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Inclusive Walk-a-than 2018

October 14, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Today I have participated in 5K Inclusive Walk-a-than in Bangalore. It has been an incredible experience. Very well organized.

Participants at Inclusion Walk-a-than 2018

It’s great to see a huge number of participants before 6am on a Sunday morning. Event started with warm-up exercises and they were interpreted in sign-language, buddies are requested to assist people with vision impairment. Then buddies were explained a few tips as to how they can assist people with disabilities. Sighted participants were given an option if they would like to walk with a blind fold. Many participants have opted to experience this.

On my way, I have met a pair of participants from ANZ – Devang and Anil while Anil has a blindfold. He has walked for all 5 kilometers with blindfold. We had a great conversation.

Devang, Anil and myself at Inclusion Walk-a-than just before we reach the finish line.

Overall it has been a fantastic event. Great to see very young child as young as 4 years have also participated and noticed a 8 year girl was volunteering. Volunteers were awesome. Nice to meet some of my good friends.

Look forward to attending India Inclusion Summit in 2018.

Greetings on the auspicious festival – Bhogi, Sankranthi and Kanuma

January 14, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This is a 3 day festival celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in South India and specially in Andhra Pradesh. First day is known as Bhoghi where children gets blessings. Second day is main festival called Sankranthi and third day is Kanuma – this is festival for formers.

This is one festival where new couple generally celebrated together with both families. A month long before this festival, rongli is made in front of each house and a tour of village with Bhajans happen early in the morning.

More about Sankranthi from Wikipedia

Makar Sankranti is one of the few ancient Hindu festivals that has been observed according to solar cycles, while most festivals are set by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar.[7] Being a festival that celebrates the solar cycle, it almost always falls on the same Gregorian date every year (January 14), except in rare years when the date shifts by a day for that year, because of the complexity of earth-sun relative movement.[8] The festivities associated with Makar Sankranti are known by various names such as Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Bhogali Bihu by Assamese Hindus, and Pongal by Tamils and Makar Sankranti by others including in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,

Warm wishes to all my readers, friends and well wishers. Enjoy the festival.

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Greetings on the occasion of National Youth Day

January 12, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

January 12th, is observed as National Youth Day. There are a lot of things that youth should learn from Swami Vivekananda. Here is a quick video message from me.

In this video I talked about how we should be dedicated, committed and situations when we should cosnsider switching jobs.

Let’s take Swami Vivekananda as a role model and build a successful life.

Best wishes,

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Greetings on the occasion of Shri. Thyagaraja Aradhana

January 6, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Today is aradhana of Shri. Kakarla Thyagarabrahman, a man who have created history in Carnatic Classical music. Tyagaraja and his contemporaries Syama Sastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar were regarded as the Trinity of modern Carnatic music. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today.[2] Of special mention are five of his compositions called the Pancharatna Kritis (English: “five gems”), which are often sung in programs in his honour.

There are rare temples of Shri. Thyagaraja and we are honoured to have born in a village “Injaram” where one such temple exist and build by family of “Mahindravada”.

Shri Thyagaraja Swamy's idol at Samadhi Mandir at Tiruvaiyur

Shri Thyagaraja Swamy’s idol at Samadhi Mandir at Tiruvaiyur

Shri Thyagaraja Swamy has made several compositions and a note from wikipedia entry is here:

The term pancharatna in Sanskrit means five gems: The Pancharatnas are known as the five finest gems of Carnatic music. All the Pancharatnas are set to Adi Talam. So far as Pancharatnas are concerned, a stable text has been handed over by the earlier musicians to the present day. Several musicians have brought out editions of Pancharatnas. However, Veenai Sundaram Iyer’s edition is the most detailed and comprehensive. All the compositions of Tyagaraja show the way for the systematic development of the respective ragas. However, in the Pancharatnas, Tyagaraja has given full, exhaustive and complete treatment as to how to systematically and scientifically develop a raga. The two fundamental conditions that must be satisfied for a systematic development of a raga are the arrangement of the solfa swaras in the natural order of Arohanam and Avarohanam of the Ragas so as to satisfy the sound principles of harmony and continuity. Pancharatnas satisfy these scientific principles in an unparalleled manner. The Pancharatnas are composed in perfect sarvalaghu swaras.

The first pancharatna is Jagadaanandakaaraka, in the raga Nata. It is composed in lucid and poetic Sanskrit. It praises Lord Rama as the source of all joy in the universe. Originally there were only six charanams for the song and when the disciples examined the song it contained ninety names of Lord Rama in mellifluous Sanskrit. The disciples requested Tyagaraja to slightly expand the song by adding two charanas containing eighteen more names of Lord Rama. The saint acceded to the request of the disciples and that is the reason why the song Jagadaanandakaaraka contains two mudras containing the name of Tyagaraja while the other four songs contain only one mudra each.
The next is Duduku gala in the raga Gowla set to Aadi taalam. In this song, Tyagaraja takes the blame upon himself for all the misdeeds of men and ruminates on who would come and save him from this deplorable situation.
The third is Saadhinchene in the raga Aarabhi,set to Aadi taalam. In this song, Tyagaraja lovingly criticises Lord Krishna for his cleverness in getting what he wants to be done. Saadhinchene is a breathtaking lullaby.
The fourth song, Kana kana ruchiraa is in the raga Varaali set to Aadi taalam. In this song Tyagaraja describes the infinite beauty of Lord Rama.
The fifth pancharatna is Endaro Mahaanubhaavulu in Sri raaga. It is said that a great musician from Kerala, Shatkala Govinda Maaraar, visited Tygaraja and performed before him. Tyagaraja was enchanted with his performance and then was born Endaro Mahanubhavulu, the composition of unparallelled rhythmic beauty in Carnatic music.
Other notable compositions by Tyagaraja include Saamajavaragamana in Hindolam raagam, Aadamodigaladhe in Chaarukesi raagam, Raaju vedale in Hanumatodi raagam, Ninne nammi naanura in Todi raagam, and Nagumomu kanaleni in Aabheri raagam.

Today we keep adding a few collections of Shri. Thyagaraja and other great vocalists and music legendaries. Below is the playlist.

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Greetings on the eve of Christmas

December 25, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Wishing all my friends and readers who observe and celebrate Holy festival of Christmas. May God bless everyone and peace be with everyone.

This is one such festival that brings in lot of candles, cakes, chocolates and surprise gifts to everyone! Enjoy the festival session.

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Intuit Accessibility Summit 2017

October 12, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Bala and Vijay kicking off Intuit Accessibility Summit

Intuit India has today hosted Accessibility Summit 2017 at Bangalore. It was a fantastic event! Event got kicked off by Balachandra Shetty and Vijay. Bala has spoken about Summit theme i.e. Accessibility benefits all. He has mentioned about how accessibility benefits not just people with disabilities but also everyone. For instance, original concept of ramps are for wheel chair users but today they are used by everyone including those have knee pains, those having heavy material to transfer from one place to another. Another example Bala has provided is how voice announcement in an elevator helps everyone who were having conversation and not just blind people.

Vijay then talked about how accessibility is an important aspect for Intuit. How they integrate integrate accessibility as one of their practices. He has agreed with Bala that accessibility benefits everyone.

Further there was a talk by Ted Drake; though it was unplanned and glad that he has a back-up talk to bridge gap as another presenter could not reach venue due to traffic. Ted talked about semantics and a few techniques of accessibility design and development.

Then there was a talk by Abhiram and Bhoomika from Mozilla Tech Speakers talking about an invention of Brain Computer Interface. How human brain and computer can be connected so that to help people with very limited mobility. They are looking for partners who can help with developing required hardware.

That was time for delicious lunch and conversations with fellow participants.

Post lunch, Ashwin of Prakat Solutions talked about how accessibility helps everyone regardless of ability or disability. That includes social benefits, legal benefits etc.,

Rajani speakingThen there was a talk by Rajani, who happens to be 1st women with vision impairment and pursued Chartered Accountancy. She talked about how adding a few small things of accessibility makes a big impact. She reminded of audience that accessibility exists for many years. For example, F and J on typewriters have raised dots; number 5 on telephone has raised dot; those were introduced to help people with blindness.

Finally there was a talk by team of Eye-D talking about their products for visually impaired. Eye-D has very promising tools that one should try.

Thank you, Ted and all the team at Intuit for hosting this event. It’s almost 4th time in the row that Intuit has hosted such a fantastic event. More companies should inspire and promote accessibility.


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Greetings on the eve of Devi Navarathri

September 21, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This is a 9 days of celebration where we worship Lord Durga devi and this used to be yet another favorite festival in our child hood. All of our streets used to be decorated with beautiful lights. Puja gets performed both in the morning and in the evening. Evening puja is followed by an entertainment program each day such as Hari Katha or Burra Katha.

Hari Katha is a thing that a person explains story of an ancient incident; Burra Katha is a story or skit played by 3 people.

Each day puja will be of different kinds such as one day it will be performed with Kumkum, another day with flowers and so on.

Festival ends with a grand lunch to everyone in the village and Lord Durga tours across the village.

Greetings to everyone on this auspicious festival.

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Greetings on the eve of Teachers Day

September 5, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

In India September 5th is celebrated as Teachers Day. Here is a bit of history.

In India Teacher’s Day is celebrated on 5th of September as a tribute to the contribution made by the teachers towards the community. Since 1962 the day commemorates the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a great teacher and a staunch believer of education, known for his contribution towards the education system of India. According to Dr Radhakhrishnan, “teachers should be the best minds in the country”. The birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan came to be celebrated as Teachers Day when some of his students requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday ‘5th September’. Dr.Radhakrishnan said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers’ day”. Since then 5th September is observed as Teachers Day throughout India. On this day we honor our beloved teachers who for their selfless effort towards shaping the carriers of their students and elevating the education system of India as a whole.
Teachers Day holds immense importance for every individual throughout the country. Teachers impart knowledge and motivate the students in the right direction, enlighten them and create responsible citizens and good human beings. They are the cornerstone of our future. Teachers Day is an occasion to pay reverence to the teachers and convey them that they hold special respect in our hearts. Celebrating Teachers Day is acknowledged by UNESCO and fairly popular is several countries across the globe.

Most of the schools and institutions make elaborate preparations for the occasion of Teachers Day. Students try many other innovative ways to celebrate the day. The day usually starts with a warm Teachers Day speech to thank the teachers for their contribution. Few traditional methods include gifting beautiful Teachers Day cards and gifts to the teacher as tokens of love and respect. Some students also select popular Teachers Day quotes to convey hearty messages to their teachers and leave it at their desk. Some institutions also allow their senior students to pose as teachers for the day and take lessons assigned to the teacher they represent. As the day passes students perform several activities to celebrate the day.

Students look forward to Teacher’s day with great enthusiasm and zeal due to the sheer spirit of the occasion. On this day students realize what it means to be a teacher and what responsibilities a teacher bears when it means to control the future of several students. Teachers on this day are reminded of their school days when they were at the student’s desk and feel nostalgic. It is an equally special day for them. They get to know how much they are liked and appreciated by the students. Teachers Day is another way to provide encouragement and support to the teachers to make them feel their devotion towards students is appreciated.

All of us have been students someday and have benefitted from our teachers. Celebration of teacher’s day is a wonderful opportunity to show our gratitude to our teachers. Apart from the fun-filled activities Teachers Day is also to remember and get inspired by Dr. Radhakrishnan, who showed immense love for the teaching position.

In my childhood, teachers day used to be celebrated in the school where students takes over school activities for a day and also falicitate all of our teachers. I sincerely thank all of teachers in my life who have given me foundation to my succes of today.

Remember good teachers never teach a student but make them learn. Once the foundation is strong, student can achieve anything and overcome any obstacles.

With gratitude to all my teachers. I would urge all schools of today to celebrate and recognize teachers. Teacher is the one who builds life of a child. Unfortunately, today, teachers in some schools does not get opportunity to innovate in teaching; they are forced to teach whatever someone else has designed.

Greetings to everyone!

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Greetings on the eve of Vinayaka Chavithi (also known as Ganesh chaturthi)

August 24, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

This is one of my favorite restivals. Specially I used to enjoy this festival during my childhood. Children who live in villages still enjoy this festival. Reason being that this is perhaps only festival where children are participated in bringing home required material for celebration. Lots of leaves of different kinds (known as Pathri) is collected to perform puja. In villages, we can go around the village and collect different kind of leaves and nuts. Sadly that is not the case for those of us living in cities; we need to buy them.

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Clay Idol of Lord Ganesha

Vinayaka (also known as Lord Ganesha) is known as a lord who save us from any obstacles in what we do and help us getting success. That is the reason, it’s tradition that we pray Vinayaka before starting of any activity.

Download Vinayaka Vrata Kalpam in Telugu (PDF)

Here is a video by Shri. Chaganti Koteeswara Rao garu (In Telugu)

Greetings to all of you on this auspicious festival and may Lord Vinayaka bless us all with success.

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017 – events in India

May 11, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

With successful 5 years of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, this year it will be marked on May 18th. Objective of Global Accessibility Awareness Day is to raise awareness among community to as much as we can. It need not be in a big way but it is measured in the form of impact created.

In words of Joe and Jennison (Founders of GAAD), what GAAD means to them:

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

There are several events happening around the world including a couple of virtual events. Here are the list of events happening in India:

Do please write in commentsif there are any other events happening.

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