Monday, November 29, 2010

SPIC MACAY: Karantaka State Convenetion 2010

SPICMACAY Bengaluru chapter presents

Utthaan’ Karnataka State Convention

Fri, 3rd – Mon, 5th Dec 2010

More details at:

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kathalaya: Storytelling Workshops

Bangalore Best: Book Stores on St. Mark's

Thrilled about the news!

Along with Blossom's, Variety Book Store now Gangaram's has also found place on St. Mark's Road
To be spaciously spread out in one floor, it would now located above Koshy's.

Also check out:
Book Worm and Strand Book Stall

Don't Miss:
The Annual Strand Book Festival
Date: Nov 26 (Fri) - Dec 12 (Sun)
Time: 10am-8:30pm
Venue: Basava Bhavan , near Hotel Chaluka.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

School Holidays

Boys are jumping on the couch , enjoying their new found holiday!

The school sent a note the previous afternoon that the following day is a holiday; much to the delight of the children but also to the dismay of parents and teachers.

The last couple of months have been dotted with several school closures, few per schedule which are welcome breaks but some suddenly scheduled which bring heart breaks.
The holiday downpours have been more unexpected than even the Bangalore clouds' downpour.

To give an idea, here's what November looked like

Nov 1 Kannada Rajyotsava
Nov 5 Diwali
Nov 17 Bakrid
Nov 24 Kanakadasa Jayanthi
And there was early dismissal for Children's Day on Nov 15.

Parents working out of home, run around like headless chicken looking for last minute child-care options, unless the child has a nanny or grandparent(s) at home. And parents who work/tend from home have to figure out an entertaining agenda for the holiday!

Teachers on the other hand, have portions to cover which would have to be otherwise rushed to be completed with the less available working days. And not to mention the shuffling and re-scheduling of unit tests/exams.

October was no different, there was Dussera holidays, Ayodhya Verdict hungama, Valmiki Day et al.

As much as I love having my children at home, I also love the time they spend at school with peers.

As much as I want for them to enjoy festivities, I also look forward to them doing class activities.

And as much as I crib, am still bracing myself for another hovering holiday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Annual Music Festival 2010

Academy of Music proudly presents Annual Music Festival 2010. Renowned musicians will be presenting Carnatic Classical Music Concerts from 24 to 28 November.

Chowdiah Memorial Hall
Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 16th Cross, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval, Bangalore
Ph: 080-23443956

Lecture demonstrations at 10.00 am
Lobby Concerts at 4:30pm and
Evening Concerts at 5:30pm.


24/11/10: Sanjay Subramanyam & Party - Carnatic Vocal

25/11/10: Chitraveena Ravikiran - Haridwaramangalam A.K. Palanivel & Party- Carnatic Instrumental, Thavil

26/11/10: Nagamani Srinath & Shruti Sadolikar Katker & Party- Carnatic/Hindusthani Vocal Jugalbandhi

27/11/10: Ranjani - Gayatri & Party - Carnatic Vocal

28/11/10: T.M. Krishna & Party - Carnatic Vocal

Nadasurabhi Annual Music Festival - 2010

Nadasurabhi Cultural Association located in Koramangala, Bangalore conducts the highest quality music concerts every month and a week-long Annual Festival in November, free of charge to all rasikas.

The Annual Music Fest 2010 runs from 21 to 26 November.

Venue: Auditorium, St.Francis High School and Junior College,
Opp.Krupanidhi College, Sarjapur Road,
Koramangala, Bangalore.560 034.



6.00 P.M

  • Vidwan Sanjay Subrahmanyan Vocal
  • Vidwan Mysore Nagaraj Violin
  • Vidwan Tumkur B.Ravishankar Mridangam
  • Vidwan Guruprasanna Khanjira



4.30 P.M

  • Vidwan R.Vasudevan and Party Vocal



6.00 P.M

  • Vidwans Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath Violin Duet
  • Vidwan H.S.Sudhindra Mridangam
  • Vidwan K.U.Jayachandra Rao Mridangam



4.30 P.M

  • Vidushi Ramya Narasimhan and party Vocal



6.00 P.M

  • Vidwan O.S.Thiagarajan Vocal
  • Vidwan Mysore Manjunth Violin
  • Vidwan H.S.Sudhindra Mridangam
  • Vidwan Ranganath Chakravarthy Ghatam



4.30 P.M

  • Vidwan Vittala Rangan and Party Violin Solo
  • 24.11.2010


    6.00 P.M

    • Vidushi S.Sowmya Vocal
    • Vidwan Mysore Srikanth Violin
    • Vidwan Anoor A.K. Sharma Mridangam
    • Vidushi Sukanya Ramgopal Ghatam



    4.30 P.M

    • Vidushi Vrinda Acharya and Party Vocal



    6.00 P.M

    Malladi Brothers Vidwans

    • Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar Vocal Duet
    • Vidushi Charulatha Ramanujam Violin
    • Vidwan ArjunKumar Mridangam
    • Vidwan Omkar Rao Ghatam



    6.00 P.M

    Felicitation and Award of "Sangeetha Surabhi" to Mrudangam Legend, Padmavibhushan Awardee, Sangita Kalanidhi

    Dr.Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman



    6.30 P.M

    • Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. R.K.Srikantan Vocal
    • Vidwan R.S.Ramakantha Vocal support
    • Vidwan H.K.Venkatram Violin
    • Sangita Kalanidhi
    • Dr. Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman Mrudangam
    • Vidwan Giridhar Udupa Ghatam

    Monday, November 22, 2010

    PORGAI stall in the exhibition by 'A Hundred Hands'‏

    Please visit the Porgai stall in the exhibition by "A Hundred Hands"

    Venue : 4,Ashley road, behind Hotel Ajanta (off Brunton road), Bangalore

    Date : 24,25,26 November ,2010

    Time :
    11 am to 7.30 pm.

    My Child & I

    Firstborn makes a face seeing the rotis for dinner.

    Firstborn: "Why is the roti brown, I like them white (meaning, cream colored)"

    Mom: "Its whole -grain flour, that's why its brown. And brown things are good for you"

    Dad: (seconds Mom's statement) "Brown rice, brown bread, brown jaggery, honey..."

    Firstborn: "I bet chocolate is then good for me, as it's brown too.
    And Amma, can you not give me white things like milk anymore?"

    Now mom & dad go red!

    Hindu Music Fest 2010

    The Hindu Music Fest 2010 runs from 24-28 November in Bangalore. All Concerts begin at 7:15pm at the Gnana Jyoti Convention Center , Central College Campus, Bangalore.

    Here's the line up:

    Nov 24, 2010 Osibisa
    Nov 25, 2010 Sudha Ragunathan & Amit Heri
    Contemporary Fusion
    Nov 26, 2010 M. Venkatesh Kumar
    Hindustani vocal
    Nov 27, 2010 Srinivas, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Chinmayi, Haricharan
    Hindi Retro
    Nov 28, 2010 Aruna Sairam

    The Fest also runs in other major cities- Chennai, Coimbatore and Hyderabad.
    Visit for details.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    My Child & I

    Mom is checking firstborn's practice-test answers.

    Question: How many carrots did the rabbit have for dinner?

    Answer: 3

    Mom: " Um..., you need to write, The rabbit had three carrots for dinner."

    Firstborn: "Long or short, that's still the right answer!"

    Mom: "Only in Maths problems, you can answer with a single number like 3"

    Firstborn: "Shall I then spell it as T-h-r-e-e?"

    Mom: "You have to write a sentence with rabbit and carrot, Kanna..."

    Firstborn: "But that's already in the question , why say it again?"

    And the argument continues!