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GUN RENEWAL RUSH SCARES DC’S OFFICE STAFF

Caption: Gun parade of sorts: Some of the villagers were seen at the Deputy Commissioner’s office this morning carrying their guns for renewal, a sight that scared the office staff no end.

Mysuru, Dec. 22- A group of villagers who had come to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner to get their gun licences renewed this morning, were seen moving around from one chamber to another carrying naked guns in their hands creating a scare among the office staff.

Immediately, the office staff asked these gun trotting simple farmers to cover the guns with whatever covering material they had like towels on their shoulder or the dhoties they were wearing. It was brought to their attention that according to the rules, one has to cover the gun while bringing it out in public.

As people watched the group walking up and down the halls of DC office, not knowing where to go, an irate official informed them about the rule and told the villagers to ...more

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AMONG THE ECONOMIC ALCHEMISTS

Dr. Gita Gopinath and Mr. Venkatesh Valluri

Intro: “I thought it was a ploy generally adopted to keep the audience bound till the end of the function, she being the star speaker. As such, I found myself being one hour twenty minutes too early for Dr. Gita Gopinath’s lecture. Since time is money, as the saying goes, I thought I could make some more money in those intervening time and left the place. However, count-down for Dr. Gita Gopinath’s lecture had begun.”

Caption: From left: CII Mysore Chairman R.C. Jagadesh; Harvard University Economics Professor Dr. Gita Gopinath; Chairman and President, Ingersoll Rand India Venkatesh Valluri and SDM-IMD Director Dr. N.R. Parasuraman.

Disappointments in life may come in many ways and the worse is the one when you least expect it. Such was my experience last Saturday (20th December, 2014); being week-end a busy day and night for me!

Our office had received a press note about two special lectures by two distinguished persons at the SDM-IMD Management School on Chamundi Hill Road on Dec. 20 at 3 pm. Being a Management School, I took it that punctuality would be a credo and the function would happen with clockwork precision on dot at 3 pm. Indeed when I went at 3 O’ clock registration was on but I was exempted — courtesy a faculty who knew me. I was given a programme sheet where I saw the focus of my interest Dr. Gita Gopinath’s name and the time of her lecture being mentioned as 4.20 pm; the last speaker.

I thought it was a ploy generally adopted to keep the audience bound till the end of the function, she being the star speaker. As such, I found myself being one hour twenty minutes too early for Dr. Gita Gopinath’s lecture. Since time is money, as the saying goes, I thought I could make some more money in those intervening time and left the place. However, count-down for Dr. Gita Gopinath’s lecture had begun.

I returned exactly at 4.20 pm, but alas, only to find ...more

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MULTI-FACETED ARTIST LATE M. VEERAPPA

The Saga of Mysuru Toys across the Globe

Down The Memory Lane

By K. Vijaya Kumar, Former Jt. Director of Information & Publicity

This is a fascinating story which comes back to my memory where a grandfather starts manufacturing wooden toys for tiny-tots and school children of Mysuru way back in 1930s and his grandson carrying them later across the global market for the children of various other countries.

The other day, my long time friend V. Praphulla Chandra sent me a book on his father M. Veerappa in Kannada published by JSS Granthamala and released by Suttur Swamiji recently (author: L. Shivalingappa). Though this small book attaches importance by terming Veerappa as ‘Founding Father of Painting Vachanas’ (which depicts the gist of a Vachana) with many of his such paintings in print, it narrates his multifaceted art life which mainly includes wood-based handicrafts. Veerappa had also served as Assistant Superintendent of Chamarajendra Technical Institute (CTI), being an old student of the Institute in 1918-20.

An artist-turned-craftsman: Though Veerappa started his career as an artist after doing his Master’s at JJ School of Art in Bombay, by opening Bombay Art Studio in Mysuru, an opportunity given by Charles Tod Hunter (British), who was Personal Secretary to Krishnaraja Wadiyar, turns him manufacturing educational and play toys for children in 1930s. Charles also used to carry a few toys as gift to children in his country when he would visit during Christmas. Dewan Sir Mirza Ismail also had appreciated these toys, suggesting some modifications.

I remember to have seen him in his small toy shop opened in the first floor of a building (above R. Krishnaswamy Stationery Stores) by the side of Chamundeshwari Talkies on Sayyaji Rao Road.

Encouragement by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: The turning point, perhaps, was in 1959 when Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, the then Chairman of All India Handicrafts Board, visited his ...more



 
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