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CH – Raga CDs of the Months (01/12): A Legend on the Sitar…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 9, 2012

IMC OnAir presents at the beginning of 2012 in Switzerland @ Radio RaSA another show “Raga CDs of the Month” with the  topic: “A Legend on the Sitar” (Eine Legende auf der Sitar) … a portrait show about the largest talent for Indian Classical Music in the 20th century of India on the world-wide most well-known Indian instrument, the Sitar:

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee

This outstanding music master till today is for the multiplicity of lovers of Indian Classical Music, within the musician circles of India and far beyond a legend for the instrumentalinterpretation of Indian Raga-s.

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (2)

Nikhil Banerjee (14th October 1931 – 27th January 1986) was born in Kolkatta and originates from a Braman family. In his play Banerjee succeeded with a brilliant finger and notice technique and a maximum of security for difficult Coloratures to bring the complex Raga scales to the ears of the listeners lightly and by transparency. – Nikhil Banerjee was oriented on the traditional form of the North Indian Classical period, the Hindustani music.

Nikhil Banerjee*: “Music is the best form of art. – Music has two different sides. One has to entertain music. The other side is: Through music find out the supreme truth or find out the supreme soal…

date of broadcasting…
9th January 2012 – 10:00 p.m. METZ (04:00 pm EST) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
(premiere: 6th November 2007 – 09:00 pm CET @ Tide Radio 96.0 FM (DE))
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The Indian Ragas are classified according to the Thaat system of the India’s music scientist V.N. Bhakthande and are played at certain day and night times.

The Sitar legend Pandit Nikhil Banerjee leads us through the 24 hour time cycle by different Raga scales: the morning raga Nat Bhairav of the Bhairav Thaat and further sound documents, e.g. Raga Deshi, Chandra Kauns, Bhatiyar and Raga Pilu in the Thumri style, which is an example of the Indian Light Classical music.


*) …Interview for the Irish Times in June 1985 during a concert tour in Europe at the Carysfort College, Blackrock.

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CH – Raga CDs des Monats (01/12): Eine Legende auf der Sitar…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 9, 2012

IMC OnAir präsentiert zu Anfang des Jahres 2012 auf Radio RaSA (Schweiz) das Thema: „Eine Legende auf der Sitar“ (A Legend on the Sitar). – Damit stellen wir Ihnen in einem Portait das grösste Talents Indiens im 20. Jahrundert vor:

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee

… auf dem weltweit bekanntesten der indischen Instrumente, die Sitar. Dieser herausragende Musikmeister ist bis heute für eine Vielzahl von Liebhabern der indisch-klassischen Musik, und in Musikerkreisen Indiens und weit darüber hinaus ein legendäres Vorbild für die Interpretation der indischen Raga-s im Instrumentalspiel.

Nikhil Banerjee (14. Oktober 1931 - 27. Januar 1986)

Nikhil Banerjee (14. Oktober 1931 – 27. Januar 1986) wurde in Kolkatta geboren und stammt aus einer Bramahnenfamilie. In seinem Spiel gelingt es ihm, mit einer brillanten Finger- und Anschlagtechnik, einem Höchstmass an Sicherheit für schwierige Coloraturen, die komplexen Ragaskalen dem Hörer in einer Leichtigkeit und Transparenz näher zu bringen – in einer ausgeprägten Orientierung Nikhil Banerjees auf die traditionelle Form der nordindischen Klassik, der Hindustani-Musik.

Nikhil Banerjee*: “Music is the best form of art. – Music has two different sides. One has to entertain music. The other side is: Through music find out the supreme truth or find out the supreme soal…


9. Januar 2012 – 22:00 Uhr MEZ (04:00 pm EST) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
(Premiere: 6. November 2007 – 21:00 CET @ Tide Radio 96.0 FM (DE))
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Die indischen Ragas werden nach dem s.g. Thaatsystem des indischen Musikwissenschaftlers V.N. Bhakthande klassifiziert und zu bestimmten Tages- und Nachtzeiten gespielt.

Die Sitarlegende Pandit Nikhil Banerjee führt uns mit dem Morgenraga Nat Bhairav aus dem Bhairav-Thaat und weiteren Tondukumenten durch den 24-stündigen Zeitzyklus verschiedener Ragaskalen: Raga Deshi, Chandra Kauns, Bhatiyar und mit Raga Pilu im Thumri-Stil ein Beispiel der leichten indischen Klassik (Indian Light Classic).


*) … Interview für die Irish Times im Juni 1985 während einer Konzerttournee in Europa am Carysfort College, Blackrock.

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Saptak Festival 2012 – Day 9 (01-09) of 13

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 9, 2012

Saptak Annual Festival 2012 (01/01-01/13/2012 + 02/12/2012) – partial list of artists…

… sharing with the community of music lovers around the globe @ Saptak FB Fanpage

(Saptak is registered in Ahmedabad as a Public Charitable Trust (No. E.4054), enjoying exemption under S.80G of the IT Act – Copyright: Saptak Trust, Ahmedabad, India)

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Vishwa Hindi Divas – 7th World Hindi Day 2012

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 9, 2012

World Hindi Day to be celebrated every year. – Where in 2012 ??

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))

(Source: Google Books – Pratiyogita Darpan (Sept 2007))

What about the future of Hindi ? – That’s all what we found for 2012:

(New Delhi, January 9): The International Hindi Utsav is being organized from January 10 to 12. The programme will start on the occasion of World Hindi Day on January 10 and will end on January 12. The event is organized by Pravasi Duniya, Aksharam, Hansraj College, Delhi University, and is being supported by Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Vishnu Prabhakar Janmstabdi Committee…

(9th January 2012) -The Guyana Hindi Prachar Sabha commemorated World Hindi Day on Sunday with a rich cultural programme of songs, dances, Hindi recitals and literature display at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus.
The External Affairs Ministry of India declares January 10 each year as World Hindi Day, but the event was commemorated on the Sunday before the day…

(5th January 2012) -World Hindi Day is being celebrated on 10 Jan  2012 from 1630 to 1830 hrs. Embassy of India, Ankara proposes to organize the following competitions at the Embassy auditorium in connection with the celebrations…

(January 4, 2012, 10:57 pm) -The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo has organised the “World Hindi Day” – a full day event to be held on January 10, 2012 with the co-operation of institutions that teach Hindi in Colombo and neighbouring areas.

The Embassy of India is celebrating World Hindi Day on Tuesday, 10th January 2012 from 1900hrs. onwards at Congress Hall, Paramaribo…

S o m e   r e v i e w s . . .

World Hindi Day 2011 in Tel Aviv…

World Hindi Day 2011 in Cairo…

World Hindi Day 2010 in Slovenia…

World Hindi Day 2009…

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Cleveland: Music therapy can heal damaged-brains

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 9, 2012

Music-based therapy may play a role in helping brain-damaged patients heal as songs can help create new speech pathways in the brain that evade damaged regions, researchers say.

But scientists are still in anticipation of solid data to prove what seems to work in case study after case study.

“It used to be thought that music was a superfluous thing, and no one understood why it developed from an evolutionary standpoint,” Discover News quoted Michael De Georgia, director of the Center for Music and Medicine at Case Western Reserve University”s University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland as saying.

“In the last 10 years, we’ve just started to understand how broad and diffuse the effect of music is on all parts of the brain.

We are just starting to understand how powerful music can be. We don’t know what the limits are.”

(Music therapy can heal damaged-brains (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images))

During the post-World War II era, physical therapists observed that Big Band music helped wounded veterans get up and learn to walk again, according to Lee Anna Rasar, a musical therapist at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Since then, researchers have recognized a consistent pattern. When given a rhythm to walk to, people with Parkinson’s disease, strokes and other forms of neurological damage are able to regain a symmetrical stride and a sense of balance. Each beat acts as an auditory cue that the brain uses to anticipate timing and regulate footfalls.

Scientists are still working out the details of how this kind of therapy works. But one likely explanation is that music is represented in many areas of the brain, while just two brain regions process language. Music also tends to dig deeper, more well-worn pathways between neurons.

Through music, then, patients can reach into their stored knowledge about words and use songs to create new connections for speech.

Catherine Wan, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School asserted that the theory makes a lot of sense, but studies are only just starting to back it up.

In a recent study with six autistic children who could not talk at all, Wan and colleagues found that music-based therapy helped all of them in articulating words and phrases in a better manner.

Some of the kids aged 5 to 9 years old said their first words after just eight weeks of music-based therapy, Wan said, and that was after years of other kinds of treatments.

“As much as we would like to say that music is a powerful medium, I think it”s important for people to test it rigorously to try to really tease out what are the components that are contributing to the effects,” Wan said.

“Is it because they are seeing a therapist five times a day or it”s a new therapy so they’re more motivated or is the therapy itself that is important?” she added.

(Source: ANI Jan 9, 2012, 05.29PM IST | The Times of India)

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