: I have begun work on a long time
project of compiling Konkani folk songs. Vikas and Hiryoung are
proofreading my book on education (to be published by Bahri). On
Vikas's suggestion I am writing a series on the Bhakti Movement in
Monthly views for Kamat's Potpourri cross 1 Million in June
Kamat writes about days he spent in Pakistan
June 2001: We proofread Kamat's
forthcoming book "The Return Journey" in Kannada. He has
finely blended socio-environmental issues in the context of changing
life in rural India. To be published by Manohara Grintha Mala later
this year, I think it is Kamat's Magnum Opus.
April 2001: This month, look at the striking
similarities of unchanged life in India over the centuries in Now
Also see the wheels and circles of India in the pictorial exhibition Chakra
I was honored with a Vidooshi (woman scholar) reward at the
Mythic Society of India
March 2001: As the religious fanatics tear down
the Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan, we bring you the priceless Buddhist
monuments spread all over India. See sculptures of Sanchi, Frescos
of Ajanta and Statuettes.
We pay our tributes to the genius of Raja
Ravi Varma and his paintings. Indians have found divinity in his
art and even to this day, his paintings are framed and offered daily
February 2001: We are happy to unveil the
Kamat's House of Pictures
consisting of over 4000 pictures and numerous ways to navigate it.
January 2001: Kamat's new book
on travel essays is out - Pravasiya Prabhandagalu published by
Shrivari.... The number of online pictures in Kamat PictureSearch
crosses 3000....We open a section called Kamat
Greenroom to provide insights into how this website is
December 2000: We had a great month compiling new
contents. Vikas and Hiryoung scanned through thousands of pictures
while listening to the stories behind the pictures and enjoying Mama's
Vikas spoke at the Directorate of Public Libraries on 'Digital
Libraries of the Future' and I spoke at the Mythic Society on
November 2000: November and December are going to be content
gathering months. The father and son Kamat are going to meet in the
later part of this month and intend to compile a mega database of
pictures and stories.
- Vikas and I will independently speak at the Mythic Society in
Bangalore. While I am going to preside over a session on History,
Vikas will speak on "Libraries of the Future".
- ZeeLearn and IndiaTimes
have signed content licensing arrangements with Kamat's
-The Crawling Royals is a new section on the snakes in Indian society
October 2000: We present an exhibition on Lord
Ganesh; inspired by the pictures of the Hubble Space Telescope, we
have produced a Kamat ScreenSaver titled Garuda
Flies Through Space;
September 2000: These days everyone talks about life at
business speed and life at Internet speed; but we present photographs
shot in 1976 of life at lightly slower pace in How
Green Was My Valley, the name inspired by the famous movie.
Read about the Hoysala
Art from Karnataka, and the enhanced Never
Been Photographed portraits.
August 2000: Kamat's Konkani Book released in Bangalore
by the Konkani Arts Academy. Lots of new content added
to the website. Specifically, read about the Yellamma
cult, Biography of Veer
Savarkar, An article
on the red ants, and photographic exhibits on the turbans
July 2000: This month, we have been suddenly discovered
the web community! Ziff Davis TV
did a piece on our site so did the India
- We were awarded a Special Recognition Award by the North
American Konkani Association.
- On Contents, We present three famous historians from India: D.D.Kosambi,
R.C. Majumdar and G.S.
Dixit ...Many updates to the Erotic
Arts section, including a new look & feel...
- Kamat's "The Karma of the Crow" (Kageya Kayaka) book is
released. We are currently proof reading the Konkani book which will
be out soon. I think it will be among Kamat's Best books.
June 2000: Please enjoy Camera-Kamat's brand new picture
series on the street
children of India. Also see a wide variety of holy men from India
in the Sadhus & Swamis
picture collection. Read the first of my series on The
History of Kannada Literature.
We unveil Geographica Indica,
an online resource center on India in general.
-Vikas and Hiryoung will participate in the North
American Konkani Conference in the first week of July.
Those interested can ask for my Vyovi (Konkani Wedding Songs) collection
or Kamat's CD-ROM.
May 2000: My new book - Nenapinalli Ninthavaru (in
Kannada, Those who Persisted) is released. I have begun work on the
Educational Book. But most of India being under a intense heat wave, it
makes life difficult for all of us....
We have started a new section on Indian Mythologies and another on
Tamil-Nadu. Vikas is also testing the addition of Web Directory of
- April 2000: Vikas had some free time this month and he has
uploaded a lot of new content. We have have added a new feature by
public demand that lists the new
contents only. This way, repeat visitors can just browse the
additions. Thanks to those who suggested this handy feature.
March 2000: Thanks to the efforts young, dare-devil
journalist from San Francisco, Ms. King (currently touring India on a
motorcycle) the BBC interviewed us at our residence! It was a
great experience to meet young girls from other parts of the world and
explaining our philosophy in life. We will let you know when it will
Both Kamat and I have been invited to the North American Konkani
Conference . I have contributed an article to the World Kannada
Conference to be held in Texas later this year. But we are unlikely to
attend due to Kamat's poor health. If you live in the area, I
encourage you to participate.
This month we unveil Narad, a
software my son wrote to keep track of related websites. We also bring
you a Rangoli exhibition
by public demand. Do not miss the Extreme
Rangoli of Maharashtra.
February 2000: We continue to meet fascinating people through
the Internet, although personally I have never composed an e-mail! (
My son does that for me).
This month we bring you The
Flowers of India and the Festivals
which also includes a calendar
of Indian Festivals.
- January 2000: We thank our
patrons and publishers for a very productive year in 1999. Four
of Kamat's books came out as did the multimedia
On the website, we bring you the sacred Bhagawad
Gita by my father Ganesh Burde. Also start new sections on the Dwarapalakas,
Andhra Pradesh and provide
many updates to our popular pages.
We are expecting a highly enterprising visitor from San Francisco.
She will travel throughout India on a Motorcycle! We met her through
the Internet and are excited
as much as she is.
The father and son have begun work on a grandeur
project on Karnataka in honor of the Kannada Conference to be held
later this year in the United States of America. Await the details and
the announcement of availability!
- December 1999: Like our website? Buy the
multimedia CD-ROM! Now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon (ask for ISBN 1929648).
will be speaking at the Saraswat Convention (Dec. 16-19), although my husband whose years
of research and authority in the field are well known, will not be attending ;-(
See updated Erotic Arts of India. We
start a new section on poverty in India and
the Islamic Heritage of India.
- November 1999: The Timeless CD-ROM is
complete and we are tired! Kamat's Konkani book "Konknyagale Kavi Chitra" is
progressing well. Krishna's book Akshata is released.
- October 1999: The Timeless CD-ROM is being
proof-read. Reading over 1600 documents and checking over 50,000 hyperlinks is quite a
task! Online, we bring updates to Mahatma Gandhi Album on
- September 1999 : This year is turning
out to be a very productive year for both of us. We are proof reading Krishna's book
'Akshata', and my ' A study on the Woman of our times', both in Kannada. Manohara Grinth
Mala brought out my other book 'Nage-Kedage' - a collection of humorous short stories.
Fourteen of Krishna's pictures will be exhibited in London as part of the Ephemeral
Arts Festival. The Timeless Theater CD-ROM is also announced. Also see a picture of Lord Ganesh on his birthday (Sept 13, 1999)
- August 1999 : We celebrate India's
victory in the recent Kashmir crisis by remembering how the two countries were created.
Read The Tryst with destiny.and learn about
India's (and Pakistan's) freedom struggle against the British. As part of our two year
anniversary update, we bring the Konkani Heritage
- July 1999 : This month we will bring you an
Interview with Ashwathama, a fascinating story as told by my father G.V.Burde (Baba to
family members) to my son Vikas. This is taken from his collection, appropriately titled,
Vikas's Stories. His knowledge of the Hindu mythology, the Puranas and world history is
overwhelming and a deep understanding of them is necessary to truly enjoy them (Yes. I am
proud to say that Vikas at age 9 had read Rajaji's Ramayana and Krishnashastry's
We respond to viewer's many questions on Konkani language through a Konakani-FAQ.
- June 1999: I will be presenting a paper on
medieval Saree patterns at the annual History Conference in Bellary. Kamat prepared
beautiful slides for my talk based on Lepakshi paintings. We will feature a online Saree
Exhibition in the future based on them.
As our Pakistani brethren engage in hateful mischief in the Kashmir valley, we
present several pictures on the topic. The first one
illustrates men fighting battle to defend land, cows and women. The second one drives home the point that India is full of
people of Islamic faith who live in every nook and corner of this great nation.
Kamat also profiles an old friend of mine Mrs.
Mukta Venkatesh and her paintings
January '99: Kamat's Survey of Jain monuments is finally online. We are
very encouraged by the large number of mails we get, at the same time regret that we
sometimes cannot fulfill individual requests. We have added more Rangoli Patterns, Added a Search
Engine and are sporting a new look. We remember Subhas
Chandra Bose on his 102nd (and Indian republic's 52nd) birthday. See also Index to Indian history and the freedom struggle
December '98: I spoke
at Sumangali Sevashram on Gandhiji and
Women. Read a report
Kamat has started work on what he calls an illustrated commentary on the
Kamasutras, other than Vatsyayana's or simply the Art of Ancient Indian
Erotica. I think
it will be a first-of-its kind contribution. We will feature excerpts from it throughout
November '98: I will present
a paper on men's attire during Vijayanagar period at the History Conference Nov 13-15.
Read about a fierce nationalist leaders Madam Cama
and Veer Sawarkar at Kamat's Potpourri. Kamat's research paper on paintings of Lepakshi in
Prajavani special issue received rave reviews, and we will try to bring it to our
October '98: This month, we
bring you a number of topics on Indian art. There's a painting
by Nandalal Bose, a feature on Leather Puppets
and another on Kasooti.
The slide show Faces of India shows over
20 memorable portraits of common & uncommon Indians.
I attended a Women's Conference in Dharwad and we discussed the progress of Indian
women in the society.
September '98: We bring
you some treasured photographs of Kannada writers from our collection. See Sahitigala Sangadalli, and see
Rajaratnam, Karanth, Adiga and others. These pictures were taken over fifty years (!); most of these
writers are no more, and on many occasions, the only pictures their families have are the
ones taken by Kamat.
We honor the vision of Balgangadhar Tilak.
August '98: See beautiful
pictures of Yana, rare portraits
of Bhairappa and Kuvempu at Jai Karnataka.
Also we begin a Kannada section by
popular demand. Vikas is compiling a grand list of links depicting the diversity of India.
July '98: I presented a
survey of published research on Vijayanagar history at the Conference of the Mythic
Society of India (07/12/98)
Kannada monthly Mayoora, interviewed both of us and published a
lengthy profile on us (July Issue).
June '98: We have received very
positive feedback on efforts at the website; also several requests to start a Kannada
language site. In July, we will feature a page titled 'Puta-Bangara'.(preview for those who cannot wait). See
several pages on Jainism 1, 2, 3 at Kamat's Potpourri.
May '98: There is a new Dr. Kamat in the family ! Hiryoung became third Ph.D. in
the family when she defended her dissertation on Graph Algorithms at UAB. Kamat (that's my
husband) has been studying the Jain monuments of Karnataka.
April '98: When our son Vikas was seven years old, he wanted to write a book
just like his father. He did write a series of
essays, which he titled Jai
Karnataka. After twenty five years, that is the title we chose for our section on Karnataka at Kamat's Potpourri ; we added a guest book for visitors
like you to sign.
Kannada Weekly Sudha interviewed me recently
for their weekly column 'Vyakti Parichaya'. You can read the excerpts by clicking here. (It is in Kannada language)
Read some notes on status
of women in 14th century Karnataka at Kamat's Potpourri.
These are excerpted from my book -Social Life in Medieval Karnataka.
Kamat has been busy indexing and
rejoicing over his collection of photographs. Can you believe that he has taken over
100,000 pictures - all as pure hobby ? We are very glad that our son Vikas has taken
interest in publishing some of our work. Look out for the KalaRanga CD-ROM.