Hindustani Classical: Between Two Renditions

I was raised in a traditional Maharashtrian household, so I grew up listening to Bhav Geet, Bhakti Geet and Abhang before I immersed myself thoroughly in the trending pop-culture. In the last month, I revisited that memory and browsed through those songs on YouTube.

Mainly, Kumar Gandharva and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi amongst many others, because of an article I read that mentioned their musical eminence. The song that got stuck in my head for the longest time was ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘, an Abhang, written by Sant Eknath- an Indian saint from Paithan (1533-1599), a popular rendition of which has been performed by Pt. Bhimsen Joshi.

Although, very recently, a friend of mine introduced Kishori Amonkar’s music to me. I may not have religiously heard her music, but her songs evoked the nostalgic memories. However, one of her songs in the collection was yet another rendition of Sant Eknath‘s ‘Majhe Maher Pandhari‘.  As the Bhimsen Joshi version had already been stuck in my head, I initially chose not to listen to Kishori Amonkar’s version.

However, her version of that Abhang disclosed another sentimental dimension. I would not have realised it until another friend of mine brought it to my notice.  Both the singers were class-apart in their talent and so were their songs. The elucidation below is not a comparison, but personal opinion on those renditions-

 

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Pt. Bhimsen Joshi | Kishori Amonkar

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The Spark Of WW3

The world has been witnessing violence on different levels, which has been only scaling up since the past two decades. This hasn’t caused the world to move further away but a step closer to the World War-III with every bomb drop and a gun-shot. If the pattern of movements happening in the worldwide leadership is observed closely, it only rings a bell of another war that is awaiting us.

We could possibly be missing out on the updates about these movements amidst the everyday news. Hence, the website, worldwarthird.com has been posting news relevant to this catapulting worldwide phenomenon and is open to your suggestions and queries.

Participate, express yourself and be the reason for a positive change!

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Takahata’s Legacy

Isao Takahata [1935-2018]

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Left: Setsuko, Grave of the Fireflies | Right: Isao Takahata, The Creator

Ever since I got introduced to Studio Ghibli, my perspective about storytelling and cinema in general evolved. I’d spent most of my time in college watching those films and recommending them to my peers. Ghibli is a Japanese animation production house, which is popularly known for its films with mellow yet evoking themes.

One of the most hard-hitting Ghibli films for me has been Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies (1988). This film, in my opinion, is the best in Takahata’s career. Takahata, one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli and a film-maker left Grave of the Fireflies as his legacy to the world. (more…)

Elonsome: An Essential Musk Essay

Adjective: Elonsome
 /Ee-lawn-sum/
Meaning: The feeling of being highly impressed by Elon Musk and his contribution to the world.

I have been reading quite a lot about the Space-X and Tesla founder, Elon Musk off late. Unlike most people-entrepreneurs-innovators, Musk’s work and his style of making things work has just left me in awe. Perhaps, I’m not even the right person to comment on his contribution to humanity in technical details. However, I began to wonder and slowly obsess over his ability and willingness to contribute towards the betterment of this world.
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