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George Harrison: 10th anniversary of ‘quiet Beatle’s’ death (Washington Post)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 29, 2011

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/29/2011

George Harrison: 10th anniversary of ‘quiet Beatle’s’ death

By Maura Judkis
George Harrison in “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” (Apple Corps Limited/HBO )

George Harrison in “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” (Apple Corps Limited/HBO )

One decade ago, George Harrison, “the quiet Beatle,” died.

Harrison died at age 58 of cancer, and many critics thought he got the short shrift in the Beatles’ story. Though he wrote a few of the Beatles’ hits, his work was often overlooked in favor of his more outspoken bandmates, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Once Harrison died, talk immediately turned to his songwriting. Ten years later, his legacy is still being debated.

According to his Post obituary, by Adam Bernstein, Harrison was an impulsive songwriter: “Mainly the object has been to get something out of my system, as opposed to ‘being a songwriter.’ ”

Harrison’s songs, which included “Within You, Without You,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something,” were “among the gentlest and most meditative of the Beatles’ output,” Bernstein wrote.

“Here Comes the Sun,” for example, was written on a beautiful spring day in 1969 when Harrison left the Beatles business office feeling frustrated by nitty-gritty accounting details. He walked over to his friend Eric Clapton’s house and strolled around the garden with a guitar. The result was one of the most buoyantly joyful of his songs: “Little darling, it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter/Little darling it feels like years since it’s been here/Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun/And I say … It’s alright.”

 The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr are seen during their first tour of the U.S. (Mike Mitchell/Christie’s - Reuters)

The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr are seen during their first tour of the U.S. (Mike Mitchell/Christie’s - Reuters)

In October, Martin Scorcese released his documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” Though the long-awaited examination of Harrison gave the slighted artist his due, it may have been too kind, says TV critic Hank Stuever:

Certainly no one is clamoring for a George Harrison movie that seeks dirt or shakes the Beatle firmament. But we do like organization and clarity, even if the subject was prone to such nonlinear acts as running off with a maharishi. Strangely, on the matter of Harrison’s spiritual quests, the movie becomes less inquisitive.

For his reputation as a maker of unflinchingly tough feature films about dark-hearted men, Scorsese makes documentaries as one would pet a kitty.

As for Harrison’s nickname? Although Harrison might have been less outspoken than his bandmates, he was hardly quiet, his sister Louise revealed in an interview.

“The weekend they flew into New York to do ‘Ed Sullivan,’ George was very sick. They were staying at the Plaza Hotel, and we got him to see the hotel doctor, Dr. Gordon. Dr. Gordon said, ‘This is a very sick kid. He’s got a 104-degree temperature and has strep throat.’

“He was given some shots and vaporizer treatments, and I was in charge of watching over him. George was told to use his voice as little as possible. That’s why at all the press conferences he was so quiet, and so the press thought he was the quiet one. George used to have a good laugh about it.”

George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan perform together onstage for the first time in history in the Concert for Bangladesh. (Apple/20th Century Fox)

George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan perform together onstage for the first time in history in the Concert for Bangladesh. (Apple/20th Century Fox)

George Harrison in “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” (Dezo Hoffman)

George Harrison in “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.” (Dezo Hoffman)

Today, Liverpool celebrates Harrison’s legacy with two concerts, and Hollywood will light candles in his honor (in another, less-auspicious tribute, the musician’s amp is being auctioned off for as much as $109,000). Fans are also invited to a ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and are invited to bring a paper flower or dove, or another symbol of peace, which would have suited Harrison. He wrote in his autobiography, “I, Me, Mine”: “I don’t want to be in the business full-time, because I’m a gardener. I plant flowers and watch them grow. I don’t go out to clubs and partying. I stay at home and watch the river flow.”

By Maura Judkis

(Source: 11/29/2011 –  10:50 AM ET – The Washington Post | LifeStyle)

George Harrison’s SOMETHING – Concert for Bangladesh (1971)

George Harrison takes Sitar lessons from Ravi Shankar…


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1940-2011: Music maestro Ustad Sultan Khan passes away today…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 27, 2011

Music maestro Ustad Sultan Khan passes away

Nov 27, 2011

After Jagjit Singh and Bhupen Hazarika, another music maestro, Ustad Sultan Khan breathed his last today at the age of 71. The Sarangi player passed away after succumbing to kidney failure on Sunday afternoon.

His funeral will take place in Jodhpur tomorrow.

Not just the world of classical music, Ustad Khan also ruled the world of Hindi pop music.


Sultan Khan in 2009.... (source:

Sultan Khan in 2009.... (source:

A Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, the maestro popularized his favourite musical instrument, the ‘Sarangi’ throughout the globe, carving a niche for himself since the age of eleven.

Not just the world of classical music, Ustad Khan also ruled the world of Hindi pop music. Image from ibnlive

Ustand Khan’s profound baritone made him much popular, even to those who did not listen to classical music. Be it his ‘Piya Basanti’ or his ‘Albela Sajan Ayo re’ from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, his voice never failed to penetrate the hearts of listeners with ease.

He collaborated with legends such as Ravi Shankar on George Harrison’s 1974 ‘Dark Horse World Tour’ to make the kind of music which was classical and popular at the same time. Sultan has won numerous musical awards. He has won the Sangeet Natya Academy Award twice, also known as the President’s Award, as well as the Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.

Khan’s was a family of sarangi masters from Rajasthan. He was initially tutored by his father, Ustad Gulab Khan. Later, he trained under Ustad Amir Khan, a classical vocalist of Indore gharana (school).

After establishing himself as sarangi player, Ustad Sultan Khan also worked with musicians from the Hindi film industry, such as Lata Mangeshkar, Khayyam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali apart from collaborating with musicians in the West.

Bollywood was completely shocked at the demise of Ustad. Expressing his shock over Khan’s death, musician Salim Merchant said, “I lost my ustad – ustad sultan khan, my guru my friend my idol. He passed away this afternoon. We will never have a sarangi maestro like him.”

Actress Dia Mirza said, “Ustad Sultan Khan Saab our most revered sarangi player… your rich legacy will live on. RIP.”

Musician Ismail Darbar, who worked with Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, said, “It’s a great loss for Indian music industry. I was shocked to hear the news of his death as I knew that he was not keeping well for sometime.”

“I share a different rapport with him. He was my father’s close friend. I was the first one to make him sing a song for a film. He sang ‘ Albella…’ brilliantly for the film,” Darbar said.

Shreya Ghoshal, who collaborated with Khan on ‘Leje leja re‘, wrote, “Just heard about the loss of our dear Ustad sultan khan Sa’ab I had the gr8 fortune and honour of working with him. Too saddened.”

His demise has marked the end of an era. The ‘Sarangi’ will no longer produce the same tune. The sufi probably will not sound as mystical as it sounded when Ustad sang. The soulful voice will never be heard again. But, Ustad will remain singing forever in our hearts. The songs he gave us, will forever be treasured.

(Source: 11/27/2011 – FirstPost.Bollywood) Ustad Sultan Khan Passes Away

Ustad Sultan Khan as vocalist…

Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi and as vocalist in one…

Ustad Sultan Khan – 3 x Sarangi unisono…

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Raga CDs of the Months (12/11): Early morning ragas (part 1/2)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 26, 2011

The correct time of day and night for a performing ragas is one of the centre rules of the raga system. Early morning ragas are performed between 03:00 and 06:00 a.m. …

dates of broadcasting …

1st December 2011 –09:00 p.m. CEST (03:00 pm EST) @ radio (Germany/Berlin)
(premiere: 24th April 2006 – 03:00 p.m. @ Tide 96.0 FM)

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Most of the morning ragas bases on the scales of the thaat system “bairav” (Bhairavi (Ahir, Ramkali, Bhupali, Jogiya Bhairav-Bahar …). Bairav means the emotional expression within the raga music to effect stability of mind and seriousity.

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Raga CDs des Monats (12/11): (Früh-)Morgenragas, Teil 1 v. 2

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 26, 2011

Ragas dürfen nur zu einer bestimmten Jahres-, Tages- o. Nachtzeiten gespielt werden. Der Frühmorgenraga wird zwischen 03:00 und 06:00 Uhr gespielt.


1. Dezember 2011 – 21:00-21:58 CEST (03:00 pm EST) @ radio (DE/Berlin)
(Premiere: 24. April 2006 – 15:00 @ Tide 96.0 FM)
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Den meisten Morgenragas liegt das Notenmaterial im Thaat-System “Bairav” (Bhairavi (Ahir, Ramkali, Bhupali, Jogiya Bhairav-Bahar …) zugrunde. Bairav steht als emotionaler Ausdruck in der Ragamusik für Stabilität des Geistes, und Ernsthaftigkeit.

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Gharanas may not retain their identity: Pandit Rajan Mishra

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 25, 2011

Panaji, Nov 25 (IANS) The legendary gharanas of Indian classical music may not be able to retain their distinct identity in the contemporary age where electronic media and rampant bombardment of music is the norm of the day, say two celebrated singers.

Speaking to reporters Friday at the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), renowned exponents of the Benaras gharana of Hindustani classical music, brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra said that classical music as a whole is becoming increasingly popular and that swelling audiences were the barometers of the popularity.

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra

Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra

Gharanas were made to preserve a certain style of music. But in this age of electronic media and television and radio, it is difficult to maintain the gharana system now,” said Pandit Rajan Mishra.

In Hindustani classical music, the gharana system involved distinct genres of music, in which a collective of classical artists adhered to by lineage or apprenticeship.

Some of the famous gharanas in India are the Benaras, Kirana, Patiala, Jaipur.

The Mishra brothers, who are also Padmabhushan awardees, played the main protagonists of a documentary film ‘Adwait Sangeet‘ made by Pune-based film-maker Makarand Brahme, which was the inaugural film of the Indian Panaroma (non-feature) section at the Goa festival.

“While western India is influenced by the Kirana gharana, the Mishra brothers are from the Benaras gharana, which is one of the most influential gharanas in the country. The Benaras gharana has given us two Bharat Ratna awardees (Ustad Bismillah Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar) and 32 Padma awardees,” Brahme said.

“The Benaras gharana is perhaps the only one which patronises performing arts like vocal, dance form, percussions,” he said.

According to Rajan Mishra, classical music was on an upswing in India, much against the popular perception that the form of music was on the decline.

“You see, earlier in Delhi there was only the Sapru auditorium for classical music and it was often empty. But now you have so many other avenues like the Siri Fort auditorium, which houses 3,000 people, and they even have big screens outside and there are open part shows. Public interest in classical music is increasing,” he said.

(Source: 11/25/2011 – NewsIndiaTimes)


Adwait Sangeet is a wonderful documentary and humble tribute to the excellence of two brother’s classical music. Last 40years they have been the only singing duo from India who have been performing all over the world. This documentary traces the musical journey of 50 years (by Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra). ( Source: IMDb)

The documentary by film director Makarand Brahme was shot across Delhi, Dehradun and Banaras and shows how the brothers coped with the changing times and stayed steadfast in their values and traditions.  (Source: IBNS, 25th Nov – Panaji)


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IMC – India meets Classic starts in Berlin with new radio format… … a medial continuation of the “Enlightenment Project”.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011


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IMC – India meets Classic startet in Berlin mit neuem Radioformat… … eine mediale Fortführung des Projekts der Aufklärung.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011


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Weltkulturradio MultiCult.FM (Berlin) lädt zur Pressekonferenz am 25.11.2011…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011


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Presseveröffentlichung (22.11.2011): IMC – India meets Classic startet in Berlin mit neuem Radioformat…. eine mediale Forführung des “Projekts der Aufklärung”.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011


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press release (11/22/2011): IMC – India meets Classic starts in Berlin with new radio format …a medial continuation of the “Enlightenment Project”.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 22, 2011

Blocking note: This press release and its contents shall not take place, not quoted or reproduced in whole or in part before on Friday, the 25th November 2011. Prior to this date copies may not be made – even in digital form. Exceptions require written permission only.


IMC – India meets Classic starts in Berlin with new radio format
 … a medial continuation of the “Enlightenment Project”.

(Hamburg -11/22/2011) – The new programme planning for 2012 broadcasting and IMC – India meets Classic will be unveiled @ as World Culture Radio in Berlin (Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg).

As foreshadowed in October by a press release earlier, the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic will start in Berlin as “World Culture Radio”, from December 2011 on with a monthly six hours of broadcasting via radio . In a press conference on Friday, 25th November 2011 (01:00 pm CET) the new annual program 2012 will be presented in the offices of radio by the chief editor Brigitta Gabrin, in addition to the inauguration of the new radio cafe.

Thought Experiment(s) …

Since March 2006 the overall concept of “IMC – India meets Classic” with monthly broadcastings about Indian music culture exists unchanged. On 1st December 2011 in Berlin starts a new format of IMC as “world culture radio”. The new format is titled as “Thought Experiment(s)”. The motto: Pre-thinking by Cogitation.

In “Thought Experiment(s)” new theoretical considerations (hypotheses) can be associated for use with reference to empirical evidence on social situations, without imposing their verifiability. The “logical error” as a possible risk is part of the concept. The claim of “absolute truth” is not enforced.

In Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language of science “thought experiment” is called “Vichintana pratisamVedan” and refers to the Vedic period. The word “Veda” is used in India to mean “knowledge”. This knowledge includes the Vedic scriptures, just as the religious and secular knowledge.

Topics …

The IMC program “Thought Experiment(s)” will put its focus on topics related to music as a natural phenomenon (sound), as a craft, as an object of the sciences and in education (pedagogy). The focus is meeting the worlds of thought and experience of a South Asian / Indian understanding of music (Indian Classics of North and South India) with those of a Western / European cultural consciousness.

“Thought Experiment(s)” targets with a trans-disciplinary approach to self-reflection and awareness-raising (in the sense of Indian philosophy).

The new format of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic will be produced in Hamburg in its own radio recording studio and takes its place in the tradition of programs of German public broadcasters, such as the ZDF and its format “nachtstudio” (night studio) with Volker Panzer as moderator, which exists since 1997.
Tradition: continuation of “the Enlightenment Project” …

Same as the German sociologist and philosopher Jürgen Habermas described it as “Unfinished Project of Modernity” it is advocated the development of the Project of the Enlightenment by the philosopher Arnim Regenbogen (Osnabrück), but with changed objectives and content. “Thought Experiment(s)” is attempting a continuation of the Enlightenment as a media format, which means the extrapolation and development of knowledge from the Enlightenment.

The founder of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic, Mr. ElJay Arem both moderator and cultural journalist: “If we illuminate the concept of enlightenment in its historical context, surprisingly one can assert, that many parallels to our present state of society exist in our globalized world … since the 17th century hasn’t changed in the core substance of anything essential to the human condition. The human efforts in the struggle for survival and for the sake of life improvements appear to be nearly the same, even if the former living conditions (food, education, medical care etc.) from today’s (Western) view are perceived as harder. Instead of book printing there are now tablet PCs, instead of free speech and freedom of assembly there are now blog systems and social networks. Despite HiTech it appears much of the ancient only in new packaging. Humans are still humans without any significant genetic change / development in the period of last 300 years. A hybridisation is currently held only on a technical basis and functionally. “Thought Experiment(s)” as continuation of the Enlightenment is not just a fad in the sense of nostalgia for old-proven. Rather it is only logical to tie with where the European Enlightenment in 19th/20th century has ceased to act.”
History must not be invented necessarily new, but has to experienced by succeeding generations over again and be learned individually under the given conditions. It is among others the task of modern media to provide this translation of ancient language and images into new (contemporary) formats. “Thought Experiment(e)” is making a contribution to this.

Approach: A foray into critical systems theories …

“Thought Experiment(s)” shall not occupy positions of immovable specific findings or theories of the natural sciences or social theories (education, naturalism, existentialism, humanism, nihilism etc. …), more stand in the current context with the needs of the environment given us in the 21st century. Also a navel-gazing is not enough; illuminating current grievances and new sufferings, putting the finger into the wound, this voyeuristic journalism is the staff of life for the vast majority of the mass media. Where remain the prospects for good and the experiencing of practical approaches? – For the above mentioned translation work on the media side some tools are helpful as we know from the “critical analysis”. Herewith can be traced ideologies and help the people in the version as “critical theories” (e.g. by Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, Alfred Lorenz, Erich Fromm and others) for their maturity and for establishing a rationally-oriented society.

2012: Preservation of the IMC concept …

With the new IMC-format “Thought Experiment(s)” the trodden path will be kept so far, but rather it is a result of six (6) years of media production, with more than 115 broadcast dates and 95 hours of production. The concept of educational format (InfoEduTainment) remains and is continued by “Thought Experiment(s)” faithfully. The existing format “Raga CDs of the Month” will be continued in 2012 as a 2-hour format (instead of 1×58 min.). To this Brigitte Gabrin, the chief editor of radio “The international cultural scene in Berlin turns radio to the central hub for a wide range of musical genres, from popular folklore, Jazz and modern club culture. We have been missing broadcastings for Indian music culture and IMC occupied this topic in exactly the desired quality from us! – Therefore we are looking forward to this addition to our program through ragas and electronic music.”
Sustainable media production …

Only recently in October 2011 a contract was closed by the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic with the DRA (German Broadcasting Archive). On its basis the entire archive inventory (2006-2011) will be transferred under the umbrella of the ARD Foundation and will remain on long term for new program development and scholarly work.

Ephemeral in the world of media and entertainment has left as a foreign word for the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic.

Indian E-music … Electronics from South Asia.

From December 2012 on the Berlin audience (as radio listeners) will come in the enjoyment of Indian Electronics. “Indian E-music” is the second stand-alone format out of the radio production studio of IMC – India meets Classic in Hamburg.

“Indian Electronics” is the latest musical offspring which is setup on the fundament of Indian classical music. In 1996/1997 this genre has developed in London newly as “Asian Underground”. The traditional musical crafts, the music theory of Indian classical music and the sound experiments in Indian electronic music aren’t mutually exclusive. The time span between tradition and modernity with the formats for Indian classical music and Indian electronic music which are broadcasted in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via Tide 96.0 (Hamburg), radio (Berlin), Radio FRO (Bad Ischl) and RASA Radio (Schaffhausen), even appropriate the new format “Thought Experiment(s)”. The perspective is sharpened to a sense of tradition as equally for the latest contemporary trends in the expression of the electronic music world of a modern India.

Radio MultiCult.FM (short profile): World Culture in Local Diversity

Historical antecedents of MultiCult.FM: at 31st Dec 2008 – 22:00 pm the Radio Multikulti was turned off by the station RBB (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg). A nationwide wave of protests could not prevent the closure of Radio Multikulti. The RBB itself was established on 1st May 2003 as merger of Sender Freies Berlin (SFB) + Ostdeutsches Radio Brandenburg   (ORB Potsdam), itself a child of the German reunification. MultiCult 2.0 started virtually coincidently with the closure of Radio MultiKulti, as Wolfgang König reported, former radio editor, presenter and co-founder of Radio Multicult 2.0 (source:

Since then a fraction of the former radio makers sends maintained radio with daily 4-6 hours on FM 88.4 MHz and 24 hours on the net as web radio – .

In September 2009, the foundation of Intercultural Association for Media Development (InKuM – Stifterverein für Interkulturelle Medienförderung) was founded. The NGO services for the supporters and network. There is also the multicultural Friends Association with Klaus Bade as chairman, who is scientist for migration.

The multi-professional team and its many volunteers look behind the superficial patterns of “migration background”, the cultural diversity as the norm and form from for the radio program with highlighting the opportunities of an immigrant society as Germany is. The radio is operated by the non profit business company “Multicult radio & media productions gUG (limited)” which was founded in December 2009.

The advantage of the locational in the cultural heart of Berlin city makes possible a participatory approach. Since March 2011 produces in  a “glass studio” in the Marheineke market hall (Berlin-Kreuzberg), 24×7 as Internet Radio and daily as FM on 88.4 and 90.7 MHz (Monday-Friday: 06:00-10:00 am, Saturday & Sunday: 06:00-12:00 am).

88vier is a non-commercial radio project that broadcasts since May 2010 in Berlin-Potsdam on FM frequencies (88.4 and 90.7) –

IMC – India meets Classic (short profile): Enjoy listening to good music!

On 28th November 2005 went the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic for a radio special first time “on air”. There was no idea about that 6 years later then a total of 114 broadcastings via radio and 95 hours of production time (5,684 minutes airtime), the trail was blazed and can be taken from Germany’s second largest city, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (approx. 1.8 million / 755.25 km ² in 2010) to Berlin (approx. 3.46 million / 891.02 km ² in 2010) as the German capital.

However, the development of IMCRadio.Net by a media producer, connected to a transmission from a training and community radio at a young media campus near the Outer Alster (HMS – Hamburg Media School / Tide 96.0 (radio + TV)) to an independent producer no coincidence. Slots in Austria, Switzerland and the two largest cities in Germany (Berlin, Hamburg) are the result of constant professional and a progressive concept of a social nature, the traditional values in times of fast pace and superficiality does not throw overboard.

ElJay Arem as the founder/owner of the promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic is 25% of Polish origin, and sees himself as world citizen. He was born in Bavaria, grew up in Swabia, and was seven years in a mixed marriage to a Peruvian. In the 90 years he worked in shipping, international sports sponsorship (sailboat racing) and consulting for strategic marketing. The maternal grandfather was born in Berlin and worked as a body makeup artist at the State Opera House of East Berlin and as a violinist in the opera orchestra, whose own parents were from southwest Poland.

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