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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Feb 15 on: Contemporary dance classes. 
"A module based contemporary dance classes at Namma Bengaluru!!
Convenient timing for working people,students, children and anyone who is interested in learning a new style of dance from internationally acclaimed artist......
Come Be part of a fun filled learning experience.. ..... Starting from 16th February, register your name by 5th of Feb...!!
  • Aims to extend and develop students knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance.
  • Technical skills.
  • Creative skills.
  • Choreography and performance related skills. 
Adults Batch
Monday and Tuesday: 8pm to 9pm.
Children's Batch
Tuesday and Thursday: 5pm to 6pm.
For more details call: 9916542428 "


Inkfruit: The War of Designers 



Feb 6-8: Director's Series ~ 5 " Jim Jarmusch Retrospective" at Nani Cinematheque 
"Director's Series ~ 5 " Jim Jarmusch Retrospective" at Nani Cinematheque

* **Venue:Nani Cinematheque
*5th floor Sona Towers
71 Millers Road Bangalore 52
Ph: +91 98450 55034*

*Free Entry
*Screening at Nani Cinematheque

*Date * * Film * *Time *
6 February
Dead Man 7 PM
7 February
Down by Law 7 PM
8 February
Coffee & Cigarettes 7 PM

Dead Man (1995) http://www.mypalado view/100/ 47/
*Language*: English
*Label*: Fortisimo
*Certification* : UA
*Actors*: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott
*Film Director*: Jim Jarmusch
*Music Director*: Neil Young

*Synopsis*: A master of Minimalist cinema Jim Jarmusch excels in this story of William Blake, who, having lost his parents, travels to far-west Machin with a few dollars and a letter promising a job, only to discover himself a month late for the post. There could be no other man more in the wrong place at the wrong time than William. Surprisingly William seems to make his career as a real westerner. As he shoots a man in self-defense, he needs to flee further westward - into the wilderness.

Down By Law (1986) http://www.mypalado view/101/ 47/ *
Language*:English / Italian
*Label*: Fortisimo
*Actors*: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal
*Film Director*: Jim Jarmusch
*Music Director*: John Lurie, Tom Waits

*Synopsis*: Zack is an out of work DJ, busted with a body in the trunk of a stolen car he was trying to cross the state in. Jack, a Pimp, is arrested for recruiting a minor. Roberto is an Italian tourist arrested for murdering a man while playing cards. They are housed in the same prison cell, and Roberto convinces the other two to escape. They succeed, only to be lost in the bayou. It is not until they find the home of an Italian immigrant, that
they learn to appreciate beauty in the world.

*Coffee and Cigarettes *
*Director*: Jim Jarmusch
*Year*: 2003
*Language*: English
*Country*: USA
*Runtime*:95 Mins
*Colour*: Black & White


A series of short comic vignettes built one on top of the other, 'Coffee And Cigarettes' sees its characters discuss varied topics while sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. Through the film, director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle and shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be, if truly observed. "


Feb 7-9: Chikkamagalur Trip by NatureAdmire 
"Dear Natureadmirers, Nature Admire is proposed to organise a two-day trekking, camping, campfire and leisure visit Chikkamagalur~ Kemmenagundi. ~258kms away lies the coffee, pepper, oranges, cardamom plantations, nestled in the Bababudan ranges of Chikkamagalur.
"Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain range in Karnataka, Kemmenagundi is also known as "K.R.Hill station". Here there is a falls descending in two stages at the height of 3,000ft known as "Hebbe falls". A small hill station rises at the height of 5,250ft. Bhadra wildlife
sanctuary is the home for tigers, panthers, elephants and deers. At Jaguar valley, where the Kemmenagundi is. Here is a small rooms, dormitories maintained by Karnataka Horticulture Department. This program is exclusively designed for families, groups, seniors or couples even individuals. Date: 7, 8 February 2009 (departure on 7th morning at 0630hrs and return back on 8th evening) Trip Highlights:
1. swimming or playing at Hebbe falls.
2. Trekking at "Shanti falls; Z-point, Raja seat, Hebbe falls.
3. Campire and camping.
Tariff: Rs 1999/- per head. Includes: 1. comfortable transportation. 2. Simple hygienic Veg food + Non-veg food (Limited to Chicken only) 3. Activities charges. 4. Forest entry fees. 5. Comfortable camping gears + Dormitory (Rooms for couples/families) 6.Instructor charges. Sample Itinerary:
Day 01
* 0630hrs- Departure from Bangalore (6hrs drive)
* 0800hrs- B/fast at Kyatsandra (famous thatte Idly- Plate idly)
* 1200hrs- Arrive Kemmenagundi after visit to Kalhatti falls. Checkin
to Dormitory or room, refresh.
* 1330hrs- Lunch break and relax.
* 1530hrs- Trek to Z-point, Raja seat, Shanti falls.
* 1730hrs- Tea and snacks.
* 1830hrs- Camping.
* 2030hrs- Dinner and campfire.
Day 02
* 0730hrs- b/fast and trek to "Hebbe Falls". (9kms downhill trek)
* 0930hrs- Refresh at falls.
* 1300hrs- Lunch break and relax.
* 1400hrs- Departure from here (6hrs drive) via Bababudanagiri Hills.
* 2200hrs- Arrive at Bangalore.
Note: the itinerary is subject to change.
for photos at http://community. webshots. com/user/ natureadmire
for bookings call us at: 9845079414 or 41130673
or visit us at : "


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jan 31: Next Door - Book Launch @ Crossword 

About the Book:

In eleven superbly crafted stories Jahnavi Barua takes us into the private, individual worlds of a varied cast of characters and exposes the intricate mesh of emotions so often concealed under the façade of everyday lives.

Innocent desires and furtive longings, the complexity of fierce love and the terrible consequences of its betrayal, simple aspirations that compel brave action, life’s startling reversals that reveal deep insecurities and yet pave the way for forgiveness and reconciliation— these are just some of the themes played out in these remarkably nuanced snapshots of life. Predominantly set in the verdant, politically charged landscape of Assam , yet constantly transcending the particular, the stories in Next Door are unerringly human. Subtle and evocative in their telling, they mark the introduction of a highly accomplished voice.

About the Author:

Jahnavi Barua is from Assam in the northeast of India and is passionate about the land she comes from. Jahnavi trained as a doctor but is now a writer, a reader, a mother of a six-year-old and a wife, not necessarily in that order. In 2005 she won the Short Fiction contest hosted by Unisun Publishers and the British Council. The following year she won second prize in the Children’s Fiction category of the same prize. In 2006 Jahnavi was awarded a Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship to study Creative Writing in the UK . She lives in Bangalore .

Jan 29-Feb05: Namma Bengaluru Buzz - Events & Movie 

Greetings from, your premier portal for all events and happenings in your city - concerts, Dj gigs, plays, book reads, sports, live bands, food festivals, exhibitions and much more.



Ismat Apa Ke Naam - Play (CLICK HERE for Tickets)
Details: Puravankara presents, Motley's - Ismat Apa Ke Naam, directed by Naseeruddin Shah. Cast - Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak shah & Heeba Shah. Ismat Apa Ke Naam is a series of three short stories (Mughal Bacche, Chhui Muee and Gharwali) by the famous Urdu writer Ismat Khanum Chughtai, narrated with lan and gusto by the trio Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak and Heeba Shah. The beauty of the entire experience lies not just in the manner in which the stories are narrated by the actors but the sheer luminosity, irony and poignancy of the stories themselves.
Venue: Childish Memorial Hall - Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 16th Cross, Vyalikaval, Bangalore-560003
Date & time: February 4th, 7:30 pm


Happiness Sale @ Central Mall (CLICK HERE to Win Discount Vouchers)
Details: Happiness Sale @ Bangalore Central Mall - Avail exciting discounts on your purchase. Buzzintown users can win a 20% Discount Voucher at the Central Mall Food Court.
Venue: Bangalore Central - FM Cariappa Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, Bangalore-560025
Date & time: January 24th – February 15th, All Day


KK Pro-Nite - Unmaad 2009
Details: KK Pro-Nite, as part of Unmaad 2009. Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as K.K. through his mesmerizing voice, will unveils a plethora of emotions. So, join the crowd, throw your hands up high, make that extra noise and become a part of this hysteria.
Venue: Indian Institute of Management - Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore
Date & time: January 31st, 6:30 pm


Winter wraps at The Polo Club
Details: Take on a culinary journey from the Far East to India and onward West, through an array of unique wraps presented by Chef Zafar.
Venue: The Oberoi - No. 39, MG Road, Bangalore-560001
Date & time: January 23rd – 31st, All Day


Buzzintown Exclusive Offer for the New Year! Big Savings on Gifts that Last a Lifetime!


Tri Continental Film Festival 2009
Details: Tri Continental Film Festival-Bangalore is the visual platform for human rights and issues. The Tri-Continental Film Festival is the perfect vehicle to introduce global human rights issues to the youth in India. The Tri Continental Film festival attracts thousand as it travels to campuses and small towns through the year.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore - No. 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore-560052, Karnataka,
Date & time: January 30th – February 1st, All Day


Cul-Ah!'09 SpellBound
Details: Mount Carmel College presents Cul-Ah!'09 SpellBound, the cultural fest is spread over 3 days and promises to be a complete cultural extravaganza with over 60 colleges and 60 events. Few of the events genres include, Art-a-Gogh (Art Events ) Cacophonics (Music Events), Big Mouth (Public Speaking Events), Scribe (Literary Events), Twinkle Toes (Dance Events), Quizard (Quizzes), Beauty and the Feast (Fashion and Food Events).
Venue: Mount Carmel College - Palace road, Bangalore-560001
Date & time: January 29th – 31st, All Day


Rang -e- Ghazal: Musical & Art evening
Details: Leela Galleria and Renaissance Gallerie presents "Rang e Ghazal" (An evening of art and music) in aid of The Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (Karnataka Chapter). Paintings by : Bhaskar Rao, Basuki Das Gupta, Ganesh Doddamani, G.Subramaniyam, J M S Mani, Kalyan Rao, S.G and others.
Venue: Hotel Leela Palace - Airport Road, Bangalore
Date & time: January 30th, 7:30 pm



CLICK HERE to view Show times, Trailers, Photographs, Synopsis and Reviews of your favourite Current and Upcoming Movies


RnB and Hip Hop night with DJ Ravi at Zero G
Details: RnB and Hip Hop night with DJ Ravi at Zero G.
Venue: Zero G - 10th floor, Prestige Towers, Residency road, Bangalore-560025
Date & time: January 29th, 8 pm

Music concert by Bal Murali Krishna and Ajay Chakravarthi
Details: Music concert by Bal Murali Krishna and Ajay Chakravarthi.
Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall - Gayathri Devi Park Extension, 16th Cross, Vyalikaval, Bangalore-560003, Karnataka,
Date & time: January 31st, All Day


Veg & Non Veg buffet at The Vil'age
Details: Veg & Non Veg buffet at The Vil'age. The Vil'age is an exquisite, open air restaurant, built with a rustic theme, serving the city's best North Indian cuisine. The ambience is elegant, romantic and relaxed and there is plenty of space for one to lounge around and unwind.
Venue: The Vil'age - Kings Cross Building, # 90/1B, Outer Ring Rd., Next to Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli Bangalore
Date & time: December 30th – January 31st, All Day

The International Adventure Tourism Show 2009
Details: The International Adventure Tourism Show is the best place to showcase adventure tourism products and services. It will serve as a tremendous business opportunity and will bring awareness to the people on Adventure Tourism in the region.
Venue: Palace Grounds - Jayamahal Road , Bangalore-560080
Date & time: January 30th – February 1st, All Day

- Buzzintown Team


Till Feb01: Naa Thukaram Alla - watch the Kannada classic play @ Ranga Shankara 

Must watch Kannada Classic play @ Ranga Shankara this week! Limited seats available online. Book your tickets now!
Naa Thukaram Alla - [Kan] - 27 Jan - 1 Feb @ 7:30 PM
Classic Kannada Play
Date: 27 Jan - 1 Feb
Show time: 7:30 PM
Duration: 90 min
Venue: Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar, Bangalore
Tickets: Rs.70/-
A review in New York Times when Herb Gardener's "I am not Rappoport" was revived in 2002, famously summarized the play as follows: "A cardinal rule of a certain kind of sentimental comedy is that you can't keep a feisty old man down. Punch him, knife him, run him over with a tank or -- God forbid -- stuff him into a nursing home. He will still spring back to his feet, like Rasputin defying his assassins. Seasoned theatergoers know that each resurrection of said feisty old man must be acknowledged with a congratulatory round of applause."

Buy Tickets

Call : +91-9986016207

S Surendranath (Suri) of Sanket, has adapted this hilarious but heartwarming tale into "Naa Thukaram Alla" in Kannada. Suri, one of the founder members of Sanket (along with Shankar and Arundhati Nag), has made a unique mark for himself as a fine writer and director. Most recently, he had the audiences in splits in more than 50 houseful shows of his adaptation of "The Comedy of Errors", tongue-twistingly called "Neenaanaadrenaanee nena".

Suri brings puts his uncanny aptitude at adaptation into full use while bringing Rappoport to Bangalore, more precisely Lalbagh. What the audiences are presented with is a bouquet of flowers – colourful, fragrant, wild, unusual, and an occasional (intentional) thorn! While you will laugh heartily during the play, you will happily let it tug at your heart on your drive back home and later.

B Suresha, Yenagi Natraj, Sihi Kahi Chandru, Megha Nadig, Balaji Manohar, et al, veterans on TV with roots firmly grounded in theatre don the roles to perfection. Shashidhar Adapa, among the best set designers in the country today, has designed a never-seen-before set along with Suresh Baganavar.

Get your tickets NOW!
Rules at Ranga Shankara:
a. Auditorium doors close at 7.30 pm. Late comers not permitted and no refund on tickets.
b. Children below the age of eight not allowed in the auditorium except for children's plays.
c. No eatables, beverages& photo/video recording allowed inside the auditorium.
d. Free seating.
e. Use of mobile phones and pagers is prohibited inside the auditorium.
We really would love for you come watch this play along with us if you can!
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Jan 31: A journalist's fight for survival in a Nepali Barrack  
"Chaama Deu! Tara Nabirsa! (Forgive! Forget Not!) - This experimental documentary is the narrated story of a journalist who was detained inside Kathmandu's infamous Bhairabnath Barracks for 15 months. It provides a mirror to the terrible times just past in Nepal, during the 'people's war' and the state's reaction to the Maoist insurgency.

Maraa and Doccentre (CED)

invite you to the screening of the following film

Chaama Deu! Tara Nabirsa! (Forgive! Forget Not!) (52')
Nepal 2007; Dir: Pranay Limbu
Timings: 5pm to 5.55pm
Date: 31st January, 2009
Venue: Centre for Education and Documentation (CED)
#7, 8th Main Road, Domlur 2nd Stage, 3rd phase, Bangalore-71
Ph: 080 2535 3397
Online: cedban@doccentre. net; http://www.doccentr

RSVP by 30th January. "


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jan 31-Feb01: BMC's Trek to Gopalaswamy Hill & Edakkal Caves 


Trek to Gopalaswamy Hill & Edakkal Caves: [31 Jan-1 Feb 2009]


Sulthan Bathery:


Sulthan Bathery, earlier known as Ganapativatom, is a quaint town in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The place became known as Sulthan Bathery after Tipu Sulthan of Mysore invaded the region and used the Jain temple here as a battery. During Tipu Sulthan.s invasion in the 18th century an imposing fort was built here; unfortunately no remains of it stand today. This picturesque town is situated at an altitude of 1000 meters above MSL, flanked by majestic hills with patches of cliffs, valleys and plains interwoven with the mountainous terrain. Present day Sulthan Bathery is not only the largest town in Wayanad but also the hub of all tourism and commercial activities in the district. The regional population predominantly comprises of tribals and the economy is essentially agrarian in nature.


Edakkal caves are situated on the Ambukuthi Mountains at a distance of about 16 km from Sulthan Bathery. Located at an altitude of 1000 m above MSL, is a set of three caves, considered to be one amongst the earliest sites of human settlement on the face of the planet.  Each of these caves has numerous ancient stone scripts, various animal and human figurines, symbols, ancient weaponry figures et cetera depicted on the walls. These depictions, estimated to be over 7000 years old, have contemporaries only in Stiriya in the European Alps and a few places in Africa.


En route from Sulthan Bathery to Mysore is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Muthanga. The sanctuary is a safe haven for a diverse variety of flora and fauna including many rare and endangered ones. This fragile eco-system falls under the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary shares borders with the Nagarhole and Bandipur reserves of Karnataka and with the Mudumalai reserve of Tamilnadu. Wayanad Sanctuary puts much emphasis on scientific conservation measures that are eco-friendly and sustainable. 


Total Travel: Approx 780kms.

Food: From Hotel


Difficulty Level:
Easy to Moderate





Tentative schedule


Friday 30 Jan 2009

09:30PM:       Pickup on Windtunnel Road -> Manipal Hospital -> Domlur (New Shanti Sagar)
10:00PM:       Start from Symphony Theater (Now named as Fame Cinema), MG Road.

                 You have facility of parking your vehicle overnight in the basement.


Saturday 31 Jan 2009

06:00AM:      Reach Sultan Bathery (Base camp).

07:00AM:      Check into the hotel, freshen up, have breakfast and head towards Edakkal Caves. Explore caves, Have lunch

03:00PM:       Visit Soojipara/Minumutti Water falls.

07:00PM:       Back to Basecamp.

08:00PM:       Have dinner.


Sunday 1 Feb 2009

05:30AM:      Leave Sultan Bathery.

06:00AM:      Reach Muttangana for Wildlife Safari.

11:30AM:      Reach Gopalswamy Hilltop by bus, start trekking down Gopalpura.

03:30PM:      Start back to Banglaore. Have (self sponsored) dinner on the way.

09:00PM:       Reach back to Bangalore.

Read thru Things to Carry page and make your best judgment on packing your backpack.
Read thru Cancellation Policy page, just in case you have to cancel participation.

Important points to be noted before registering

Participation Fees: Rs. 1800

Above charges includes: Transport, 2 Break fast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, accommodation in lodge, Trek guide charges, Permission, Jeep transfer, coordinators etc.
Above charges does not include: Food on the way ie Sunday - Lunch and Dinner.

For any clarification email us at team @ or call on 9902027262.

Bank Name

Axis Bank

Account Holder

Bangalore Mountaineering Club

Account Type


Bank Account Number






BMC Office Address

No, 69, K. R. Garden, 3rd Main,

Bank colony, Murgeshpalya,
Vimanapura Post, Bangalore - 560017

Airport Road -> ISRO office Signal - > Wing Tunnel Road -> Left turn from Airport compound wall -> Left turn to KR Garden 3rd Main -> Left hand side 3rd House.
See MAP for detailed route

- You can visit above address to swipe the card. OR
- To save the hassle of driving all the way for payment, we have enabled facility of accepting payment via phone. Call one of the phone number (9341961262 / 9980761262 / 9902027262), Give your Credit Card details and done. Do not forget to ask for Transaction Ref No.
In order to pay by phone, we need your confirmation email in following format to
I <Name>, authorize Bangalore Mountaineering Club to charge Rs. <Amount> to my Credit card # <Last 4 Digits only> for <Event Name>.


Please transfer the Participation fees before you register.Register for this event now

"A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu


Jan 31: BMC's One Day Trek and Cave Exploring at Antargange 
One Day Trek and Cave Exploring at Antargange - [31st Jan 2009] - Registration is On
Sixty kilometers from Bengaluru, Anthargange in Kolar is a hill range with huge volcanic rocks and boulders scattered all over.  Thorny shrubs cover the hill, while there is dense plantation forest at the base.  Flight of steps, halfway the hill leads to an ancient temple.  The spring at this temple is claimed to wash off your sins.  The forty-five minutes hill climbing will keep you panting for breath and opens up for an extensive and beautiful green plateau on the top. 

Kolar town, the headquarters of this district was formerly known as Kuvalala. Kolar was the first capital of the Gangas, till about the 4th century A.D. In 1004 A.D., the Cholas annexed Kolar with their empire. Later, Kolar came under the Vijayanagar empire, before being taken over by the British in 1768.  In 1792, Kolar was given to Tippu Sultan, by the British. Haidar Ali of Mysore was born around 1722 in the tiny village of Budikote, near Kolar. Haidar Ali died in 1782 during the Mysore Wars. His body was embalmed and lay in state for four months before being moved to a mausoleum built by his son, Tipu Sultan, in the middle of a garden on the island of Srirangapatam.Anthargange is an ideal location for light trek, rock climbing and camping.  Big and small boulders have heaped to form cave like formations offering exhilarating network of cave exploration activity.

Distance: From Bangalore: 60 km
Route: Bangalore - Old Madras Road - Kollar - Antargange

Difficulty level: Moderate combination of plain walk + climbing.
Tentative Schedule: 3rd Aug 2008

07:00AM – 1st Pickup from Symphony Theater, MG Road.
07:15AM – 2nd Pickup from Domlur Bus stop, Airport road.
07:40AM - 3rd Pickup from K R Puram Bus stop.
               On the way Breakfast, Pack Lunch parcels.
10:30AM - Reach Antargange, briefing, Start trek.
01:00PM – Explore caves, Reach the peak, Lunch, rest, explore.
04:00PM – Start climbing down.
06:00PM – Depart to Bangalore
08:00PM – Reach Bangalore, get drops at the same place as pickup.

To Carry:
- Personal medication (if any)
- Day bag back
- Water bottles (enough to carry at least 2 liters of water)
- A torch with new batteries. (must in case of emergency)
- Energy Food (Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks - Glucon-D, etc).
- Rain gear.
- Camera.
Read thru Cancellation Policy page, just in case you have to cancel participation.

Important points to be noted before registering

Participation Fees: Rs. 500.00
Above charges includes: Transport, 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, Evening Snacks, First aid kit, safety gears, guide, permission charges and miscellaneous.

For any clarification email me at neeraj @, after 6pm you can call me at 9980761262/9341961262

Bank Name Axis Bank
Account Holder Bangalore Mountaineering Club
Account Type Saving
Bank Account Number 300010100030913
Branch Marathahalli
IFSC UTIB0000300
BMC Office Address
No, 69, K. R. Garden, 3rd Main,
Bank colony, Murgeshpalya,
Vimanapura Post, Bangalore - 560017

Airport Road -> ISRO office Signal - > Wing Tunnel Road -> Left turn from Airport compound wall -> Left turn to KR Garden 3rd Main -> Left hand side 3rd House.
See MAP for detailed route
- You can visit above address to swipe the card. OR
- To save the hassle of driving all the way for payment, we have enabled facility of accepting payment via phone. Call one of the phone number (9341961262 / 9980761262 / 9902027262), Give your Credit Card details and done. Do not forget to ask for Transaction Ref No.
In order to pay by phone, we need your confirmation email in following format to
I <Name>, authorize Bangalore Mountaineering Club to charge Rs. <Amount> to my Credit card # <Last 4 Digits only> for <Event Name>.

Please transfer the Participation fees before you register.

Register for this event now

"A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu


Feb 01: BMC's Day Trek to Madhugiri 
Day Trek to Madhugiri - [1st Feb 2009]
Photos from past BMC trek
One of the well-known fort hills of the State is Madhugiri in Tumkur district, which has the distinction of being the biggest monolith in the whole of Asia .
A fort was built around 1678 during the reign of Raja Hera Gowda. According to historical records, this was further fortified by Hyder Ali, taken over in succession by Marathas and again by Tipu before becoming a part of the erstwhile Mysore empire. Though the historical significance has faded with time, it is today a fascinating tourist spot enticing trekkers and climbers.
To climb the hill that climbs up a height of 3930 feet, walk through the entrance from the east between the buildings housing government offices and a series of well laid wide steps leading to the top. Several circular bastions on the way, provide place for rest, apart from a great view of the town below.

The most thrilling part of the climb is a steep section just below the top where small ledges have been carved to serve as footholds. With the wind trying to below you off, you feel greatly relieved to overcome this stretch.

On the summit is a temple of Gopalakrishna which is ruined but the circular granaries which were used to store ragi, oil and ghee are intact. It is well worth spending some time at the top looking at the smaller hills around and fields in the villages below. But the solitude is broken by the honking of buses below.

Tentative Schedule:

16th Nov 2008:

  Depart from Symphony Theater, MG Road, Bangalore
9:00AM    Have breakfast on the way and pack lunch.
10:00AM  Start Trekking on Madhugiri Fort
Start trekking down
Depart to Bangalore.
Things to Carry:
1. Min 3 liters of Water each
2. Snacks, Juice packs etc.
3. Hat, sunscreen lotion, sunglasses.
4. Personal medication

Read thru Cancellation Policy page, just in case you have to cancel participation.

Important points to be noted before registering

Participation Fees: Rs. 500.00
Above charges includes: Transport, 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch,
Evening Snacks, First aid kit, safety gears, guide, permission charges and miscellaneous.

For any clarification email me at neeraj @, after 6pm you can call me at 9980761262/9341961262

Bank Name Axis Bank
Account Holder Bangalore Mountaineering Club
Account Type Saving
Bank Account Number 300010100030913
Branch Marathahalli
IFSC UTIB0000300
BMC Office Address
No, 69, K. R. Garden, 3rd Main,
Bank colony, Murgeshpalya,
Vimanapura Post, Bangalore - 560017

Airport Road -> ISRO office Signal - > Wing Tunnel Road -> Left turn from Airport compound wall -> Left turn to KR Garden 3rd Main -> Left hand side 3rd House.
See MAP for detailed route
- You can visit above address to swipe the card. OR
- To save the hassle of driving all the way for payment, we have enabled facility of accepting payment via phone. Call one of the phone number (9341961262 / 9980761262 / 9902027262), Give your Credit Card details and done. Do not forget to ask for Transaction Ref No.
In order to pay by phone, we need your confirmation email in following format to
I <Name>, authorize Bangalore Mountaineering Club to charge Rs. <Amount> to my Credit card # <Last 4 Digits only> for <Event Name>.

Please transfer the Participation fees before you register.

Register for this event now

"A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu


Always: Action all year long @ The Sports Bar 



Jan 31: BCP Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar 
"Greetings from the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan!

Bangalore City Project
presents a
Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar

Saturday January 31, 2009

Starting point: 3.00 p.m. outside Elgin Talkies

The event is open to all and there is no registration. For more information, please visit the BCP website:

Bangalore City Project is happy to announce a fresh series of Urban Space Events (USE) for 2009, starting with a Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar. BCP plans to organise one such USE every on the last weekend of every month. Some of the USE held in 2008 will be repeated on popular demand and new areas will be explored as well.

'...The cantonment bazaar, a native town in itself, lies in a valley to the north of the infantry lines. It contains a commodious and well-kept market, the Bowring civil hospital, numerous imposing stores for the sale of European goods and large native buildings.' Rice, 1876

When modern (Kempegowda's) Bangalore was founded in the mid fifteenth century, Blackpally, today's Shivajinagar was pretty much a wasteland. The first settlers in the area set up a small village with a mud wall around it. In 1871 it came under the municipal administration of Bangalore and gradually became a service area of the Cantonment.

A thriving 'native' bazaar developed along with associated establishments like churches, temples, rest houses, cinemas, schools and hospital. Interestingly, the bazaar became popular with the Europeans as well as they couldn't resist the possibility of finding a bargain.

Join us for a walk through the area to experience a lively colourful bazaar and find out what remains of the past.   

3:00 p.m. Elgin Talkies
3:30 p.m. commence walk to Chandni Chowk
4:00 p.m. Russel Market
4:30 p.m. Adams Square
5:00 p.m. St. Mary's Basilica
5:30 p.m. Close event

Event partners: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan; UDBHAVA forum; Elgin Cinema

The Bangalore City Project comprises a group of concerned citizens from different fields, including art, culture, urban planning and architecture, as well as various organisations such as the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and UDBHAVA forum. It aims to create
awareness about art and culture in the City of Bangalore, by initiating discussions and programmes on a neutral platform - to publicise the importance of cultural infrastructure, as well as the history and importance of various places in the city that remain silent and veiled.

One of the objectives is to help create a unique identity for the City, a concept that will bear special significance for the future, as Bangalore grows in manifold directions and on manifold levels.

May we request you to give wide coverage to this initiative and also depute someone to cover the event.

Thank you in anticipation, for your cooperation,

Sincerely yours,

Maureen Gonsalves
Programme Coordinator
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
716 CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore 560 038
Ph: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08-203
Fax: +91 80 2520 5309 "


Feb 5: Spastics Society of Karnataka presents Panchantantra 
"PANCHANTANTRA – by children for children

Presented by
Students of
Mallya Aditi International School and
Spastics Society of Karnataka
Thursday 5th February 2009, 6.45pm
Chowdiah Memorial Hall

Tickets are priced at Rs. 100, 200 & 300
Available at Spastics Society of Karnataka
Contact – Priya Rao – 98869 44548
Kairali Nair – 98869 34307

A child-to-child initiative to promote inclusion of children of Spastics Society of Karnataka (SSK) with mainstream schools.

The students of 12C, Mallya Aditi International School (MAIS) have been associated with the students of SSK for a year as part of the SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work) programme. Since then, the relationship between the students has grown by leaps and bounds. They share a great rapport and hence have taken up the mammoth task of directing the play PANCHANTANTRA, with the cast being the students of SSK.
We would like to create awareness about our children’s talents and bring to notice the noble work being done by the Society. "

Jan-Feb'09: Youth Hostel's Trekking Programmes 
"Dear friends
We have pleasure in announcing the following tentative trekking programmes during jan 09 upto middle of february 2009.

Date 2 days 31/01/09 and 01/02/09 sat and sun
cost rs1750/ per person 
departure 30/01/09 friday around 9pm from majestic Bangalore by tempo traveller return reaching back Bangalore on monday 02/02/09 around 5am morning
nature of trek moderate to tough
pick up and drop from majestic to majestic Bangalore we regret to inform you that we have modifide our earlier  announced programme to Dabbe falls and Kaanur kote (as on31/01/ and 01/02/09) due to request from many interested participating friends to organise to Ettinabuja and Amedikal

Date 08/02/2009 one day sunday
cost rs1000/
departure 07/02/09 saturday at 9.30 pm from majestic Bangalore by tempo traveller
nature of trek moderate
return 08/02/09 reaching Bangalore around midnight
pick up and drop majestic to majestic Bangalore

WATER SPORTS at KARWAR 2 days 07/02/09 and 08/02/09 sat-sun
As we need minimum 20 participants to organise this programme,we will inform cost and other details taking into a/c no of participants who wishes to join as soon as possible

Date 2 days 14/0209 and 15/02/09 sat and sun
cost rs3400/per person cost includes rafting charges at Kali river
departure 13/02/09 friday at 7 pm from majestic Bangalore by tempo traveller
return 16/02/09 monday around 5.30am morning
nature of trek moderate
pick up and drop from majestic to majestic Bangalore

please note that cost mentioned in the above mentioned programmes includes simple veg food (other than onward journey day dinner),to and fro journey cost, sharing ormitory/room/ tented accomodation wherever applicable,forest entry fee, trekking and guide charges and other misc expenses. participants are requested to bring water bottle,cap, wear good trekking shoes,light bed spread or sleeping bag,torch,personal toiletry and medicines,extra pair of cloth and any other item required by them individually. please note that smoking and use of alcohol is not permitted /allowed during the trekking programme. further please note that programmes/trek route as mentioned above may be modifide /altered depending upon the situations keeping in mind the interest and safety of the participating friends and the final decision in this regards solely rests with the organisers. all the participating friends are requested to cooperate for the success of the progrmmes we require minimum 10 participants to conduct the programme and 20 persons to conduct water sports at Karwar.
with regards
YHAI Members Chaarana Group "


Feb 9-13: Wildscreen Festival 

"Wildscreen Festival in India and Sri Lanka – 9-13 February 2009

The Festival was founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1982 and has been organised every alternate year for the past 25 years. Held in Bristol,the world's centre for wildlife filmmaking, it attracts hundreds of delegates from around the globe who work in film, television and the press, as well as those actively involved in working to conserve the environment.

The Wildscreen Festival came to India in 2007 and toured Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. The programme included nine filmmakers, eighteen workshops, and seventeen film screenings a cross four cities, the main attraction being the Keynote address by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

The dates for the next festival are:

9-10 February 2009 – Delhi and Bangalore
12-13 February 2009 – Guwahati, Mumbai and Colombo

Nine environment filmmakers are coming to India and Sri Lanka from the UK. The programme will comprise of master classes on various aspects of filmmaking and film screenings.

The festival will be part of the media strand of the British Council project Low Carbon Futures. Its main focus will be capacity development amongst environmental film makers in India.

Registration for the Master classes:

Participation by prior registration only, last date for registering is 26 January 2009. There is no registration fee.

You may register online at

Please click on the link - to get more details on the masterclasses and to register yourself for the classes.

Monday, 9 February 2009
Master Class on The role of films in Environmental Conservation by Jeremy Bristow
Film Screening: Can we Save Planet Earth? (60mins)(Producer: Jeremy Bristow)
1500-1600 Masterclass on Managing a Production by Laura Marshall
Film screening: Life in Cold Blood: Armoured Giants (60 mins) (Golden Panda Winner, Wildscreen 08)

Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Masterclass on Scriptwriting by Harry Marshall
Film screening: Earth: The Power of the Planet: Atmosphere (59 mins)

Masterclass/ Case Study by Local Filmmaker
1130-1230 Masterclass on Capturing the Story by Sandesh Kadur
Film Screening: The Mountains of the Monsoon (50 mins)
Film Screening (double bill) : One Planet Living (4.45) Global Dimming (49 mins) "

Jan 31-Feb 01: 10fs screenings 

this new year membership is open. the membership fee for student Rs. 400/- for others Rs. 600/- (for student membership student id is required; ph.d. students, short term course students will not be considered under this category.10fs decision is final)

our screening will be on 31st January & 1st February' CFD (this weekend)

31st January - *6.30 pm* / saturday
*Punch-Drunk Love*
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Year:2002, Duration: 95 min
best director award - cannes film festival 2002

1st February - *6.30 pm* / sunday
Language: Italian | English | German | Albanian
Director: Abbas Kiarostami , Ken Loach , Ermanno Olmi
Year:2005, Duration: 109 min

Time 5.30pm - for registration,

Venue- CFD, Centre for Film and Drama
5th floor Sona Towers
71 millers road (end of cunningham road)

entry based on NEW (this year 2009) membership only...reg,
10fs "


Jan 31: Pedestrian Pictures presents An Evening of Satyajit Ray's films 

"pedestrian pictures
invites you to
An evening of Satyajit Ray films

A lot of us have our own Ray favourites - the Apu trilogy, Charulata, Shatranj ke Khilari, Agantuk are perhaps the most often cited ones from over 30 films directed by the maestro. To extend that list of favourites, pedestrian pictures, as part of its Saturday monthly public screening, brings you a rare collection of Ray's short films and documentaries.

Venue: IAT, Queens' Road, Bangalore (directions to the venue)
Date: 31 January 2009, Saturday
Time: 5 - 8 pm

Rabindranath Tagore (1961/ 54 mins/ B&W)
This documentary film deals with the life and work of the celebrated Bengali author (1861-1941)  who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. The first section is composed of dramatized vignettes recalling the writer's childhood and adolescence: his private, domestic life. The second section, drawn from archived documents, shows his public life, emphasizing the great political movements in which he was engaged, and which led to India's independence. Two (1964/ 15 min / B&W) Short filmThis short film shows an encounter, through a series of games, between a street child from the shantytowns and a child of a rich family, stationed at his window. The film has no dialogue and the action moves through the attempts at one-upmanship evident in their successive display of their toys. Their rivalry (a kite shot down by a toy rifle, for example) concludes with the opposition between the world of noise (the toys inside the house) and that of music (the street child's flute).
Pikoo (1980 / 26 min / Col)
Short film
This film presents a day in the life of a six year old child in Calcutta, who lives shut up in the family home, insulated from the city by a park. The father is away at work. The grandfather is alone in his room, ill and confined to his bed. The mother receives her lover. The child attempts to amuse himself, registers everything in silence before hiding out in the garden where he begins to make drawings of the various flowers. The film ends with
his question, addressed to his mother, in the arms of her lover: "Shall I use black crayon to draw a white flower?"

Sadgati (1981/ 52 mins / Col)
Short film
Based on a short story by the celebrated Hindi/Urdu writer Munshi Premchand, Sadgati is a searing indictment of the caste system in general and untouchability in particular.
Dukhi, an untouchable, approaches the village Brahmin to request him to set an auspicious date for his daughter's upcoming wedding according to the Hindu astrology. The Brahmin promises to perform the task in exchange of Dukhi slaving over household chores in return. Already ailing and weak due to a recent fever, Dukhi agrees and begins with cleaning the Brahman's house and stable. When he is asked to chop a huge block
of wood, Dukhi's anger increases with each blow. Working in scorching sun, hungry and malnourished, the he dies. The corpse lies close to the road used by the Brahmins to go to the village well. What can be done with the corpse of an untouchable that no one will touch? Late in the evening, when no one is looking, the Brahmin ties a noose around
its ankle, slides it out of the city limits and sprinkles holy water on the spot on the road to cleanse it of the untouchable' s touch.

Venue: IAT, Queens' Road, Bangalore (directions to the venue)
Date: 31 January 2009, Saturday
Time: 5 - 8 pm

For more information, contact Deepu (94483 67627) or Siddharth (98802 76820) or email pedepics@gmail. com for more information about the organization and the Saturday public screenings.
pedestrian pictures is a media activist organization working in Bangalore since 2001. "


Jan 30-Feb01: BFS Presents 5th Tri-Continental Human Rights Film Festival 

"Invitation for

5th Tri-Continental Film Festival

Human Rights in Frames

"It was not just Mother Earth and her children who were pillaged by the coming of the machines. The bruise went deeper till it scratched, mauled and diseased the very heart of the universe. The Human Eye is fading. The eye as a mass of flesh and blood runs on the rudimentary mechanism of the camera- it captures the images that drift within its limited
scope. Apathy is the response of machines. The human eye is a whole different deal. The human eye sees beyond. The human eye seeks, probes, discovers. The human eye captures with emotion, passion, empathy and meaning. Let our eyes then locate the humanity in the everyday canvas that passes its scope. Only then will all the loneliness find empathy and a shoulder, only then will the drifted and displaced find a place to
belong, only then will the great burden of grief on the world be tempered with love. A wise man once said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Soul is never singular. Soul is the heart of the universe.

Tomorrow, look down on at the dirty pavement. I'll be crouched there smoking. If you look down and offer me a human gaze, I'll gaze back and somewhere between us you'll find the heart of the universe."

- Translated from the paranoia and prophesy of Baba Shivnaam Muhammed Francis

Each day one is confronted by sounds and images of senseless violence. Each day we descend deeper into a glass cage of Prozac emotions and well-worn clichés. Each day the humanity in us jades a bit. If we are to persevere, there must be defiance. The quest is for hope. The quest is for what we have lost.

Bangalore Film Society in association with Breakthrough TV and Alliance Francaise de Bangalore is proud to present the 5th International Tri Continental Film Festival- Human Rights in Frames.

January 30th- February 1st, 2009. 28 acclaimed and important films from across three continents that navigate through the excesses and damages of our times, history and the present, to find the images and dialogues of hope, humanity and an inspiration for a better future.

For Film Schedule click here
<http://www.triconfi Bangalore. html>

For 2009 Film synopsis <http://www.triconfi html> click
here <http://www.triconfi html>


Festival will be Inaugurated by Shri. Suresh Heblikar, well known Kannada Film Actor, Director, Producer & Environmental Activist

Venue: Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road,
Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore – 52.
BlogBFS <http://blogbfs. blogspot. com/>
Contact: Ph: 25493705 Mob: 9886771173/ 9886213516
Email: bangalorefilmsociet
<mailto:bangalorefilmsociet> "


Feb 3: Beat Your Tuesday Blues! Watch an exciting Play 'common man' by Yours Truly ! 
"Yours Truly Theatre
Invites you to the play "COMMON MAN"in 'Complete-the- story'interactive theatre style at ranga shankara, Bangalore

Get a chance to suggest an ending for this play
and watch your suggestions performed by actors impromptu.

After four successful shows, Yours Truly Theatre is glad to present fifth show of the very entertaining play 'Common Man'

This satire is presented in English and hindi.about common man's journey driven by hopes, dreams, aspirations and intentions of being noticed in a society that is oblivious to human emotions & engulfed in selfish motives and a mechanical life.

We invite you to be part of this exciting world of our common man where you get to decide his fate in 'complete the story' interactive theatre format

To enjoy an entertaining evening, get away from your desks

Be There At Ranga Shankara
On 3rd Feb 2009 Before 7.00 pm.

SO, JUST PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND FOR TICKETS CALL 9845243051/ 9845853093 or open your mailbox and mail us at yourstrulytheatre@
Don't forget to visit www.yourstruly-

About the style of theatre

Complete The Story - This format devised internally by Yours truly theatre, combines improvisation and conventional drama, the actors perform a play in conventional style and at a crucial point of the story the performance is paused and the audience is invited to suggest an ending to the play. This ending which is decided by audience is then enacted by actors impromptu.

"The team of actors were definitely enjoying while performing
on stage as the audience could feel
the flow of energy and enthusiasm
in a palpable wave."- – Audience>> Read full review
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About Yours Truly Theatre

Yours Truly is a Bangalore based theatre group, known for experimenting with alternative theatre formats and styles. Yours truly is focused on developing theatre concepts which are relevant to today's world. We believe theatre should transition into what cinema and mass media cannot provide and that is a personal intimate, interactive experience. All experimentations and theatre productions by Yours truly has received overwhelming response from the audience and has been well appreciated critics. Yours truly theatre has been invited to International theatre festival in sep2009 to be held at Armenia.

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"The play ends, with a note that
stirs one's thought-process, making
the viewers recollect various instances which were similar
to the play. With the correct lighting to match scenes, dialogues that are in hindi as well as english which reach out to multi-lingual audience and also songs to match the emotions, the play did its purpose."- Indian express
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"…..and it was a really fun evening, and the young audience really went for it and there was a great sense of camaraderie in the hall! Also would like to mention that the production values were excellent. The actors are all very well versed in theatre forms such as mime and movements; even when the audience worked out the play, they had no difficulty in producing a stage-worthy denouement, which even raised a few more laughs." – Audience>>read full review "


Friday, January 23, 2009

Jan 25: Chitrasanthe @ Kumarakrupa Road 
"Chitrasanthe - sale of paintings - is a wonderful annual event in Bangalore for a while now.

It happens this sunday, Kumarkrupa road (Hotel Ashoka, CM's residence - close to Windsor Manor), 8am to 6pm kinds.

Don't miss it......the road is full of paintings sold by artists from all over India......and quite affordable too.

Check out the festive atmosphere, take your family along.

Akash "