Tag: Mysore Memories

Kannada Literature’s Gentle Giant
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Kannada Literature’s Gentle Giant

December 14, 2020

By Dr. S.N. Bhagirath  [Continued from yesterday] Vi. Si.’s Bombay sojourn would come to an abrupt end owing to an unrelenting bout of malarial fever. He rushed back to recuperate. After a prolonged convalescence, he was all set to head back to Bombay. His long-time well-wisher and mentor  T.S. Venkannayya persuaded Vi. Si. to drop…

Kannada Literature’s Gentle Giant
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Kannada Literature’s Gentle Giant

December 13, 2020

He was the very personification of gentlemanly behaviour, of genteel manners and warm affection. A gifted poet, an accomplished writer, a voracious reader, sharp but well meaning critic, able editor and translator, — V. Seetharamaiah was all of these and more. A generation of students who came under his wings remember him as a literary…

Mysore Memories: The House Next Door
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Mysore Memories: The House Next Door

September 9, 2020

By Girija Madhavan Houses have personalities. Repositories of the memories, life experiences, even dreams of those who lived in them, they acquire an aura of their own. The building next to my family home in Yadavagiri, Mysuru, was one such. From a wrought iron gate at road level, steep steps led up to a L-shaped…

A Flashback
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A Flashback

July 15, 2020

By Girija Madhavan The flowering trees in Mysuru’s parks and gardens begin to bloom early in the year. The city planners of long ago, planted them so that each month, starting in early spring, would have some flowers to brighten the landscape. There was even a pattern of colour; first the deep pink of the…

On Vani Vilas Club
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On Vani Vilas Club

April 5, 2020

By Girija Madhavan An old memory came back to me recently after seeing a vintage black and white clip on TV about women tennis players. In 1960 I was visiting my parents in Mysore after a year abroad in Burma [Myanmar] where my husband, A. Madhavan, was posted in the Indian Embassy. Our Ambassador’s residence…

Tales from Family Lore…
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Tales from Family Lore…

February 16, 2020

By Girija Madhavan Images of the 1920s and early 1930s are reprints of the descriptions of my father, M. Venkatesh and mother Mukta, a memory bank for me. Venkatesh was an engineer in the Mysore State Railways. Mysore was a conservative society, each community adhering strictly to their customs but living together in amity. My…

HSK:  A master chronicler of our times
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HSK: A master chronicler of our times

February 5, 2020

By Dr. S.N. Bhagirath [Continued from yesterday] HSK’s repertoire was vast and seemingly endless. He seemed to transcend boundaries of different genres of writing with effortless ease. While he was an ace biographer and chronicler of his times, he was also a master essayist, critic, poet, editor and novelist of considerable repute. His five collections…

Triveni: Mysore’s very own Jane Austen
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Triveni: Mysore’s very own Jane Austen

December 26, 2019

Her wit, irony, critique and realistic portrayal of the often deplorable condition of young women in our society made her one of the most popular Kannada writers of her day. Probably among the first to weave Psychology into her in-depth narratives, no facet of existence, however subtle or shockingly obvious was ever left out. Readers…

Tirumakudalu Chowdaiah: Mysore’s own Violin Virtuoso
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Tirumakudalu Chowdaiah: Mysore’s own Violin Virtuoso

October 1, 2019

By Dr. S.N. Bhagirath [Continued from yesterday] A similar episode concerned a rich Chettiar businessman in Mysore by the name of Sahukar Channaiah. When Channaiah suffered substantial losses in his later years, he went into depression and ill health. Bidaram Krishnappa (Chowdaiah’s Guru) sang for Sahukar Channaiah for a couple of weeks, apparently hastening his…

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