ಎಲ್ಲ ಓಕೆ ..ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡರ್ಡ್ ಯಾಕೆ ?

ಏನಮ್ಮ ಏನು ಸಮಾಚಾರ ? ಹೇಗಿದಿಯಾ ? ಅಂತ ಮೂರು ವರುಷಗಳಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ರೋಡಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ದ ಚಡ್ಡಿ ದೋಸ್ತ್ ರಮೇಶನಿಗೆ ನಾ ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ …”whats up Dude ? how you doing ?” ರಿಪ್ಲೈ ಬಂದಾಗ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣ ತಬ್ಬಿಬ್ಬಾಗಿದ್ದೆ ! ನಾನು ಏನರ ನ್ಯೂ ಯಾರ್ಕ್ ಸಿಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದಿನೋ ಅಥವಾ ನಾ ಓದಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದಿನೋ ಅಂತ ಒಮ್ಮೆಲೇ ಕನ್ಫ್ಯೂಸ್ ಆಗಿ , ನನ್ನ ಕೈ ನಾನೇ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಚಿವುಟಿಕೊಂಡು ಅತ್ತಿತ್ತ ನೋಡಿದರೆ ಅದೇ ರಸ್ತೆ , ಅದೇ ಬಿಲ್ಡಿಂಗ್ ,ಅದೇ ಪರಿಚಿತ ದೋಸ್ತ್ ನ ಮುಖ ….hmmm .. I’m ಫೈನ್ ಅಂತಾ ತೊದಲಿದ್ದೆ. ಕಂ ಲೆಟ್ಸ್ have some ಕೂಲ್ ಡ್ರಿಂಕ್ಸ್ ಅಂತಾ ಅವ ಅಂದಾಗ..ನೆತ್ತಿಯ ಬೆಲೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಪ್ರಖರತೆಗೆ ನಂಗೂ ಬಾಯಾರಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ನಡಿ ..ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ ಅಲ್ಲೇ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದ ಹಿಮಸಾಗರ ಜೂಸ್ಸ್ ಸ್ಟಾಲಿಗೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿದ್ದೆವು.

 

ಮೂರು ವರುಷಗಳಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ರಜದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಿಂದ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ನಂಗೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡ ಫ್ರೆಶ್ ಕಬ್ಬಿನ ಹಾಲು ಕುಡಿಯಬೇಕೆನಿಸಿ ಆರ್ಡರ್ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ , ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ರಮೇಶ ನನ್ನ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಮೇಲಿಂದ ಕೆಳಗಿನ ತನಕ ಒಂತರಾ ನೋಡಿ , ಅವ ತನಗೆ ಕೋಲ್ಡ್ diet coke ಆರ್ಡರ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ. ಏನೋ ನೀನು ? ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಷ್ಟು ವರ್ಷಗಳು ಇದ್ದರೂ ಏನೂ ಚೇಂಜ್ ಹಾಗೇ ಇಲ್ಲ ? strange ಅಂತ ಅಂದಾಗ, ನಂಗೇ ಒಂತರಾ strange ಫೀಲಿಂಗ್ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. 

ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಹೊತ್ತು ಅವನ ಜೊತೆ ಅದು ಇದು ಮಾತನಾಡಿ , ಇನ್ನೂ ಜೆಟ್ ಲಾಗ್ ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದರಿಂದಲೋ ಅಥವಾ ರಮೇಶನ ಬಲವಂತದ ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಆಕ್ಸೆಂಟ್ ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷಿನಿಂದಲೋ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ತಲೆನೋವು ಬಂದಂತಾಗಿ ಬೇಗನೆ ಮನೆಗೆ ಬಂದು ಮಲಗಿದ್ದೆ .

 

ಒಂದೆರಡು ದಿನ ಆರಾಮಾಗಿ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪ್ಪ-ಅಮ್ಮ,ಅಣ್ಣರ ಜೊತೆ ಮಾತಾಡಿ ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಊಟ ಮಾಡಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ರೆಸ್ಟ್ ಆದಮೇಲೆ ಹೊರಗಡೆ ಅಡ್ಡಾಡತೊಡಗಿದ್ದೆ. 

ಮೊದಲೆರಡು ದಿನ ಅಣ್ಣನೇ ಕಾರ್ ಡ್ರೈವ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡ್ಡಾಡಿಸಿದ್ದ. ಆಮೇಲೆ ಅವನಿಗೆ ಯಾಕೆ ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ತೊಂದರೆ ಅಂದು ನಾನೇ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ನಂಗೆ ಕಾರು ಓಡಿಸಲು ಭಯ ..ರೈಟ್ ಹ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಡ್ರೈವ್ ಬೇರೆ .. ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬನೇ ಕುಳಿತು ಕಾರು ಓಡಿಸಿ ಓಡಿಸಿ ಬೋರು ಬೇರೆ ಆಗಿತ್ತು , ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಮಗನಿಗೂ ಕಾರ್ ಸೀಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಲ್ಟ್ ಹಾಕಿ ಕೂತು ಕೂತು ಬೇಜಾರಾಗಿತ್ತು .. ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಇಂಡಿಯಾಕ್ಕೆ ನನ್ನ ಜೊತೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದ ಮಗನಿಗೆ ಊರನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಆಗುತ್ತೆ ಅಂತಾ ಬೈಕಲ್ಲಿ, ಆಟೋ ರಿಕ್ಷಾದಲ್ಲಿ , BTS ಬಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಸುತ್ತಾಡಿಸಿದ್ದೆ. ಅವನಿಗೂ ಏನೋ ಒಂತಾರ ಮಜಾ. 

 

ಬಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ, ಆಟೋದಲ್ಲಿ , ಟ್ರೈನಲ್ಲಿ ಓಡಾಡೋ ಮಜಾ , ಅನುಭವ ಕಾರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರೇ ಕೂತು ಗ್ಲಾಸ್ ಕ್ಲೋಸ್ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಓಡಾಡೋದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗೋಲ್ಲ. ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮೋರು ಅನ್ನೋರು ಮಾತಾಡಲು ಸಿಕ್ಕರೆ ಸಾಕು ಅಂತ ಹಂಬಲಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ನನಗೆ ಬಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ, ಆಟೋದಲ್ಲಿ , ಟ್ರೈನಲ್ಲಿ ಓಡಾಡುವಾಗ ಜನರೊಂದಿಗಿನ ಒಡನಾಟ , ಮಾತುಕತೆ , ಒಬ್ಬೊಬ್ಬರ ಒಂದಂದು ಕತೆ ಕೇಳಿ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಅನುಭವದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಖುಷಿಯನ್ನೂ ನೀಡಿತ್ತು. 

 

ಒಂದು ದಿನ ಸಮೀಪದ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಕರ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಊಟಕ್ಕೆ ಬುಲಾವ್ ಬಂದಿತ್ತು. ಅಣ್ಣ ಬೇರೆ ಕೆಲಸದ ಮೇಲೆ ಎಲ್ಲೋ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ. ಸರಿ ಹೇಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಅವರ ಮನೆ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಹತ್ತಿರಾನೆ ಇದ್ದಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಆಟೋ ರಿಕ್ಷಾದಲ್ಲೇ ಅವರ ಮನೆಗೆ ಮಗನನ್ನೂ ಊಟಕ್ಕೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ದಿದ್ದೆ. ಮಾತುಕತೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಆದಮೇಲೆ ಊಟಕ್ಕೆ ರೆಡಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರು. ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಒಂದು ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ಓಪನ್ ಆದ ಫಾಸ್ಟ್ ಫುಡ್ ಸೆಂಟರ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ತರಿಸಿದ್ದು ಎಂದು ರೋಟಿ, ನಾನ್, ಸಬ್ಜಿ ಬಡಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಇಲ್ಲೂ ಅದನ್ನೇ ತಿಂದು ತಿಂದು ಸಾಕಾಗಿ, ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಫುಡ್ ತಿನ್ನುವ ಆಸೆಯಿಂದ ಇದ್ದ ನಾನು ನಿಧಾನವಾಗಿ ಹೊಟ್ಟೆಗೆ ಸೇರಿಸಿದ್ದೆ. ಅಷ್ಟೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ಅವರ ಮಗನ ಜೊತೆ ನನ್ನ ಮಗನೂ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಜೊತೆಗೊಂಡು ಇಬ್ಬರೂ ಆಡತೊಡಗಿದ್ದರು. ಏನಪ್ಪಾ ನಿನ್ನ ಹೆಸರು ? ಯಾವ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್? ಅಂತಾ ನಾ ಅವನನ್ನೂ ವಿಚಾರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಆ ಪುಟಾಣಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೇ ಉತ್ತರಿಸಿದ್ದ ಕಂಡು ಬಹಳ ಖುಷಿಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಹಾಗೆ ಅವನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಅದು-ಇದು ಮಾತಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ಅವನನ್ನು ಒಳಗೆ ಕರೆದ ಅವರಮ್ಮ “ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಿಲ್ವ ನಿಂಗೆ ..ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ನಲ್ಲೇ ಮಾತಾಡಬೇಕಂತ..” ಅಂತಾ ಗದರಿದ್ದು ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಗಿ ಕಿವಿಗೆ ಕೇಳಿಬಂದಿತ್ತು. ಪಾಪ …ಮುಖಚಿಕ್ಕದು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೊರಬಂದ ಆ ಪುಟಾಣಿ ಆಮೇಲೆ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷಲ್ಲೇ ಮಾತಾಡತೊಡಗಿತ್ತು ): 

ನೋಡಿ ರಾಜು ..ಇವನನ್ನು ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡರ್ಡ್ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಗೆ ಸೇರಿಸಿದ್ದೀನಿ, ದಿನಾ AC ಕಾರಲ್ಲೇ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್ಗೆ ಹೋಗ್ತಾನೆ , ಈ ಮನೆ ಲಾಸ್ಟ್ ಇಯರ್ ಖರೀದಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಅಂತಾ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿವರಣೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟಾಗ , ನಾ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೆ ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ಹೇಗೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಯಿತು ಇಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗನೆ ?…. “ಸೀ..ಇದು ಎಲ್ಲ ಲೋನ್ , ಕ್ರೆಡಿಟ್ ಮಾಯ ..ರಾಜು ” ಅಂತಾ ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು ಭುಜ ಹಾರಿಸಿ ! ಆಗ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣ ನನಗೆ ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದಲ್ಲಿನ ಕ್ರೆಡಿಟ್ , ಲೋನ್ , ಫೈನಾನ್ಸ್ recession , foreclosure ಸೈನ್ ಬೋರ್ಡ್ ಎಲ್ಲ ಹಾಗೆ ಪಟ ಪಟ ಅಂತ ಮೆದುಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾದು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದವು. 

ನೀ ಬೇಕಾದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾರನ್ನೇ use ಮಾಡಿಕೊ ಇಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ …ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ ಯಾಕೆ ಆಟೋ , ಬಸ್ಸು ಅಂತಾ ಬಿಸಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡ್ಡಾಡುತ್ತಿಯಾ ? ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದಿಂದ ಬಂದಿದಿಯಾ ನೀನು ..ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಅಮೆರಿಕನ್ ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡರ್ಡ್ ಮೈಂಟೈನ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಪ್ಪ ಅಂತಾ ಬುದ್ದಿವಾದ ಹೇಳಿದಾಗ , ಚಿಕ್ಕಂದಿನಿಂದ ಅಪ್ಪ ಅಮ್ಮ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದ “ಹಾಸಿಗೆ ಇದ್ದಷ್ಟು ಕಾಲು ಚಾಚ ಬೇಕು” ಅನ್ನೋ ಗಾದೆಗೆ ಅಂಟಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ನನಗೆ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಏನು ಹೇಳಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗದೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಹೊರಟಿದ್ದೆ !

 

ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಬದಲಾಗಬೇಕೋ ಅಥವಾ ಜನಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಬದಲಾಗಬೇಕೋ ಅಂತ ಒಂದೂ ತಿಳಿಯದೆ ನನ್ನ ರಜಾ ದಿನಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಗಿಸಿ ವಾಪಸು ಬಂದಿದ್ದೆ !

 

“ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದ ಬೇವು – ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದ ಮಾವು ತಿಂದು ಭಾರತೀಯರಾಗಿರಿ” ಅಂತ ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಉಗಾದಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಮಿತ್ರರೊಬ್ಬರು ಇಂಡಿಯಾದಿಂದ ಶುಭಾಶಯ ಕೋರಿದಾಗ .. ಇತ್ತೀಚಿಗೆ “ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಬೇವು – ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಮಾವು ತಿಂದು, ಅಲ್ಲೇ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಜನ ಅಮೆರಿಕಾದವರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ” ಅಂತ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದಾಗ ..ಹೌದು ..ನೀನು ಹೇಳೋದು ಸತ್ಯ ಬಿಡು ಗುರು , ಅಂತ ಅಂದಿದ್ದ ನನ್ನ ಮಿತ್ರ! 

 

ಎಲ್ಲ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು , ಕೆಟ್ಟದ್ದು ಇದ್ದೇ ಇರುತ್ತೆ ..ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದನ್ನು ಕಲಿತು, ನಮ್ಮತನವನ್ನೂ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು.. ಹಾಸಿಗೆ ಇದ್ದಷ್ಟು ಕಾಲು ಚಾಚಿ ಜೀವನ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಸ್ವರ್ಗ ಸುಖ ಅಂತ ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ …ನೀವೇನು ಅಂತಿರಾ ? 

 

-ನಾಗರಾಜ್. ಎಂ, Written by Nagaraja Maheshwarappa

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ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ನಮ್ಮ ತವರೂರಾದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಿಂದ ಬಹುದೂರ ಬಂದು ಅಮೆರಿಕದಲ್ಲಿ  ನೆಲೆಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ.  ಆದರೆ ತಾಯ್ನಾಡನ್ನು ಮರೆತಿಲ್ಲ.  ಹೆತ್ತ  ತಂದೆ-ತಾಯಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಮರೆಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೋ ಹಾಗೇ

ತಾಯ್ನಾಡನ್ನೂ, ತಾಯ್ನುಡಿಯನ್ನೂ ಮರೆಯಬಾರದು.

ಸಿರಿಗನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ಚೆಲುವಿನ ನಾಡು, ಗಂಧದ ಬೀಡು, ಮತ್ತು ಅನೇಕ ಕಲೆಗಳ ಆಗರ.  ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ಸೌಂದರ್ಯದ ನೆಲೆವೀಡು.

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕಾವೇರಿಯಿಂದ ಗೋದಾವರಿಯವರೆಗೂ ಹಿಂದೆ ಹಬ್ಬಿತ್ತು ಎಂದು ಒಂಭತ್ತನೆಯ ಶತಮಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ರಚಿತವಾದ “ಕವಿರಾಜಮಾರ್ಗ” ಕಾವ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿದೆ.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಬಹಳ ಹಳೆಯದು.  ಅದನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಾದ ನಮ್ಮ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯ.

ಈಗ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಮುಂದೆ ಇರುವ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಏನೆಂದರೆ ನಾವು ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದಿನ ಪೀಳಿಗೆ  ಕನ್ನಡತನವನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ?  

ಕನ್ನಡತನವೆಂದರೆ ಏನು?

ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ  ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳವುದು.

ಹೇಗೆಂದರೆ, ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆದಷ್ಟು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಬೇಕು

ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಲು, ಓದಲು, ಮತ್ತು ಬರೆಯಲು ಕಲಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.

ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಆಗುವ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನಗಳನ್ನು ಮನಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಟ್ಟುವಂತೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿಕೊಡಬೇಕು.  ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಬೆಳೆದ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಕನ್ನಡ ಓದಲು-ಬರೆಯಲು ಕಲಿಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಆಗುವ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನಗಳು: ೧.  ಊರಿಗೆಹೋದಾಗ ಅಜ್ಜ-ಅಜ್ಜಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹಿರಿಯರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಬಹುದು,  ೨.  ಇತರರು ಆಡಿದ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು,  ೩.  ಪತ್ರವ್ಯವಹಾರ ನಡೆಸಬಹುದು, ೪.  ಊರಿಗೆಹೋದಾಗ ಅಂಗಡಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯಾಪರಮಾಡಬಹುದು,  ೫.  ಫಲಕಗಳನ್ನು ಓದಬಹುದು, ೬.  ಎಲ್ಲದಿಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಜೊತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಕೋಚವಿಲ್ಲದೇ ಧಾರಾಳವಾಗಿ ವ್ಯವಹರಿಸಬಹುದು.  

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಅರ್ಥ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದಕ್ಕೂ ಭಾಷೆ ಬೇಕು.  

ಹಿರಿಯರು ಮತ್ತು ಯುವಕರು ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪ್ರೊತ್ಸಾಹ ಉತ್ತೇಜನ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಈದೆಸೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.

ನಮ್ಮ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಲಿಸೋಣ.

ಜೈ ಭಾರತ ಜನನಿಯ ತನುಜಾತೆ

ಜಯ ಹೇ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಮಾತೆ

—ಶಾಂತಶ್ರೀ, Submitted by Shantha Murthy

 

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Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a highly accomplished Kannadiga , the illustrious exponent of Hindustani classical music of the Kirana gharana was born on February 4, 1922, in Gadag, Karnataka, India. He was born into a family where music was not a family tradition. As a young boy, he was so drawn to Ustad Abdul Karim Khan’s music that he ran away from home at the age of eleven as his family did not support his aim to take up singing as a profession. Bhimsenji has narrated fascinating incidents from this time of his life—of travelling on trains without tickets, singing popular recordings for the ticket collectors who were often music lovers, who would let him ride free. His quest for learning music took him to Kundgol in Karnataka where he became a disciple of Rambhau Kundgolkar alias Sawai Gandharva, who was one of the chief disciples of the legendary Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, founder of the Kirana gharana of music. His family happily accepted him back at that point and his father began to support his deep passion for music. .

Sawai Gandharva taught Bhimsenji for five years in the guru-shishya style, teaching him vocal music in the style of the Kirana school. He practiced ten to twelve hours a day at a stretch and mastered the nuances of the Kirana style of gaayaki (vocal singing).Although he was receptive to so many influences outside his gharana, Bhimsen Joshi took pride in celebrating the legacy of his Kirana guru. In honor of Sawai Gandharva, he began organizing the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival annually in Pune in the early 1950s. To this day, the four-day, open-air festival held every December brings the biggest names in Hindustani classical music to perform for thousands of enthusiastic music lovers. Bhimsenji himself was a kind and patient teacher, nurturing the talent of several disciples. Pandit Madhav Gudi, Pandit Vinayak Torvi, Pandit Shrikant Deshpande, Anand Bhate, his son Shrinivas Joshi and many other disciples show the unmistakable stamp of their guru’s energy and majestic style of singing.

Bhimsen Joshi is a household name in Karnataka, especially in northern Karnataka, where Hindustani classical music is prominent. Pandit’s clearly made its way into the hearts of listeners. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was the last of the great 20th century classicists in Hindustani vocalism. His most valuable legacy is the massive archive of music, recorded over a period of more than 60 years, covering a variety of genres. In this, he bequeaths to the nation a library of some of the finest specimens of 20th century vocalism.

Written by Laxmi Baliga

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ಜೀವನದ ನೀತಿ ಸೂತ್ರಗಳು

ಕ್ರೋದ ಬುದ್ದಿಯನ್ನುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತದೆ

ಅಹಂಕಾರ ಜ್ನಾನವನ್ನುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತದೆ

ಮೋಹ ಮರ್ಯಾದೆಯನ್ನುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತದೆ

ಲಂಚ ಗೌರವನ್ನುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತದೆ

ಪ್ರಾಯಶ್ಚಿತ್ತ ಪಾಪವನ್ನುತಿನ್ನುತ್ತದೆ

ಹಸಿವೆ ಇಲ್ಲದವನಿಗೆ ಭೋಜನ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ಧನ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ಗುರಿ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಸಾಧನೆ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭೆ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ನಮ್ರತೆ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ವಿದ್ಯೆ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ಗುಣ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ರೂಪ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

ಪರಮಾತ್ಮನ ಅರಿವಿಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಜೀವನ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ

Written by Seshadri

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The laws of attraction

Human beings constantly go through their lives living regular day schedules, going to work daily, living in a gray world where money comes before enjoyment and happiness.  The typical human spends half their life earning money to buy things they don’t need, in order to impress people they don’t like. There are only a certain few who live by their own sense of morals, their own sense of conduct and don’t follow those around them. The leader is always the one that’s looked up to because he’s different, he isn’t dependent on others and he seems to almost always be breezing through life without any difficulty. Nothing is a challenge in his eyes, he is able to conquer anything without difficulty. No, these aren’t characteristics of Superman and can easily be achieved by unlocking the hidden powers of the subconscious mind.

One is not aware of his subconscious mind during regular day activities, but it still affects his or her life in major ways. The subconscious mind is an inner power within your brain that controls your whole life. It constantly attracts energies, pulsating in all directions and picking up vibrations and sending energy back out.  Nikola Tesla once said “If you wish to understand the Universe, think of energy frequency and vibration.” Anything you can possibly imagine exists, and can be manifested into reality. According to the Hubble Telescope, there are over 100 billion galaxies in our observable universe (not taking into account that the universe is still growing)  Our galaxy alone contains 400 billion stars!! Any possible combination and computation of a different life that could exist for you does!  This entire universe was created alone for you, and for no one else. By tapping into our subconscious mind one can attract energies of success, money, peace, love, prosperity etc.  Yet we limit ourselves to such little, and rather than using our own creativity and ideas ,we are dependent on Channel 7s broadcast on what’s “healthy” instead of deciding it for ourselves.

Next question, how to do it. What is stopping you from reaching your ultimate, godlike potential? Start off with your negative thoughts, and why you think them.  Is it the complacency that has grown in you over the years about going back to school and doing your masters degree? Or is it the constant abuse your dad had put on you as a child, which lead you to accept everyone as negative and heartless? Maybe it’s the thought that praying to idols and going to church every Saturday and praying is what God wants you to do every second of your life. If you are to achieve your potential in life, remove all the standards others have set for you, and what others have told you to believe Every human being was born into this world with their own life and their own path. It is impossible to follow someone else’s path and achieve joy and success. If you want something, simply get it. Stop worrying, whatever you want will come to you, simply state what you want in your life and constantly live for that one goal.  Every second that passes, and every breath taken is just another step closer to achieving your goal. Contrary to belief, one should always be true to themselves and should trust this Law regardless of the situation they are in. The toughest of situations, take place in life just to test how strong your will is to continue on and stay with your belief.  

The Law of Attraction is all about the subconscious mind attracting energies based on your thought process. Those who are successful have mastered this law and put it to every day use. Rather than limiting yourself in life based on other people’s worries; build your own moral sense and learn to control the steering wheel on your own life, even when the ride gets bumpy.

Written by Varun Rao

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Brightly fades Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi is popularly remembered as a mathematical genius, honored internationally as India’s “Human Computer”.

Shakuntala Devi was born on Nov 4, 1929 in Bangalore, India to an orthodox priestly family. When she was just 3 years old, she was helping her father with card tricks. Her father who was working in a circus company then, left the circus and took her on road shows that displayed her amazing ability at number crunching. She was able to do this with no formal education. By the age six she demonstrated her calculation and memorization abilities at the University of Mysore. In the year 1977 in USA at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23 root of a 201 –digit number. She answered in 50 seconds!!!Her answer -546,372,891-was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S Bureau of Standards by Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large number. 

But what most of us did not know much more to this multifaceted genius in addition to her astrological prowess is her latent histrionic talent. After a whirlwind tour of Europe in the year 1955, she returned her home town Bangalore and lived in Gandhi Bazaar. Her reputation of being a young mathematical prodigy had already wide spread far and wide. It was then she joined the Kala Mandir, school of arts, founded and run in Gandhi Bazaar, where she became a prominent member of chitra Artistes, a popular amateur drama troupe. Shakuntala Devi playing main roles in many full- length plays surprised the audience with her role, till then, unknown histrionic talent. What surprised even more was that she would read her dialogue just once and reproduce them scene by scene leaving no word missed! It was after all, hardly a task for her.

During one of the cultural evenings organized by the KalaMandir at the Town Hall, A musician was supposed to sing as an interlude during the intermission. The musician had to cancel her program at the last minute as she had a very bad sore throat.

While the organizers busy to fill the gap, to their great relief and surprise, as the curtain rolled back in view to the audience – Shankuntala Devi was reciting indian classical music on her flute and some Devaranamas!!! She unearthed one of her many unknown talents, playing flute!!! She had no formal training to learn but she learnt by observing her brother playing!!

Kannada Keota, NY had that unique opportunity to welcome and Honor Srimathi Shakuntala Devi some 30 + years ago.

Shakuntala Devi – A versatile legend – left this mortal world on April 21, 2013. Perhaps  mesmerizing the other world with her extra-ordinary talents.

She married in mid1960 to Mr.Paritosh Banerji, a senior IASofficer and the couple had a  daughter, Ms.Anupama Banerji.

 

“Fair well and Long Live Shakuntala Devi.”

Written by C.G. Seshadri

 

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The unexamined life is not worth living

When I was first approached about writing something for the tri-state Kannada community – a flood of thoughts rushed into my head all revolving around giving advice to the youth, sharing what I had learned, and empowering the Kannada community to rise to the top of the list of accomplished South Asians. It took me a few days to really think about what I would possibly write since there are so many topics that could be covered; and many of them may or may not apply to any given individual at any given point in their life. As I am now writing this – I think what I want to share most with everyone is this: Be Yourself, Genuinely.  

‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ and neither is a life that is not genuinely you/yours.

Incidentally – my experience growing up as the only Kannadiga wherever I went is what, in a sense, taught me to always be myself. New York City alone is home to more than 600,000 Indian Americans and yet I would find myself continuously being the only Kannadiga all throughout grades K-12, my college years, and now my professional life.  Although it is difficult to highlight all the different experiences in my life where being Kannada showed me how to be myself (having to limit myself to less than a page of writing), the basic thought is this: while most ethnic groups have the benefit of a large and widespread community they can immerse themselves in – what you find sometimes are a handful of young minds who change who they really are for the sake of identifying themselves with the group or what the ‘expectation’ is. By being the only Kannada person in a group – I always had to just be myself in terms of ethnic identity and I related that to just being myself overall. As I grew older, I realized how much people struggled with finding their identity – and it became increasingly more important for me to maintain who I defined myself to be. As we grow over time, it is important that we continue to be ourselves, and encourage developing young minds to always be themselves. It is easy to be the sheep, harder to be the shepherd.  

The most remarkable thing about being yourself is that it is quite possibly the most difficult yet the simplest thing that each of us will face. It tends to be that when faced with that difficulty, we find our true selves shining the most. A friend of mine shared this quote with me, knowing I would probably think about it for a while, and so I’d like to share it with you as well:

“Identity is gradual, cumulative; because there is no need for it to manifest itself, it shows itself intermittently, the way a star hints at the pulse of its being by means of its flickering light. But at what moment in this oscillation is our true self manifested? In the darkness or the twinkle?”

-Sergio Chejfec, The Planets


Be yourself, Genuinely. And success will always follow.

Written by Ashok Bhatt

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The essence of India

There’s a certain aroma to India. It cannot be described, only felt. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to catch a whiff from an old suitcase, or a kurtha lying around. As a child born in India, this aroma brings about memories of playing on the streets, eating chaats at roadside vendors, and fighting through Bangalore traffic. I have been fortunate enough to experience this every year since I was five, embarking on 20-hour flights halfway around the world.

As the years have gone by, I have changed, and so has India. Gone are the days when chaats were five rupees a plate. Gone are the days when the suitcases I used to haul to India towered over me. One hundred rupee note would pay for enough rasmalai to suffice for a week. Perhaps my appetite grew, or times have changed, but one-hundred rupees of rasmalai is not enough anymore.

The thing I miss most about India are its streets. The uneven, asphalt paved roads that wound throughout Bangalore. As a child, these streets served as my playground. Everyday, I would partake in classic Indian games such as ‘Lock and Key’, ‘ I Spies’, ‘Lagori’, ‘Hide and Seek’. More often then not, we would invent our own games, the product of our imaginative minds. But how could I mention Indian games without mentioning the most famous of all? Cricket. The potholes and other blemishes in the roads turned every bowler into a spin bowler. A simple toss landing on the uneven surface resulted in the greatest wickets, much to the dismay of the batters. Anil Kumble would have been proud to see our renditions of the art of bowling.

It is clear that India has left a great mark on me. One look at my knees, and it can be easily deduced that I enjoyed my time on those streets. But the scars on my knee are not the only marks; India has also left a mark on who I’ve become. The great American author Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” Truly, India has grown since Twain’s praise. I can, without a doubt, agree with Twain, and say that I am proud of Mother India.

Written by Vishruth Girish

 

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Women’s roles in Hinduism

Women in all societies through history have tried to gain a greater role in their community, religion, or country. Women have done the same in Hinduism, though their roles have been laid out in texts such as the Laws of Manu and the Dharma-Sastras. The Laws of Manu, also known as Manusmrti, are a set of basic principles stating how one should lead a dharmic life. The Dharma-Sastras explain one’s religious and legal duties. These texts were followed more strictly many years ago, but their prominence has declined over time due to circumstance. Nevertheless, there are some principles people inevitably still follow.

Unlike many western religions, Hinduism is not just a religion but also a way of life. Family plays an important role in people’s lives and as the keeper of the household, a woman’s role would be vital in the tradition. According to Hinduism, a woman is a form of energy, shaktiswarupini, or an aspect of Shakti. She has three roles of being a child, wife, and mother. As a child she is kanya, the goddess Durga. As a wife she is pathni and sahadharmacharini, a partner in her husband’s religious duties. As a mother she is a devi, the auspicious one, and is worthy of worship (matrudevobhava). Historically, the female life cycle in Hinduism has been different from that of males. In the classical, medieval and most of the modern periods, females have followed a three-stage pattern. The Laws of Manu specify that a woman should be adorned and honored be her father, brother, son, and brother-in-law if they sought for their own welfare. It declares “Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased. Where they are not honored, no sacred rite yields rewards.” In those days, women were required to be present at the time of a religious ritual, though they would not officially take part in the service. Manu goes on to say “Day and night, women must be kept dependent to the males of their families. Her father protects her in childhood. Her husband protects her in youth. Her sons protect her in old age. A woman is never fit for independence.” In this last judgment, Manu implies the three-stages of a woman’s life and how she must be under their watchful eyes at any point during her life.

The woman’s main duties come when she is at the wife and mother stage. As a wife, a Hindu woman was expected to live up to the ideals of the Sthri-Dharma, the duties of the good wife. She is to revere her husband as the Lord. Her responsibilities are to bear his children and educate them in their traditional practices. She must serve him, follow him, and only after he eats may she eat. She shares his karma and destiny. For this reason she sometimes fasts, and goes on pilgrimages to ensure her husband’s long life and success. If he dies prematurely, it was often regarded as her responsibility or her bad karma. The husband in turn should provide his wife any material needs, security, and social status. He must also regard her as a goddess. This reinforces Manu’s statement “Where women are honored, there the gods are pleased.”  In Hindu culture, the mother is the very embodiment of love, sacrifice, selfless service to her children, and of forbearance. She is considered the first teacher of every child, and is regarded as the highest Guru. Her role as a mother is primarily devoted to the upbringing of her children and ensuring their comfort. She is also busy in up keeping the household. Her duties interlace with those of being a wife. The importance of the mother in the family is greater than anything other. Hindu scriptures say “The mother must be served by her son even if she is deemed an outcast in the society.” This embodies her significance in one’s life. Motherhood is one of the most important parts of being a woman and it is after being a mother you experience not only the wide variety of emotions but also achieve your full potential.

In a changing world, Hindu society is trying to redefine the role of women in the institution of family and society. Unlike the customs back then, women today have more freedom starting at a very young age. They are not put under the same pressures for certain services that do not fit the modern society. Women are showing a greater representation in politics and science today than they did years ago. This is also due to the fact that women are eligible to the same education men are and no gender segregations are present. Hindu women have enjoyed the rights they have received and are treated better than women in other religions. Although a few duties Hindu women have that may seem a bit extreme, the acknowledgment they receive as a mother compensates for all of those discomforts. It is understandable that today not all the roles are being carried out to their extremities. They are followed up to a certain extent until which they seem unreasonable to most people. It is said that a dharmic person is one who carries out all their duties throughout the duration of their life. Therefore, Hinduism gives a fulfilling life for a woman who follows these essential roles.

Submitted by Ramya Gopalakrishnan

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What I love about the mridangam

Mridangam is an Indian classical instrument that is believed to have originated in South India, very early on in history. It is a sacred instrument of Hinduism and is played by many Hindu gods, including Ganesha and Nandi. Although the Mridangam is a very popular instrument back home in India, many kids now a days are straying away from the ideal Indian and are trying to become more of an “American”. It is important to be American, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up our heritage. There needs to be a resurgence of the classical Indian arts, and that needs to begin with the kannadigan youth. I myself play the mridangam, but I am only few in a land of many. Mridangam has had a very positive influence on my life. Through Mridangam, I have become more socially connected with the community, such as when I go to cultural programs to perform. Going to a program is not just for playing there, but also to interact with others. Also, Mridangam has taught me discipline, determination, and time management skills. By following the tala, or time scale, I have learned to be patient and to follow a set pattern. By constantly trying harder and harder to perfect a new lesson, or a complicated variation, I have learned to never give up. By making sure that I save time everyday just for practicing ( or most days), I have learned to organize my life. Though Mridangam may only be a small aspect of my life, it has had a broader influence that has helped me establish many of my morals. On a lighter note, being a mridangist has its benefits. There is always an aura of respect that I receive when I walk into a cultural function and I am allowed to skip the line when getting food. Mridangam is not only just serious, and should not be taken too seriously. I have met many of my friends from Mridangam class, and still keep in touch with them today, though I do not see them in class anymore. Overall, Mridangam will greatly enhance the abilities of yourself, and of the young ones in your family, and I would highly recommend that the youth of the Kannadigans in New York start looking into not only mridangam, but other aspects of Indian classical music.

Written by Nakul Rao

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