Mangaluru gets a glimpse of old Mysuru in 'Bombe Habba'

Mohan | coastaldigest.com
October 19, 2018

Mangaluru, Oct 19: For over a decade, this bunch of Mysuru natives residing in Mangaluru has captured the attention of the coastal region with their unique tradition of Golu or 'Bombe Habba' during Dasara. Once a distinct feature of the traditional Mysuru households during Dasara, is now captivating the attention of Mangalureans.

Over 130 enthusiastic Mysurean families in the region have managed to put-up a show of over 1000 dolls this year under the banner of ‘Nammavaru - Mangaluruvasi Hale Mysuru Vipra Koota’ (N-MHMVK). The association that began in 1996 to bring together Mysuru residents in the coastal district today is also the flag-bearer of the tradition in Mangaluru.

“Unlike in Mysuru, where people are largely familiar with the tradition of Golu and the display of the thematically arranged figurines, here many are unfamiliar, but they patiently wait for us to narrate the history and the story behind it. This is a great encouragement for us to carry-forward our culture but also makes us feel that our effort is worthwhile," says M S Gururaj, Convener of N-MHMVK.

Arranged in nine-steps, each figurine speaks of tremendous amount of depth, knowledge and creativity put into it. "Besides, one has to have substantial knowledge of mythologies like Ramayana and Mahabharata, to retell the legacy of this traditional culture," Gururaj adds.

While the culture of celebrating Dasara by the Vijayanagara dynasty has been recorded as early as 15th century, and later revived by the Wodeyars of Mysore who observed Mahanavami. The then locals at Mysuru who had no access to the palace festivities, started to imitate the festivity at their homes using statues of Gods, and also placed two dolls 'Pattada Gombe' that represented the king and queen and the rituals were performed accordingly.

'Pattada Gombe', in fact even today is gifted to the bride and groom at marriage wishing them prosperity and fertility. "Some of the families who have continued the tradition unbroken have in the possession 'Pattada Gombe' that is over 300-years old" Gururaj exclaims.

While the Gods are placed in the top three rows of the nine tiers, in the subsequent steps figurines of priests, saints and common folks; their lives style, wedding and every day’s scenes are shown. "Back then it was an occasion for the families, neighbobours to visit each others house in the pretext of viewing the replicas and socializing. In this digital era, we are only attempting to promote among the youngsters to carry out such simple acts of social interaction that can bond our society," Gururaj says.

Quite number of times the N-MHMVK members are stuck with the awkward situation where the visitors express desire to purchase the figurines. Like many Mangalureans, Vijay Bolar, a localite said that while being amazed by the collection, he was stumped by the fact that the skillfully made handicrafts was not for sale. "Generally, there is a tendency to think that everything so beautifully decked is up for grabs, or so I thought. Although, I am a bit disappointed that I cannot have one of those figurines, but nevertheless it is beautiful and so is the tradition," he says.

While earlier the collection at the expo came from the personal collection of the association members, some of which is passed down from generations. "But to accommodate the number of audience and increase our display we have also purchased dolls and spread our collection. Indirectly we are also supporting the artisans of wooden and clay art, continue their skills," N-MHMVK says.

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August 15,2022

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Mangaluru, Aug 15: A retired army soldier collapsed and died during a flag hoisting ceremony marking Independence Day at a village in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district on Monday, police said. 

The deceased has been identified as Gangadhara Gowda.

As people across the country celebrated the 76th Independence Day, the Kutrupady gram panchayat in Kadaba taluk too organised a flag hoisting ceremony.

Gowda, who took part in the ceremony, collapsed soon after giving a call for saluting the national flag, police said.

Though he was rushed to hospital, Gowda died on the way, they said.

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August 11,2022

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Mangaluru, Aug 11: On the lines of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka Police have started attaching the properties of the persons accused of killing BJP Yuva Morcha activist Praveen Kumar Nettare.

However, no such action has been taken against murders of two Muslim men in Dakshina Kannada – Muhammad Fazil and Muhammad Masood. All three were murdered in the span of 10 days – July 19 to July 28. 

ADGP Alok Kumar confirmed on Wednesday that the process of attaching properties of the accused in Praveen murder case is on. The police along with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) will attach the properties of the accused persons, he added.

Kumar also said that the main accused in the case are yet to be arrested.

"We have complete information about the killers of Praveen. The accused persons' photos, information about their family members -- everything has been gathered. However, the main accused in the case are being given shelter. They have been shifted to different places," he said.

"We will hold meetings in different districts. Maintaining law and order in the Mangaluru region is our focus. Action will be taken against those who directly or indirectly helped the main accused persons, in coordination with the NIA. The process of issuing warrants via court is on," Kumar said.

When asked about the involvement of Popular Front of India (PFI) in the murder, Kumar stated that few accused persons do have links with the PFI.

"Investigation in this regard is progressing and information regarding the accused who have links with the PFI would be given soon," he stated.

Kumar added that all the seven arrested accused so far are local residents. Now, the focus is on who gave them the instruction to carry out the murder.

On July 26, bike-borne miscreants attacked BJP activist Praveen at Bellare town in Dakshina Kannada district outside his chicken shop and hacked him to death.

Following the murder, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had cancelled the celebrations of his one year in office. He visited Praveen's family and issued a cheque of Rs 25 lakh as compensation on behalf of the state government. The BJP had given Rs 25 lakh separately.

The incident had triggered a chain of protests by BJP workers all over Karnataka. The agitators had laid siege to Home Minister Araga Jnanendra's residence, causing severe embarrassment to the ruling party.

The probe had revealed that Praveen was targeted for launching a campaign against halal meat.

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August 9,2022

Mangaluru, July 9: The Dakshina Kannada police have arrested one more person in connection with the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha leader Praveen Nettaru in Bellare police station limits. 

Praveen was hacked to death by three bike-borne miscreants in front of his chicken stall at Bellare on July 26.

DK Superintendent of Police Rishikesh Sonawane said that the arrested is Abdul kabeer C A ( 33) from Jattipalla House in Sullia. 

With this, the police have arrested seven persons so far.  

The SP said that the investigation is in progress. All the assailants have been identified by the police and a search was on for them.

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