|Posted by Sathesh on September 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
“Kummaatti” is a term, which will create loads of nostalgia in everyone who belongs to Thrissur
This traditional flock dance/drama concert in the streets during Onam seasons is a treasured art event got patent in the mind of kids who loves the merriments
It was Lord Shiva’s genies, bhootha, and other spirits performing this art to honor and welcome King Mahabali who makes annual visit to his old empire Kerala
A collection of artists clad masks of mythical characters shell their body with diverse leaves (Mainly a grass named “Kummaatti pullu”, dry plantain leaves and many verities of other leaves)
Playing a traditional conversational song in a rhythmic way fortified with the drumming ‘Chenda”and rhythmic claps performs a disciplined dance on their move
The masks are mainly of Ganapathi,Kiratha,kumbhodara and other accompanying demons
Now a days humorous characters like senile old woman (Thalla) and drunkard (kutiyan) also added to the character group to make the event little more funny and trendy
"Here comes the Kummaatti
There, he is at the gate..."
(De varunnu kummaatti
Is the title song of this performance and they repeat this lines in front of every household they visiting and after that will get in to actual performance, after show people offer the artist money, food like sweets fruits etc.
Now this art ritual is presented as a contest during the Onam celebrations in thrissur
the artists are supposed to be get dressed at a Nair family (Tharavadu) at kizhakumpattukara in Thrissur after call on temples nearby
Earlier the masks were prepared from natural stuffs like plantain stem or arecanut palm leaf peel etc.
Now days that changed in to plastic, fiber and paper pulp
|Posted by Sathesh on December 20, 2011 at 7:35 AM||comments (0)|
This picture was taken from Mysore palace garden
Many of you had noticed this writing and surely some of you may know who is this and about his works
But in my case even I had visited Mysore palace endless times it is in the last trip I am noticing this name for the first time and that is why i thought I may share this with you
This is the name scribbled under a famous sculpture work at Mysore palace and this is the name of the artist who created this great work
Next time when you visit Mysore palace pay attention to some details like this, what we all miss generally
pls scroll down little and I will show you the work picture and i am sure everybody once visited Mysore Palace will recognize this
Those who want to know more about this great artist here are the detatils
William Robert Colton was born on 25 December 1867 in Paris. He studied sculpture under William Silver Frith (1850-1924), pupil and successor to Aimeé-Jules Dalou at the Lambeth School of Art. Colton entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1889, where he trained under Boehm and also studied in Paris. At the age of 20, he commenced his career as a sculptor and initially established his studio at St John’s Wood in London and in 1911 moved to Kensington. Colton’s career got off to a flying start with a private commission from the Maharajah of Mysore and he is believed to have sculpted at least four busts and statues of him. Throughout his career Colton’s ability would secure for him a number of commissions from India. He was a prolific sculptor and, despite his teaching responsibilities, produced a body of high quality work. He worked in a variety of media and his output consisted mostly of portrait busts, statues, statuettes and memorial tablets.
In 1902 Colton married Mignon Kroll de Laporte and they had two daughters. He was elected ARA in 1903 and served as Professor of Sculpture at the RA 1907-1911. In the period 1911-12 Professor Colton was Visitor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. In 1916 he was elected Vice-President of the RBS. He was elected RA in 1919 and PRBS in 1920. He was a Member of the Standing Committee of Advice for Education in Art, Board of Education and a Principal Examiner for the Board of Education in Modelling and Sculpture. After a distinguished career as both sculptor and teacher, Robert Colton died at the young age of 53 on 13 November 1921 at St Mary Abbot’s Place, Kensington from the effects of an operation some four weeks previously.
( adopted from www.drawpaintsculpt.com)
|Posted by Sathesh on November 12, 2011 at 11:45 PM||comments (5)|
walking through a forest is the best way to under stand what it is ..a safari in a jeep will never deliver the experience of a walking safari ..
Walking through a wild life park will help you to use all your senses that you rarely or never using these days..
while listening to the thousands of macro and micro sounds will reveall you how great is is this grand symphony as well as your ears power ..
spotting an elephant or a tiny rodent camouflaged in the green bush,sudden and swift flight of an unknown bird or little wonderful flower peeping out from the green grass carpet will make you wonderful how blessed we are with the eye sight..
some (many) unpredictable moments like charging of a visious tusker or the hissing of a cobra ,or a lazy relaxing leoperd on a tree trunk make you estimate how fast is your reflexes and how powerful is your body when get adrenalised
while trekking in wild life sanctuary you are experiencing every thing your own and will understand how baseless what the so called guide books and second hand experience stories and tons of trekking blogs taught you
here we are experiencing the sound, smell and sight of the real forest and I am sure that it will be a great experience in your life time
while opting a walking trek in the Wayanad wild life sanctuary you declare yourself different and responsible traveler and not adding any stress to the already damaged Eco system of wayanad by the mass tourism activities
considering these factors wayanad wild life sanctuary is now offering walking treks in Muthanga wild life sanctuary for responsible and genuine nature lovers
This is a rare opportunity to challenge yourself for a wild forest walking,which will be surely a nexotic experiance in your life if you really passionate about green nature
The package offers you about 5hrs walking in the Muthanga wild life sanctuary with a forest official and an experienced tribal guide who posses immense experience and knowledge about the forest you are moving through
the maximum no of travelers per group is limited to 5(five ) for better management and care of the travelers
The distance covered will be approximately 15 to 20 kilometers according to the route of the particular day
There is a protocol to obey while you are in the forest you have to strictly follow some thumb rules during the trek
You have to pay a nominal fee of Rs 1500 per group and the normal entry fee (Rs 60 per Indian nationals and Rs 150 per other nationals) and by paying this fee your helping the local economy since the money goes to the EDC which includes the locale like the guide accompanying you
We ,Green leaves habitat ,is happy to help you to book a trek in Muthanga wild life sanctuary
you can book any date in advance ,and it is advisable to do it as early as possible to avoid last hr rushes and confusions
The trek will start in the early morning (7 AM ) and the group must report at the forest office in time of the date of your booking
If any body interested you can contact me over phone (09446647635) or mail me ([email protected]) or you can use our contact us button in our website
As a responsible travel facilitating group Green leaves habitat is ready to do all arrangements for this trek irrespective of that where you are staying in Wayanad
|Posted by Sathesh on November 1, 2011 at 1:15 AM||comments (1)|
This is to speak about two ruined and abandoned Jain temples in Wayanad, which were assumed as built in 12th century by the Hoysala dynasty,
the two temples named "Krishna gudi "and" janardana gudi' is splendid show case of the Hoysala architecture and stone carvings
these temples where made by the stones which is not available in that locality and believed to be brought from Karanataka
As per historianas the hoysala kings of Karnataka done a lot to propagate the Jainism Till King Visnu vardha who opted Vaishnava path of salvation ,and then started the bad fate of Jainism in Karnataka and the plight of the believers to karala started during this period..
the said Jain temples where believed to be raided and destructed during the Mysore invasion by Tippu Sulthan during late years of 18th century
The wall motifs and sculptures similates that of Vijaya Nagara and Hoysala
the " Garba gruha",Mukha Mandapa ,detached Namaskara Mandapa and the cloistered wall ,all made from granite pillars and heavy sheets were now in ruins
many of the sheets or pillars of the temple with beautiful motifs where either stolen or destroyed
it was very sad to see that there is no steps from any authority to conserve and protect this history rich unique monument
Hope you will remember to add this small place to include in your must see place when you are in Wayanad next time
|Posted by Sathesh on June 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM||comments (0)|
It was really a sad news that Cholera was back in Wayanad after six years
good health watch and sanitary measures implemented by the official health agency helped to swipe out this bacterial disease from the district in previous years and because of some unidentified multifactorial reasons the disease was hitting back in the tribal colony in Wayanad
The disease already claimed four lives and about 50 tribes where hospitalized with the like symptoms and the entire colonies and areas with poor sanitation facilities are under observation
As every one knows Cholera is not an uncontrollable deadly disease
it is a simple bacterial disease can be treated effectively with re hydration and antibiotics therapy.
but when this type of headings appears in the media ,there is every chance to spread a panic alarm among the public , especially the travelers who is new to such place,but really there is no space for that
As per WHO recommendations there is nothing really risky in visiting the cholera infected areas
Risk of getting infected to travelers is very low for most travelers even in countries where cholera epidemics occur,humanitarian relief workers in disaster areas and refugee camps are the only one comes under the risk group
Infection occurs mainly through ingestion of food or water contaminated directly or indirectly by feces or vomitus of infected persons.
cholera effects only human,there is no insect vector or animal reservoir host
since cholera is a food and waterborne infection, the risk of infection can be reduced by taking hygienic precautions with all food ,drinks and drinking water consumed when traveling and by avoiding direct contact with polluted recreational waters.
This simple precautions can keep you away from the infection ,few antibiotic tablets and some oral re hydration salts in your baggage will assure you an additional protection.
This is just about the travelers,but the situation in the tribal colonies are really pathetic and dangerous ,the sanitation and pure drinking water availability is almost nil in many colonies ,the continuous rain aggravated the condition .
Because of the inappropriate land usage like leveling the paddy fields, blocked the natural drainage system and leaching process during monsoon,poor nutritional status of the people also added its share
In" karimam "colony near Pulpally,where one died and about fifteen are hospitalized, the entire drainage of pulpally town drains in to the marshy area just near to the colony
this may be considered as the failure in the system ,and immediate and long term corrective measures are required
The amount spent in 459 wards of Wayanad district under National rural health mission for health sanitation committees is 24.03 crore , it is really a shame that this much of huge amount didn't improved the facilities at least up to the level of controlling cholera ,and this situation demands an immediate intervention in the entire system
|Posted by Sathesh on October 16, 2010 at 7:01 AM||comments (3)|
I am sure many of you may raise your eyebrows why a blog for such a silly matter.
But this is the major question I am answering regularly to many of my guests and friends who is coming to wayanad ,and that is why I am making it clear in words
The first thing in determining a route is based on a very simple thing that your mode of transport ,that means whether you are travelling by public transport or in a private cab and another one is that is there any other places also included in your itinerary on the route
Let us take the simple ,less expensive Ecofriendly travel mean, the Public transport,since there is no rail connectivity to wayanad the only way is Bus travel
There are lots of buses owned by both Kerala and Karanataka plying from Bangalore to Wayanad
Karnataka’sRajahamsa service is far better when compared to the Kerala super-fast/express services. It’s worth paying extra for the Rajahamsa ticket as it is a long journey.
You will get lot of buses from Mysore to Wayanad also
The main thing you have to keep in mind is that Wayanad is not a town ora city. It is the name of a large district with more than half a dozentowns. In all probability, you would be heading to one of its three major towns , Sulthan Bathery, Kalpetta or Mananthavadi.and you have to book your ticket to any of these towns as per your destination
If you are driving all the way from Banglore to wayanad
There are two routes mainly, one reaching Sulthan batghery ( Bangalore - Mysore - Gundulpet - Munthanga - Sulthan Battery )
another one reaching mananthavady ( Bangalore - Mysore - Hunsur- Nagarhole - Kutta - Mananthavadi)
Ifyou are a guest to Green leaves habitat ,and traveling by car,what I strongly suggest is come by the first route mentioned and return to Banglore thruogh the second route
Since route1 and rout 2 are located at the two ends of Wayanad's tourist arc' By selecting this option you start at one end of the arc, sweep your way through and leave at the other end.and thus you are saving your timeand travel cost by avoiding too many up and down travels withinWayanad. We will arrange your itinerary smartly so that you can start at one endof Wayanad as you enter by one route and by the time you complete your tour of Wayanad, you are already near the exit route you've chosen.
and enjoying the bonus experience of seeing two different wildlifesanctuaries ( Muthanga & Tholpetty) as you go in and out of Wayanad.plus the third one in Karanataka The ' Nagarhole National park '
The route to Sulthan bathery
Either through Mysore city or by the ring road - if you are skipping the city –you should take the road towards Gundulpet,(NH212).
Youcan easily get to NH 212 from the city center(palace area). The right branch of the ring road (as it crosses SH 17when you drive from Bangalore) merges into NH 212, just at the base of Chamundi Hill
Mysorecity to Nanjangud is about 23 km. Traffic is usually moderate it is a two lane and in reasonably good shape. The speed of 60 to 70 KM per hris reasonably safe
After Nanjangud town. Signboards are pretty clear and reasonably frequent. You will not make a wrong turn and neither will you have to ask for directions.
From here up to Gundlupet, traffic slightly thins down, road is good and generally one can compensate the lost time, .
Nanjangudto Gundlupet is about 35km. In short, Mysore - Gundlupet distance youcan cover in about 1 ½hours, including a bit of city traffic delays. Ifwe take a tally so far, Bangalore - Myosre - Gundlupet stretch takes 5hours, including a lunch and tea break in between.
Gundlupet is a small town with a few eateries facing the highway. As you drive through the town, the high way makes a right turn as its exits the town.
The straight road at this junction goes towards Gopalaswamy Betta , Bandipur, Mudumalai, Theppekaddu, Masinagudi, Ooty etc.
You should take the right turn that heads towards the Kerala border.
Gundlupet to Sultan Bathery distance is about 50km, mostly through the forest.
In about 15 minutes from Gundlupet, you'll enter the forest.Then there's a check post. Traffic is reasonably high, though not very heavy.Apart from the many private cars, this is a busy route with the interstate bus services and truck traffic.
It takes anything up to an hour till you cross the forest.
Watchout for wildlife crossing the road. Inside the forest, the rules arealways the same - no parking, no picnic, no horn etc .
A small river and a short bridge across it mark theKarnataka-Kerala border in the middle of the forest. In a stroke,signboards give way to Malayalam. It seems Kerala is in a self imposed competition with other states who own the largest number of check posts.
There is Forest Department check post, commercial tax check post, RTO check post and even a police check post.
And finally Wayanad arrives in style.
Somewhere towards the end of the forest, you will see the entrance to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, as usual tourist vehicle makes a mess around thearea. Take it as a cue for you to join the crowd or slip out and drive ahead to Sultan Bathery. Now you are well in the Wayanad heartland.Sultan Bathery and here located Our home "Green leaves habitat".
Leave everything else to us
We have enough travel plans for Wayanad as per your your interests
|Posted by Sathesh on December 11, 2009 at 9:24 PM||comments (2)|
The well known Elephant back safari ,which was temperorly stoped due to heavy rains restarted at Muthumalai wild life sanctuary
It was a memorable experience for many of travelers
There are 5 well trained elephants for the safari and four travelers can do safari at a time on each elephant back
There two scheduled timings
The morning one starts at 7 AM to 8.30AM
evening 4.30 PM to 6Pm
The charge is 100 INR per person
You can book the safari in advance at Muthumala tiger reserve field director office at Ooty and reception center at Thopekad..
|Posted by Sathesh on September 15, 2009 at 10:43 PM||comments (2)|
Taking a jungle safari in India is an exhilarating experience if doneproperly. To fully enjoy and experience nature the visitor needs to beextremely sensitive to his surroundings and display a large measure ofpatience and self-discipline.
India is blessed with a largediversity of wildlife. This is because of the variations in climate andtopography of the sub-continent. India is divided into tenbio-geographical zones based on a distinctive set of physical andhistorical conditions. These are further divided into twenty-threebiotic provinces. The major ecosystems found in these provinces arecalled biomes. Each biome is unique and is home to different types ofanimals and birds with a certain amount of overlap. To put it simplyIndia possesses a large variety of animal and bird life.
India has about four hundred species of mammals and 1300 species ofbirds. It is the only country to have the Asiatic Lion and is home toabout 65% of the world?s tigers and 85 % of the world?s Asian onehorned rhino. It is also home to five species of big cats, four speciesof wild cattle, eleven wild goat and sheep and fifteen primates.However, in the Indian jungles one will not find many species in closeproximity as often seen in Africa, though there are places wherewildlife can be viewed in abundance.
The Asiatic Lion can onlybe found in the Gir forest of Gujarat and number no more than aboutthree hundred individuals. One needs to consider himself fortunate tobe able to see them in the wild- truly the last of the Mohicans.However, the most charismatic of the Indian big cats is the tiger and atiger safari in India is the ultimate safari experience for the averagevisitor. Apart from the tiger, the One Horned Rhino, the Asian Elephantand the Gaur are some of the other wildlife that can be best viewedonly in India.
India has more than five hundred National Parksand Wildlife Sanctuaries and more than half of them have adequateinfrastructure for the tourist. For those willing to put up with acertain amount of physical discomfort the sky is the limit.
A safari can be best described as a sojourn into the wild and there aremany ways to do so. Most parks in India offer jeep rides into the parkand these are one of the best ways to do so. The advantage of a jeepride is that one is able to cover a lot of ground in the shortestpossible time thus maximizing ones chances of seeing wildlife. However,most jeep safaris turn out to just mindless driving in the forest. Oneneeds to stop every now and then especially near ecological featuresthat attract game like waterholes etc. A discerning guide is necessaryon any safari and he should not be pressured to show animals, as no oneis a magician to be able to conjure up game. Sounds play an importantrole and one must be willing to stop and spend time listening
An elephant safari is probably the best way to get up close andpersonal with nature and in certain habitats, such as the tall elephantgrass habitats, it is the only way to go about. The advantages ofelephants are that wildlife accepts them as animals and does notassociate them with an alien presence. With the result, that one canusually get very close to wildlife. The other advantage is that thereis no noise pollution and one can get to listen to the jungle sounds,which are usually drowned out in the roar of a jeep engine. Theelephant also give you a vantage point and visibility is much improvedadding to the overall experience.
Trekking in protected areasis discouraged in India and rightly so. The average tourist does notposses the skills required to survive in the forest and is thus mostvulnerable while on foot. Fitness levels and the ability to climb treesplay an important role is escaping danger while on foot and as theseare hard to assess it is best to avoid going into the forest on foot.
Waterbased safaris are on offer in certain parks that have large waterbodies within them. A boat safari can be quite an enjoyable experienceat the right time of the year and is certainly the most comfortable andrelaxing way to do a safari. For the avid bird watcher a boat is one ofthe best ways to get close to certain species of birds.
Amachan or a hide situated close to a waterhole during the heat ofsummer is probably the best way to view game. However, one demands alot of patience. Most parks have machans built close to waterholes andwith prior permission one can get to use them. Make sure to check onthe availability of these before you visit a park the next time.
To derive maximum pleasure from a safari one must go properly prepared.A pair of good binoculars is the most important piece of equipment tocarry on safari. A pair of 8X magnification is suitable for the mammalsbut for watching birds a 10X magnification is required to bring outdetails of plumage for correct identification. One should carry a pairthat has an adequate diameter of lens as it helps in capturing morelight. A ratio of 1:5 (magnification to diameter) is the norm.
Agood camera is an asset to jog your memory later however one should notget obsessed with taking the perfect picture, as the effort tends todistract for the experience. Large and cumbersome lens add to thediscomfort and it is best to restrict your photography when using hidesor machans. Most resorts allow photographers to hire jeeps for theirexclusive use, for an extra charge, and if photography is your purposeit is recommended that you do so.
A good field guide that is easy to carry can be an invaluable asset.
Dressfor comfort and cotton fabrics in neutral or dull colours is mostsuitable. Avoid synthetic fabrics and those made of vinyl as theyreflect UV light that is visible to animals. Use detergents that do notcontain brighteners for the same reason. A wide brimmed hat is usefulin summers and dark glasses are a strict no no.
Smells playsan important role in the wild and therefore do not use strongdeodorants and avoid insect repellents and sunscreens that havepowerful scents.
Your behavior and gestures are extremelyimportant. Do not get excited on seeing wildlife, take care to speak inhushed tones and do not make any sudden or violent gestures. Try not tobreak the profile of the jeep by standing up.
Leave the forestas you find it. Do not litter, it can be fatal for wildlife. Resist thetemptation to pluck flowers and fruit. Do not leave anything behind anddo not take anything away except memories.
In addition, giveyourself time. Nature cannot be hurried. She does not respond todeadlines. If you wish to get a better understanding then you must beprepared to be patient. The more time you spend the better your chancesof seeing wildlife and the more time you spend watching wildlife themore you learn about them.
Strictly follow the local rules thatmay vary from place to place and listen to your guide. In the forest,he is also your minder and teacher. Respect him and respect wildlife.Wildlife can be dangerous and therefore it is best to avoid cheapthrills. Do not under any circumstances encroach upon an animal?sprivate space ? it can be fatal.
If you strictly observe theseguidelines, you can have one of the most rewarding experiences of yourlife. A word of caution- wildlife safaris can be highly addictive!
script by Sr Vikram najappa ,world known wild life expert in India
|Posted by Sathesh on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM||comments (5)|
It was on the same day 'Splash' a monsoon tourism promotion event in Wayand inaugurated,I opted for visiting This old man, I strongly believes that this typeof meetings give me more pleasure than the indoor hangamas organized fortourists.
He is Kapi moopan ,a tribal king who lives at' Thirumukham 'colony of' pakam'a forest fringe village near Pulpally, aged about 100 years with astrong body and keen eye sight and a energetic mind charged with the memoriesof a century.
He is the present King of the tribal community ' Kuruma' of 'pakam desham?Kuruma is a community which believes that they are in higher orders of the hierarchyamong the tribal communities of Wayanad, and with a strong religious and agricultural practices, and who plays a major role in conserving thetraditional paddy verities and experts in tribal way of living includingcollecting minor forest produces, hunting and fishing where the modern'knowledge' almost fails
As per the customs of this tribal community ' Pakkam king' is the ruler of all the members of that community, and his jurisdiction includes, the 'Thirumukam' 'thazhethirumukham' 'lliumbum'and 'pakkam', where majority of these familiesliving
The king is the final word in any decisions regarding the community including the disputes between members, he is the chief guest and leads all the rituals including the birth ,death and marriage functions, he is supposed to live in a'Palace' specially made for him near their holy temple, the Kingship comes to a person as per the rule of the community, generally the eldest son of the previous king and when the male follower chain breaks the eldest son of the king?s immediate brother comes to that place, when a person is proposed as the next king an official coronation have to takes place as per the rituals of the community before the community god and then only the person will getcharge of the holy chair
But all these glory and power now lives only in the memories of the present King,Kapi moopan and his generation,
The official coronation was not taken place for Kaapi mooppan ,even he acquired the king man ship by community rule 20 yrs back, the king before him,Karuna moopan also died without the coronation and official ruling power,
What blocks both of them from getting crowned is the strong protocol of the coronation ceremony, which strongly states that group hunting of a wild animal is a must for that ceremony.
As all of you aware the wild animals are protected by law and hunting them is a serious offence, and this blocks the coronation and this makes Kapimoopan's king ship one without power.
Now the king was alone,his wife was no more and five daughters were living with their family at different places, his brother's son . whom he opted in the childhood itself isresiding in the Thirumukham colony and his daily meals comes from that family.
His 60 plus year old residence was weak and damaged due to lack of maintenance
This is his Palace, the 150 year old building is about to collapse at any time, and his royal wish is to repair that building, and stay there atleast one day, and he hopes the community members will reconstruct it before the next 'Uchal',the major yearly event of the community, even there is no chance for that,since the new generation didn?t so much interested in their Kings Wish and comforts ,I wished him for the fulfillment of his wish.
This is not for advocating for kings rules or condemns the Govt rules against hunting, which prevents an old king/s coronation
This is only to share that there lives a Poor old man, A king who keeps loads of tribal knowledge (only that) in his treasury.
|Posted by Sathesh on July 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM||comments (4)|
Sorry for posting such a disturbing picture like this..
This photograph is from NH 212 near Muthanga wild life sanctuary of Wayand last week.
Monkeys demonstrating all their skills for some eatables are a funny entertainment for many travelers.
This type of fancy feeding attract them to the highways and leads tothe tragic end to some of them by motor hits..
This type of accidents happens almost in all tourists places where people stop their vehicles and feed them, may be your love and kindness towards these animals makes you to stop and feed but that leads to such sad events
Hope this photograph speaks to you how unfortunate that is and a grea tmessage that never feed monkeys while you traveling through their habitat.
This also request my dear friends who drive through forest roads tokeep your speed little low and be careful about the crossing tiny animals like monkeys,squirrels and mongooses