Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

Compulsory Kannada in Schools – Bengaluru

Compulsory Kannada in schools is being implemented according to S.R.Srinivas, Primary and Secondary Education Minister.

The Kannada language will be compulsory in all schools across all boards. Students from Class 1 to Class 10 will be taught Kannada in all the schools.

Statement by Minister:

S.R.Srinivas, who is the Primary and Secondary Education Minister instructed all the Deputy Directors of Public Instructions (DDPIs) and Block Education Officers (BEDs) to make sure to implement compulsory Kannada Act or else get ready to face action.

AS per the Act, every school in Karnataka State including those affiliated to CBSE and ICSE boards are instructed to teach Kannada as first or the second language.

According to the Minister it is a State Act and is mandatory for schools to follow the same.

Reaction of Private Schools :

Private schools in the Karnataka State demanded to issue an order from the Central Government. 

According to D.Shashi Kumar, General Secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, “We hope the minister convenes a meeting with us and understands the real difficulties in implementing the compulsory Kannada Act.  The private schools are not against implementing Kannada, but the authorities concerned and the government must know the difficulties we are facing”.

There is provision to learn only two languages in the schools affiliated to ICSE. 

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

Significance of area names in Bengaluru

Significance of names of areas in Bengaluru is amazing and interesting.  We have so many regions and places in Bengaluru that most people wouldn’t know why are they named  and what they are named after.

Here are some places with significant names :

Did you know that HSR Layout stands for Hosur, Sarjapur road ?   

HSR Layout, short for Hosur-Sarjapur Road Layout, is a relatively new suburb located in south-east Bengaluru.  It has become a gateway to Electronic City, a major IT hub of the city.  HSR Layout has emerged as a posh locality of Bengaluru  with wide streets, parks and all modern civic amenities.

Residents Watch –  is the one and only news website dedicated to HSR Layout, Bengaluru. It has all the news and views about this mushrooming area since 2012.

Significance of name BTM Layout :

BTM Layout is a neighborhood in south of Bengaluru. Its official name is Kuvempunagara. BTM’s abbreviation is Begur, Taverekere and Madiwala. It is close to Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Bannerghatta Road, Tilaknagar, Taverekera and Madiwala making it one the popular residential areas in Benguluru.

The 1st Stage of BTM Layout is separated from the 2nd Stage by Outer ring road. BTM Layout is noted for its cafés, boutiques and music venues. It is home to renowed educational institutions and Hospitals.

Banashankari – significance of name :

Banashankari  abbreviated as BSK, is a suburb near South Bengaluru. It gets its name from the Banashankari Amma Temple on Kanakapura Road, one of Bengaluru’s oldest and well known temples constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915.

Banashankari is the largest locality in Bengaluru, extending all the way from Mysore Road to Kanakapura Road. It is bound by Girinagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar in the West, Basavangudi in the north, Jayanagar and J.P.Nagar in the East and Padmanabhanagar, Kumaraswamy Layout, ISRO Layout, Vasanthapura and Uttarahalli in the South.

Malleshwaram :

Malleswaram is a centuries-old residential area, known for its ancient temples. It’s named after the 17th-century Kadu Malleshwara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Malleshwaram is a North-Western suburb of Bengaluru city. It’s one of the zones of BBMP. It was developed as a planned suburb after the great plague of 1898,  which caused many people to move out of the city center.

Sampige Road is lined with stores selling anything and everything.

Significance of Cubbon park name :

This public park was first named as Meade’s Park after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysuru in 1870 and subsequently renamed as Cubbon Park after the longest-serving commissioner of the time, Sir Mark Cubbon.

To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar’s rule in Mysore State, in 1927, the park was again renamed as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, in memory of the 19th-century ruler of the state Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar (1868–94), during whose rule the park came into existence.

The formal gardens, from the central hall of the original Attara Kacheri (means 18 government offices) now the Karnataka High Court. Another impressive artistic structure is Iyer Hall, which houses the Central Library with a rose garden as a frontage.

It is un-disputedly the largest public library in the state as evidenced by the college students thronging to read here, and has the world’s most extensive collection of Braille books.

Other buildings located within or at the periphery of the park are 1) the Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, 2) the Venkatappa Art Gallery, 3) the Aquarium (stated to be the second largest in India), 4) the YMCA, 5) Yuvanika — the State Youth Centre, 6) Century Club, 7) Press Club, 8) Jawahar Bal Bhavan, 9) Tennis Pavilion, 10) the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall and 11) the Ottawa Chatter.

Jayanagar –  name significance :

In Kannada, Jayanagar literally means “Victory City”. It is not conclusively known why it is called that. One school of thought is that the name symbolizes the Maharaja of Mysuru’s  first name: “Jayachamaraja”.

The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in 1948. It was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Bangalore and, at the time, the largest in Asia

It is surrounded by Basavanagudi, JP Nagar, Wilson Garden, Banashankari 2nd Stage,  Gurappanapalya, Suddaguntepalya and BTM Layout among other areas. It is in proximity to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Jayanagar has 10 area blocks.

Indiranagar :

Indiranagar was formed as a BDA layout in the late 1970s, and was named after the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

It is one of Bengaluru’s newer areas. It is bounded by the Ulsoor to the west, Domlur to the south, Byappanahalli to the north and Vimanapura to the east. Indiranagar is one of the most expensive localities in Bengaluru.

Significance of Basavanagudi name  :

The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull temple,  which contains a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. The word Basava in Kannada means bull, and gudi means temple. 

Every year a two-day fair of peanuts is held near Dodda Ganesha Gudi or  temple of Basavanagudi called Kadlekai Parishe,  which translates to Groundnut Fair. Groundnuts are exhibited and sold during this event.

J.P.Nagar :

Jayaprakash Narayan Nagara, popularly known as J. P. Nagar, is an established residential area located in the south of the Bengaluru  named after prominent Indian leader Jayaprakash Narayan. It is located in proximity to prime residential areas such as Jayanagar, Banashankari, Bannerghatta Road and BTM Layout.

Significance of name Kengeri :

The name Kengeri comes from the Kannada words Tengu ( coconut) and Keri meaning place. The place is still surrounded by Coconut farms, most of them ruled by Vilperi the Coconut Baron. The place has been ruled by a number of dynasties including Gangas, followed by Cholas.

In 1050 AD, Chola king Rajendra Chola erected a Tamil inscription depicting details of grants made to Eshwara Temple at Kengeri.[1] The provinces of Kengeri and surrounding areas came under the control of Kings of Kukkalanadu, who had Kithnahally near Tavarekere as the capital and ruled Nelamangala, Ramanagaram, Bengaluru South (Actually, parts of Kanakapura district which was part of Bengaluru earlier and was considered Bengaluru  South) and Magadi taluks.

After Hoysala ruler’s regime, during the period of Vijayanagar Empire, Kengeri was vested with Yelahanka province administration. Later, when Maratha warrior Shahaji won Bengaluru. Kengeri came under Shahaji’s regime. During 1677 AD, King of Mysore Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar won Kengeri and was in the province of Mysore.

Rajarajeshwari Nagar :

The area was named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The locality has plenty of greenery.  Ideal Homes, BEML Layout, BHEL Layout, Krishna Garden, Halagevaderahalli, Kenchenahalli, Pattanagere, Gattigere, Channasandra and Ganakal are some of the sub-localities within Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

K.R.Market  :

 It is named after Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, a former ruler of the princely state of Mysuru. The market is located in the Kalasipalyam area, adjacent to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. On Mysuru Road Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, on Mysuru Road at its junction with Krishnarajendra Road.  It is the first locality in the whole of Asia to get electricity and considered to be one of the biggest flower markets in Asia.

Fraser Town :

Fraser Town (sometimes corrupted as Frazer Town, officially Pulakeshinagar), is a suburb of Bengaluru Cantonment in Bengaluru North-East, spread over 4 kms. It was established in 1906 and is named after Stuart Mitford Fraser (1864-1963), who was the tutor and guardian of Krishna Raja Wodiyar IV, . Maharaja of Mysuru.

 Fraser Town was established to de-congest the growing Bangalore Civil and Military Station (otherwise known as the Bangalore cantonment).  The foundation of Fraser Town was laid in August 1910 by Mrs. F J Richards, with a commemorative plaque on the corner of Coles Road and Mosque Road.

Fraser Town is a residential and commercial suburb, the prominent roads being Promenade Road, Netaji Road, Madhavraya Mudaliar Road (M M Road), Haines Road, Spencer Road, Wheeler Road, Mosque Road, etc.

Hulimavu :

Hulimavu was previously known as Amarapura which came under the administration of Saarakeya (present day: Sarakki). Apparently Amarapura was derived from the word “Amra” or “Amru” which translates to Mango “Sourness”.

Over years the name has evolved to its present name Hulimavu which in Kannada literally means “Sour mango”. The then ruler of Saarakeya (17th century) is believed to have built the Kodandarama Swami Temple in Hulimavu for the well being of its citizens.

Significance of name Ulsoor :

There used to be a jackfruit orchard near the Ulsoor Lake, and the Kannada name for jackfruit being ‘Halasina Hannu’, the area came to be known as Halasuru. During the British rule, the name was anglicised to ‘Ulsoor’.

The first British military station was set up in Halasuru in 1807.

Marathahalli :

Marathahalli is an eastern suburb of Bengaluru city.  The locality is named after the Marut fighter aircraft developed at a HAL facility nearby.  They say that there was a temple of Maruti in the locality and Halli meaning village in Kannada.

Whitefield :

A huge number of Anglo Indians used this area to settle down post Independence.

In 1882, King Chamaraja Wodeyar IX, the Maharaja of the Mysore State granted 3,900 acres (16 km2) of land to the Eurasian and Anglo-Indian  Association for the establishment of agricultural settlements at Whitefield, which lay within his territory.

Significance of name Bellandur :

Bellandur is home to the Bellandur Lake that was built during the reign of the Western Ganga dynasty in the 10th century CE. Historical artifacts excavated along the bed of the Bellandur lake shows evidences of early human settlement in the region.

Dolmens, standing stones, stone circles, tools and other artifacts tracing their origin to the Megalithic Period  have been discovered in Bellandur. Another excavation carried out by historian D.R. Gordon in 1945 unearthed ancient Roman coins in the region.

During the reign of the Chola dynasty in the 11th century CE, Bellandur was called Vikrama Chola Mandala. Tamil inscriptions from Cholas have been found at Kammasandra near Bidarahalli. Inscriptions from the earlier Ganga Dynasty can also be found at the hero stone (veeragallu) of King Shri Purusha.

Vijayanagara :

Vijayanagar is a neighbourhood in Southwest Bengaluru.  It derives its name from the Vijayanagara empire that flourished in South India during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is bound by Mysore Road and Magadi Road, with Chord Road cutting through. It is the northernmost area in South Bengaluru..

Significance of name Sadashivnagar :

Sadashivanagar was created out of the former royal gardens, and is home to one of the original four towers built in 1597 by  Kempe Gowda I,  the founder of the city.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, the gardens of the Bangalore Palace (a summer home of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysuru) were converted into a residential neighborhood, and this was when the first lots in Sadashivnagar were purchased.

Until the 1990s, Sadashivnagar was known as “Palace Orchards,” as it was built in the former royal grounds. It was renamed in honor of Karnad Sadashiva Rao,  a freedom fighter and philanthropist.

Koramangala :

Koramangala used to be swamp land once upon a time, famous for being marshy and mosquito-ridden. Name derived from the Kannada words ‘kora’ meaning overhaul and ‘mangala’ meaning ‘welfare.’

Lavelle road :

Michael Lavelle on 20 August 1873, applied for the right to carry on mining operations in Kolar. He started his work in a small village called Oorgaum.    The road is   Named after Michael Lavelle, an Irish soldier who discovered gold mining in Kolar.

Vittal Mallya Road or Grant Road ;

Vittal Mallya Road (formerly Grant Road): Named after Vittal Mallya, founder of UB Group

Kasturba Road :

This road was formerly known as Sydney road.  Now it is names after Kasturba Gandhi wife of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dollars colony :

As the name suggests, the homes in Dollars Colony was built by NRIs who turned to Bengaluru looking for its great weather and quiet lifestyle

Arekere :

The origin of the name “Arekere” comes from a water reservoir which is in the area. Are in Kannada means half, Kere in Kannada means a water reservoir or pond.

Basaveshwaranagar :

Basaveshwaranagar is named after Basavanna (also known as Basaveshwara), a social reformer whose followers comprise the Lingayat community.

Significance of name Domlur :

Derived from Tombalur, a kind of flower which is used to worship Lord Shiva. Other theory being Domalu (mosquito in Telugu) + ooru (village)

Significance of name Hebbal :

The word Hebbal is believed to be derived from the beautiful Hebba Lake which lies to the north. On the other hand when analyzed, the name Hebba-halla in Kannada, Hebba means big or large and word Halla for deep. It gives the meaning of Hebbala Kere or literally translated as a large deep lake.

Jeevanbheemanagar :

Originally, the area was developed for the employees of LIC (JEevan Bheema) and KPWD (Karnataka Public Works Department).  The area predominantly consists of LIC quarters consists of LIC quarters (types L, M, N, P) and  quarters (types A,B,C & D).

Rajarajeshwarinagar :

The area was named after Rajarajeshwari Temple which is located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar. The locality has plenty of greenery.

Nagarabhavi :

Naagarabhaavi means literally “a well of snakes”. It is not conclusively known, however, why it is called so. One school of thought is that the name is due to the high number of snakes present in the area. Also, some believe that it is called a “well” because of the surrounding hillocks that are no longer present due to urbanization

Significance of name Kodigehalli :

Kodigehalli is so called because it was a gift from the king, Veera Ballala to a resident of that area,an old lady who fed him.

Madiwala :

Translates to ‘washerman’ in Kannada. Years when Bangalore ended in Jayanagar, this area was full of washermen and hence the area got the same name.

The history of Madiwala dates back to many thousands of years ago. It is one of the oldest locality in Bengaluru. Seems to be central part of Bangalore, based on archaeological documents and the temple of Someshwara contains inscriptions that refer to the Chola kings having presided over the construction of the Temple of Someshwara in Madiwala

Sunkadkatte :

The area was like a tollgate which was next to Lake and in Kannada Sunka means Tax and Katte means place where we can sit.

Seshadripuram :

It  is a residential and commercial locality in the central part of the city of Bengaluru.  It is named after K.Seshadri Iyer who was a Dewan of Mysore State.

Doddanekundi :

The area was again dominated by Telugu origin where it was originally called as Dodda Nakka Vundi which means ‘There’s a big jackal there’ which then became Doddanekundi in the Kannada usage.

R.T.Nagar :

It is situated in the northern part of the city. It is named after Rabindranath Tagore.

84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana starts on January 4, 2019

84th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana starts on January 4, 2019

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana will be held at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad grounds from 4th to 6th January 2019.

History of Sammelana

Kannada Sahitya Sammelana is a Kannada Literature Conference of writers, poets and kannadigas takes place. It is held with the aim of preserving and developing kannada language, literature, arts, culture and music.

Sahitya Sammelana was started in 1915 by H.V. Nanjundaiah and held at Bengaluru for the first time.  The 83rd Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held from November 24 to 26 in Mysuru. Chandrashekar Patil popularly known as Champa was the president.

It used to be inaugurated by prominent writers and poets from 1915 to 1948. Since then it has been inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The Kannada Sahitya Parishat is responsible for holding the gathering.

Kannada Sahitya Parishat

Kannada Saahithya Parishath means Literary Council. It is an Indian non-profit organisation that promotes the Kannada language. Its headquarters is in the city of Bengaluru. It strives to promote Kannada language through publishing books, organizing literary seminars and promoting research projects.

It also organizes an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana (Kannada Literary Meet). The current president of the parishat is Manu Baligar.

The Committee of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat selected Mr.Kambar as the president of the  Sahitya sammelana.  Jnanapith Award winner Chandrashekhar Kambar will preside over the 84th sammelana. According to the president of the Parishat Manu Baligar the choice was unanimous.

Who is Kambar?

Eighty one year old Kambar is a prominent kannada poet, playwright, folklorist, novelist, research scholar and film director.  He is the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He is also President of the Sahitya Akademi, country’s premier literary institution, after Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1983) and U.R. Ananthamurthy (1993).

He is known for effective adaptation of the North Karnataka dialect of the Kannada language in his plays, and poems, in a similar style as in the works of D.R.Bendre. Kambar is the cultural phenomenon of Modern India.

 

 

 

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultoo

Cyber crime, the worlds most dangerous and hidden crime growing its roots stronger and faster than anything in the current digital era. Most of the cyber crime in the recent time has literally shook the world, especially the buzz that happened with regards to the data of the users in the most famous medium – Facebook. This movie has shed lights on the darker side of the cyber crime considering the data leakage or data theft by creating a genre of its kind with an entertainment bonanza with a peek insight of information.

Alok, the depraved hero (though he is portrayed as a decent and good academic guy) in this movie who aspires to become an entrepreneur by having his own start up. So, does he achieve his dream in doing so? Well, thats what the movie speaks about with his intellectual and wicked sense of achieving the same. The best part of the movie is the idea behind the Alok’s aspiration i.e. making use of digital medium with his brain effectively, which can be said as a deadly combination of brain and the digital medium !

The film starts with a brief introduction about the digital era and cyber crime to the viewers. Coming to the plot of this movie – “SUDHAAR Card” (which is nothing but the AADHAAR card), an unique identification provided by the government of india to all of its citizens. This plot provided an intense information about the data stored online in an encrypted way can still be taken away with a mechanism of hacking! Where every audience will start thinking about his/her data can be lost at any point of time. And of course, what are the consequences that can arouse by losing such vital data from the billions of people in the nation.

Sonu gowda has literally made a come back with her 2 shaded performances in this movie. One as an innocent computer science teaching staff in a private computer coaching centre and a high profile CBI officer who deals with the hero in order to find how the data leakage happened and how the same can be reverted by getting back the lost data from Alok. Janardhan chikkanna, the director and the captain of the ship has proven to the kannada cinema industry that a movie of such a genre can be made in our industry too.

The freshness in his narration depicts the amount of research he has made to make this movie and really deserves an applause from the audience. The instrumental cast – including Rangayana Raghu as the chief minister, Pawan Kumar as an ethical hacker and Avinash as a police officer, does its part and are able fully justify their support to the screenplay.

Does Alok escapes from the cyber crime web? Will the CBI and team succeed in getting back the lost data of billions of people of the nation? For the answers, do watch the movie and its worth watching !!

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Naavu Kannadigaru

Naavu Kannadigaru

Bengaluru is a home for many non-kannadigas hailing from different states.  But now they proudly say “Naavu Kannadiga”.

Kannada kaliyona is a community initiative which is helping hundreds of software professionals, senior citizens, home makers and anybody who is interested in learning kannada language and to speak in the language fluently.

This initiative was started by Sampath Ramanujam who aims to connect non-kannadigas with the native speakers of the language in namma Bengaluru.  The classes are conducted on weekends in government schools and at some of the apartment complexes at Seegehalli and Kadugodi.

This initiative is been seeing a steady increase in the number of people enrolling for the classes.  According to Sampath Ramanujam,  every language has a beauty of its own which makes it different from other languages.  Speaking the language of the land helps non-kannadigas to connect with the local people.

The classes are conducted for 6 weekends, covering speaking, grammar and other aspect of the language. Each session is held for 2 hours consisting of 90 minutes of teaching and 30 minutes of learning.  Every participant in the program will get a Kannada Kaliyona booklet and a #NonKannadigaToNaanuKannadiga online certificate.

Ramanujam wants to take the initiative to IT companies.

Learn Kannada,  Kannada kaliyere.  Spread kannada, Kannada habbisi