Posted in Stories

Bhoothakola

I am going to tell you about three cultures in my village. The first one which I would like to talk about is Bhoothakola.

Bhoothakola is an ancient, traditional folk dance which has been followed for a long time. In this folk dance, we pray to powerful souls of great supreme people who once lived on this Earth. These heavenly souls are called ‘Bhoothas’ who once lived in Tulunadu, which is in the south of Karnataka. There are many stories written on these bhoothas. There are many bhoothas like Panjurli, Kalkuda Kallurti, Guliga, Dhoomavati banthe, Babbu, Babbaraya, Sathyadevate, Koti Chennaiah, Pilli Kola, Mantradevate, Mahakali, Jaarandaaya, Nandigoona, Kodamanithaaya, Kukkinantaaya, Mishandaaya, Korragajja, Pillichandi, Racteshwari, Kshetrapala, Naaga Bhootha, Dharmadevate, Tannimalliga etc. They are also called Tulunada Daivagalu.

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Some daivas are called rajan daivas. The first thing they perform is the Naga Puja and other pujas till the afternoon. Then a vegetarian feast is served. In the evening we have Balabandara. In this, the ornaments which will be worn by the kola people are taken from the temples of the daivas to the place where the kola is done. These temples of the daivas are called sthanas. There are no statues for daivas. They only keep the swords, masks and anklets. The anklets weigh 1 kg or 1/2 kg. These are the things that resemble daivas.

The place where the kolas dance is made with coconut leaves. The make up of the kola people is very scary. Their clothes are red in colour most of the time. They wear coconut leaf ornaments in the middle of the dance. At the beginning, they wear the 1/2 or 1 kg anklets. After some time, they wear their coconut leaf ornaments one by one. The God comes into them. They solve people’s problems through the kola people.

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A large group of musicians play different types of musical instruments. The kola people eat fire, keep them on or near their body parts, eat a lot of paan, tell long stories, jump on fire, hold the fire and jump etc.

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The bhoothakola is danced at night. Sometimes it will continue till the afternoon. When I was four years old, I slept but then I started thinking about what it was. This is how my interest grew. I saw many kolas and started liking it. I am scared of the Guligakola because the Guliga jumps on people. The kolas are very scary to look at. They come near us and bless us. I always like watching kolas. My favourite are Guliga, Jumadi, Panjurli and Babbu.

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The next day there is a non vegetarian feast called Thumbila. This is the last ritual of the process of kola.

Written by Milind, STD IV. 

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Posted in Weekly News

News: 26th July, 2017.

This is a new segment where weekly news will be compiled by student reporters. The news will contain information about the lives of students, in school and outside and information regarding events in school by the students, for the students. 

Today’s news is a happy one. In our school, the students of STD VI and VII are very busy practicing for the throwball competition. They are working very hard to win the competition. We will have to support them and wish them all the best. It is exciting that the competition is on Thursday, 27th July, and Friday, 28th July. The students are also excited that it is being held on two days and they are eagerly waiting for it. The girls and boys are very hardworking because they are representing our school.

The children are also being very supportive of the blog. This year, our blog is being used for stories, poems and essays. They are showing and using their talent which is a very good point about them. The blog’s editor, Suhas, is eagerly waiting for many more entries. He is editing the stories and uploading them on the blog. It is not only a request from him but it is also the children’s duty to maintain our blog. It shows the children’s creativity and imagination.

There is an Independence Day program approaching. Preparations are starting. The children are being selected based on what they are good at (acting, singing, dancing etc.).

Thanks guys for doing the best for our school. ALL THE BEST for the throwball competition. Please hand in your blog posts.

Written by Shishir, STD VII. 

Posted in Poetry

Day and Night

Day and night,

Day and night.

The sun rises in the morning,

The sun shines very bright.

When the sun goes down,

The moon comes up.

The moon is shining,

The stars are twinkling,

Day and night,

Day and night.

Written by Siri, STD III. 

Posted in Poetry

Rain

I love rain,

I love rain.

I love playing with water all day.

Whenever I go out, I think about rain.

I love rain,

I love rain,

I love playing with water and rain.

Written by Aishwarya, STD III. 

Posted in Stories

If I Were A Cloud…

If I would become a cloud, I would fly in the air and visit many places, planets and galaxies.

On one such visit to Defranco, I saw many aliens. They took me around their monuments, oceans and they showed me their weapons which were very advanced. The aliens gave me a precious gem that would help me do impossible things. I returned to earth when I noticed some dragons trying to steal the earth’s core.

I raced around asking for help to save my planet but everybody took a glance at it and ignored me. I went to the sun and asked for help. It gave me a ball through which many people could come out safe. Next I went to the seasons and asked monsoon to attack the fire dragon, the summer to attack the electric dragon, atom to attack the frost dragon, winter to attack the fairy dragon and spring to attack the psychic dragon and the earth was saved.

I became very good friends with the seasons. But I had grown too heavy because of the running around and rained very heavily.

Written by Nagakiran, STD VI. 

Posted in Book Reviews

A Review: My Social Science Class

On June 15th, in our social science class, we started a new chapter in civics where we discussed about democracy. Before that, my social science teacher ______ ma’am said that she doesn’t like it when children have no opinions or when adults don’t ask children about their inner feelings, likes and dislikes. Of course our parents are there but they are involved in hustling about with their own work. Also, this is the biggest problem with adults and children. This one statement made me think out of the box. This is true when I reflected on it. It is the reality. This is what we go through and what we sometimes don’t realise. This is where the communication gap takes place in between adults and children. Isn’t it true?

This was the first thing that pulled me into my teacher’s favourite subject, civics. Of course all the students moaned and gave up being interested in the class. I liked how teachers pull their students into their world of studies through conversation and that is their talent! After that, ma’am told us about the French revolution where people were suffering through monarchy in a story. Everybody was interested when she said she was going to tell us a story. All of us had only one thought while the story was going on and that was imagining how people suffered. This was an interesting, imaginative and thoughtful class for all of us. The civics chapter showed us its beauty: you can see what you study all around you and I understood this beauty.

Written by Gayathri, STD VII.