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Friday, November 28, 2008

Nov 29-30: Creating Cultures of Resistance 



As part of our last Saturday of the month screening, we are happy to announce a film festival, Creating cultures of resistance - a package of 5 films on cultural expressions. The director of one of the films, Ranjan Kamath (dir of Tanvir ka Safarnama) will also be present.

Hope to see you all there!

For the rest of the pedestrians,
(+91 94483 67627)
Email: pedepics@gmail. com

Creating cultures of resistance
A pedestrian pictures film festival

Across different regions, the strongest expressions of resistance to equations of power and domination have been cultural expressions. Books, music, theatre, film – the forms of cultural resistances have been as varied as the politics and the people who shape these expressions.

The pedestrian pictures film festival, Creating cultures of resistance, is a showcase then of the diversity - of cultural expressions, of people, of politics. It is also a point of creation - as a 'film' festival on cultural resistances, it twins divergent forms of expression. Films that detail theatre, music and books as forms of cultural resistance while recognizing that films in themselves are forms of cultural resistance.

Date: 29, 30 November 2008

Venue: Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queen's Road, Bangalore (directions here)

Films: (Click on films for synopses)

29 November 2008, Saturday

5 pm – 6.55 pm Jahaji Music (dir. Surabhi Sharma/112 min/2007)

7.15 – 8.30 pm Rebel Music America (dir. Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy/79 min/2004)

30 November 2008, Sunday

4 – 5.20 pm Writers on the Borders (dir. Samir Abdullah & Jose Reynes/80 min/2004)

5.30 – 6.50 pm Tanvir Ka Safarnama (dir. Ranjan Kamath/79 min/2008)

6.50 – 7.30 pm Discussion with Ranjan Kamath, director – Tanvir Ka Safarnama

7.30 – 8.45 pm A Night of Prophecy (dir. Amar Kanwar/77 min/2002)
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For more details call, +91 94483 67627 or email pedepics@gmail. com

pedestrian pictures is a media activist organization working in Bangalore since 2001.


Nov 29-30: Club Adventura organizes a trek to Jog falls. 

Hi folks,


Trust everybody is fine and doing great.


Club Adventura treks to Jog Falls on the  29th – 30th  Nov.'08 weekend!


 About Jog Falls: 
Jog Falls is the world famous Highest Falls of Asia in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Post-monsoon, this area is in its prime beauty and it is best enjoyed by a trek through the dense forest of the western-ghats. This trek will start near the back-waters of the Jog falls and go over a couple of hillocks and end on the second day in Jog falls.
 29th - 30th  November 2008
Registration process:
Send an e-mail to  imranaziz_ahmed@  and Cc to sumakumar@infosys. com with the following details: 






Email id(s)



Phone nos.


Emergency Contact Number(s)






Residence Location



Blood Group


Need Back Pack on Rent?

Need Sleeping Bag on Rent?

Need Sleeping Mat on Rent?

Mode of Payment











Registration deadline:
Wednesday, 26th November, 1800 hours (IST)
Group size:
Min – 12 , Max - 25
Approximate cost
Rs 1800 - 2000/- per head
After receiving a confirmatory e-mail, you will have to make an advance payment of Rs. 1000.0 into the following A/C:  

0552 01 500062: ICICI Bank,

Infosys-Electronics City Branch,

Payee: Suma Kumar

 The following details will be sent to you after registrations are stopped and the team has been formed:
1.  AdVentura Code of Conduct,
2.  Checklist (what to get, what not to get)
3.  Main Contact details
 Please note that, confirmation of participation would be purely based on First Come First Basis.
·     Please do not expect luxury during the trek.
·     It will be cold and no toilet facilities will be available during the trek. Toilet facility is available at the start and end of the trek
·     No alcohol or loud music. Smoking is also strictly prohibited during our treks.
·     Strictly no bio non-degradable items (like plastics) to be thrown during treks.
·     This trek is open for Infoscions and non-Infoscions as well.
·     If nomination is cancelled and no replacement suggested, cancellation charges of Rs 100/-  +  transport will be applicable
 Day 0
·     Start from Bangalore  at 09:00 p.m. on Friday (28th November) by KSRTC bus/private vehicle.
 Day 1     
·         Reach Talgoppa on Saturday morning and freshen up.
·         9.00am: Take a local ride to Trek Start point (15kms from Talgoppa)
·         10:00am: Start trek at Elmane
·         On the way, get a view of the back waters of Jog Falls and the Sharavathy valley
·         Lunch on the way near a stream
·         6.30pm: Halt for the day near Khan-Thota. Campfire if time & environment permits.
Day 2
·         6.30am: Freshen up and Breakfast
·         8.00am: Start the trek towards Jog Falls
·         12:00am: Reach Jog falls and start the descend to the bottom of the falls
·         1.00pm: Start the ascend back to top
·         3.00pm: Reach Jog Falls town and have lunch
·         5.00pm: Pack up and depart for Bangalore
Day 3
·     Back to the daily monotony of everyday life next morning by 06:00 AM
Note:  There might be slight change in itinerary depending on situations. 





Suma, Vishal, Imran

For Club AdVentura 


AdVentura is an outdoors interest group of IT professionals across Bangalore who collaboratively conduct outdoor programs and share information about the same to satiate their wild instincts. AdVentura has been into existence since August 2002 and has conducted over 60 programmes for its members.


Nov 29: Always More-Never Less - theatre for a cause-theatre with a reason 

The Chrysallis Performance Arts Centre believes in
'Theatre for a Cause - Theatre with a Reason".
a 50 minute medley of performances
which will touch your hearts in so many ways through
its funny, creative and  thought provoking pieces.
Each piece has a varying expression and style of performance. 
All of it has a meaning!
Its all about script
its all about acting - prose, poetry, movement, song
its all about creativity
Always More-Never Less
Performed by Volunteers of Chrysallis:
Sneha Kapoor, Sonali Bhatia, E Kothandram,
Karthik Ponnappa and Diana Tholoor
Concept and Direction - Diana Tholoor
   Date: November 29, 2008     Time: 5:45 pm
Venue:  Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road, Next to Rice Bowl
There are 220 passes - block one (or many!) 
the poster says it all!!
Call: 65739341 / 9449816581
Love One Another 
Make a Difference in someone's life today and everyday


Nov 28-29: "Travelling Film SouthAsia 2008" @ CED 
"Changes as they happen, documented ! and on the move...

invite you to their 'Roof Top', to the screenings of the following films

Date : 28th November, 2008
Timings: 6pm to 6.55pm
6 Yards to Democracy (55') – Election promises of free sarees leads to stampede
Dir:Syed Ali Nasir; Pakistan 2005

Date: 29th November, 2008
Timings: 6pm to7.15pm
The Sky Below  (75') – The India-Pakistan frontier six decades after partition
Dir:Sara Singh; India/ Pakistan 2006/07
Joint Winner of Best Debut Film Award at FSA '07

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

Films will be screened on the terrace, please come prepared for a breezy evening

The screenings are free and open to public.

More to go......

...13 outstanding documentaries from Our Region

Every Friday and Saturday evenings @ CED ("How to reach CED")

For more information please mails us at cedban@doccentre. net. Also please find attached a brief on all 13 movies


(Centre for Education and Documentation)
The Best things in Life are Free. "


Nov 29: Siffling Trio: Jazz Concert at Opus 


Greetings from the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan!

We are delighted to announce a performance by the leading German jazz band, The Thomas Siffling Trio, on Saturday November 29, 2008 at Opus.

Thomas Siffling, bandleader and composer, and his Trio find a wonderful balance between accoustic jazz and electronic groove music. Their soul-stirring music is enjoyed by the young and the young at heart and by fans of both electronic and groovy jazz music. The Trio's latest album 'cruisen' - a delightful easygoing Nu Jazz with a high musical
ambition and substance - is slated for release in January 2009. The Trio is currently on a tour of South Asia on invitation by the Goethe-Institut.

Event: Jazz concert by the Thomas Siffling Trio
Date: November 29, 2008
Time: 9.00 p.m.
Venue: Opus, 1st Main, Palace Cross Road, Bangalore
Entry: Club rules apply. For reservations, please call 9844030198.

For further details, please call the Bhavan (2520 5305/6/7/8) or visit our website:

Thomas Siffling - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Electronics Jens Loh - Bass, Electronics Markus Faller - Drums, Percussion

Thomas Siffling - Biography of a young artist Musician, producer, label manager, curator and organiser, Thomas Siffling looks back on a remarkable professional background. Thomas Siffling is leader of his Trio, member of several bands and has been rewarded for his music many times. He has already brought out five albums and played as a sideman on approximately 65 albums.

May we request you to publicise and cover this event, a unique opportunity for jazz fans and music lovers in Bangalore.

Thank you as always 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

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Deadline Nov 30:: TFN Blogging contest 
Tour of Nilgiris is really cooking. Now, we have a contest for bloggers. We would love to take two bloggers on an all-expenses- paid journey with us. And we will even give them a wonderful tent as a prize (courtesy our accessory sponsors Wildcraft) for being on the tour. It's easy and all you have to do is follow a few simple steps. Take a look at http://www.tourofni 2008/11/and- a-blogging- contest-for- those-not- on-bicycles/ #comments
C'mon, guys, click on that link now. We want you on the tour, even if you don't want to cycle 919 km. You don't have much time.
Ravi Ranjan
RideACycle Foundation
Tour of Nilgiris
Title Sponsor and Food Caterer: Nilgiris 1905
Official Accessory Partner: Wildcraft
Official Radio Partner: Radio Indigo 91.9FM
Official Medical Assistance Partner: Manipal Hospital
Official Print Partner: Time Out Bengaluru
Official Documentation Partner: Flaunge "


Dec 5-7: Director's Series ~ 5, "Wai-keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak Retrospective"  
Director's Series ~ 5,
" Wai-keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak Retrospective" at Nani Cinematheque
*Nani Cinematheque* is a film society founded by a group of enthusiasts that includes filmmakers, theatre personalities, journalists and lovers of art and culture. Those aspiring to join this society and participate in viewing, discussions and workshops may contact *Anand Varadaraja* at *98450 55034* or * nanicinematheque@*
Thanking you,
Yours truly,
*Anand Varadaraja - Convener*
The *Wai-keung Lau*
*& Siu Fai Mak Retrospective* Film Festival
*Wai-keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak
*Nani Cinematheque*
5th floor Sona Towers 71 Millers Road Bangalore 52 Ph: +91 98450 55034* nanicinematheque@*
*Free Entry *Screening at Nani Cinematheque
*Date *
* Film *
*Time *
5 December
Infernal Affairs ~ 1
7 PM
6 December
Infernal Affairs ~ 2
7 PM
7 December
Infernal Affairs ~ 3
7 PM
Palador began 4 years back as a movement to kick-start the tradition of great cinema in the Indian subcontinent. Today Palador has the largest collection of Foreign Language Cinema under one roof in Asia.
Palador owns the most award winning films from the greatest directors the world has ever seen – from masters of yesteryears to today's: Kurosawa, Kieslowski, Godard, Trauffaut, Kiarostami, Lynch etc. – to cinema in all genre: action, comedy, drama, documentary, short films etc. – to cinema from all movements: Italian Neo-Realism, French Impressionism, New-Wave Iranian etc. But Palador is not just about the content.
It's about programming them, to suit different needs of: TV Channels, Film Festivals, Corporates, Colleges, Clubs, Theatres etc. and of different media: DVD, TV, Internet, Theatre, Mobile etc. Besides this, Palador was the first to focus on the short works of aspiring film makers, helping to popularize the concept and adoption of short film in the Indian media landscape.
Palador is also the only in the world to program short films of aspiring film makers in the DVD movies of great directors. In short it is helping build a platform for freedom of expression for creators of good and great content in this nation. People call Palador the place of the programming experts, we simply call ourselves – Paladorians. To know more you can visit *www.mypalador. com.*


"Dear friends
As we have informed in our previous message, we have only deferred Dandeli trek/rafting of 29/30 nov08 for time being and not cancelled.instead we have arranged a forest trek near Virajpet of Coorg dist. the proposed trek route passes through dense forest with rich flora and fauna and this is an unexplored trek route. the nature of trek is moderate. the cost of this trek is rs1500/per person which includes travell by bus upto Virajpet and by jeep or available mode of transport till the beginning place of trek,simple veg food,available sharing accomodation with minimum basic facilities only as provided by the forest dept,trekking charges,forest entry,guide charges and other misc expenses. only interested persons who are willing to face any difficulties/ ready to trek with minimum facilities may register their names by paying full cash payment. as we have to reserve/book to and fro bus tickets, interested friends who wish to join to this trek are requested to make advance payment of rs1000/before tuesday 25th nov 08. as we have obtained permission for 10 members,really interested friends are requested to make advance payment at the earliest but before 25th nov08.please note that smoking and use of alcohol is not permitted during the programme period. the trek route is as per the guidelines of forest dept and subject to change depends upon the circumstances in the safety interest of the participants. for any clarifications and other details of this trek please contact mobile no 9480453480/94481267 61.
with regards
organisers "


Nov 29: Join the Campaign to Reclaim Bengaluru. Yes Again! 
"Dear Friends,

Parthiv Shah, a nine year old boy, came to the* Hasire Usiru *organised "*Walk to Reclaim Bengaluru" *on 9th November with a video camera. He did not know how to use it, and less so to edit the film. So enthused was he by what he had participated in, that he decided to make a short film on the Walk. Watch this impressive video where he is raising some really big and critical issues for our common attention: com/watch? v=1xm4BWq9cXQ
Hundreds walked with Parthiv on that Sunday certain that Bangalore's problem of traffic congestion could not be resolved by road widening. What's more, they knew it was illegal.
For hundreds who would lose their properties (homes and businesses), there is no compensation - only a promissory note called a TDR, without market value. For tenants, sorry no compensation.
*No space left to plant trees. No space left for street vendors. * No space for street children. No space to walk or cycle.
*For all the trouble, and destruction of our city, that widening over 100 roads would put us through, Bangalore's streets would be filled up with vehicles in less than five years.
*This is mathematical certainly: because 1,500 vehicles are being added every day and nothing is being done to make people drive less. Will our authorities want to widen roads again in five years?
How many more homes and businesses will they destroy then? Of course, then, they would not have any trees left to cut.
As intelligent, concerned and logical people, we must take charge of our city. There are solutions that do not require making Bangalore a free for all motorway - killing and maiming hundreds.
That is what road widening has already done - when in the rush to provide connectivity to the new airport, engineers and planners (Commissioners and Administrators) *simply forgot that people cross roads*. And that safe pedestrian crossings are an essential feature of road design.
Study any or all of the designs for widening the 91 roads presently proposed, and it will be clear that there is simply no consideration for the Rights and Needs of pedestrians, cyclists, elderly, children, differently abled, etc. who also use our roads.
Something is maddenningly wrong about this road widening project. Besides this mega project of road widening (costing Rs. 4,000 crores at least - that only for civil engineering) Bangalore is also being forced to accept a Metro that runs on elevated tracks, reducing road space, destroying our parks (Lal Bagh, Lakshman Rao Park, K. R. Road Park - already destroyed).
The Metro can go underground, even if it would make it twice as expensive.
*All that the Government needs to do is stop investing in wasteful projects*such as super high speed rail links for air travellers and elevated roads for the elite (they aren't paying these costs anyway). And put that money in the Metro and take it underground.
That way, Bangalore will be able to retain its present charm and be ready for the future.
But for all this to happen, you need to step out and Join the CAMPAIGN TO RECLAIM BENGALURU.
Again! Yes. Again!
* Come with friends, family and colleagues to Town Hall, on 29th November 2008, Saturday, 5-7 pm.
* *Be there to make your city your own.
* Please circulate this message widely, along with the attached flyer. * *
Environment Support Group Team
*Hasiru Usiru* - a progressive network of individuals and organisations to protect public and social spaces. "


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Review and win restaurant/pub vouchers @ Mid-Day 



Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nov 10-30: Rock Around The Clock Dance Company various batches! 
"dear friends,
There are a variety of lessons you can choose from: group / workshops and privates. In a group lesson you come at a specified batch: choices of batches are listed below, and you learn with a group.

Workshops: short-spanned workshops [some being as short as one hour long, some 6 hours] give you a wide range of dance forms to choose from. the 5th annual: Winter 2008, intensive dance workshop brings you international instructors and classes which are fun-filled. Private lessons are tailor made to suit your needs. This means that you can choose your days, dates and dance forms. Personalized attention will be given to you and since you will be the only student, you can feel free and move without any inhibitions. For more
details on private lessons call Prithvi and Ree on 9980008667.
Group lessons:
Regular Dance Lessons:

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
Mid Of Millers Road, Thimmaiah Main Road,
Bangalore 52

Batch One: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday: 7-8p.m. SALSA
Batch Two: Monday/Wednesday/ Friday: 8-9p.m. SALSA
Batch Three: Saturdays: 6.30-9p.m. SALSA
Batch Four: Sundays: 2-4p.m. HIP HOP/ BOLLYWOOD
Batch Five: Sundays: 4-6p.m. SALSA

Rs.300/- per head, per hour
Rs.1500/- per head, per batch, per month
Rs.2500/- per couple, per batch, per month
Rs.4000/- per head, per batch, 3 months
Rs.8000/- per head, per batch, 6 months
Rs.12000/- per head, all batches, one year



The 5th Annual: Winter 2008, Intensive Dance Workshop
10-30 November 2008
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

Winter 2008, Intensive Dance Workshop is the 5th annual workshop hosted by Rock Around the Clock Dance Company in association with Alliance Francaise de Bangalore.
This Intensive Dance Workshop is a festival of dance, where we conduct introductory, short-spanned workshops on various dance forms some of which are Salsa, Jive, Hip Hop and Casino de Rueda. Featuring international instructors: Prithvi and Ree who have represented India at various international salsa congresses across the world and also
Rafael, from Paris, this Intensive workshop offers quality instruction with fun and camaraderie.

What's more? Performances, parties and 20 days of non-stop, pure and unadulterated fun!


Day Date Timing Dance Form Total Hours Fee
Mon 10
Wed 12 7-9p.m. Jive 6Hrs Rs.600/-
Fri 14
Sat 15 6.30-9p.m. Dips and Tricks 2Hrs.30Mins
Sun 16 2-4p.m. Hip Hop 2 Hrs Rs.250/-
Sun 16 4-6p.m. Salsa Basics 2 Hrs Rs.250/-
Mon 17
Wed 19 7-9p.m. Salsa Level 1 6Hrs Rs.700/-
Fri 21
Sat 22 6.30-9p.m. Casino 6Hrs.30Mins Rs.1500/-
Sun 23 2-6p.m. de Rueda [couples only]
Mon 24 7-9p.m. Cha Cha Cha 2 Hrs Rs.250/-
Wed 26 7-8p.m. Bachata 1Hr Rs.200/-
Wed 26 8-9p.m. Salsa Partner works 1Hr Rs.200/-
Fri 28 7-9p.m. Bollywood 2 Hrs Rs.250/-
Sat 29 6.30-9p.m. Ladies Styling and Shines/Zumba
2Hrs.30Mins Rs.250/-
Total 33Hrs. 30 Mins Rs.4700/-
Sun 30 P A R T Y

VIP FULL PASS: Rs.4000/- [On purchase of a VIP FULL PASS you obtain entry to all the workshops with a discount of Rs.700/-!!]

All lessons will be instructed by internationally renowned instructors: Prithvi and Ree. They will be assisted by the RATC certified instructors: Jeevitha, Sowmya, Joshua, Abdul, and Ankit at all times.


10A.M. -9P.M.
+919980008667/ +918041713714

We look forward to having you with us for some happy dancing!!
Prithvi and Ree


Dec 4: Outdoor Advertising Lighting Workshop 


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nov 22: Workshop on Noise Pollution - An invitation 
"Dear All,

We are all a witness to the toll that the urban noise pollution is taking on the health of citizens. Many of the ailments have been linked directly or indirectly to noise pollution.
Noise is also responsible for the general decline we see in bird population with each passing year in the urban limits. The causes of noise pollution is linked mainly to vehicles, construction and religious activities. Unfortunately, not much effort has been made to address this issue.

In order to address and manage noise pollution, The Indian Society for Environmental Studies along with The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and The Institution of Agricultural Technologists are conducting a half a day workshop on "Noise Pollution" on the 22nd of November 2008 at H.R. Arakeri Auditiorium, Institution of Agricultural Technologists, Queen's Road, Bangalore.

Timings: 10.00 AM to 1.30 PM.

The gathering will be inaugurated by the Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, Mr. Shankar Bidri and will be addressed by eminent speakers in the field of Natural History, Judiciary and Medicine.

Looking forward to your participation.

Best Regards,

Arun Nandavar "


Nov 21: Verve 2008- Mind tree quiz 
"Verve 2008 the annual management fest of St Josephs college of Business administration( SJCBA) is back. The fest is scheduled to be held on Nov 21st and 22nd 2008 with over 30 B-schools across South India expected to participate. As future managers, it is important for students to be aware of environmental issues and find solutions to be responsible managers in the corporate world. Therefore Verve 2008 has a theme of "Go Green" where management students of various colleges will discuss and show their concern for environment as they slug it out to win the coveted overall champions trophy. Verve 2008 is studded with 7 events in the areas of Marketing, Finance, HR, Business Quiz,Team Building,IT and Best manager.

- Quiz: *Mind Tree*
- Flavour: Business Quiz, Part of Verve 2008- Annual Management fest of St Josephs college of business Admn
- Host: St Josephs College of Business Admn
- Quiz Master: *Mr Arul Mani*
- Date: 21st Nov 2008
- Venue: St Josephs College of Business Admn, residency road
- Registration: * Rs 500 for the Quiz event alone*. Colleges wishing to participate in all the events of Verve need to pay Rs 1500.Registration details can be mailed to sjcba.verve@
- Event Sponsor: *Federal Bank*
- Event Co-ordinator- *Arun -9900205030*

Thank You
Warm regards
Arun Balaram
http://arunbalaram. blogspot. com/ "


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nov/Dec: BMC's Upcoming Trekking and Adventure events from BMC 
Whole lotta trekkin goin on!! (With due apologies to Jerry Lew Lewis, though I like Little Richard's cover better :-)
BMC announces exciting weekend events full of fun and adventure, Registration for all below events is open and as you all know our events gets houseful quickly. Click on the Event title for schedule, payment and registration details.

Pass on this link (http://www.bmcindia .org/bmc- upcoming- events.html) to your friends, they might find our activities interesting.

One day Trek Madhugiri - [16th Nov 2008] - [Rs. 500] Over

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.

Register now!

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling at Netrani Island - [22-24th Nov 2008] [Rs. 3500] - Scuba Diving Houseful, Registration is ON for Snorkeling

Locally known as Netragudo.The tiny uninhabited Island of Netrani lies 10 nautical miles off the coastal Light House of Bhatkal. With depths ranging from 6 to 40 meters, and visibility between 15 to 30 meters, this island offers excellent diving suitable for certified divers of all experience levels. Netrani is not only home to the great diversity of fish life common to Goa and the Arabian Sea, it is also well known for regular sightings of Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Great Barracuda, Cobia, White and Black Tip Sharks, Stingrays and Stonefish. Imagine Grand Central Station in rush hour!

Register now!

Two days trek to Sakleshpur Railway track Trek [29-30th Nov 2008]
[Rs. 1800] - Registration is ON

The Green Route "Trek on the Railway Track", as it is well known, is a stretch of track from Sakleshpur to the Subramanya Road Station, which was closed down in 1996 to convert the gauge from Meter to Broad Gauge.

This track, that traverses some distance of the Western Ghats, had been abandoned, but now the track is being converted to broad-gauge. It forms a part of 56.80-km stretch from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subrahmanya, dotted by 58 tunnels, 109 bridges and about 25 waterfalls. So, for all you trekking freaks, this is the place to be in. Since 2005 goods trains are carrying freight to/from the Mangalore Port. Its recommended to trek after monsoon season i.e. during october.

PADI Open Water Diver course [5-6-7-8 Dec 2008] [Rs. 21,000] Registration is ON

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a complete, carefully structured entry level scuba diving course designed to take you from a non-diver with little or no prior experience to a certified diver. The certification is recognised worldwide and is valid for life, to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

The programme consists of five knowledge development sessions, five confined water / pool training dives and four open water (sea) dives. During the course you will practice and master the skills that you will need to be a safe and competent diver, with your instructor devoting maximum time to teaching you fun and safe diving techniques. Almost anyone who is in good health with reasonable fitness and able to swim can learn to scuba dive.
Register now!

Two days trek to Kumara Parvata Trek [6-7th Dec 2008]
[Rs. 1800] - Registration is ON

Kumara Parvata Peak also known by the name 'Pushpagiri' lies in the backdrop of ancient shrine of Kukke Subramanya. 'Giri' in Kannada means Peak. Kumara Parvata is the third tallest peak in Karnataka, Mullianagiri in Chickmaglur being the tallest and Thadiyendamol in Coorg being the second tallest. The peak, almost always playing 'hide and seek' with the clouds, is one of the most beautiful sections of the Western Ghats . The region is habituated to dense fogs and heavy winds and is rampant with leech and snakes, especially cobras
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary or Pushpagiri Forest Range spreads from Subramanya in Mangalore District to Somwarpet in Coorg district covering an area of 102 sq km. This range is abode to many gigantic peaks in the Western Ghats . Kumara Parvata Peak stands the tallest amongst the peaks in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 5136 ft (1712 mts) above Sea level.

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Two days trek to Tadiyandmole & Chalwara falls, Coorg - [20-21st Dec 2008] [Rs. 1500] Registration is ON

TADIYANDAMOL is the highest mountain in Coorg (Mercara) Dist (1750 Mtrs. MSL). This place is around 250 Kms from Bangalore - via Virajpet. The climb to this mountain is gradient passing through grassland. If you are the type who likes to mingle with nature, see the snow-like mist romance with mountain slopes, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch the leaves flutter in dance-like movements, hear the sounds of chirping birds fill the air, and then Coorg is the place for you. Kodagu is noted for its scenic beauty. Hiking, cross-country, or simply motoring down mountain trails in Coorg, the visitor encounters panoramic views of the morning mist rolling down thickly wooded hill slopes and the undulating paddy fields and neat rows of coffee bushes resplendent under the blue skies. Now a flourishing agricultural center, Kodagu produces cash crops of coffee, rice, orange, pepper and cardamom. With its misty mountains and dense forests, Coorg seemed like a little corner of England to the British. They left behind a legacy, which is still an important source of national wealth. The well laid coffee plantations in Coorg account for almost half of Karnataka's coffee production. And Karnataka continues to be India's largest producer of coffee. Other reminders of the colonial past are the spacious estate bungalows, many of which still have British names and the meandering roads that wind through the district

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Two days trek to Kodachadri Trek [27th -28th Dec 2008]
[Rs. 1500] - Registration is ON


Kodachadri is in Shivamogga (Shimoga) district, 1343 meters above sea level. A beatific hill abode that overlooks the panoramic Western Ghats. It is clothed with splendid evergreen forests. This place is is around 380 KMs from Bangalore and 20KM from Kollur.The peak of the hill is around 8-10 KM from the base and on an average takes 4-5 hrs to climb.

Kodachadri is famed for its glorious sunrises and sunsets. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12km away. These hills (4411ft.) constitute one of the largest forest areas in Karnataka, and part of this region forms the Mookambika Nature Reserve. Kollur is an ideal base to explore the hills. The Mookambika Nature Camp is 4km south of Kollur.

In this trek, the ascent from Marakuttaka via Hidlumanne falls and descent will be from Karrakette via Arishinagundi falls.

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Paragliding Training Course - P1 Level [13-14th Dec 2008] [Rs. 10,000] - Registration is ON

Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight. A paraglider is a non-motorized, foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land.

The paraglider consists of a canopy (the actual "wing") constructed of rip-stop nylon from which the pilot is suspended by sturdy Kevlar lines called risers, and a harness. In addition, the brake cords provide speed and directional control and carabineers are used to connect the risers and the harness together.
The pilot sits in a harness for maximum comfort. With a paraglider, you can fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air. Paragliders routinely stay aloft for 3 hours or more, climb to elevations of 15,000', and go cross-country for vast distances.

Practicing is the best part of learning. So your practical training is our top priority. You are carefully guided - Physically and intellectually. The joy that you derive from the sport, increases exponentially, as you gain knowledge and develop new skills.

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Parasailing event [14th Dec 2008] [Rs. 250] - Registration is ON

Parasailing is a recreational activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle while attached to a parachute. The vehicle then drives off, carrying the parasailer into the air. The parasailer has no control over the parachute. Parasailer experience upto 100ft height with approx 1 minute of airtime.
This is the lowest cost airborne experience we are arranging specially for BMC members.

Remember this is not a training: its just one time experience and doesn't have any major pre-requisites.

You can make on the spot payment. This event is run by another company for the benefit of members we have booked discounted slot.

You may visit BMC Paragliding arena at Hoskote (reach: On Old madras road look for "BPL Sanyo" on right hand -> Take immediate left after that company -> Cross 4 big humps -> Take right turn near Grape Farm (Read board Andrew Wood Crafts there) -> Follow the road till you reach Hoskote Kere (ask villagers) -> You will see parasail and paragliders flying.

Time: 9AM to 12PM and 3PM to 6PM


  Horse Riding Training Program-(On going) [Rs. 2700] - Registration is ON

Below are the benefits of Horse riding:

Physical: Horse riding is a great form of exercise which has both cardiovascular and muscle conditioning benefits. Although it may seem as though the rider is not engaging in any physical exercise, an hour's activity can burn similar calories to that of a 30-minute jog (6mph) or cycle ride (9mph). Therefore, all the health benefits associated with engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are gained. After your first ride you may feel muscles that you never knew you had. This is due to the movement of the horse and its affect on the rider during the ride. As the rider reacts to the horse's movements to avoid becoming off balance, the deep postural muscles of the trunk and pelvis and the adductor muscles of the thighs are continuously being conditioned.

Psychological:Horse riding is recognized as having excellent therapeutic qualities. The psychological benefits can be of equal importance to riders as the physical benefits. Simply being outdoors and enjoying the countryside will boost your general well-being and act as a great stress buster. There is a real sense of exhalation and freedom when you ride, a feeling that is second to none. Furthermore, developing a relationship and sense of trust between yourself and your horse is highly rewarding. Learning to control and care for an animal much larger than yourself can have a profound affect on your confidence and is a great feeling Day First day:  Interducing the horse, mounting and dismounting balance and  posture building.  Second day:  Repeat the previous lession and interduce the new task. (like walk, trot) third day:   Repeat the first and second lessions. (depends upon the riders ability to learn) fourth day:  Horse management, learn about horsemenship (partly) Fifth day:  Grooming, tacking, feeding, and repetation of previous lessions. Sixth day:         Repeating the previous lessions and introducing new task (cantering). Seventhday: Test on independent riding. Eighthday:        Going outride . Ninethday: Grooming, tacking, bridleling and feeding,sadledown (with out assistant). Tenthday: Individual test riding in the arena. Eleventhday: Repeat all the lessions and give theory exam for 10 minits. Twethday: JOlly ride in a group to outside. The above plans are minimal i have given in the lessions lots more to learn. Be prepared for the adventurous sport. Please do come with long stretched jeans and full sleeves shirts Or t.shirts.. cotton shoes with long socks on. And most important is safty helmet to protect your head . Helments can be given if you would like to purchase form us. Or you can get it from outside fifty to hundred rupees more to pay. YOu can decide. But first day with out these riding kit will not be allowed to mount the horse.

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Now on we will do monthly announcements of the events on our Upcoming events page that makes you plan your weekends easily, feel free to contact us if you want any (free) help in planning your own treks. I hope you all know that BMC have camping equipments for hire as well as for sale!
Thank you!
Neeraj Malve
Bangalore Mountaineering Club
M: 9980761262 / 9341961262
E: neeraj@bmcindia. org
W: www.bmcindia. org

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."  "


Dec 5-8: BMC's PADI Open Water Diver course 

PADI Open Water Diver course [5-6-7-8 Dec 2008]
Only 5 seats

The PADI Open Water Diver course is a complete, carefully structured entry level scuba diving course designed to take you from a non-diver with little or no prior experience to a certified diver. The certification is recognised worldwide and is valid for life, to a maximum depth of 18 metres.

The programme consists of five knowledge development sessions, 4 confined pool training dives and four open water (sea) dives. During the course you will practice and master the skills that you will need to be a safe and competent diver, with your instructor devoting maximum time to teaching you fun and safe diving techniques. Almost anyone who is in good health with reasonable fitness and able to swim can learn to scuba dive.

Tentative Schedule:

4th Dec 9PM:
Start from Bangalore by Bus.
5th to 8th Dec: PADI Scuba diving Course
8th Dec Night: Start journey back to Bangalore

Course Fees: Rs. 21,000.00 Per participant

Course fee includes: Accommodation, Open Water manual, dive planner, equipment rental, Certification Card, Pool & Boat charges. Internationally recognized, this certification lets you dive anywhere in the world.
Above Charges does not include: Transport & Food.

For registration please transfer Rs. 5000 to block the seat. Remaining fees you can pay later but before 2nd Dec 2008.
Bank Name Axis Bank
Account Holder Bangalore Mountaineering Club
Account Type Saving
Bank Account Number 300010100030913
Branch Marathahalli
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BMC 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

Terms and Conditions:
1. Registration on First come First serve basis.
2. Consumption of alcohol is STRICTLY prohibited.
3. Please try to avoid getting expensive things, as no one in the trip will be responsible for any ones belongings.


To register please fill in the Event Participation Form.

Neeraj Malve
Bangalore Mountaineering Club
www.bmcindia. org
"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."