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Dancer & Choreographer Radha Sarma visits IMC OnAir…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 16, 2008

It was a great pleasure to meet Radha Sarma in our Hamburg Studios. Many thanks for your coming. – ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir)

Radha S. lives since more than 20 years in Germany; she is from South India (Tamil Nadu), educated and performing as professional Indian dancer of Bharata Natyam (see our radio show “Natya – the relevance of Ragas for Indian Dance & Theatre“) and teaches as Dance pedagogue at the Music Academy Braunschweig (Musische Akademie Braunschweig). Since 14 years she gives classes for Indian Dance in Hamburg, too. – Same she is official representative of the DIG – Deutsch Indische Gesellschaft e.V. (German Indian Society). But let’s report Radha Sharma on her own…

August, 16th 2008

“…it’s sunny Saturday in North Germany. – Yesterday I arrived at Hamburg Airport (Fuhlsbüttel) from Toronto where I have been 2 1/2 weeks for an Arangetram (Dance graduation) and before I am on the way back to home I take the chance and follow an Invitation of IMC OnAir settled in Hamburg.

There I met ElJay Arem again, the founder and owner of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic on the media campus Finkenau where a radio show for Indian Classical Music is since more than two (2) years now with different formats (details about IMC OnAir @ IMC (or @ MySpace)).

I got in contact with ElJay on 8th June 2008 beside the performances of my dance classes at the annual children music fest “Laut & Luise”.

IMC OnAir as an annual radio show for Indian Music Culture – broadcasted since March 2006 – is unique in the whole German language area. Beside Cable/Antenne the programme is worldwide available as Internet radio via it’s home channel TIDE (TideRadio 96.0 + Tide TV).

ElJay Arem is an Indian Music lover, a media producer and journalist who worked with many artists of the world of Indian Classical Music ! – Through his STUDIOTALK he gives Indian music maestros, music scientists, event organisations and other specialists the chance to present themselves in a dialogue directly to an international and European audience. And also by a detailed planning and research work of IMC OnAir he delivers a frame for specific themes and aspects to contribute an approach and deep going insight for Indian Classical Music especially for the Europeans.

Beside my studio visit I got the chance to have a 1st look at the new studio building (3 radio studios + 5 TV studios), set up on the media campus Finkenau, an unique place with the private University Hamburg Media School and different other institutions for media, film and journalism education…

IMC OnAir will produce from November 2008 on in these new facilities with fully digitalized radio studios.

This meeting on 16th August 2008 is based on the pre-talking in June for new media projects produced and broadcasted in 2009. Sounds exiting…”

Radha Sarma – Humburg city

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special feature: From India to Europe… FestivalReport 2008 (part 1 and 2)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 12, 2008

From India to Europe… FestivalReport 2008 (part 1)
– The World of Indian Rhythms… Tabla Solos @ Darbar South Asian Music Festival 2006

The promotion initiative “IMC – India meets Classic” presents as every year a special feature of two hours broadcasting (part 1 and 2):  “From India to Europe – FestivalReport“.

The FestivalReport 2008 is set under the topic “World of Indian Rhythms” and attaches to the regular monthly show “Raga CDs of the months” of June 2008 with the topic “Tala – Indian Rhythm Cycles”.

part 1 presents „Tabla Solos“ of three outstanding masters on the Tabla, the Indian drum pair of North Indian Classics (Hindustani music), a documentary of live recordings of the Darbar South Asian Music Festival 2006.

Founded in the year 2006 the Darbar South Asian Music Festival  took place from 3rd till 5th March. Apart from a multiplicity of artists and singers of Indian Classics it was a platform for some of the most outstanding Tabla players of our time. All three have been accompanied by the Sarangi maestro Ramesh Mishra

  • Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, the outstanding representative of the Farrukhabad Gharana, one of six (6) Tabla schools (style of Indian drum play)
  • Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, representative of Lucknow Gharana and
  • Pandit Kumar Bose, governor of the Benares Tabla Gharana.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (Farrukhabad Gharana)Pandit Kumar Bose (Benares Tabla Gharana)Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri (Lucknow Tabla Gharana)

Pt. Anindo Chatterjee | Pt. Kumar Bose | Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri
3 x Tabla Solos @ Darbar South Asian Music Festival 2006

India possesses a multiplicity of drums and percussion instruments. Among the oldest rhythm instruments for Indian classics ranks the Mridangam, a traditional drum.  Its name already appears in the Rigweda in the 3rd pre-Christian millennium.

In North Indian Classics (Hindustani music) the Pakhavaj was established, a larger execution of the Mridangam. The Pakhavaj is characterized by a deep, full sound and a multiplicity of percussion techniques.

The Tabla is a kind of “splitted Pakhavaj/Mridangam”, a drum pair. The smaller drum, the Tabla is manufactured from wood. The deep sounding bass drum is called Baya and made of metal. Tabla and Baya both are covered with goat skin.

The Tabla player is equally soloist and accompanist for the main instrument or singer. A large range of compositorial forms are at the disposal to a Tabla maestro, he basis his improvisations on arranged independently within a raga performance and same supplementing the main instrument or vocalist.

d a t e s  o f  b r o a d c a s t i n g …
part 1 & part 2: Tuesday, 29th Sept 2009 (10:00-11:58 p.m. MESTZ)
premiere: part 1 – 19th Aug 2008 & part 2 – 26th Aug 2008 (11:00-11:58 p.m. MESTZ)
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From India to Europe… FestivalReport 2008 (part 2)
– The World of Indian Rhythms… MRIDANGAM

In part 2 of our special we face the tabla with its compagnon, the Mridangam of South Indian Classics (Carnatic music)… with broadcasting on 26th August 2008 (11:00 pm).

The word „mridangam“ is derived from the Sanskritmrid” and means loam or earth and “ang” as the body. In former times mridangams were made of tempered clay/tone. In favor of the durability manifacturing developed to use different woods. Today the mridangam is considered as the typical representative of South Indian Classics.

The mridangam is seen as the instrument of the Gods – “Deva Vaadyam“. In ancient Hindu sculptures, painting and mythologies the Mridangam is described as the instrument selected by different divinities: Ganesha, the protector and Nandi, the companion of Lord Shiva.

With the development of the Mridangam same the rhythmic system of the Talas (or Taalams) progressed in South Indian music. The rhythmic structure of Hindustani music is defined in fixed patterns for a soloist on the Tabla, so called theka-s. In Carnatic music the musicians themselves count the beats by defined hand movements (waves) in a fixed speed. Thus the mridangist is more independent for his improvisational play.

The technical structure of the Mridangam offers particularly by the composition of two membranes and a shorter sustain (compared with the Tabla) a more complex spectrum and variety of  harmonic sound.

During the 20th century the big maestros established so called Mridangam schools with different play techniques. Two outstanding schools are the Puddukottai and Thanjavur school.

Our listening examples on the Mridangam: Srimushnam V. Raja Rao, Sri Guruwayur Dorai, Chelvaraju, Sri Anantha Gopalakrishnan, Mannargudi A Easwaran… accompanied by Sri N. RaviKiran on the ChitraVeena, flute player Dr. N. Ramani, violinist Sri Mannu Ranjith and the vocalists Manasi Prasad and Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna.

Vocalist Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna (01/2008 – Kuthiramalika Palace, Thiruvananthapuram) | M. A. Easwaran | Sri G. Dorai (Mridangam)

.Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna (Jan 2008 - Kuthiramalika Palace, Thiruvananthapuram).Mannargudi A. Easwaran (Mridangam Solo).Guruvayur Dorai (Mridangam Maestro).

S. V. Raja Rao (Mridangam) | Dr. N. Ramani (Flute) | N. RaviKiran (ChitraVeena)

S. V. Raja Rao (Mridangam) | Dr. N. Ramani (Flute) | N. RaviKiran (ChitraVeena)

The recordings are audio documents from the Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan, the Indian Music Festival in Farifax (California), the Salt Lake City Thyagaraja Festival (Utah University), the Chleveland Thyagaraja Festival, the Swathi Sangeethotsavam, Chembai Sangeethotsavam and Chennai Dance & Music Festival.

World-wide the Shree Baba Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan counts among the oldest festivals for North Indian Classics. On 25 December 2007 its 132 years anniversary was celebrated. Annually the Harballabh takes place on the last weekend in December in Jalandhar City. Already in the year 1919 Mahatma Gandhi – father of the Indian nation – visited the festival.

In the year 2007 the 10 days Thygaraja Festival of Music & Dance was organized 65th times in Thiruvaiyaru, in Federal State Tamil Nadu – South India.

Thyagaraja was born on 4th May 1767 and lived till 6th January 1847. He received his name after Lord Thyagaraja, the divinity of the temples in Thiruvarur. Thyagaraja belonged to the trinity of South Indian Classics, together with Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri. Thyagaraja composed hundreds of songs, which usually praises the Hindu deity Rama.

Thyagaraja festivals were established at many places inf India and in the whole world, e.g. in Toronto, Colombo, Seattle (Unitarian Church University) or in Durban, the mekka for tourists in South Africa.

Salt Lake City in US federal state Utah had organized 1997 its 1st Thyagaraja Music Festival on the campus of the University of Utah. Over the years this annually music event in May has established itself as one of the outstanding festivals for Indian Classics outside of India – completely in the tradition of the Indian Sangeeta Sammelana-s.

The Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana is the largest festival for Indian classics in North America with more than 8000 visitors. In March 2008 (21st – 30th) the 10 days festival celebrated its 31st edition. It took place for the first time in 1978.

The Swathi Sangeethotsavam is organized by the Federal State Government of Kerala in acknowledgment of Swathi Thirunal Rama Varnam. The Maharaja Swathi Thirunal lived from 1813 till 1848.
The Swathi Sangeethotsavam takes place as a seven day event in the Kuthiramalika palace, close to the Thiruvanananthapuram City. At this place the “king of poets” composed many of his music pieces. As linguist and as regent of the Travancore dynasty Swathi Thirunal had affected the cultural development of Kerala very effectively and by his art work he had enriched both North Indian and South Indian Classics.  The festival is dated annually from 6th till 12th January and has its programmatical emphasis on the performances of Swathi Thirunal compositions.

Since 1974 in the Guruvayur Shri Krishna temple (Thrissur, Kerala) anually takes place a music festival in memory of the singer Chembai Vaidyanathan Bhagawathar: the Chembai Sangeethotsavan.

The Chennai Dance & Music festival had its beginning in the year 1927 with the All India Music Conference. Concerts (Kutcheris) are organized by a network of hundreds of cultural organizations (Sabhas). All in front till today since the establishment of the festival stands the  Madras Music Academy.

The Festival season of Chennai speaks for itself… from here the impulse for the entire South of India proceeds: retaining cultural traditions, equally for talent promotion and as engine of the music industry.

Some accoustical impressions…

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Toronto Concert: Carnatic Vocalist Unnikrishnan – Isaikku yedu yellai (10th Aug ‘08)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 10, 2008

Toronto Concert with Carnatic singer UniKrishnan on 10th Aug 2008

Toronto Concert with Carnatic singer UnniKrishnan on 10th Aug 2008

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Madison World Music Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 6, 2008

Wednesday, August 06 2008 @ 10:42 AM EDT
Contributed by: WMC_News_Dept.


Madison World Music Festival 2008

Madison World Music Festival 2008

The fifth annual Madison World Music Festival will be held from September 12-20, 2008, in the Memorial Union and other venues. On the 14th it will be held at the Wisconsin Union Theater and The Annex and on the 20th it will move to the Willy Street Fair. Again this year, all events are free and open to the public. Patrons who wish to can donate to help the festival thrive for years to come.

In its fifth and biggest year so far the festival again brings extraordinary artists from all over the world for free performances, workshops, lectures, and other outreach events. This year, we’re showcasing the many faces of Indian music and dance. Stiltwalking puppeteers Dragon Knights return for the second year, this time with Corto the Pink Flamingo.
Additional workshops and events, as well as a guide to the festival, this year written by musician and notable world music writer Andrew Cronshaw, will be available later at the festival’s web site,

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Friday, 9/12/2008

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:30 Prasanna (India)
7:30 Mamak Khadem (Iran)
9:30 Nation Beat (Brazil/USA)

Dragon Knights (stiltwalking puppeteers)

Saturday, 9/13/2008

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
4:30 Little Cow (Hungary)
6:30 Plastic People of the Universe (Czech Republic)
7:45 Reelroad (Russia)
10 Maraca (Cuba)

Dragon Knights (stiltwalking puppeteers)

Tripp Commons
9:45 Dance workshop with Reelroad

Sunday, 9/14/2008

Wisconsin Union Theater:
Time TBA Kumar Sambav (India, dance), presented by the Indian Grad Students Association

The Annex:
6:30 local band TBA
7:30 Little Cow (Hungary)
9:00 Plastic People of the Universe (Czech Republic)

Wednesday, 9/17/2008

Humanities 2441, 2451, 2511, 2521
6:00 Singing, instrumental, and dance workshops with Kabile

Thursday, 9/18/2008

Humanities 1101
4:00 CREECA lecture with Kabile

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:00-8:00 Student and Community Showcase
8:30 Kabile (Bulgaria)

Friday, 9/19/2008

Memorial Union Great Lounge
Noon Indian dance workshop with Dya Singh members

Terrace (Rain: Wisconsin Union Theater):
5:30 Gaida Hinnawi (Syria)
7:30 Dya Singh (India)
9:30 Baba Zula

Saturday, 9/20/2008

Willy Street Fair:

1:45 Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe)
3:45 Zazhil (Mexico)
5:45 Etran Finatawa (Niger)
7:45 17 Hippies  (Germany)

Sunday, 9/21/2008

Mills Hall:
Time TBA: A journey in Hindustani music: Vocal concert by Rajan and Sajan Mishra

The festival is sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Union Theater Committee and supported by: Evjue Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board, American Family Insurance, Anonymous Fund, Associated Students of Madison, Multicultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, M & I Bank, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Willy Street Fair, International Student Services, CREECA, The Onion, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Higher Ground, WORT 89.9 FM, Capital City Hues, Asian Wisconzine, and individual donors.

As in past years, the festival is free and open to the public. Audience members may contribute to help keep it free, fabulous and accessible to all in future years. On-line donations may be made here or directly from the Madison World Music Festival site. Donations may also be sent to: Wisconsin Union Theater / MWMF Fund, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53706



Photo: Mamak Khadem


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Moderation Script (08/2008): Ragas & Indian Saxophone players (Raga CDs of the Months)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 5, 2008


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Raga CDs of the months (08/08): RAGAS & SAX… Indian Saxophonists

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 5, 2008

Out of the series “Ragas on Western Instruments” the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic presents in August via IMC OnAir – IMCRadio.Net the new topic Ragas & Indian saxophone players.

In our shows of the past already two instruments of the West were presented, which have found a firm place in (South) Indian Classics: the Harmonium as accompaning instrument and the Violin. This bowed instrument is a component of each performance of the South Indian Classical music (Carnatic). The violin is established as solo main instrument in the North Indian Classical music (Hindustani).

Originally the saxophone was dedicated for symphonic orchestras. It was invented of the Belgian Adolphe Sax in the year 1840 and patented in France.

date of broadcasting: 5th August 2008 – 09:00 p.m. (MESTZ)
(repetition: 7th August 2008 – 03:00 a.m. (MESTZ))
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With the arising of Jazz music the triumphant advance of this instrument began in its most different remarks: as Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Baritone or Bass saxophone

With the implementation of African, Eastern and also Indian influences the Jazz Avantguardist John Coltrane expressed his spiritual attitude in his quartet.


IndoJazz as new genre was justified of the Indian composer John Mayer with the Quintett IndoJazzFusions in the 60’s (20th century). This formation considerably had a major influence onto the establishment of the saxophone in India.

f.l.t.r.: Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Prasant Radhakrishnan

Dr. Kadri Gopalnath.Rudresh Mahanthappa.Prasant Radhakrishnan

Particularly the concerts of Prasant Radhakrishnan in India with compositions in a slow tempo and a controlled demonstration of the ornaments of Indian Ragas (e.g. gamaka-s) have contributed that the image of the saxophone in India has changed as a loud and fast instrument, which is suitable at best to practise technical exercises.

The connection between Jazz and Indian Classical music, the interpretation of raga scales on an instrument which is typical for Jazz, lies in the modal structure. To cite the German music journalists and producer Joachim Ernst Berendt (1922-2000), internationally known as ‘Jazz Pope‘:

What all these musicians play – the Asian like the Western – differ of the traditional European music by the fact that it is ‘modal’. This means: it is not based on the constantly changing Accordgerists, which is dominating our occidental music, more it is set up on a scale, a ‘mode’ – finally on only one chord… Want to say: It is much more calmly, very less nervous…



Our listening examples: Indian Jazz musician Rudresh Mahanthappa (sax) together with Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (sax) in the Dakshina Ensemble, Dr. Kadri Gopalnath & Pravin Godkhindi (Bansuri – Indian bamboo flute), Prasant Radhakrishnan (sax), the Indian composer John Mayer (violin), John Coltrane (sax), Charlie Mariano (sax) & Indian singer/composer R.A. Ramamani (founder of JazzYatra).

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Raga CDs des Monats (08/08): RAGAS & SAX… indische Saxophonisten

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 5, 2008

Aus der Reihe “Ragas auf westlichen Instrumenten” praesentiert die Foerderinitiative IMC – India meets Classic via IMC OnAir – IMCRadio.Net die Sendung Ragas & indische Saxophonisten.

In den zurueckliegenden Sendungen wurden bereits zwei Instrumente des Westens ausfuehrlicher vorgestellt, die in der (sued-)indischen Klassik einen festen Platz gefunden haben: das Harmonium als Begleitinstrument und die Violine. Dieses Streichinstrument ist Bestandteil jeder Performance der suedindischen Klassik (Carnatic); als Solo-/ Hauptinstrument hat es sich besonders in der nordindischen Klassik (Hindustani) etablieren koennen.

Das Saxophon war urspruenglich fuer den Einsatz in Sinfonieorchestern gedacht. Es wurde von dem Belgier Adolphe Sax im Jahre 1840 erfunden und in Frankreich patentiert.

Sendetermin: 5. August 2008 – 21:00 Uhr (MESTZ)
(Sendewiederholung: 7. August 2008 – 03:00 a.m. (MESTZ))
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Mit dem Aufkommen des Jazz begann der eigentliche Siegeszug dieses Instrumentes in seinen unterschiedlichsten Ausfuehrungen: als Alt-, Tenor-, Sopran-, Bariton- oder gar Bass-Saxophon. Mit der Aufnahme von afrikanischen, orientalischen und auch indischen Einfluessen kommt die spirituelle Haltung des Jazz-Avantgardisten John Coltrane’s in seinem Quartett zum Ausdruck.


IndoJazz, von dem indischen Komponisten John Mayer mit dem Quintett IndoJazzFusions in den 60er Jahren (20. Jahrhundert) begruendet, hatte massgeblich auf die Etablierung des Saxophons in Indien Einfluss.

v.l.n.r.: Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Prasant Radhakrishnan

Dr. Kadri Gopalnath.Rudresh Mahanthappa.Prasant Radhakrishnan

Besonders die Konzerte von Prasant Radhakrishnan in Indien mit Kompositionen im langsamen Tempo u. einer kontrollierten Ausfuehrung der Ornamentik indischer Ragas (s.g. Gamaka-s) haben dazu beigetragen, dass sich das Image des Saxophon als ein lautes u. schnelles Instrument, das bestenfalls dazu geeignet ist, technische UEbungen zu absolvieren, veraendert hat.

Die Verbindung zwischen Jazz und indischer Klassik, die Interpretation von Ragaskalen auf einem fuer den Jazz typischen Instrument, liegt in der modalen Struktur. Dazu der deutschen Musikjournalisten und -produzenten Joachim Ernst Berendt, international als Jazzpapst bekannt:

Das, was all diese Musiker spielen – die asiatischen wie die westlichen – unterscheidet sich von der traditionellen europaeischen Musik dadurch, dass es “modal” ist. Das heisst, es basiert nicht auf den staendig wechselnden Akkordgeriisten, die unserer abendlaendischen Musik unterliegen, sondern auf einer Skala, einer “mode” – letztendlich auf einem einzigen Akkord – will sagen: Es ist sehr viel ruhiger, sehr viel weniger “nervoes”…

[ Quelle: Buch “Die Welt ist Klang – Nada Brahma” (vollst.: Die Landschaft des Bewusstsein”), 1988 ]


Unsere Hoerbeispiele: indischer Jazzmusiker Rudresh Mahanthappa (Sax), zusammen mit Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (Sax) im Dakshina Ensemble, Dr. Kadri Gopalnath & Pravin Godkhindi (Bansuri – indische Bambusfloete), Prasant Radhakrishnan (Sax), der indische Komponist John Mayer (Violine), John Coltrane (Sax), Charlie Mariano (Sax) & indische Saengerin / Komponisten R.A. Ramamani (Gruenderin von Jazz Yatra).

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Carnataic Music: Charsur Arts Foundation officially launched (Chennai)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 4, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Charsur Arts Foundation officially launched

Yesterday at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, in Mylapore, Chennai, Charsur Digital Workstation officially launched their new venture, Charsur Arts Foundation. This venture is to primarily focus on organising concerts of a number of young musicians, recording them and putting them up online for downloads. CAF is also in the process of tying up with all musicians to enable them to submit and allow copyrighted and legally downloadable music trough the Charsur website. Of course this will involve a fee and will not be freely available. Listeners will be able to pay and download legal music as opposed to the various ‘other’ available music. CAF has also entered into agreements with artistes whereby a significant portion of the money will go directly to the artistes as royalty.

Earlier the first concert to be uploaded was my concert sung at the TTD in Chennai in June. A number of people have already evinced interest in this venture and though there have been some hiccups, hopefully things are getting more streamlined. Yesterday’s launch of course featured a concert by Swarnarethas a student of mine with V Sanjeev, Srimushnam Raja Rao and EM Subramaniam. I managed to get in an hour of the concert. Of course I am not going to review a concert of my own student, but I thought that it was a lovely gesture on the part of the accompanying artistes to support and encourage a youngster. I personally did benefit so much from many seniors (I continue to benefit!), and I am happy that Charsur has taken the initiative and soon more musicians will benefit.

An important aspect of this venture is a step towards making people feel worthy about spending money. The concert itself was only by invitation, but once it is made available online, it is an opportunity for paying rasikas to support the artistes. For instance it would be difficult to get people to buy tickets and line up at an afternoon slot concert during the music season. But then when the same artistes’ music is available online it is a chance for rasikas to legally pay and download and encourage such artistes to take it up as a profession. Afterall unless their art is supported in this manner, how can they think of taking it up as a profession? Also the download system works on a micropayment method whereby people can download just a couple of songs if not the whole concert. The recording quality will also be much better and more in tune with the modern standards set by Charsur through their live releases.

Concert photo

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Friendship Day in India – International Friendship Day 2008

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 3, 2008

On every 1st Sunday in August there is celebrated the “International Friendship Day“. In 2008 it’s the 3rd August. (Please notice: next Friendship day is on 2nd August 2009 !) – In India such a “celebration day” exists since hundreds of years. It is called Rakhi, which will be tributed from Indians all around the globe to their beloved friends on 16th August 2008

Day Dedicated to Friends
In tune with the spirit of the occasion, people dedicate Friendship Day festival to their best friends. Most choose to celebrate the entire day in the loving company of their dearest friends. Recollecting sweet memories of the time spent together and catching up with their lives over a cup of coffee is the idea of ideal Friendship Day celebration for many.

Friends separated by geographical distances, call up their friends to express love and warmth for each other and to wish a “Happy Friendship Day“. With more and more people getting hooked to the net, many people also choose to chat with their friends with the help of Internet. Sending SMS and Friendship Day e-cards is another popular way of greetings friends.

Friendship Day Celebrations in Schools and Colleges
Friendship Day celebrations are particularly marked in schools and colleges in India. Euphoria of the day sets in days before the festival as everybody gets excited to wish their best friends in their own special way. Children make Friendship Day Cards or other special gift to thank their friends for their wonderful presence in their life. Exchange of Friendship Bands is the other most prominent feature of Friendship Day celebrations. Friends vie with each other as to who gets the most stylish band or who gets the maximum number of bands.

In several colleges, special programs are also organized to mark the occasion. Most of these programs and events intend to give youth an opportunity to dance and sing with friends and have a good time.

Friendship Day Parties
Following their counterparts in the west, youth in India too mark Friendship Day by participating in Friendship Day parties or organizing bashes for their friends. Major crowd for Friendship Day can be seen in discotheques and pubs where people dance with friends on fast pace music and cherish the loving company of their pals. Such parties also give youth a chance to make new friends and widen their friendship circle. At present such bashes are more popular in metros and other big cities, however, youth in small towns too are warming up to the idea of partying on Friendship Day.

Commercialization of Friendship Day

Just as in US and several other countries, Friendship Day has been commercialized to a great extent in India. Days before the festival, gift marketers run an extensive campaign to lure the people to buy cards and gifts for their friends. Restaurateurs too try to entice people by offering special discounts or holding bashes. Several people criticize such excessive campaigning. They feel commercialization has marred to the idea behind observing Friendship Day and has turned it into a mere formality. Some people however feel that advertising campaign has helped to generate awareness about Friendship Day festival and the idea of having a day dedicated to friends.

Send Your Cards
Shoot straight from the heart messages for dearest friends…

Send Quotes
Write or read a special quote on Friends and share it with the world.

Send Songs
Show your creativity and love for friends by sending sweet Friendship Songs.

Send Rakhi Gifts to India… (read more at Wikipedia: Raksha Bandhan)

When is Rakhi?… see Hindu Calendar

(Source: – Friendship Day in India)

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2nd – 3rd August 2008: Papanasam Sivan Festival in Toronto…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 2, 2008

Sivan Fine Arts Academy (Toronto) - 3rd Annual Music Festival...

Sivan Fine Arts Academy (Toronto) – 3rd Annual Music Festival…

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