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MIDEM 2012 – Day 2… Some interesting video tutorials

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 29, 2012

(Source: Official Midem Channel @ Youtube: )
Marketing & Social Engagement…. Goes it together ?

Copyright issues…. one of the most discussed topics during last 1 1/2 decade in music industries since the hype about “music downloading” is going… (Rec.: The music file sharing platform Napster was founded in 1998. Time is running…)

‎”Content is King”…. that was a statement in the midth till end of 90th during the big hype of era…. what about today in times of inter-active Social Media ? About “Direct-To-Consumer Sales and Content Monetisation” this….


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Healing through dance, drama, music & art

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 29, 2012

Published: Sunday, Jan 29, 2012, 15:32 IST
By Alifiya Khan | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Picture this. A roomful of senior citizens, an old Hindi classic song playing in the background, a young pretty dance instructor calling the shots. Is this the career that industrial psychologist and trained dancer Maithily Bhupatkar had envisaged for herself?

“Absolutely, I love it,” comes the reply.

Maithily Bhupatkar (right) uses Dance for Parkinson’s Disease programme to treat patients (Source: DNA)
Maithily Bhupatkar (right) uses Dance for Parkinson’s Disease programme to treat patients (Source: DNA)

Bhupatkar is among the small group of professionals, who use art-based therapy (ABT) to heal people. A growing concept, ABT works in subtle ways but has been showing increasingly better medical evidences of its efficacy.

A promising career in HR with a leading IT company is what Bhupatkar gave up to pursue her passion. A few years ago, the dancer met Hrishikesh Pawar, who introduced her to contemporary dance. When he mentioned that he needed someone to handle his community project and a manager at his institute, Maithily jumped at the offer for the space and creativity it allowed her. With her academic background in psychology, she was offered to take on Mark Morris Dance Group’s programme — Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (DPD) in New York for two months.

“DPD works on movement-based activities; it’s not a formal therapy. People suffering from Parkinson’s have a mobility disorder. There are four problematic areas — rigidity or freezing of limbs, balance, tremors and gait issues. What happens after a few weeks or months of our dance sessions is that the person is able to move, his hands flow fluidly to the sound of music. This installs a great amount of confidence in person who finds basic activities like extending hand for handshake an uphill task,” explains Bhupatkar.

The initial journey to introduce DPD in Pune was difficult in 2010 as it was a new concept. Hospital tie-ups, contacting support Parkinson’s groups and screening films on DPD at festivals help spread the word. Now, not only has the DPD programme in Pune received fair response but they have introduced DPD in Mumbai as well.

Bhupatkar adds, “DPD not only gives senior citizens their balance and strength back but also helps them challenge their bodies. Doing a job that you simply love and gives equally to others as you is a great feeling,” said Maithily.

Taal Inc drummer Varun Venkit is also a clinical psychologist and holds a masters degree in neuro-linguistic programming. He combines his musical and medical knowledge to heal people.
He was 14 when he started playing drums; 11 years have passed since then. At 25, he is a grade 8 drum kit player certified by Trinity College of Music, London. Staring with various local bands in Pune, he soon became a part of Agnee, India’s biggest folk rock band. Professionally he cut a name for himself in drums and has performed with ace percussionist Sivamani, Jayant Sankrityayana, Derek Julien, Roger Dragonette, Sanjay Joseph and more.

The idea of drum circles where a group of people sit together and play hand-drums and percussion and communicate through music was introduced by his mentor Zubin Balsara.

“Music has a healing effect and we have worked with a wide range of people from students to corporates and drug addicts to children with learning disabilities to show the effect. Music is not just entertainment but helps in relieving stress and instills confidence,” said Varun.

On February 9 last year, Varun founded Taal Inc an organisation that conducts drum circles, school of rhythm and a band. “Drum circles are a community activity that act as stress buster and is behavioural intervention technique. People come together; beat the drums and their worries away,” said Varun.

While Varun and Maithily use one form of art for therapy, places like Rainbow Inc combine various forms of ABT-like dance, drama, music and even visual arts for healing. Pune head of the centre, drama therapist and dancer Anubha Doshi is also a clinical psychologist and holds a masters degree in communication management. With a strong base in Indian classical dances and performances in folk, she teaches dance and conducts dance therapy workshops for corporates and students. Though reluctant to talk about her work because of professional constraints, Doshi said drama therapy is useful in various settings like hospitals, schools, children with special needs and corporates.

“I can’t reveal details of workshops except that it involves many techniques like role play, miming, puppetry techniques that are used to help clients,” said Doshi.

For example, a story telling session used in dance therapy can be an effective tool to promote learning in children. The sessions typically involve using visual aids like puppets, using voice modulation and dance techniques to create dramatic expression that helps the brain in learning. Drama therapists use many such scientific techniques through arts that work in subtle yet effective ways for healing. “We work in schools with special children and those with learning disabilities and therapy has done wonders for them,” said Doshi.

(Source: 01/29/2012 – DNAIndia)

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India – Music: A healer of ills, and souls (DNA – Daily News & Analysis)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 29, 2012

Music: A healer of ills, and souls
Mallika Sarabhai | Sunday, January 29, 2012

I am in an old people’s home in Rome; actually in a Roman suburb. It is a stark building, modern in this city layered with 4,000 years of history. We see nuns flitting about, helping elderly women, some very sprightly, towards the chapel. A gleaming piano sits in front of alter in the chapel. The pews slowly fill up with a motley group, all women. I sense restlessness, as though the audience of inmates don’t quite know what to expect.

I am accompanying Elizabeth Somabart, pianist and founder of Centre Resonnance, who is in concert here. Elizabeth gets up and says she is going to play Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy. May she start? A murmur of mild approval. As she begins, the chapel fills up. I am seated in the third pew with most people behind me, out of sight unless I turn around to obviously gaze at them.

In about 10 minutes, I sense a change in the audience. A certain calm fills the chapel as the beautiful music takes its effect. The applause at the end of each piece gets louder. After 55 minutes, faces are wreathed in smiles, tears glistening in some eyes. A sense of being together on a long journey prevails in the space.
Elizabeth is an extraordinary woman, a deeply spiritual lady born of personal grief and experience, and a total believer in the power of music. She started the first of her centres in Paris in the late nineties. Centres are now in Rome, Beirut and Madrid besides in her hometown of Lausanne in Switzerland. Their primary focus is singular: to bring succour to those in need through classical music. The centre in Rome is connected to over 50 institutions – orphanages, hospitals, hospices, prisons, remand homes and their ilk, and performs 80 times a year in them. Elizabeth also teaches master classes to especially talented musicians who then play at these concerts as well. “More musicians must realise the power of music, not just for concerts but for life,” she tells me.

Besides this, the centres teach anyone who wants to learn the piano; her students are from five to 93! But it is not piano as one would imagine. This is piano playing connected to the deepest prana and breathing. “The fingers are the last extension of what happens with music in the body. One really plays with the diaphragm, the breath. Anyone who thinks piano playing is about the fingers and technique misses the point.” Thus, for her students, there is a long course in the body, in understanding the physiognomy actually be able to use breath to play.

That is what has drawn me to her. The first time I heard her play was in a conference in Zermatt when she was onstage for the opening. Within seconds, I noticed her breathing. I turn to my companion and said, “She is using pranayam to play!” Indeed I am not far off the mark.

Doctors have told her how patients become serene after her concerts, how those with psychological ills calm down, how the violent seem absorbed in something positive, for several hours.

For Elizabeth, getting more and more classical musicians to join this movement is her life’s work; that and getting lost in the transcendence of sound that she is bestowed with. As I see women of diverse ages listening and playing intently in her master class, I dream of Indian musicians making such a mission theirs, to alleviate the many pains and horrors that so many in our country face.

The writer is a noted danseuse and social activist.

(Source: 01/29/2012 – DNAIndia | Column)


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A German ode to AR Rahman (Enterainment – The Times of India)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 29, 2012

A German ode to AR Rahman
P Sangeetha, TNN | Jan 29, 2012, 12.00AM IST

Germany, the breeding ground of some of the path-breaking musicians of the world including Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Karlheinz Stockhausen seems to be gradually shifting its focus towards the Indian tunes.

AR Rahman with Matt Dunkley
AR Rahman with Matt Dunkley

How else would you explain this tribute to composer AR Rahman by the renowned German Film Orchestra Babelsberg? The orchestra founded in 1918 has over 3,000 scores to its credit including Metropolis in 1924 to Anonymous in 2011. Now they are all set to bring the city down with Classical Incantations – The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg performs AR Rahman, a new chapter in the history of musical collaboration. As a part of the tribute, the orchestra is on a five-city tour culminating with the grand finale in namma Bangalore today.

An excited Klaus Peter-Beyer, director of the orchestra says, “When I visited India for the first time last year, I took home the recording of our first rehearsal. It had a few selected pieces of AR Rahman’s music. For the first time, all my senses felt was symbiotically connected with music. Rahman not just writes the sound track for films, but composes for the entire country and that’s the reason for his music to be described as the most melodic and soulful piece of art in the country.”

So what can the audience expect to listen to at the concert? “There will be over a hundred members of the German film Orchestra, choir members from Rahman’s conservatory, renowned soloists along with conductor Matt Dunkley; and the lineup will include the classic scores of Rahman from Roja, Bombay, Swades and Endhiran. The concerts at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai were interesting and we hope the same with Bangalore as the performance here will mark the grand finale of our tour. After the tour, we are bringing out the album; Classical Incantations – the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg performs AR Rahman.”

Are Germans well-versed with the music of the Mozart of Madras? “Though Indian music is not very popular back home, many youngsters love Rahman and associate him with the Bombay theme, which is extremely famous there. There is a huge circle of Rahman fans in Germany and Slumdog Millionaire has only made it bigger. So what’s Rahman’s opinion on the tribute? “I cannot speak on behalf of him; you will have to ask him about that,” says Klaus.

Speaking about the future plans of the orchestra, Klaus adds, “After the tour, we will celebrate the centenary of the Babelsberg Studio by going on a world tour. But as of now, we are extremely excited about performing in India though I am still discovering Indian music. One trait which touched me in India is people always smile back at you. Sometimes they smile at you first. I would like to take that back home to Germany.”

(Source: 01/29/2012 – The TImes of India – Entertainment » Music » News and Interviews )

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