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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June 16,2022

Mangaluru, June 16: Three months after the Karnataka High Court ruled that Muslim girl students should abide by the decisions of the college development committees (CDCs) and wear prescribed uniforms without hijab, 19 students of government first grade college at Haleyangadi here have been denied education for refusing to remove headscarves.

The students, who are not ready to fulfil the demand of college authorities to show their hair in classrooms, are now on the verge of dropping out of the college as they were neither allowed to write examinations nor attended classes for the last three months.

Similar issues at university college of Mangalore, government first grade college at Uppinangady were solved after discussions with students and parents.

However, the 19 students at Haleyangadi college are facing loss of education after the college authorities strictly prohibited wearing of hijab inside the institution as per the High Court verdict on March 15.

Though the students say that the High Court order is only applicable to pre-university colleges, the college claims that the order is applicable to all institutions where the CDCs have prescribed specific dress code or uniform.

Some students have made up their mind to discontinue studies though they still have a distant hope that the college authorities will reverse their decision, sources said.

College principal K Sridhar said the 19 girls, who are third year degree students, did not appear for the exams and skipped the new semester classes. Though they tried to convince the students to comply with the High Court order, they are insisting on wearing hijab, he said.

The talks with parents of the students were also disappointing, the principal said, adding it is unfortunate to see the girls, who studied at the college for two years, dropping out suddenly.

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June 16,2022

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Mangaluru:  A teenage girl fell to her death in Mangaluru while trying to pull a curtain in the balcony of the apartment where she lived.

The victim was identified as Sehar Inthiyaaz (15), the eldest daughter of Mohammed Imthiyaaz.

At around 4.30 pm on June 15, Sehar kept adjusting the curtains while tiptoeing on a chair in the balcony of fifth floor of Vishwas crown apartment in Kankanady.

She lost her balance during the process and fell from the fifth floor of the flat.

Mohammed, with help of his neighbours, shifted his daughter to the nearest private hospital. However, Sehar, who had sustained serious head injuries in the fall, succumbed, police sources said.

Sehar was a Class 10 student at Lourdes central school.

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June 14,2022

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Mangaluru, June 14: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) set up in limits of Mangaluru city police commissionerate has formally commenced operations.

The 35-member police team arrived in Mangaluru after completing a 2-month long Counter Terrorism training at State Police’s Internal Security Division’s Center for Counter-Terrorism (CCT), Kudlu in Bengaluru.

Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hariram Shankar on Monday, June 13, received the guard of honour from the SWAT personnel led by Reserve Police Inspector Subrahmanya M.

The ATS personnel have been picked from the City Armed Reserve Police. They will operate in two teams of 15-members each and will have a separate uniform, said Police Inspector Subrahmanya M.

Intelligence gathering and operations will be the two important aspects of the ATS. It will exchange information with the State Intelligence and Internal Security Division (ISD) on a regular basis, sources said.

Earlier, at the state level, the Centre for Counter Terrorism attached to the ISD was dealing with issues related to terrorism. At city and district levels, there was no exclusive staff for the job and other officers were given additional charge. 

“But now, a full-fledged team will work in the ATS in city police commissionerates and it will be much more effective as the focus is clear and there will be proper flow of information,” a senior official said.

It is said inputs from intelligence agencies about probable terrorism related activities and presence of sleeper cells have prompted the state police to act swiftly in setting up the ATS.

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