Krishna Janma Ashtami and some sweetness with Vrindavani Vastra

Celebration of Krishna Janma Ashtami, brings into my mind another level of sweetness. It always reminds me of the Vrindavani Vastra, a piece of textile depicting the life of Krishna. I have written about it before also. How I got the chance to witness this historic textile piece of Assam and also the book published …

World Music Day 2021 and me…

Music is a system of communication involving structured sounds produced by members of a community that communicate with other members - Anthony SeegerThus, structured sounds, which we consider as means of communication, are the gene of a community, a society, a civilisation. can we even imagine a life without those sounds? A life without music? …

early reference of a wedding ritual

In continuation of my blog - 'thoughts around the international women's day', where I have mentioned my mom's work on Assamese wedding songs, I tried to explore little further, including varied aspects of the institution of marriage and the early references. In this process, I found one of the interesting parts of the rites and …

thoughts around international women’s day..

Around some special days like international women’s day, for example, I tend to look back on all the powerful women of my life. That does not mean that I don’t think of them otherwise though..! But yes, special days evoke special remembrance. In this process, it gives me immense happiness to start with someone who …

Kavad

My association with the ethnomusicology archive provides me with immense pleasure to deal with some of the finest narrative traditions of India. One of those is the Kavad tradition. I dealt with the Kavad narrator/storyteller for several programs held in my previous work sphere. Kavad is an oral narrative/storytelling tradition of Rajasthan, India. It is …

This Janmashtami….

sung from the devotional songs repertoire 'Namghosha' the transcendental food offered while singing from 'Namghosha' This Janmashtami was celebrated in a small and convenient way. This has always happened to me. Never can arrange to celebrate anything properly (according to me) and end up consoling myself by doing it in a ‘convenient’ way! Aaha this …

Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

Skylark fly high and hover above meadows, singing crystalline enchantments before parachuting down into the undergrowth as if protected by the notes. The Lark rises and breaks hearts. Source: Our Songbirds by Matt Sewell, Caught by the River

Bharatnatyam performace by Anweshaa D. Raja

Another Covid -19 effect!! Children are indoor, learning online, maintaining social distance, learning to live a new way of life! Happy to share a Bharatnatyam piece by Anweshaa D. Raja. She is maintaining social distance during this Covid-19 crisis, but not distancing herself from the enthralling art form. A glimpse of her Facebook live performance …

‘MoM’ents

Dear Moms, Greetings on the occasion of World Music Day!! Hope you all are managing your lives in a meaningful way during this pandemic. We all are sailing through the same crisis worldwide. Isn't it still a great surprise? An unprecedented lifestyle has been presented to us leaving without any option of rejection or contradiction …