1)Birthday of Suneil Shetty (1961), He-Man of the Indian
Bollywood industry. He is a black Belt in Kick Boxing. He
received Filmfare Best Villain Award for his performance
in Dhadkan, in the year 2000. He is the owner of a clothing
boutique named Mischief and a company named Popcorn
Entertainment to promote Bollywood actors touring abroad
for stage shows and/or concerts.He is also the owner of some
hotels specialising in Udupi cuisine (vegetarian and non-vegetarian).
Popularly addressed as Anna (brother) by his friends and coleagues
in tensil town, he is one of the few original active heroes and the most
respected actors in the biz. He started his career with action flick ”Balwan”
(strong man) and established himself as an action hero but in the later
part of his career he estonished everyone by his comedy stint in ”Hera
Pheri” and the number of other films that followed. Apart from working
in close to a 100 films already, he is also a successful film producer in
Bollywood city, with his home production company namely, ”Popcorn
Motion Pictures Ltd.” He was born in Mulki, Mangalore Taluk,
Karnataka, to a Tulu speaking Bunt family.
2)Death anniversary of Shankar Mokashi-Punekar ( 2004),
an eminent literary figure. He was a well-known writer, poet
and critic in Kannada. His novel ”Awadheshwari”, written in 1987,
won the ”Central Sahitya Academy Award” (National Academy
of Letters) on 1988. The novel is a creative take on the political
life in Vedic times.He was a reader in English at Karnataka
University, at Dharwar. He was born on 8 May, 1928
at Dharwar, Karnataka.He visited Yugoslavia, Bulgaria,
Hungary and England. He translated ”Ramayana
Darshanam” of Kuvempu (written in Kannada) and
”Rutu Samhara” (written by Kalidasa, Sanskrit poet),
into English. He received ”American Kannadigas Special
Award” for his work, ”Parasangada Gendetimma”,
translated into English by P.P.Giridhar.He wrote
”Avadhoota Gita” and ”Gangavva Gangamayi”
which brought him fame and name.The books written
by him in English include,” Tent Pole”,”Paradigms”,
”The Pretender”, ”The Captive”, ”The Later Phase in
the Development of W.B.Yeats”, ”Interpretations
of the Later Poems of W.B.Yeats”, ”Indo- Anglican Crreed
and Allied Essays.” He wrote a book named ”Hummingbird”
about Kuvempu, a famous writer in Kannada. The legend of
modern Kannada literature, Shankar Mokashi was suffering
from Parkinson’s disease since 3 years before his death on 11
3)Birthday of Kaviraj, Kannada Lyricist, who wrote over
750 songs in Kannada.He won the best lyricist award,–in the
58th Idea South Filmfare Awards (South) ceremony held on
July 2011, at Hyderabad, International Convention Centre- for
the song, ”ghara Gharane” composed by him and sung by
(the winner of the Best Singer Award for the same song), Shri S.P.
Balasubrahmanyam,in the movie named ,”Apta Rakshaka”.
4)Birthday of Mysore V.Doreswamy Iyengar (1920-1997), a famous
Carnatic musician and an exponent of the Veena (musical instrument).
He was born at Gaddavalli village in Hassan district on 11 August, 1920.
His father Venkatesh Iyengar was himself a Vainika (Veena player) and
a musician in the court of Maharaja of Mysore. Doreswamy started learning
Veena from his father and soon became the disciple of Veena Venkatagiriappa,
one of the foremost vainikas of those days in Mysore. He performed in the
esteemed presence of the then Maharaja of Mysore, at the tender age of 12.
The Maharaja liked his performance and awarded him a 50 rupee silver coin.
The concert of Doreswamy accompanied by Mysore T. Chowdiah on the violin
became very popular. He also participated in many ”Jugalbandis” (performance
by two soloists on equal footing) including other musicians such as Ustad Ali
Akbar Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, Mallikarjun Mansur etc.
His style of playing Veena is referred to as Mysore style. He had composed
music for a few Kannada films, notably, ”Subbashastri”, starring Kalyan
Kumar and for dance dramas of P.T.Narasimhachar ( Pu.Ti. Na.), a
renowned Kannada poet. Doreswamy died of hepatitis on 8 October,
1997. His disciple C.Krishnamurthy and his son D. Balakrishna are
the noted vainikas of today.
5)Birthday of Chandrabhaga Devi (1921), dance partner, pupil and
wife of Bharatnatyam Guru,U.S.Krishna Rao. It was unheard of
those days for a Brahmin male or female to pursue Bharatnatyam,
which carried a social stigma for being the pursuit of Devadasis.
Surmounting all difficulties, they went on to become one of the
most eminent dancing couple in the field of Indian classical dance.
They received many awards including Central Sangeet Natak Academy
award. Her travelogue of world experiences in dance, in Kannada won
the second prize of Karnataka Sahitya Academy. She passed away on