Vasudev traces the musical odyssey of the renowned flautist
Hariprasad Chaurasia in the biography Romance
of the Bamboo Reed
little boy’s father was the famed Chedi Lal Pehalwan, the wrestler.
He wanted his three sons to be wrestlers like him. As a disciplined
devotee he would sing the devotional hymns at the morning prayers. But
that was far as music could go. No question of trying out the flute in
front of him, thought Hari.
Indian Windsor castle
The Bangalore Palace has been
thrown open to the public. Jangveer Singh
can experience the charm of a manor house or a ch`E2teau as the
Bangalore Palace in India’s silicon valley opens its gates to the
public. What will make one’s visit to the palace different from, say
the Agra Fort, or even Patiala’s Quila Mubarak closer home, is the
period tourism concept which is still to take root in the country.
Raj Ahluwalia visits the most outstanding monument in the
loomed up on the horizon, squatting on a gently rolling hill, a
sinister looking, hauntingly beautiful relic of the past, belonging as
much to folklore as to reality. But it is real. And it has quite a
story to tell. In a way, it
turned out to be exactly as advertised.
currents in a cold land
Travellers to Leh and Ladakh
find idyllic beauty even in sub-zero temperatures, says
Swaranjit Singh Cameotra
after a visit to the cold desert
the Pamir Knot, the cold and high altitude desert of Leh and Ladakh is
also referred to as the "roof of the world". Surely, it is
so with the world’s highest motorable pass — the Khardung La, also
popularly known as K-Top. It stands at a mighty height of 18,400 feet
above sea level surrounded by snow peaks all around.
for new voices
A clutch of striking debut
films at the Osian festival shows that the future of Hindi cinema is
not as bleak as it might appear. Saibal
7th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival, a wonderful showcase of the best
of Asian cinema, had no dearth of great films. Screened during the
10-day event in mid-July were five films each of the late Satyajit Ray
and Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
people gathered to see a much-appreciated film on the last day of the
Osian Festival. It has a curious title: Turtles Can Fly.The
flash of an image on the screen suddenly interrupts the thoughts. A
pretty little girl with a face eloquent in its sadness is taking
deliberate small steps and in a few seconds she is at the edge of a
steep cliff and then she jumps down.
Abraham seems to be very much at ease with films on male bonding. His
chemistry with male co-stars appears much stronger than with the
Bollywood queens. The latest film
he does on male bonding is Ramesh Sippy’s satirical caper Taxi
Nau-Do-Gyarah, directed by Milan Luthria.