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Kidneys, liver and eyes harvested at JSS Hospital, taken to Columbia Asia Hospital in B’luru

Mysuru, Feb. 13- City Police have done it again by creating a ‘Green Corridor’ to rush organs of a brain dead person in Mysuru to beneficiaries in Bengaluru this morning.

Kidneys, liver and corneas of Srimannarayana (38), who was declared brain dead yesterday by doctors at JSS Hospital in city, were harvested and preserved at the hospital here before shifting the kidneys and liver to the needy patients at Columbia Asia Hospital in Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru, said Dr. Guruswamy, Medical Superintendent of JSS Hospital.

Srimannarayana, a native of Davangere, was residing at Krishna Farm on Gaddige Road in K. Madahalli village in the taluk along with his wife and two daughters.

On Feb. 3 at about 7.30 pm, Srimannarayana, who was in conversation with his friend standing by the side of Gaddige road, was reportedly knocked by a two-wheeler following which he sustained serious h...more

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Mystery of a temple-tower and a Palace-dome!

Nothing seems to go well for the much loved and regarded Wadiyar dynasty of erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore these days. Rather since independence of our country in 1947. The problem for the then last Maharaja Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar [1940-1950] began when, under wrong advice by his much-hailed Dewan Sir Arcot Ramaswamy Mudaliyar [1946-1947], His Highness refused to sign the all-important Accession Treaty with the Union Government and lost its goodwill for ever. The dilly-dallying did not last long though.

Since then, the events in the Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace), the Bengaluru Palace and the Palace in Ooty (Udhagamandalam) Fern Hill Palace and other minor Palaces in city and may be, elsewhere are under the shadow of ill-omen. Nothing seemed to go well for the Royalty — from domestic affairs to the ownership and management of its multi-crore rupees worth of properties spread all over the State and who knows abroad.

The Wadiyar dynasty, which never drew the battle-sword from its sheath or fired a shot from the gun or cannon eversince Hyder Ali usurped the throne in 1761 till this day, lived a leisurely, languid life under the suzerainty and protective wings of the British Raj. However, after the death of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, whom Mahatma Gandhi rightly called the Raja Rishi, the philosopher King of the kind described by the Greek philosophers, the dynasty seemed to lose its hallow of earlier glory.

The political events in the country moved so fast, the Wadiyars were unable to anticipate the consequences. The worse happened after the death of Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the father of the scion of the royal family Sri Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar leaving behind the burden of many unsettled property issues among his children and the Government. His son Sri Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar himself died without issues on Dec. 10, 2013 and the Maharani Pramoda Devi Wadiyar ha...more

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Caption : Gayathri Venkataraghavan from Chennai performing on the second day of Veeneya Bedagu music fest held in city recently. Picture right shows M.K.Saraswati with her daughter Rajashree Joshiyar presenting a veena duet on the same day.

By Dr. Padmavathi Narasimhan

The second day of the Swaramurthy V.N. Rao Memorial Trust concerts began with a vocal recital by Gayathri Venkataraghavan from Chennai with Charulatha Ramanujan on violin, Tumkur B. Ravishankar on mridanga and Sharat Kaushik on ghata.

Gayathri is a popular and sought-after vocalist, performing regularly in India and abroad. Trained under stalwarts like Ramnad Krishnan and PSN, Gayathri has attained all the ingredients necessary for an impressive classical recital. She has evolved a unique style of her own, which is an amalgam of melody, rhythm and aesthetics. The very first presentation ‘Shakti Ganapatim’ in Nata by Sri Muthiah Bhagavathar established this. The Begada varna of Swaramurthy Rao was taken as the second piece. She explained that she took this liberty of rendering a varna after a kriti, as Muthiah Bhagavathar (whose composition she first presented) was the Guru of Swaramurthy.

Gayathri had mostly chosen Mysuru composers for her present recital. The next, a Sanskrit composition by Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar — ‘Ksheerasagara Shayana Vakshasthala Nivasini’ in Mayamalavagowla, a rare kriti in a rare tala (Chaturashra Dhruva), was a mature interpretation, in which the sahitya was crystal clear. ‘Taamasambu brovakane nannu brova raadaa,’ a rare composition of Veene Seshanna in kambhoji was taken up in detail. Gayathri’s voice, paired with her involvement, marked the Alapana. The response of Charulatha on violin was equally weighty. Gayathri developed a methodical neraval at ‘Premamuto’ in the kriti. ‘Ninna nambideno’ in Dharmavati, a repetition, was prefixed with a short but good Alapana. Gayathri concluded the concert with a devaranama of Purandaradasaru in kapi....more

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