Monday, August 30, 2010

Krishna Janmohtsav!

Krishna Janamashti is a week away and Delhi has started preparations for celebrating the Krishna janam divas. Last  week witnessed ‘Raksha Bandhan’, which portrays the strong roots of our great Indian families. Come August-September, and the country start preparing itself for months of festivals which start with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ends on ‘Diwali’.
While Diwali is the festival which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama, Janamashtmi celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Temples across the country celebrates the festival with grandeur and poise. The actual celebrations start at 12 midnight, when lord made his divine appearance. Prayers, fasts, devotional songs and many other rituals are performed to mark his birth on Earth. Celebrations in Dwarka, Mathura, Vrindavan and Gokula are high in its festivities and devotional mood reaches its peak.
Maharashtra celebrates Janamashtmi with Dahi Handi where earthen pot containing butter and milk is elevated on to a height and the groups of young men tries to break it by making pyramids while people across yells ‘govinda alaa re’. Krishna utsav also inspires artists to paint their canvas with colors of devotion and fondness. Painters paint their imaginations while other artists perform the Krishna Leela in form of devotional songs, bhjans, dance performances, dramas, ballets etc.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Emerging Third World Media

Gone are the days when information used to be the property of the West and all the information flow was directed from west to east and north to south. Emerging technology and new ways of communications have changed the directions, turned the business of news with its head down and has started taking newer roads and turns. The days have moved out when developing countries had to fight for the proper flow of information, opposing to the news showcased by Western news agencies in which third world countries were shown as poor, uneducated, hunger stricken and corrupt states.
With science developing at a faster speed, formation of glocal world, Westerns are running for their money and space in developing nations and are losing their influence. Now technology is cutting costs and stoking competition, eroding the Westerner’s advantage. BBC World Service and Voice of America are no longer the only source of news in countries like Afghanistan. Now the country has its own satellite news channel broadcasting round the clock in Dari and Pashto.
With technology making its waves from everywhere, developing countries are not just mere receivers of news from western outfits; rather third world media is emerging strongly and creating problems for gigantic news mediums. Since 2006, China, Iran, Japan, Qatar have launched English language TV news channels. China has committed $7 billion to international news which is 15 times more than the annual budget of BBC World Services. Last month, China introduced its second English language news channel, CNC World. The most inspiring entrant is Al Jazeera, which supported by Emir of Qatar. Its well established Arabic service dominates the Middle East. Before 1990, Kenya had just one, state-owned television station. It now has 20 television broadcasters and 80 licensed radio stations. Iran and Russia have both launched 24-hour English news ch annels.
New media and online programming are strengthening the trend. Where broadcasters once used to push the programme on air waves and had to spend millions in distribution, now an internet connection can lead anyone to wider choices of content. Once a clip posted on youtube or a tweet pasted on twitter, the news finds popularity on numerous blogs and discussion forums.

In past year, the BBC Services lost 8 million viewers and listeners. Of the six American financed broadcasters, five see a decline. In 2003, Voice of America’s Russian service was carried by 85 domestic radio stations; it is now carried by only one. The BBC Arabic service’s local broadcasts in northern Sudan were shut down on August 9.

The cold war days have passed by, where big budgets were allotted to the international news outfits to spread the ideas of propaganda and capitalism which used to suit the political agendas of Western World. A high production cost, satellite rights, getting hold of frequencies was the game of big players but now new technology has cut all the barriers. With a simple working camera, content to share and internet connection a lot can be said, shared and discussed upon. Heydays of so-called information rulers of the world have started to vanish and the freedom once enjoyed by western media is diminishing and third world countries have trumpeted into the space.

Story of gun-point grooms: Antardwand

IT IS believed that marriages are made in heaven and arrangement is made on earth by the friends and families. But in some parts of our country the young eligible bachelors are kidnapped and forced to marry the girls at gun point with the bride that gunmen has chosen. The issue has been explored in the upcoming film ‘Antardwand’, directed by first time director Sushil Rajpal.
The film won the 55th National Film Award for the best social film as it deals with the social cruelty which is inflicted on young boys and girls. The film starring Vinay Pathak, Raj Singh Choudhary, Akhilendra Mishra and newcomer Swati Sen. The story revolves around Raghuveer (played by Raj Singh Choudhary), a Delhi University student who wants to become an IAS officer.
The story picks up when Raghuveer visits his village to meet his parents in Bihar. When he leaves for Delhi, he is abducted by gunmen and forced to marry a daughter of a fervent father, who is looking for an IAS groom for his daughter.
The ninety per cent of the film is true story and the film was shot in Muzzafarpur, Bihar and incorporates elements of local wedding customs. The realistic film comes directly out of the creative mind of the director, who is born and brought up in villages of Bihar and has been the direct witness of such stories.

ICCR holds exhibition of Korean art

NDIAN COUNCIL for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is holding an exhibition of photos, paintings, fine arts and crafts work of artists from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from August 26 to September 1, 2010, at Azad BhavanArt Gallery.

The council promotes and strengthens the cultural ties with countries across the world and this seven day exhibition will further build up India’s cultural ties with Democratic Republic of Korea. The event will allow the artists and common people from India to witness the art forms and cultural diversity of the country and will develop the sense of appreciation for art.
While taking the opportunity of this festival, the artists from Korea will be able to interact with Indian media and showcase their art to other people across the country. The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 6 pm on all days and entry is free. The exhibition will also allow the people to take a peek at the ancient and contemporary art of a nation, which has close business relations with India.
Korean art represents the soul of the country and is practiced in Korean peninsula since historical times. The Korean nation is known for traditions in pottery, music, calligraphy, and other genres, often marked by the use of bold color, natural forms, and surface decoration.

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Celebrating Homi Vyarawalla : India’s first woman photo-journalist

There are many firsts we acknowledge and embrace, hail those who made significant achievements in life and helped in developing the mankind. Indian women are perceived to be the submissive gender but some of the few rose above this sentiment and left their marks behind. Homai Vyarawalla, is one such extraordinary woman who opened the gates of photo journalism for female photographers.

She is considered as India’s first women photo-journalist who came out with great photographs from 1938 to 1973. Celebrating her contributions in the field of journalism, Photography exhibition ‘Homai Vyayawalla-A Retrospective’ will be held from 27th August to 31st October, 2010 at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi.
The evhibition will showcase approximately 150-200 images including original silver gelatine prints, many printed by the photographer herself. On display would be her old cameras, photographic equipment and other memorabilia. Some of the key events Homai photographed were the first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on August 16th 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten from India and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Homai Vyayawlla, 97, has been awarded with ‘life-time achievement award’ by the country. The exhibition acknowledges her role as a pioneer among women and her contribution to early photojournalism in India. This exhibition has been curated by Vyarawalla’s biographer, Sabeena Gadihoke who is Associate Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Happy Birthday MJ!

Legends never die, they are remembered forever. One such legendry figure is the king of pop, Michael Jackson. It has been an year the world lost him, but he still rules the hearts of zillions. His body has died but his soul lives in his fans. Today is 52nd birth anniversary of the great artist who was born on 29th August, 1958. The legendary singer is no more but the fans are celebrating his birthday in various corners of the world and paying their respect to him in numerous ways. The devoted fans assembled outside the home of the singer and paid their tribute to their star.
Michael Bearden has composed a song named One Last Goodbye to pay homage to the stalwart singer on his birthday. In India, Ganesh Hegde, the celebrated choreographer is paying tribute to his idol by releasing his latest music video which stars Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif with Ganesh himself.
Also a birthday party will be hosted for the fans of the singer at the Nethermead Meadow of Prospect Park. Last year the annual party proved to be a huge success. A number of fans get nostalgic at the party. The treasure that star has left for his fans is priceless and most sought after. His contributions to the world in music, dance and fashion have been the part of popular culture for over four decades. Born as black and died white, is what makes him the epitome of Racial Equality.
His constant urge for the  color white made him a victim of racial inequality in a way.  His messages of peace and unity to the world influences the activists and people across the world. He was a star, hero who was beyond boundaries of color, sex and nationalities. The legend stays in the hearts of his fans with his songs, compositions and dance. The master choreographer, excellent singer and extraordinary human being will never be allowed to die. He lives and breathes with his his every fan alive on this earth.
My tribute to the STAR in stars!
Long live the legend, long live his legacy!
Happy Birthday Michael!

Happy Birthday Nani!

It was nani's 71st birthday yesterday. Nani, mother of all mothers, our beauty queen...ready with tips on how to look good and fair and our kitchen queen!. She is the most important person in the entire family, like sun in the solar system. We all revolve and rotate around her. It was the special day for her and cannot be missed. 

While it was a working day, none of our four set of parents could manage to meet her, but the day cannot be missed. So, understanding the situation we five brothers and sisters chalked out a plan to meet her on the day...IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A SURPRISE!! but as they say,,,,there is no secret in a family!!

Well we.... famous five reached at nani's place..bought a bouquet for her, dhokla for nani and nanu...(as they do not eat cakes and pastries...eggs and non-veg!!) and blackforest pastries for ourselves. We all coordinated with each other... messaged, called and reached the venue(nani's place) on time...BUT again as they say...too many cooks spoils the broth...our latest edition, fifth in the series,my youngest brother reached the place well fifteen minutes before time...and told her about the plan innocently telling the reason behind his sudden arrival  while trying not to reveal the plan...BUTT!! That is my youngest brother for you...naughty, mischievous, cute, sweet and adorable. 

ok...after waiting downstairs for absolutely nothing...we crackpots went upstairs to wish her. She was happy and enthralled to see us. Her enthusiast eyes narrated her feelings and emotions. Soon, nanu was called...and we celebrated her birthday, Though it was not grand arrangement...but it was a luxurious experience. 

Love you Nani!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Iam left with only one nerve...and you are getting on IT!!

Till one and a half year back i was a normal human being with my nervous system working like all normal beings, but now m left with one torn-out, wrecked, refusing to work body system. SIGH!!

Thanks to all faux paus personalities buzzing with life around me. Iam fated to meet them almost everyday and like all normal people i also think...Yes, i think and that's my fault! I think when i see them behaving tunelessly, aimlessly and lifelessly.... MINDWIDTH MISMATCH or i don't know what ...but there is surely some problem out there.

God has been so kind to me for making me experience all weird and bizarre things in world at one go. My heart refuses to beat and i go into emotional numbness whenever i see these godly creatures around me...parceled from above only and only for me. THANK YOU GOD!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My FB homepage!

Facebook has emerged as a useful tool for those who want to be in touch with their friends and distant relatives, but don't have time to meet them and socialize. However, in this fast paced life, everyone is busy to meet any of friends. Well like all, i also own a Facebook account and login about 20-30 times daily without any fail..barring those days when my internet connection do not support my love for real yet virtual set of friends.,,SUPER THANKS to MTNL lines. 

Well, talking about me...i have nearly 190 plus friends...some good ones while others colleagues, acquaintances, contacts...whatever one calls them. The posts are of all kinds that appear on my homepage..right from phrases to lines of songs, poems to Hindi sher-o-shaiyri, to real times posts. The recent trend is that of posting you tube links, blog links or link of some website which they (friends) find interesting. Some people keep on using Facebook applications and posting their results on other people's wall. Farm-ville was the new addiction that many of them were suffering...thank god now they getting back to their normal senses. 

There are some others who have probably forgotten that they have created an account on Facebook...busy bees! It takes so long to get a reply form them if you message or write on their walls. Well, the only day my wall gets maximum posts are on my birthday. Near and dear ones wish on phone, while other DISTANT buddies wish on Facebook. I personally thanks to this this amazing place which assists me in finding friends and remember their birthdays!!....FACEBOOK FRIENDSHIP!! 

My Facebook homepage keeps on buzzing with nearly 250 posts on any normal day. Some are really regularly with their posts but there are many sleeping beauties who update their posts after long time...which attracts a lot of traffic.

Earlier i use to see changes in people's relationship status from being single to committed to some struggling with their complicated FB defines it. Then it changed to location of my frineds...posted across the globe. BUT now suddenly, iam witnessing one major change in my has grown OLD... my friends are getting engaged, married and producing kids!! me it is not a favorable change to notice. We all are moving towards becoming uncles and aunties of new borns. But this cannot be changed...obviously i cannot stop people from growing old or getting hooked. It is a change which i have to accept and move with it. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

'Imaging Asia 2010' to showcase Asian cinema, art and culture

 CELEBRATING its 20th anniversary The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is organizing ‘Imaging Asia 2010’ with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from 18th-22nd August, 2010. The five day event will see conference, film festival, exhibitions and performances at different venues across Delhi. The festival celebrates the spirit of Asian cinema which has grown exponentially in past years.

The five day conference on ‘The Culture and Politics of Asian Cinema’ will focus on the specificity of Asian cinema and the need to recognize and respect the diversity it portrays. The discussions will take place on the politics that governs the cinema’s evolving identity. Alongside the conference, workshops will also be conducted at IGNCA and Max Mueller Bhavan.

Paintings are considered as the initial forms story telling and portraying emotions. To give an owe to this ancient form, exhibitions of sumi-e paintings ‘Eastern Strokes’ by Yuriko Lochan, ‘Night in the garden’ by Spanish artist Jose Luis Seara and ‘Fables from the house of Ibban-episode: The Milk Jug’ by Ranbir Kaleka will be showcased from 19-22nd August from 11am to 2 pm at Instituto Cervantes.

Presenting the traditional ways of telling tales in Asia, the NETPAC event will showcase forms of picture storytelling from India and other Asian countries in what may be interpreted as proto-cinema. Live puppet shows by Pata artists, puppet makers from Nimmalakunta and shadow puppet plays from various Asian countries will be performed from 18-21st August, 2010 at Kamani Auditorium.

Also the event will screen 31 award winning films from various countries at the five day film festival at various venues in Delhi. Films from countries like Iran, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, South Korea and Malaysia will be screened at Instituto Cervantes, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, India Habitat Centre and India International Centre. The schedule for the screenings is available on the website. 

The five day event will bring the various art forms of Asia under one roof enabling the art lovers to experience the varied art forms of various countries and also a chance to meet the artists across the borders. The event will also strengthen the cultural relations of participating countries with India and will provide a gateway towards peace and understanding. 

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