Dandeli revisited

Though it is called as industrial town of Uttara Kannada district the dense jungles surrounding the town make Dandeli second largest wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka.Dandeli is not new town to me , I used to visit my uncle,s family here

Pallakki Dance (ಪಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿ ಕುಣಿತ )

  Pallakki Dance , where god’s idol is decorated with cloths and flowers carried on head , is seen almost all the small and big fairs around Bangalore , Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajnagar,Hasan,Tumkur . The pallakki weighs around 30-40 KG and

Phandari bhajana Mandali ( ಫಂಡರಿ ಭಜನಾ ಮಂಡಳಿ)

Phandari bhajan mandali near Bettakote, Devanahalli gets very busy when there is no rains in the area. They do a unique bhajan for the whole night for two or three days for the rain god to show mercy . The

Chat-with-artist : Chittani ( Part 2)

  Shri Chittani Ramachandra Hegde (ಶ್ರೀ ಚಿಟ್ಟಾಣಿ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಹೆಗಡೆ )   Hailed as a  living legend of Yakshagana, Chittani Ramachandra Hegde is the first Yakshagana artist to win the prestigious Padmashri award before winning several awards in Karnataka. His style is

Harake aata ( ಹರಕೆ ಆಟ )

In coastal Karnataka there is tradition called ” harake” ( ex-voto, fulfillment of a vow ) aata ( ಹರಕೆ ) to conduct a Yakshagana theatre play . There are some temples which continually host Yakshagana performance every night as ex-voto

Chat-with-artist : Chittani ( Part 1)

Everyone from Karnataka is familiar with Yakshagana, a form of folk dance, but do we know how Yakshagana is actually performed? Google the word and you get hundreds of websites right from Wiki to YouTube videos telling details about artists, their

singing waves of Kumta

One of he most thrilling experience of my hometown  Kumta is always being the beach in my childhood days. I dont know how many times I just sat on the shore and watched those waves crashing. Now that I have

My photo in Nat Geo book Gratitude

Quite overwhelmed after learning that one of my photo is used in the NatGeo book “Daily Gratitude”. Here is the look of the print  which i bought though my cousin. This book also contains very nice photographs all around world

the flower fair !

ne of the uniqueness of the Gutte Venugopalaswami temple fair is the a pleasant flower smell filled around    and the flock of gorgeous  Aarti women! during the month of Shravana fourteen surrounding villages  decide the date of the fair which normally