Anoushka Shankar, Chip off the Old Block

Sitar, used widely throughout the Indian subcontinent, has become popularly known in the wider world through the work of Ravi Shankar beginning in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. The sitar saw further use in popular music after the Beatles featured the sitar in their compositions “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”, “Within You Without You”, “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Love You To”. Anoushka Shankar was born a Bengali Hindu, is a daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar. She is also the paternal half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, and Shubhendra “Shubho” Shankar, who died in 1992. Anoushka is regarded as an elite sitar player around …

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Dakshineswar Kali Temple

Dakshineswar Kali Temple (Bengali: দক্ষিনেশ্বর কালী মন্দির Dokkhineshshôr Kali Mondir, Sanskrit: दक्षिणेश्वर काली मन्दिर) is a Hindu temple located in Dakshineswar near Kolkata. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, the presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali, meaning, ‘She who liberates Her devotees from the ocean of existence i.e. Saṃsāra’. The temple was built by Rani Rashmoni, a philanthropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishna, a mystic of 19th Century Bengal. The Dakshineswar Kali Temple was founded around the middle of the 19th Century by Rani Rashmoni. Rani Rashmoni belonged to Kaivarta caste …

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Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake is one journey, which you will never forget. Journey from Lachen starts early at 5 am. Its mostly dark at that time. As you start climbing, the sunrays hit the snow peaks creating spectacular mountains of gold. Entry to North Sikkim is only possible on a guided tour, and a travel permit must be organised in Gangtok 1-2 days prior to travel. You would need a copy of your photo id card and 2 photos to obtain the permits for North Sikkim. The only halt is at Thangu at 13000 ft where a single restaurant will serve you tea, bread butter (the bread has to be carried by …

Traditional Goa Music

Gonzaga Coutinho ,  pianist, singer, author and composer of several musical works, got all his inspiration music in the 60s. Possessing a talent and a vast musical experience gained throughout his career, has aroused sympathy for numerous throughout the country and abroad participated in the RTP Song Festival and several television programs, and continues to act in concerts throughout the country In 2002 he recorded his first album “Indian” with the participation of Kyao Rao, Olavo Bilaspur, Dani Silva among others. “SAUDADES TONE” in 2006, was his second work discographic a tribute to the Portuguese maestro Tom Jobim, which included the collaboration of various musicians and friends including Rui Veloso, …

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Tradition in Indian Rug Making

The Indian tradition of producing colorful, intricately designed carpets spans centuries. India is known not only for producing beautiful, handmade carpets but also for the pride and respect its artisans have for carrying on the tradition. From generations-old antiques to newly milled product, demand for carpets from India persists today. An intricacy of the design in India is not present in other areas. Indian weaving goes so far back; you’ve got this history of making classic, hand-tied carpets. The process of hand-weaving today is remarkably similar to the practice brought to India by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Then as now, weavers swiftly knot carpets by hand …

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Khajuraho Fairs-and-Festivals

Khajuraho Festival of Dances is celebrated at a time when the hardness of winter begins to fade and the king of all seasons, spring, takes over. The most colorful and brilliant classical dance forms of India with their roots in the ling and rich cultural traditions across the country, offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here. Since times immemorial, myriad forms of dance have been adsorbed into the classical dance styles. Watching these performances reveal the age-old trends, traits and nuances that are firmly established in dance in various regions of India. The aura of these masterpieces has not dimmed over many centuries; nor have the …

Khajuraho

Kama Sutra, an ancient Sanskrit treatise on the art of love and sexual technique. Khajuraho is a famous tourist and archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs. Khajuraho was one of the capitals of the Chandela kings, who from the 9th to the 11th century CE developed a large realm, which at its height included almost all of what is now Madhya Pradesh state. Khajuraho extended over 21 sq. km and contained about 85 temples built by multiple rulers from about 950 to 1050. In the late 11th century the Chandela, in a period of chaos and decline, moved to hill forts elsewhere. …

A Hindi and French Musical Fusion Balma – Maatibaani ft. Mr. Francois & Various Artistes

A song that has literally travelled places, a song lovingly handcrafted, a song that urges you to Love, forgetting all the differences! Balma features 11 musicians from 5 countries..an experience that Maatibaani will cherish forever! Catch them on www.facebook.com/maatibaani Sing Along! HINDI LYRICS Balma naahi maane, Woh morey man ki na jaane Misra misra bunn ke banta, Mehka se ek geet re Pyaar ka chalta ek hi charkhaa, Hum hai dhaage preet ke! Phir naa ye din aaye, Chhin chhin beeti jaaye, Kaahe na pehchaane?. Translation: O Beloved, Don’t you know, what’s there in my heart? Line by line woven together, makes a song complete In this spinning wheel of love, …

Tulsi, Gita Jayanti Message 2013

Tulsi Gabbard (born April 12, 1981) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district since 2013. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She is the first American Samoan, the first Hindu member, and, and one of the first female combat veterans in the United States Congress. Gabbard previously served on the Honolulu City Council and in the Hawaii House of Representatives; she was the youngest woman in the United States elected to a state legislature. She is currently a Military Police Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard, and has served on two deployments to the Middle …

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Goa Beaches

Goa and its beaches do not need an introduction. The state is well known for its spectacular beaches that are a major reason behind its successful tourism. Replete with swaying palms, food shacks, flea markets, water sports and nightlife the Goa beaches make for a perfect holiday. Covering almost 83% of the total coastline area of Goa the beaches in Goa offer everything that makes your vacation a memorable one. The captivating beaches of Goa attract millions of local and foreign tourists throughout the year. Goa is home to both commercial and quiet beaches. The beaches in North are the commercialized ones which are known specially for their nightlife. The …