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Krishnaraya Shenoy - 100 yrs on, he still wants to teach students


 
Published Date: 15 Jun, 2008 (12:27 AM)

Mangalore June 15: When Krishnaraya Shenoy recites from Naranappa's ‘Gadugina Bharatha' - eyes glinting, pitch unswayed by evident emotion — it's hard not to remind yourself of his age. On Monday, the former Kannada teacher of Canara High School in Mangalore will turn 100. As the genial old man sets himself on rewind mode, what flash before you are images from an austere, content life topped up with love from students and family.

Born on June 16, 1908, Shenoy always wanted to be a teacher. He wanted to emulate two of his heroes: his father, an astrologer, village head and teacher and M N Kamath, his favourite teacher.

The Kannada vidwan from Suratkal started teaching in 1932. When he retired 36 years later, he already had a treasury of experiences and memories to go back to. Sitting in his son's home in Hanumanthanagar, Shenoy remembers the special bond he shared with students.

"During the Quit India movement, students from other schools assembled in front of our school one day, asking students from my class to join them. The students, who were attached to me and my classes, wanted to know if they could leave and join the group. I told them the choice was theirs," says Shenoy.

The teacher recalls his dilemma on whether to let the students join the nation's cause or stay committed as a teacher and complete the class. "Luckily, the long bell ended my misery," he says. Son Vasanth says the family still hosts students, who want to hear Shenoy recite from epics and get transported to the old classroom. And to battlefronts in Kurukshetra and Lanka. About four years ago, some of his former students arranged a meeting to honour him. Last year, Shenoy was also made a life member of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; the membership fee was paid by an old student who chose to remain anonymous.

Education is not just about textbooks. Shenoy master says he wanted his students to be good people. This commitment kept him going when life was pegged to a school teacher's modest salary. A frequent walker during his healthier days, Shenoy is put-off by the rush of modern-day Bangalore. Still, there is the trusted formula that charges his "body, mind and soul": a vegetarian diet, classical music and the daily rendition of ‘vishnu sahasranama'.

Shenoy's life with Shantha, his wife of 73 years, is now laced with strains of Hindustani classical music and the good cheer from time spent with their children and grandchildren. On Monday, after the celebrations, the master will probably return to his ‘ragi kanji', Bhimsen Joshi and a fistful of yesterday. One hundred is just a number.

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V. Mahadeva sarma, India Jul 3, 2013
You are a role model to others!...Simple life, a sample of a true Hindustani!...Long live Krishnaraya Shenoyji!!
SURESHCHANDRA KAMATH B, BANGALORE, India Nov 17, 2012
CAN SOMEBODY UPLOAD THE ENTIRE LYRICS OF "ELLI MANA KALUKIRADO" - THE SCHOOL ANTHEM OF CANARA HIGH SCHOOL / INSTITUTIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL OLD STUDENTS OF THE GREAT INSTITUTION.??- BUILT BY SELF-LESS PERSONS LIKE AMMEMBAL SUBBA RAO PAI & KRISHNARAYA SHEONY MASTER AND MANY SUCH PERSONS. (I REMEMBER A FEW LIKE SAVITHRI TEACHER, PURUSHOTHAM KAMATH, SUBBA RAO, N N NAYAK, K N NAYAK, RATHNAKAR RAO, BHAGYA RAO, ANNAPPA PAI, SHARADA GHATE, VENKATESH KAMATH, RAMDAS BALIGA ETC ETC)
Santosh Kudva, Mumbai, India Sep 11, 2009
I have seen Krishnaraya ajja singing & playing bhajans at Suratkal kashimutt, I was fortunate enough to accompany him. we have received his blessings in the form of permission to use one of his compositions in a CD which will be released soon in Mumbai. I would like to add that my mother was his student.
Madhavaraya Kamath, Mumbai, India Jun 20, 2008
"JEEVEMA SHARADAH SHATHAM"

A good old family friend, a close associate of our late father (Iddya Patel K.Ramaraya Kamath), I reminisce certain sweet childhood memories, one of which was, when I just joined Iddya Vidyadayinee Higher Elementary School, Surathkal. It was a school day celebration with Sri. Krishnaraya Shenoy seen being seated to play the peddle harmonium on the forefront of the august audience. As one among the items of the variety entertainments, in her turn, my elder sister sang a song on the stage to the cheers of the whole audience. Sri Shenoy suddenly rose up from his seat, went to the stage and called my sister and presented a purse in his hearty admiration of my sister's performance to the public applause of the vast audience.

After many years, when I happened to have an opportunity to meet him in my workplace, Poona - even in his nineties with his being hale and hearty, his gesture was as if he saw in me his good old close friend, exhibiting a whole wealth of his vast experiences of his career and life with his diverse knowledge in different fields even with his singing of devotional songs plainly.

A contemporary person of my father's age and a pious man with all wits that he is, his very presence itself is a boon to the Vidwans as well
as his innumerable students, friends & relatives alike. May God bestow upon him continued strength, health and so on. Having "Hit a century, yet, not out", may his presence in this world continue to inspire us all.
Ashwini Bhandary, India Jun 16, 2008
Sri. Krishnaraya Shenoy is my maternal grandfather. I am proud to be the grand-daughter of such a learned man. He has taught us the importance of values, joy, love, and good health. We love him dearly and hope to see him keeping good health always..
R.Pai, USA Jun 15, 2008
This much more than genetics. This is a combination of positive mind and lifestyle. Always great to read such stories that remind us of right things to do in our lives.
Austin Prabhu, USA Jun 15, 2008
Nice to read about 100 years old teacher Krishnaraya Shenoy. I would request Raj or someone to write his brief bio so that we could get some inspiration from his eating habits, exercise, hobbies, day to day life, etc., to prolong our lives to 100 years just like him. What you say Raj?
vijay kamath, UAE Jun 15, 2008
I remember seeing krishnaraya master in the year 1972-73 when I came to Canara High School(main) from B.E.M.High School. If I remember right krishnaraya master used to play harmonium (with peddle)and I also remember playing tabla with krishnaraya master sitting in front of THE MAIN stage in C.H.S (MAIN) for "ELLI MANA KALULIRADO ELLI MANA BAGIRADO" on school day.

I am very happy to know that krishnaraya master is celebrating 100th birthaday and pray for his good health.
Shenoy, India Jun 15, 2008
Yelli mana alukirado, yelli tale baagirado [Where the mind is without fear, where the head is held high--Tagore]

I salute this centenarian teacher of Canara High School.He would have taught thousands of students in his life time and inspired them to achieve a path of happiness and success. I am speaking of a vast majority of students. In any society, any school, you will find a small minority of students who do not perform and who do not conform. The reasons may be multifactorial.Poverty at home is not just the one and only reason. We know of students coming from very poor families who have achieved great heights in their lives and remained humble and inspired others. The late Sir Mokshagundam Vishveshwarayya's story is well known to every child in Karnataka. Born in Muddebihala near Kolar in Karnataka, this genius went on to become one of the best civil engineers of all times. He was the architect behind the Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore.He reputedly used to sit below a street lamp to study in the evenings and night as they did not have lamp in his father's house.'Deepada budadalli kattale' as they say.

Living to a ripe 100 is not a joke. One needs to have a happy state of mind to reach there.In the current rat race for quick riches and gratification and satiety, people tend to get nervous breakdown. Again bad eating habits and lack of exercise contribuites to poor health and reduction of life expectancy. I notice that majority of our citizens hardly reach 75 leave alone 100.

Once again, I salute Mr Krishna Raya Shenoy, the living example of a happy and contented life and career.
 

 
 
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