Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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A tiatr by RBS Komarpant/ Canacona, staged at Kala Academy on 25th Sept. 2009 as part of 35th Tiatr Competition.


This pic along with the review also appeared in Herald dt 28/9/09

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Noted Personalities of Komarpant Community - Dr. Neelam Komarpant

Dr. Neelam Komarpant is Treasurer for The Green Cross. A Marine biologist by profession, studying wildlife had always been an obsession for her since childhood. This lured her to study more about lesser known fauna like butterflies (Lepidopteron diversity), spiders (Arachnofanaldiversity), scorpions, lizards and other animals in the protected areas of Goa. She is an expert snake handler and often attends rescue calls in her locality. Her other areas of expertise are nesting ecology of birds, eco-theology, mangrove ecology and environmental education. She is often invited to conduct awareness talks on biodiversity conservation in schools and colleges of Goa. Since 2004, she is also an honourary Animal Welfare Officer nominated by Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Suggi of Ankola Komarpants

During the Week preceding the Holi Festival, the Komarpants of Aversa, Belekeri, Hattikeri, Bhavikeri, etc villages, take part in this Community Ritual of "Suggi". Suggi means "Harvest Festival". It is meant for appeasing the Gods for a better Crop on the next year, and also to show their gratitude for the Harvest that they have got in the present year.

One male member from each family of the Komarpants from this region has to participate in the Suggi Ritual. And each family whole-heartedly does participate. After wearing this headgear- Turaai, each person with one assistant/stand-by male member of the family, walk to all villages around Ankola taluk and perform the Ritualistic Suggi Dance before each Temple/God of that village and in the courtyard of the villagers. For the entire period, they stay away from their respective houses, cooking their own food outside and strictly adhering to traditional codes of conduct. 

This year - 2010, about 135 people wore these beautiful Turaai's.
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Books about "Komarpant"

Chhattisgarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh. (Book, 2003) []

The term Komarpant is derived from the word kuwari (maiden girl) and the people of the community claim that they are the descendants of Kama ... Gardening was the traditional occupation of the Komarpants. There is a myth that long ago, ..

Fair and Festivals of India - Chhattisgarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh. Vol - 4

Authors - Madan Prasad Bezbaruah; Phal S Girota; Krishna Gopal
Publisher: New Delhi : Gyan Publ. House, 2003.

India's communities
Kumar Suresh Singh, Anthropological Survey of ... - 1998 - 2510 pages
The term Komarpant is derived from the word kuwari, meaning maiden. They claim to be the descendants of Karna, the son of Kunti, a Kumari Mata (unmarried mother) of the Mahabharata. Konkani is their mother tongue and they all are ..

People Of India- National Series (vols. Iv-vi. Set) (a-z)- Indias Communities by  K.s. Singh
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2 pages matching komarpant in this bookPage 1787
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Österreichische Leo-Gesellschaft, Görres ... - 1955
This can be seen from what is done in the Komarpant community. In Binge, a village near Karwar, ... a Komarpant family used to offer one member each year as a human sacrifice, at the stone of Bali Bir. It is clear, therefore, ...

A socio-cultural history of Goa from the Bhojas to the Vijayanagara

By Vithal Raghavendra Mitragotri

Book overview

Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.--Goa University, 1994).

Snippet view - 1999 - 271 pages

A socio-cultural history of Goa from the Bhojas to the Vijayanagara

Author:Vithal R Mitragotri
Publisher:Panaji Goa Inst. Menezes Braganza 1999


 By Pra. Pā Śiroḍakara, H. K. Mandal, Anthropological Survey of India
Page 118

Monday, May 3, 2010

Enquiry Report on the Assault of Photo-Journalist - Soiru Komarpant is "Out"

The much talked about inquiry instituted by the government into the assault of photo-journalist by police during Margao riots has failed to identify the culprit. Instead the inquiry report has suggested special jackets be given to photo journalists while covering incidents of Violence.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had ordered inquiry following complaint that the Photo-journalist Soiru Komarpant was assaulted by police while he was discharging his duty at one violent incident in Margao 2 years back .
Then additional collector Swapnil Naik was entrusted with a job to carry out the inquiry. Two and half months back Naik submitted his detail report to the Home ministry. Reporters should be provided with proper identity cards and the identity should be displayed along with Jackets. Secondly those journalists who are covering violent incidences or beats which involve risks should be covered under Health Insurance so that immediate medical help can be made available, the report has suggested in general.

As far as case of Komarpant is concerned, he should be given compensation by government, the report has concluded.
Report has not put onus on anybody about the alleged assault. 

Source - Digital Goa

The Eighth Deadliest Country for Journalists - Wall Street Journal Blog

In a Report published today to mark World Press Freedom day, Reporters Without Borders names 40 such devils around the world that it calls predators of press freedom.
The devils are the “politicians, government officials, religious leaders, militias and criminal organizations that cannot stand the press, treat it as an enemy and directly attack journalists,” report says.
In India, the devil is mostly kept at bay because journalists here “take pride in their freedom and will defend it robustly in street protests or before the court,”  a separate report maintained online by the world media watchdog says on India.
But the report on India also notes that the safety of journalists is precarious in some Indian states like the Naxalite-affected Chhattisgarh where “local reporters are regularly accused by police of being ‘Maoists’ and by insurgents of being ‘traitors’.”

Assault on Soiru Komarpant Photo journalist of Gomantak daily of Goa

"In Goa, indeed there are cases that concern us. Soiru Komarpant, a photojournalist working with Gomantak newspaper was assaulted a year back. The inquiry is conducted but report is not open," Kamat remembered talking about hazards faced by media in Goa.
"We want the report to come out which will also expect to suggest certain guidelines for the photojournalists when they are on duty," the GUJ said.
Komarpant was brutally assaulted by police in Margao city last year when he was covering a flash communal violence that erupted in this commercial town. Chief minister Digamber kamat had constituted inquiry by senior bureaucrat Swapnil Naik to investigate into the assault. "The report is placed before chief minister's office months back but still its not revealed despite our several representation to chief minister," Kamat said. 
Subsequently, Goa had witnessed two more assaults including vernacular journalists in south Goa. "In one of the case, a minister had threatened a journalist butnothing has happened to get him justice," Kamat said. "These are stray incidents which threatens freedom of press in Goa," GUJ president said. Goa Union of Journalist president Prakash Kamat, during the function, urged state acting chief secretary Narendra Kumar to commit on making this inquiry report public on international press freedom day.
Press photographer injured in lathi-charge - HERALD REPORTER

MARGAO, JUNE 27, 2008 – A press photographer employed with Marathi daily Gomantak Soiru Komarpant was badly beaten up by the police during the lathi charge on 
Bajrang Dal activists. He was later admitted in Hospicio hospital with low pressure andpain in the back.
Komarpant informed that the policemen beat him up mercilessly even after introducing himself as a press photographer.
The incident was brought to the notice of the district Collector, G P Naik and Superintendent of police, Shekar Prabhudesai at the press briefing called on the district Collectorate.
Source -

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Some Komarpants still live in mud houses - Navhind Times

Members of this community who had been neglected for many years since Liberation finally hope for upliftment of their community. These people have been living in mud houses with thatched roofs and occupationally involve themselves in cultivating tenanted fields and fishing.


MARGAO: After being ignored for decades in post-Liberation Goa, the Komarpant community has finally seen light with the government deciding to include the community into the OBC category. The inclusion has given a glimmer of  hope to the community as it will go a long way in upliftment of the community, which has been neglected for years after Goa’s liberation.

As a member of the community, Ms Parbhawati Komarpant said, “At least we will get some benefits from the government before we get old.” A visit to the areas inhabited by this community has a story to tell as the people still continue to live in mud houses with thatched roofs. While some work in fields, others cultivate tenanted fields and still others are involved in fishing and toddy tapping. Even though education has reached the Komarpants’ the youth are not highly qualified and have been finding it difficult to get jobs under the general category. However, the community has a few honours as hard work has seen the community produce a doctor a couple of advocates and a few have gone on to become engineers and agriculturists however their number is limited

Ms Parvathi Komarpant, who lost her husband some 7 years back, is battling hard to make both ends meet as she has seven children but no bread earner as her son is unable to gain employment. She also informed that she has not been receiving any aid from the government. She said that she has been working in fields of the landlords to earn livelihood. When informed that the community has now been added to the OBC category, she expressed hope that now at least her son, Mr Girish Komarpant would get some government job.

However, some members of the community have raised concerns that people from Karnataka whom they say are already getting benefits from the government of Karnataka and are settled in Goa, are trying to derive benefits of OBC category, which they feel is unjust to them.
Source - Navhind Times

Friday, March 5, 2010

Omkar Komarpant of Cancona wins tabla contest

CANACONA :  Omkar Narayan Komarpant, a student of standard IX of Shri Mallikarjun V High School, Canacona, won the first place at the taluka and state level tabla competition, organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture at the Braganza Hall, Panaji.
 He was trained by music teacher, Mr Umanath Pagi and Mr Vithoba Velip and Mr Amit Bhosale from the Kala Academy. Mr Komarpant started his tabla education at the age of 5 years. For the first five years, he trained at Bal Bhavan at Char Rasta in Canacona under the tutelage of Mr Sutar Guruji and later under Mr Umanath Pagi. 
Mr Komarpant has received many prizes at the school and taluka level both in solo as well as group competitions.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wapedia - Kshatriya_Komarpant

Komarpanths are Kshatriyas from Goa with their own dialect of the Kannada language, known as 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 the Keladi Kingdom[7] was under the control of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.

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

Komarpanth Veera Henje Naik, born in 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 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.

1. Veera Henja Naik
2. History of Komarpanths under British rule
3. Concentration of Komarpanth Families

1. 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 septuagenarian Sri. Ramdas Krishna Metri spoke about the Martyr 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 Martyr 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.

2. History of Komarpanths under British rule
The Komarpanths were referred to as Comarapeca by the British of the East India Company[20] in all official records. The Komarpanth of North Kanara and Malnad, Bunts of South Kanara and Nairs of Kerala are of the same descent with komarpanth speaking Kannada, Bunts speaking Tulu and Nairs speaking Malayalam. Komarpanths migrated to Goa during the Keladi kings' extension of their boundaries. Komarpanths are of Dravidian race and they are the NADAVAS where Nad or Nadu means {native} means original or the son of soil {Bhumiputra} of Karnataka or Mysore.

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.
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 {Kanara}; 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 at the temples of Saktis.They also have the rituals like bhutadagudi means worshipping the spirits or payakas {soldiers} of GOD/GODDESS in some places and devasthanams.
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 are the aboriginal people of North Canara and some parts of malnad the original Kannadigas of karnataka, 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.

3. Concentration of Komarpanth Families

TALUK-wise :- Densely populated in the following Taluks 1. Karwar

2. Ankola

3. Kumta

Rarely populated in the following Taluks 1. HALIYAL[28] 2. YELLAPUR[29] 3. MUNDGOD[30]

Population due to Employment in following Taluks 1. SIRSI[31] 2. HONNAVAR[32] 3. BHATKAL[33] 4. SIDDAPUR[34] 5. JOIDA[35] 6. MUNDGOD[36]


1. KARWAR Karwar Town, Nandangadda, Sunkeri, Baad, Kodibag, Komarpanthwada, Mahalasawada, Ashram Road, Kajubag, Habbuwada, Sadashivgad[37], Binaga, Todur, Arga, Baithkol, Chendiya, Amdalli, Majali, Asnoti, Balni, Hankon, Govinatta, Bhaira, Kadra, Kodsalli, Mudgeri, Khargejug, Halgejug, Halaga, Nirwad, Kadwad, Kinnara, Devalamakki, Kerwadi, Mallapur, Angadi, Kodar, Hosali, Dhumasitta, Shirwad, Shejwad, Brahmasitta, Ulga, Sadashivgad, Chittakula, Kanasgiri, Kaiga, Devabag, Katinkon

2. ANKOLA Ankola Town, Old Bazaar, Tenkanakeri, Laxmeshwar, Kumbarakeri, Kakarmath, Kerekatta, Honnekeri, Islampur, Belambara, Bobruwada, Nadibag, Hattibag, Shedikuli, Honnegudi, Pallekeri, Honnekeri, Keni, Bhavikeri, Badageri, Algeri, Belekeri, Aversa, Hattikeri, Dandebaug, Shirkuli, Shedgeri, Jamgod, Vandige, Hosagadde, Kantri, Kuntakani Baleguli, Bedralli Mavinkeri, Sakalabena, Muduga, Harwada, Ramanagulli, Devanbaug.

3. KUMTA. Town : Kumta Town , Kudathagi Bail & Most Houses adjacent to Vitoba Temple.Taluk : Gunda, Chitargi, Kalgudda

4. HALIYAL TALUK Dandeli, Old Dandeli, Ambewadi, Ambikanagar, Haliyal Town, Ganeshgudi, Ramanagara. Taluk: Kulgi, Bommanahalli, Nagaujari, Tattigeri, Tattihalla.

5. YELLAPUR TALUK Yellapur Town, Bisagod. Taluk : Yellapur Taluk adjoining Ankola , Karwar Joida and Karwar.

6. JOIDA TALUK Joida Town , Kumbarawada. Taluk : Anashi and villages adjoining Karwar Taluk.

7. SIRSI TALUK Sirsi Town & Taluk : Sirsi Town, Hubli Road, Yellapur Road, Siddapur Road, Sirsi Market, Devikere Circle, Mavinkere, Veerabhadragalli, Marigudi Road, Ashok nagar, And some 0ther places adjoining Sirsi Town.

8. HONNAVAR TALUK Honnavar Town & Taluk : Honnavar Town and some places adoining Main Town.

9. BHATKAL TALUK Bhatkal Town & Taluk : Bhatkal Main Town and some places adjoining Bhatkal Town.

10. SIDDAPUR TALUK Siddapur Town & Taluk : Siddapur Main Town.

11. MUNDAGOD TALUK Pala & Mundgod Town.






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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Noted Komarpant Personalities - D. S. Komarpant on Scientific

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Google Web Alert for: komarpant

Krishi Mahotsav is reaching out to more farmers: Satish
... Mr Arun Kamat, Mr Vinayak Prabhudesai, Mr Babu Komarpant, Mr Vithobha Velip, Mr Rajesh Molu Gaonkar, Mr Tolu V Gaonkar, Mr Fati Prabhugaonkar. ...
[Goanet] Bollywood stars to attend Goa Yuva Mahotsav at Bicholim
The organizing committee is headed by Bicholim MLA Rajesh Patnekar, Dr Shekhar salkar is the chief coordinator and Suraj Komarpant is the working president ...

 All India Marathi literary conference inaugurated
The well-known Marathi writer and critic, Somnath Komarpant expressed happiness over the fact that the book fair was being dedicated to Dr G B Gramopadhye, ...

 34 structures demolished in Galgibaga, Talpona
... were Ms Geeta Balla (3 structures), Ms Luiza Pereira (one), both in Galgibaga and Mr Deepak Komarpant and Mr Francis Barretto (one each), in Talpona . ...

 oHERALDo :: SGJA demands probe into journalist's assault
Vice-President of Goa Union of Journalists, Soiru Komarpant suggested that a dharna could be staged at the residence of the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to ...