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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, …

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, …

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Marine Drive, Mumbai

Marine Drive is a 4.3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a ‘C’-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. The bay is part of the Arabian Sea. In 2012, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai announced that the entire road would be resurfaced, 72 years after it was originally laid. The official name for this road, though rarely used, is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Road. It was earlier known as Sonapur to local Marathi people. The highlight of Marine Drive is …

Hema Malini

Hema Malini (Born 16 October 1948) is an Indian actress, director and producer, Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer, and a politician, well known for the roles in Hindi cinema. Making her acting debut in Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), she went on to appear in numerous Bollywood films, most notably those with actor and future-husband Dharmendra and with Rajesh Khanna. Malini was initially promoted as “Dream Girl”, and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name. During this period, she established herself as one of Hindi cinema’s leading actresses, noted for both her comic and dramatic roles, her beauty, and her accomplished classical dancing. Malini is among the most successful female film …

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The Concept of Shakti: Hinduism as a Liberating Force for Women

      The intricate dynamics of power   and gender has grown to become an increasingly important topic within the   realm of present day academia – and justifiably so. Though representing half   of the human race, women’s voices, needs and inner psyches have, traditionally,   been relegated to a place of unimportance in the history of the Western   world. Throughout the history of European civilization, the nature of the   feminine was misunderstood, neglected and, in some cases, practically   demonized. Consequently, for millennia women have been deprived of the power   – political, economic, spiritual, even sexual – which men so take for   granted. …

Karma: A Principle of Radical Freedom

Karma: A Principle of Radical Freedom • Since the popularization of the term “karma” in the Western world from the 1960s to the present day, this important metaphysical and ethical concept has, unfortunately, been understood in only the most simplistic and cursory of manners by the majority of Europeans and Americans – including by scholars, by most self-professed spiritual teachers, as well as by many common spiritual practitioners. Many followers of New Age and pop spirituality have an even more speculative understanding of karma, believing that the concept of karma is somehow tied to the idea of fate or predetermination. As we will see, the concept of karma in no …

The Astronomical Code of the Rigveda and Archaeoastronomy

  The following text is a brief description of breakthrough work Dr. Subhash Kak published in nearly two decades ago. My sincere thanks to Dr. Kak for publishing such revolutionary thought, sometimes challenged by other scholars, however I remain very grateful!   The Astronomical Code of the Rigveda (New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan, 1994; revised and enlarged edition, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 2000) claims regularities in the organization of the Rigveda, connecting the structure to certain numbers in the astronomy-based ritual of the five-layered brick altars of the Vedic times. Kak’s archaeoastronomical claims have the effect of significantly extending the Vedic period, postulating the arrival of ethnic Indo-Aryans to the 7th …

BOLLYWOOD

The world’s movie capital is not Hollywood but Bollywood. Bollywood is the nickname for the Indian film industry located in Bombay now known as Mumbai. The first film made in India by photographer called Harischandra Sakharam Bhatavdekar who made Indian ‘motion picture’ history. His short ‘reality’ film screened in 1899 was called The Wrestlers and was a simple recording of a local wrestling match. It was only after the turn of the century that Indian entertainment underwent a sea change when the Father of Indian Cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke, released his pathbreaking film of the Silent Era, Raja Harishchandra. The film, based on a mythological character, was released in 1913 and …

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Mini Watermelon Barfi

This is an Indian sweet that I’ve loved over many years. A few years back I saw them decorated as watermelon slices and have since adapted that design in my own way. Feel free to color and shape the barfi from this recipe into any design. The recipe given here makes about 60 mini watermelon slice burfi pieces.   Ingredients: 15 oz part skim ricotta cheese 1 stick of butter 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup dry milk 1/2 tsp grinded cardamon seeds whole cardamon seeds green food coloring red food coloring Directions: Place two paper towels on a dish and empty the ricotta cheese on top of them. This will help absorb …