There has been a
tectonic shift in the kind of music that is popular with young people.
These are exciting and happening times for music lovers as well as
music makers as electronic and digital beats resonate
the advent of technology and various tools, devices and methods to
compose the perfect and most alluring sounds, music has evolved from
the auditory to the sensory and has become a sixth sense in the true
sense of the word. India, today, is headed for a demographic sweet
spot. Besides having the second-largest population in the world (1.21
billion in 2011), it is a young nation with a median age of 26.2
past few years have seen international music festivals flooding India
with genres beyond Bollywood, Pop and Bhangra. The Club and Lounge
music culture has also supported this change that grew not only in the
metros but also in smaller cities all across India. If we look back,
music always grew with the youth. Keeping this in mind, new artists
have been quite successful in developing styles that would attract the
achievement and a controversy
Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali
brought, for the first time, much acclaim to a non-European work
Everyone — or nearly
everyone — knows Gitanjali, the celebrated work that won
Rabindranath Tagore the Nobel Prize in 1913 and, as a natural
corollary, worldwide fame. This was the first time that a non-European
work of literature had been so awarded, and the first time that
something coming out of the cultural matrix of a subject people in a
colonial world had been so acknowledged.
Spinners have emerged as
a fearsome force as the recent India-England Tests have shown
M. S. Unnikrishnan
Spinners and turning
tracks have been synonymous with India’s Test wins over the decades.
There was a time when India solely depended on spinners to deliver.
Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, EAS Prasanna and S.
Venkataraghavan were all class acts who snared the rival batsmen to
their doom with their spin tricks to give India many a Test win.
shot at success
After a three-month break,
following the London Games, ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia is ready
to start afresh without the baggage of bad memories
Gagan K. Teja
an end to all speculation that she may bid farewell to sports after
her improved but unsuccessful attempt to bag a medal at the London
Olympics, ace discus thrower Krishna Poonia is back on the track at
NSNIS, Patiala. She is preparing for two major events ahead —the
Asian Championship in July 2013 and World Championship in August.
A record atop the
Young people were happy to
participate in a Green-Ladakh drive. This intiative coincided with the
fourth Annual Drukpa Council at the Hemis monastery
Ladakhis, quite oblivious to murmurings of discontent, are content to
practise the Buddhist philosophy of compassion, tolerance and love,
following the "middle path" and place complete faith in
their religious leaders. In Leh
to attend the fourth Annual Drukpa Council meeting at Hemis Monastery,
which is Ladakh’s largest monastic institution, the congregation saw
thousands of locals who came to pay obeisance to their leaders and
listen to the teachings of the masters.
From chocolate to
cricket, Adelaide, which has something for every travel aficionado, is
a little secret that awaits discovery
Australia is more than
Sydney or Melbourne though that's the image that comes to the mind
initially. There is much more to it. Adelaide, the capital of the
state of South Australia, is pleasant surprise. In fact, Adelaide has
been voted as one of the most liveable cities in the island continent
and is a centre for cultural activities.
Many films at IFFI, Goa,
were average and not of the quality one would expect at an
Ervell E. Menezes
The International Film
Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 chugged along but none too smoothly, and
despite being the ninth year in Goa, the glitches only keep changing,
not decreasing. The overall quality of films was average, with the
opening film itself Ang Lee’s Life of Pi being a major
letdown, not in the festival class at all.
quest of illumination
Krzysztof Zanussi’s films
have been about the larger cause of humanity
before his wisdom and understanding of life bowls us over, Poland’s
celebrated filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi’s amazing sense of humour
strikes a chord. So on the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred on him
at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2012, his first take
is, "Behind this honour lies the obligation that I must soon die.
you thought producers
spent millions on James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, which was put
through a series of huge explosions and stunts during the filming of Skyfall,
including one scene where the priceless vehicle exploded in flames —
think again. Three replicas of the classic car were created using a
large scale 3D printer for the filming of the latest installment from
the spy series.