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In memoriam…. Mumbai 11/26

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 27, 2008

Dear Listeners and Friends of India!

… from given cause our regular transmission of “Raga CDs of the Months” in December has been cancelled. Instead “IMC – India meets Classic” will broadcast

In Memoriam… Mumbai, 11/26 – Ragas of Peace

(Listen from the Archive: Hi-Fi Stream | Lo-Fi Stream | webbased MediaPlayer
PDF download: moderation script (Eng/DE) | playlist | Gitanjali poems of R. Tagore)

on 2nd December 2008 (09:00-09:58 p.m. CET) and on 4th December 2008 (03:00-03:58 a.m. Indian time) worldwide via Internet Radio in German-English language.


Mumbai, India’s financial and film capital was attacked from sea on 26th November 2008 at 10 different places. The background of terror and reasons behind are yet unclear. The attack on public places and battles till the dissolution by Indian safety, police and military forces entailed more than 170 victims and approx. 300 injured persons.

In Memoriam

At the time of broadcasting the editorship has 126 names on the (official) list. We call out in memoriam of the lost souls and beloved ones during this transmission on 2nd and 4th December 2008.

Condolence: Light a candle…

(see the list of subscribers here)

In Memoriam - Mumbai 11/26

Carnatic: AalapRagam Hindolam (Raga Malkauns)
(with courtesy) of Flutist B.V. Balasai on the Bansuri (Bamboo)

(origin: CD ‘Madhura Marutham’ (1999, HMV Sangeetha))

at least 125 dead, 327 injured… (Trust of India – 11/27/08 – 09:58 pm)
195 killed, some 295 wounded… (AP – The Associate Press – 11/29/08 – 07:00 pm)

Motive for broadcasting…

India has fallen far over the borders of the South Asian subcontinent into a deep mourning and is continuously in kind of state of shock.

This crucial event has an outstanding meaning and impact onto the future of a modern democratic India. Cultural values and traditions actually are of inestimable importance for stabilisation and orientation.

Music as the universal language and as the creator, as it is understood in Indian music system shall speak to us as an expression of the common cross all community borders by peaceful Ragas (e.g. Lalit, Bhairavi, Karaharapriya, Bilaval, Gauri and Abhogi) on 2nd and 4th December …

Our deep sympathy
– ElJay Arem –
(editor’s leadership / founder of IMC – India meets Classic)

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Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 25, 2008

liveearth-india-logo-112008-1Roger Waters, WILL.I.AM, Anoushka Shankar,
Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Dia Mirza, Shiamak Davar & others
to perform at LIVE EARTH INDIA

Millions Worldwide Expected To Experience Live Earth India On STAR PLUS, CHANNEL [V] India, STAR WORLD

Online Audiences Will View Live Earth India Via MSN Broadcast
Live Earth India Tickets on Sale Now Via Online, Telephone, In-Store
Los Angeles / Mumbai / Hong Kong

STAR and Live Earth announced an extensive list of legendary musicians who will be performing at the upcoming Live Earth India concert on December 7. Joining Grammy-winners Bon Jovi and Live Earth India spokesperson and actor, Amitabh Bachchan is a list of global superstars including Roger Waters, Will.I.Am, Anoushka Shankar, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Bipasha Basu, Shiamak Davar, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Hard Kaur, Jalebee Cartel, Vishal & Shekhar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam and Shaan.

The concert will feature never-before-seen collaborations of western and Indian artists, in a variety of musical genres. Appearances and messages from former U.S Vice President Al Gore, IPCC Chairman and Director General TERI India, Dr. Rajendra K Pachauri, environmental advocates and celebrities are expected as well. Live Earth India will highlight personal and policy solutions to the climate crisis, offer support for India’s important environmental issues and causes, and provide a platform for India to solidify its leadership role on climate issues.

Live Earth India will reach millions of viewers worldwide on three of STAR’s highly popular channels across Asia and beyond: STAR PLUS in India; STAR WORLD in South East Asia, Hong Kong and India; and CHANNEL [V] in India.

music fans will be able to experience Live Earth India on MSN at

BIG 92.7 FM, the No.1 FM radio station in India, has committed to promote and broadcast the concert across the country, reaching 200 million people nationwide.

Live Earth India Public Ticket Sales Music fans across India can purchase tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime concert today online at via phone on 39895050 and in-store at Rhythm House (South Mumbai), Hiro Music (Bandra) & Music World (Malad). Concert tickets are priced at Rs. 625, Rs. 1250 and Rs. 2500.

Live Earth India Beneficiaries
TERI’s Light a Billion Lives campaign and Climate Project India are Live Earth India’s primary beneficiaries and will receive net proceeds from the concerts. Light a Billion Lives (LaBL) campaign is aimed at brightening lives across the world by providing 200 million solar lanterns to rural households currently without electricity. Live Earth India also will support Climate Project India’s educational programs and advocacy for renewable energy solutions in India.

Live Earth India Commitment to Green The Live Earth production team will implement the Live Earth Green Event Guidelines developed for the first Live Earth Concerts for a Climate in Crisis which took place on 07.07.07. The Guidelines address the major areas of impact of live events, including recycling, food and beverages, packaging, transportation, energy, water usage, and the event site itself. From power generation at the concert to garbage generated by concert goers, Live Earth will seek to design out waste and continue to be the model for future live entertainment, while bringing new sustainable event production techniques to India.

About Live Earth
On July 7, 2007, Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis became the largest global entertainment event in history, with simultaneous concerts in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, and reaching an estimated audience of 2 billion people worldwide. As with the 07.07.07 first Live Earth event, with the Global Climate Crisis, Live Earth partners with former Vice President and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and his organization, The Alliance for Climate Protection, whenever dealing with the Global Client Crisis. Live Earth’s overall mission centers on leveraging the power of entertainment through integrated events, media, and experiences to ignite global movements aimed at solving the most critical environmental issues. In partnership with corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and entertainment and political influencers, Live Earth creates innovative, engaging events and media that challenge global leaders, local communities and every individual to actively participate in solving our planet’s urgent environmental crises. The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook, the Live Earth Film Series, and ongoing online, print, email and mobile campaigns continue to engage and grow our worldwide community as we prepare for new initiatives for 2008, 2009, and beyond. To learn more about Live Earth and how to actively participate in solutions, visit

(Source: 11/25/2008 (08:20 pm) – AS (Official Website))

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Type in Ten Indian Languages

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 24, 2008

A software, developed by Israel-based FTK Technologies, lets you type in ten Indian languages —Hindi, Bangla, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and Urdu. The software uses a virtual keyboard that maps over your computer keyboard to be used like a regular keyboard or on screen with the help of a mouse.

The software comes in two variants. The advanced version, LooKeys Pro, uses a special webcam that determines what you are typing, representing essentially another method of input. LooKeys is compatible with MS Word and web browsers like Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. It can even be used with instant messengers like MSN Messenger and Gtalk.

As the LooKeys window opens, you can type a document in the language of your choice. The document can then be saved either as a Word document or copied and sent as an email.

To further the use of its vernacular options, the LooKeys window also has links to various dictionary sites and sites that provide vocal translations for those of us who may be unsure of pronunciation. Here you can also find links to Facebook, YouTube, AOL Mail, Gmail, Google, Orkut and Myspace. In short, your can modify you entire Internet experience to the language or your choice.

LooKeys, however, may take some getting used to. It is like learning to type all over again. But its comprehensive coverage of the languages it supports means you’ll also end up brushing up your grammar and spellings.

(Source: 11/24/2008 –

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East Meets West – Amjad Ali Khan and the SCO (21-22 Nov 2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 21, 2008

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
October 2008

East Meets West – Amjad Ali Khan and the SCO

Following the world premiere performance at the St Magnus Festival in June, and a subsequent performance at Mansion House as part of the City of London Festival, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra brings Samaagam – performed and composed by the world’s greatest living sarod player, Amjad Ali Khan – to Glasgow’s City Halls and Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on 21 and 22 November.  Amjad Ali Khan takes to the stage with conductor David Murphy, the SCO LAB and the SCO Strings.

Amjad Ali Khan’s concerto, Samaagam,(meaning ‘confluence’ or ‘coming together’) for sarod, concertante group and string orchestra has been realised by David Murphy.  Based on ragas for the different seasons of the year, the piece explores the common roots of the music of India and the West.  Although the majority of the music has been written down, the performances also involve an element of improvisation from all the soloists. The East Meets West performances open with Mozart’s Overture, Idomeneo and Beethoven’s Symphony No 8.  The programming of Mozart and Beethoven alongside Samaagam explores the concept that while music from East and West may sound superficially different, they share the same underlying musical DNA.

David Murphy has been researching the notation of Indian music for Western musicians for some time, and this new piece of music has been two years in the making.  In December 2006 the SCO LAB, David Murphy and Amjad Ali Khan got together for a meeting of musical cultures, instrumental styles and improvisation, culminating in the idea of an orchestral piece to be performed in the UK and abroad.

Talking about the collaboration, Amjad Ali Khan commented:

“I was very happy and honoured when the Scottish Chamber Orchestra approached me to write a Sarod Concerto for them.  David Murphy was to conduct the entire concerto and also put my thoughts together. He has a great regard for Indian classical music so he could understand and read my vision.”

Conductor David Murphy said:
“It became immediately apparent to all of us that something very special could come out of this collaboration – Khan Sahib was thrilled at the affinity the SCO LAB players had for his music, the LAB were similarly thrilled by Khan Sahib’s vibrant musicality and I was delighted that a truly creative musical dialogue without barriers was taking place between musicians from East and West. It was then that the idea for a concerto for sarod and concertante group was born, and immediately took wing.”

The SCO LAB is an experimental research project involving seven virtuoso musicians from the SCO. It was launched in 2002 to create improvised and devised music away from the traditional concert platform. Each LAB event involves an external musical collaborator, for example a composer or an improvising musician, and concludes with a public performance or recording.

Audiences can find out more about Samaagam and the collaboration with Amjad Ali Khan at pre-concert talks given by David Murphy and members of the LAB group (free to ticket holders).

There is also an opportunity for Edinburgh audiences to talk about the music performed in this concert in more depth through the SCO’s Adventurous Discussions programme.  Adventurous Discussions enable concert-goers to learn more about a piece of music before hearing it, as well as the chance to reflect on the concert a week later.

In a continuation of the unique relationship formed with Amjad Ali Khan, the Orchestra will make a 6 date tour of India with the maestro in February 2009.

SCO Education used Samaagam as the basis for collaborative education projects in Orkney earlier this year. SCO violinist Robert McFall, visual artist Krish Shrikumar and dancers from Dance Ihayami (the first cross-cultural dance company in Scotland) spent a week with Dounby Primary School in Orkney, creating a special performance for the St Magnus Festival in June.


For further information, photographs or review tickets, please contact Lauren Johnston-Smith on 0131 478 8338 or Sheena Macrae on 0131 478 8340, or email Lauren or Sheena


GLASGOW, City Halls
Friday 21 November 2008, 7.30pm
EDINBURGH, Queen’s Hall
Saturday 22 November 2008, 7.30pm

MOZART Overture, Idomeneo
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 8
KHAN Samaagam – a concerto for sarod, concertante group and string orchestra (realised by David Murphy)

  • Amjad Ali Khan sarod
  • David Murphy conductor

Pre-concert talk 6:30pm, free to ticket holders

Adventurous Discussions – 22 and 27 November in Edinburgh. To book a place call SCO Education on 0131 478 8355 or email


Glasgow (£24-£11, concessions available)
Glasgow’s Concert Halls Box Office 0141 353 8000

Edinburgh (£26-£8, concessions available)
Queen’s Hall Box Office 0131 668 2019

Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad-Ali-Khan-112008-1Newcomers invariably become instant converts to North Indian classical music within hearing a few notes played by sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan. Credited for establishing the sarod as one of the most popular instruments in North Indian music, Amjad Ali Khan can trace his direct musical ancestry over six generations of the legendary Bangash family and back further to Mian Tansen, the famed saint-musician at Emperor Akbar’s court. Khan, who recently celebrated his 50th year as a performer, has been heard far beyond India in concerts throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He is the recipient of many awards, including the UNESCO award, UNICEF’s National Ambassadorship, The Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum and India’s highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.

A sarod is a fretless stringed musical instrument, used in Indian classical music. The lack of frets allows the performer to slide continuously between notes. In contrast to the sweet sounding sitar, it has a deep and heavy introspective sound.

David Murphy
David-Murphy-Conducts-Profile-Pic-082009-1A pupil of Leon Barzin and protégé of Sir Charles Mackerras and Pandit Ravi Shankar, David conducts throughout the world. In addition to his wide-ranging Western repertoire which includes Beethoven performances from the original manuscript sources, he is developing performance projects combining Western orchestras with the world’s leading Indian musicians, including Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. These unique musical explorations are creating a new repertoire and indeed a new musical genre. Orchestras involved in this work include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; and a project is currently being designed with both the Chicago Civic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

SCO2007photoThe SCO LAB is an experimental research project involving eight virtuoso musicians from the SCO. It was launched in 2002 to create improvised and devised music away from the traditional concert platform. Each LAB event involves an external musical collaborator, for example a school, a composer or an improvising musician, and culminates in a public performance or recording.

(Source: 08/2008 – Scottish Chamber Orchestra | October News)

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan & Scottish Chamber Orchestra…

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StudioTalk with “Kala Ramnath” tonight “on air” (German Version)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 18, 2008

StudioTalk with Kala Ramnath (Violin – Hindustani)

Topic: Nada (Sound) – 66 notes on the Violin

date of broadcasting (German Version): 18th November 2008 – 09:00 p.m. (CETZ)
original English version coming soon…
broadcasting plan | streaming (Internet Radio & Mobile Radio) | podCast

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Tabla Solokonzert – Ethnologisches Museum (Berlin, 22.11.2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 15, 2008

Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri wurde in Kalkutta geboren. Als einer der bekanntesten Tabla-Spieler Indiens ist er ein hervorragender Solist und ein geschätzter Begleiter von Musikern wie Ali Akbar Khan und Ravi Shankar.

Swapan Chaudhuri erhielt zahlreiche Preise und Ehrungen für sein Tabla-Spiel überall auf der Welt.

Seine Auftritte sind geprägt von einer klaren Tongebung, atemberaubendem Tempo und tiefgründiger Emotion. Die mathematisch komplexen rhythmischen Kompositionen der Tabla spiegeln die mehr als 2000 Jahre alte Philosophie Indiens wieder.

Eine seltene Gelegenheit die Tabla als Soloinstrument zu genießen! Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri wird von Pankaj Mishra (Bonn/Kolkatta) an der Sarangi begleitet.

Beginn: 19 Uhr 30
Ende: 21 Uhr 00

Kosten: Eintritt: EUR 6, erm. EUR 3, Kinder unter 17 Jahren Eintritt frei.

Ort: Ethnologisches Museum (c/o staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Lansstraße 8, 14195 Berlin

(Quelle: © 2008 – Suedasien.infoMaria Framke)

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National Anthem played in Germany (

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 14, 2008

By Anil Chakradeo – Hamburg (Germany)
Nov 14 (PTI) – It was history revisited when Indian national anthem was played again in this German city, where it was first composed 66 years ago.
Subhas Chandra Bose as the leader of INA.

Subhas Chandra Bose as the leader of INA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, way back in 1942 during an event at the Hotel Atlantic here, chose the poem penned by Rabindranath Tagore as the national anthem of the ‘Free India’ centre, predecessor of the Azad Hind Fauj that he set up a year later in Singapore.

The venue was treated to the same musical rendering last night when Surya KumarBose, grand nephew of Netaji, who is settled in Hamburg, played the tape of Tagore’s poem before a group of journalists who are here for “India Week” being organised by Hamburg city government.

Bose, who is engaged in IT business with operations in Hamburg and Kolkata had come to possess the copy of the original tape of the anthem, recorded by a close associate of Netaji.

“Not many people know how the National Anthem was born,” Bose told PTI.

Going down the memory lane, Bose recollected a programme broadcast by All India Radio on the occasion of 83rd birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose in January 1980 called “National Anthem Born in Exile”.

It said that an organisation called Indo-German Association was founded at the Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg on September 11, 1942 on the initiative of Netaji.

Among those present on the occasion were Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Mayor of Hamburg, representatives of German government and many leading personalities.

On the occasion, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg played the national anthems of Germany and Free-India Centre, which was given proper recognition by countries like Germany and Italy.

The Centre had a flag of its own but it did not had a national anthem. Netaji discussed several options and decided on ‘Jana Gana Mana’ as the national anthem of the Free India.

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature... (Photo credit:

Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel prize for literature… (Photo credit:

It was Ambik Majumdar who adapted the notations to this song written by Rabindra Nath Tagore and orchestra conductor was a German named Eigel Kruettge.

Narahari Ganpuley, a close associate of Netaji recorded the performance at the hotel on a tape. He was arrested by the British after the Second World War, but somehow managed to save the original tape of ‘Jana Gana Mana’. After his death in 1977, this tape was handed over to All India Radio.

According to the radio programme, when India became became independent, there was no National Anthem. Early in January 1950, a delegation from India attended the UN General Assembly in New York. One of the members of delegation carried a record of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ which was produced in Singapore.

He handed this record to the UN Orchestra which then played ‘Jana Gana Mana’ along with national anthems of other countries.

The delegation came back to India in the 3rd week of January 1950 and reported to Jawaharlal Nehru that ‘Jana Gana Mana’ was played at the United Nations and was highly appreciated by all those present.

As January 26 was approaching fast and no other national anthem had been found, it was decided that the Tagore’s poem should be bestowed the status of National Anthem on January 26, 1950. 

FILED ON: NOV 14, 2008 17:42 IST
(Source: 11/14/2008 – | International News)

‘Jana Gana Mana’ sung by R. Tagore…

Documentary about S. Bose…


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YP Foundation invites… MUSIC BASTI (28th Nov 2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 13, 2008

THE-YP-Foundation-Logo-2008-1The YP Foundation is a youth led and run non-profit in India that develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on issues that young people are passionate about.

We support young people between the ages of 13 to 28, to conceptualize and implement projects that challenge stereotypes, forge sustainable partnerships and promote the uninhibited expression of young people.

TYPF was founded in July 2002 as The Youth Parliament in New Delhi and was registered as The YP Foundation in August 2007.

With a team of 27 staff and 350 volunteers who are peer educators, trainers, young professionals, artists, project managers, researchers, social entrepreneurs, technicians and inventors, we work with the aim of sustaining a platform that enables young people to be effective and expressive agents of change.

In the last 7 years, we have worked with 5,000 young people to set up over 200 projects in India. Our work reaches communities through performing and visual arts, literary and research projects, peer education, policy and advocacy awareness and skill building initiatives.

We develop and support young people’s projects in the following fields:

· Supporting Slum Children (Healthcare, Education and Leadership)

· Mental Health and Life Skills

· Substance Abuse and Addiction

· HIV/AIDS (Prevention, Counseling, Care and Treatment)

· Gender, Sexuality, Rights and Health

· Climate Change and the Environment

· Human Rights

· Citizenship and Governance

· Peacebuilding and Culture

· Performing and Visual Arts


The YP Foundation is currently supported by the Global Fund for Children and the International Women’s Health Coalition in USA amongst other corporate, individual donors and agencies.

You can support our work by contributing to an issue/programme you feel strongly about as a donor and engaging creatively with the shape, form and impact of that project or volunteer your time, skill and interest with any branch in a project of your choice.

Why? So you can inspire young people to take positive action on issues they care about.

N 204, Greater Kailash, Part 1, New Delhi – 110048
Tel: +91 11 46792243/44
Email: /

(Source: 11/2008 – TheYouthParliament Blog)

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6th South Asia Day – University Hamburg (15th Nov 2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 13, 2008


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EU-India Declaration on Education (November 2008)

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

The India-EU Study Centres  Programme forms an integral part of the India-EU Joint Action Plan  which was announced/ adopted  by the European (EU) and India in September 2005. The action plan is based on the decision of fostering a India-EU Strategic Partnership, which  was agreed upon about four years ago on November 8, 2004. Although the programme – as suggested by its title and goals – aims to promote academic cooperation, it should actually be understood in this broader framework and accordingly classified: it serves to improve cooperation in all areas, also as a basis for enhancing knowledge about each other.

(Source: 11/2008 – India-EU Study Centres  Programme)


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