Sunday, December 13, 2009

Theatre Stalwart R B S Komarpant - Times of India News

When amateurs perform at the tiatr competition, they always seem to have a charm of their own. If one were to ignore certain nervous moments, considering that these artistes are merely hard working villagers from Poinguinim-Canacona, it was nice to see them having a blast although they were performing on stage for the first time.

Presented by the Kala Krida Mandal, Teag was performed by a group of artistes who learnt much of their acting skills under the able guidance of theatre stalwart R B S Komarpant. 

Believing in the ideology of creating and promoting more new talent, rather than giving some great performances with professional artistes, Komarpant's work will surely go places. Garnering support from Anthony Pio Fernandes on the lights, the first glimpse of fresh elements used in this tiatr came out with the band - with Agnelo Furtado playing some interesting new tones on the keyboard. Furtado was ably backed by Anthony Fernandes on the trumpet, Cruz Coutinho on sax, Antonio Fernandes on guitar and Ivo Furtado on drums.

"Where else will these guys experiment if not here?" were the words of tiatr's showman Prince Jacob, further encouraging the amateurs with his loud applause. "This is the best place to make mistakes and learn from them," he added.

The story seemed long and winding, but in brief it was about the sacrifices made by parents for their children. As the play progressed and the family turned from impoverished to wealth, sets designed by Denzil D'Costa added the right colour and character to the contrasting lifestyles.

Wealth, they say, inevitably brings along unwanted baggage. Likewise, when money power gets to the head of the son of the house, his behaviour is not appreciated - even by the audience. And the mother, around whom the story revolves, inorder to please her son reluctantly agrees to have her xet-bhat' (landed properties) sold and house renovated from their ancient ethnic look to a modern pad. A teacher by profession, the mother also decides to resign from her job after her self-esteem is hurt by some politics.

While many think that mother would be supported and cared for by her son, the opposite happens. The play, which ends in a tragedy with the ungrateful son asking his mother to leave the house, has a clear message by the end thoughthat of one's responsibility towards aging parents.

Penned by Anthony Fernandes, Teag had stellar performances by Liberta Fernandes, Joliba Fernandes, Antonette D'Costa, Albino, Anthony Pereira and Jose Fernandes. The comedy, however, was written by Agnelo Furtado de Fatorda, who was well supported by his sidekick whose plans to put his master in problems keep failing with every changing situation, much to the amusement of the spectators. His master is called Bosteanv and is a tailora character with a black moustache, whitish hair and a physical defect that has him constantly thrusting his pelvic.

Cajie de Curtorim sang a decent solo on a reggae beat, while Seby Rebello sang a political solo predicting a BJP government next. William de Curtorim was conspicuous with his presence, singing one of his songs a la Young Menezes style (non-stop in the same breath). Rocky Dais while paying tribute to the previous generation of tiatrists in his self-composed song, tried to drive home the point that nobody could really to take on their sobriquets of tragedy king or melody king. 

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hindu Indian Temples All Over the World

  1. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London ( Neasden Temple ), United States
  2. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple , Helensburgh, Sydney , Australia 
  3. Venkateswara Swami temple , Riverdale near Atlanta , Georgia , US 
  4. Murugan Temple , Sydney , Australia
  5. Mother Temple of Besakih, Bali , Indonesia
  6. Sri Venkateswara Temple , Bridgewater , NJ , US
  7. Sri Murugan Temple “ Batu Caves ”, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
  8. Sri Siva Vishnu Temple , Washington DC , United States
  9. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Toronto , Canada
  10. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago - Aurora , Illinois , United States 
  11. Prambanan Shiva Temple , Central Java , Indonesia
  12. Lord Venkateshwara Temple , Birmingham , United Kingdom
  13. Shiva-Vishnu Temple , Livermore , California , US 
  14. Malibu Hindu Temple , Malibu , California , US
  15. Lord Vishnu Temple , Angkor , Cambodia 
  16. The largest temple of the world, raised during the reign of Suryavarman-II in 12th century, is, in fact, located in Angkor, a major archaeological site of Cambodia . It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is also one of the two temples intact in Angkor , Cambodia . The other is a Buddhist Temple . The largest temple of Lord Vishnu in Angkor is built according to Khmer architecture, original to Cambodia . 
  17. Sri Meenakshi Devasthanam - Pearland , Texas , US 
  18. Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Temple , Rivervale Crescent Sengkang , Singapore
  19. Ekta Mandir, Irving , Texas , US
  20. Sri Venkateshwara Temple - New Jersey , US
  21. Sri Lakshmi Temple - Ashland , MA , US 
  22. Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple , Pittsburgh , US
  23. Shiva Vishnu Temple of South Florida Inc, FL, US
  24. Shiva - Vishnu Temple of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia
  25. Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Swami Temple , Memphis , Tennessee , US
  26. Sri Murugan Temple , London , UK
  27. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Perumal Temple , Little India , Serangoon Road, Singapore
  28. Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple , Johor Baru , Malaysia - The only Hindu Glass Temple abroad

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Komarpanth - Google Alerts

Journalists fail to address core societal needs: Sainath

Village Tinto Goa - ‎Nov 18, 2009‎
... added that he has asked concerned, Mr Swapnil Naik to submit the report on the assault on a South Goa photojournalist Mr Soiru Komarpant by November 25. ...

NRI fugitive takes angry swipes at photo journalists in Goa - ‎Oct 28, 2009‎
On Tuesday eveing, Kaushal angrily grabbed photographer Soiru Komarpant's shirt and pulled himeven while the police were escorting him to the courtroom. ...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wikipedia Article on Kshatriya Komarpant

Komarpanths are Kshatriyas, basically from Goa State and with their own dialet in Kannada language as their mother tongue, known as the Halegannada (Old Kannada).

The Kshatriya Komarpanths are originally from the Keladi Kingdom[1] or the Vijayanagar Empire[2], from the Kings family of Karnataka or the old Mysore State, and are the FOLLOWERS OF “SHRI SHRINGERI MATA[3]” FOUNDED BY HIS HOLINESS “JAGADGURU SHRI SHANKARACHARYA”[4] at Shringeri[5].

The Rulers of Keladi[6] had extended their kingdom up to Goa State and it is also a fact that the Keladi Kingdom[7] was under the control of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.

Kshatriya Komarpanths are also referred to as those from “Payaka” family which means that they are from the “Superior leader” or the Troop Leaders. They were Brave, well known for Horse riding, Archery and were inborn Fighters. They have fought several times with the Sultans of Mysore and also against the British Rule in India.

Komarpanth Veera Henje Naik born in the year 1736 was not only a brave soldier but a Patriotic Freedom fighter, who fought against the British and the Sulthans of Mysore. With the help of the Bhandaris[8] of Kodibag on the banks of the Kali River[9] at Karwar, and fellow Komarpanths, Veera Henje Naik had been controlling the Five Islands that covered the entrance to Karwar from the sea route. But as the British outnumbered him with their Army summoned from Madras, his team was ambushed by the British at Kodibag, and Veera Henje Naik was shot by the British in the year 1801. The Samadhi (tomb) of the brave warrior still remains in Kodibag Village on Karwar–Kodibag Main Road on the Western Side, adjacent to Government Boys Model School.

During the period from 1736 – 1801 the of the Kshatriya Komarpanth Community, Veera Henje Naik ruled the province of Goa and some parts of Karwar and Uttara Kannada District and determined to fight against the British and the Sulthans of Mysore. Owing to his charismatic leadership, he was conferred upon with the title “CHAK MAK JENGA”, KOMARPANTH VEERA, HENJE NAIK by the King Sadashivanayaka[10] of Keladi[11] Kingdom. The monuments installed by the Komarpanths still remain in the islands of Anju Div Island, Kurumgad Islands, Guddehalli and Belur, Shirave hills.

Kshatriya Komarpanths have settled in villages spread across Goa State , and in Karnataka in Uttara Kannada district[12] Karwar, Sirsi[13], Ankola[14], Joida[15], Yellapur[16], Haliyal[17] and even up to Kumta[18] Taluk.

[edit]Veera Henja Naik

On the 1st November 2008, Saturday at 7-30AM, Homage was paid to the Matryr Sri. Henja Naik, the first Freedom Fighter/Martyr of Karwar [19] and the Komarpanth Community at his Memorial at Kodibag, Karwar, next to the Government Model Boys School.

People from all classes, sects and creeds participated in this ceremony, organised by the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike, Karwar, the Govt. Model Boys School, Kodibag, Karwar City Municipal President Sri. Ulvekar, and Councillors such as Ranju Malsekar, Devidas Naik. Smt. Divya Naik. Sri. Gangadhar Hiregutti Editor of "Karavali Munjavu" newspaper, Sri. Satish Sail of Mallikarjun Shipping were the day's Chief Guests.

Veteran and septgenerian Sri. Ramdas Krishna Metri spoke about the Matryr Henja Naik, and how valiantly he resisted and fought against the British imperialists, with his Team of supporters, by not allowing the British Ships to enter the Karwar Arabian Sea , and attacking them from the Islands of Devgadh, Anjidiv, Kurumgad and Madhlingad. He said the British had to summon their entire Navy from Madras to fight against the Matryr Henja Naik. He was later shot dead at the place where the Memorial is now situated at Kodibag, Karwar. Only after he was assassinated, the British could move into Karwar and establish their base.

[edit]History of Komarpanths under British rule

The Komarpanths were called as Comarapeca by the British of the East India Company[20], and were referred by that name in all official records. In the A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer By George Newenham Wright - 1835 [21]the author says

The Comarapeca tribe are idle and addicted to robbery.'Italic text'

In the Universal geography, or A description of all the parts of the world By Malthe Conrad Bruun - 1822, 1827, 1829[22] it is said

The Comarapeca, or true Sudras of this division, are both cultivators and soldiers, strongly inclined to robbery, and had acquired an uncommon degree of cruelty during times of anarchy.

Francis Hamilton Buchanan in his A Journey from Madras through the Countries of Mysore, Canara, and Malabar[23]

Customs of the Comarapeca The Comarapeca are a tribe of the Kankana descent, and seem to be Sudras of pure birth, who properly belong to the country; in the same manner as the Nairs are the pure Sudras of Malayala. By birth they are all cultivators and soldiers; and, as usual with this class of men among the Hindus, are all strongly inclined to be robbers. From the anarchy which has long prevailed in this neighbourhood, they had acquired an extraordinary degree of cruelty, and had even compelled many Brahmins to assume their customs, and adopt their cast. They have hereditary chiefs called Nayakas, who, as usual, with the assistance of a council, can expel from the cast, and settle disputes among their inferiors. A man’s own children are his heirs. They can read poetical legends, and are permitted to eat meat and drink spirituous liquors. Their women are not marriageable after the age of puberty. Widows ought to burn themselves with the bodies of their husbands, but this barbarity is no longer in use. Widows, and women who have been divorced for adultery with a Brahman or Comarapeca, may be taken into a kind of left-hand marriage; but their children will be despised, and no person of pure descent will marry them. A woman cannot be divorced for any other cause than adultery; if the crime has been committed with any man but a Brahman, Comarapeca, she loses cast. The men many take as many wives as they please. The Sringagiri Swamalu is their Guru. He receives their Dharma, and bestows on them Upadesa, holy-water, consecrated ashes, and the like. The Panchanga, or astrologer of the village, is their Purohita, and reads prayers (Mantrams) at marriages, Namacurna (the giving a child its name), Tithi, Amavasya, &c. &c. They worship the great gods, Siva and Vishnu, in temples where Kankana Brahmans are Pujaris. They offer bloody sacrifices ; and at the temples of Saktis, or

Pages 185-200 are not part of this Book preview[24]

The Authors seem to have a very bad image of the ancestors of Komarpanths. They have portrayed Komarpanths as rebellious, anti-social, idle, cruel, robbers, anarchists, etc. However the fact remains that Komarpanths were the aboriginal people of North Canara, and were originally soldiers and Agriculturists. Sri Sri Shringeri Jagadguru[25] was their Guru since time immemorial, and they adhered to customs and traditions of the Hindu religion, revered Brahmin and Goud Saraswat[26] priests. That being so, its difficult to believe that Komarpanths were robbers and cruel people.

Komarpanths, having the inbred soldier spirit or the fighting spirit in them, never agreed to or subjugated themselves to the Foreign Rulers - the British, and hence the British did not have a good opinion about them.

[edit]Concentration of Komarpanth Families

1. UTTARA KANNADA DISTRICT[27]TALUK-wise :- Densely populated in the following Taluks 1. Karwar

2. Ankola

3. Kumta

Rarely populated in the following Taluks..... Continued... here.

This article was created with Inputs from the Web, some elders, and statistics from Dr. Vinayak K Naik. The article needs to be improved and developed further.

Please Contribute....

Friday, September 25, 2009

Obituary to Karwar Akhila Komarpanth Samaj President - Sri. H T Naik

The present President of the Akhila Kshatriya Komarpanth Samaj, Karwar, expired on 19-09-2009, after a brief period of Illness. He presided over the Samaj for nearly TEN long, but fruitful, years, and made generous, far-reaching contributions to the Samaj. He had donated more than Rupees SEVEN Lakhs from his own savings towards the construction of the Samaj's Community Hall at Kajubag, Opposite Police HQ, Karwar. He also contributed to the development and renovation of Sri Kaal Rudreshwar Temple, at Kencha Road, Karwar.

He was known to be a impartial person, with immense conviction towards the community and patience, persevering convincing abilities, and without any political inclinations towards any Party or Candidate. Until the last elections, reminiscing the late M.T. Naik era, he was wishing to see a Kshatriya Komarpanth candidate get elected as the people's Representative. Our community was then let down by the statements of some leaders' statements which had hurt him a lot.

During his tenure, the controversial Komarpanth Community Hall was not only completed, but was also Blessed by the Arrival and Aasirvachana of His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Shringeri Bharati Thirtha Swamiji. (Details here and Pictures here). Satyanarayana Pooja was also held in the Samaj Hall under his benevolent guidance.

The Annual Education Awards to the Samaj students saw an unprecedented Boost during his tenure, both in terms of the number of Students awarded, and the quality of the Awards made te parents and the students proud to be the members of the Samaj.

His tenure also witnessed the Komarpanth Samaj Cricket Tournaments hosted at the Maladevi Ground, and he sat through all the matches, and expressed is emotional satisfaction in seeing the Komarpant Youth play so sportively, and the amount of Prizes that they gathered hitting fours and sixes, taking catches and wickets. Karwar People from all walks of life contributed to the individual prizes, and were left dumb-founded over the Organising Capabilities of the top-rung Komarpanth personalities.

On November 1st, 2008, Homage was paid to the Matryr Sri. Veera Henja Naik, the first Freedom Fighter/Martyr of Karwar and the Komarpanth Community at his Memorial at Kodibag, Karwar, next to the Government Model Boys School, under the Chairmanship of late Sri. H. T. Naik. Report and pictures here...

Thus ended the tenure of Sri. H. T. Naik, as the President of Akhila Kshatriya Komarpant Samaj...

May his soul Rest in Peace...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Komarpant included in Goa OBC

Panaji, Jun 15 (Press Trust of India)

Goa state cabinet today included two more communities, including Christian Toddy Tapers, in the list of other backward classes (OBC). With today's decision, the count of OBC, SC and ST in the state will be 26 percent in the state. These communities will now be entitled for various benefits enjoyed by OBCs in the state.

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today said the communities of Komarpant and Christian Toddy Tapers will be classified as OBC. This is done as per the recommendation of the Backward Commission, he said.

There are around 5,000 people hailing from Komarpant community, the Chief Minister told reporters.

Source - Here

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Insignia of Kshatriya Komarpanth Community

From Komarpanth Cricket 2008
Insignia (plural) is badges, emblems, or other distinguishing marks, as of rank, membership, etc.
This is the Emblem symbolic of the Kshatriya (warrior) nature of our Community. 
Two Swords and a Shield, with the Conch to announce the Battle, form the Insignia of our Community.

Another Version...
From Komarpanth Cricket 2008

Friday, January 23, 2009

Satya Narayana Pooja

A Samuhika Satya Narayana Pooja is organised at the Komarpanth Samaj Hall, Opp. Police Quarters, Kajubag, Karwar, on the 25th January 2009 at 10-00 a.m. The couple presiding on the Pooja would be Smt. and Sri. Maruti Raghoba Naik of Kadwad, Karwar.

What is Satyanarayana Pooja ? Satyanarayana Puja, or Satyanarayan Pooja, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is the preserver of the Universe in Hindu religion. Satyanarayana is a highly compassionate form of Lord Vishnu. Performing Satyanarayana puja is believed to usher in prosperity. 

Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (Ch4.9) " Janma Karma cha may divyam yevam yo veththi tha-thwathah...." " One who knows My divine birth and activities will not be born again". Sri Sathyanarayana katha is one such activity of the Lord, by studying which we have every chance of being liberated. Sri Sathyanarayana katha forms a vital and integral part of this pooja. Not listening to the katha will be a major loss. Repeatedly hearing this story and meditating on its different aspects will make us more and more interested in the Lord and His activities. 
The entire Story is here....