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Friday, January 20, 2012

Melbourne professor visits his college in Bidar

When Rajkumar Buyya came to the Karnataka College to deliver a speech in his alma mater in Bidar on Monday , it was a proud moment for all the teachers there.

He studied PUC in the Karnataka College in the late 1980s 

The professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Director of the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at University of Melbourne, Australia, learned the basics of computer science during his pre-university course in this college in Bidar in the late 1980s.

The lad from Koutha village in Bidar taluk is now a researcher of global repute in the field of cloud computing.

Cloud computing
The Chinese have used his cloud computing platforms to design high speed trains, the Government of Inner Mongolia to strengthen its markets, ISRO to process satellite images, companies to reduce their computing costs and researchers are using them to collaborate. His work has won him two international awards.

His teachers feel he deserves all the recognition. “He is a genius who can think decades ahead of his peers,” says his mathematics teacher S.B. Sajjanshetty. “He has always been like this. Outstanding, yet humble,” says retired Professor S.S. Devarkal, who came to the college to meet him on Monday.

After his pre-university course, Prof. Buyya joined B.Sc. course in Karnataka College in 1988. He left for Mysore after he got an engineering seat there. He completed his Masters in Computer Science from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in Bangalore and joined the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) in its super computer project, PARAM.

He later sought a teaching position in University of Melbourne in 1998. His theses on the economics of grid computing won him a doctor of philosophy from Monash University, Melbourne. He set up the cloud computing lab at the University of Melbourne and Manjrasoft, a commercial spin-off. The software programmes and platforms from Manjrasoft are now used in 40 countries.

‘Future of IT'

He says cloud computing is the future of IT. “It has immense potential for students, researchers and the industry. If we don't prepare our youth for it, we will be missing out on a great opportunity,” he said.

Prof. Buyya said he makes frequent trips to India as it was “hard to resist its pull”. It is not difficult to guess why he named his IT company after the river flowing through his village.

Source: The Hindu
URL:  http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2776433.ece

Monday, January 16, 2012

‘Bidri’, ‘Chidri’ Art Stall Steals Show at Mangalore Youth Festival

It’s not easy to master an art. It needs constant hard work and perseverance. Such an art was unveiled at the 17th National Youth Festival in the city on Sunday January 15.

The ‘Bidri’ artistes from Bidar and ‘Chidri’ youth clubs that belong to Uttar Karnataka Crafts and Cultural Development have exhibited their distinct Bidri and Chidri arts in their stall at the youth festival on Sunday.

Bidri art is a sensitive art that dates back six centuries and was mastered by Europeans. It’s a Persian art and was promoted by the Baridi and Bahumani Kingdoms in India. It’s a handicraft that needs perseverance to create masterpieces. The artists make key bunches, boxes, footwear, earthen pot, ashtrays, and numerous other items depending on customer’s need.

The artistes use zinc and copper to make the objects. They use 10 percent of copper and 90 percent of zinc and give a final touch with silver. The artifacts made are expensive. Bidri artifacts are sold at prices from Rs 30 to Rs 8 lac. The size of the artifact determines the time it takes to make. Therefore, it’s a sensitive art and the success of the artist depends on his hard work and focus on set job.

“It’s our profession since generations. We had created a huge pot with Bidri art that was presented to American president Barack Obama by Ratan Tata, when the former visted India recently. It cost Rs 8 lac,” says Ubaidulla, a Bidri artist from Bidar.

Chidri art is also a distinct art like Bidri art. It’s not an expensive art and is stronger than Bidri. The artifacts art made out of aluminum and coated with copper. It does not have art work and creativity like that of Bidri which is priced between Rs 10 to Rs 1,500.

Bidri Youth Club of Bidar is not only engaged in creating artifacts, it also provides employment to hundreds of youth. Their artwork is displayed in exhibitions held in Germany, UK, Australia, South Africa, USA, Mexico, and other countries. A mega exhibition will be held in China in March. A tableau based on Bidri art, which represented Karnataka at the Republic Day celebrations held in New Delhi on January 26, 2011, had bagged a prize.


Url: http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=127497

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bidar may get HAL’s proposed chopper project

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a Navaratna defence PSU and a top-ranked global defence aerospace company, which is looking for a location to house a production facility for its Advanced Utility Helicopter (AUH) project, could get land in Bidar for the project.

Bidar Lok Sabha member and former chief minister N Dharam Singh told Express that Union Defence Minister A K Antony had shown keen interest in establishing the unit at Bidar, where the Indian Air Force also has its base.

“Let us secure land for the proposed AUH programme and the Defence Ministry will give a green signal to HAL to locate its production facility in Bidar,” Singh said.

He also said Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, with whom he had taken up the matter on Saturday, readily agreed to release land for the project.

“The CM’s response was encouraging and it will be the first major aerospace project in the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka region, considered the most backward in the state,” he said.

The new facility will set off huge economic activities in the region and also boost employment, he said.

According to HAL sources, the defence PSU had been on the lookout for a suitable location for the AUH project for the last two years.

Three to four locations in Karnataka had been considered but Bidar, situated at the northeastern tip of the state, seemed suitable, sources said.

Referring to the Union Defence Ministry’s proposal seeking land in Bidar, Karnataka State Infrastructure Department Secretary, Rajkumar Khatri said, “If the proposal materialses, it would help reinforce Karnataka’s leadership in aerospace.”

He said the state government would extend all cooperation to the Union Defence Ministry in providing all necessary logistic support including land, water, electricity and manpower and added that Karnataka has already made a mark in aerospace engineering activities. HAL has 16 production, three MRO divisions and 10 R&D centres across the country.

If sanctioned, Bidar would be developed as an exclusive hub for HAL’s helicopter manufacturing facilities, the sources said.

URL: http://expressbuzz.com/cities/bangalore/bidar-may-get-hal%E2%80%99s-proposed-chopper-project/351500.html

Bidar-Gulbarga rail service by 2015

The three decade old dream of getting a Bidar-Gulbarga train service will become a reality by the end of 2015 after the district administrations of both Bidar and Gulbarga have completed the process of acquiring and transferring the required land in both districts to Indian Railways.

Railway in-charge officer Venkateshwara Rao who is looking after the Bidar-Gulbarga railway-line project from Gulbarga to Humnabad, confirmed that Gulbarga district administration has handed over the required land of 932.27 acres to Indian Railways.

He said that track-laying work between Madarasanhalli and Sultanpur in Gulbarga taluk has already commenced.



Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mecca for music lovers..

A hamlet in Bidar district, Maniknagar, is home to a rich tradition of Hindustani music. Some of the most well-known Hindustani musicians descended on the village at a recent music festival held here. Maniknagar is also a much-visited pilgrim site today, writes Devu Pattar

Maniknagar, a small hamlet in Bidar district’s Humnabad taluk, has a special place in the world of Hindustani music. Singers and instrumentalists from across the world make sure that a visit to this village, which is home to the Manik Prabhu Samsthana, is definitely on their itinerary. In that sense, Maniknagar is the mecca for Hindustani music lovers from across the world. The Hindustani music festival held on the occasion of the Datta Jayanthi in December every year is a much sought-after event. The recently concluded December event was a huge hit.

Even the biggest names in the Hindustani music world get a few minutes to occupy the stage and hold the audience captive in the magic of their music. Here, hajari, a mere presence, is as important as a performance. Apart from this, Maniknagar is known to host a monthly music programme as well. The place is also known for a series of other music festivals too.

This music tradition of Maniknagar has a rich history, of 165 years, almost as old as the history of the village itself. Manik Prabhu, believed by many as the fourth avatar or incarnation of Lord Dattatreya (1817-1865) was said to have been a great yogi or a mystic saint. He was a great believer in secularism. The saint was a contemporary of Shirdi Saibaba, Akalkot Maharaj and Gondavalekar Maharaj. The saint played an active role in the 1857 struggle for independence. He had a special love for music and has composed several bhajans in Marathi, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. It is said that giants of the Hindustani music world, including Bade Mohammad Khan and Tarra Hussain Khan performed in the presence of Manikprabhu. Noted Hindustani musician Gangubai Hanagal was known to be a great believer in performing in front of the samadhi (memorial) of the saint.

A part of the credit of encouraging the tradition of Hindustani music at Maniknagar must go to the third seer of the Samsthana, Marthanda Manik Prabhu (1861-1936). Apart from being a great philosopher, he also had immense mastery over Hindustani classical music. He has written commentaries on the ragas of classical music. His ‘Dhyana Marthanda’ was appreciated by the scholars of Varanasi, and he was honoured with the title of ‘Abhinava Shankaracharya’. His works include ‘Guru Sampradaya’, ‘Mahamouna Shataka’, ‘Manika Nirvikalpanodha’. In 1921, he started the monthly magazine called ‘Sakalamathacharya Srimanikaprabhu’. He encouraged cultural, religious and literary events at Maniknagar.

The 1900s was the time that Hindustani music in the country was at the crossroads. Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, a well-known musicologist, who had extensively researched the raga tradition of Hindustani music played a key role in bringing the legacy of Hindustani music from out of the palaces and the umbrella of royalty to the common man. It was also at the same time that Vishnu Digambar Paluskar established the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, the first such institution of pre-independent India in Lahore. A branch of Gandharva Vidyalaya was also started in Mumbai. Marthanda Prabhu visited that school in Mumbai on invitation from Paluskar and stayed in the premises of the music school for a while. Paluskar was also honoured with a necklace of nine gems by Marthanda Prabhu, according to Paluskar’s autobiography.

Later, several big Hindustani singers including Ustad Abdul Kareem Khan, Pandit Bhaskarbuwa Bakale, Pandit Balakrishna Buwa Ichalkaranjikar, Ustad Rehmath Khan, Gauhar Jaan and Pandit Vinayak Buwa Patwardhan visited Maniknagar and performed there. The list only grew, and later came to include many musicians including Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur and Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Today, the 165-year-old tradition is alive and kicking, and has drawn connoisseurs of music from around the world.

Source:Deccan hearld

URL: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/216225/mecca-music-lovers.html

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year..

BidarInfo (Bidar Information) Wishes you a very Happy and Wonderfull 2012.