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Playlists 2008…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 31, 2008

Music examples (teaser) of Indian Classical Music …
Listen to and Enjoy some Raga tunes from our 2008 shows (playlists):

26th show (1/1/08 – New Years Day): JalTarang – Waves of Sound
27th show (2/5/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: MALKAUNS – King of Ragas
28th show (3/4/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: NAVA RASA-S – 9 moods of Ragas
29th show (4/1/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: NATYA – Ragas, Dance & Theatre (part 1 of 2)
30th show (5/6/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: NATYA – Ragas, Dance & Theatre (part 2 of 2)
31st show (6/3/08) – summer break(Raga CDs of the months: TALA – IndianRhythmCycle)
32nd show (7/1/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: RAGAMALIKA -Carnatic Composition
33rd show (7/7/08 – TV special (28min.)) – StudioTalk John McLaughlin Backstage also seeMiles from India
34th show (8/5/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: Ragas & Indian Saxophone players
35th show FestivalReport 2008 … (part 1 on 19th August, part 2 on 26th August 2008)
36th show (9/2/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: Sursringar…pathfinder of the Sarod
37th show (10/7/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: The Indian Drones…
38th show (11/4/08) – Raga CDs of the Month: Microtones – microtonal raga structure
39th show (11/18/08) – StudioTalk No. 3: Nada (sound)…. 66 notes on the Violin

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example of a raga form: Raga Jhinjoti
– the beauty of this melodious raga lies in its simplicity. It utilizes all the notes and use “komal Ni*.This is a supportive raga of the Thaat Khamaj*. Elaboration of this raga is normally restricted to the lower and middle octave. The play time is the second quarter of the night.

Aroha (= ascending scala): SaReGaMa Pa Dha Ni Sa;
Avaroha (= descending scala): SaNiDhaPa MaGaReSa


*)  … Thaat consists of the seven notes (SA, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni) and is designated by the change of shuddha (naturally played), komal (softly played) and teevra(hard played).

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„JALTARANG – Wave of Sound
(Jal Tarang) – 1st January

1. Dr. Ragini Trivedi – Raga Hansdhwani – Tarana / Qawwali style (live recording)
2. Milind Tulankar (JalTarang) – Raga Puriya Dhanashri (Aalap) – VideoCD JALTARANG (2004, Label Fountain Music Company, Pune (India))
3. Milind Tulankar (JalTarang) – Raga Puriya Dhanashri (Bandish) – VideoCD JALTARANG (2004, Label Fountain Music Company, Pune (India))
4. Milind Tulankar (JalTarang) – Raga Chandrakauns – VideoCD JALTARANG (2004, Label Fountain Music Company, Pune (India))
5. Milind Tulankar (JalTarang) – Raag Bhinnashadj (live recording)

MALKAUNS… King of Ragas. (pentatonic Ragas – part 2) – 4th February

1. Hariprasad Chourasia (Bansuri – Flute) – Raga Malkauns – CD Flying Beyond – Improvisations on Bamboo Flute (1989, Emam & Friends)
2. Abdul Latif Khan (Sarangi) – Raga Malkauns – CD SUKOON (series „Rare Gems, Legendary Legacy (Tane)).
3. Rajrupa Sen (Sarode) – Raga Malkauns (Live recording, Prof. Sasnjoy Bandopadhyay – Rabindra Bharati University / Kolkatta).
4. Devjyoti Bose (Sarode)Raga Malkauns (Aalap) – CD Devotion (live recording – 2001, Saptak Music Festival, SWM – SenseWorld Music)
5. Ustad Amir Khan (vocal) – Raga Malkauns – Tarana (Prof. Patrick Moutal, Departement for Jazz & Improvisational Music / National Conservatory for Music and Dance (Paris))
6. Mogubai Kurdikar & Kishori Amonkar (vocals – Jugalbandi) – Raga Sampoorna Malkauns (private recording of Sri Rajan P. Parrikar)
7. Kishrori Amonkar (vocal) – Raga Sampoorna Malkauns – CD Maestros Choice – Kishori Amonkar Vocal (1991, Music Today)
8. Moinuddin & Aminuddin Dagar (vocals – Jugalbandi) – Raag Malkauns (Dhrupad) – double CD Senior Dagar Brothers Kamboji, Malkosh: Calcutta 1955 (2000, Raga Records)

„NAVA RASAS…. 9 moods of North and South Indian Ragas – 4th March

1. KV Narayanaswamy (vocal) – Ragam Vasant / Raga Girija – Harihara Puthram (Muthuswamy Dikshitahars Kriti) (1979)
2. T.R. Subramanyam (vocal) – Ragam Mohanam / Raga Bhoop (Krishna Mukunda Giridhari)
3. Kishori Amonkar – Raga Bhoop (Sahela Re Aa Mil Jae) (2004, Saregama)
4. Maharajapuram Visvanatha Iyer – Ragam Arabhi / Raga Syama (Chalakalla Alapana – Tyagaraja Kriti)
5. T. S. Kalyanaraman (vocal) – Ragam Arabhi (O Rajeevaksha) – (live – Mylapore, 1983)
6. Maharajapuram Visvanatha Iyer (vocal) – Ragam aThaNa (ilalo paraNatArti – Tyagaraja Kriti)
7. Uppalappu Srinivas (Mandolin) – Raga Hindolam (Saamaja Vara gamana) – live (30. Sept 1984, USA)

Ref.: The complement of HindhoLam is the North Indian Raga Malkauns as we have presented it in the show “Raga CDs of the Months: „Malkauns… King of Ragas (pentatonic scales, part 2).

„NATYA … the relevance of Ragas for Indian Dance & Theatre – 1st April

1. M. Chandrasekaran (violin) – Govindam Miga (Raga Bhageshri)
2. T.M. Krishna (vocal) – Govindam Iga (Raga Bhageshri)
3. Sanjay Subramanyam (vocal) – Nanda Tanaya Govindana (Raagam Tanam Pallavi (RTP))
4. Sudhir Phadke – Swaye Shri Ramprabhu Aikati – Bhatki Sangeet (live, AIR)
5. Asha Bhonsle – Natya Sangeets (Medley) / Raga Raga Daibari
6. Jitendra Abhiseki – „Ghei Chanda Makaranda (Raga Varari Salag) – Film Katyar Kaljat Ghusli (Prism Video, Mumbai veröffentlicht.
7. Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy – Tanzform: Abhinaya / Thathai Mozhi (Tamil, Raga Kalyani – DVD „Dancing Face (SuperAudio, Chennai)

„RAGAMALIKAS – Compositions in South Indian Classics (Carnatic) – 1st July

1. Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (vocal) – Ragamalika „maitrEm bhajata
2. MS Subbulakshmi – Ragamalika „kuRai onRum illai
3. Sudha Ragunathan – Ragamalika „kuRai onRum illai
4. Sudha Ragunathan – Ragamalika „Chandre chooda ragamalika – CD „Sudha Raghunathan – Vol 2 (Sony BMG)
5. Sanjay Subrahmanyam – Ragamalika „peTra tAi tanai
6. P. Unni Krishnan – Ragamalika „peTra tAi tanai (Viruttam) – Jaya TV (Chennai)
7. The Dhananjayans (choreography) – „Natyanjali – Kala Arpan
8. Prasanna (guitar) – Ragamalika Sri Viswanatham Bhajeham

„RAGAS on Western instruments – Indian Saxophone players – 4th August

1. Rudresh Mahanthappa (Alto Sax) & Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (Dakshina Ensemble) – CD Kinsmen – Svajanam (2008, PiRecords)
2. IndoJazz Fusions (John Mayer (violin) with Joe Harriott (AltoSax) – Raga Megh – Indo-Jazz-Suite – CD „Indo-Jazz Fusions – Volume 1 & 2 (Polygram)
3. John Coltrane (Soprano/Tenor sax) – „My Favorite Things (1961, live recording)
4. R.A. Ramamani & Charlie Mariano – „Addadala olle dayitho – Raga Reetigowla (live, Karnataka College of Percussion (Bangalore))
5. Prasant Radhakrishnan (Alto Sax) – Raga Mukhari – CD East Facing (2007)
6. Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (Sax) – Nagumomu (Ragam Abheri = Raga KandAvandaruL u. vINAbhEri)
7. Dr. Kadri Gopalnath (Sax) & Pravin Godkhindi (Flute) – Raga Malkauns – CD Raag Rang
8. Rudresh Mahanthappa (Sax) – Spanish Key – CD „Miles from India (2008, Times Square Records (N.Y.))
9. Prasant Radhakrishnan – Raga Mohana (Pallavi) – CD Vidya

„SURSRINGAR… Pathfinder of the Sarode – 1st September

1. Prinz Rama Varma (Veena) – Bhavayaami Raghu Ramam by composer: Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma (2005 live, Swathi Sangeethotsavam)
2. Somjit Dasgupta (Rabab, Sarod und Sursringar) – Raga Malkauns – CD Dhrupadi Rabab (2005, World Music Heritage Series – Anand Records Pvt. Ltd. (New Dehli))
3. Anindya Banerjee (Sursringar u. Sarod) – Raga Latangi
4. Wasifuddin Dagar (vocal) & Bahauddin Dagar (Veena) – Raga Malkauns – CD Vedanta (2007, SWM – SenseWorldMusic)
5. Annapurna Devi (Surbahar) & Ravi Shankar (Surbahar) – (private archive: Sitar player Nick Proctor)
6. Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (Rudra Veena) – (1990 live, Winterthur/Switzerland)
7. Manfred Junius (Surbahar) – Raga Mian Kil Mahar – CD Box „Anthology of World Music – North Indian Classical Music

Defining the tone… – The Drones in Indian Classics – 7th October

1. Ashwin Batish (Sitar, Tabla) – Raga Bilaval – CD „Om Shanti Meditation – Swarmandal (1998, Batish Records)
2. Ashwin Batish (Sitar, Tabla) – Raga Bageshwari – CD „Om Shanti Meditation – Swarmandal (1998, Batish Records)
3. Moinuddin & Aminuddin Dagar – Raga Bageshree
4. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande (vocal) – Khayal: Raga Boop-Nat (private archive: Rajan P. Parrikar)
5. Bhimesn Joshi (vocal) – Raga Kafi: Piaya Ke Milan Ki Aas (Thumri) – (1961, All India Radio)
6. Shubha Mudgal (vocal) – Raga Mishra Khamaj: Preet Lagi Tab Laaj Kahan (Thumri) – CD: Shama (2005, live: Saptak-Festival – SenseWorldMusic)
7. Rashid Khan (vocal) – Raga Jogkauns (Khayal) – CDs „Reflection – Rashid Khan (2005, live: Saptak-Festival – SenseWorldMusic)

„Microtones in Hindustani Sangeet – microtonal structures of Indian Ragas – 4th November

1. Shivkumar Sharma (Santoor) – Raga Zinzoti – CD Santoor Wadan – Vol. 2 (2003, Label Venus Records (Mumbai))
2. Manilal Nag (Sitar) – Raga Puriya Dhanashri (ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkatta)
3. Begum Akthar (vocal) – „Nanadiya Kahe Mare Bol – CD „Thurmi – The Music of Love (2004, The Grampohone Company of India Ltd. (Kolkatta))
4. Ali Akbar Khan (Sarod) – Raga Chandranandan „Signature Series – Vol. 1 (AMMP)
5. Pandit Jasraj (vocal) – Raga Shankara – CD „Classical Vocal – Pandit Jasraj (2001, Sawai Gandharva Music Festival – Fountain Music Company, Pune)
6. Vijay Raghav Roy (flutist) – Raga Zinzoti
7. Ustad Sultan Khan (Sarangi) & Samanta Manju Mehta (Sitar) – Raga Kaunsi Kanada – CD „Umeed (2008, SenseworldMusic)
8. Swapna Datar (Violin) & Upendra Sahasrabuddhe (Harmonium) – Raga Suddha Sarang (2008 live, Pune)

 


Jingle: WEST meets EAST – indian ragas on western instruments(CDNF 150562 ADD Made in India . PKD. 12/2004)

1. MISHRA KALENGRA:
JINAN PRAKASH GHOSH (Harmonium) & V.G. JOG (Violin)
2. THUMRI in RAGA KHAMAJ in ADDHA TEEN TAAL
3. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Slide Guitar)
4. RAGA KALAVATI: Shankar Jaikishan
5. RAGA MADHUVANTI: Charanjeet SINGH (Synthethizer)

P  & C 2004 Owner, Manufacturer: SAREGAMA INDIA Ltd., 33, Jessore Road, Kolkata – 700 028. India (Original sound recording: The Gramophone Company of India Ltd.)

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Violin Sisters – ‘Queens of Violin’

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 29, 2008

saa-uk-violin-sisters-01292009-1The Violin has been played in South India for ceturies and the locals even beleive that India gave this great instrument to the West. Whatever its origins, this is your chance to hear the violin in the highly melodious and virtuosic Carnatic (South Indian Classical) style.

Kalaimamani Dr. M. Lalitha and Kalaimamani M. Nandini are internationally acclaimed violin maestros and have been widely applauded as the ‘Queens of Violin’ (South African Times) of the present generation. Popularly known as the ‘Violin Sisters’ these outstanding musicians have enthralled audiences with their spell bounding music.

SAA-uk is delighted to be welcoming these two international artists for the first time in Leeds.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Seven Arts Centre | Street: Harrogate Road
City/Town: Chapel Allerton, United Kingdom
Contact: education@saa-uk.org.uk (Tel: 01132445523)

(Source: 01/2009 – SAA-UK – www.saa-uk.org.uk)

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Vishwa Hindi Divas – 4th World Hindi Day 2009

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

see 2011 here…

World Hindi Day to be celebrated every year.

Ministry of External Affairs and a number of Indian Missions abroad celebrated World Hindi Day on 10th January, 2006 for the first time. Hindi competitions were organized on this occasion. On the occasion of World Hindi Day on 10th January, 2007 Ministry of External Affairs organized a Hindi Essay competition for foreign students, who are studying Hindi in India. The winners were given prizes by the Chief Guest by the Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri Anand Sharma at a grand function held on 10th Janauary,2007. A number of Indian Missions abroad also celebrated World Hindi Day in January, 2007 on a large scale and organized various Hindi competitions and cultural programmes. It has been decided that World Hindi Day will be celebrated annually. (Source: 7th World Hindi Conference (Paramaribo (Suriname), 5-9 June, 2003))

Podium Talk:

Vishwa Hindi Divas 2009
World Hindi Day 2009

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The Embassy of lndia, in cooperation with Humboldt University, Berlin, and ICCR, New Delhi, pesent

Vishwa Hindi Divas – World Hindi Day

on 14 January 2009 at 1800 hrs.

Featuring

***

Talk on

Vishwa mein Hindi Ki Disha aur Dasha’ (‚Status of Hindi in the world’)

by Dr. Vishnu R. Sarwade

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Moderation by

Dr. Hannelore Bauhaus-Lötzke

Department of South Asian Studies, Asian and African Institute, Humboldt University, Berlin

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Reading from literature in Hindi by

Dr. Hannelore Bauhaus-Lötzke and students of Humboldt University, Berlin

With Translation and reading in German by

Mr. Guntram Wischnewski

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Dr. Vishnu R. Sarwade is a reader and head of the department of Hindi at MumbaiUniversity. AT present, he holds the ICCR chair of India studies at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn

Languages: Hindi / German / English

The event is concluded with a reception.

14 January 2009
18:00 hrs

Auditorium
Embassy of
India
Tiergartenstr. 17
10785
Berlin (Bus 200 Tiergartenstraße)

Free Admission
Please show your identity card at the entry point!
It will be highly appreciated, if bags and eatables are not brought inside the premises of the Embassy

(Source: 2008 – Embassy of India (Cultural Departement), Berlin)


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Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 22, 2008

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SAPTAK Annual Festival 2009

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 22, 2008

SAPTAK Annual Festival 2009…

Saptak began its journey in October 1980, when it was inaugrated by Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Kishan Maharaj. It is a public charitable trust which runs the Saptak School of Music and organise musical events and other activities. Saptak’s mission is to preserve, develop and propagate Indian classical and traditional music.

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Saptak organizes an annual festival of music inviting artists from all over India. This series of festivals was inaugurated by a performance by Bharat Ratna Pt. Ravi Shankar in 1980. The festival starts on the 1st of January every year. Over the years its span has increased from three days to thirteen days and the participation of artists has increased from about 25 to more than 80 for each festival. All leading vocalists as well as instrumentalists have participated on this platform regularly. (List of the artists who have performed). Some of the innovative features of this festival have been instrument and dance ensembles, Tala Vadya Kacheri, Rajasthani and Punjabi folk music.

Saptak also tries to keep alive the fading traditions of vocal music like Thumri and Dhrupad, and instruments like Sarangi and Pakhawaj by inviting the older generation of artists specializing in these fields. The students of Saptak also perform in the presence of renowned musicians, musicologists and a large appreciative audience in this festival. This provides them inspiration and instills greater self-confidence.

The organization of this programme has certain unique features.

  • There are no tickets.
  • The programme is entirely supported by well-wishers and business houses.
  • The sitting arrangement is Indian and democratic in its character.
  • Students of Saptak, teachers, musicians, musicologists, connoisseurs and well wishers are extended a special invitation.
  • The focus is on music alone and there are no ceremonies. Over the years a community has grown around this festival and the younger generation is being progressively drawn to it. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the country and many NRIs as well attend it regularly. A large following has developed and the audience has grown from about 300 to 3000.
  • This festival has won acclaim as a landmark in cultural events not only in Ahmedabad but all over the country.

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Forthcoming Events…

Saptak Annual Festival 2009′ (official website)

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of the Tabla Triumvirate – Pt. Samta Prasad, Ustad Alla Rakha and Pt. Kishan Maharaj.

part 1 – date: From 1st to 13th January 2009
venue: Kashiram Bhavan, B/h. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Ahmedabad.

part 2 – date: 19th, 20th and 21st January 2009
venue: AES Post Graduate Institute of Business Management (MBA),
Opp. Indian Institute of Management (IIMA)
Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

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Around the world: Bada Din – Christmas in India…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 22, 2008

Heart-Best-Wishes-for-Christmas-Logo-2008-1Despite the same underlying spirit, the celebration of Christmas vary in the vast expanse of India. These variations are largely because India is a country of diversity. Christian community in India celebrate Christmas with pomp, gaiety and devotion. Celebrations of Christmas festival begin on the eve of Christmas on 24th of December and continue till New Year’s Day. Christians across the country mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ on Christmas Day by participating in special masses organized in churches. Celebrations of Christmas are marked by carols, cakes, candles and decoration of Christmas Tree. Each area of India has a distinctly different way of celebrating Christmas. If in the North East it is celebrated in one way, in the South West it is done in a different way. In northwest India, the tribal Christians of the Bhil tribe go out night after night for a week during Christmas to sing their special carols the whole night through and tell the story of Christmas to everybody.

In South India, Christians light clay lamps on the rooftops and walls of their houses, the same way as Hindus decorate their homes during the Diwali Festival. People also prepare mouthwatering recipes, such as cakes, cookies, pudding etc.

Christians in the plains decorate mango or banana trees at Christmas time. Sometimes they also decorate their houses with mango leaves. In several states of India a popular custom is to decorate banana or mango tree instead of traditional pine tree. In some parts of India, small clay oil-burning lamps are used as Christmas decorations; they are placed on the edges of flat roofs and on the tops of walls. Another interesting Christmas tradition in India is decorating the Churches with poinsettia flower. Churches are decorated with poinsettias and lit with candles for the Christmas Eve service. However, for the urban regions the ingredients of the festivities are the familiar X-mas trees (mostly potted) decorated with stars and tinsels, toys, plastic fruits, and colorful streamers and illuminated well are placed in front of the Christian houses, shops and restaurants. Santa is also seen in some streets and some shops and departmental stores deploy Santa to entertain their kid-customers.

In the major cities of India caroling processions are also seen on streets and thoroughfares. Days before the festival markets take a colorful look as they are decorated with traditional Christmas trees, stars, images of Santa, balloons and festoons. In several parts of India, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, Christmas Festival has assumed secular overtones and is joyfully celebrated by people of all religions and communities. In Mumbai, which has one of the largest Roman Catholic communities in India, there is a tradition to depict nativity scenes and decorate home with big stars.

Christmas Day called ‘Bada Din‘ (Big Day) in Hindi is a national holiday in India and people from all religions join their Christian friends to make the most of the joyous celebrations.

Though the Hindus and Muslims comprise majority of the population, Xmas is celebrated with much fanfare in this secular country. Schools run by Christian missionaries celebrate Christmas by organizing nativity plays which depict the birth of Jesus Christ. Carols, songs and dramas make these celebrations even more joyful. Even non-Christian students enthusiastically participate in such celebrations.

In Christian households, preparations for Christmas begin at least a month in advance. People get their homes whitewashed and indulge in spring cleaning of the house to give it a fresh new look. Ladies start preparations for the traditional Christmas cake which is anxiously awaited not just by the entire family but also by the neighbors!! Hectic shopping activity takes place as everyone buys new clothes for the festival. Christmas Gifts are also bought for friends, relatives and kids in the family. The biggest festival for Christians, Christmas is also the time for family reunions. People staying in different cities for job or higher studies rush back to their homes to celebrate Christmas with their near and dear ones. Indian Christians do not believe in short services. The main service on Christmas Day is a midnight one which lasts from two to three hours, with hundred of communicants and many children all massed together on the floor. The Day is a national holiday and people irrespective of their religion enjoy it along with the Christians.

Most exhilarating celebration of Christmas can be seen in the vivacious state of Goa. A large number of domestic and international tourists flock to the beaches Goa during Christmas festival to watch Goa at its cultural best. One can also regale in the best of Goa music and dance during Christmas festivities. Catholics in Goa participate in the traditional midnight mass services locally called Missa de Galo or Cock Crow as they go on well into early hours of the morning. The Carnival, preceding Lent, is the most important event at Goa. This is similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Goa is one favorite destination for Christmas celebrations. In fact a very large number of people from the country as well as abroad make a beeline to this little coastal state to celebrate their Christmas holidays in style.

(Source: theholidayspot.com | Around the WorldChristmas in India)

Some more links about “Christmas in India“…

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EYID – as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 ends soon…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 17, 2008

  1. Continued commitment to intercultural dialogue at the EYID closing conference
  2. Media education the focus for the 2009 Evens Intercultural Education Prize
  3. Green Paper on Migration & education
  4. Radio 1812 invites you to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December
  5. Imagine. Create. Innovate.” – next year in Europe
  6. ZwischenSCHRITT” (“Intermediate step”): Closing Event of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in Austria
  7. The Home not Home exhibition travels across Sweden, Germany and Turkey
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008

    • Continued commitment to intercultural dialogue at the EYID closing conference

    “The end of this Year’s campaign is by no means the end of our commitment to intercultural dialogue”, promised Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, at the closing conference of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.
    The conference in Paris, organised by the French Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission on 17-19 November, welcomed more than 600 participants from across Europe and beyond. Under the title “New Perspectives for Intercultural Dialogue in Europe”, top-level speakers, including Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture and Communication, and Odile Quintin, General Director of DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, reflected on the projects undertaken during the year, and on the lessons for stimulating intercultural dialogue over the long term.
    Abd Al Malik, Ambassador for the European Year, stressed the importance of artists in promoting intercultural dialogue in the world, and the conference featured a wide range of visual and artistic expressions, as well as round table discussions examining the role of the media, the potential for public action, teaching methods in education for intercultural dialogue, and intercultural dialogue between Europe and non-EU countries.
    Read on…

    • Media education the focus for the 2009 Evens Intercultural Education Prize

    The importance of media education for young children will be the theme of the Evens Prize for Intercultural Education to be awarded in 2009, under the patronage of Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. The Evens Foundation wants to stimulate efforts to develop media literacy and media intelligence among children aged 4 to 12 years. The prize of EUR 50.000 will be distributed among the best projects that raise critical awareness, comprehension, cultural awareness and creativity, so as to help develop critical and active citizens.
    Proposals will be invited from teachers or parents involved in formal or non-formal education with children in the target age group. Around the theme of Learning to Live Together, proposals should demonstrate the development of intercultural competences – the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes to function flexibly in plural and diverse societies in an increasingly globalizing world. Communication skills linked to negotiation and a broad range of perspectives are central to this approach, in which educators redefine their role and become mediators and guides rather than knowledge transmitters.
    Applications before Jan 15. Details from http://www.evensfoundation.be .
    Read on…

    • Green Paper on Migration and education

    This is your chance to actively participate in European policy making on education systems! The European Commission is inviting opinions on how education policies could be improved to face the challenges posed by immigration and by the movement of families around the EU.
    Significant numbers of children in Europe’s schools now come from other Member States, or from outside the EU altogether. A Commission Green Paper adopted in July opens the debate on the best ways of dealing with this new reality.
    Everyone is entitled to give their views on what should be done, and what the EU should do to support Member States. But hurry – you have to contribute before 31 December. Send your contribution to: EAC-migrantchildren@ec.europa.eu. The European Commission will analyse the results of the consultation, and publish its conclusions in early 2009.
    Issues include preventing the creation of segregated school settings, ensuring fair treatment for all in education, and accommodating the growing diversity of languages and cultural perspectives. It’s important, because many migrant children are at risk from educational disadvantage, and the risk is often passed on to the next generation too. Policies can make a difference, improving everyone’s chances, and helping create a more integrated society.
    Read on…

    • Radio 1812 invites you to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December

    For the third time, Radio 1812 will bring together radio stations from around the world to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December. Last year, some 150 radio stations from more than 30 countries took part in this event. From Australia to Argentina, from Spain to Senegal, and from Belgium to Bolivia, small community-based radio stations as well as large public and international broadcasters produced and aired special programmes on migration.
    During this European Year for Intercultural Dialogue, celebrating International Migrants Day presents an extra opportunity to bring the stories from migrants to European audiences. Radio 1812 is therefore ready to welcome radio journalists – and anyone else – interested in participating to get in touch with radio1812@december18.net. The goal is an even wider coverage in the European Union than in previous years.
    Read on…

    • “Imagine. Create. Innovate.” – next year in Europe

    2009 has been designated the “European Year of Creativity and Innovation”. The European Commission launched the communication campaign on 5 December, with the slogan “Imagine. Create. Innovate.”.
    The aim is to promote creative and innovative approaches in different sectors of human activity, to better equip the European Union for the challenges ahead in a globalised world.
    “The European Year of Innovation and Creativity 2009 will help unlock Europe’s creative and innovative potential, a task that has become even more important in times of economic crisis”, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth Ján Figel’ said during the launch ceremony.
    “What I would like to see at the end of the Year is that the citizens of Europe understand better that by promoting human talents and the human capacity to innovate, we can actively shape Europe for the better, to help it fully develop its potential, both economically and socially”, Figel’ said.
    Governments, businesses and civil society should engage in a debate on how Europeans should change for the EU to remain competitive on the global stage while also preserving “a socially cohesive society, united in its rich diversity”, the commissioner said.
    The launch – which also involved three of the ambassadors of the Year, Jordi Savall, Edward de Bono, and Karlheinz Brandenburg – culminated with a concert of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra.
    To read more, please visit the official website of the Year 2009 at http://create2009.europa.eu .

    • “ZwischenSCHRITT” (“Intermediate step”): Closing Event of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in Austria

    On 27 November, in Vienna, 200 young people celebrated at the dance event “ZwischenSCHRITT”. The youth event provided the chance to review the diverse activities of the European Year 2008 and to look forward to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The dance performance “Tanz die Toleranz – form of expression”, the multilingual rap and dance presentation of “MUCKEMCY and friends” as well as the music of “Rappaholix” were the night’s highlights.
    The Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) was the National Coordinating Body in Austria for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID 2008) and has encouraged close cooperation with other ministries, social partners and key contacts in the sectors of education, culture, youth and media.
    In January, 2008, the Federal Minister, Claudia Schmied, founded a new department in terms of sustainability within the BMUKK for migration, intercultural education and language politics.
    In time for the end of the European Year 2008, the opening concert “Be a Mensch” is also now available on DVD, featuring 40 musicians from four continents.
    For further information: http://www.interkultureller-dialog-2008.at .

    • The Home not Home exhibition travels across Sweden, Germany and Turkey

    Home not Home, an intercultural project examining new conceptions of “home” in Europe today, is currently on tour around Sweden, Turkey and Germany: This artistic co-operation is creating new frames of artistic references through its focus on women’s stories and identity. These new cultural experiences and perspectives are designed to increase intercultural understanding.
    Home not Home has three key elements. “Head on” is a contemporary theatre performance based on the award-winning movie by Fatih Akin, produced by the Riksteatern and directed by Dritëro Kasapi. It is a touching love story, with plenty of live music, about an unexpected encounter which changes the lives of two people for ever. In a second room, the video installation “Restore Hope: See me!”, by the Turkish artist Selda Asal, reveals the stories of vulnerable people on the margins of society. And a forum entitled “The Room in Between” offers discussions, audience research and seminars organized by Intercult, Re:Orient and Sprong in collaboration with local partners in each city.
    All the activities raise existential questions from a global perspective by touching subjects such as love, identity, power or hate. Home not Home has been developed as the Swedish national project for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
    Read on…

    (Source: 12/2008 – EYID Newsletter | The EYID Team | European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Culture)

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    18 December – International Migrant’s Day

    Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 17, 2008

    Why celebrating International Migrants’ Day?

    In 1997, Filipino and other Asian migrant organizations began celebrating and promoting the 18th December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. This date was choosen because it was on 18th December 1990 that the UN aInternational Migrant's Day - 18 Decemberdopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members of Their Families.

    Building on this initiative, December 18 – with support from Migrant Rights International and the Steering Committee for the Global Campaign for Ratification of the International Convention on Migrants’ Rights and many other organizations – began late 1999 campaigning online for the official UN designation of an International Migrant’s Day, which was finally proclaimed on December 4th, 2000.

    The UN proclamation of the International Migrants’ Day is an important step, offering a rallying point for everyone across the world who is concerned with the protection of migrants. The UN invited all UN member states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations to observe this day by disseminating information on human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, sharing experiences, and undertaking action to ensure the protection of migrants.

    But it is first of all an opportunity to recognize the contributions made by millions of migrants to the economies and well being of their host and home countries, and to promote respect for their basic human rights.

    We encourage non-governmental organisations – including yours – to join the global solidarity movement for the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants and to use of the International Migrants’ Day to highlight publicly the contributions made by migrants and to call on their government to ratify the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

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    Radio 1812 invites you to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December

    For the third time, Radio 1812 will bring together radio stations from around the world to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December. Last year, some 150 radio stations from more than 30 countries took part in this event. From Australia to Argentina, from Spain to Senegal, and from Belgium to Bolivia, small community-based radio stations as well as large public and international broadcasters produced and aired special programmes on migration.

    During this European Year for Intercultural Dialogue, celebrating International Migrants Day presents an extra opportunity to bring the stories from migrants to European audiences. Radio 1812 is therefore ready to welcome radio journalists – and anyone else – interested in participating to get in touch with radio1812@december18.net. The goal is an even wider coverage in the European Union than in previous years.
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    (Source: December 18.net | interculturaldialogue2008.eu | Radio1812.net)

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    The Line-Up’s Getting Better All The Time

    Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 8, 2008

    Monday, 8 December 2008, 12:11 pm
    Press Release: Womad

    NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY 8 DECEMBER 2008

    The Weather’s Getting Hotter Womad’s Getting Closer And The Line-Up’s Getting Better All The Time

    Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Malian Rokia Traore will join the WOMAD 2009 bill, comes the confirmation of Kiwi audience favourites Anika Moa & band, The Sami Sisters and Andrew White to the line-up.

    Anika Moa’s honest and heart wrenching voice, her energy and cheeky wit bring together a live show that is a myriad of beautiful melodies and amazing musicianship. Moa has clearly become one of New Zealand’s best-loved troubadours and this is a not-to-be-missed experience to see her live in the unique WOMAD atmosphere.

    The Sami Sisters are a singing, guitar-playing, gorgeous coffee-coloured trio of Irish and Indian descent, reigning from Auckland’s Onehunga. Madeleine, Anji and Priya Sami are each accomplished entertainers in music & film and were met with high expectations when they decided to merge their collective talents to form the Sami Sisters. Their shows are sell-out and they live up to what’s expected, and then some.

    Andrew White was once busking the streets of Auckland. But fate had other plans for him and concert and festival audiences across Canada, Europe and the South Pacific have been amazed by his technically brilliant finger-style guitar playing and soulful songs. This year White has toured Canada and the UK coast to coast with the critically acclaimed production International Guitar Night and has just recorded his tenth album to date, ‘Traces of Silver.’

    WOMAD THE FESTIVAL

    WOMAD is an international festival created by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Brooman 24 years ago. Since then 21 countries have hosted the festival and entertained millions of festival-goers.

    New Zealand’s pre-eminent celebration of music, arts & dance takes place at New Plymouth’s Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl 13-15th March 2009. The Festival also features a new Sustainable Village, which showcases sustainable practices and merchandise. This adds to the already hugely successful Global Village (international food, arts & craft) and Kidszone.

    WOMAD Earlybird three-day passes have sold out. Standard tickets are now available from Ticketek – www.ticketek.co.nz.

    3 day pass – $209
    3 day pass & camping – $259
    3 day pass & Marae-style accommodation – $279
    1 day tickets are also available.

    For more information on WOMAD09, check out www.womad.co.nz

    THE ARTISTS

    International

    Arte Kanela
    (Australia / Spain) – the most dynamic force in Australian flamenco dance.

    Bedouin Jerry Can Band (Egypt) – musicians, poets, storytellers and coffee grinders tell their tales from the Egyptian Sinai desert.

    Dengue Fever (Cambodia / USA) – psychedelic Cambodian / LA pop.

    Dona Rosa (Portugal) – blind world-travelled songstress discovered on the streets of Portugal.

    Geoffrey Gurrumal Yunupingu (Australia) – formerly with band Yothu Yindi, the most revered voice in Aboriginal music.

    The Gyuto Monks (Tibet / Australia) – The monks conduct tantric arts programmes around the world showcasing the intense colour, beauty & complexity of their endangered rituals & traditions.

    Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara Trio (UK) – With an encyclopaedic knowledge of Blues & African music, Adams has been referred to as ‘the Ry Cooder of the UK’ and with the Trio play an electrifying set. Adams is also the Musical Director of the All Stars Gala for WOMAD 2009.

    Lo Cor De La Plana (France) – six male voices combine harmonies with boisterous percussion.

    Mikidache (Mayotte, near Madagasgar / Paris) – one of the hottest new singer/guitarist talents from this tiny country, Mikidache has made a name for himself in Paris by holding tight to his roots, believing “Madagascan music is complete in terms of its harmonies and rhythms.”

    The Mobile Sewing Company (Netherlands) – travelling ‘ateliers,’ audience members take off their clothes & allow the ladies to customise, decorate and revolutionise them, each vintage machine powered by bicycles pedalled by the audience!

    Natacha Atlas
    (Egypt / UK) – chanteuse bridging Egyptian & Western R&B & pop styles with her soaring voice.

    People In Your Neighbourhood featuring Urban Soul (UK/NZ) – a British Council-led project, featuring a line up of musicians from diverse Kiwi communities and members of UK’s acclaimed string collective Urban Soul Orchestra to create a dynamic collaboration of live electronic soul. Expect Korean rap, Maori taonga puoro, Fijian percussion, Niuean soul, Chinese strings and more.

    Rachel Unthank & The Winterset
    (UK) – one of the Britain’s newest shining lights in the folk scene.

    • NEW ADDITION – Rokia Traore (Mali) – Arguably Africa’s most experimental singer-songwriter, her latest album collecting searing hot media reviews; 5 Stars, The Guardian; 4 Stars The Observer, The Times & Mojo.

    Russ Jones – the hackney globe trotter (UK) – DJ with a uniquely eclectic mash-up of cultural styles.

    Sa Dingding (China) – the first Chinese artist to sing in Sanscrit, boldly combining traditional Chinese folk with Western electronica.

    Seckou Keita SKQ (Senegal) – hailed as ‘the Hendrix of kora,’ the rocking repertoire of southern Senegal, its members bring their roots to the mix from Senegal, Italy, Egypt and The Gambia.

    Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria) – Fiery & frenetic Nigerian Seun Kuti and his family has stood opposed to the murderous and corruptive regimes in Africa for generations and brings his uniquely resolute, defiant and historic music to the stage. Together with Egypt 80, the legendary big-band of his late father Fela, Kuti brings an explosive brew of Afrobeat for the 21st century to WOMAD 2009. Fans include Barack Obama,

    who notoriously helped the band gain visas to play in the US. http://www.myspace.com/seunkuti

    Ska Cubano (Cuba / UK) – an irresistible, fanciful combination of Jamaican ska & Cuban mambo.

    Speed Caravan (Algeria / France) – amping up the ancient fretless lute, making traditional Arabic music rock.

    U Shrinivas & U Rajesh (India) – using the electric mandolin to offer a dazzling blending of Western jazz and sophisticated classical Indian music.

    New Zealand

    Fat Freddy’s Drop – Fat Freddy’s have won an obscene number of Tuis (NZ Music Awards), awarded the People’s Choice award 2 years in a row. Debut album ‘Based On A True Story’ was #1 for 11 weeks (a record for a NZ album) & NZ’s highest selling album of 2006, now 8 x Platinum. Their highly anticipated second album is due for release late 2008. Live, Fat Freddy’s present a hybrid of dub/reggae, soul, funk, hip-hop and techno, marinated in jazz and served on Island Time.

    Brendan Power – acknowledged as one of the most creative & skilled harmonica players in the world, lending his talents to the recordings of Sting, Van Morrison, Paul Young & many more, WOMAD welcomes this outstanding Kiwi to the lineup.

    Shona Laing – her songs have become part of the fabric of New Zealand’s growing up, an essential part of our sense of place. Her piercingly insightful music will be right at home on the WOMAD stage.

    Hinemoa Baker – published & celebrated poet, fiction writer, playwright and performer of song & spoken word, with a voice some have compared to Joan Baez and Cleo Laine. Those who love language – in particular Te Reo – and the impactful, no-waste language of poetry will love her performance. Winner APRA Silver Scroll Award (Maioha category, 2005) & NZ Music Awards finalist (2004).

    Mihirangi – the sheer strength of her a capella vocal performance “absolutely blew us away” (Beat Magazine, 2006). Mihirangi takes soulful world roots to a new level, layering & looping her voice with ska chops, sensuous jazzy riffs & strong bass beat.

    Moana & the Tribe – ancient yet timely messages, fusing taonga puoro, haka, chants with soul, reggae and classical, respectfully and gracefully blending the traditional with the contemporary. Moana draws on her identity as a Maori woman, with a background in traditional performing arts, to write songs that resonate with global audiences.

    Little Bushman – four jazz school grads, influenced by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and The Who, with some seriously bent psychadelic sonic sounds, a 5-Star review in the Dominion Post and a magnificent live show.

    • NEW ADDITION – The Sami Sisters – with influences from country artists of yesteryear Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline to 50s girl bands, classic motown & 80s hit stars Kate Bush and The Smiths this Indian/Irish sibling trio from Onehunga come from a short yet illustrious history of sold-out shows and a hip young following.
    • NEW ADDITION – Anika Moa & band – one of NZ’s most gifted and popular artists, Moa’s heartbreakingly honest and soulful songs make her live performances immensely popular.
    • NEW ADDITION – Andrew White – now residing in Nova Scotia, White has been wowing audiences across Europe and Canada with his incredible finger- style guitar playing of technical brilliance.
    (Source: 12/08/2008 – SCOOP Independent News – Culture)

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    Playing for Change: Peace Through Music

    Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 8, 2008

    playing-for-change-logo-12082008-1MeetJohnSong brings to our attention a global collaborative musical project called Playing for Change: Peace through Music. The concept behind it is that music is a common uniting factor between different cultures, ethnicities and regions. The film and music will be available in 2009, and more information on the project can be found on the Playing for Change website. [read]

    (Source: 12/08/2008 – 16:04 | GlobalVoicesJuliana Rincón Parra)

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