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Happy Pongal Durable Link to this BLOG
Yearly Pongal Post

I wish all our friends, advertisers, and readers a very happy Pongal/Sankranti festival.

Sankranti is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, but essentially it is welcoming of the Spring. See numerous pictures of celebration of this festival in Kamat PICTURESearch.

A common observance in western India is to exchange sweets and say, "Accept this sweets, and utter sweet words". tilgul ghya, ani goad bola.

© K. L. Kamat
Sankranti Sweets

Sweetened Oil Seeds Mark  the Sankranti Festival
Sankranti/Pongal Sweets

Sankranti Greetings

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, January 15, 2004
Last Modified: 1/16/2004


Kammatiga Released Durable Link to this BLOG
"Kammatiga" Released

A memorial volume honoring Bappa was released by Dr. M.Chidanandamurthy in Bangalore on January 11th. Many great names in Kannada literature attended. Among those who assembled (that I noticed) were Nettur Srinivas Rao, Suryanath Kamath, Jayant Kaikini, Nemichandra, Gayatri, Ramakant Joshi, and Hemalata Mahishi. The hall was full and many guests had to stand during the entire function. I met many people whom I had known only electronically or had only heard of. There were artists, musicians, photographers, and editors of newspapers. It was a wonderful function organized by admirers of Kamat, and I felt their adulation of father had now been transferred on to me. Indeed, many people sought my autograph on the book!

Chidananda Murthy at Kammatiga Release Function

Copies of the book can be purchased from Kamadhenu Pustaka Bhavan in Bangalore for an introductory price of Rs.100 (US$2.00) It has been published by Kamat Memorial Trust, Honavar which has been established to perpetuate the works of K.L.Kamat.

My Article in Vijaya Karnataka

Popular Kannada daily "Vijaya Karnataka" (circulation 700,000) carried my article in last Sunday's supplement (Jan 11th). That's my first publication in Kannada language. Thanks to all who have encouraged me to write more in Kannada.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, January 16, 2004
Last Modified: 1/17/2004


2004 Festival calendar Durable Link to this BLOG
Updates Resumed

I am back in update mode for year 2004. For starters, I have updated the Festival Calendar with 2004 dates. I have used the Bangalore Press Calendar as a reference this year instead of the usual Kalanirnay.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, January 17, 2004
Last Modified: 1/17/2004


Kuvempu Birth Centennial Durable Link to this BLOG
Message of Universal Man

Kuvempu Birth Centennial

K.V. Puttappa (pen name Kuvempu) is one of my most favorite writers. I have been deeply inspired by his poems and moved by his graphic novels.

This year, Kuvempu's birth centennial is being observed all over Karnataka with much fanfare (and some controversy). The scale of the event is certainly motivated by caste politics. The fans have forgotten his message of universal mankind and are engaging in petty matters.

But Kuvempu's genius belongs to all castes and creeds! There hasn't been a more versatile writer of Kannada language.

I am compiling a exhibit of rare pictures from our archive to mark the occasion.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Monday, January 19, 2004
Last Modified: 1/19/2004


Poem on Bappa Durable Link to this BLOG
Poem on Bappa

During the Kammatiga book release function, I became aware of a poem written by V.G.Bhat about Bappa. I have dug up the poem and have reproduced it in my Kannada blog

Portrait of  Kannada Poet V.G. Bhat

V.G.Bhat was a frequent visitor to Bappa's Scientific Photo Lab and the two would chat hours together about literature, politics, and philosophy. I felt honored that he'd composed a poem on Bappa. My thanks to Gourish Kaikini for referencing it in his tribute to Bappa, thats how I came to know of it.

As fate would have it, poet V.G.Bhat passed away soon after writing that poem, and even before it was published in his collection "Prarthana". Eminent scholar Gourish Kaikini also passed away after writing an affectionate tribute to Bappa, but before the publication of Kammatiga volume.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Saturday, January 24, 2004
Last Modified: 11/2/2009 8:52:24 AM

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