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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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I have been editing this website for a long time. I know that Wikipedia and Facebook have diluted the importance of our website, but I have no regrets, and I don't want to change the site because something is fashionable.

My rewards come in the form of personal emails. Two recent examples:

Nahomi Dhinakar (whose Facebook page I found subsequently) wrote from New Zealand.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see an old photo of me on your website.

© K.L.Kamat
Daughter of Bhaktamitran
Daughter of Bhaktamitran
Calcutta, 1970

When that photo was taken my father was not happy because I showed my teeth. So I was photographed again. I have copies of all these pictures still. Pity, I was too young to note the photographer.

My father Bhaktamitran lives with me in New Zealand. My mother, whose picture is also in your website, passed away a few years back.

Small world.

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© K.L.Kamat
Mr. and Mrs. Bhaktamitran at breakfast table
Mr. and Mrs. Bhaktamitran at breakfast table
Calcutta, 1970 (back to the camera is Jyotsna Kamat)

It's incredible! The photograph was taken in 1970 in Calcutta just on the eve of the war. I discussed this message with my mother, and she narrated other details. My parents had stayed overnight with the Bhaktamitran family and the picture shows Nahomi's mother serving breakfast. Amma remembered that the Bhaktamitrans had just availed a "Mixie" (a luxury item at the time in India), but it would not work properly. So Mrs. Bhaktamitran had to resort to the grinding stone and had prepared delicious prawn curry. They then went to Dakshineshwar.

Another one came from Srikanta Dani, a student in Bristol, UK.

Quote Begin I came across this 1980 photograph at kamat.com.

© K.L.Kamat
Poet Kuvempu unveiling B.M.Sri`s Portrait
Poet Kuvempu unveiling B.M.Sri's Portrait
B.M. Sri. Memorial Foundation, Bangalore

To my surprise I saw my father (K R Ganesha) in a photo-frame with Kuvempu (in the left, almost not noticeable)

It is from a reel that your father had clicked in 1980 at Bee. Em. Shree. Foundation in Bangalore, the place where Kammatiga was released. The foundation was not in N.R. Colony at that point in time. It was at Prof. M.V. Seetharaamaiah's house in Hanumanthanagar. My father was a student of MVSee.

My father confirmed that it is him. He was young (34 years old) and was assisting the legends such as Kuvempu and Masti in their transportation during that function.

Dr. Krishnananda Kamat had clicked my dad long ago. Feels great.

Just wanted share it with you. Thank you for uploading the photo series.

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Our website is the repository of such fantastic stories and images -- because of instead of locking up my inheritance, I started sharing with others and it has made me infinitely richer.

The 34 year old man K.R.Ganesh in the above photograph eventually became a great man himself.

I am amazed by this flow of inspiration from B.M. Sri to Kuvempu, Masti and M.V. Seetaramiah to K.R. Ganesha and K.L.Kamat to B.R. Satyanaraya, myself and then to Srikantha Dani and others. Spanning generations and generations.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, May 28, 2010
Last Modified: 5/29/2010 12:17:17 PM

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