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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…

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

September 30, 2019

Well-built, loud, affable and endearing in his personality, T. Chowdaiah was humility personified. He is remembered among other things, for the introduction of the seven stringed violin in the Indian context. He was an Asthan Vidwan of Mysore Palace and was a constant accompaniment to some of the titans of Karnatak Music in South India….

Mysore in Brush-strokes
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Mysore in Brush-strokes

January 2, 2019

By Girija Madhavan An oil-painting of a pastoral scene in green and gold, catches a ray of the morning sun where it hangs on a wall in our home. The workers in the field seem to come alive, the foliage moves in the morning breeze in contrast to the static hay ricks in the background….

Dr. M. H. Krishna Doyen of Karnataka Archaeology
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Dr. M. H. Krishna Doyen of Karnataka Archaeology

September 18, 2018

His discoveries of ‘Halmidi Inscription’ (what was then the oldest known Kannada Inscription – 350 A. D.), of the site of lost Mauryan city of ‘Isila’ near Brahmagiri, of Shivaji’s father’s (Shahaji’s) forgotten tomb and his years as Director of the Mysore Archaeological Department where he was responsible for cataloguing nearly two thousand inscriptions is…

Mysore Memories: Endearing Pets
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Mysore Memories: Endearing Pets

June 6, 2018

By Girija Madhavan Star of Mysore recently carried two touching stories about pets. I recall an unusual one from my childhood. In the early 1940s, after an illness, I was kept at home. Our Railway bungalow had a large garden. A lonely child, I wanted a pet for company. Dogs were vetoed because the family…

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