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Tagorean treasure “Vandana” unveiled

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 17, 2012

(Kolkata, June 17, 2012) – India Green Reality Pvt. Ltd. (IGR), a company that provides real quality constructions and deluxe living spaces, today unraveled a book named – “VANDANA” on the occasion of 151st birth anniversary of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore, a Renaissance man, who was not only a Nobel laureate poet, writer, philosopher but also the ambassador of Indian culture to the rest of the world. The event that took place at Science City Auditorium was witnessed by many well known and prominent artists, philosophers, writers, theorists and intellectuals like Dadasaheb Phalke Award Winner Actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Actresses like Raima Sen and Riya Sen, Bollywood playback singer Kunal Ganjawala, Singer June Banerjee and many others who were not only reputed but also profound in their respective fields.

Actor Soumitra Chatterjee unveiled the book “VANDANA“, a book that enumerates the rare collection of Stamps (published by various countries), some of the write-ups that are mainly drawn from the lane of views by distinguished and legendary personalities, some exceptional and extraordinary photographs that are only one its kind along with an unpublished letter by Kaviguru himself to Late Amiyo Bagchi, lyricist of yesteryear about the play Raktokarobi written by Tagore himself. It also contains many diary pages full of heartfelt tributes to Tagore by the eminent personalities of India, from different fields of art and culture. ‘Vandana’ is an archive of such unrevealed treasures. This book is a sort of asset to the readers or followers of Kaviguru that can be treasured and cherished lifelong. One can revive the thoughts and beliefs of Tagore who upholds universal humanistic values. This book was published in order to pay tribute and homage to this great man who has reshaped his region’s literature and music.

Mr. Amitava Samanta, Director, India Green Reality Pvt. Ltd. said on the occasion, “We have started our business here with the objective of inter mixing the culture of Bengalees with their work and to be acquainted with the literary works of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore as it is believed that a Bengali cannot exist without Rabindranath. In fact, the names of the bungalows of Greenland – the eco village project are inspired by the legendary works of Kaviguru like ‘Sandhyaraag’, ‘Bolaka’, ‘Sesher Kobita’, ‘Rudrabina’, ‘Pushpanjali’ etc.”

Mr. Arijit Maitra, a freelance journalist, a philatelist and an ardent lover of Rabindranath, added, “I have gone to the ultimate extent to procure the valuables from every possible source and I am glad to reach them out to all Tagore admirers. About forty to forty-five well known and established writers, authors, poets and personalities from different fields have contributed immensely to compile this book.”

Mr. Avijit Dhara, Operation Head, India Green Reality Pvt. Ltd., said on the occasion, “This is not only a collector’s book, this is the book on which we can feel proud to be an Indian as well as Bengali With due respect to everyone we must say that whatever we know about Tagore that is not enough and this gathering of knowledge about Him will never end even we complete the journey of life”.

The grand occasion was followed by an evening of splendid and magnificent musical compositions and recitation by Smt. Bratati Bandhopadhyay and Shri Pratyush Bandhopadhyay with Rabindrasangeet by Smt. Sraboni Sen. The occasion also witnessed a grandeur dance performance by actress Soumili Biswas that mesmerized the evening.


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DE – Raga CDs of the Month (06/2012): From Hawaii to South Asia – The Indian Classical Guitar (short version)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 17, 2012

The promotion initiative IMC – India meets Classic presents the show “Raga CDs of the Month” with the new topic “From Hawaii to South Asia – The Indian Classical Guitar“.

With the IMC programme in recent years (2006-2012) for Indian classical music we experienced instruments that come from the West ( see ). Like the violin in the South Indian classical music, the hand-operated harmonium as an accompanying instrument and successor of the Sarangi (Indian fiddle) or the saxophone, as we know it from Jazz and the mandolin, a double-string instrument from Italy.
There are many reasons that explain the arrival of Western instruments in the collective of traditional Indian wind, string and percussion instruments. There existed the military orchestras of the British Empire, French missionaries in the 19th century, the chapels of the Maharajas or film scores from Mumbai as the Bollywood capital. The sound of these new instruments inspired musicians to experiment. With structural changes and special playing techniques they adapted to the particular interpretations and Indian style of Ragas and Ragams (North and South Indian classics).

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18th June 2012 – 05:00 p.m. EST (11:00 pm MESTZ) @ TIDE Radio (DE)
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The so called slide bar defines the height of the guitar tone by sliding on the free-swinging strings a lot more using a piece of iron, rather than to shorten or to extend by tapping the frets (on the guitar keyboard). Beside their own creations of slide bars there are various forms, materials and colours on the market. Until the 80s manufacturers experimented with new materials. Glas or pyrex, inorganic cobalt oxid, bone or porcelain can produce different timbres of sound.

different models of Indian Classical Guitars (Slide guitars) …

(from let to right: Hansa Veena, Chaturangi, Shankar Guitar, Mohan Veena, Swar Veena)

History conveys that in 1931 a young Hawaiians came to India with his guitar in the luggage. Tau Moe was his name. The importance of Tau Moe for the Indian slide guitar made him well known in India, more as in his homeland. First musicians in Indian West Bengal played songs on the Hawaiian guitar, performing compositions from the repertoire of the first Indian Nobel laureate Tagore Rabindranat (Rec.: With these lyrics and melodies of Tagore a separate vocal genre developed as ‘Rabindra Sangeet’).

In addition to introducing the Hawaiian guitar and playing techniques of by Tao Moe there exist another version of narration. It is said that Gabriel Davion introduced in India to play the guitar with a steel bar. Gabriel Davion was a sailor of Indian descent. He was allegedly abducted by Portuguese sailors in 1876 to Hawaii. Gabriel Davion had oriented himself probably to the slide technique of the Vichitra Vina and Gotuvadyam, two Indian instruments (lutes). Since the 11th century the slide technique is known in India.

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DE – Raga CDs des Monats (06/2012): Von Hawaii nach Südasien – Die indisch-klassische Gitarre (Kurzfassung)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 17, 2012

Die Förderinitiative IMC – India meets Classic präsentiert Ihnen in der Sendung “Raga CDs des Monats” das Thema “Von Hawaii nach Südasien – Die indisch-klassische Gitarre“.

In dem Programmverlauf der letzten Jahre (2006-2012) zur indisch-klassischen Musik haben wir Instrumente kennengelernt, die aus dem Westen stammen (s. ). Wie die Violine in der südindischen Klassik, das handbetriebene Harmonium als Begleitinstrument und Nachfolger der Sarangi, der indischen Fiddel – oder das Saxophon, wie wir es aus dem Jazz kennen und die Mandoline, ein doppelsaitiges Instrument aus Italien. Es gibt verschiedensten Gründe, die den Einzug der westlicher Instrumente erklären in das Sammelsurium der traditionell-indischen Blas-, Saiten- und Percussioninstrumente.
Da waren die Militärorchester des Britisch Empire, französische Missionare im 19. Jahrhundert, die Hofkapellen der Maharajas oder Filmmusiken aus Mumbai, der Bollywoodhauptstadt. Der Klang dieser neuen Instrumente inspirierte Musiker, zu experimentieren. Mit baulichen Veränderungen und besonderen Spieltechnicken adaptierte man sie für die besonderen Interpretationsstile der Ragas und Ragams in der nord- und südindischen Klassik.


18. Juni 2012 – 23:00 Uhr MEST (05:00 p.m. EST) @ TIDE Radio (DE)
(Premiere: 25. Mai 2012 – 21:00 -23:00 pm CET @ radio (Berlin))
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Mit der s.g. slide bar wird die Höhe des Gitarrentons definiert durch das Abgreifen, oder viel mehr durch das Gleiten mit einem Eisenstück über die freischwingenden Saiten, anstatt sie durch das Abgreifen an den Gitarrenbünden (frets) zu verkürzen oder zu verlängern. Neben Eigenanfertigungen gibt es auf dem Markt unterschiedlichste Aufführungen von slide bars in Form, Materialien und Farbe. Noch bis in die 80er Jahre experimentierten Hersteller mit neuen Materialien. Aus Glas oder Pyrex, aus anorganischem Kobaldoxid bis zu Knochen oder Porzellan können verschiedenste Klangfarben erzeugt werden.

Verschiedene Modelle der indisch-klassischen Gitarre (Slide-Gitarre)…

(v.l.n.r.: Hansa Veena, Chaturangi, Shankar-Gitarre, Mohan Veena, Swar Veena)

Die Geschichte überliefert, dass im Jahre 1931 ein junger Hawaianer nach Indien kam, mit seiner Gitarre im Gepäck. Tau Moe war sein Name. Die Bedeutung von Tau Moe für die indische Slide-Gitarre hat ihn in Indien bekannter werden lassen, als in seiner Heimat. Zuallererst wurden auf der Hawaii-Gitarre Lieder im indischen West-Bengal gespielt. Es waren Kompositionen aus dem Repertoire des ersten indischen Literaturnobelpreisträgers Rabindranat Tagore. Mit diesem Liedgut hat sich bis heute ein eigenes Gesangsgenre entwickelt, der Rabindra Sangeet.

Neben der Einführung und Spieltechnik der Hawaii-Gitarre durch Tao Moe gibt es eine weitere Version. Es wird erzählt, dass Gabriel Davion das Gitarrenspiel mit einer Steelbar in Indien einführte. Gabriel Davion war ein Seemann indischer Abstammung. Er soll von portugiesischen Seglern im Jahre 1876 nach Hawaii verschleppt worden sein. Gabriel Davion hat sich wohl für die Slide-Technik auch an Instrumenten orientiert: an der Vichitra Vina und dem Gotuvadyam, zwei indische Lauten. Bereits seit dem 11. Jahrhundert kennt man in Indien die Slidetechnik.

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IMC special feature: “Indian Art @ Altonale14” (Tanzboden) – broadcasting plan (02:00-03:00 pm CET) …

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 17, 2012


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