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I am still a student: GR Iranna

Location-Government Primary School of Sindgi town in the then Vijapur/Bijapur and present-day Vijayapura district in the early Seventies of the previous century. The school neither had windows nor doors and it was a rainy season. The shepherd felt the venue to be a boon to his herd of sheep and made them enter the school building while the school-going children were amused to find the next day morning the new gatecrashers. But such a plight was nothing new to the schoolboys who also included the internationally acclaimed artist GR Iranna, now settled in New Delhi. A passion since childhood days: Recalling his hilarious upbringing culminating in an amazing career in the field of fine arts, Iranna Rukumpur reminisces-“My father wasn’t educated in materialistic terms but was very intelligent and pragmatic when it came to farming. He was very keen that I should become educated and did what all possible within his reach to accomplish his dreams”. Beginning with leftover chalk pieces: GR Ir

Acharya Mahanidhi launches an unheard course: Ayurveda from the first standard!

Please hold your breath, here is a professional Ayurveda course already being launched by Acharya Mahanidhi and that too from the very first standard! Yes, you have read it right as it's literally no exaggeration at all and the gentleman who has come out with such an unimaginable idea of introducing the age-old ancient practice is just in his early thirties! It may look too difficult for you to believe, but, yes it's a fact. Acharya Mahanidhi An ardent disciple of Pejavara Swamiji: Acharya Mahanidhi, born on 21-08-1988 to Ms Radha and Madhwachar A. Satenahalli in Ballary happened to be an ardent disciple of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji of the Pejawar Mutt specializing in the traditional Gurukula form of education. He studied with the seer for 11-12 years and started specialising in Ayurveda and Natyashastra. However, the major part of his study was on dedication to 'Bhootvaidya', construed to be a major part of Ashtanga Ayurveda. Author of more than 25 books: He infor

BMHS 1976 Batch holds third successive GTG

The 1976 SSLC batch of Basel Mission High School, Dharwad held its third successive annual get-together on 12 February at Tekfarm Retreat eco village on the outskirts of Dharwad. The evening was fun filled with the coming together of old classmates, pals and friends for life after a gap of more than four decades! Although six of them didn’t turn up in spite of confirming to join, it was no hindrance for the 14 members to rejoice the occasion like never before. Perhaps the small numbers helped the participants for better, close and intimate interactions with one another. Celebrations begin at lunch time: According to formal announcement on the WhatsApp group the reunion was scheduled after 6 PM onwards. However, a mini luncheon party came handy to the five who could make it earlier to the venue. Sanjay Kulkarni, Gajanan Kamat, Edwin D’souza from the twin Hubballi - Dharwad cities, Narayan G Sabhahit (Nani) and myself from Bengaluru also took part in the same at a nearby hotel. Pranayam

Rudrappa Mokashi: A Visionary ahead of his times

In the passing away of Rudrappa Veerappa Mokashi, former Chairman of the Malaprabha Cooperative Sugar Factory based at Mugat Khan (MK) Hubli) in Belagavi district adjoining Maharashtra and a leader of the state Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), the state and more so the peasant community has lost a visionary ahead of his times. He breathed his last on 20 December 2021 in Belagavi. He was 86. Rudrappa Mokashi A rich person by heart: Although RV Mokashi hailed from a wealthy farmer’s family since the beginning, he never behaved like the present neo-rich. About half a century ago, there used to be just a handful of well to do people in the rural areas. These days, you can find any number of rich people in terms of material wealth, but to know whether they also possess a generous mindset and a large heart is like opening a Pandora box! On the other hand, RV Mokashi was a great personality with a magnanimous heart in unbelievable proportions to all those who came in touch. An honest, c

Dharwad and Mother Earth Continue to Weep

Dharwad town in the state of Karnataka, hitherto renowned as a Pensioners paradise looks to have lost the popular tag over a period of time. All old timers’ who had the privilege of being born, did the schooling and left it forever in search of green pastures are bound to be dejected, sad and perplexed at the way the now bustling city has transformed itself into. No traces of the villages now: In fact, the town Dharwad came into being with the clubbing of 13 villages like Saidapur, Gulaganji Koppa, Malapur, Kamalapur, Haveripet, Hebballi Agasi, Hosayellapur, Madarmaddi, Malamaddi, Saptapur, Sadhanakeri among others. These localities remained isolated from one another during the early seventies. But now, you hardly find any gap between them with unhindered growth in all possible directions. Prof traces rural instincts: Dr BH Rajoor, Head of the Department, Department of Economics at Karnataka University Dharwad in spite of having settled down here had not ventured into the typical old

DV Halabhavi memorial National award to veteran Artist R Suri

Ramanna Suri, a renowned veteran artist of several accomplishments to his credit has bagged the prestigious ‘Chitra Shilpi DV Halabhavi Memorial National Award’ for 2021. The Dharwad based DV Halabhavi Memorial National Trust under the aegis of the Government of Karnataka has chosen R Suri for the coveted award for lifetime achievements. The national memorial Trust also has a practice of recognizing talented artists from across the country with ‘Kuncha Kalashree’ and ‘Yuva Kuncha Kalashree’ awards annually. Ramanna Suri DV Halabhavi happens to be a household name in the North Karnataka region for imparting art education through his ‘School of Art’. Probably thousands of talents blossomed through his art school over several decades. However, after his demise, functioning became a challenge. After facing an adverse situation for a period, it was later handed over to the Mysuru based JSS Group of Institutions. Hence, now it is renamed as JSS-School of Art and is functioning on a bigger ca

Bhai Jee, like Gandhi, deployed Music as a tool for social change: Krishna Itnal

Salem Nanjundaiah Subba Rao or SN Subba Rao’s passing away has left behind an indelible impact on lakhs of people all over the world. Most of the young boys and girls who first came in contact with Bhai Jee, a few decades back are now in their early 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. But such an advanced age is no deterrent to having reminiscences of the moments they spent with the revered soul. Krishna Itnal, a septuagenarian Gandhian settled in Pune and an ardent follower of the late messiah of peace has suddenly become dumb of emotions. He retired as an Administrative Officer of the public sector Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) but never behaved like a typical Sarkari Baboo while in service. He came in touch with Bhai Jee in Dharwad when the latter visited the local Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) centre along with two former dacoits of the dreaded Chambal valley, Tehashildar Singh and Lokman Dikshit known as Lukka in 1977. Non-stop association for 44 years: Once, the session of render

Former Union Minister Babagouda Patil passes away

Former Union Minister Babagouda Rudragouda Patil passed away this morning at a private hospital in Belagavi. He was 80 years old.According to family sources, he was rushed to the hospital following sudden fluctuations in his blood pressure about a week back. It goes to the credit of Babagouda Patil as the only Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha(KRRS) leader to get elected from the Kittur Assembly constituency in the Belagavi district and adjoining Dharwad Rural constituency of Dharwad district in the maiden attempt during the 1989 general elections. The Farmers' Association led by Prof MD Nanjundaswamy, a law professor had unnerved the then Ramakrishna Hegde-led Janata Party government by calling for massive protests at the state capital and elsewhere across the state every now and then. Thanks to the tremendous response to the Farmers' movement during the early Eighties, it was also construed as one of the major factors responsible for the severe drubbing of the R Gundu Rao-led Con