Capt. G.R. Gopinath to inaugurate Mysuru Literary Fest on Jan. 22
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Capt. G.R. Gopinath to inaugurate Mysuru Literary Fest on Jan. 22

January 20, 2023

Capt. G.R. Gopinath, soldier, farmer, columnist, author and entrepreneur, will inaugurate  the 4th Mysuru Literary Fest-2023 organised by Mysore Literary Association (MLA) at Maharaja’s College Centenary Hall in city on Sunday (Jan. 22) at 10 am. Association President Prof. K.C. Belliappa, who is also the former Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, will preside over the programme.

Dr. Deepti Navaratna, Neuro Scientist and author, Prakash Belawadi, actor and director, Prof. H.S. Shivaprakash, poet and playwright and Dr. Abhimanyu Acharya, actor and educationist will participate in the day-long event.

Here we publish the profiles of the chief guest Capt. G.R. Gopinath and two guest-speakers. Two other speakers will be featured in tomorrow’s Star of Mysore.

Capt. G.R. Gopinath

Capt. G.R. Gopinath is the Founder of Air Deccan, India’s first low cost airline set up in 2003. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, had said, “He is generally acknowledged as the father of India’s low fares airline, which enabled the common man to fly.”

Air Deccan went on to revolutionise Indian aviation with its ‘no frill’ business model that tightly controlled costs and offered affordable air fares to the Indian people, enabling millions of first-time fliers. Within 3 years Air Deccan’s operations spanned over sixty-eight destinations including dozens of unconnected cities, with a reach that extended beyond even the State owned Indian Airlines.

Capt. Gopinath is also the Founder-Chairman of Deccan Charters and Aviation India’s helicopter company in private sector. Deccan specialises in activities as diverse as: Heli-tourism, aerial mapping, geophysical surveys, gas pipeline surveys, support to oil rigs and medical evacuations among others. Presently Deccan Charters operates & maintains helicopters and fixed wing aircraft across fifteen locations in India.

Born in 1951, in a remote village Gorur in Hassan district, Capt. Gopinath studied in a Government Kannada medium village school till class VII walking barefoot. He later got selected to the Sainik School at Bijapur and joined the National Defense Academy (NDA). In 1971 he was commissioned as officer in the Indian Army and served in the Bangladesh Liberation war. He resigned from the Army after eight years of service in Kashmir, Bhutan, Assam, Sikkim and other parts of India, decided to chart a new path for himself. Returning to his village, Capt. Gopinath took up agriculture on a barren piece of land and within a few years went on to become not only a successful farmer but also established himself in India and abroad with his environmentally conscious and effective farming techniques. In 1996 he was awarded the “Rolex International Award for Enterprise for breaking new ground with his project Ecological Silk Farming to Improve Living Standards”.

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On Nov. 1, 2005 Capt. Gopinath was honoured with Rajyotsava Award by Government of Karnataka. In May 2006, he was knighted with “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” or Legion of Honour, the highest civilian award conferred by the French Government. The same year he was also awarded “Sir M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award” by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

His business autobiography ‘Simply Fly’ [translated into Kannada under the title ‘Baana Yana’ by Vishweswar Bhat] are both runaway hits. It has become the ‘must read’ book for all entrepreneurs and MBAs as recommended by late Dr. Abdul Kalam. His second book ‘You Cannot Miss This Flight,’ also published by Harper Collins with a foreword by eminent economists Lord Meghnad Desai [also translated into Kannada under the title ‘Naanu Devama Manavanaagiddare’ by Padmaraj Dandavate], is a collection of essays of contemporary issues and diverse subjects on India. He is a frequent contributor to the major print and online media on economics, enterprise, politics, governance and societal issues.

His third anthology of essays “Our India – Reflections on a nation betwixt and between” with a Foreword by Gopalkrishna Gandhi published by Harper Collins was released in Sept. this year.

Dr. Deepti Navaratna Topic: The Maverick Maharaja

Dr. Deepti Navaratna is a musician-neuroscientist-author whose interests span the arts, science and history. An accomplished South Indian Classical musician, her music has been presented at premiere performing spaces in the United States such as Asia Society (New York City), Symphony Space (New York City), Jordan Hall (Boston), Harvard Arts Museum (Cambridge), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Yale School of music (New Haven, CT), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Sri Lanka, Central Conservatory, Beijing and Tsing Hua University, Taiwan among others.

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In a parallel avatar, she studies music as a fascinating window to the brain, mind, human cognition and culture – as the T.V. Raman Pai Chair Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Deepti holds a doctorate degree in Neuroscience, after several years of post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School, USA, her current research interests span the interdisciplinary crossovers between music and neuroscience. She is a Chevening Clore Fellow (2021-22) and holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to have performed at the Parliament of World Religions in 2021.

Until recently she served as the Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Bengaluru.

Her foray into the world of words is through her book: ‘The Maverick Maharaja’ – the definitive biography of the Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, published by Harper Collins India in 2022.

Prakash Belawadi

Topic: Sharing Space, Sharing Time

Prakash Belawadi is a stage and film actor and director, teacher, activist and journalist from Bengaluru. He has a degree in mechanical engineering, but has devoted the bulk of his life to the stage, cinema, journalism and teaching.

Belawadi has spoken, participated or performed in TEDx events, shows, conferences and festivals in India and abroad, at Edinburgh, Birmingham, Gothenburg, San Francisco, Boston, Berlin, Seoul, Sydney and Adelaide.

His debut film ‘Stumble’, which he wrote and directed, won the National Award for Best Film in the English language, 2003. The film has now been included in the national telecaster Doordarshan’s Best of Indian Cinema series. He won the Helpmann Award, Australia (2019) for Best Actor – Male in the play ‘Counting and Cracking’, Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney. He has also acted in the blockbuster Hindi  movie ‘The Kashmir Files.’

He was conferred the Karnataka Nataka Academy Award (2011-12) for his contribution to English and Kannada language theatre. He received the Government of Karnataka’s  ‘Rajytosava award’ in 2021.

14 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Capt. G.R. Gopinath to inaugurate Mysuru Literary Fest on Jan. 22”

  1. Roopadarshi says:

    Capt Gopinath? Oh, the failed owner of Air Deccan fleet! It failed because , Capt Gopinath had no experience of running an organisation with sound finance! The French seem to dish out “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” so freely, provided some one bought their products which apt Gopinath must have been!
    Captain? It is a low rank for a commissioned officer in the army!
    Failed entrepreneur!
    As for Deepti Navaratna, why is she in Bangalore, if she was so good in neuroscience? Why is she associated with any high profile job in science?
    failed neuroscientist!
    Belawadi Praksah , a failed engineer!
    So these 3 form a failed bunch!
    Wonderful indeed!!

  2. Sunil says:

    @Roopadarshi! Normally I don’t get moved by other’s personal opinions as everyone may be from different backgrounds
    But your comment “As for Deepti Navaratna, why is she in Bangalore, if she was so good in neuroscience? Why is she associated with any high profile job in science?
    failed neuroscientist!” made me wonder what type of person could exhibit such extreme arrogant and condescending attitude. Is ir jealousy? I don’t think you are anywhere close in her league! You just want to bring down her stature to your level by using lies? Or is it that som people may respect you assuming you are superior to her?
    Deepti holds a doctorate degree in Neuroscience, after several years of post-doctoral research at HARVARD MEDICAL School, USA, her current research interests span the interdisciplinary crossovers between music and neuroscience. She is a Chevening Clore Fellow (2021-22) and holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to have performed at the Parliament of World Religions in 2021.
    Until recently she served as the Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Bengaluru.
    Just curious to know what is your qualifications and achievements? Is it superior to her’s? We almost know the answer when you used a fake name.
    Einstein said to have quoted ‘ that ‘Universe and Human stupidity are infinite!, but I am not certain about the Universe’.. if he had seen your statements he eoukd have add human jealousy along to that list of infinite things.
    Please get a life if you still can!! Only Jealousy is not a career path!!

  3. Dr jayaram says:

    @Sunil! You really nailed it! There are a whole bunch of total losers who seem to have nothing in their life other than abusing others using pseudo names and they regularly write a lot of crappy comments! They all have a common theme! Everybody’s success is because of a conspiracy, and their jealousy cant be suppressed!

  4. Murthy says:

    @Sunil .. yes, there are people who can’t tolerate others success. Afteall how can others go to Harvard or become an entrepreneur or even get a job or even work? That makes these people look bad!!

  5. Roopadarshi says:

    Hey Sunil
    Your posts are often nonsensical and derived from ignorance.
    Again, your lengthy post , regurgitating from the Internet-your brain does not understand that any information posted in the Internet has no strong provenance. But then you are a dimwit and an ignoramus. If a scientist is too good, that person will be dedicated to science and NOT frivolous pursuits like these; “holds the distinction of being the first Indian woman to have performed at the Parliament of World Religions in 2021. Until recently she served as the Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Bengaluru”
    But then your small size brain cannot handle what a supposedly top rated scientists has been doing the indulging in the above!
    Hey @Sunil quote Einstein, again looking at the Internet. Was Einstein, the scientist, ever side tracked by religion, art and culture like this woman does?
    [email protected] Jayaram, you simply appear as a ” Yes Man” to the crap the idiot @Sunil has posted. Where did you gain your doctorate? Probably from a thirds rate institution in India!
    Hey @Murthy, you are another Neanderthal who posts nonsense.
    Hey posters, all of you living in a third world dump, behave like Neanderthals!!

  6. Roopadarshi says:

    Hey @Murthy
    Infosys Murthy’s son also went to Harvard, did his PhD. Murthy paid hefty endowment cash to get his son in there!
    Politician Subramanian Swamy , also went to Harvard, took his PHD in economics. See what he is doing now! Why he never became a top economist?
    Hey posters, dedicated scientists of highest calibre do not wander off to areas which are not connected to their subject/research interest.
    But then, you all live in Suttur Seer’s environment of Mysore!!

    Politician Subramanians

  7. Sunil says:

    All I was suggesing was, if you can’t control your inferiority complex and jealousy, you should be jealous of the people of your own level. You can be jealous of the beggers on the road side or railway station or picck pockets but not to be jealous of the people who go to Harvard or Yale! Regarding our brains, no need to pass the judgment on your own. There were academic institutions and professional environments which have been certifying the calibre of the people. You should not take that additional job on your own! LoL! Our comments themselves can give a clue about who has the brains or not. Your hatred against anybody who earned a valuable degree is visible! Your claim that Murthy’s son purchased a seat in Harvard clearly shows a mental condition. One of you mentioned before that Rishi Sunak got a dowry from his father in law and used that money to buy his position as the PM of UK!! I hope medical advancement has caught up to treat such mental disorders! Good luck!

  8. Santhosh says:

    @Sunil
    There are many people out here who just troll others in the comments section. Just ignore. I have learnt this now. Don’t waste your time by getting into argument and wasting your time by writing lengthy counter-replies.

  9. Roopadarshi says:

    Hey @Sunil
    Stop posting the crap. You have no idea what was implied in that post , and, interpret as jealousy as your demented brain cannot understand the gist of what was posted.
    You are now prattling about beggars. I am not sure who you are referring to in your so called stupid accusation, but the fact is, Rishi Sunak who every one in the UK knows bought his position because of the money he had. He was scared to put his name to the membership of the Party who ejected him first.
    But then, it should not concern you , as he does not care about India, being British.
    You are in a anyway dwelling in a sewer like a rat. The more you post, the more it reveals of your ignorance.
    The very fact that so called scientist could not find job in place like the IISC, suggests more about her.
    In the end, you prove yourself to be ignorant, demented cretin and a scoundrel.

  10. Roopadarshi says:

    @Santosh
    Must be an IT techie coolie, with that kind of reply!

  11. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    Oh, it is the genius @Sunil arguing
    He has replied to my comments often, and I always wondered whether he has any capacity to comprehend the written words!
    ?Those who know Yale, know what it is good for1
    I am laughing again at @Sunil, as I do every time he replies revealing his immense genius. He always recommends something, which he himself needs it most!

  12. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    Since, Rishi Sunak was mentioned by thee genius @Sunil, he should be happy to know that Sunak was fined by the Police today, for not having worn his seat belt in the car. Perhaps Sunak momentarily thought , like in India, he was untouched by the law as the PM!
    Anyway, he is facing a massive defeat in the general election next year, as his party is behind 20 points in the polls, and the suspicion is, his safe seat , will fall to the opposition party, and he will be out even as a MP!

  13. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    correction: the genius

  14. Shantala says:

    The SOM has pulled, this Capt Gopinath’s rant, presented as a speech, barking up the wrong tree of Literature, accusing it being infected with the viruses of Casteism and Communalism. He dare not accuse the politics and politicians of Casteism and Communalism. , which is where the problems lie, because, he wants their support to his business.

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