Take My Hand, Precious Lord

My friend's post reminded me this morning of JFK's death anniversary today. He was in his mid-'40s at the time (1963). One thought lead to another, onto Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination (1968). He was not quite 40 then. Mahalia Jackson sang "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral, and just days later, Nina … Continue reading Take My Hand, Precious Lord

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Pancham’s Debut – Chhote Nawab

Although Chhote Nawab's musical success did not bring a mad rush of film makers to Pancham's doorstep, in no way does that undermine the beauty in the songs here...

The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Outstanding in every way, 'Saanvre, Saanvre' is a splendid example of lyrics, composition and the singer's voice unifying into a sublime creation! Shailendra the poet-lyricist, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and melodious Lata Mangeshkar were all in their prime, as was the gorgeous actress Leela Naidu making her Hindi film debut with the title role … Continue reading The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Watch your kite soar!

In Indian cinema, poets and lyricists have expressed the joys and sorrows of people, through songs using the humble kite as a metaphor. Watching your kite soar, caressing the skies on a clear day is a simple delight. Across the oceans to the west, or bending far over in the orient's east, you see kites … Continue reading Watch your kite soar!

Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada

This post is just the first in a series I hope to create, towards my refresher and personal education on classical Indian sangeet. So as to recognize the raag when I listen to Hindi film songs, I'm searching for videos that are not too complex in content. The more one listens, the easier it would … Continue reading Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada

Dancer, Photographer, Soprano Singer, Writer, Director, Movie maker… Dreamer?

A short while ago a couple of people 'followed' me i.e. this blog. Now that can seem mighty flattering, if you too blog, be it on Blogger, WordPress, or wherever else... By the way, can someone tell me if there's a 'word' for someone who blogs on WordPress? Pronto, like for the 99.99% out there, … Continue reading Dancer, Photographer, Soprano Singer, Writer, Director, Movie maker… Dreamer?

The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

On a dark, stormy night, driving on an empty road in Northern California, Steve Hamilton, a self-conflicted quantum physicist meets with an implausibly bizarre car accident! Dr. Trisha Rao, a compassionate but unwavering neurologist attending to Steve’s injuries, and an anguished FBI Agent, Mike Parker, attempt to untangle this baffling accident. The mystery deepens as … Continue reading The Wisdom Tree film… a spiritual journey that traverses farther yonder!

O Machalti Arzoo… Salil da

Vivacious, filled with youthful joy, refreshing, with an element of awaiting to live life to its fullest.

Sathvaro Radheshyam No… saath chhuti gayo, for now!

Just called up the Thakkars in the US, but Nilesh & Arpita Thakkar's troupe, who staged the dance-ballet Sathvaro Radheshyam No, has returned to Inda. No shows in the AZ region... sorry! But they may be back next Spring, around April 2010. Something to look forward to, I guess...