Stories on Karnataka

Thogalu Bombe – the art of shadow puppetry

An art form that merges music, performance and puppets, Thogalu Bombeyata is a unique shadow puppet show that is practiced in Karnataka. This folk art has several variations as Sutrada Gombeyata and Yakshagana Bayalata. Basically thogalu means hide of the animal skin and this art form uses special leather puppets to play out scenes from the epics – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and mythology. In Sutrada Gombeyata, practiced in Southern Mysore, puppets are made from light wood that is rot

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Kaginele, the birthplace of Kanakadasa

On a recent trip to Haveri district, I was intrigued by a beautiful yellow and pink double arch with a sculpture of Saint Kanaka Dasa and decided to explore more. I was in Kaginele in the Byadagi taluk of Haveri in Karnataka, the birthplace of Kanaka Dasa, a renowned and revered saint belonging to the Kuruba Gowda community. As Kanaka Dasa lived and also and wrote most of his works at Kaginele, the Kaginele Development Authority (KDA) has decided to

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Banana Fiber Workshop in Aanegundi

Women’s empowerment is a word that is often used and more often abused in today’s times. However a recent visit to Anegundi village near Hampi, gave me a real perspective to the term and one I hope I will be able to see more of. Walking through the heritage village of Anegundi, I am fascinated with the way it is maintained and soon enough I am at The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) Banana Fiber Cottage Industry. What I see here is

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Parinaam Foundation

Narendra was in Class VII in a community school and was the first kid to go to school in his family. His father is an auto driver and his mom works as a maid and while his parents wanted him to continue school financial constraints had almost made them discontinue his education. This was in 2015 when Parinaam Foundation counselled his parents and enrolled him into the Academic Adoption Programme. He was admitted to an English Medium School and he

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The Hidden Gems of Hassan

Located close to 183 km from Bengaluru, Hassan has so many secrets up its sleeve that it must be on every traveller’s itinerary. This district has a rich past and reached its pinnacle under the Hoysala rule. Blessed with scenic natural sights, this is also a treasure trove of Hoysala architecture and sculpture. It is believed that Hassan got its name after the presiding deity of this place Goddess Hasanamba. With a tributary of the Cauvery, river Hemavathi flows through

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Hubli off the beaten track

During my recent visit to Hubli, I decided to take the path off the beaten track to explore some of the ancient temples of the city and came away impressed with the grandeur of an ear gone by. The city of Hubli itself is quaint and has a culture of its own. While it is well known for its musical connections (especially Dharwad its twin city), the historical and ancient temples here add a charm of their own. Chandramouleshwara Temple

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SOS Wildlife – Sloth Bear Conservation

Bearing With Bears On a recent trip to Agra, I discovered that there is so much more than the iconic Taj Mahal when I visited the Wildlife SOS centre on the outskirts of the city. Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani with the holistic belief that providing sustainable alternative livelihoods and education to communities dependent on wildlife and natural resources, would lead to sustainable wildlife protection. “Our organisation is responsible for taking action against

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Hangal – story of lost temples

Ode to Chalukyan Architecture As a child I had read much about the Chalukyas in my history books. Naturally when I had an opportunity to see this for myself, I jumped at the opportunity. Setting off to Hangal in Haveri district near North Karnataka is a wonderful way to see the famed Hoysala architecture. It is said that Hangal was the capital of a branch of the Kadamba dynasty. From 1068 to 1203 A.D. the Hangal Kadamba family ruled from

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Stories in Spectrum

Deccan Herald’s Tuesday Supplement, Spectrum is a delightful one where you can find out the best of Karnataka as well as global scientific and environmental issues. Here are some of my articles: Kokkarebellur Tiger Conservation in Nagarhole Guddattu Vinayaka Temple Mysore Paintings Tribal Music  Yana Traditional Board Games Environment Kolkata Wetlands

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