Monthly Archives: May 2015

Seminar – ‘Wealth and Value Creation Free of Interest Intervention’

Bengaluru, Karnataka :

A free seminar on ‘Wealth and Value Creation Free of Interest Intervention’ has been organised by Rehbar Financial Consultants, Bengaluru, tomorrow (May 31) at Taj Convention Hall, Bannimantap, from 2.30 pm onwards.

Islamic principles and guidelines for a just economic system and a prosperous society;

Challenges faced by the Muslim business community in modern era and solutions and other related topics will be discussed during the Seminar which will be followed by a question and answer session.

For details, contact Saifur Rahman on Mob; 98860-06767.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> In Brief / Sunday – May 24, 2015

City’s first ever MMA and MUAY Thai Cage event launched


Mysuru :

Mysore District Muay Thai Trust, in association with Academy of Martial Science (AMS), conducted Muay Thai Kick Boxing bouts in Bantam Weight and Cruiser weight categories at its new state of the art premises in Krishnamurthypuram recently.

The bouts were sanctioned by Muay Thai Association of Karnataka. The opening bout of cruiser weight category was inaugurated by former Mayor and Corporator Purushotham, between Abdul Razzack and Sumanth Subrahmanya. While Suleiman Shariff and Chidambaram boxed in Bantam weight category. Simultaneously, an inaugural Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bout sanctioned by Mixed Martial Arts Federation Of India (MMAFI), affiliated with World Mixed Martial Arts Federation (WMMAF) in Light Heavy Weight category between Chethan Gowda and M. Rakesh was also launched. This is city’s first ever authentic MMA Cage event. Naveen Shetty and R. Dinesh sparred in bantam weight category.

City Boxers for National Championships

Students of Academy of Martial Science (AMS), Krishnamurthypuram, will be participating in the 16th National Amateur Muay Thai Sub-Junior and Junior Championships to be held at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, Bengaluru, between May 25 and 30.

Participants are Samarth Vikram (VI std. student of JSS Public School, J.P. Nagar) – 10-12 years 40 kg category; R. Rashi – 18-19 years Pin Weight category; Mohammed Suleman Shariff (a student of St. Joseph Degree College) – 18-19 years Bantam Weight category and Syed Touseef Ahmed (a student of SJCE) – 18-19 years Middle Weight category.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / Sunday – May 24, 2015

DOWN MEMORY LANE – Prayers and flowers for Shah Jahan


The observance of the death anniversary of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal still fascinates people

The 360th Urs or death anniversary of Shah Jahan was observed at the Taj Mahal last week, but there were ripples of it in Delhi too with a busload of people reaching there to pay homage to the Emperor. Mohammad Saquib of Suiwalan was one of them. He has been attending the Urs for years as one of his ancestors was among the artisans who worked on the inlay work at the mausoleum, or so he claims. Another interested visitor was Shahnawaz Khan of Basti Nizamuddin who went for the first time to offer fateha in observance of a vow. Earlier Khan Abdul Haye Khan was a regular Delhiwallah who never missed the Urs. Abdul Haye was a Pathan who was very fond of fishing. One remembers that in 1966 during the monsoon he sat down on the rear side of Etmad-ud-Daulah to fish in the Yamuna, which was in flood and whose waters were beating against the mausoleum where rests the father of Nur Jahan and grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal. A rohu caught by Abdul Haye was so big that it sufficed for dinner for the whole family when cooked in Matia Mahal.

Shah Jahan like the unlucky Mohammad bin Tughlak was fond of Yamuna fish and so also presumably Mumtaz Mahal, but he did not drink wine till the age of 23 when he was persuaded by his father, Jahangir to do so. He however, never drank after the death of Mumtaz at Burhanpur on 16th June 1631. Accordingto Dr Ishwari Prasad, Shah Jahan died in January 1666 aged 74. Why his Urs was celebrated in mid-May is not understandable unless the date is fixed according to its proximity to Mumtaz Mahal’s death or some lunar calculation or as per the convenience of the khadims (caretakers). One remembers attending an Urs in 1958 when among those who prayed for the Emperor’s soul was Nawabzada Farouqur Rehman Khan of Datoli. Earlier the Nawab of Chhatarhi, Chief Scout of India and Freemason Grandmaster, had offered his obeisance. The first Urs of Shah Jahan, a year after his death, was presided over by Prince Muezzim, eldest son of Aurangzeb, who came from Delhi partly on horseback and partly in a horse-driven carriage, past Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra, where he dismounted to offer fateha at the grave of his great-great grandfather. Aurangzeb came a month later. The same thing happened at the first Urs of Mumtaz Mahal at the Taj after Shah Jahan’s death.

A special feature of the Urs of Shah Jahan, which was later merged with the Urs of Mumtaz Mahal, is the laying of a gigantic multi-coloured Hindustani Chadar at the grave. This was offered on Friday May 17, with the Urs continuing on the subsequent Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the Taj was free from the afternoon of Friday (which is usually a closed day for visitors). The shehnai was played, along with the naqarra drum, at the top of the main entrance to the monument and on the following days the big kettle drums were beaten to mark the occasion, as in Mughal times when Shah Jahan is believed to have once remarked to Mumtaz: “Naqqare tumhari amadh ka ailan karenge aur tum Manno Malika kehlaugi” (The drums will announce your arrival and you dear will be called Emperess). Not much information is available of the first Urs of Shah Jahan but the one for Mumtaz Mahal is recorded, as follows, by father in his 1977 memoirs: “The celebrations traditionally begin with the washing of the tombs of the Emperor and his wife with rose water and the lighting of ‘agarbattis’. Prayers are offered with and flowers and cloth ‘chadars’ — one of them on behalf of the Department of Archaeology — are placed on the graves.

Occasionally a visitor whose prayers have been heard sends a ‘chadar’ as a token of thanksgiving. Atop the gate facing the mausoleum sit shehnai players and as evening advances, qawwalis in praise of the dead couple attract a big audience from neighbouring Tajganj, where reside the descendants of the builders of the monument. In keeping with tradition, food is distributed to the poor. The entire cost of the Urs is borne by the khadims from offerings made at the tombs. The first Urs of Mumtaz Mahal was performed by Shah Jahan himself in 1631. The Emperor wore a white dress and the nobles were in mourning habit. A covering with strings of pearls worth several lakhs of rupees was spread over the tomb. Prayers were offered for the soul of the queen and fateha was performed. Asif Khan, father of Mumtaz Mahal, was assigned a prominent place at the ceremony. A lakh of rupees was sanctioned for the ceremony, Rs 50,000 of it was given in alms to the poor.”

This time the Urs followed the recent earthquake which did not have any significant effect on the monument, except Sahilion-ki-Burj. Believe it or not, Mufti Ehsan Sahib of Mehrauli thinks Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal always protect those who come to offer homage to them.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> MetroPlus> Society> Down Memory Lane / by R.V. Smith / May 24th, 2015

New zarih for Bibi Sakina is replica of Syria shrine

Lucknow :

One-of-its-kind silver ‘zarih’ is being made in Lucknow to commemorate the ‘wiladat’ (birth anniversary) of Bibi Sakina, great grand daughter of Prophet Muhammad and daughter of Imam Hussain, the martyr of Karbala, celebrated on 19 Rajab, falling this year on May 9. Zarih is lattice work, often gilded, that encloses an Islamic tomb. Handcrafted by 10 skilled artisans for past six months, it is replica of the original zarih in Syria.

The estimated cost of the lattice made of 25kg pure silver is Rs 15 lakh, an amount collected from donation at Hazrat Abbas dargah. It is 3 feet wide, 4.5 long and 3.5 feet high and has Quran verses and story of Bibi Sakina’s pilgrimage carved on it in Arabic.

Once construction work is complete the existing zarih made of plain iron will be replaced with the silver one to enclose the holy shrine of Bibi Sakina situated on the premises of Dargah Hazrat Abbas in Rustam Nagar.

One of the most revered shrines in Lucknow built in 1819 this Dargah is perhaps the oldest shrine of the Shia Muslims in the city, popular among non-Muslims too.

Speaking to TOI, member Hazrat Abbas Dargah committee Arif Hasan said, “Donation was received from members of all communities.”

Artisan Nisar Hussain said, “Though original zarih in Syria is placed on a stone we will be installing the zari on a wooden platform.”

Plan is to make a 100gram gold crown embellished with multicolored semi-precious stones to be placed next to the zarih.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Lucknow / by Uzma Talha, TNN / May 01st, 2015

State honour for Budhaditya, Rani Karnaa

Kolkata :

West Bengal State Music Academy will confer this year’s Allauddin Purashkar on sitar maestro Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee.

The award, instituted in the name of legendary classical musician Ustad Allauddin Khan in 1987, carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs 25,000. Previous recipients of the award include Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pandit Manilal Nag and Manna De.

Mukherjee, who earlier won the Allauddin Khan Memorial Fellowship offered by the Madhya Pradesh government, plays sitar and surbahar in the Imdadkhani tradition of Etawah. Speaking to TOI, he said, “I am pleasantly surprised and honoured that the state government considered my name for this award.”

Academy’s member secretary and deputy director of information and cultural affairs department Malabasri Das said, “We will also honour dancer Vidushi Rani Karnaa with Uday Shankar Purashkar, tabla maestro Pandit Gobinda Bose with Jnan Prakash Ghosh Purashkar and Agra gharana vocalist Subhra Guha with Girija Shankar Purashkar for their contribution to various forms of performing arts.”

“I was born in Sindh in Pakistan. But Kolkata has been my second home for the last 40 years. It is great to see that the Bengal government has selected me for this honour,” said Karnaa, a disciple of Odissi legend Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will hand over the awards to the maestros at an event at Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Kolkata / TNN / May 26th, 2015

TechXpo to host Chinese delegates


Delegates from China will attend TechXpo 15 that gets under way at P A College of Engineering (PACE) on Friday.

The college’s mechanical engineering department will host an auto engineering show. Chinese delegate Schichun Tao, sales director, Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America of Launch Tech Pvt Limited will be the chief guest .

A seminar will be conducted on technologies related to high performance lubricants, automobile diagnostics evolution and future trends.Indoor exhibits on latest technologies in the automotive industry, outdoor exhibits on modified and vintage cars and bikes will be open to public. Free auto diagnostic scanning for new generation cars with OBD 2 and Entice 15, a technical competition, will be held. Joy Yan, sales manager, Launch Tech, Sasi Menon, retail head, Mobil 1, and Shamnas Mohammd, managing director, Candour Auto Tech, will be present.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Mangaluru / TNN / May 07th, 2015

Slum girl wins national-level basketball gold


Hubballi :

Nasreen Makandar, 14, a slum girl in Vijayapura, has proved that true grit pays off in the long run, and picked up a GOLD medal for her efforts. She was part of the under-16 Karnataka team which defeated Punjab in the rural national-level basketball tournament conducted recently by the ministry of youth affairs and sports at the Sports Authority of India stadium in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. There were 20 teams in the girls section.

Nasreen always nursed a passion for the game. Her father Khajamiya was a truck driver but quit his job 16 years ago after three heart attacks. Her mother Khajabi begs on the streets of Vijayapura and gets about Rs 300. They have nine children, including seven girls.

Nasreen, a class 9 student of the Anjuman High School, said she would watch students play at the Darbar High School ground. “My sisters Gousiya and Heena are division-level winners in basketball and they encouraged me a lot,” she said. She’s the first girl from Vijayapura district to win a GOLD medal at the national-level tournament.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Hubballi / by Sangamesh Menasinakai, TNN / April 27th, 2015

Nine years without Naushad

Naushad Ali
Naushad Ali

It has been nine years since the wonder of Indian film music, Naushad Ali, has left us. The maestro, who was a name to reckon in the Hindi film music world, put his indelible stamp on Malayalam film music in 1988 by directing music for the film Dhwani, in which evergreen names such as Prem Nazir, Jayabahrathi, Jayaram and Shobhana starred. Naushad had given life to compelling music in about 67 Hindi films.

Naushad was born to Wahid Ali, a city court Munsif in Lucknow on December 25, 1919. He learned music under Ustad Gurbat Ali, Ustad Yousaf Ali and Ustad Babban Saahib. Devoted to music, Naushad left home early in the pursuit of music. His initial years in Mumbai were full of difficulties and he even had to sleep on the footpath.

His life took a positive turn when he started working as an assistant to Ustad Jande Khan. It was during his tenure as Jande Khan’s assistant that he met music director Karamchand Prakash, commonly known as Guru. That association developed him into an independent music director. He never had to look back after directing the music for Prem Nagar in 1940.

After Prem Nagar, Naushad created many musical hits and he became one of the best known music directors in the Hindi film industry. Songs tuned by him and sung by Mohammed Rafi are still a hit with music lovers.

Even though his Malayalam venture was restricted to Dwani, his music remains in the heart of Malayalees. The film Tajmahal, released in 1986, was his last film.

In 1981, he was presented with the Dada Saab Phalke Award and in 1992, he was presented the Padmabhushan. On May 5, 2006, when Naushad Ali passed away, Indian film music bid adieu to one of greatest Indian film music director of the last century.

source: / On Manorama / Home> Entertainment> Music / by Manu P / Tuesday – May 05th, 2015

Tipu Sultan killed at Seringapatam

The Indian ruler and resister of the East India Company was killed by the British on May 4th, 1799.

Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782 to 1799
Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782 to 1799

Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, or Tippoo Sahib as the British called him, was the Indian ruler who resisted the East India Company’s conquest of southern India. Public opinion in England considered him a vicious tyrant, while modern Indian nationalists have hailed him as a freedom fighter, but both views are the products of wishful thinking. A small, plump man with a round face and black moustache, who wore clothes glittering with jewels, Tipu was vigorous, forceful, brave, warlike and cruel; a devout Muslim ruling a mainly Hindu population. He had inherited the throne from his father Haidar Ali, who had driven out the previous Hindu dynasty.

Tipu used to say it was better to live for two days like a tiger than drag out an existence like a sheep for two hundred years. He had a special reverence for tigers. He kept six in his fortress-city of Seringapatam (now Sriringapatna), 200 miles west of Madras, where his throne was shaped and striped like a tiger. His elite troops wore tiger badges, the hilt of his sword was in the form of a snarling tiger, and his favourite toy was a mechanical tiger straddling a British officer while the victim squealed in terror (it is now in the Victoria & Albert Museum). Tipu was determined to build a rich and powerful state and he was feared with reason by his subjects, his neighbours and other Indian princes, who joined forces with the British against him. He tried to build up an alliance to drive the British – ‘those oppressors of the human race’ – out of India and intrigued with the French in Paris and Mauritius. In dealings with them Tipu improbably donned a cap of liberty and expressed his sympathy with French Revolutionary ideals.

The British feared an invasion of India by Napoleon, and Lord Mornington, arriving in Calcutta as British Governor-General in 1798, decided to settle accounts with Citoyen Tipu. An army of East India Company sepoys and cavalry was assembled in Madras under General Harris with a contingent from the Nizam of Hyderabad, and the British Thirty-Third Regiment of Foot under Mornington’s younger brother, Colonel Arthur Wellesley (the future Duke of Wellington). In February 1799 the order to invade Mysore came, and the motley array toiled across the border accompanied by elephants and camels, thousands of baggage bullocks and flocks of sheep and goats to provide meat for the officers, as well as hordes of camp followers and a travelling market selling food and drink for the soldiery. Officers took along cooks, grooms, laundrymen and cleaning wallahs, and senior officers like Wellesley, who brought his silver-plated tableware with him, had thirty or more servants in their train. Moving ponderously in the burning heat, the army covered an area of eighteen square miles and on a good day managed to advance ten miles.

Tipu’s initial resistance was pushed aside and the British army sat down around the limewashed walls of Seringapatam which bristled with cannon. Soldiers captured by the sultan’s men were taken into the fortress and killed. Nails were driven into their heads or they were strangled by Tipu’s jettis, professional strongmen–executioners. Tipu sent placatory messages to the enemy commanders, hoping to delay matters until the monsoon arrived, but they continued with their siege works and cannonades.

When the morning of May 4th came, Tipu was told that the omens were not propitious. He tried to ward off misfortune by presenting the Hindu priests and Brahmins with a purse of gold, an elephant, a black bullock and two buffalo, a black nanny goat and a black coat and hat, but in vain.

The assault was launched soon after one o’clock by troops equipped with bamboo ladders for scaling the walls. Within minutes a British flag was planted in the breach as the defenders fled. Tipu himself fought bravely, dressed in his finest, loading and firing muskets handed him by his servants as if he was at a sporting shoot, but the odds were too great. He was wounded and his staff tried to hurry him away in a palanquin, but he was killed for his jewellery by an unidentified British soldier. As night was falling a British party found the sultan’s body under a heap of corpses. He was given honourable burial in his family mausoleum in the city.

The news of Tipu’s defeat and death caused excitement in England and his treasure-hoard provided ample prize money for the British senior officers. Harris was given a peerage and Mornington was made Marquess Wellesley. Arthur Wellesley was put in charge in Mysore and moved into Tipu’s palace, while the throne was bestowed on an infant member of the previous Hindu dynasty. The tigers were shot.

source: / History Today / Home> The Archive> India – Empire / by Richard Cavendish / Published in History Today – Volume 49, Issue 5 – May 1999

My First Break — Sana Khan

Sana Khan
Sana Khan

How it happened

I am basically a dancer and wanted to work in films. I have acted in more than 50 ad films. Silambattam,Silambarasan came to Mumbai looking for a fresh face for his film Silambattam. There he saw me and selected me. After a make-up test, I became the heroine for his Tamil film.

How it felt

Working for Silambattam was an enjoyable experience. I knew that he chose me after seeing so many girls and that I had to work hard to make it big in the Tamil film industry. I wanted to see how I looked in the film. I was also eager to see people’s reaction to my acting. So when the film released I went to Arora theatre in Kings Circle with my family and friends numbering 200 to watch it. When I appeared on the screen, all of them clapped — we had a great time. Everybody appreciated my acting. But after that I did not do many films; I was waiting in the wings to land the role that would help me showcase my talent.

How life changed

It has not changed much. Nearly two years after the film, I got a chance to act in Thambikku Indha Ooruwhich stars Bharath as the hero. Two more films are in the pipeline — Ayiram Vilakku and Santhu Pottu— for which shooting is under way. I am glad to be in the Tamil film industry and wish I get powerful roles to play.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Cinema Plus / by S. R. Ashok Kumar / February 18th, 2010