Commuters boarding the train to Talaguppa (Hosanagara taluk of Shivamogga district) in coming December, will surely be in for a pleasant surprise.
As the locomotive chugs into the tiny railway station in Arasalu village through the mist engulfed lush green forest, commuters who had watched the Malgudi Days tele-serial directed by Shankar Nag for Doordarshan in late eighties, would imagine they are listening to the signature music of L. Vaidyanathan (Vaidi), “Taa Naa Naa Tana Nana Naa” (which is now a popular ringtone for mobile phones), somewhere from the deep woods. (This poignant theme music can only be compared to the theme score of Pather Panchali by Ravi Shankar, which is simple, evocative and hummable. Incidentally Satyajit Ray used train as a symbol of modernism in Pather Panchali, where Apu runs to get the glimpse of train). Read More