Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

You know I had never quite been a huge Hindi cinema buff. No doubt, I had watched numerous films over decades of my life in India, but had never really bought film magazines, nor bought tickets from the fellas who paced up and down, muttering something under their breath while you're waiting in queue with … Continue reading Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

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Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Music buffs wonder why. "Main Sunder Hoon" (1971)... Just that one film? Die-hard fans of music composers Shankar-Jaikishan, will immediately pipe in with their reasoning for aisa kyun!     Simplistic arguments of S-J fans range from, "Anand Bakshi's songs lacked lyrics; they were a string of words with mere 'tukbandi' (rhyming)." "Anand Bakshi's lyrics … Continue reading Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Joy… you can hardly wait for more.

It's like butter You love it, You spread it It's like chocolate Once you taste it, You'll crave for it It's much like ice-cream Cool, Even refreshing It's like mamma's milk While babies thrive on it As adults We've forgotten it It's like music When you feel it Inside you You sing along Tap your … Continue reading Joy… you can hardly wait for more.

A social commentary… hypocrisy, or hurtful reality?

Vaah, vaah, wow... what a song... your exultant parents, others of their generation, and today even we shower superlatives on songs such as this one: Or then again, this one... There's yet another song that crosses my mind, as do a zillion others... I wonder... was it Raj Kapoor's charisma that camouflaged the nuances of … Continue reading A social commentary… hypocrisy, or hurtful reality?

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!

India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

In my search for the US schedule of this Gujarati production, I finally found at least one review: India Journal's review for the dance ballet. Now I have the names of all the promoters; national: Natwar Thakkar of 999 Enterprises Inc and Hiren Parpani Productions; regional sponsors: Harshida, Harish, Dhanesh Parmar of Dhanraj & Tisha … Continue reading India Journal’s review of “Sathvaro Radheshyam No”

Blogger on Sacred Songs

When I last checked, this blog-spot had 139 songs! These numbers include Buddhist recitations, Sanskrit shlokas, Pali verse, Latin renditions, and even some Chinese & Japanese translations! A very commendable effort, indeed, Nila-Kantha-Chandra. Thank you. My favorites: Gayatri Mantra Yakundendu Tushara Vaishnava jan to tene kahiye je Four Great Bodhisattva Vows Folks, if you're interested, … Continue reading Blogger on Sacred Songs

Psst, all ears, hear this… I have Audacity!

Yep, an awesome free audio editor! Eyes tired from fooling around with photo-editing software, I went on the prowl, straining my ears and still searching for easy-to-use, free, audio-editing software. Well, look and thou shalt find... Audacity is quite similar to using a basic photo-editor, of course, with an audible difference. Record any audio source … Continue reading Psst, all ears, hear this… I have Audacity!