Monthly Archives: January 2015

“ Don’t take your dreams to the grave ”

Dr. M.A. Saleem delivers talk on ‘Everyday Discipline and Good Lifestyle for New-Age Manager’ at MYRA


Mysuru :

City Police Commissioner Dr. M. A. Saleem was invited as a guest speaker to deliver a lecture on “Everyday Discipline and a Good Lifestyle for the New-Age Manager” as part of the Insight Lecture Series at the MYRA School of Business, Yelwal, here on Jan. 8.

With his brilliant academic record and a career in the Police Force that has spanned many important positions throughout the State of Karnataka, Dr. Saleem was unique by talking about the basics of life and lifestyles.

He delivered a very simple, enthralling, extempore and well-articulated talk to the students, conveying the important message that it is very essential for all of us to first identify what it is that will make us happy in life. The ultimate aim of every person should be to make the world a better place to live in and to leave a positive footprint in life for the generations that follow, he said.

Mentioning that this has been the constant endeavour by the generations before us and that is the reason why today we are in a more comfortable world with technology, knowledge and facilities that we never had ever thought about before, he said it is now our duty to contribute consciously and sincerely.

Regular morning exercise and work-outs, reviewing our focus for the day; keeping track of our unproductive habits; starting the day with a healthy breakfast to speed up our mind and body; connecting and maintaining good relationships in personal and business life with like-minded and focused people — are all the secrets of success in both our business and personal lives, Dr. Saleem added.

He also underlined the message that happiness is not proportional to wealth. The individual yardstick for happiness is obviously different for different people — as happiness is just a state of the mind rather than of any material wealth that we accumulate.

But by adhering to a code of conduct that entails essential values such as a strong personality, strong character, credibility in thought, word and action, self-confidence, honesty and perseverance, we can make a positive difference to our people and society at large was the key message of his talk.

He concluded his talk by reiterating his request to follow traffic rules & regulations addiding that it is not worth taking dreams to the grave but to live a worthwhile life with strong ideals and values.

The event was followed by a group photo session and a tree planting activity by the Police Commissioner in the campus.

Bharath Sreenivas, Deputy Director, Placements, MYRA School of Business, introduced the session and the speaker.

S.V. Raman proposed a vote of thanks. The event was attended by special invitees, faculty, staff and students of the MYRA.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / January 25th, 2015

If you missed Tansen, listen to his descendant

Abdul Rashid Khan will perform at Sursagar’s ‘Living Legends and Budding Masters’ series at Alliance Francaise on January 30 at 6.30 p.m. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Abdul Rashid Khan will perform at Sursagar’s ‘Living Legends and Budding Masters’ series at Alliance Francaise on January 30 at 6.30 p.m. — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (107), based in Kolkata, was the oldest living legend to be bestowed Padma Bhushan

He is the direct descendant of Tansen and has been performing for 75 years. He has performed nearly 3,000 concerts and composed 2,000 bandish , which are being sung by leading Hindustani musicians. In 2013, when he was conferred the Padma Bhushan, he was the oldest living legend to be bestowed the honour.

“I am Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, 107 years young,” declares the maestro jokingly. “Some members of my family have lived up to the age of 110 and beyond,” he says.

Born in 1908 at Salon near Rai Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, Rashid Khan is the son of Chote Usuf Khan of the Gwalior Gharana. He is the 23{+r}{+d}generation of Tansen’s family and traces his ancestry to Surat Sen, one of the maestro’s four sons.

“My father, and uncle Bade Usuf Khan, trained me in a 10-hour schedule that was followed by a four-hour riyaaz (practice) every day for 22 years.

“Only when I touched 30 did my gurus allow me to step on a stage. That was the kind of integrity we followed,” says the Ustad, who once had Zakir Hussain, then 16, playing the tabla.

After obtaining a degree from Allahabad University, Rashid Khan went to Rae Bareli. He performed a slew of concerts in every nook and corner of India. “I have performed at every maharaja’s court in pre-Independent India. Rae Bareli alone had 22 maharajas and each would demand a particular raag ,” he says recollecting the traditional four to five hour concerts that were in vogue then.

In 1991, he was specially invited by the ITC Sangeeth Research Academy in Kolkata to take over as the senior guru. He has been teaching there for the last 25 years. His traditional compositions have been recorded by the BBC and Iraq Radio.

The UP Sangeet Natak Academi and the ITC Sangeet Research Academy have more than 1500 compositions of the ustad in their collection.

And the secret of his longevity?

“All we know is that he prays five times a day,” says grandson Bilal Khan, who accompanies the ustad on the tabla.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Ranjani Govind / Bengaluru – January 29th, 2015

Is Mumtaz Mahal’s body mummified in Taj Mahal?


The mystery surrounding Mumtaz Mahal’s burial at the Taj Mahal has deepened with a book claiming that her body was mummified.

Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the 17th century Taj Mahal here in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz who died while giving birth to their 14th child in Burhanpur, a town in what is now Maharashtra.

“The real truth about Taj Mahal was suppressed. If the truth had been revealed when Taj Mahal was being built, it would have become almost impossible to construct the monument,” Afsar Ahmad, author of the controversial e-book “Taj Mahal or Mummy Mahal” (Self-published, 200 pp, Rs.150), told IANS.

The journalist-turned-writer has also disclosed in the book what he claims are several unknown facts related to Mumtaz’s death.

The book has details about Mumtaz’s death and her last few days – and details the mummification of her body. Mumtaz was buried thrice – twice in a depository and then the final one.

But how was her body preserved during the period? Did the Mughals use the method of the ancient Egypt or was it some other procedure? Did the Mughal have a ritual of preserving dead bodies? But the biggest question the book tries to answer is if Mumtaz’s body is still preserved.

Ahmed said he wants to lift the veil and mystery surrounding the death and subsequent burial of Mumtaz.

Shah Jahan’s court writers could have shed light on the entire incident, but they could not do so as they were under instructions not to reveal anything which showed the emperor in poor light.

The author said the reader has the right to know the truth behind Mumtaz’s death and burial.

The e-book also tries to find answers if the Mughal only followed Islamic rituals and the different methods of burial. The book is available on Amazon in the Kindle format.

source: / Deccan Herald / Home> National / IANS / Agra – January 28th, 2015

Antique cannon recovered

The city police recovered a 17th century antique cannon at an under construction site at Nayapool on Wednesday. The contractor, Lateef, found the cannon while digging for laying pillars.

“The State Archaeological department officials told us that the cannon might have been used during the siege of Golconda Fort by the forces of Aurangzeb. They surmise that it is one of the most advanced cannons of that period,” Inspector Task Force (East) team, Ch Sridhar said.

The cannon is 6.5 ft long with a diameter of 4 inches and weighs 800 kg.

Animal oil

extraction unit

The Commissioner’s Task Force (East) team on Thursday raided a godown at Chaderghat where oil was being extracted from animal fat illegally.

The police seized 24 barrels of oil, 50 kg of body parts of animals and a DCM vehicle.

Additional Deputy Commissioner, Task Force, N. Koti Reddy, said that the owner of the unit, Salar Qureshi, 62, procured organs of cattle and converted it into fat in big cauldrons. He claimed that the produce was supplied to soap manufacturing units in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Two persons held

Two persons who allegedly bought 1.5 kg of gold from a gang of chain snatchers were arrested by the West Zone police on Thursday.

The accused persons, Mohd Irfan of Bandlaguda and Shyam Sunder Sugand of Gulzar Houz, procured gold chains from a gang of chain snatchers, who were arrested by the police in December.

The gang members, including Lamba Hussain, Mirza Azmath Ali and Mohd Akheeluddin, were involved in 230 chain snatching cases reported in the city.

VRO arrested

Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on Thursday arrested Yakapur Shivakumar, Village Revenue Officer of Rompally in Bantwaram mandal of Ranga Reddy district on charge of accepting Rs. 3,000 bribe from a person. The VRO received the sum from a villager to change names in revenue records, according to a press release.

He will be presented before a local court.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Staff Reporter / Hyderabad – January 30th, 2015

Over a cup of evening tea : A Stent for the Stuntman !

by Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD

Readers who had been following my Delhi Diary may have noticed that I had missed a column last Friday. There could not have been a more serious reason for doing so because I narrowly missed having a massive heart attack the previous day and thankfully lived to tell you about it this Friday !

It was a routine Thursday evening and while most of you were relaxing in your homes after having celebrated Sankranthi, I was relaxing too at home with my family. My brother was trying to draw my attention to some files but I found that I was having some difficulty in concentrating on them. I had just then begun to notice that my chest was feeling unusually heavy and I told him so. When I tried to get up to tell my wife also about it I found that I felt dizzy and began to break out in a cold sweat, the two classical signs of rapidly falling blood pressure, to any doctor.

Quickly suspecting that I was having a heart attack, I pulled out my wallet in which I always carry some emergency medications and popped a tablet of Nitroglycerine under my tongue and told my family members about it. I then lay down on the sofa and asked my daughter to get me aspirin tablets from our medicine cabinet and put eight of them into my mouth. I also asked her to calculate and tell me the total dose. Satisfied with it, I chewed them up quickly and asked my wife to elevate my legs and hold them that way to prevent my blood pressure from becoming dangerously low.

Having done all that could be done by way of first-aid at home, I asked my daughter to call up my Interventional Cardiologist friend Dr. Arun Srinivas from my mobile which she did and announced that he was on the line. I quickly told him what had happened and what I had done and explained that I would not be able to safely reach Apollo Hospital, the place of his work due to the long distance and would therefore proceed to Vikram Hospital which was much closer to my home and heart too!

Without a second thought he said that he would himself arrange to rush a cardiac ambulance with a crisis team to my house and would meet me at Vikram upon my arrival. My brother suggested that he would drive me to the hospital immediately in the car without wasting any more time but I explained to him that an ambulance would be better because it would have a supply of Oxygen and a defibrillator on board.

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to re-start the heart in case of a cardiac arrest. I knew that at this stage as things stood now, the odds of my dying versus surviving stood at 75:25! Although we doctors on many occasions give patients more optimistic figures, here in my own case I could not dodge the truth. But after having done everything possible by way of first-aid, there was nothing more I could do while waiting for the ambulance except hoping for the best. I then said a silent prayer for my recovery and lost myself in the calmness of my own thoughts till my reverie was broken by the distant wail of the ambulance siren.

Although there was a doctor and a nurse on board, all along the route to the hospital I kept asking for the readings of my blood pressure and oxygen saturation. It is a very difficult situation when a doctor becomes a patient but being my colleagues the poor duo put up with my insolence without a murmur of protest. As I was wheeled into the CCU, I saw my friend Dr. Arun smiling at me with his entire crisis team standing in readiness in the background. He was the nimble fingered ‘Angioplasty-Man’ whose competence I had trusted over more than a decade to look after not only hundreds of my cardiac patients but also dozens of my close relatives. And, Vikram Hospital was home turf for me where ever since its inception until the very same morning I had been playing the life-saving game with the very same team that was now standing in readiness to save my own life! Dr. Upendra Shenoy, the Chief Cardio Thoracic Surgeon was there with his assistant Dr. Sujay. Dr. Seethalakshmy, the Chief Cardiac Anaesthetist was there with Dr. Ismail Khan, her assistant, which immediately reassured me that my chances of surviving now probably stood reversed from what they were half an hour ago!

While preparations were being made by the staff to get me ready for an angiogram and a possible angioplasty, I discreetly called the two anaesthetists to my side and sheepishly told them that my pain threshold was very low and so they had the most important job of the day. I requested them to see that I got a shot of Midzolam, the short-acting general anaesthetic before Dr. Arun was even allowed to touch me, which they promised to do.

Just four days ago, at Geeth Gaatha Chal, the doctors’ musical programme, Dr. Seethalakshmy had lilted the audience with her husband, singing “Tere bina zindagi se koi shikwa to nahin.” Now with her at my head end, I had absolutely no ‘shikwa’ and so I closed my eyes. When I opened my eyes without having felt the slightest discomfort, let alone pain, I could see on the monitor in front of me that blood was once again flowing freely through the arteries around my heart. In a jiffy Dr. Arun had performed a successful angioplasty having cleared the offending block that had threatened my life until five minutes ago. God had been kind and with the help from family and friends and modern technology, damage to my heart had been averted and my life had been saved!

When I turned and looked through the observation window into the console room adjacent to the Cath-lab, I saw the smiling faces of many fellow doctors. Dr. S. Bhaskar, Senior Physician and the Director of Vikram Hospitals, was there with Dr. C. B. Keshava Murthy, the Chief Cardiologist. Dr. Janardhan, another Cardiologist friend too was with them. Mr. Dayashankar Rao, the General Manager, was there, not surprisingly, in his house clothes. On hearing about my problem, he had rushed to the hospital without wasting time even to change. They were all showing me thumbs up signs to reassure me that everything had gone well and I in turn waved out to them to tell them that I was feeling fine. It was a perfectly timed, rescue angioplasty described as the ideal in the text books.

After that it was an endless stream of visitors while I was recuperating in the CCU. There was no way they could be restrained from coming as the doctors and nurses amongst them far outnumbered the others. SOM too was very much with me. KBG called up from the distant land where he was on a holiday even as his son Vikram Muthanna was holding my hand in his by my side. Just a few moments ago, Meera Appaiah, the lady sub-editor was there with an anxious look plainly visible behind her smile and with her finger on her lips like a nursery class teacher, urging me not to strain myself by speaking! It was a strange situation. Everyone was asking me not to speak and here I was eager not to seem like a sick man, by remaining silent.

That is why when my cousin Dr. Irfan Riazi, who is also a poet, came to see me, I just uttered Allama Iqbal’s couplet… “Yeh dastoor-e-zaban bandi kaisa teri mehfil mein? Yehaan to baat karne ko tarasti hai zabaan meri.” (What kind of a strange restriction is this on speech in your gathering? My tongue is in fact dying to say a few words here!” Then came Dr. Lata Muthanna, my close friend and professional colleague whose sense of humour was what I was waiting for since morning. She said that I should not have had this setback just because I should not be getting such easy topics to write about in my column! She was the one who suggested the title that I have chosen for this article today. I did not have the courage to ask her for any alternate choices for fear that she might end up suggesting something like: “A Plasty even for the Nasty!”

I had spent exactly four decades going in and out of hospitals as a doctor but this was the first time in my life that I had got admitted to a hospital as a patient and it was a very different kind of experience, being at the receiving end of medical care. But the care that I got, not only from the doctors but also from the nursing and house-keeping staff at the hospital was what touched me most. While we all think that the role of doctors is indeed unique, after my brief stint as a patient I could not help feeling that while they do touch our lives, it is actually the work of the nurses that touches God’s heart!

Upon my discharge I insisted on driving back home myself which I did just to reassure my family members that I was once again in good health. Long before I got married I had read somewhere that the secret of being happy in marriage lay in the dictum, “No matter how well she looks after you, you must always manage to look a little sad!” Perhaps it was now the right time to put this to the litmus test. So the next day I perhaps managed to pull this off admirably well as my wife after trying to keep me comfortable for a good part of the day probably sensed that I was not as cheerful as she wanted me to be. So she softly asked me if I would like to visit the book exhibition that was going on in the city. Feigning a look of utter surprise, I nodded my head imperceptibly and said that we could do that for just a few minutes. We spent well over an hour there while I picked up enough books for a year’s reading and said goodbye to my fake sad look, happy that it had worked!

Having pulled my hand away from the icy cold clasp of the angel of death, I have now realised how uncertain this journey of life is. No one could have described it better than the poet Mirza Ghalib when he said “Rau mein hai raksh e umar, kahan dekhiye thamein. Naa hee haath laghaam pe hai, Na paaun hain laqaab mein.” (Life goes at a galloping pace… who knows where it will stop. Neither are my hands on the reigns nor my feet in the stirrups!) Do ponder over it… like how I’ve been doing since last week!

[To be continued]


source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles  / January 23rd, 2015

You need to be mad to be a musician, says Benny Dayal

Should you have a backup plan for your dreams? I wonder as I manoeuvre my way towards the makeshift interview room, through the fans who have gathered in huge numbers to click selfies with Benny Dayal, one of Bollywood’s singing sensations. The versatile musician was in Mysuru recently to perform at SPI’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

“There was no question of a backup plan as failure was never an option. I had wanted to be a singer since I was a thirteen- year-old child. I had decided that I would want to sing until I die,” says Benny Dayal candidly, when Sujata Rajpal met him for Star of Mysore after his rocking performance. He still has ample energy to answer a volley of questions. Now read on…


By Sujata Rajpal

SOM: I just watched your show. You have unbounded energy on stage. What drives you?

Benny Dayal (BD): I am mad when I am on stage, but I am a very different and quiet person off stage. I become another human being when I am on stage. Just the feel to be on stage and singing in front of the audience gives me energy. Mad people are the most energetic; one needs to be mad to be a musician. Music or for any art for that matter is a gift from God. Does God gift the entire world to be a musician? No. Therefore, if you are the chosen one, you need to make use of this gift to your optimum potential.

SOM: What challenges did you face to reach where you are today?

BD: It was the most difficult to get a break, as no one was willing to take a risk with a new artiste. No one wanted to launch me but God has a plan for everyone and I am here today. And then I met A.R. Rahman whom I had no intention of meeting or even expected to meet. Today I owe my success to Rahman. He broke all barriers. He is renowned for giving opportunities to new and unheard voices. Today, the youngsters want to become musicians only because of him.

SOM: Once a music director told you that you can’t become a singer; how did that affect you? Did you want to prove him wrong?

BD: Music is not about proving a point. I didn’t want to prove anyone wrong but this triggered the worst possible emotion in me. It never crushed me. Unknowingly I took the positives out of it; I wanted to bring out the best in me. Everything has an equal and opposite reaction. I thank everyone who has ever said anything positive or negative about me; it helped me to go a step further in my journey. Every single line has affected me positively.

SOM: Which is your favourite song?

BD: I have no favourites. I love to sing all songs. They all are stepping-stones, how can I skip one and go to the next one?

SOM: Which is your favourite language as far as singing is concerned?

BD: I have a flair for languages; I can sing in any language — Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

SOM: Do you have any role models or inspiration?

BD: Rahman is my role model and inspiration. He is not only one of world’s most accomplished musicians but also an amazing human being. He has launched the music career of so many like me. May his tribe grow!

SOM: You have performed at various countries; which is your most memorable performance?

BD: Yes, one performance was like a dream come true. In 1998, I went to watch Rahman’s concert in Dubai, UAE. Ten years later, in 2008, in Dubai again, I was with him backstage and performing with him. It was an amazing feeling. It was like seeing a dream come true.

SOM: What advice would you like to give to wannabe singers or to anyone who want to follow their passion?

BD: Do what makes you happy, you will surely excel. Never stop learning, never think that you know enough. Learn as you earn. Never stop earning and never stop learning. That is the only way to go forward. Have an open mind and passion for anything that you do. Most importantly, observe others. You may not like one particular song but if many people like it so there must be something in that. Don’t have a closed mind. Everyone has a path; you will also find your’s sooner or later.

Then he reads out aloud the back page blurb from ‘The Other End of the Corridor’, my debut novel that I presented to him after the interview — ‘When your dreams are tainted with lies and deceit, you have no other choice but to walk to the other end of the corridor…’

He speaks after a long pause, “Everyone has a path. Literally, my life was like a dark corridor, there was only darkness; I was crazy and continued to walk on. I didn’t care even if I tripped but I wanted to just go on, and then a door opened and God said, now you walk on this path…” and the singing star signs off.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles  / January 23rd, 2015

City girls in State Athletic team for National Games

Bengaluru :

Mysuru’s athletes Reena George, P.S. Uma, W.R. Harshitha, K .C. Shruthi, G.K. Namitha and Priyanka S. Kalagi have been selected for the Karnataka Women’s Athletic Team which will take part in the 35th National Games to be held at Trivandrum from Jan.31 to Feb.15.

The team: Men: G.N. Bopanna, N. Vaishak, V. Sanjay, Salman Abbas, Jayaprakash Shetty, Jagadeesh Chandra, Prashanth Kumar, M.K. Sumanth, S.E. Samsheer, Avin Kumar, Rositto Sax, S. Harshith, B. Chethan, Karthik, P. Balakrishna, Abhishek N. Shetty, A.K. Raghu, Vishwambar, Ranjan Kariappa, Manju, Saleem Shaik, K.A. Bharath.

Women: H.M. Jyothi, Praneetha Pradeep, G.K. Vijaya Kumari, Meghana Shetty, Pragna S. Prakash, M. Arpitha, G.M. Aishwarya, Sahana Kumari, Joyline M. Lobo, Khyati S. Vakaria, J.S. Priyanka, M.R. Poovamma, Ashwini Akkunji, M.G. Padmini, P.S. Uma, Reena George, W.R. Harshitha, K.C. Shruthi, G.K. Namitha, Priyanka S. Kalagi.

Coaches: Dinesh Kumar and C. Muralidharan; Managers: H.R. Uday Kumar and M. Lakshmana.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / January 23rd, 2015

Shah Rukh Khan video tweets his fans, first Indian to try the feature

Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most popular Bollywood celebs on Twitter. He likes to interact with his fans through the micro-blogging website.

On Wednesday, the Badshah of Bollywood gave another treat to his fans in the form of video tweet and became the first Indian to try out Twitter’s new feature.

SRK has 11.1 million followers on the micro blogging site.
SRK has 11.1 million followers on the micro blogging site.

The new feature called Twitter’s mobile video allows users to capture, edit and share videos right from the Twitter app. Twitter’s Mobile Video Camera and inline editing experience lets you capture and share videos up to 30 seconds in an instant and express yourself much beyond 140 characters.

This is the message SRK tweeted to his fans and followers. He also promised to share regular videos from his rehearsals, shoots and his casual outings on Twitter for his fans.

He said, “Hi everybody. I think this is really cool that now I can video you guys, talk to you on video on Twitter for 30 seconds. So I am gonna send you some videos or shots from where I am working or when I am rehearsing or otherwise. See you guys soon. I think this is really cool. B-bye.”

SRK has 11.1 million followers on the micro blogging site.

source: / / Home / January 28th, 2015

The man who made toys for Obama

Rahim Khan…artist..from Channapatna

About This Video : The Karnataka government is presenting a few finely crafted Channapatna toys to Barack Obama, the chief guest of this years Republic Day parade. When the President had come visiting in 2010, the first lady Michelle Obama had bought a few Channapatna toys in New Delhi.

source: Videos – Deccan Herald / You Tube

Hockey: Ambassador XI, Team Coorg hog limelight at Republic Day of Indian Hockey Festival

Members of the Ambassador’s XI pose for a group photo after their title triumph. Photo – Supplied
Members of the Ambassador’s XI pose for a group photo after their title triumph. Photo – Supplied


Indian Ambassador XI and Team Coorg hogged the limelight at the eighth Republic Day of India Hockey Festival at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher.

The festival was organised by Team Coorg and Friends of Naqvi Group to mark the 60th year of Indo-Oman diplomatic relations and 66th Republic Day of India under the patronage of Indian Embassy and the Oman Hockey Association (OHA).

Indian Ambassador J.S. Mukul was the chief guest and OHA chairman Sheikh Mahfoodh Juma Al Juma was the guest of honour.

The festival was supported by Mohammed Rafiq & Partners LLC, Dr. Mujeeb Hussain (Amana Modern Medical Center), Sandeeep Gupta of Global Pioneer Solutions (GPS), Pocari Sweat (Muscat Pharmacy) and Quality Printing Press.
The matches were played in a festive atmosphere and hockey lovers and their families turned up in large numbers to witness the keenly fought matches.

In the first match, the Indian Ambassador XI met their match in the young Indian School Al Seeb and the full time score read 2-2. The Ambassador XI managed to retain the Ambassador Cup 2015 which they had won in 2014 also, prevailing by a 3-2 margin in thrilling penalty shootout.

In the second match, Team Coorg (Muscat) faced Beatrice Sports Club in an exciting tie for the Republic Day Cup 2015. Team Coorg met a strong challenge from Beatrice Sports Club and the final result of 3-2 in favour of the Team Coorg is an indicator of the closely contested match.

The proceedings commenced with a two minute silence in memory of the departed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The choir from Indian School Al Seeb rendered the national anthems of Oman and India and were awarded with certificates signed by the Indian Ambassador.

A novel competition was organised on the occasion for young students and participants for correct recitation of the Indian National Anthem and all participants were awarded certificates by J.S. Mukul and Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma.

The organisers also came up with a unique gesture to honour several personalities for their contribution to promotion of hockey — Mustafa Lawati (former OHA general secretary), Mohammed Shambeh Al Raisi  (former member of FIH Development Committee), Abdul Rehman (former national coach and international umpire), Belu Kuttappa (Manager, Team Coorg), Mohammed Osama Rawat (Festival Coordinator), Shakunthala Boppanna (athlete and national player) and Mohammed Irfan (Organizing Committee). Media personalities were also honoured.

Inayat Naqvi, former Bombay XI player and national umpire, was presented with a memento for his admirable services as the trustee of the NGO Abhi Foundation for supporting under privileged children and providing them with free kit for hockey, football and athletics and appointing trained coaches for them.

The Ambassador of India expressed his gratitude for celebrating Republic Day of India and congratulated all participants, spectators and sponsors. Sheikh Mahfoodh Ali Juma Al Juma also praised the organisation of the festival and congratulated the Indian Ambassador.

SAS Naqvi, former technical advisor of Oman Olympic Committee and now a sports consultant, proposed vote of thanks and acknowledged the support and services rendered by the sponsors, participants and media, while thanking the special guests.

source: / Times of Oman / Home> Sports / by Times News Service / January 27th, 2015