Mandayam Vidyarthi Nilayam was founded by our forefathers in 1936 at Mysore, to facilitate the needy students of Mandayam community to pursue education, by providing free hostel accommodation and boarding. This gesture helped many deserving students and many elders in our community even today pride over the fact that they stayed at this Vidyarthi Nilayam during their student days. Over the last few decades, however, many changes came about like the country's economic growth, improvement in standard of living, societal transition to middle class, decentralization of educational centers etc., and there was a decline in the need for this facility.
The building which is nearly 80 years old is beyond any economical repairs. It requires demolition and replacement by a new construction.
M.K.Narasimhan has recently been awarded a Ph.D for his thesis on “A Critical Study of Varahamihira’s Bruhat Samhita” by the University of Mysore. When most of the young people are heading towards professional courses, some one pursuing study of Sanskrit and a Ph.D in a rare subject like Bruhat Samhita was indeed interesting. Mandayam News met Narasimhan and here are the excerpts of the interview with Narasimhan.
The Annual General Body Meeting of the Sabha will be held at 10.30 AM on Sunday the 16th September 2012 at Sri Ramanuja Samskruthi Bhavana, Yathiraja Mutt Buildings, Sampige Road, Malleswaram, Bangalore 560 003.
The Mandayam Srivaishnava Sabha has set up a Pilgrim Assistance Centre at Melkote for the benefit of Pilgrims who visit Melkote and who need comfortable accommodation for overnight stay. The Centre is situated half way up the road leading to Yoga Narasimhaswamy Temple on the Hill and is less than a Km from the Bus Stop.
Renovation of Srinivasa Perumal Temple at Ramanujapuram (Marchna halli)
You are well aware of the ancient village "Ramanujapuram" (known as ancenstral place of Ramanujapuram Anandanpillais of Mandayam community) a small village 'Marchna Halli', 4 km off Bangalore Mysore Highway 4 km from Dodda Malur (Chhnnapatna). Sri Mathre Rangarajan and Sri Srivas Schar want this temple to be renovated to its ancient glory before Bhagawad Ramanuja Millenium 2017 with help of Mandayam community and philonthophists in India and abroad. This is a big project needs financial resources and mainly human resources. The cost estimated is about Rs 5 million for restoration of temple and another Rs 5 million fund to put the running of temple on a firm footing.
Vocalist R. A. Ramamani Conferred with Gana Kala Bhushana Award
“I am delighted, the Gana Kala Bhushana Award is prestigious as it is conferred by an erudite musicians' forum,” said vocalist R.A. Ramamani after receiving the honour from the Karnataka Gana Kala Parishath this year during its 42nd annual conference recently. Nothing could stop Ramamani from taking up her signature ‘Avadhana Pallavi' in her concert that followed. More spectaculars emerged as the pancha nade she brought in to the Nattakuranji Pallavi had each beat of the tishra roopaka tala surface in five different tempos.
How to Make Clay Ane (Elephant) - by Sri M. N. Rajagopal
Dr. Ramanuja Iyengar gets commendation from Eureka Forbes
Dr. Ramanuja successfully developed a new sorbent technology for detoxification of drinking waters-like ground waters, industrially polluted waters, contaminated with toxic heavy metals like Arsenic, Lead, Fluoride etc., and some radioactive elements. This research effort has been very much appreciated and presently this product is being marketed by M/S Eureka Forbes across the country with good response. Pl. Visit www.eurekaforbes.com and see under Heavy metal remover, with caption "Total Miracle".
Dr. M.O.P. Iyengar was born on December 15, 1886, in Madras (now Chennai). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Presidency College, Madras and his Ph.D. from London, where he was mentored by his guide, Prof. Fritsch.
His pioneering contributions to the fields of Botany, Algology and Phycology were so well appreciated by the scientific community in India, that he was referred to as the “Father of Algology in India” – a title that all his grandkids were probably more proud of than himself.
He had several Firsts to his credit, throughout his career:
Age 47: Established the School of Algology in the University of Madras.
Age 60: First Head of the Department of Botany in Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
Age 72: First recipient of the prestigious “Birbal Sahni Medal” for outstanding work in the field of Botany.
Age 74: First recipient of “The Sunder Lal Hora Medal” from the Indian National Science Academy, Delhi, India.