Thursday, December 29, 2005

Indian Classical Music on the Web


An evening with Mukul Shivputra


Carnatic Music


Kathak links are here

BHAva (expression) + RAga (music) + Tala (rhythm) BHARAT

BHAva (expression) + RAga (music) + TAla (rhythm) + NATYAM (dance)BHARATANATYAM

A very popular dance form from South India, Bharatanatyam is said to be the oldest of all classical dance forms in India. Described as the dance of mind and soul, it is extremely traditional and known for its grace, purity, tenderness, statuesque and sculpturesque poses. It uplifts the dancer and the beholder to a higher level of spiritual consciousness. The dancer is considered as a worshipper of the Divine and is an embodiment of beauty, charm and gracefulness.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Kathak compilation

  • Aditi Mangaldas - Kathak dancer.

  • Anila Sunder - Kathak dancer based in Mumbai, India..

  • Article: Birju Maharaj retires - Probably the greatest Kathak exponent of our time, Birju Maharaj retired from Kathak Kendra in New Delhi, India in Summer 1998..

  • Bharat Bhavan: Kathak - Brief introduction with a list of the musical instruments used..
  • Bireshwar Gautam's Homepage - A Kathak artist as well as Thumri exponent!.
  • Gangani Kathak Dance Co. and Najma Ayashah - Kathak teacher based in NYC.
  • Indian Classical Dance Presents Parul Shah - presents Parul Shah, a growing Kathak performer, as-well-as an educator of Kathak, providing performances for events and classes to aspiring dancers and learners..
  • Jaipur tradition of Kathak - Najma Ayashah, disciple of Kundan Lal Gangani of the Jaipur tradition of Kathak offers a comprehensive look of the music other forms of dances of India..
  • Kathak - Brief history of Kathak..
  • Kathak dance - Kathak-An Indian Classical Dance, Ruby Mishra one of the prominent Dancer of kathak..
  • Kathak Images - Some nice pictures incl. 3 of Birju Maharaj and other artists..
  • Lucknow Kathak - Excellent description and history of Kathak..
  • PAMPA, California USA - Performing Arts, Indian Classical music and dance.
  • Pandit Chitresh Das - Home of Chhandam, the Chitresh Das dance company and school of Kathak dance..
  • Parul Shah - Parul Shah, a growing Kathak performer, as-well-as an educator of Kathak, providing performances for events and classes to aspiring dancers and learners. Based in Columbia University, USA..
  • Pratap Pawar - About top Kathak exponent, Pratap Pawar..
  • Rachna Agrawal - Rachna Ramya Agrawal is a Kathak Dance Performer and Educator located in Connecticut. She is available for performances as well as school residencies..
  • Shila Mehta - One of the famous exponents of KATHAK in India.
  • Shovana Narayan - Kathak exponent with links to many different expressions of Kathak including Moonlight Impressionism, Anuttar, Mera Safar, Mohan & Rambha, Muktilekha Dishantar, Toota Yeh Vishwas, Kyon Yashodhara, The Dawn After, Raah de Radhe, Yudhisthar and Draupadi, Akbar's Bridge..
  • - Information on Kathak dancer Ioanna Srinivasan based in Berlin, Germany and school of Kathak dance.
  • Zamzama: Alpana Sengupta and Mick Taylor - Information on Kathak dancer Alpana Sengupta and Sitar player Mick Taylor. Read about their concerts, projects, biodatas...

Credit: Travel Chic's Kathak Resource Compilation

Friday, December 16, 2005

This is the first post of mine from w.bloggar tool.
For now, It looks that it will go great.
Let's see. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

DropDown for monthly Archive

After visiting weber and breezer blogs, I just wrote a javascript to get a drop-down for monthly archives. Just paste this code into your blogger template to get your own drop down

Get the code from here. It will look like this after implementation.

Credit: Learnt about date manipulation through javascript from this site to modify this script for my template.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Books, Movies and Cages

Ma'am asked why are you so philosphical? What all books do you read?

Here is my answer -

My life is the best book of mine whose writer is not only me but everybody who has a direct or indirect influence on it and its readers? I read it everyday and add to it more as time progresses. Its public to all those who want to read it. They can add the lines they like to their own book from mine without any copyright issues. :)

Now the question comes where from I take my lines and add to my own book. I steal them from others' lives thriving freely in my surroundings or dead and caged in the books in form of biographies, poetry, plays and movies (screen cage) which are not only about just one life but a confluence of many lives the protagonist(s) comes in touch with.

Digressing a bit from this to bring movies (one of my obsessions) in the context...
Movies? Caged lives kept on display, lives which cannot do anything when people peek into their privacy and cry/laugh/abuse them sitting in the hall. Neither the viewers help those characters prisoned in the screen. Many-a-times the one caged behind the screen also mock the viewers. For that matter we can say that in a way the viewers are also caged.

We can also redefine the movies about those lives who have got freed from the cage of this world. They try to make us feel that we are in a cage. Sometimes they share the experiences when they were in a cage. Sometimes they do things which we say are not possible in reality. But reality in a way is a prison where you can't do everything you wish because there are some rules of the cage you are in.

So, who is in the cage is a question pretty much debatable... Maybe both are in cages but its just like the rules of each cage are different. There are things you can do and there are things you can't. For that matter in our so called real world, we have many different cages...cages of society, culture, religion blah blah blah... In all this one thing is for sure common, the person who lives in these cages and the person who creates/destroys these cages is the same... MAN (to be more general - a living being)

Irony is that many-a-times people built cages for themselves.... Why?
Maybe to have a sense of security...
Maybe to work in isolation to achieve something...
Maybe this is a better thing to use their creativity on...
.......... endless reasons .......
a difficult question for me to handle in its entirety... i mean to say i cannot even catch a snapshot of the expanse of its answer.... In short, I don't see myself capable enough of doing justice to this question

Above text Originally written on April 10, 2005

  • This short film came in an email forward today. It is to some extent related to this blog.
  • Came across this thought today relevant to this blog.
    These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

    -Gilbert Highet, writer (1906-1978)