Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tulu Courses from Mangalore University

From the academic year 2012-13, Mangalore University will be offering courses in Tulu through correspondence. Certificate, Diploma and Post-graduate diploma courses would be on offer from the Directorate of Correspondence Courses. Kannada script would be used for the purpose of curriculum and instruction.
Eligibility Criteria :
  • Six-month certificate course - Pass in SSLC examination or equivalent course
  • One-year diploma course - Pass in the pre-university course or equivalent course
  • One-year postgraduate diploma course - Bachelor degree 
Content of Course :
  • Six-moth certificate course - Basic knowledge of Tulu and communication in Tulu
  • One-year diploma course - Tulu literature, folklore and culture and communication
  • One-year postgraduate diploma course - contents of certificate and diploma courses and comparison study of Tulu with other Dravidian languages.
Now, this development would definitely help those who are keen on understanding Tulu language and culture. For more details on please refer to the link from The Hindu. Also, you can check the Deccan Herald news website.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kannada KBC Questions blog

I am happy to announce the launch of a new blog featuring the questions from Kannadada Kotaydhipati. Not only that you will also be provided with set of practice questions every week! I hope that will help many in answering the questions in the game show as well as getting updated with latest in GK. Hope to find your support for this venture by me and my friend Sandeep.

The blog name is Kannada KBC and you can visit the site here - Kannada KBC

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

All About Beladingala Baale

Beladingala Baale is one my favourite films. I was thinking of blogging about this movie for a long time. After I read the novel based on which the film is made, I had enough material to talk about the epochal movie.

The Movie: The movie is based on original Telugu novel - Vennelalo Aadapilla by Yandamoori Veerendranath. This was translated to Kannada by Vamshi as Beladingala Baale, which later was made into film. Incidentally, Vamshi also wrote dialogues for the movie or rather dialogues from the novel are adapted in the film without any modifications. Beladingala Baale literally means "lady in the moonlight". Story revolves around Revanth(played by Ananth Nag), a grandmaster who is set to find out the identity of his fan who calls him often and whom he refers to as beladingala baale. Beladingala Baale gives Revanth the clues to find her out. How Revanth accomplishes his task forms the gist of the movie.

Original Novel : I was looking for the novel in Kannada based on which the movie is made. Thanks to my friend Guru, I got hold of the book from an old books store. The novel was published in the year 1984. I also found out that the novel was serialized in Kannada magazine Sudha then.
Beladingala Baale novel cover page
More about Chess : If you are not devout follower of Chess, while reading the novel you will come to know many fascinating aspects about the game originated in India. One of the highlights of the movie is the blind fold chess game protagonist Revanth plays. Before this he is accused of hypnotizing his opponent. The book provides the background for this plot(In 1978, Anatoly Karpov was accused of hypnotizing his opponent Viktor Korchnoi in the game at Baguio in the Philippines). Also, if the game is extended to the next day, what ensures that the opponent does not get an overnight for thinking about his next move. One has to make 16 moves within an hour of his play else he will loose the game(with the time being counted by the stop clocks provided to both the players)

Working in Telephone Exchange : The book discusses about the problems women working at the telephone exchange had to face(though the scenarios here are from the 1980s) You will not find anything about this in the movie. Also, you will come to know about several terminologies used in the telephone sector, which now may have become obsolete.

I ate nothing for six ghante kaala : This is the clue provided to Revanth to find the telephone number of his secret fan and is used several times in the film. But the movie does not explain the logic behind this clue but you will find it in the Yandamoori's novel.

Mathematical Details : Many mathematical details in the novel are missing in the film. That is understandable as the film caters to variety of audience. Clue with which Revanth finds about the whereabouts of the mystery girl has its routes in Pythogoras theorem. Also, while finding her name, which is Ramya, Revanth uses his knowledge of permutations and combinations. You will come across such mathematical backgrounds for the puzzles posed by the mystery girl. Though at times, you feel like being a grand master Revanth could have solved the puzzles, we can give the creative liberty to the author.

Voice : Throughout the movie, though the heroine's face is not revealed, her voice echoes in the minds of the viewers. Guess who lended the voice? Manjula Gururaj - background singer of many popular Kannada film songs.

Miscellaneous : There is a scene involving a Marxist in the movie, which is used as an irony in the novel. Revanth's friend James, a cartoonist is an unusual character in the movie. Why he behaves the way he does has deeper psychological background in the novel. I am OK, You are OK - philosophy in the film is explained by American psychiatrist Thomas Anthony Harris in his 1969 book - I am OK, You're OK.

Hope you enjoy the post!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kannadada Kotyadipathi Episode 4 Questions

Questions from the 4th episode of Kannada Kotyadipathi telecasted in Suvarna channel on 15th March 2012.
Fastest Finger First Question: Starting from the lowest arrange the following notes in increasing order - (Answer) ri ga ma pa

  • Which of these you would order by asking 'by-two'? Coffee
  • Which card is normally used to withdraw money from an ATM? Debit Card
  • Peocock is vehicle of which god? Subramanya
  • Kannadada Kotyadipathi Episode 3 Questions

    Following are the questions from episode 3 of Kannadada Kotyadipathi telecasted on 14th March 2012 along with their answers.

  • Which festival is also known as 'eLLu beeruva habba' in Karnataka? Sankranti
  • Which Kannada actor is known as TIGER among his fans? Prabhakar
  • Which of these creatures have 8 legs? Scorpion
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Kannadada Kotyadipathi Episode 2 Questions

    Following are the questions from episode 2 of Kannadada Kotyadipathi telecasted on 13th March 2012 along with answers.

    Fastest Finger First Question : Arrange these chief ministers of Karnataka in the chronological order of assuming office - (Answer) S Nijalingappa, Devaraj Urs, Veerappa Moily, Sadananda Gowda 

  • Which of the following terms is also known as 'Shenga' in Kannada? Nelagadale (Groundnut) 
  • Complete the Kannada proverb - tumbida _____ tuLukuvudilla? koda
  • On which animal does Dr. Rajkumar sit and sing the song Yaare koogaadali ? Emme (Buffalo)
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Kannadada Kotyadipathi Episode 1 Questions

    KBC is now in Kannada with the show being named as Kannadada Kotyadipathi and hosted by popular Kannada movie star Puneeth Rajkumar. 1st episode of Kannadada Kotyadipathi was aired on Suvarna channel on 12th March 2012. 1st contestant was Rakesh Lakshman Upaar from Belagaavi. Here are the questions from the episode along with the answers.
    Puneeth Rajkumar in Kannadada Kotyadipathi

  • Which word completes the proverb - Manasiddalli __________ ? Marga  
  • Which of these is a game played with a ball and 7 stones ? Lagori
  • Which movie is this song from - Kathlalli Karadige Jaamoonu Tinsoke? Paramatma 
  • Sunday, March 04, 2012

    America America Screenplay Book Review

    Books on screenplay of films are a rarity in Kannada. Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, successful director of Kannada films - America America, Nanna Preethiya Hudugi, Amrithadhare and Baa Nalle Madhuchandrake has come out with a book on his 1996 film - America America.

    Foreward : Foreward for the book is writtern by popular Kannada actor Ramesh Aravind. Just like the character in the film Soorya, he expresses himself as an emotional guy who decided to stay in India when his friends left for US seeking better future. Before Nagathihalli tells his story of making the film, Ramesh lists down the incidents/experiences encountered during the making of the film. Surely, that is a reader's delight!
    America America Screenplay Book Cover Page
    Screenplay : Screenplay of the film in this book not only contains the transcript but also other details like - why a particular location was chosen, what do some scenes symbolize and why were some dialogues written that way.

    Friday, March 02, 2012

    Configuring DSL Modem for Airtel Broadband

    Airtel Broadband DSL modem configuration is similar to BSNL one. If you already have a modem you can configure it with the following the settings. I had a BSNL DSL wireless router/modem, which I was able to configure successfully for Airtel Broadband connection.
    1. Login to your modem/DSL router typing on your browser with username : admin (default password would be password)
    2. Go to WAN(Wide Area Network) Setup and click edit on the first entry in the table with settings Vpi/Vci as 1/32 with protocol PPPoE (If you are using BSNL modem, Vpi/Vci would be 0/35 - change that to 1/32)
    Airtel Broadband WAN Setup


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