Sampige Samachara
September 2009

Sampige Spotlight

Our clues have been too easy so far with a lot of correct answers coming in very quickly. Here's an attempt to make it slightly more challenging.

ನಾನು ಬಡವಿ ಆತ ಬಡವ
This is her most favorite song. She has sung this at many gatherings quite melodiously.

ಹೆಸರು ಮಾತ್ರ ಬಂಗಾರಿ ಬಂಗರ
The couple lovingly call each other this.

Bet you are going to their house soon.
Every year, during the Dasara festival, they throw an open invitation to witness their grand doll display. If you missed it this year, call  them and go before it gets taken down.

As a baby she must have been grabbing spectacles off people's faces. Seems like she didn't grow out of that one. Who knew there'd been an award for that ? Maybe I could get an award for a lot of my seemingly bad habits ;-)
Sindhu collected spectacle frames for a Lion's Club eye care camp. The camp provided free eye checkup and glasses to poor people around Mysore. This and other such charitable work earned Sindhu the Global Action Award. This Community Hero is now a Caldwell Fellow and a Sophmore at NCSU.

Sindhu's Global Action Award

"Join the Peace Corps Girl Scouts, see the world"

Seema was selected at the national level as one of the six winners for the “2008 Girl Scout Global Citizen award”. That summer the winners traveled together as a team on a week long, expenses-paid educational tour of Europe.  The contest was based on an essay submitted by each Girl Scout contestant on the topic ““Describe a cross-cultural experience you have had as a Girl Scout and how it has inspired you to take action to make the world a better place.”

The family under spotlight is the Ravishankars. Savitha and Ravi originally hail from Mysore, Karnataka. Having worked and traveled in Europe, they settled in Cary, North Carolina about 18 years ago. Ravi works at Tekelec while Savitha actively participates in a literary discussion group in the Triangle called Harate Katte.

Kagga Column

ಅನುಭವದ ಪಾಲೊಳು ವಿಚಾರಮಂಥನವಾಗೆ ।
ಜನಿಯಿಕುಂ ಜ್ಞಾನನವನೀತವದೆ ಸುಖದಂ ।।
ಗಿಣಿಯೋದು ಪುಸ್ತಕಜ್ಞಾನ ನಿನ್ನನುಭವವೆ ।
ನಿನಗೆ ಧರುಮದ ದೀಪ ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ।।

anuBvada pAloLu vichAramaMthavAge |
janiyikuM gnAnanavanItavade suKadaM ||
giNiyOdu pustakagnAn ninnanuBavave |
ninage dharumada dIpa maMkutimma ||

Your experience is milk. Churn it with your faculty of discretion
To beget the cream of wisdom. That is what makes living pleasurable.
Even parrot can have book-knowledge! Know that your experience alone
Is your guiding light. --Mankuthimma

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕಿರುನೋಟಗಳು  (Glimpses of Karnataka)

Middle linguistic phase (1200 - 1700 CE). Vaishnava literature.

The advent of Vaishnava literature marks a significant milestone in the Kannada literature. This literature is commonly associated with the Haridasas (devotee saints) but it began much earlier.

 Circa Poet Magnum Opus
nom de plume
 1200 CE
 Rudra Bhatta
 Jagannatha Kathe 
1400 CE
 Kumaravyasa Bharata * Titled "Emperor of Metaphors"
* Wrote the Mahabharata epic in Kannada
 1500 CE
 Narahari Theerta
 * Hariye idu sariye
 * Enthu Marulade
  * First Haridasa
 1500 CE    
 Sreepadaraja * Kangalidyathako
 Ranga Vittala

 1525 CE
 Vyasaraya   * Spiritual guide to the Vijayanagar Empire.
 * Teacher to Purandaradasa, Kanakadasa and Vadiraja
 * Liberal minded
 1550 CE
 Purandara Vittala
 * One of the crown jewels of Karnataka.
 * believed to have composed over 400,000 songs
 * composed in various ragas
 * devised a musical system using which the common man could learn music. Used even till today.
 1550 CE  
  * Haribhakti Sara
  * Mohanatangini
  * Nala charitre
  * Nrisimhastava
 Kaginele Adi Keshava * born as a shepherd but became an ascetic and spiritualist
 * songs are philosophical
 1530 CE
 Chatu Vittalanatha
  * wrote Bhagavatha in Kannada
 * in Skanda Bhamini shatpadi
 1550 CE  
 1682 C.E
 Vijaya Dasa  

 Mohana Vittala

 1721 CE
 Gopala Dasa  Gopala Vittala
 1728 CE
 Jagannatha Dasa  Harikathamritasara
Tattva suvvali
 Jagannatha Vittala
 1750 CE
 Mahipathi Dasa   Mahipathi Vittala
 1750 CE
 Helavanakatte Giriamma

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

Ruchi Recipes

Dill Dip

Time to cook: 10 mins plus refrigerating.
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened.
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Dill, shredded
  • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, drained, chopped.
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper or green chilly sauce
  • Mix cream cheese and milk with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  • Blend in remainng ingredients. Refrigerate. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables or chips.

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