Sampige Samachara
August 2009

Sampige Spotlight

Can you spot the family in the spotlight ?

He is an ashiqui of the stage, an ashiqui of the theatre, the arts, the language and the literature.
His favorite song is Nazar Ke Samne Jigar Ke Paas from the move Ashiqui. He has entertained us many times by singing and dancing to this song. He loves to dance. He has donned the Yakshagana gear. He is also a playwright. His most recent play  Yugantara was played in Ranga Shankara, Bangalore. He has also acted in several dramas in the Triangle. His love for fine arts extends beyond the stage too. He is regular contributor to thatskannada.com.

He has such discerning tastes that he didn't find a bride anywhere in the state. He had to import her.
His wife is from Tutticorn, Tamil Nadu. She worked there at the Tutticorn Thermal Power Station before coming here. She now works for RTI.

He followed his mentor Dr. Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao and became an academician, for a while.
He is a student of Dr. CNR Rao at IISc, Bangalore. He taught Computer Science at Augustine College here before joining RTI, where he currently works.

He is a good cook. Not surprising, since everyone from his hometown is.
Many of us have been fortunate to eat the goli bajjis that he makes. He makes other good dishes too. He hails from Udupi.

Their sons are more popular than the parents.
Most people were able to get the answers right with the help of this clue. Akash and Avinash are brilliant and poplar kids in the Indian community and at school. Akash has been accepted into the NC School of Math and Science in Durham where he is currently studying. If you were wondering why he was sporting such long hair an year ago, it is because he ended up donating that to the cancer society. Avinash is in the 8th grade.

If you still haven't been able to guess who this friendly and wonderful family is, then wait till the next issue. After that, go and befriend them.
The family under spotlight is Lakshminarayan Ganapathi and his wife Nanthini.

Kagga Column

ಸರ್ವರುಂ ಸಾಧುಗಳೆ ಸರ್ವರುಂ ಬೋಧಕರೆ ।
ಜೀವನ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಬಂದೆದುರು ನಿಲುವನಕ ।।
ಭಾವ ಮರ್ಮಂಗಳೇಳುವವಾಗ ತಳದಿಂದ ।
ದೇವರೇ ಗತಿಯಾಗ ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ।।
sarvaruM sAdhugaLe sarvaruM bodhakare |
jeevana pareekShe baMdeduru niluvanaka  ||
bhAva marmaMgaLELuvAga taLadiMda |
dEvarE gatiyAga maMkutimma ||

Everyone is a saint, everyone is a preacher
Until they come to face a crisis in life.
An emotional storm arises from deep within;
God alone is the resort then! --Mankuthimma

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕಿರುನೋಟಗಳು  (Glimpses of Karnataka)

Old linguistic phase (1200 - 1700 CE). Veerashaiva literature.

The Veerashaiva movement and the composition of Vachanas introduced a new era in Kannada literature. A pucca desi or usage of simple spoken language came into vogue replacing the Sanskritized or Champu style. Tripadi, Sangatya, and Ragale meters found favor with a new generation of poets. The shatpadi (a six lined verse stanza) took shape and was to dominate the literary world for another four centuries. All important epics written during the 14th to the 18th century were all written in Shatpadi.

 Circa Poet Pen name
 1050 CE
 Devara Dasimayya
 first known vachanakara.
 1150 CE
 Allama Prabhu
 well respected philosopher.
 1150 CE
 Basavanna Kudala Sangamadeva
 * towering personality in Kannada literature.
 * philosopher & social reformer
 * wrote "Basavaraja devara ragale"
 * established the Anubhava Mantapa, a spiritual parliament
 1150 CE    
 Akka Mahadevi Chenna Mallakarjuna
 * figurehead of female emancipation & equality
 * wrote Mantrogopya and Yogangatrividhi
 1150 CE
 1200 CE
 Kudala Channasangama
 * nephew of Basavanna
 * wrote Karana Hasuge
 1200 CE
 Harihara  Virupaksha Shataka, Pampa Shataka
 1200 CE
 Raghavanka  Harischandra Kavya, Siddarama Charitre, Somanatha Charitre, Veeresha Charite
 1369 CE   
 Puligereya Soma
 * wrote "Basava Purana" on Basavanna
 1428 CE
 Lakkana Dandesa  * wrote Shivatatwa Chintamani
 1430 CE   
 * wrote "Prabhulinga leele"
 1500 CE
 Nijaguna Shivayogi    

 * wrote "Vivekachinatamani"
 1513 CE
 Mallanarya  * wrote Veerasaivamrita Purana
7000 stanzas in Shatpadi meter; the largest
 1520 CE
 Muppina Sadakshari   * wrote Subodhasara

So vast is this body of literature that much of it still needs to be studied.

Ruchi Recipes

Cabbage Chutney

Contributor: Swarna Rajendra (Prasad's mother)

Time to cook: 15 mins.
  • Cabbage - small head. About 1/2 cup when chopped.
  • Tomatoes - 6. About 1 cup when diced.
  • Green chillies - 5-6
  • Grated coconut (optional)
  • brown sugar (a pinch)
  • salt (to taste)
  • mustard seeds
  • hing
  1. Dice tomotoes to fill a cup.
  2. Chop cabbage to fill half a cup.
  3. Cut green chillies.
  4. Heat oil in a shallow frying pan.
  5. Fry cabbage, tomatoes and green chillies until cooked.
  6. Add salt, brown sugar, coriander and optionally grated coconut to the vegetables.
  7. Grind them all to a paste, to your preferred texture.
  8. Add seasoning.

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