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 •  ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬ - ಈ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ
http://sampada.net/article/11841

ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 21 2008, ಭಾನುವಾರ
ಸ್ಥಳ: ಭೌತಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ವಿಭಾಗ,
ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ,
ಮಾನಸಗಂಗೋತ್ರಿ, ಮೈಸೂರು.


ಮುಂಚಿನಿಂದಲೂ ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಆಪರೇಟಿಂಗ್ ಸಿಸ್ಟಂ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಒಲವಿರುವ "ಗೀಕ್&"ಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸೀಮಿತವಾದದ್ದು ಎಂಬ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆಯಿದೆ.  ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ನ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಅಂಶವಾದ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ(free software -- free as in freedom) ಹಾಗೂ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯದ ಆಸ್ಥೆ ಕೂಡ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್ ತಿಳಿದವರಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಪರಿಕಲ್ಪನೆಯಿದೆ.

ಆದರೆ ಈ ಭಾನುವಾರ ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ ೨೧, ೨೦೦೮ರಂದು ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದ ಫಿಸಿಕ್ಸ್ ಡಿಪಾರ್ಟಮೆಂಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ "ಗೀಕ್"ಗಳು, ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಆಸಕ್ತರು, ಬಳಸುವವರು ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ನೂ/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯದ ಕುರಿತು ತಿಳಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಕುರಿತು ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಬಳಕೆದಾರರಿಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಒದಗಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅವರಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಳಸುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿಕೊಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಮೊದಲ ಆವೃತ್ತಿ ಇದೇ ವರ್ಷ ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ ತಿಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಸೈನ್ಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಿತು. ಸಂಪದ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಆಸಕ್ತರು ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು.  ಸುಮಾರು ೩೭೭ ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಜನ ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು.  ಇವರಲ್ಲಿ ಎನ್.ಜಿ.ಒಗಳು, ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ  ಇಲಾಖೆಗಳಿಂದ ಹಲವರು, ವೃತ್ತಿಪರರು, ವಿಧ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರು ಹೀಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.

ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಬಳಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಈ ಹಬ್ಬಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಕ್ತ ಅಹ್ವಾನವಿದೆ. ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಹಬ್ಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಕುರಿತು ನಿಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಹಾಗೂ ದಿನಬಳಕೆಯ ಹಲವಾರು ಮುಕ್ತ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ  ಅಪ್ಲ್ಲಿಕೇಷನ್ನುಗಳನ್ನು ಪರಿಚಯಿಸಿ ಬಳಸುವ ವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿಕೊಡುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿಕೊಡುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಪೈರೇಟೆಡ್/ ಪ್ರೊಪ್ರೈಟರಿ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳ ಬಳಕೆಯಿಂದ ಸೊರಗಿ, ವೈರಸ್ಸುಗಳ ತೊಂದರೆಗಳು ಅನುಭವಿಸಿದ್ದವರಿಗೆ  ಆ  ತೊಂದರೆಗಳಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತರಾಗಲು ಇದು ಸದವಕಾಶವಾಗಬಹುದು.
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಸೈನ್ಸ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಮೊದಲ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಮುಕ್ತ  ಹಾಗೂ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸುಕೊಡುವ ಉತ್ಸಾಹವನ್ನು ಮೂಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಊರುಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಈ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ತಲುಪಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಮಹತ್ವದ ಉದ್ದೇಶದಿಂದ ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ನು/ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬವನ್ನಾಚರಿಸಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ.  ಮೈಸೂರು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದ ಭೌತಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಐನ್‍ಸ್ಟೈನ್ ಆಡಿಟೋರಿಯಂ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಲಿನಕ್ಸ್ ಹಬ್ಬ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಆಸಕ್ತರು http://habba.in ಸೈಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು.



 
 •  An official India community for LJ

Greetings from LJ_India, the new official India community we’re piloting to connect all our India users.

We’re writing to invite you to take a first look at the Community as it’s launched and share your feedback. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)
 
Do join us at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started!

Cheers and thanks,

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India
team_lj_india


 
 
 •  Mungaru male in hindi! ROTFL!
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 •  Learn Kannada Programme - ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿ !
Sent: 26 ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ 2007 16:01
Subject: Kannada kali karyakrama - January 6 kke


Snehitare,
Banavasi Balaga is organizing an event on  Kannada Kali on 6th of January at Indian Institute of World Culture, Bengaluru.

"Kannada Kali" is a program to teach Kannada to non-kannadigas across IT/BT companies in Bengaluru. It was first conceived at Infosys, Bengaluru and owing to the enormous response it got from Non-Kannadigas as well as Volunteers ( who wished to take such an initiative in their organisation), it rapidly spread out to atleast 30 IT companies in Bengaluru. It works in 2 models:

1. Volunteer based
2. Volunteer anchored and supported by a Trainer

A interesting out come of Kannada Kali at work place is that, it facilitates group learning, addresses the limited time issue for a person., acts as a stress buster for both trainers and trainees, and above all one can experience a "mini-India" in the class room .

Articles on Kannada kali:
http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1130807

http://thatskannada.oneindia.in/sahitya/article/170506kannada.html <http://thatskannada.oneindia.in/sahitya/article/170506kannada.html+ >

Kannada Kali's website:
www.kannadakali.org <http://www.kannadakali.org/>

So, how does Kannada kali work? What about course ware? How can we start this in your organizations? What about support?? How does it benefit your organization?  We'll answer all your querries in the event we have planned.

For a better perspective, I cordially invite you to the Event on 6th of January at Indian Institute of World Culture, B.P.Wadia Road, BasavanaGudi, Bengaluru. An invitation with road map will be sent in a day or two. I request you to mark your calendar and make a visit to the event and share a memorable experience with us over a cup of Coffee.

Please pass this information to your fellow kannadiga friends working in different companies.

Note: This is open for all and not just for people working in IT.

Details:
Kannada Kali
When: Jan 6 2008, Sunday
Time:   4.30 – 6.30PM
Where: "The Indian Institute of World Culture ",
              Manorama sabaaMgaNa,
             BP Wadia raste, Basavanagudi
             Bengaluru - 04

Contact: kannadakali@gmail.com <mailto:kannadakali@gmail.com>

January 6 ra event ge nimma sahakaara beku. Nivu maadabahudaada sahaya higide:
1> January 6 karyakramakke nivu bandu , idara bagge aasakati iruva nima snehitarannu kare taruvudu.
2> E karyakramakke bere bere company yalli HR / Senior Management / Manager level alli iruva Kannadigaru barbeku. Such people can easily influence the management for such a program in their organization. So, nimage gottiruva bere bere IT-Non-IT-BPO company yalliruva HR / Senior Management-Manager-Lead level alliruva kannadigara E-mail Address haagu Mobile phone number nanage kaLisi. Avarannu e kaaryakramakke Invite maadona.

Kannada Kali tumba mukhya karyakrama. Para-bhashikaru Kannada kalitu illiyavare aagalu, kananda main stream alli ondagalu idu tumba mukhya karyakrama. So, nimage gottiruva, nimma parichayada, nimma snehitarige parichaya iruva,, hige yella saadhyavada contacts nanage koDisi.
 
 •  Indic languages and the computer /internet
Namaskara yellarigu, modalnedaage..ee post na full english nall maadtiddenni..just copy/paste from the post in Bangalore community adakke..matte yella kannadadalli type maadakke swalpa bore aithu plus swalp kelse ide..dont mind!:-)

Hi All,

As the penetration of internet increases in India we are seeing more and more people using the indic/regional languages to communicate apart from english. 

There are a lot of challenges around using Indic languages on computers/over the internet.

We have a session in Barcamp Bangalore 5, to discuss the same. 
(To know more about what a Barcamp is , check out www.barcampbangalore.org )

This collective's focus is to highlight some of the efforts that are going on currently to promote the Indic languages and to get ideas on how to increase the reach of the same.

A few pointers in that direction would be :

- The resources available currently.
- How do we promote the usage of Indic languages ?
- Localization of the tools/web pages we use.
- Localization efforts in Open Source. How do you participate ?
- Blogging in regional languages in India.
- How effective is it to communicate in regional languages ? and what makes it interesting ?
- What would make it easier ?
- How transliteration tools work ? How to build them ?
- Indic languages on mobiles

Would like to have more ideas on the same.


 Requesting all those interested in Indic languages and computing , to participate.

You can follow the discussion at http://barcampbangalore.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=333#333.

To find out how to participate check out www.barcampbangalore.org .

 If you have any questions please mail me at vinay.sreenivasa@yahoo.com or praveengarlapati@gmail.com  .
You can also call me at 91-98805-95032.

Thanks,
Vinay.
 
 •  Kannada in MediaWiki?
Namaskara Yellarigu.

Ee naduve Mediawiki is being used in a lot of places, to set-up a wiki. Aadre, Mediawiki does not support any Indian langugae directly/through Baraha etc. It would be great to get Mediawiki to support Local Indian languages especially if we need to capture a lot of localized content.

I've posted a query in MediaWiki's tech mailing list asking how we can get that done.

Meanwhile, neev yaaradru ee vishayada bagge swalpa reasearch maadidre/yenaadru action thagondiddre, adanna illi post maadi.

Thanks!
Vinay.
 
 •  Hello All, Kannada blogs list is here...
Hello my dear kannada friends,

I am a kannadiga. My name is Sangana. http://kannadablogs.co.nr brings list of kannada blogs. If you love to read and write to kannada blogs and you have your blog, please add your blog to the list.

Thank you all.
 
 •  Singari - Kannada literary magazine
(I posted this to my blog yesterday. Hope it's ok to repost here.)

My mom has spent the last couple of months in bringing out an online Kannada magazine called Singari, where she and some friends want to put up literature related articles every month. Check it out if this piques your interest.
It's still very early stages so there's tackiness all around. Feel free to give feedback.

I have read only a couple of the articles there so I can't speak about the content itself. Hopefully you'll find something of interest. Or tell people you know who might like it ;) Though it's taglined as a literary magazine, I was surprised to see lots of other stuff.

On the technical side, a lot of the initial work was done by Mr.Subramanya of Kannada Ganaka Parishat, including a decision to use Flash which eliminated all font problems. Recently I pitched in to simplify the file structure, added a comments and feedback form using JS-Kit. Moving the content to GooglePages gave a huge speed boost.

Interestingly, there's another Kannada literary mag called Gelathi which launched in April.
 
 •  podcasting .....

                                     A friend of mine gave this idea of interviewing interesting people ,right from literary persons , directors , to people like autodrivers ( thay are philosophers in their own way) and upload it on the net . we need suggestions both technical and otherwise in this matter .  it would be encouraging to get  few inputs.

 
 •  kannada community ...
              if you carefully look at the journal entries ,  the frequency is less .
this reflects the state of the language . in my last entry i had said that it is us who can do something for the language . instead of looking at somebody like the state to bring out policies to save kannada , lets be pragmatic and do little things at the personal level.
 
                 hope more and more bloggers bring out issues that affect the state , its people and its language .this community should become  forum for  meaningful discussions and debates .
people can postfilm/book reviews etc ...   KAVI SHYLA,  KUPPALLI

before finishing

From Aarthakosha  by NAA . KASTHURI

AGASA    =  bandeyannu odeyalu batteyannu balasuvava !
 
 • 
Idara bagge nimage gotthittha?

http://in.kannada.yahoo.com/index.htm
 
 •  is kannada a dyinig language ?

is kannada a dyinig language ?

                       this question has often troubled me over the past few years. on one end of the spectrum we have kannada activists who are tarnishing english hoardings and on the other hand we have people who are nt bothered about the state of the language . infact, many are ashamed of their kannada identity. in the era of gobalisation where there are sweeping changes all around , language is not spared. it has to adopt or perish .......

                     how to adopt ?
#computers are ruling the world . e governance is the order of the day . kannada should be the medium of all  e-gov initiatives
(NOW we have BHOOMI etc in ENGLISH). it should be made software friendly . Late Poornachandra Tejaswi also had this concern (was attemptng to find something with the help of some engineers).

#economics drives the world. the language will live until it gets you money i.e. employment . avenues should found out to do some thing in this regard. 

Late GP Rajarathnam(who incidently was a Tamilian) said this 
                                                " narakakils'i nalige seelsi
                                                                 bayi hols-hakidroo 
                                                                        moognalli kannada padavadthini" 
wonderful sentiments !

.kannada activists cannot save kannada . it is us, who can do it .it has been living for the past 2000 years .it cannot die like that ....any way lots to be done .............



 

 
 •  Poornachandra Tejaswi inilla
Noted Kannada writer Poornachandra Tejaswi departed us this afternoon following a heart attack.

More details can be had from here.

May his soul RIP.
 
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 •  ಕನ್ನಡ ರಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ
ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗು ಕನ್ನಡ ರಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು
 
 •  Celebrate this rajyotsava with a difference
namaskaara,

Rajyotsavada munnaa dinada shubhashayagaLu :)

Celebrate this Rajyotsava with a difference. Distribute sweets to your family, friends and Collegues.

Use this opportunity to tell people why this day is significant to us and what is your vision for kannada and karnataka for the next millennium.

ondu deepa saavira deepagaLannu hacchaballadu, neevu aa haNateyaagi.


Tell us what you are planning to do on Rajyotsava. Share your dreams for "suvarNa karnataka".

nooru matada elle meeri, ella tatvadelle meeri, O! nanna chetana aagu nee aniketana !!
 
 •  ಮುಂಬೈ ಸ್ಫೋಟಗಳಂದಿನ ಸ್ವಾನುಭವ
ಮಿತ್ರ, ಮುಂಬೈ ನಿವಾಸಿ, ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸರು ಪಟ್ಟ ಪಾಡು ಹಾಗೂ ಮುಂಬೈ ನಾಗರಿಕರ ಸ್ವಭಾವಕ್ಕೆ ಹಿಡಿದ ಕನ್ನಡಿ, ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸರ ಬ್ಲಾಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾನವೀಯತೆ ಮೆರೆಸಿದ ಮುಂಬಯಿ.

ವೆಂ.
 
 •  Kannada Reading program
Namaskara,

Naanu Dreasmchool Foundation(www.dsfindia.org) anno samsthe yalli svayamsevakanagiddeeni.Namma Samsthe Bengaloorina kelavu sarkari shaalegalannu uddahrisalu yatnisuttidde.June thingalinda naavu kelavu shallegalalli Reading programmeannu shuru maadtiddeve.Ee karyakramadalli bhagavahisalu namage swayamsevakaru(volunteers) athava paid employees bekaagiddare.Asakthi iddavaru : vinay.sreenivasa@yahoo.com ge mail maadi.

Dhanyavaadagalu
 
 •  The kannaDiga identity - first shot at expressing a sea of thoughts
Cross posted from LJ Bangalore, vinay_ks avara korikeya merege.

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Even though I have been a reader of LJ-Bangalore for a while, I've never actively participated. But, in the aftermath of responses to my post, I'm surprised at the range of emotions and especially the lack of Kannadiga-kannadiga voice in this forum. I'll try to address that lacunae.

I'm a kannaDiga by birth. I was born and brought up in Bangalore. I chose to study in a Kannada medium school till 8th standard when, at the age of Five, my father gave me a choice to select my medium of instruction . I grew up reading kuvempu's philosophy of "vishvamaanavata vaada"(universal humanism). He famously said, you can be a kannaDiga even when you are not in karnataka. If you are climbing Alps, that is your sahyadri; the water of Mississippi is your kaveri. Generations of kannaDigas outgrew the shackles of casteism, and other "traditions" by reading his works.

While this was true for people with letters, unlettered people got that message from Rajkumar. People who have to come to Bangalore recently fail to understand all the ruckus and sometime even misunderstand Rajkumar as the one who incites mobs against non-kannadigas. They could not have been more mistaken. It was Rajkumar who carried the message of "nava-bharatha" and later "nava-karnataka" to the corners of Karnataka. Go and watch "bangarada manushya"(lit. Man of Gold), where Rajkumar plays the role of a educated son returning to his village to fight the casteism not by throwing blood around but by bringing in education, technology and good-will. That was a path breaking statement for people who were torn between the old and the new.

Rajkumar himself was from the caste of "eeDigaru (toddy-tappers)" (an OBC in government-speak). In a country where, even after 58 years of Independence, casteism still rules in parts of India, kannaDigas of all castes and creeds accepted Rajkumar as their elder brother. If Karnataka is far ahead of many states in India in social equality, attribute some, if not all, of that to Rajkumar.This alone shows his service to karnataka and India.
Enough about Rajkumar. I'll write about more about him, when emotions on both sides have cooled down.


Yesterday, I visited the heritage sites of talakaaDu and somanathapura. See photos below.
talakaaDu was the capital of the earliest kannada kings - the Gangas [c350 AD].










more here

Somanathapura temple is an exemplary example of Hoysala art.


Even though this trip was planned long before Raj's death, it allowed me to get away from the emotion filled bangalore and take a look inside myself - what is kannada, who are we and more importantly where we want to go from here.

We are a people who have a "recorded" history of nearly 2000 years. We have always been a race of brave and tolerant people. For a race which once ruled India upto the Ganges, we are remarkably non-aggressive. In fact, the earliest kannaDa inscription talks of KannaDigas of being "paradharma sahishNutaru"(tolerant towards others).Karnataka is a place where many religions and hindu revivalist movements have grown. If there is one single quality that distinguishes kannada rulers from others, it has been religious tolerance. Whether it was Rashtrakutas towards Bhuddism or Gangas towards Jainism or later hoysalas towards advaita philosophy(Hindu revival) , or Tippoo sultan towards Hinduism, they have left a tradition which is remarkable. The social equality movement started in Karnataka in the 11th century AD with basavaNNa.

I would also take this context to remind that this quality of kannada and kannaDigas which made many like masti venkatesha iyengar (gnanapeeth awardee) , AK Ramanujam [Tamil], Govinda Pai,Girish Karnad [Konkani] and many others to adopt kannada to do their literary work over their mother tongues.

KannaDa and karnataka has always been a creator and not just a consumer in arts, literature, culture and religion. Today, it angers me and a lot of educated kannDigas when people lump us with rest of South India and call "madrasis" or some such inane word.

This history lesson has a context. When the present moment appears too close to the skin, it is time to look back and look into the future. As Siddhartha, the founder of Fireflies said the other day, "You have to be like a bow; the more you draw your arrow towards yourself, farther your arrow can fly".

While a part of me wants to blame all "outsiders" for "misusing" the hospitality of kannaDigas, my history and culture does not allow me to wallow in self-pity.

Dr. Raj's death brought me out of my self-enforced silence and made me evaluate what a kannadiga should be. Perhaps, it is not surprising that Rajkumar himself gave me a way out of it. I'm talking of Mayura Varma, the founder of the first Kannada kingdom - the Kadambas . He was a brahmin who chose to become a warrior to avenge an insult to a peace loving, non-violent student - himself. The first kannada kingdom took shape to give "swabhimaana"(self respect) to kannadigas. Rajkumar played the role of Mayura in the eponymous movie - Mayura.

But, Rajkumar, true to his image of all things kannadiga, downplayed the "avenger" part and chose to use his role to tell us what "being a kannadiga" means. Read this , this , and this review for a scholarly analysis of that movie.

I dont want kannaDigas to take up arms, like Mayura Varma did, but to introspect and find strength in the fact that we have done well, without being nasty or conscending of other people. We can be the race other people look up to rediscover qualities of humanity, tolerance, creativity and more importantly humility.
 
 •  Dr Raj passes away..
A sad day for Karnataka :(

May his soul rest in peace.
 
 •  KannaDa Wikipedia meet and press conference
Just noticed the following on kn.wikipedia.org

ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ಮೀಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರೆಸ್ ಕಾನ್ಫರೆನ್ಸ್




ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ,

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ನಿಮ್ಮ ನೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯಲು, ಚರ್ಚಿಸಲು ಮತ್ತು ವಿಚಾರ ವಿನಿಮಯ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ ೨, ೨೦೦೬ರ ಭಾನುವಾರದಂದು ಒಂದು ಅಧಿವೇಷನ ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಹಾಗು ಆಸಕ್ತರು ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಕೂಡಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಆಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಗಳನ್ನು, ಅನುಭವಗಳನ್ನು ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದಾದ ಈ ಅಧಿವೇಷನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ವಿಶ್ವಕೋಶದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಲ್ಲಿ ಅರಿವು ಮೂಡಿಸಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಉದ್ದೇಶವನ್ನಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಒಂದು ಪುಟ್ಟ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಗೋಷ್ಟಿ ಕೂಡ ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನೆಡೆಯುವುದು.ನೀವೂ ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬನ್ನಿ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮಿತ್ರರನ್ನೂ ಕರೆತನ್ನಿ. ಬರಲಿಚ್ಚಿಸುವರು ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ನೊಂದಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ.

ಸೂಚನೆ.


  • ಪ್ರವೇಶ ಉಚಿತ.
  • ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ನೊಂದಾಯಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮಗೆ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಲು ಸಹಾಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.


Welcome,

A press meet and a gathering of Kannada Wikipedians and all those who take interest in Kannada Wikipedia will be held on April 2, 2006 Sunday. There will be talks on how to use Unicode, how to enable it on your system to how to use and contribute to a Wiki. The event would be held in Bangalore. You're welcome to participate in it and take part in what can probably be the best service to do for our language.

Please note:

  • Registration is free.
  • Registering would help us arrange the event in a better way.



More details here
 
 •  kannada Wikipedia press meet
A press meet for all interested in the kannada wikipedia is being held soon. For more details and registration information see http://kn.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PM

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 •  Jogi : Violence smeared with mother-son love makes a hit!
When i was in Mysore during the vacation last week had to accompany my aunt, mom and my little buddy adi to a ancient cinema house in mysore called 'New Opera' to watch a meaningless movie called Jogi. Didnt see the phantoms in the Opera though. My aunt wanted to go to it as she had heard many people talking good things about the movie. I also was aware of the film's success, so thought lets see hows it, it'll be timepass too. This was my first Kannada movie in theatre in as many as 'dont know how many years' years. Kannada movie as i know now is mainly dominated by non-sense and crap. My initial feeling was like 'Oh this could a single good movie in the tons of bad movies, thats why all people are telling good things about it'.

What i saw was 'tricking ordinary folks into beleiving that its a very very good movie thanks to all gimminks, stunts and more of them plus some emotion of tears plus good music but in truth its yet another bad film cunningly disguised as a very good movie.

Now the film. The main motto of the film is money driven commercial sensentionalization most common in all current Kannada films which i feel is a disgrace to the art of filmmaking. It doesnt promote art or even entertainment for all genre. Its selfish money making buissness. That sensationalization comes in the form of 2/3 of the movie is all filled with extreme violence and bloodshed with actors fighting and killing each other with axes and sickles or the famous 'Machhu Longu'! And some long hair gimmik too.



After all the blood and more blood, now the director Prem thinks "Machhu longu...hmm.... is a usual afair as i saw in 'mental manja' and 'deadly soma', if thats all, my movie wont go beyond 'manja' and 'soma's success. It will only bring Kalasipalya's Machhu Manja, Langu Lokesha, Bomb Basava and Rod Rama and all thier friends to the theatres. If i can put something into it that will bring Pakkadmane 'Kamalamma','Seethamma', 'Subbanna' and 'Gauramma' into the theatres then it will be a double hit"
To do that, rest 1/3 of the film he adds the mother-son eternal relationship part as a secondary, makes it more emotional and heartbreaking bringing the 'CRUEL FATE' aspect into it.

The director then links the two main aspects of the film
1.) Bloodshed life of a rowdy
2.) Strong eternal bonding between mother and son.
He hopelessly draws a conclusion at the end that 'Jogi took to Violence only for his beloved mother!!!!!'. 'Jogi Thayigagi Machhu Hididanante !!!!!' That link is very very weak. He justifies this statement by a rubbish, meaningless explanation. Its never justified strongly and can never be in real life !!! If Jogi wanted to be violence free he could have surrendered to police on a reformed note and being under thier protection he could have searched for his mother. But director wanted more machhu, longu for sensation and thats why brings him back to violence. Also incident that triggers Jogi into a Rowdy where a innocent peaceful village boy has so much anger that he kills a rowdy for a silly reason because of his affection to his mother, makes it a weak story. At max he could given the culprit a good thrash. He should be a psycho to kill him! '

Hence results in a very very weak story, a major blow to the film. All the director does it, have sensational violence so that its a hit amongst all rowdies, robbers, dacoits and rouges and also have emotions so that its a hit amongst women and children. One stone, two birds. Hopelessly trying to make sense and to promote a good image to Hero he tries linking both the issues which itself doesnt make full sense.

Now the big qsn. Why the film became so popular amongst all genre if it was bad. Its answered above. The sad thing was audiance being im-mature was tricked into believing its a great movie depecting mother-son relationship.

Plus points of the movie Very good music, good touching performances by Shivraj Kumar, Arundhati Nag. The mother-son thing if looked independent of rest of the story its well depected but is short and only at the end of the movie. But sadly a poor storyline of linking the good thing with the sensation bloodshed overshadows all the good things. Many say film was a hit solely because of it's music since songs were chartbusters even before the release.

All in all a average movie with bloodshed and violence but with good attracting music, emotional mother-son thing and hopelessly concluding and convincing audiance that "Hero took to Violence all for his mother (which is never justified), and thats why its a great sacrifice for his mother" and trying to link the two was the im-moral success formula for this movie. Thats what makes it bad. Needless to say both my aunt and mom felt bad and disgusted after watching the movie. A sigh of relief for me atleast they are not im-mature as most audiance was. Yuck!! I also saw 2-3 grand old grandmas also in the theatre, i simply dont how thier lighter hearts would have tolerated all the gory scenes of the movie!
 
 •  Kannada films on a song
The Kannada film industry is at its peak of success. Filmmakers are no more griping about subsidies, entertainment tax and awards..

for more..read the article in DH :
http://deccanherald.com/deccanherald/dec142005/index20341920051213.asp

varshada koneli, swalpa good news:-)
 
 •  some good articles
Was making a list of good kannada sites for a relative of mine, found this interesting:
http://www.kannadasaahithya.com/eng/index.php?layout=main&cslot_1=11

Some good articles. Lot of them are from Deccan Herald. I rememeber waiting every week for the supplement 'Spectrum'. Rajendra Chenni's articles (one on that link) were very good. Others were Vidya Maria Joseph, Shyam Sundar Vattam, and a host of Kannada Writers who used to write once in a while on DH.
 
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