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Guest Post: Interview With Ruskin Bond

I visited him for the first time, in February 2007, and since then, the bond has slowly strengthened. We connect to him well and he too has grown fond of the lively spirit of the Reading Rainbow children. He was most willing to talk to me candidly. “We are friends now,” he told me, “and […]

Review: Ruskin Bond / Scenes From A Writer’s Life

I must confess I don’t have a clear idea on how popular or widely read Ruskin Bond is outside of India. Here in India he’s without a doubt a much loved figure who has painstakingly documented the disappearing ethos of quiet towns and hill station romanticism for the past fifty years or so. Maybe that’s […]

Bhimsen Joshi In Memoriam

As I woke up on the morning of the 25th I was confronted by the news I had feared after reading that Pandit Bhimsen Joshi had been hospitalized a few days earlier. The legend of Indian classical music had finally succumbed to multiple organ failure 11 days before his 89th birthday. I know it is […]

CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / Thiruvasagam

CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / Thiruvasagam

Ilaiyaraaja – Thiruvasagam (c) 2005 English lyrics:    Stephen Schwartz Richard King :    Sound Engineer Lászlo Kovacs : Conductor Budapest Symphony Orchestra & Choir Singers: Ilaiyaraaja, Roy Harcourt, Madhu Balakrishnan, Vijay Yesudas Collection of classical hymns on Lord Shiva written by poet sage Manickavasagar. Recreated as the first Indian Oratorio by music maestro Ilaiyaraaja.

Guest Post: Interview with Madhav Chari

Pianist Madhav Chari talks about the spirit of jazz, linking his music to Indian philosophy and his experiential workshops. Divya Kumar listens in.

Back in India

It’s been quite a while since the last post and lots of water has passed under the bridge. I won’t bore you with long explanations why there has been no posts, but I do apologize to all the subscribers.  Time to breathe new life into the blog. So much has happened during the last six […]

Acclimatization In Progress

After my departure from India, visit to Vienna and subsequent arrival in Helsinki, I’ve needed some time to re-orient myself to this part of the world, hence no posts for a little while. Finndian will be reporting from Finland for a little while before heading back to India towards the end of the year, with […]

Wine District of Grinzing

Wine District of Grinzing

Here I am in Vienna, a city and region that I’ve wanted to experience for quite some time – the aged capital of European art and culture having long beckoned me for a visit. There is a lot to write about so I will set about the task by writing several installments. And what better […]

CD Review: Midival Punditz / Hello Hello

Midival Punditz – Hello Hello/Six Degrees 2009 Tapan Raj & Gaurav Raina / Karsh Kale – co-producer Last year saw the release of a milestone album in Indian electronica as Midival Punditz let loose on the world their third long play ‘Hello Hello’. Ever since hearing their eponymous debut back in 2002 I’ve been hooked […]

Students Forum for Indian Heritage

Last week I attended a lecture by Michel Danino at a gathering of the Students Forum for Indian Heritage at Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham University. In case you are not familiar with Mr. Danino he is a relatively well known self-established Indologist as well as the founding member of the International Forum for India’s Heritage. The most famous book […]

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