Yearly Archives: 2023

Annual Mandayam Sports– Basketball

Basketball has a very special place in the hearts of Mandayams. With several stalwarts & champions being present across generations past to present, this sporting event is in the mind of everyone in our community with everyone eagerly waiting for this event to happen year after year. The 2022 basketball tournament was held on 13th November 2022 at Sri Vidya Mandir school in Malleswaram. We had several participants on this day. The event began with women’s match being played first. There were 5 teams for men’s matches and knock-out rounds were played first. The finals of both the men’s and women’s matches were very exciting and high on energy. Tara & team won the final match in the women’s category while Aditya & team were the winners in the men’s category. There were several 3-pointers scored in the men’s finals event. We all cherish these matches and look forward to the next event eagerly.


Annual Mandayam Sports– Basketball2023-05-27T11:01:19+00:00

Annual Mandayam Sports– Shuttle Badminton

Enthusiastic participation by Mandayams characterized the badminton tournament held on 23-Oct-2022 at Prakash Padukone Badminton Courts in Malleswaram. Badminton matches are thrilling and nail-biting because of the presence of several excellent players from our community. A total of 120 matches were played with over 100 people registering & participating in the event. Although every match had an element of high energy, the matches became more intense in competition and high on energy as the event progressed. Some of the highlights include the intense & close back-to-back fight in the mixed doubles finals and the volley of shots in the finals of the age-group 26 to 45. Many cute kids who were less then 10 years old participated with lot of enthusiasm in the under 16 category. The audience was glued to viewing and cheering all the final matches, inspired by the intensity of competition and sheer energy with which it was played.


Annual Mandayam Sports– Shuttle Badminton2023-05-27T10:55:12+00:00

Mandayam Cultural Events – Thyagaraja Aaradhane 2023

Resumption of the in-person events continued on a grand scale with the Santha Thyagaraja, Poojya Purandara Dasa and Bhaktha Kanakadasa Sangeeta Aradhana Mahotsavam held on 29th January, 2023 at the Ramanuja Samskruthi Bhavana.
Oonchavritti of the beautifully decorated idols from the hall to the shrine at the mutt and back was accompanied by the trio of young boys, Avyukth , Vivaan and Vishal, dressed as the three greats of Carnatic Music. Melodious rendition of the kritis of these musical geniuses accompanied the entire procession. They were welcomed back to the hall with a traditional Aarathi by Mandayam ladies.

The program on stage began with an invocation by Nandan Narayan, followed by the welcome address by our Vice President, Smt. Radha Rangarajan. Young mridangam players accompanied the equally young singers who sang the Pillari geethe.

On this musical occasion, the sabha honoured some of the renowned musicians of our community – Smt. Mythili.M.A, Smt. Meera.M.A, Smt. Rajyashree Josyer Srikanth, Sri Venkatesh Josyer and Sri Rangarajan(Kanna). Smt. Saraswathi, Sri M.V.Narayan rendered some melodious singing while Sri Srinivas.M.K gave a glorious flute performance. Chi Pradyumna riveted the audience with his recitation of the Kunnakol.

The grand finale was the Goshti gayana of Sri Thyagaraja’s Pancharathna Keerthane by the singers of the community, accompanied by the instrument players. The one hour long recital kept the audience silent and glued to their seats.

The entire program, gracefully compeered by Kum. Aishwarya Manikarnike, concluded with Shaatumorai, the Vote of Thanks by Sri Ravi Narasimhan and of course the Thadiyaaradhanam.

Every performance is available in the Mandayam Community Group on Facebook ( for all to revisit and enjoy at their leisure.

Mandayam Cultural Events – Thyagaraja Aaradhane 20232023-05-27T10:32:05+00:00

Mandayam Cultural Events – The Grand Finale 2022

The most awaited celebration of the year – the year end cultural event was held on 24th December 2022. Being able to attend in person and perform live in front of the community was the greatest attraction for both the audience and the performers. The KrishnaDevaraya auditorium was filled soon, and some of the audience was forced to stand.

The program began with the customary invocation by brothers Srikiran and Srinandan. It was followed by the welcome address by our President Sri M. D. Sheshanarayan. Academic accomplishments of meritorious students of our community were appreciated with certificates and cash prizes, which were handed over by the stakeholders of the Endowment fund. The Sabha was also honoured to felicitate Dr.Smt.R.M.Lalitha and Sri.M.B.Nagaraj, a mentor of the Sabha, for their achievements and contributions.

The cultural program was compeered by ladies of 2 generations – Deepthi and Dhriti– the youngster learning from the older, and enlightening the audience simultaneously – about the traditions and highlights of the community and the Sabha. The audience engagement was high as they answered to various questions by the compeers.

The program itself had over 110 participants from young kids to the veterans. It began with the Nature Dance, where cute youngsters as flowers and the graceful peacocks, stole the show in The Nature Dance, choreographed by Smt. Jayanthi Bhagwan. The mothers performed a semi-classical dance before joining the kids for another dance. The dances were interspersed by an audio-visual of the annual program of IBB.

The melodious, yet energetic rendition of a medley of songs, with karaoke, by young ladies of the community was appreciated with thunderous applause. This was followed by the comic mystery, Gandharvasena, whose identity was revealed only at the end. Directed by Smt. Vaidehi Murali and Smt. Deepthi Ghanti, the young kids displayed wonderful dramatic skills to regale the audience.

While young girls enchanted […]

Mandayam Cultural Events – The Grand Finale 20222023-05-27T10:26:41+00:00

The Evening Walk – Ravinder Mandayam

6 PM. Has it stopped raining? It has. Wait. There is that light drizzle again. Never mind. We are ready to go. The sweaters are out. Protection from the chilly winds that accompany the May showers. My father & uncle were as comfortable in their panches, as I was in my shorts.

Out we go. We head out towards 8th Cross, the M G Road of Malleswaram. The tall Margosa trees seem to be holding the drizzle away, but only till 9th Cross. I heard him before I saw him. Tan tanna tan tan. And repeat. As we turned the corner onto 8th Cross, there he was. The kadlekayi vendor. A kerosene lamp on his cart burning bright. Swish swosh swish swosh were the sounds made by his ladle, as he sent the peanuts scurrying from one side of his pan to the other, and back again. Hot, fresh, salted peanuts. Heaven! His experienced hands made three of those long, but thin paper potlas, neatly folded at the top, in quick succession. My potla was empty even before we reached half way down 8th Cross. Hands put up, and to my left and right, got me a few more more kadlekayi, and these were savoured, one by one.

My ears perked up as we were crossing Janatha Hotel on our right. Were my dad and uncle making a program to visit Janatha for Sunday morning? The thought of the delicious Vada and Masala Dosa triggered some primal neurons, and I found myself wiping that dribble from the edge of my mouth. We were now at Sampige Road. Left or right? Right would take us past that nice little bakery before Malleswaram circle. Take a left, and we would be walking past a used book, magazine, comic book vendor at the […]

The Evening Walk – Ravinder Mandayam2023-05-27T10:24:58+00:00

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜರ ವೈಭವ (ಅಂತಿಮ ಭಾಗ) – Smt. ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಆಚಾರ್


ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜಾಚಾರ್ಯರು ಶ್ರೀರಂಗದಿಂದ ಬೇಲೂರಿಗೆ ಬಂದ ಸಂಗತಿ ಹಾಗು ಬೇಲೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳನ್ನು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡೆವು.



ಯತಿರಾಜರಾದ ರಾಮಾನುಜರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಉಕ್ಕಟ ಆಸೆ ಮನದಾಳದಲ್ಲಿತ್ತು. – ಅಂದು ತ್ರೇತಾಯುಗದಲ್ಲಿ ದಶರಥ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿಯು ತನ್ನ ಜ್ಯೇಷ್ಠಪುತ್ರನಾದ ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಚಂದ್ರನಿಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯಾಭಿಷೇಕ ಮಾಡಿ ಕಿರೀಟಧಾರಣೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಆಸೆ ಪಟ್ಟು, ಕುಲಪುರೋಹಿತರಾದ ವಸಿಷ್ಠಮುನಿಗಳು ಪುಷ್ಯನಕ್ಷತ್ರದ ದಿನದಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯಾಭಿಷೇಕಕ್ಕೆ ದಿನ ನಿಶ್ಚಯಿಸಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು, ಆದರೆ, ಕಿರಿಯ ರಾಣಿ ಕೈಕೇಯಿಯಿಂದ ಅದು ನೆರವೇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾಚಂದ್ರನು ಸೀತಾ-ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಣರೊಡನೆ 14 ವರ್ಷ ವನವಾಸಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊರಟನು, ಅದೇ ಕೊರಗಿನಿಂದ ದಶರಥನು ಇಹಲೋಕ ತ್ಯಜಿಸಿದನು.- ದಶರಥ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ತಿಯ ಆ ಆಸೆ್ಯನ್ನು ತಾವು ನೆರವೇರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜರು ನಿಶ್ಚಯಿಸಿದರು. ಅದರಂತೆ, ದಶರಥನಂತೆ ತಾವು ತಂದೆಯ ಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿನಿಂತು, ಯುವರಾಜನೆಂದು ಭಾವಿಸಿರುವ ಶೆಲ್ವಪಿಳ್ಳೈ ಸಂಪತ್ಕುಮಾರನಿಗೆ ಅಲೌಕಿಕವಾದ ಗರುಡಾಳ್ವಾರ್ ರಿಂದ ನಾಗಾಲೋಕದಿಂದ ತರಲ್ಪಟ್ಟ, ಮಹಾಮಹಿಯವಾದ “ವೈರಮುಡಿ” ಎನ್ನುವ ವಜ್ರಖಚಿತವಾದ ಕಿರೀಟವನ್ನು ಅದೇ ಪುಷ್ಯ ನಕ್ಷತ್ರದಂದು ಧಾರಣೆ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದರು. ಪರಮ ತೃಪ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದರು. ದೇವಾಲಯಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣದ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳು, ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಾಪನೆಗಳು ಅವರುಗಳ ದಿನನಿತ್ಯದ ಆರಾಧನ ವಿಧಿಗಳು, ವರ್ಷಾರಭ್ಯ ನಡೆಸುವ ಉತ್ಸವಾದಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳು, ಅವುಗಳ ಉಸ್ತುವಾರಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜರು ಇವುಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ಮುಳುಗಿ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದರು. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ತಿರುನಾರಾಯಣರ ಸೇವೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ದಿವ್ಯಪ್ರಬಂಧಗಳ ಪ್ರವಚನ- ಊರಿನ ಜನರಿಗೆ (ಸನ್ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿರುವಂತೆ) ಹಿತೋಪದೇಶ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಅವರ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಪ್ರೀತಿಪಾತ್ರ ಆಚಾರ್ಯರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಯತೀಶ್ವರರಾದ ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಾನುಜಾಚಾರ್ಯರು ಜಾತಿಬೇಧವಿಲ್ಲದೇ ಎಲ್ಲ ಜನರನ್ನೂ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ, ಅಭಿಮಾನದಿಂದ ಒಂದೇ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಜನರಿಗೂ ಆಚಾರ್ಯರಿಗೂ ಏನೋ ಒಂದು ಅವಿನಾಭಾವ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಇದ್ದಂತಿತ್ತು. ಶೆಲ್ವಪಿಳ್ಳೆಯನ್ನು ಅವರಷ್ಟು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುವವರು ಯಾರೂ ಇಲ್ಲವೆನ್ನ ಬಹುದು. ಶೆಲ್ವಪಿಳ್ಳೆ ಸಂಪತ್ಕುಮಾರನು ಅವರಿಗೆ ದೇವರಾಗಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಅಭಿಮಾನ ಕುಮಾರನಾಗಿದ್ದನು, ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಪುತ್ರನಾಗಿದ್ದನು.

ಇದೇ ವೇಳೆ, ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗನಾಥನು ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಲೀಲೆಯನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿದನು. ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗದಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಇಬ್ಬರು ಯಾತ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ತಿರುನಾರಾಯಣನ ದರ್ಶನಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದರು.ಅವರಿಂದ ಆ ಮತಾಂಧನಾದ ಚೋಳರಾಜನು ಈಗ ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂದೂ, ಈಗ ರಾಜನಾಗಿರುವ ಅವನ ಮಗನಿಂದ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವ ಉಪಟಳವೂ ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂದೂ ತಿಳಿಯಿತು. ಕೂರೇಶರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಯಾವ ಪೂರ್ವ ವಿವರಗಳೂ ತಿಳಿಯಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಮತಾಂಧನಾದ ರಾಜನಿಂದ ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ಅವರು, ಈಗ ಶ್ರೀರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದೂ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಆಚಾರ್ಯರು ಕೂರೇಶರನ್ನು ನೆನಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಹಳ ದುಃಖಿತರಾದರು. ತನ್ನಿಂದಲೇ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಹೀಗಾಯಿತೆಂದು ಪರಿತಪಿಸಿದರು.ಈಗ ಸದ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೂರತ್ತಾಳ್ವಾರ್ ಎಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ? ಅವರ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿಗಳು ಹೇಗಿದೆ? ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡು ಬರಲು ತಮ್ಮ ಆಪ್ತ ಶಿಷ್ಯರಾದ ‘ಮಾರುತಿ ಚಿರಿಯಾಂಡಾನ್’ ಎಂಬುವರನ್ನು ಮತ್ತಿಬ್ಬರು ಶಿಷ್ಯರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಶ್ರೀರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು ಮತ್ತು ಅವರು ಆದಷ್ಟು ಶೀಘ್ರವಾಗಿ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಬೇಕೆಂಬುದಾಗಿ ಆದೇಶವಿತ್ತರು. ಕೂರೇಶರ ವಿಷಯ ತಿಳಿಯಲು ಅವರ ಮನಸ್ಸು ಕಾತುರಗೊಂಡಿತ್ತು. ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರಳಿದ್ದ ಶಿಷ್ಯರುಗಳು ಶೀಘ್ರವೇ ಬಂದು ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ವಿಚಾರವೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ವಿವರವಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡ ಅವರಿಬ್ಬರೂ ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ ಮಾರ್ಗಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಆ ಹಿರಿಯರು ನೋವು ತಡೆಯಲಾಗದೆ ಅನುನೀಗಿದರು. ಕೂರತ್ತಾಳ್ವಾನರು ಬಹಳ ಪ್ರಯಾಸದಿಂದ ಶ್ರೀ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳಿ ಬಂದಾಗ, ರಾಮಾನುಜರ ಶಿಷ್ಯರೆಂದು ರಾಜಭಟರು ರಂಗನಾಥನ ದೇವಾಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರವೇಷಿಸಲು ಬಿಡಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಬಹಳ ಬೇಸರಗೊಂಡ ಕೂರೇಶರು, ಶ್ರೀರಂಗವನ್ನು ತೊರೆದು ಪತ್ನಿಯೊಡನೆ ಮಧುರೆಯ ಸಮೀಪದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಅಳಗರ್ ಮಲೈ ಅಥವ ‘ತಿರುಮಾಲಿರುಂ ಶೋಲೈ’ ಎಂಬಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಸವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ […]

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜರ ವೈಭವ (ಅಂತಿಮ ಭಾಗ) –Smt. ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ಆಚಾರ್2023-05-27T10:22:40+00:00

Endowment Series – Late. PANDITH M C KRISHNASWAMY IYENGAR M.A (D.Litt) SAS – M. C. Krishnakumar

An “ACHARYA PURUSHA” of Melukote Temples, Pandavapura Taluk, Mandya District, Late Pandith M C Krishnaswamy Iyengar was born in 1886 as the second son of late M C Alahiya Singrachar, Advocate and late P Shingamma, and the grandson of late Sri Chinna Comara Jeeyar (Peetadipathi of Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt). He was married to late Smt Ranganayaki and had 2 sons and 2 daughters.

He was the “ACHARYA PURUSHA” of Sri Thirunarayanaswamy Temple, Melukote since September 1935. He worked in Accounts &Audit department of Mysore State Government from 26/11/1909 to 16/03/1941 and retired as Superintendent, Comptroller’s office. His family offers the “PUSHPA KAINKARYA KARTHA” of 6th day of Kotarothsavam, Melukote.

He was a life member of and served various religious/cultural organisations like:

  • Sri Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt
  • Mandayam Srivaishnava Sabha
  • Veda Dharma Paripalana Sabha
  • Ubhaya Vedantha Pravarthana Sabha
  • Sri Venugopala Krishnaswamy Temple
  • Malleshwaram Sri Rama Bhajana Sabha
  • Bangalore Gayana Samaja
  • All India Oriental Conference, etc

Pandith M C Krishnaswamy Iyengar was a Sanskrit scholar & genius par excellence. He spent all his life in the company of books and books only. He had a room exclusively dedicated for collection of books on various subjects like Mythology, Philosophy, History, Geography, Vedas, Upanishads, English literature, famous personalities, music, dance etc in almost all the languages. He had a collection of more than 30,000 books in addition to very ancient manuscripts, stamps, coins etc. One highly exceptional aspect is that he had read and gone through each line, each page of each book and invariably made markings with his comments written in ink. He used to attend Sanskrit conferences all over India regularly and present his papers.

He conducted free Sanskrit classes regularly at home and sometimes at students’ houses. He taught free Sanskrit classes for several years in the mornings at Samskritha Patashala in front […]

Endowment Series – Late. PANDITH M C KRISHNASWAMY IYENGAR M.A (D.Litt) SAS – M. C. Krishnakumar2023-05-27T10:18:52+00:00

Kum. Ranjini Ramanujam – A Role Model

Kum.Ranjini Ramanujam, of Jayaram family, daughter of Smt Revathi MT ( Kalki family) & Sri Ramanujam MJ, and Grand daughter of the famous Mathematics Professor MJN, received The Prestigious “ Helen Keller- NCPEDP LTI MIND TREE AWARD ” in the ROLE MODEL Category, at a function held at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, on Sat, 10 December 2022.

The Award was presented by The Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.

She was selected from amongst hundreds of nominations received from all over India from different organizations. She was nominated by her employer Infosys BPM Bangalore where she is an Assistant Manager.

The 23rd Helen Keller Awards 2022 organised by NCPEDP (National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People) with support from LTI Mindtree.

She has also been called upon, by the election commission, as an ambassador to spread awareness among urban youth to exercise their voting franchise

Kum. Ranjini Ramanujam – A Role Model2023-05-27T10:15:29+00:00
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