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IMCOnAir-IMCRadio.Net wishes you a Happy Holi ‘10

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 28, 2010

Happy Holi 2009

Holi Feast 2009

Holi Hai 2009

About: Holi Feast | Easter Feast (Colored Easter Eggs | Easter Bunnies)

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BBC ‘to cut stations and halve websites’ report claims

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 26, 2010

The BBC is to close two radio stations and scale back its web presence to make £600m in savings, according to a report in the Times newspaper.

BBC Asian Network and 6 Music will be closed under the proposals, it says.

The Times claims the measures are part of a plan, due to be made public next month, to reduce the BBC’s services and focus on quality over quantity.

A statement from the BBC called press speculation “premature” but acknowledged the existence of a review.

The National Union of Journalists, however, said it had “received a detailed briefing” from the BBC this morning “confirming media reports as largely correct”.

The Union warned of strikes if cuts went ahead.

Strategic review

The Times claims the proposals are currently being considered by the BBC Trust, the corporation’s governing body.

They allegedly involve a wide-ranging series of cuts that will make £600m available for higher quality programming.

Savings will reportedly be made by limiting spending on rights to sporting events and reducing the money spent on imported TV shows.

The BBC Switch and Blast! websites are also to be closed as part of a larger reduction in the BBC’s web presence, the newspaper alleges.

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INSIDER’S VIEW
Torin Douglas, Media correspondent

The Times report is very detailed so the paper has clearly been shown a BBC document. Whether these will be the final decisions remains to be seen. The report is to be considered by the governing body, the BBC Trust, and The Times quotes “BBC Trust sources” as saying they would like the Director general to impose even greater cuts to budget for imported programmes. There could also be last-minute lobbying on behalf of the two radio stations said to be due for closure. A campaign to save BBC 6 Music has been running on Facebook for some time.
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The Times states the BBC’s budget for foreign acquisitions, which currently stands at £100m, will be cut by a quarter. This could mean the end of such US TV shows as Heroes, Mad Men and The Wire on BBC channels. The BBC’s website budget, which currently stands at £112m, will also be cut by 25 per cent. The Times says this will be achieved by halving the number of web pages and reducing its staff by a quarter. BBC Worldwide will be ordered to divest itself of its British magazine publishing arm, the newspaper continues.

If approved, this could see the Radio Times, Top Gear magazine and other publications put out to tender.

In a statement, the BBC said: “Last summer, the BBC Trust challenged the BBC to develop a new strategy to meet the opportunities and the threats of the rapidly changing media landscape. “Although the details have yet to be agreed… the BBC expects to present its proposals to the BBC Trust in the near future.”

The corporation did not comment on the specific details of the leaked report, but said it was “fully committed to online and to digital television and radio”.

‘Not rampant’

Speaking to 5 Live, Guardian media columnist Steve Hewlett said the plans, if verified, could be politically motivated.

The BBC has drawn criticism of late amid speculation that an incoming Tory government would seek to freeze the licence fee in 2013 and replace the BBC Trust with another body.

“The BBC needs to create the impression that it’s not rampant in terms of its expansion,” said Hewlett.

“It needs politically to look like it’s going back into its shell a bit,” he continued.

The NUJ said the plans “smack of an attempt to appease political and commercial interests”.

“Hard-working staff shouldn’t be used as a political football and we will fight any compulsory redundancies,” said general secretary Jeremy Dear.

THE BBC’S FUTURE
Last year Mark Thompson gave a speech at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Conference in London in which he said changes would take place after the digital switchover is completed in 2012: “Expect to see reductions in some kinds of programmes and content [and] a look at the current scope of our website.” (see full text of speech)

“Expect to see reductions in some kinds of programmes and content – a look at the current scope of our website – and a close examination of the future of our service portfolios once switchover has been achieved,” he said in November.

Earlier this month a BBC Trust review appeared to allay fears that 6 Music would be closed in a report which praised its “distinctive approach”.

The review added that the digital station “needed to grow its audience base without losing its unique selling point”.

Fans have already set up a campaign protesting changes to the station, rallying support on Facebook and Twitter.

Among them is musician David Bowie, who issued a statement saying: “6 Music keeps the spirit of broadcasters like John Peel alive and for new artists to lose this station.

(Sourc: 16:54 GMT, Friday, 26 February 2010 – BBC News)

What is BBC Asian Network?

BBC Asian Network is a national digital radio station providing speech and music appealing anyone interested in British Asian lifestyles. The station broadcasts the best in Bollywood and Bhangra music as well as R’n’B & Hip Hop and British Asian Underground. Asian Network also broadcasts news, discussion programme, documentaries and reflects British Asian arts and culture as well as its own urban soap, Silver Street.

The BBC Asian Network’s remit covers news, music and events from British Asia and South Asia (including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). This does not include locations in South East Asia. There is more information about the remit at bbc.co.uk/info/statements2008/radio/asian.shtml
If you wish to comment further on the BBC Asian Network’s remit, you can contact BBC Feedback at http://www.bbc.co.uk/feedback/ or BBC Complaints at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/

History of Asian Network

2002 – Launched as a national BBC digital network on DAB on 28th October with programming originating from London, Leicester and Birmingham.

2000-2002 – Focus of station shifts from serving the Midland Asian population to the UK as a national service for all Asian communities. Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke moves Asian Network from Nations and Regions to Radio and Music. The station establishes its own website and is made available on the internet and cable services

1996-2000 – Asian Network expands including gaining access to LR medium wave in the North,  Derbyshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. Crucially it gains space on the Sky satellite and establishes its own newsroom with reporters in London, Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands.

1996 – Asian Network is established as a 24 hour regional station.

1994-1996 –  Asian Network on WM and Leicester now broadcastis 7 days per week from afternoon till midnight.

1993 –  Leicester and WM frequencies are successfully retained.

1991 – Govt. lifts ban on splitting temporarily to allow expansion of Asian Network programmes carrying World Service bulletins during Gulf War. – Proposal for a national federal Asian Network using key LR medium wave frequencies in all major centre of Asian population (July). This ambition not realised as BBC agrees to yield key London and Manchester medium wave frequency 1458 kHz to Radio Authority – Major regional public campaign in Midlands to retain Leicester and WM frequencies led by Local Radio Advisory Councils. DG Michael Check land refuses to yield the frequencies in a terse note to the Radio Authority. Wrangling last for two years.

1989 – World Service bulletins in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali broadcast for the first time on Radio Leicester (17th October) and BAPS syndication of World Service programming for all LR stations established. 30th October Asian Network launched on WM and Radio Leicester with a combined output of 70 hours per week Asian Network programmes also taken by BBC CWR on launch of that station. – First threat to Asian Network when Govt. decides that simulcasting must end. LR medium wave frequencies had to be yielded to the Radio Authority for commercial radio expansion. Ban imposed on further splitting of frequencies thwarts Asian Network ambitions to expand programming

1988 – First plans for shared Asian programmes across the Midlands on Radios Leicester and WM named “The Asian Network” 1983/4 – BBC Radio WM follows Leicester lead and strips Asian programmes across the week. Both stations achieve substantial audiences.

1977-1982 – Range of programming extended to include language and literacy skill dramas ‘Kahani Apni Apni’.and ‘Chalo Kaam Kare’ and Asian Song contests plus additional programming at weekends.

1977 – BBC Radio Leicester strips Asian programmes across the week ‘The 6 o’clock show’ revolutionising Asian programming on the BBC which had hitherto been single programmes on LR and on Radio 4. Audience research shows massive take-up of the programme with 67% reach of Leicester Asian community.

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Eröffnung des Studio- und Verwaltungsgebäudes auf dem Kunst- und Mediencampus Finkenau

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 25, 2010

Eröffnung des Studio- und Verwaltungsgebäudes
auf dem Kunst- und Mediencampus Finkenau am 25. Februar 2010


Dr. Herlind Gundelach Senatorin für Wissenschaft und Forschung


TIDE Geschäftsführer- und Chefredakteur Werner Eggert


TIDE Geschäftsführer Lars Krösche


Prof. Richard Reitinger Leiter des Filmstudiums Hamburg Media School


Prof. Dorothea Wenzel Dekanin der Fakultät DMI


Dr. Herlind Gundelach Senatorin für Wissenschaft und Forschung


Prof. Dr. Insa Sjurts Geschäftsführerin der Hamburg Media School


v.l.n.r.: Peter Gehlsdorf (Leitung TIDE 96.0), Werner Eggert (TIDE Geschäftsführer), Alexander Augustin (Leitung Technik)


v.l.n.r.: Lars Krösche, Dr. Marc Göcks, Werner Eggert


Im Interview: TIDE Geschäftsführer- und Chefredakteur Werner Eggert


TIDE Radio-Redakteur Wolgang Krömer und Dr. Herlind Gundelach Senatorin für Wissenschaft und Forschung


TIDE Radio-Redakteur Wolgang Krömer und Bürgerschaftsabgeordneter Farid Müller


TIDE Geschäftsführer- und Chefredakteur Werner Eggert mit Dr. Marc Göcks, Geschäftsführer Multimedia Kontor Hamburg



(Quelle: 2010 – Tidenet.de – Impressionen der Einweihung)

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Moderation Script (02/2010): Grama – Musical Scales of the Ancient India. (Raga CDs of the Months)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 16, 2010

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Announcement (Berlin): CIVIS – EUROPE’S MEDIA PRIZE FOR INTEGRATION 2010

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 13, 2010

Prize-giving ceremony –  May 6, 2010 Berlin


The festive ceremony and tv gala of the European CIVIS Media Prize for integration and cultural diversity will begin on May 6, 2010, at 19:00 hrs at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Afterwards a reception with live music will be held at 20:30 hrs.

( pdf download )

contact: Michael Radix (Executive Director)
c/o CIVIS Media Foundation
Breite Strasse 48-50
50667 Cologne – Germany
Tel: +49 (0)221-277587-0
Fax: +49 (0) 221-277587-16

Further information: civismedia.eu

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India @ 60th Berlinale – 11th – 21st Febr 2010

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 11, 2010

Which Indian films are to be screened at the Berlinale – and who is coming to Berlin?
  • Out of Competition: My Name Is Khan
    D: Karan Johar; P: Hiroo Yash Johar, Gauri Khan; C: Shah Rukh Khan, Katie A. Keane, Kajol, Christopher B. Dun et al.
    for further information on this film, please see below
  • Berlinale Special: Peepli Live
    D: Anusha Rizvi; P: Aamir Khan; C: Omkar Das, Raghubir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farukh Jaffer, Malaika Shenoy et al.
  • Panorama: Aarekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story)
    D: Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh; P: Tapan Biswas; C: Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneel Sengupta, Chapal Bhaduri, Raima Sen, Jisshu Sengupta et al.
  • Forum: Paltadacho Munis (The Man Beyond the Bridge)
    D: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar; P: Nina Lath Gupta (NFDC); C: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Vasanth Josalkar, Deepak Amonkar et al.
  • Generation: Road, Movie
    D: Dev Benegal; P: Susan B. Landau, Ross Katz; C: Mohammed Faizal, Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee et al.
  • Generation: Vihir (The Well)
    D: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni; P: Ramesh Pulapaka, Jaya Bachchan; C: Madan Deodhar, Alok Rajwade, Renuka Daftardar, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Jyoti Subhash, Sulbha Deshpande, Sharavi Kulkarni, Parna Pethe, Alok Rajwade, Shrikant Yadav et al.
  • Culinary Cinema: Manthan (The Churning) (from 1976)
    D: Shyam Benegal; P: Shyam Benegal; C: Girish Karnad, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri et al.
  • Forum Expanded: Cinema City Installation by: Zubin Pastakia, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Mamta Murthy, Rikhav Desai, KRVIA, Pushpamala N, Kausik Mukhopadhya, Rohan Shivkumar, Madhusree Dutta

For further information on the films, screening times and tickets please click here.

Welche Filme aus Indien laufen auf der Berlinale – und wer kommt nach Berlin?
  • Außer Konkurrenz: My Name Is Khan
    Regie: Karan Johar; Produzent: Hiroo Yash Johar, Gauri Khan; Darsteller: Shah Rukh Khan, Katie A. Keane, Kajol, Christopher B. Dun u.a.
    weitere Informationen zu diesem Film: s.unten
  • Berlinale Special: Peepli Live
    Regie: Anusha Rizvi Produzent: Aamir Khan; Darsteller: Omkar Das, Raghubir Yadav, Shalini Vatsa, Farukh Jaffer, Malaika Shenoy u.a.
  • Panorama: Aarekti Premer Golpo (Just Another Love Story)
    Regie: Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparno Ghosh Produzent: Tapan Biswas; Darsteller: Rituparno Ghosh, Indraneel Sengupta, Chapal Bhaduri, Raima Sen, Jisshu Sengupta u.a.
  • Forum: Paltadacho Munis (The Man Beyond the Bridge)
    Regie: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, Produzent: Nina Lath Gupta (NFDC); Darsteller: Chitranjan Giri, Veena Jomkar, Prasanthi Talpanker, Vasanth Josalkar, Deepak Amonkar u.a.
  • Generation: Road, Movie
    Regie: Dev Benegal Produzent: Susan B. Landau, Ross Katz; Darsteller: Mohammed Faizal, Abhay Deol, Satish Kaushik, Tannishtha Chatterjee u.a.
  • Generation: Vihir (The Well)
    Regie: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Produzent: Ramesh Pulapaka, Jaya Bachchan; Darsteller: Madan Deodhar, Alok Rajwade, Renuka Daftardar, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Jyoti Subhash, Sulbha Deshpande, Sharavi Kulkarni, Parna Pethe, Alok Rajwade, Shrikant Yadav, u.a.
  • Kulinarisches Kino: Manthan (The Churning) (from 1976)
    Regie: Shyam Benegal Produzent: Shyam Benegal; Darsteller: Girish Karnad, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri u.a.
  • Forum Expanded: Cinema City Installation von: Zubin Pastakia, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Mamta Murthy, Rikhav Desai, KRVIA, Pushpamala N, Kausik Mukhopadhya, Rohan Shivkumar, Madhusree Dutta
(Source: Berlinale 2010 | Service)

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Raga CDs of the months (02/10): Grama – Music Scales of the Ancient India

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 9, 2010

The promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic presents in its February show ‘Raga CD of the months’ the new topic „Grama – music scales of the ancient India “.

– Ragamala painting –
the legend says sung by Tansen
Raga Deepak created fire.

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.The ancient Raga-Ragini system (16th century) existed of 132 raga scales, with six male Ragas:
Bhairav, Deepak, Malkauns, Hindol, Shree and Megh.
Each male raga is linked with 5 female ragas (Ragini-s).
Each Raga-Ragini group has eight children (raga Putras (boys) and raga Vadhus (girls)).

Indian Rajput Miniature art painting (Mewar style) – Water color with Pure gold on cotton canvass (picture source: © Art of Legend India)

The seven main notes (or Swars) that are well-known today for the Raga scales in Indian classics of North and South India are: Sa (Shadaja), Re (Rishabh), Ga (Gandhara), Ma (Madhyama), Pa (Pancham), Dha (Dhaivat) and Ni (Nishad).

dates of broadcasting…
16th February 2010 – 09:00 p.m. (METZ)
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Shadaja, Madhyama and Gandhar Gramas

The origin of the Ragas and it’s microtonal structure (22 shruti-s) can be dated back to the scripts of the ancient India and the Vedas (600-500 BC).

In the Natya Sastra, a musical treatise about the performing arts (theatres, dance and music) written by the Indian musicologist and sage Bharata Muni we find first references with two basic types of scales (grama-s) to which all Ragas of today can be referenced: Shadja Grama and Madhyama Grama.

Die sieben Hauptnoten (oder Swars) der uns heute bekannten Ragaskalen in der indischen Klassik Nord- und Südindiens sind Sa (Shadaja), Re (Rishabh), Ga (Gandhara), Ma (Madhyama), Pa (Pancham), Dha (Dhaivat)und Ni (Nishad).

Extended Helmholtz-Ellis Ji Pitch Notation *

The accomplishment of the Natya Sastra is dated approximately between 200 BC and 200 AC. By its fundamental treatise of performing Indian arts till nowadays it is called the 5th Vedic book (Veda in Sanskrit means ‘knowledge’). Bharata Muni referred herefore to the Ghandarvaveda, a treatise about music, dance and theatre as part of the Upaveda, the technical manual of the Samaveda. This collection of hymnes is the 2nd book of the Hindu scripts and part of the 1st 4 Vedic books. 75 of the melodies (samagana) in the Samaveda derivate from the Rigveda, same a collection of hymnes sung by the priests of Vedic religion for praising different deities. The Rigveda is dated aproximately between 1700-1100 BC.

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*) Notation in ‘The Extended Helmholtz-Ellis Ji Pitch Notation’ (Wolfang v. Schweinitz – 16.02.2007) /
microtonal accidentals designed by Marc Sabat & Wolfgang von Schweinitz (2004/2005) / Just Intonation (JI) of Indian Scales (@ Wikipedia)

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Raga CDs des Monats (02/10): Grama – Musikskalen des antiken Indiens.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 9, 2010

Die Förderinitiative IMC – India meets Classic präsentiert in ihrer Februarsendung Raga CDs des Monats das Thema „Grama – Musikskalen des antiken Indiens“.

– Ragamala (Miniaturmalerei) –
Die Legende besagt, dass Tansen
mit dem Raga Deepak Feuer entzündete.
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Das antike Raga-Ragini System (16. Jahrhundert) bestand aus 132 Ragaskalen, mit 6 männlichen Ragas:
Bhairav, Deepak, Malkauns, Hindol, Shree und Megh.
Jedem männl. Raga werden 5 weibliche Ragas (Ragini-s) zugeordnet.
Jede Raga-Ragini Gruppe besitzt 8 Kinder (raga Putras (Jungen) and raga Vadhus (Mädchen)).
Indische Rajput Miniaturmalerei (Mewar style) – Wasserzeichnung mit reinem Gold auf Baumwolle (Quelle: © Art of Legend India)

Die sieben Hauptnoten (oder Swars) der uns heute bekannten Ragaskalen in der indischen Klassik Nord- und Südindiens sind Sa (Shadaja), Re (Rishabh), Ga (Gandhara), Ma (Madhyama), Pa (Pancham), Dha (Dhaivat)und Ni (Nishad).

Sendetermin…
16ter Februar 2010 – 21:00 Uhr (METZ)
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Shadaja, Madhyama und Gandhar Gramas

Ihren Ursprung und die mikrotonale Struktur (22 shruti-s) der Ragas kann man zurückdatieren auf die ersten Schriftwerke des antike Indiens und das vedische Zeitalter (500-600 v. Christi Geburt).

Im Natya Sastra, einer musikalischen Abhandlung zu den darstellenden Künsten (Theater, Tanz und Musik) , das von dem Weisen und indischen Musikwissenschaftler Bharata Muni geschrieben wurde, finden wir erste Hinweise auf zwei Skalentypen (grama-s), auf denen noch heute alle Ragas beruhen: Shadja Grama u. Madhyama Grama.

Die sieben Hauptnoten (oder Swars) der uns heute bekannten Ragaskalen in der indischen Klassik Nord- und Südindiens sind Sa (Shadaja), Re (Rishabh), Ga (Gandhara), Ma (Madhyama), Pa (Pancham), Dha (Dhaivat)und Ni (Nishad).

Extended Helmholtz-Ellis Ji Pitch Notation *

Die Entstehung des Natya Sastra wird datiert auf ca. 200 v. Chr. – 200 n. Chr.  Angesichts seiner Bedeutung für die darstellenden Künste Indiens bis in unsere Zeit wird es als das 5. Vedische Buch angesehen (Veda im Sanskrit bedeutet ‘Wissen’). Bharata Muni nahm in seiner Arbeit bezug auf die Ghandarvaveda, eine Abhandlung über Musik, Tanz und das Theater und Bestandteil der Upaveda, ein technisches Manual der Samaveda. Diese Sammlung von Hymnen ist das 2. Buch der Hindu Skripte und gehört zu den ersten vier vedischen Büchern. 75 der Melodien (samagana) in der Samaveda leiten sich aus der Rigveda ab, gleichfalls eine Kollektion von Hymnen, die von Priestern der vedischen Religion zur Lobpreisung der Gottheiten gesungen wurden.  Die Entstehung der  Rigveda wird zwischen 1700 und 1100 vor Christi Geburt datiert.
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*) Notation in ‘The Extended Helmholtz-Ellis Ji Pitch Notation’ (Wolfang v. Schweinitz – 16.02.2007) /
microtonal accidentals designed by Marc Sabat & Wolfgang von Schweinitz (2004/2005) / Just Intonation (JI) of Indian Scales (@ Wikipedia)

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India: Mahashivratri Festival 2010 on 12th February

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 5, 2010

One thousand and eight devotees took out a milk-pot procession to Angala Parameshwar Temple on the eve of Maha Shivaratri in Bangalore on Monday.

One thousand and eight devotees took out a milk-pot procession to Angala Parameshwar Temple on the eve of Maha Shivaratri in Bangalore on Monday. (Source: The Hindu Business Line - Mar 12, 2002)

Celebrating the festival of Shivaratri devotees observe day and night fast and perform ritual worship of Shiva Lingam to appease Lord Shiva.

Legends of Mahashivratri
There are various interesting legends related to the festival of Maha Shivaratri. According to one of the most popular legends, Shivaratri marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Some believe that it was on the auspicious night of Shivaratri that Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’, the dance of the primal creation, preservation and destruction. Another popular Shivratri legend stated in Linga Purana states that it was on Shivaratri that Lord Shiva manifested himself in the form of a Linga. Hence the day is considered to be extremely auspicious by Shiva devotees and they celebrate it as Mahashivaratri – the grand night of Shiva.

Traditions and Customs of Shivaratri
Various traditions and customs related to Shivaratri Festival are dutifully followed by the worshippers of Lord Shiva. Devotees observe strict fast in honor of Shiva, though many go on a diet of fruits and milk some do not consume even a drop of water. Devotees strongly believe that sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri, absolves a person of sins and liberates him from the cycle of birth and death. Shivaratri is considered especially auspicious for women. While married women pray for the well being of their husbands unmarried women pray for a husband like Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the ideal husband.

To mark the Shivratri festival, devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath, preferably in river Ganga. After wearing fresh new clothes devotees visit the nearest Shiva temple to give ritual bath to the Shiva Lingum with milk, honey, water etc.

On Shivaratri, worship of Lord Shiva continues all through the day and night. Every three hours priests perform ritual pooja of Shivalingam by bathing it with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water amidst the chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya’ and ringing of temple bells. Nightlong vigil or jaagran is also observed in Shiva temples where large number of devotees spend the night singing hymns and devotional songs in praise of Lord Shiva. It is only on the following morning that devotee break their fast by partaking prasad offered to the deity.

(Source: 2010 – SCFI – Societe to the Confluence of Festivals in India)

On the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri 2010 people are sending Shivaratri SMS, Shivaratri messages, Shivaratri greetings to each other. Net savvy devotees also download Shivaratri wallpapers. Some of the famous Mahashivratri SMS are:
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“Shivratri blessings to you and your family.
May the almighty Lord Shiva bless you
all with good things and perfect health.”

“Let us celebrate the Mahashivratree night.
The night of Shiva-Parvati union.
The night of destruction and the night of creation.
The night of the Lord of lords.
Happy Shivaratri”

“May Lord Shiva shower blessings on all and
give power and strength to everyone
facing difficulties in there lives.”

“On the occasion of Mahashivaratri,
I pray to Lord Shiva
that His blessings may always be with you. ”

“Shivratri ke is pawan utsav par
Bhagwan Shiv aur maa Parvati
ki kripa aap sab par bane rahe.”

“Today is the auspicious day of Lord Shiva.
Celebrate it with a clean heart.
Happy Maha Shivratree.”

(Source: Fri, Feb 12, 2010 10:57:21 IST | MeriNews – Power to People – Mahashivaratri Festival 2010…)

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