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Archive for January 14th, 2010

Sydney: Rahman to build bridges with Sydney concert (Zeenews)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 14, 2010

Sydney: He has won the Oscar with ‘Jai Ho’; now, Mozart of Madras AR Rahman aims to win hearts and heal the troubled relationship between Indians and Australians with a free concert in Sydney.

Rahman hopes the concert – part of Festival of Sydney – this Saturday, will succeed to “build a bridge of understanding” and promote peace, understanding, love and friendship at this weekend’s show.

Although, Rahman had confirmed his participation last August, but owing to the continuing attacks on Indians, racist or otherwise, has put his performance under the arch lights.

The two-hour show at Parramatta Park – home to the largest population of Indian and south Asian people in Australia – will also see performances from more than 40 performers and artistes.

Although, there were reports that the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ composer might cancel his trip Down Under owing to the attacks on his fellow countrymen, Rahman says he never considered cancelling his trip.

“No. I felt the urge even more to do that [perform] because of all the stuff [that has been happening]. I thought it was very important to do that,” he said after arriving in Australia’s most populous city.

“I want to have a great concert for people to enjoy, and also to spread the message of togetherness and peace; build a bridge for people who are trying to break it,” he added.

Rahman also has fond memories of performing in Australia, citing his 2005 concerts in Melbourne and Sydney as having the “some of his best audiences”. Amid concerns of violence at the venue, authorities are expecting a crowd of around Rs one lakh for the weekend concert.

Media should exercise restraint

Speaking at a press conference, on arrival in the city, Rahman opined that Australian and Indian media have a responsibility to build bridges, rather than breaking them apart.

“First of all we need more responsible media. It is a great tool, but grossly misused and can provoke people,” he said.

“Just one comment can kill a thousand people – that has happened in the past. You have to be extremely careful and strict about what (you write).”

He also advised young Indians to avoid walking at night in areas frequented by drug addicts and alcoholics.

“Because that’s the main reason for the killing. It doesn’t matter what race they are, they just want to kill because they’re not in their own senses.”

The Australian government has also warmed up to Rahman and are seeing potential in his capability to soothe flaring tempers. Acting New South Wales Premier Carmel Tebbutt said she was hopeful the concert would promote peaceful relations between the two countries.

“It’s an opportunity … to promote our city and to send a very clear message that we’re a multicultural, diverse city, we’re a multicultural diverse country, and we’re very proud of that,” Ms Tebbutt told reporters.

(Source: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 13:23 IST | Zeenews Bureau (Intern. Edition) –  Entertainment – Music)

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Mumbai/Pune: ‘Indian classical music can stop student suicides’

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 14, 2010

by Bhagyashree Kulthe (DNA)

Pune: Indian classical music and spirituality have the power to prevent students’ suicides, spiritual guru and founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said in Pune.

He was reacting to the recent suicides, mostly among students, in Maharashtra in his interaction with media persons ahead of the music event organised in the city.

“Indian classical music has great potential. It can heal hearts and minds. We need to develop a taste for it among the youth. It should be taken to youngsters because it connects you with your higher self,” the spiritual leader said, adding that Indian classical music and spirituality could reduce depression and divert the youth from suicidal thoughts.

He praised the government’s agenda to teach yoga in schools. “All good things Indian need to be propagated in India and abroad. We must also respect allcultures,” he added.

Spirituality was not devoid ofscience, he said. “It is Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary today. Swamiji propagated the message of science and spirituality,” the guru said.

He asked followers to save the girl-child.He said, “ We need to develop scientific thinking among farmers to encourage agriculture without chemicals. We also need to save the girl child and give them good training and education.”

(Source: Thursday, January 14, 2010 0:43 IST – DNA Report)

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India: Hindus celebrate Makar Sankranti Festival on 14th January…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 14, 2010

Makar Sankranti Festival

Festival is the one of the most auspicious Festival for Hindu peoples of India. Makar Sankranti Festival is celebrated on the day of 14th January every year. Makar Sankranti Festival comes after the malmass. Makar Sankranti Festival is the biggest religious and ritual day for the Indian people because, It is said that Makar Sankranti Festival is a biggest day for donation. It is said that during mid January, the sun enters in the makar rashi so this day called as makar sankranti festival.

on the day of makar sankranti festival ladies prepare sweets and specialty til papadi and laddoo. this day people donate til, clothes, money and corn to some poor people. makar sankranti is celebrated all over the India with joy and happiness.

In early morning the people takes dip in the water of holy river like ganga and yamuna etc. and they Worship the rising Sun by offering flower and water with both hands. they pray with folded hands by singing the famous gayatri mantra. Many people goes to holy places as like Haridwar and kashi etc. for the welfare. makar sankrinti is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting to leave his mortal coil. Makar Sankranti is biggest religious festival for Hindu peoples.

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