Friday, October 7, 2016

Disabled face hardship after Dasara sports meet put off

Physically Challenged person Santosh Patik had come all the way from Bijapur travelling a distance of 549 kilo meter just to take part in the dasara sports meet organized for physically challenged at JK Grounds here on Thursday. While, he was shocked, disappointed and surprised to know the event has been cancelled in last minute.

Another physically challenged Srikanth who had come from Bijappur travelling 490 km, accompanied with other physicall challenged Bagalkot, Hassan was found wandering in the JK grounds seeking to arrange food for the physically challenged.
This was the plight of physically challenged at JK Grounds, who had come all the way from Bidar, Gulbarba, Bijapur covering distance of 550 kms, only reaching here they were informed the event has been cancelled.

The sad part is they were not provided with any accommodations, food and shelter facility, due to this lot of inconvenience was faced by them. Every year on sports day spot registration will be done, whereas this year the officials have cancelled the event coming to conclusion no one will participate.

Later, Prabhu of NGO by name Abhyudaya School took initiative and hosted four events not to disappoint the participants, who had come all the way from across State travelling across night.

The physically challenged persons were found questioning programme organizers why they are being ill-treated and not provided and reason for cancelling the event. They alleged they are not even provided with cash prizes during dasara from last couple of year on par with general persons being awarded.

“No encouragement is given for physicall challenged during dasara and to promote sports. We demand government to host events for physicall challenged also, and motivate. Government has not taken any initiative to encourage and give proper resignation,” said Javranayaka, from HD Kote.

‘There was no provision were made by the committee to provide food for physically challenged athelets. Some how the NGO managed to arranged food. Even mentally retarded were not provided with food till afternoon,’ added Devendra.

"We were not even served with breakfast. We are fed up wandering without any clarity. If they had cancelled the event, they would have given a press release, so that we were not coming all way to Mysuru," regretted, Rajesh.

Women and Child Welfare Department DD Radha said that no one registered thus they cancelled the event in last minute. When questioned about cash prize for winners, she said they will be provided only certificates.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tradition blends with technology:Tech Dasara to represent the history through automated models

Normally pictures, videos and some static models are used to depict the history, beauty and significance of a place or person. But how about using the mechanized models to depict the story of Mysuru?
Vesto Education Solutions, is adding a feather in the cap of Dasara festival  by conducting an Tech Dasara exhibition, representing the history, culture and beauty of Mysuru through automated models. 
With the theme ‘Edu Namooru-Mysuru’, the expo to give the citizens of Mysuru, the essence of Science, Technology and Innovation by organizing a six- day exhibition ‘Tech Dasara’.
In this exhibition, the history, culture and tradition of Mysuru and the marvel of Mysuru Dasara is depicted through various automated working models. About 60 mechanised models tell the story of Rich Heritage, culture of Mysuru, including model of Goddess Chamundeshwari piercing the chest of Mahishasura; miniature of ‘Moving Jambu Savari’, and much more.
This exhibition shows how science and technology can be used to create  working models. This is a great platform where people from all walks of life can know about Mysuru with witnessing the new way of representation of Mysuru.
 ‘ In the era of fast growing technology, we need to equip our children to be ready with the moving world. This exhibition is very important for the students,’ says Sumanth Prabhu / Founder and Director of Vesto.
The expo will be held from October 7 to 12 everyday from 11 am to 9 pm at Mall of Mysuru. Entry fee is Rs 20 per head.

Tech Dasara Major Attractions:
In Tech Dasara the history, culture, tradition and beauty of Mysuru are depicted through automated working models. This is one of its kind exhibition, where technology is blended with art.*
* Mythological Models The origin of Mysuru is explained through the models of ‘Mahishasura’ ruling the dynasty of then Mysuru and Goddess Chamundeshwari destroying the monster.
*  Wodeyar Dynasty , contribution of wadiyars,  are depicted through interesting automated models. Construction of Hydroelectric Plant, State Bank of Mysore, implementation of Street Lights, construction of KRS dam, implementation of 5 year plans and many more are depicted through attractive working models.
* Navaratri Sambhrama  working models to give a holistic representation of Mysuru Dasara Navaratri.
* Dasara Exhibition and Jamboo Savari procession mimic and mysuru memories.

About Vesto
Vesto Education Solutions, is an education startup that partners with schools to provide hands-on science training. In the last 2 years, Vesto has partnered with more than 30 schools and made difference to about 8000 students in the way they learn Science. The team also tries to extend the possibility of science and technology learning through such innovative exhibitions. In 2015 Dasara, Vesto conducted an exhibition called Digital Dasara where channapattana toys were mechanized and presented. In 2016 Vesto had also conducted an exhibition in Suttura Jatra that depicted the History of Sutturu through mechanized models.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

People throng to savour millet dishes at Food Mela

Millets book recipe sold like hot cake 

Do you want to taste recipes prepared out of millets. Then it’s a good opportunity for the food lovers to taste food prepared out of millets at the on-going Food Mela in Scouts and Guides Ground.
Lot of people were found thronging towards Siridhanya Counter (millets) to savour the dishes and know about the millets. Young generation were found watching how millets appear and were knowing their names. Some people out of curious how millets dishes taste are heading towards the ecounter, while some people to obtain a good health and develop immunity.
Experts in preparing millets have come from Haveri, Mysuru and Shivamogga. They are preparing lip sacking Kajayan, Haraka Pongal, Haraka Paisa, Navane Paisa, Bisibelebath, Millets Cake, Obbitu, Kemmapakki Dosa and Kajaya, Ragi halbai, Jower roti, Navane kajaya, Navane Chakuli, Kempakki Chakkuli, Saame Nippitu, and other varieties of dishes are being sold at the outlet.
This apart, books on informing health benefits of millets, how is add millets in diet, and recipes book how to prepare dishes are being sold like hot cake. The books ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 60 gives complete information about how to prepare the dishes and health benefits.
‘First time am tasting the dishes prepeared out of millets. After coming to know it has lot of health benefits, have decided to add in my diet. Couple of millets had never seen in my life and am happy I learnt something new. The dishes also tastes yummy,’ says Ganesha, students of Maharaja College.
Akansha who was selling Harake Pongal said: ‘There are nine varieties of millets and we are preparing dishes out of all the millets. Every day a demonstration on a millet will be given to educate people about the particular millet and informed about its health benefits. Two years ago, when first time Millets mela was set up hardly countable number people showed interest to know about millets. Whereas, this year there is overwhelming response from public,’ she added.
Senior Citizen Shashikumar said: ‘From last couple of months am using millets and have seen lot of health benefits. Today am surprised to come to know  delicious sweet dishes are also being prepared using millets. Am eager to prepare all the recipes and taste. There is need of turning towards our traditional food habit to keep out next generation health intact which helps for the development of the country.
‘Awareness among people has increased down the years, and now-a-days millets is getting popularity. Large number people from all age groups are enquiring about the millets its health benefits, how to prepared dishes out of it’, says Manju, millets seller.
‘There was not much response two years ago for millets. The trend has changed and people are opting slowly to add millets in their diet. But still there is a long way to go to revive the traditional dishes. Following health benefits the demand has gone up and am growing millets from last two years,’ said Farmer Vishwanath.
Dinesh Kalyani from earth 360 ventures organization, who is promoting millets from last several years, said that the government should distribute millets in fair price shops, as the millets provides all nutrition required for the body, and develops immunity, and people suffering from ailments will reduce to higher extent. Also, helps to save water, and protect environment, he added.
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* Good number of people took part in millets identification contest, including youngsters. Three people who identified all nine millets were awarded with prizes. The winners are: Tarun, Unnathi and Nandini.
* Good response turned for ‘Naalapaka’ cooking contest.  Around ten people participated in the contest and prepared delicious dishes. 75-year-old Sumitra Bai bagged first place, while Spoorthi and Bhavya stood at second and third place respectively.
* Women were found tasting lipsacking recipes made out of millets and a demonstration on how to cook Lavane millet was given at venue.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Traders from Tamil Nadu yet to erect stalls at Dasara Exhibition

The cauvery water dispute has also repercussions on World famous Dasara festival. Traders from Tamil Nadu used to erect stalls at Dasara Exhibition every year. Whereas this year stall are yet to be installed due to cauvery water issue.

The traders from Tamil Nadu have not yet come forward to erect stalls.
Around 40 traders had confirmed their names to participate in the dasara exhibition to be held for three months. Most of the garments stalls were being erected by the traders from Erode, Tirpur.  

Sources in the exhibition say after looking at the outcome of Cabinet meeting they might take a call, and hoping they will erect shops by next weekend.  Though this year officials have made a serious attempt to open all stalls before inauguration of Dasara, as per the strict instructions from CM Siddaramaiah, due to cauvery water issue this year too rows of empty stalls were found at Dasara Exhibition.  

KEA CEO Shashikumar said that every year around 60 traders from Tamil Nadu used to take part in the dasara expo, whereas this year around 40 have confirmed their participation. We hope by next they will erect the shops.

Anyways, last minute preparations were going in full swing at the premises. The workers were found busy erecting the stalls, which might be occupied by traders from Tamil Nadu in days to come. Hardly around 8 shops have been completed and in a good move few of the government stalls. Minister Tanvir Sait and HC Mahadevappa inaugurated the incompleted exhibition.

Artistes from across country have converged in Mysuru

The city of Mysuru is well known for rich heritage and culture. The rulers of Mysuru have always patronised art, culture and have encouraged artistes inviting them to Mysuru, thereby motivating various art forms.

The city with such a rich heritage culture has continued the legacy same during world famous Mysuru Dasara. Artists from several parts of country have converged in city to showcase their talent. The artists have displayed their works at Kalamandira, JSS Urban Haat, JK Grounds and have displayed their creative works.

Wood carving, sculptor, display of wide varieties of mediums of paintings, art and craft works, 3d stone works, are attracting art lovers in large. Art students are turning in good number to watch the ongoing handicraft, sculptor, painting works at Kalamandira.

RM Ajesh who has come from Calicut has displayed mural paintings at Dasara Gandhi Shilpa Bazar being held at JSS Urban Haat. 'There is very good demand for murals. From centuries the artform is used to decorate palaces, houses, temples. The painting will be applied directly on ceiling, wall, surface which makes the premises look rich. Most of the painting are done on gods and goddess,” he adds.

Dexterous artist Anil Varma from Indore, Madhya Pradesh has displayed leather craft works. He has created animals, products needed in our day to day life. From last two decades he is engaged in creating craft objects using the leather. He says, giving a shape, and coloring need of lot techniques.

This is a perfect platform for us to showcase our talent. There will be a sense of satisfaction when people appreciate the modern designs and 3D angle works,” says sculptor Manjunath who has displayed his work at Kalamandira.

Rohini, Art Student from CAVA said: 'The on-going exhibitions at different venues helps us to learn new techniques. 3D stone carving works gives new insight and the exhibition benefits immensely for learners.' 


A team from newly formed Telengana had come to city to perform Bonalu dance, an annual festival dance performed to worship Goddess Mahakali.

Its the first time since the formation of the State, the team has come to participate in Mysuru Dasara Activities. With this, the rich artistic traditions and culture of Telangana came alive at the on-going Dasara Cultural programme at Jaganmohan Palace here on Monday.

A team of 20 members performed the dance, and there was no end for their joy to showcase their culture in cultural city Mysuru.
This annual ritual dance is staged during Ashada Masa in Telangana, seeking blessing of Goddess Kali (Gram Devatha) to eradicate plague.
“The ritual is performed yearly once, and we are happy we have showcased the play at Mysuru, where Goddess Chamundeshwari is worshiped,” say the team members led by B Rama Rao.

“Dasara is the festival which showcase the rich heritage, culture of our country. Artistes from across country come to participate here, which helps the youngsters to know about the tradition, culture, practices of other states,” say the team members.

Anyways, it will be a cultural festival during dasara and a rare treat to watch various forms of cultural events at different cultural joins. There are multiple choice for art lovers to watch different forms of cultural programmes of our country, and quite a good number of passing crowd had gathered at all the seven venues giving visual treat for art lovers. The venues are: Town Hall, Kalamandira, Jaganmohan Palace, Ganabharathi, Palace, Chikka Gadiyara.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spare People’s Park:

CADA premises is alternative for City Central Library, say citizens

Citizens request government to construct a modern library at Old Palace Office, that is present CADA office building, instead of constructing at the proposed People's Park.

MGP former President Chandraprakash has proposed CADA office as an alternative location for the City Central Library, Mysore and saving People's Park from total extinction. 'City Central Library is celebrating its Centenary and the proposed building is also a Heritage Building, Centrally located and most suitable for the City Central Library,' he stress.

'People’s Park is an important lung space in the centre of the city. Once a very large park, it has been losing its park area to tennis club, government school, horticulture office and other reasons as well. Coming up of suburban bus stand, several large luxury hotels and commercial complexes have resulted in very heavy vehicular traffic around the People’s Park.'

'Library should be centrally located and should have adequate space within the building to provide for not only book stacks, periodical displays but also facilities like modern digital network, hall to make paper presentations and Xerox. With using CADA building we can save large amount of money to be spent for constructing library at Park, lung space of park and even there will be no parking problem,' he adds.

If the government is genuinely interested in giving the city a centrally located City Central Library, it can get the ground floor of this building vacated by shifting some of these offices in CADA to the first floor. Thereafter, ground floor can be made available to the City Central Library by making minor modifications for public conveniences. Even assuming the government goes ahead by violating the Parks act, more than likely there is every chance it may get demolished later,' he warns.
Library in the People’s Park

In early eighties Mysore City Municipality [MCM] had taken a decision to locate City Central Library in the People’s Park. The very process and the technicalities of this decision have been under cloud of suspicion.

Thereafter, The Karnataka Parks, Play-Fields and Open Spaces (Preservation and Regulation) Act 1985, came into operation in1986 and the decision of the Mysore City Municipality also became legally questionable.
Construction of City Central Library in People’s Park is going to be a monumental mistake and also an environmental disaster. Such a step will be legally questionable. Also with ever increasing congestion in this part of city centre, as elaborated above, it would be futile to expect the users of library to venture to visit this library purely for the reading pleasure.

Readily Available Suitable Place
Right behind the City Palace and beside Sanskrit Pathshala, there exists erstwhile Palace Office building. It is a double storied building. It is located amidst a large open space. It is genuinely central location in the city. Since the city bus stand is located close by it is also easily accessible to a large number of citizens of the city from all the residential layouts, without any special effort.

At present the this huge building is being occupied by Department of Co-operative Societies, Office of MLA, horticultural department office, being Command Area Development Authority [CADA] and a few more government departments. Surely some of these departments might have outlived their utility and are there only because they were located there during their heydays.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Scarcity of stone has become cause of worrisome among sculptors

Sculptors are facing severe hardship with non availability of wood and Krishnashila stone, an special variety stone used for sculpting. Though there is good demand for the sculptures in market, and quite a good number of youngsters are showing keen interest to learn the carving work, scarcity of stone has become cause of worrisome among artists.

With one sq cubic of stone is being purchased from Rs 800 to Rs 1000, the sculptures have become very expensive and even the professional sculptures are facing hardship to provide training.

Sculptor B Shyamasundara Bhat says: 'We have to shell out more than Rs 800 to purchase a stone which was available for just Rs 50 five years ago. Its high time government should make stone available for artistes, and lift the ban. Earlier from 30 mining units we used to get the stone, now we have hardly two.'

56-year-old Wood Sculptor M Ramamurthy from Bengaluru said that they are facing acute shortage of Shivahonne (Shivani), which was available abundantly few decades ago. Most of them are exporting the wood from other parts of state, and the species grown largely in Shivamogga needs to be promoted considering the livelihood of hundreds of artists engaged in sculpting works.
Around 15 sculptors from across state are carving wood, stone at the ongoing Sculpture camp on Kalamandira. They are creating contemporary, modern, traditional, architect designs on wood and stone.

Mysoreans reject New Education Policy

A strong objection was raised for the draft of New Education Policy (NEP) and was rejected by civilised citizens of Mysuru here on Monday. Child activists, education experts opined that the policy stress on vedic culture, and there is components of 'communalism', commercialisation and no scope for value and constitution.

At the discussion on NEP jointly organised by Kannada Kriya Smithi, Progressive Thinkers Association, PUCL and various other associations, they opined that the Modi government is attempting to saffronise the education system by completely changing our education system.
Educationist Sripad Bhat opined that: 'Education has reached dead end today. With saffronisation, privatisation and globalisation in education system we will be facing lot of problems. There are monism in framing the draft and constructive approach is not clear. Its high time people have to read between the lines and strongly object the draft policy.'

Political Analyst Prof Muzaffar Assadi opined that NEP has become an hybrid policy; propagates Hindutwa and like an M.Phil gazette.
The policy will become a religious / caste policy or a policy of a parivara or a political party policy, and not an centric policy. Learning outputs are not mentioned properly, he added.

'Government aiming to centralise the power in education system and the draft copy highlights the vedic culture, and there are many hidden agenda. Backward, dalits, tribes will be severely affected. Yoga and Sanskrit have been made mandatory and the 43 page report of NEP contents most of the points in Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA),' he added.

'The sad part is most of the policies without any debated have been passed and theNEP is a big threat for the future of the country. We will be facing lot of problems if the policy is amended and the rate of higher Education will also come down drastically,' he warned.
“The NEP speaks about culture and not values. People should take a serious call and look into its not implemented. It suits the Corporate needs and like ancient period education will be only for Brahmins, which will be a big threat for society. There is need of framing our own education policy on lines of Tamil Nadu for the survival of language,” opined Prof Panditharadhya.

Social Activist Pa Mallesh said that a state-level meet has to be organised and youngsters in large has to be made aware about the conspiracy and hidden agenda of government. He gave a call for people to raise voice and look into the policy is not implemented.

* Studying the reason for increasing drop outs the policy has to be framed.
* Equal education system has to be introduced
* To think of large number of youngsters pursue higher education
  • Hindi has to made as link language

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Toilets yet to be constructed, whereas declared 'Open Defecation Free'

Though Mysuru city lacks sufficient number of public toilets compared to the city's population, it has already been declared as free from 'open defecation'. At present there are 69 public toilets in city, and 10 community toilets. Freshly tenders have been invited to construct another 425 individual household toilets; 6 community toilets and 30 public toilets.

If one visits the public toilets the ground reality is different as most of these toilets do not have proper facilities for women (no toilet paper and dustbins for disposable napkins) completely lack in hygiene and are not well maintained. As a result most women avoid using these toilets and the rural folk prefer to defecate openly.

People can be seen defecating openly in several parts of the city, including a couple of slums areas such as Vidyaranayapuram, lane adjoining the Landsdowne building, surrounding to busy Devaraj Urs Road, Udayagiri, Kesare, Mandi Mohalla, Hosabandikere in the heart of the city, the vegetable market on Mahatma Gandhi Road, foot hills of Chamundi and also near famous tourists places.

MCC Health Officer Dr Ramachandra said that tenders have been floated to construct new toilets and justified the award given to the city saying that it was given only after conducting a complete survey of the Mysuru city and the proposed construction of toilets.

Mysuru Grahaka Parishat former President Chandra Prakash said: 'Declaring Mysuru as free from open defecation is a big joke and surprise. It's just a self glorification by officials instead of taking honest measures to improve quality of the already existing public toilets and make them more people friendly.

“People can be seen urinating and defecating openly in public places, and more such can be witnessed in heart of the city, Doddakere Ground opposite to Palace. The problem is not solved by constructing more number of toilets. There is a long way to go to keep our city clean and make it a model for others. With the sorry state of affairs here, the plight of other cities just can't be imagined ,” said Roopa, a lecturer at a private college.
Mayor Bhyrappa admitting that open defecation is existing in city, said that soon more toilets will be constructed. He claimed that only tourists and migrant labourers who come to city from outside defecate openly, but not the local residents, mainly truck drivers and those who come for daily wage like coolies and workers.

Most the people won't use existing public toilets. There is a need to bring a change in their behaviour. Some of them hesitate to pay Rs 1 or 2 to use the urinals. With the declaration free from open defecation our responsibility has increased. In the next couple of months, programmes will be chalked out to educate people and make city completely free of open defecation. There is a need to impose fine of Rs 100 from those defecate openly,” adds another MCC Officer. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nirmala Saulabhya:

First Green Public Convenience Facility atop Chamundi Hill 

India's first Green Building facility for Public Convenience (Toilet)  has been constructed atop Chamundi Hill. The facility 'Nirmala Saulabhya' will be a carbon positive and water positive with 10 KLD water treatment plant and rain water harvesting. With this, tourist who were complaining of lack of hygienic toilet facility atop Hill, can heave a sigh of relief.

Thanks for the initiative of Confederation of Indian Industry, Mysuru supported by Automotive Axles Ltd and Meritor India who have come out with Public Convenience Facility on the lines of Airport spending Rs 1 core.  

The new facility is having separate toilet facilities for both men and women. There are 16 urinal points for men and 15 toilets for women; apart from regular toilet, and two western toilets have also been set up. Apart from this child care facility including breast feeding is also provided.

Separate toilet facility is also provided for handicap persons. There are no expenses for power as the entire building will be lighted with solar power. A sewage treatment plant which enables to reuse seventy percent of the water which are used has also been set up.
The entire building is architecturally designed for green building; there is no need for light during day time.

As per the MoU, they will be maintaining the building for first five years. 6-7 persons will be looking after the building and Rs 2 and Rs 4 will be charged for using the facility. Similar four toilets to come up at Mysuru Zoo, Karanji Lake, Mysuru Palace and the proposed Tourism Plaza which is coming up inside Exhibition ground.

Addressing the media persons here on Wednesday, CII  Chairman Dr N Muthukumar said that after going through all these facilities, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the green building certifying authority in the country, after inspecting the building a week back recognised the building as 'Green Facility'.  

'After Mysuru awarded cleanest city tag, we decided to construct public toilet at tourist places. Our objective is to partner with the Government in making Mysuru the first Tourist Friendly Destination in India,' he added.  

The salient features of the facility:
* 5KW Roof Top Solar Power connected to Grid making it Net-Zero Energy Building
* Rainwater Harvesting
* Water Treatment Plant- 10KLD Water Treatment Plant is installed the recycled Water is reused for flush
* Low-flow fittings to Conserve Water
* LED Lighting System
* Drinking water - RO Water Purifier with Chiller
* 32 Toilets for Men & Women
* Baby Care & Toilet for physically challenged
* Four more toilets to come up at tourist destinations

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

KONSPA to promote Mandya farmers to grow millets

With farmers facing severe hardships due to lack of rains along with recent water crisis, Karnataka Organic, Natural and Swadesi Product Association (KONSPA) has come forward to promote farmers to grow Siri Dhanya (Millets).

Farmers, producers, dealers to approach farmers in cauvery catchment area, specially in Mandya and distribute free seeds to the interested farmers to grow millets. A group of farmers in the association who are already earning profits by growing millets are touring the districts to educate farmers.

Over the past four months the association has even entered into a buy back arrangement to purchase the millets with more than 150 farmers in Hunsur and Chamarajanagar. The organisation is receiving calls from farmers as far as Tumkur, Dharward, Gadag, Chitradurga, Hunsur, Chamarajanagar to enquire about growing millets.

Unlike paddy and sugarcane which are water intensive crops, millets can be grown with least amount of water. They grow well even in dry lands with scanty rainfall. In one acre of land, 8-10 quintals of millets can be grown and the water requirement is only around 1000 liters. In case, there is acute shortage of water they can use sprinklers and the crops can be harvested within a short span of three months. The expenses is also meager to grow millets including processing. Hardly farmers spends around Rs 5,000, while they can earn around Rs 25,000 per acre.

To promote marketing facilities for the products, members are visiting schools, colleges and private companies to create awareness about health benefits of using millets in their daily diet. They say, as siridhanaya are rich in fiber, gluten free and low GI index, it is the best solution to most modern day diseases. With processing of millets is another major problem and the association is educating farmers on how to process millets by using a ordinary mixer grinder.

Association President Padmaja said that we will be encouraging farmers in dry land areas to grow crops that are best suited for those regions. This is a step towards encouraging sustainable living in villages through cropping practices. 'We want every house hold to use millets as a regular part of their diet, which is good for health and we can control increasing incidnets of diabetes, cardiac and other major ailments,' she adds.

HD Kote Taluk farmer Dorai said that due to failure in monsoon and depletion of ground water it has become problem to grow rice, wheat and sugar cane. Farmers can sustain if they grow millets in this time of water crisis. Seeds are being distributed free of cost and Rs 38 is given for 1 kg millet.'

Gundlupet farmer Srinath Shetty said: 'Farmers should start growing millets as these are rain fed crops. About 9 varieties of millets are promoted to farmers to grow, of which 6 varieties can be used as substitute for rice, and three varieties to prepare balls similar to ragi balls. Its high time government should take measures to encourage farmers through NGOs.'

NGO Sahaja Samrudha founder Krishna Prasad said that government should take initiatives to promote millet cultivation, so that global warming, solutio for health, and even farmers sustainability can be seen.  

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Demand to learn 'artistic yoga' and 'rhythmic yoga' shoots up

The demand to learn the newly formed 'artistic yoga' and 'rhythmic yoga' is gaining popular in Yoga capital for the last couple of years. The Yoga enthusiasts are now hoping it may soon get an entry into Asian Games and eventually into Olympics, with Yoga has been given status of sports. Thus has generated lot of interest in budding yoga enthusiasts.

The people are also showing interest to learn 'artistic yoga' and 'rhythmic yoga' because of the attractive dress, music, body movements and style. There are hardly around five centres in the city where presently rhythmic and artistic yoga are being taught.

While Rhythmic yoga is performed by two people, Artistic Yoga can be performed both individually and in doubles. Select Asanas, postures and expressions with aesthetic beauty will be given prominence. While, the response for 'Flow Yoga', introduced this year, which will be performed by group of five is slowly catching up.

Ganesh a yoga coach at Mysore Vivekananda Yoga Education and Research Institution Coach said that alongside the regular yoga exercises performed on floor, the demand for learning other forms of yoga is on the rise. “We are expecting Yoga will be included in Olympics in days to come, and there is a big opportunity for Indians to take part in the events. With Mysuru already being Yoga Hub, we hope in the days to come more number of foreigners will also come to Mysuru to learn Yoga,” he added.

'So far ten forms of performing yoga was popular. The other forms of yoga are very attractive. Similar on lines of swimming, other formats are catching up in Yoga, 'adds another Coach Bhaskar.

A 13-year-old girl from the city, H Kushi, who has mastered various forms of asanas in yoga and has given performances at international level says her dream is to represent in Olympics and win a gold medal for India.

Kushi, an 8th standard students of St Joseph Central School, started practicing yoga to get rid of breathing problem. The first prize she won for performing yoga, motivated her and take a decision to become yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for the past three years and in the coming days she wants to concentrate more on meditation, pranayama and perfection of asanas.

Kushi who has to her credit more than 35 gold medals, 20 silver medals, is the daughter of Hema Chandra, an employee at RBI and D Kumudha. She has represented at the 6th Asian Yoga Sports Championship organised by VIET an International Sports, JSC, Vietnam. She has won four medals (two gold, two silver) in the championship held from September 3 to 5.

Prayag, another youngster who is practicing yoga said, after the announcement that yoga has been recognised as Sports, he is dedicating more time to practice yoga and desires to represent India in Olympics or Asian Games.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This year flower show will be aesthetic blend of art and utility

Are you curious to learn how to convert waste into resources, and use them as a decorative items in houses. Then don't miss an opportunity to visit this year DasaraFlower Show, which will be an aesthetic blend of art and utility.

District Horticulture Society and Department of Horticulture, keeping women and children as centric have chalked out several themes for this Dasara. Using waste bottles, almariahs, shoes and other discarded items one can learn how to increase the green cover of the house.

Different concepts and ideas on how to decor balcony using pebbles, wood, gardening, attics, landscapes, roof gardening, new modules of container gardening, creation of small garden, and other elements of gardening, Ikebana flowerarrangements, flower spell ideas, bird bath, usage of flower containers, varieties offlower bouquets arrangements to motivate interested women to take up their carrier as florists and also to spread light on how to d├ęcor houses.

Hectic preparations are already under the way at sprawling 10.6 acres of land in Kuppanna Park. More than 30,000 wide variety of saplings have been planted a month ago, about 35,000 pot arrangements will be done. Artistes from across state will be provided a platform to showcase their talent at vegetable carving, fruits carving and floral arrangements. Every day musical nite programmes have been planned.

Speaking to Express, Horticulture Senior Assistant Officer GD Dinesh Kumar said that the flower show will be on lines of national standard, and will be very informative for women. 'With several new themes we hope large number of visitors will be attracted,' he added.

Center of attraction

Iconic Gate Way of India will be the center of attraction this year. Using more than 2 lakh roses three dimension Gate Way of India measuring approximately around 21 feet height, 22 breadth, and 10 feet length will be created. Amar Jawan Jyoti located near the India Gate will be recreated to pay tribute to martyrs and floral replica of Thejas Aircraft will be another cynosure of eyes.

Noodles replica of visionary personalities: 
To mark the 100 years celebrations of D Devaraj Urs and remembering MH Marigowda, familiar as 'Pitamaha' of Horticulture Movement in Karnataka their noodles replicas have been planned under Gazebo concept. Artiste Shivalingappa S Badiger from Hubli to create the noodles replica.

KIDS CORNER: Barbie Girl, White Peacock, Vintage car flower arrangements, Disney World and Dholakpur Team head by Choota Bhim, Crazy Gardening are being exclusively meant for children. In all, this year dasara flower show to sport a new look with the introduce of lot of novel ideals. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Century nearing Mandi Market needs maintenance


Mandi Market, another landmark in the city constructed using brick and lime mortar needs maintenance. The building constructed during the Maharaja reign of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar has been neglected and needs thorough maintenance.

There are around 160 shops in the market, including 20 mutton and a fish stall has been constructed recently in the premises. Its estimated that the building is constructed nine decades ago that is in 1927. The specialty of the market is mutton stalls have been constructed within premises, which is not unlike VV Market and Devaraja Market.

The buildings is either whitewashed nor repaired regularly. The turret clock atop has stopped working long ago. Even inside the market there is no maintenance. The tiles on the floors has not been relaid and have become slippery. There are several instances when both vendors and customers to the market have fallen down which gets more frequent during rains. Vendors allege this makes people avoid visiting the market, and the visitors have to keep every step carefully.

The wall bordering the Pattedhar Street is in a very dilapidated condition and needs urgent plastering. The shops inside the market have never been painted and completely lack maintenance. The roofing of the shops are laid with mud tiles and the danger is less. The shops have been built with a thick wall for a gap of 10 feet, which has made the building construction strong.
Irfhan Baigh who is a tenant for the past 40 years said: 'The building is in a good condition when compared to other heritage structures in the city. But steps have to be taken to repair the structure at some places and if neglected it too may one day meet a similar fate like the Devaraja Market.

Mandi Market Association President Prem Kumar said that in order to save an heritage building it has to be maintained regularly. The major problem is the water seepage and measures have to be taken to maintain them well. Though we have approached the area Corporator several times nothing has been done. Daily nearly 900 to 1200 people visit the market, and the figures double in weekend. Fish Market, Toilet not has been inaugurated even construction of two years. Public anyways have started using toilet, but fish market they have not get permission,' he adds.

Mysuru City Corporation Sergeant Siddaraju said that they collect Rs 260 to Rs 1100 rent from the shop, and in phase manner plans are on card to maintain the buildings. He added soon fish market will be inaugurated.

Rodents menace

The menace of rodents has become major cause of worry for the traders.
Hundredss of Rat burrows can be witnessed in the market, and no measures have been taken to control them. The traders say along with seepage of buildings, menace of rodents is posing a big problem for them. Around 40 shops are vacant in the market and it has become home for rodents.

Suresh Babu, who is doing business from six decades say: 'Rat burrows pose a big threat for foundation of building, and its high time the officials should take measures to control them. Most of the shop owners are shelling out form their pockets to concrete the rat burrows in front of their shops, but they say its not a permanent solution.'

* Mandi Market lack maintenance
* Tenants say if maintenance neglected it too may one day meet a similar fate like the Devaraja Market
* Plans were on card to demolish Mandi Market and Vani Vilas Market, and construct a milti storied building, including parking facilities and retaining the heritage value.

Children to celebrate eco-friendly ganesha festival

 The practiced skit to perform street play, made the students of Vidya Vikas Education Trust to take a bold step to celebrate the ganesha festival in a ecofriendly manner. Thanks for the teachers who took initiatives of spreading the message about the harmful effects on environment after PoP idols are immersed.

It was all a month ago it was decided to state a street plays to create awareness among populace about celebrating eco-friendly ganesha festival. The children started to practice a skit. After taking part in the skit they have understood how the environment is polluted and have firmly said no for PoP idols.

They have asked their parents to bring eco friendly clay idols to home. Through staging play they have not only educated public, but have adopted in their life, and are educating, family and friends alike.

Student Hemanth and Amulya said: 'All these years were were placing PoP idols. Only after taking part in the skit, we came to know how we are spoiling the water bodies, environment in the name of festival. We have asked our parents to bring only clay idols, and parents have agreed. We have called our relatives and have asked to place clay idols.'

“Its learnt that we have spoiled the environment for higher extent. We have to conserve flora and fauna which are protected from centuries from our ancestors. Youngsters should take a call to protect the environment, water bodies, so that we can see tremendous change,” added public who witnessed the street play.
Teacher Radha said that two days they will be staging street plays in different junctions of city. 

In the ten minutes skit the children highlighted the environmental hazards caused by Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols. They presented how oxygen level falls with immersion of PoP idols in water bodies, therefore leading to death of fish, swan, increase in lead content in water content, decrease in depth of water body, and how people, environment are affected were explained in detail. A tortoise which comes out of water, curse people stating it can leave without even water, but think of fishes. 

Non availability of bamboo has affected livelihood of Medas

Medas, a small tribal community who eke out a livelihood by selling articles created out of bamboo will have a smile on their faces during Gowri-Ganesha festival following good business.

It has become severe hardship for this tribal communities to earn for livelihood, as the availability of bamboo is dwindling with bamboo have gone dry in forests. It has become a cause of worrisome for the community to find bamboo and earn for their living. Some of the families who want to continue their tradition, are trying hard to get the bamboo from nearby estates in Kodagu and farmers land where bamboo are grown.

Already most of the community people have spread over for coolie works in urban areas, and younger generation are working in factories. Due to this fear has gripped among the community people that they could not even pass on the skill to next generation.

The present population of the community is around 2.5 lakh in State. They were living in forest from several centuries and were creating artifacts using bamboo. In the last few decades the community have moved out of forest and they say they are deprived economically, social and educationally. Community Leaders say they should be brought under LAMP Society (Large Adivasi Multi-Purpose Society), so that they get nutritious food, avail benefits of Yashaswini, to get loans, and improve economic conditions.

Speaking to Express, Medas Community Head Ramanna said: 'The government should encourage the last few remaining tribals to continue their skills by providing them with good marketing facility for bamboo products and measures should be taken to provide skill development training.'

A family of 60 from Nanjangud have spread in Agrahar Circle, creating bamboo mora say: 'Getting bamboo itself is a big challenge. We don't know any other job. For a matured bamboo we are paying Rs 400, and we have to pay extra for transportation. A decade ago we were purchasing bamboo for less than Rs 60. Its high time government should motivate farmers to grow bamboo in large, so that a community will survive.'

“Most of the money we earn in a year is only during the ganesha festival, with demand for handmade mora, which is used to give traditional bagina for married women and bamboo stems for erecting pendals goes up. We create mora and supply for Bengaluru, Ramanagar, Mandya, Chamarajanagar,” added Saraswathi.

75-year-old Thamaih a third generation engaged in Bamboo work said that Bamboo cultivation should be motivated among farmers, or else lakhs of people livelihood will be affected. There is demand for Bamboo products, with non availability of bamboo we are not able to met the demand and there is need of providing marketing linkage.

Karnataka Rajya Moola Adivasi Rakshana Vedike Secretary Vijaya Kumar said that State Tribal Research Institute should provide technical training for the community people, and provide them with jobs, so that the tradition of making handicraft from Bamboo will continue for next generation.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Heritage structures pose threat for people who come to witness dasara

Thousands of people throng to watch the dasara jumboo savari. They throng on top of the old buildings to watch dasara procession, or climb trees which may be threat for their life. There are 23 heritage building in procession route of five kilo meters and four buildings are in very dilapidated conditions. According to the heritage expert committee members Freemanson Hall (1894), Bojaiah and Shankar Shetty (1920), Cava (1913), CADA (1921), and might pose a threat for the people who come to witness dasara.

Though majority of the buildings appear strong in exterior, the interior of the buildings are in bad condition due to water seepage, lack of maintenance because of infrequent white wash and maintenance.

'Steps to be taken to prevent people from climbing the heritage buildings, which are in dilapidated condition. A safety check of all the old buildings before dasara has to be done. With one and half months left for the world famous dasara procession, the assessment works have to be taken on war footing to maintain the buildings, says citizen Ravindra Kumar.

'By maintaining the heritage structures in well conditions more tourists can be attracted. Cracks can be found in several heritage structures. Even no efforts are being made to paint the heritage structures and give minimum maintenance, adds Maharani College Student Geetha.

Heritage Department in-charge Commissioner Gavi Siddaiah said that instruction have been given to the concerned departments to maintain the heritage buildings, and a letter to District Administration seeking to construct the proposed new building of Devaraj Market retaining the heritage structure. 

Mysuru to lose its heritage tag if further neglected

Mysuru city known world wide for its heritage structures and buildings will lose its heritage tag? If one keenly notice the negligence of government the answer is yes. As many as 365 heritage building were identified by the Heritage building experts committee in 2011-12. Of which 201 were declared officially by the government as heritage structure, but no measures have been chalked out for their conservation.  

The sad part is one heritage building is demolished every month erasing the memory of heritage city. Its estimated that around 60 heritage buildings have been demolished in last five years, and unfortunately no persons have been appointed for the key posts of the heritage and archaeological department and even the post of conservation engineers is vacant from last several years.

Though Heritage Committee has been set up, no guidelines nor manual has been given. A proposal sent four years ago for conservations of heritage buildings has still remained a nightmare.
Heritage building experts committee member Echanuru Kumar said several heritage structures, including heritage private buildings are in large number in and around city. The government should first announce the 201 heritage structures and form a committee to maintain the buildings. Whereas, the behaviour of government appears gradually the department will be closed.

“Every month one heritage building is demolished. The properties owned by private establishments will be sold and demolished overnight, and next morning we can see only debris. There are several heritage buildings in Ramanuja Road, Agrahara, Ramavilas Road, KT Street, Sayyaji Road Road that have been demolished. With no permanent officers there is lot of problems in the heritage and archeology department, which needs to be addressed,' he added.

Senior citizens, sharing their views said that politicians for their interests are spoiling the image of heritage city Mysuru with out any vision. They say: 'Corporations should do a review and access the quality of the buildings, so that the heritage buildings can be protected.'

'The town hall which would have been used as another Rangayana, has been spoiled by taking up development works. Even after five years the works have not been completed. Unscientific plannings, and development works in heritage structures marring the beauty of the city. Apart from conducting heritage walk and educating people, there is need of measures to be taken to conserve the heritage buildings,' adds Raghavendra, who participates in heritage walk.

“There is a need to take a call on conserving the atleast existing heritage buildings. Officers for the Heritage and archaeological Department have to be posted first. In-charge post should not be given, and directors, commissioners should be appointed to conserve the heritage structures,” added Nagamani, school teacher.

Monday, August 29, 2016

No serious initiatives to curb PoP menace in cleanest city

Inspite of the wide publicity given to the public not to use Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris(PoP), the city is still getting a regular supply of such idols from Mumbai along with paper mache idols (prepared by crushing paper) from neighboring Tamil Nadu.

The other worrisome thing is that majority of the big idols of Ganesha are immersed in rivers (Cauvery, Kabini) at the nearest spot is at Sangama, Nanjangangud, and at ponds, canals.

Mysuru being awarded as the cleanest city in the country for two consecutive times, and it seems the concerned authorities have not taken it seriously for the serious environmental pollution such PoP idols may cause. The Mysuru City Corporation seems to have turned a blind eye, only by confiscating a couple of idols here and there.

City's environmental activists are angry over the attitude of the MCC and officials of pollution control board for not taking enough steps to curb the practice. They insist that a huge amount of fine should be collected from the retailers who sell such idols and a strict vigil should be maintained against such environmental violations. While some suggested construction temporary water tanks near Sangam for immersion of PoP idols and demanded to impose a ban on immersion of any type of idols in river bodies.

“If the officials act strictly we all can celebrate a green Ganesha festival. Without yielding to pressure from any quarters they should seize all such Pop Ganesha idols” says Jayaramaiah, Convenor of Save Kukkarahalli Campaign.
KSPCB Senior Environment Officer KM Lingaraju said that a week prior to festival big size idols of PoP flood in market, and following social issues it has become challenging to take action. 'Unlike clay, the PoP idols won't dissolve in water, and will be harm for water bodies and environment. We request people to avoid purchase of PoP idols and opt for clay idols.' While,

MCC Health Officer Nagaraj said that they will take a strict call this time and seize idols beginning Wednesday. 'There are nine environment officers for each zone, and strict instruction will be given to take action in their zone.'

Only cleaning roads, UGD should not become aim of Swatch Bharath. The environment should be protected, and people from all walks should come together for a change, added Uma, a retired science teacher. 

Artists turn environment activists

Artist Revanna, a resident of Kumbargeri said that on an average more than 2000 Ganesha idols were being sold about a decade ago, which has now come down to merely 70 idols.

'The good thing is those who place idols inside homes prefer clay idols and about 50 idols have created without paint. I also put efforts to educate the customers and convince them to purchase clay idols without paint, which gives me a satisfaction of protecting the environment,' he adds.

Another artist Shyam Sundar said that when people place order we request them to go for non-painted ganesha. There are people who get convinced and join hands for protection of environment. But, still there is a long way to go.

Livelihood affected

The livelihood of traditional clay idol makers has been severely affected. From the ancestors period these families have been engaged in making Ganesha idols and at present there are about 60 families in Mysuru depend on Ganesha making for livelihood.

To give a tough competition for PoP idols, they are also creating ganesha of different avatars, just to attract customers towards clay idols. In their small houses they manage to create idols. With ponds going dry getting clay is itself a big challenge for the ganesha makers, and marketing amidst the colourful wide variety of different hues of ganesha created of PoP and Paper Mache idols is very challenging.

'We work day and night to create idols. We wont use moulds, and entire family depend on making idols in this month. Its high time government should take a strict call to protect the tradition,' adds artist Dinesh.

Kumbargeri will be soon history

There were more than 180 families in Kumbargeri who were making Mysuru Style Ganesha idols. But, down the years the numbers have come down drastically and at present hardly 9 families are engaged in creating idols. With no business, most of them have sold the property giving way to commercial complex. The residents were also familiar for pot making, but now its a challenging to find the families with no demand.

They say with hike in prices of essential commodities and no income it has severely affected their livelihood. The parents are asking the present generation children to engage in other works to eke out for livelihood becuse of no demand for the clay idols.