We set off at 6 am as usual, and with the breaking of the dawn we found ourselves traversing an undulating landscape. We did not meet too many villagers but saw more paddy grown along the way. We also saw a small shrine of Huligemma and a woman priest too. Continue reading The Handmade Splendour of Hampi
ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಕಾವ್ಯದ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಭಾಗ ಪಾಂಚಾಳರನ್ನು ಕುರಿತದ್ದು. ಪಾಂಚಾಳರವನಾದ ಕೆಂಪಾಚಾರಿಯನ್ನು ತುಂಬ ಸಾಹಸಪಟ್ಟು ಒಲಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಹಾಗೂ ತನ್ನ ಪಟ್ಟದ ಶಿಷ್ಯನನ್ನಾಗಿ ರೂಪಿಸುವ ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿಗಳು, ಮಿಕ್ಕ ಪಾಂಚಾಳರಿಗೆ ಶಾಪ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಅವರು ಚದುರಿ ಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.
Farmers, Weavers, Craftsman, Cowherds, Shepherds, Agricultural workers are all going to congregate at Kodekal for unity. Hindus, Muslims, Christians all are going to congregate there for unity. “Touchables and Untouchables” are both going to congregate there for unity. Students, Youth, Writers, Intellectuals are all going to congregate there for unity.
The unity of handmaking people, after all, has a long tradition. In Karnataka, during the twelfth century, saint Basava brought the handmaking people together. In the Fifteenth century, Saint Kodekal Basava and Saint Kanaka Dasa again brought them together. Manteswamy, another saint poet, took the call of unity, ‘down to the dark state’, as he called it. In the twentieth century Gandhiji and Ambedkar, through their sacrifice, constructed the unity of the handmaking people all over again. Continue reading Come to Kodekal | A Unity Convention of the Handmaking People | Tue · Jan 30, 2018