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March 13, 2009

2nd Main, Gandhinagar

Canon PowerShot A530  0.002 sec. (1/500) ISO 100


His name is Heera Panna. A rather colourful name for a Kannadiga from Benglur. However, nobody except his close friends call him by the name his parents gave him. To the world, he is known as Dasappa. Because that's his profession. 

Heera Panna is a Dasappa who goes from home to home, doing pooja and distributing blessings in the name of Lord Venkateshwara of Thirumala Thirupati. A profession that is practised only for two days in a week. Friday and Saturday. 

On a Friday, it makes senses for Dasappa to walk up and down the mains and crosses of Gandhinagar.  Because that's the day for movie openings. He's likely to have film producers and distributors asking Dasappa to convey their prayers to the Lord of Seven Hills in Thirumala, AP, for a small fee. 

See the full series: Friday Movie Release.

And here's a beautiful song sung by Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi for a Gandhinagar produced film called Sandhya Raaga. The song features Dr Rajkumar. You can see a poster with Dr Raj next to Dasappa. 




11 comments:

AGujral said...

I hope Dasappa blesses me too, it being Friday the 13th;)

Great picture as always, and the text is informative as ever:)

citygurl said...

Beautiful song. As always you find the hidden gems of the city. One question. How did Dasappa give away his true name to you?

SloganMurugan said...

Well, I asked him and he told. :) He was a very friendly chap.

Anonymous said...

lovely style on your blog,,saaaar!!
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Lakshmi said...

outsourcing prayers :)similar to the man in my chennai post who was applying camphor , I think

Carl Savio said...

Superb mood and great lighting!

magiceye said...

india never ceases to amaze!

joshidaniel said...

nice!

ജെപി. said...

very interesting

greetings from trichur - kerala

Rishikesh Kulkarni said...

Incredible capture..

kusublakki said...

Lovely post...i had never heard this song before, so thanks for uploading it. Lovely indeed...and that to in the voice of pt.bhimsen joshi its incredible!

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