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Happy Guru Purnima to all pupils (Shishyas) and their teachers (gurus) of Indian art…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 31, 2015

Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा, IAST: Guru Pūrṇimā) is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Nepali (Hindu) month of Ashadha (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, which is the Nepali calendar known as Hindu calendar in Nepal and India.


Guroraadi Anaadischa Guruh Parama Daivatam Guroh Parataram Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 - 2010)

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 – 2010)

The Guru has neither beginning nor end; the Guru is the ultimate God (in the visible form). There is nothing beyond this Guru principle, and I salute such a Guru.

The guru-shishya tradition, lineage, or parampara, denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture and religions such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru “teacher” (Sanskrit: गुरु) to a śiṣya “disciple” (Sanskrit: शिष्य) or chela.

Such knowledge, whether it be Vedic, agamic, architectural, musical or spiritual, is imparted through the developing relationship between the guru and the disciple.

It is considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, is the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies (Source:

Indian teachers keep a deep going and life long relationship with their pupils. The great ones teach till high ages if their health conditions allow it…

… and an increasing number of students coming from the West are study since decades under the guidance of Indian maestros in the traditional relationship of Guru-Shishya-parampara:

Tks to George Brooks (Sax), Heiko Dijker (Tabla),  Amie Maciszewski (Sitar), Randi Gloss (Tabla), Mahua Shankar (dancer), Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi), Alokesh Chandra (Sitar), Arupa Lahiry (dancer), Dana Pandey (Tabla), Amit Kavthekar (Tabla), Uday Bhawalkar (vocalist), Silpi Paul (vocalist), Ghatam Karthick (percussionist), Kapil Sharma (vocalist), Rupam Ghosh (violinist), Dr. Kashyap (Sarangi) and Sharmila Sharma (dancer) for sharing the pictures of intimate moments.

… and many tks to all musicians, teachers I had the gift to learn from over last 10 years (having started my own journey in studying about Indian classical music in January 2005 and presenting my first radio show in Nov./Dec 2005). – Warm greetings & Happy Guru Purnima / ElJay Arem.

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Indian Rhythms for frame drummer in Europe: Kanjira workshop with Ganesh Kumar (5th-8th Aug 2015)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 23, 2015

The 10th edition of “Tamburi – Mundi Festival” (Drum Festival) in  South Germany, Freiburg is announcing Ganesh Kumar from India who will give a workshop for Kanjira (South Indian Hand frame drum) & Konnakkol (vocal classes).

Ganesh Kumar (India)

Ganesh Kumar (India)

Workshop Date: August 5th – 8th, 2015

  • 9 –   9:45 h   Warm up
  • 10 -13:00 h  Kanjira Medium with Ganesh Kumar (Wed-Sat)
  • 15 – 15:45 h   Short lectures with different lecturers (Wed-Fri)
  • 16 – 17:30 h   Workshops (Wed-Fri)

Instruments: Kanjira and other frame drums

Course content: Ganesh Kumar’s course includes the expansion of the basic drumming technologies on the South Indian frame drum Kanjira. Primary emphasis will be placed on the split-hand-technique, phrasing and modulating different sounds. South Indian rhythms and compositions will also be introduced.

Ganesh Kumar also teaches the vocal percussion “Konnakol” and shows how to play  Mridangam (double headed drum of South India) and Morsing (mukharshanku).

For those among the participants playing other frame drums, there will be shown facilities to transfer the Indian rhythms onto their respective frame drums.

Level: Medium (good playing experience on kanjira or other frame drums)

! Registration opens now ! – Visit

Formation of Tamburi Mundi e.V.

Since the end of the 90s, the internationally recognized percussionist Murat Coskun has endeavoured to spread and develop a wide variety of frame drum traditions of many different cultures with big commitment and idealism. His goal was to establish a festival in which frame drummers from the most diverse cultural groups come together and combine to form a common exchange. He came one big step closer in 2006, as he brought the “1st international festival for frame drums” to life called “Tamburi Mundi”, which would establish itself in the course of its existence as one of the most important platforms to support frame drum culture world-wide.
Tamburi Mundi created an international network of musicians, institutions, colleges, museums, as well as international cultural organizations and facilities and since then promotes the exchange of musicians in conversations, concerts, workshops and in the development and formation of common projects. With “Tamburi Mundi International”, “guest performances” were also done since 2008 in the festivals in Iran and Italy. In order to master the existing and further accumulating tasks with joint strength, the organization Tamburi Mundi e.V. was called into life in 2009.

( Source: 03/2015 – )

An ultimate frame drum “Kanjira” by Ganesh Kumar


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Vasant Panchami Muhurta – SARASWATI Puja 2015 (24th Jan)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 24, 2015

Saraswati Puja on Vasant Panchami 2015..

Vasant Panchami day is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, music, arts, science and technology. Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on Vasant Panchami day. Vasant Panchami is also known as Shri Panchami and Saraswati Panchami. (Source:

Panchami Tithi Begins = 00:45 on 24/Jan/2015
Panchami Tithi Ends = 22:05 on 24/Jan/2015 

Saraswati Puja is undoubtedly the most popular festival in the eastern region. Saraswati is the goddess of learning, arts and crafts. According to her different specialities she is known by different names like Bakdevi, Biraj, Sarada, Brahmi, Satarupa, Mahasweta, Sarbasukia, Prithudar, Bagiswari and, ofcourse, Saraswati.
This festival is held in the month of Magh (January-February). It is a festival celebrated by the youth, particularly students who invoke the blessings of the goddess for success in learning, arts and crafts. Throughout Bengal Saraswati Puja is celebrated in schools, colleges, clubs as well as homes.

Godess Saraswati playing the Veena (Lute)

Godess Saraswati playing the Veena (Lute)

Among all the Hindu deities, Saraswati stands out as the most controversial. Her origin is shrouded in mystery. Starting from the Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads to the popular ancient mythology, Saraswati appears through a veil of mystery.

According to the Matsya Purana, Saraswati evolved from the mouth of Brahma. Such was her beauty and grace that Brahma pursued her. As she fled in different directions a head appeared and so Brahma is attributed with five heads, she was the most unique creation of Brahma. Saraswati is our equivalent of the classical Goddess Minerva and also the Teutonic Goddess Fira. The moon and the lotus associated with Saraswati are both symbols of eternal womanhood.

Some of the many mythological stories connected with Saraswati have interesting sociological interpretations. The gods and the demons by mutual agreement decided to churn the ocean for the Arnrit or the elixir of life. Mainak mountain was used as the churning rod and Basuki as the churning rope. when Lakshmi appeared with the Arnrit kunbha both wanted the elixir. Saraswati with her exquisite beauty lured away the asuras. As the Gods were drinking the Arnrit, Rahu and Ketu, two asuras saw them and slipped in with the Gods. As they drank the Arnrit which would make them immortal like the gods, Vishnu detected them. He immediately cut off their heads. The two enraged asuras, swallowed the sun and moon but could not retain them as their throats were cut. This led to the origin of the solar and lunar eclipse. Saraswati, who was instrumental in helping the Gods to be immortal, was established in the heavens as the Goddess Saraswati.

The Gods and the Gandharvas both wanted the Soma Ras. It was again Saraswati who with her beauty and grace lured and so exhausted the Gandharvas that they could not acquire the Soma Ras which naturally went to the gods.

The Aryans fought with the non-Aryan Comi tribes (tribal dominance among the Aryans) like Nished, Sabar and Pulindar on the banks of the river Saraswati. At the request of Vishnu, Saraswati disappeared underground and again reappeared in far off Rajasthan. The tribals were thus deprived of the life-saving water. They were forced to abandon the area. In both cases we see the importance of the river Saraswati in Aryan life and how Saraswati was used to deprive the weak of water, without which life is impossible. Saraswati is known as Prithudhar (subjugator of the Aryans).

Vashishtha and Vishwamitra, the two sages, were both violently opposed to each other. Vishwamitra ordered the river Saraswati to wash away Vashishtha along with all he possessed. Saraswati refused to comply with his command. To punish Saraswati, he turned the water of the river into blood. At the behest of Shiva, the two sages became amicable and once again there was pure water in the river Saraswati.

In some areas she is believed to be the daughter of the Sun or Surya Kanya. In Western India, Saraswati is seen with the lion or peacock. She is married to Kartikeya. This is really the sun cult.

In Eastern India, particularly Bengal, Saraswati has been absorbed into the Bengali culture. She has been given the mantle of daughter of Parvati and is treated as a daughter. Vishnu had three wives-Saraswati, Ganga and Lakshmi. He was tired of Saraswati because of her superior knowledge and to gave her away to Brahma. Ganga was too frivolous and so was given to Shiva. Lakshmi quiet and sedate, remained his wife. These were the three Sris.

History tells us that the Aryans came to India through the. Khyber pass and settled in Punjab, Haryana and North Rajasthan. Saraswati is one of the seven holy rivers flowing through modern Punjab, Haryana and North Rajasthan.

In the North West along the banks of the river Saraswati. They were a pastoral people and the river was their means of communication as well as source of life.

Hence Saraswati was highly venerated and is associated with the fertility cult.

The mythological background of Saraswati shows the importance of the river Saraswati in the life of the Aryans settled along her river banks. Sociologically the River Saraswati was an important factor in ancient civilization. She is therefore a part of the fertility cult.

The Aryans who lived along the banks of the river were pastoral and rural.

All early development took place on the river bank. Consequently Saraswati came to be venerated as a symbol of knowledge.

It is evident that the upper strata of society used their superior knowledge and expertise to deprive the ignorant lower half of society.

The other name of Saraswati is Prithudhara. It has an important sociological aspect. The Comi tribes were subdued by being deprived of the most essential requirement, water. This story influenced Tagore to write Muktadhara (a play) where Bibhuti the engineer uses his superior knowledge to deprive the ignorant farmers by constructing a dam to divert the river water and satisfy the king.

The story of Kalidas has been built around Saraswati. There was a proud and learned princess who rejected all suitors who could not match her knowledge. The pundits in anger planned to marry her off to a fool. They saw a man cutting the branch on which he was sitting and decided he was the ideal fool for the princess. Kalidas was presented to the princess as a man of wisdom who only spoke in signs. The pundits answered all the princess’s questions by interpreting Kalidas’s signs. The two were married but on the wedding night the princess realized she had been duped. She kicked Kalidas out of her bed. He in sorrow and shame went to commit suicide. The Goddess Saraswati appeared and asked him to take a dip in the river. As he emerged from the river Kalidas was transformed. He began to recite verses in praise of the Goddess. Unfortunately for him he began to praise her beauty not from her feet upwards but from her breasts downwards. Saraswati in anger cursed Kalidas for his audacity. He would die in an ignonimous place.

This festival is celebrated all over Bengal with great fervour and gaiety.

(Source: 01/2015 –

Saraswati Vandana

Saraswati Ya Kundendu is the most famous Stuti dedicated to Goddess Saraswati and part of the famous Saraswati Stotram. It is recited during Saraswati Puja on the eve of Vasant Panchami.

या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता
सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा॥शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमामाद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं
वीणा-पुस्तक-धारिणीमभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापहाम्‌।
हस्ते स्फटिकमालिकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थिताम्‌
वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धिप्रदां शारदाम्‌॥२॥

Saraswati Ashtottara Shat Nama Stotra

(These verses narrate some of the sacred names of Goddess Saraswati as composed and sung by Sage Agastya. Meaning of the 108 names see on the blog site “For The Divine Power and Soul“):

Saraswati Mahabhadra, Mahamaya Varaprada ;
Saraswati Mahabhadra, Mahamaya Varaprada ;
Shriprada Padmanilaya, Padmakshi Padmavaktraga
Shivanuja Pustakadhrit, Naana mudra Ramapara
Kaamarupa Mahavidya, Mahapataka Nashini
Mahashraya Malini cha, Mahabhoga Mahabhuja
Mahabhaga Mahosaha, Divyanga Survandita ;
Mahakhali Mahapasha, Mahakara Mahankusha
Sitacha Vimala Vishwa, Vidyunmala cha vaishnavi
Chandrika Chandra Vadana, Chandralekha Vibhushita,
Savitri Surasa Devi, Divya-Lankaarbhushita
Vaagdevi Vasudha Thivra, Mahabhadra Mahabala
Bhogada Bharti Bhama, Govinda Gomati Shiva
Jatila Vindhyavasa Cha, Vindyachal Virajita
Chandika Vaishnavi Brahmi, Brahmagyane Kasadhana
Saudhamini Sudhamurti, Subhadra Surpujita,
Suvasini Sunasa cha, Vinidra Padmalochana
Vidyarupa Vishalakshi, Brahma jaya Mahabala
Treyimurti Trikaalagnya
Triguna shastra rupini Shumbrasura Pramathini.

Shubrada Cha Sarvaatmika, Raktabija Nihantiri cha
Chamunda chandika Tatha
Mund Kaaya Praharna, Dhumralochna-Mardana
Sarvadeva-s-Stuta, Saumya Surasura Namaskrita
Kaalratri Kaladhara, Roopa Saubhagya-daayini
Vaagdevi Cha Vararoha, Varahi Varijasana.

Chitrambara Chitragandha, Chitramalya Vibhushita
Kaanta Kaamprada Vandya, Vidyadhara supujita
Shvetamana Neelabhuja, Chaturvarga Phalaprada.

Chaturamana Samarajya, Raktamadhya Niranjana.

Hamsaasna Neeljangha, Brahma Vishnu Shivatmika
Aivum Saraswati Devya, Namnam Ashtottara Shastam
Iti Shri Saraswati shatanama Stotram Sampoornam

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Merry Xmas to all our listeners and musical friends !

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 23, 2014


We wish our listeners, musical friends, artists, music directors, composers,
technical crews of our radio stations (Radio Rasa/CH, Radio Fro/A, radio + Tide Radio/DE) and all >15,000 group members of Indian Classical
a very musically MERRY X-Mas & Happy New Year 2015 !

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R.I.P. … Pandit Ravi Kudalgi (tabla maestro and teacher of KSV school) demised on 13th Dec 2014

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 15, 2014

Nearby ten years ago an article came across my path being published by Frontline in the Issue 12 (Volume 22, Jun 04 – 17, 2005). FL is India’s National Magazine being published by THE HINDU.

The story was about the remarkable project initiated by a Canadian family with Mathieu, Blaise and Agathe Fortier who had started the extra ordinary music school Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV) in a small Indian village in Northern part of Karnataka.

Aside the founders at KSV teached table maestros Pandit Ravi Kudalgi childrens of lowest social class (Dalit cast) for more than 13 years.


Sadly Ravi demised on 13th December 2014. My condolences go to the family, close friends, musical colleagues of KSV and his pupils. Here the words we received shortly on 14th Dec 2014 from the KSV team:

Today we said a sorrowful farewell to one of our beloved from the KSV Family, Pandit Ravi Kudalgi, who sadly passed away yesterday. Pandit Ravi Kudalgi, affectionately known as Ravi Sir, was one of the original founding members of staff at KSV. He gave thirteen years of dedicated service to KSV and his students.
Those young boys who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Ravi Sir all those years ago, are today testament to his dedication to music, the tabla and his disciples, as they themselves are now aspiring young and talented musicians in their final years of university studying music, with a promising and bright future ahead of them.
Ravi Sir was always one to have a smile on his face, and indeed brought light, as well as rhythm, into the lives of everyone he touched. He will be sorely missed by one and all. Rest in peace Ravi Sir, may your music and memory live on.” 
(Source: music school Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya @ Facebook)

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daily life @ KSV music school…

Tabla Class with basic lesson (Teen Taal Rhythm) by Pandit Ravi Kudalgi…




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We wish all students a Happy Guru Purnima (Vyasa Purnima) !

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 12, 2014

The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu,
the Guru is Shiva, the God of Gods
the Guru is verily th Supreme Brahman.
Salutations to the adorable Guru.


Guru Purnima (IASTGuru Pūrṇimāsanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा) is an Indian festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. Students of Indian classical music, which also follows the Guru shishya parampara, celebrate this holy festival around the world.


Guru Dronacharya blesses his disciple Ekalavya (source: )

Guru Dronacharya blesses his disciple Ekalavya (source: )

This festival traditionally celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists, to thank their teachers. It is marked by ritualistic respect to theGuruGuru Puja. The Guru Principle is a thousand times more active on the day of Gurupournima than on any other day. The word Guru is derived from two words, ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. The Sanskrit root “Gu” means darkness or ignorance. “Ru” denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of lives. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (Spiritual Guide). It falls on the day of full moonPurnima, in the month of Ashadh (June–July) of the Shaka SamvatIndian national calendar and Hindu calendar.


In addition to having religious importance, this festival has great importance for Indian academics and scholars. Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.


Traditionally the festival is celebrated by Buddhists in honor of the lord Buddha who gave His first sermon on this day atSarnathUttar PradeshIndia. In the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as the occasion when Shiva became the first Guru, as he began the transmission of yoga to theSaptarishis.[4] Many Hindus celebrate the day in honor of the great sage Vyasa, who is seen as one of the greatest gurus in ancient Hindu traditions and a symbol of theGuru-shishya tradition. Vyasa was not only believed to have been born on this day, but also to have started writing the Brahma Sutras on ashadha sudha padyami, which ends on this day. Their recitations are a dedication to him, and are organised on this day, which is also known as Vyasa Purnima.


The festival is common to all spiritual traditions in Hinduism, where it is an expression of gratitude toward the teacher by his/her disciple. Hindu ascetics and wandering monks (sanyasis), observe this day by offering puja to the Guru, during the Chaturmas, a four-month period during the rainy season, when they choose seclusion and stay at one chosen place; some also give discourses to the local public.




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26th January: 65th Republic Day of India

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 26, 2014

Warm wishes on Republic Day to our Indian and musical friends…

happy republic day wallpapers photos 2014 girl

In India, Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.

The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. 26 January was selected for this purpose because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress.

It is one of three national holidays in India, other two being Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti.

(Source: 01/2014 –

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The 65th Republic Day Parade (live @ Doordarshan TV)


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Hamburg: 11th South Asia Day (16th November 2013)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 15, 2013

This year’s South Asia Day at the University of Hamburg is already the 11th in the series. Having established itself as a traditional yearly event, it offers Hamburg’s public the opportunity to gain information regarding not only the perspectives of South Asia but also regarding the increasing relevance of this dynamically developing region for Germany and Europe as a whole. 

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11. Südasientag an der Universität Hamburg

SAT-LOGOTermin: Samstag, 16. November 2013, 13:00-21:30 Uhr
Ort: Asien-Afrika-Institut der Universität Hamburg
Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, Flügel Ost, 20146 Hamburg

Eintritt frei (warmes Essen (12:00-19:00 Uhr): 6 € pro Pers.)

Eröffnung des Sri Lankischen Pavillons um 11:30 Uhr
Mittagessen um 12:00Uhr

Erstes Podium…

Erziehung, Ausbildung und Bildung in Südasien: Schlüssel für gesellschaftlichen Wandel, soziale Gerechtigkeit und wirtschaftlichen Erfolg.

Die Problemstellung:
Die Volkswirtschaften in Südasien sind Wachstumsmärkte mit neuen Produkten und Dienstleistungen. Damit steigen die Qualitätsanforderungen im lokalen und globalen Wettbewerb.
Es dämmert den Planern und Politikern, dass – um im regionalen und globalen Wettbewerb bestehen zu können – technologische Innovation nicht ausreicht; Innovation muss mit Hochqualität im Produkt selbst gepaart werden, um im Markt bestehen zu können.
Im Wege der Erziehung zu einem engagierten, lern- und leistungsbereiten jungen Menschen wachsen die Berufschancen des Menschen im Leben, sei es auf den Gebieten der praktischen und theoretischen Fachausbildung, sei es im akademischen Bildungsbereich.
Verwendungs- und Entfaltungsbreite erweitern sich für den heranwachsenden Menschen in bislang unvorstellbarem Ausmaß. Männer und Frauen mit solchen Qualifikationen bringen gesellschaftlichen Wandel und soziale Gerechtigkeit voran. An die Stelle von sozialer Herkunft und gesellschaftlicher Stellung als Mann oder Frau tritt die berufliche Qualifikation durch fachgerechte Ausbildung in Verbindung mit Berufserfahrung.
Fachausbildung im praktischen und theoretischen Spektrum der verschiedenen Berufe ist für die meisten Staaten und Gesellschaften des indischen Subkontinents Neuland. Berufsbezogene Ausbildung fand und findet heute noch oft in Kleinstbetrieben im Wege der beruflichen Einweisung durch den Älteren statt und beschränkt sich in der Regel auf die Heranbildung von hochwertiger Qualifizierung für ganz bestimmte Fertigkeiten – sei es Bearbeitung von Metallen, Leder oder Stoffen, sei es landwirtschaftlich relevante Expertise zur Absicherung der eigenen Subsistenzwirtschaft.
Duale Fachausbildung in Südasien: Stabilisator der gesellschaftlichen, sozialen und politischen Entwicklung.
Es mangelt nicht an Beratungsmöglichkeiten, solche Ausbildungssysteme auch in Südasien heimisch zu machen – aber zur Umsetzung solcher Programmes bedarf es nachhaltiger Investitionen.

Was wird von Deutschland aus getan?
Zahlreiche Unternehmen aus Deutschland und einigen anderen europäischen Ländern bieten solche Ausbildungspakete an – auch die Deutschen Auslandskammern in Südasien und einige Industrie- und Handelskammern in Deutschland selbst. Sie sind ja in Deutschland die Einrichtung, in deren Verantwortung die Entwicklung der Berufsbilder und der Abnahme der Examen der ausgebildeten jungen Menschen liegt. Beispiele für erfolgreiche nachhaltige Lösungen im Rahmen ihrer Zusammenarbeit mit den Ländern Südasiens bieten auch staatliche Aktivitäten, zum Beispiel die der GIZ, private Aktivitäten von Hamburger Stiftungen (Asienbrücke, Paulchen Esperanza, NUR) und gemeinnützige Vereine wie der Sri Lanka Verein Hamburg und der Verein Rosenkinder.
Fachausbildung und Berufsausbildung sind sehr oft das Sprungbrett zum eigenen selbständigen Unternehmen. Der Stolz auf die eigene Qualifikation und deren Anerkennung im Betrieb, im Beruf und im Markt tragen zum Selbstbewusstsein des Menschen in der Gesellschaft und zur Bereitschaft bei, an den politischen Prozessen des Landes aktiv teilzunehmen. Die soziale Kompetenz der in den Betrieben tätigen und fachlich hoch anerkannten Mitarbeiter fördern das Betriebsklima und die Zukunftsperspektive eines Unternehmens im regionalen und auf dem globalen Markt.
In Deutschland werden heute gesetzlich akademische Qualifikationen und fachbezogene Qualifikationen als gleichwertig und als für die Wirtschaftsleistung unverzichtbare Bestandteile für das Arbeitskräftepotenzial angesehen. Premium-Qualität erzielt bei allen Gütern und Dienstleistungen auf dem internationalen Markt Höchstpreise. Innovationen werden nur dann im Markt angenommen, wenn die Geräte sich auch in der Nutzung als robust und verlässlich erweisen.
Viele deutsche Unternehmen bilden im Ausland an den Standorten ihrer Betriebe Fachkräfte im dualen System aus. Mehrfach hat US-Präsident Obama diese Praxis deutscher Unternehmen in den USA und die Bedeutung der deutschen dualen Ausbildungseinrichtungen für die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung des Landes als vorbildlich und nachahmenswert öffentlich gepriesen. Wegen dieses Ausbildungspotenzials ist die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit (Altersgruppe 15-24Jährige) in Deutschland äußerst gering, im Augenblick sogar mit 7,8 Prozent am geringsten im europäischen Vergleich. Die soziale Bedeutung dieses Sachverhalts kann nicht hoch genug eingeschätzt werden. Die OECD (Organisation für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung) hat erstaunlicher Weise sehr lange Zeit benötigt, um die soziale und wirtschaftliche Bedeutung der dualen Berufsausbildung für moderne Gesellschaften zu verstehen.
Staatliche Institutionen und gesellschaftliche Kräfte stehen unter dem politischen und dem wirtschaftlichen Druck, Fachkräfte für differenzierte Berufsbilder heranzubilden.
Erkennen Regierung und Parlamente, aber auch die Medien und Bildungseinrichtungen, ja die Unternehmen diese Sachzwänge und die Chancen für den gesellschaftlichen Wandel?
Welche Wege schlagen sie in Verbindung mit den Unternehmen, den sich bildenden Selbstverwaltungseinrichtungen der privaten Wirtschaft und der staatlichen Infrastrukturbetriebe wie Bahn, Post, Gesundheits- und Bildungseinrichtungen ein, um dem sich dynamisch entwickelnden Arbeitsmarkt gerecht zu werden?
Wie reagieren tradierte gesellschaftliche Strukturen und Sitten wie Gebräuche auf diese dramatischen Veränderungen, wie die Religionsgemeischaften?

Die Podiumsdiskussion:

Man kann in der öffentlichen Diskussion Skepsis gegenüber diesem “Modell” erleben, aber auch eine hohe Erwartungshaltung an eine rasche Verbesserung der Produktivität der Volkswirtschaften, zumindest der Betriebe in einzelnen Industriesparten.
Im IT-Sektor hat Indien kraft eigener Anstrengungen eine hohe internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit erreicht.

Kann man mit solchen Erfolgen auch in anderen Sektoren der gewerblichen Wirtschaft rechnen?

Ein Blick auf China und Japan sowie Südostasien kann Impulse für weitere Anstrengungen auf diesem Jahrzehnte hindurch vernachlässigtem Gebiet vermitteln.
Das Podium wird obige Fragen und die Herausforderungen der regionalen und globalen wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung für die Volkswirtschaften Südasiens und die Antworten der sozialen wie politischen Systeme Südasiens diskutieren.
Neben den Botschaftern sollten Sachverständige für duale Ausbildung in Deutschland und in Südasien, u.a. auch Vertreter aus Unternehmen mit entsprechenden Programmen in ihren Betrieben zu Worte kommen.

Zweites Podium: Bildende Künste der Gegenwart in Südasien

Die Kulturen Südasien weisen einen schier unerschöpflichen Reichtum an Schätzen der bildenden Kunst aus ihrem zivilisatorischen Erbe auf. Tempel und andere religiöse Kultstätten dominieren, gefolgt von den Palästen der Herrscher und den Magnaten der Wirtschaft und des Staates.
Aber der eigenständige Künstler mit seinem eigenen Werk, das nicht in ein weltliches oder sakrales bzw. spirituelles Bauwerk integriert ist, fasziniert den Beschauer, den Historiker und den Kunstfachmann nicht weniger – wenn nicht sogar mehr, weil hier der Künstler in unverfälschter Weise mit seiner Darstellung, seinem Kunstverständnis und seinem handwerklichen Vermögen zur Geltung kommt, die Welt, den Menschen und seine Vielfalt auf seine besondere, seine einmalige Weise darzustellen.
Sachverständige aus Ländern Südasiens werden die Teilnehmer und Besucher des 11. Südasien-Tages mit der zeitgenössischen bildenden Kunst in Südasien vertraut machen.

Hauptprogramm (Kurzübersicht)

11:30 (Raum 121): feierliche Eröffnung des Sri Lankischen Pavillons

12:00 – 13:00 (1. Stockwerk): Mittagessen – Südasiatische Spezialitäten

13:00 – 13:30 (Raum 221, 2. Stockwerk): Eröffnung und Begrüßung

13:30 – 15:30 Podiumsdiskussion ” Ausbildung und Bildung in Südasien: Schlüssel für gesellschaftlichen Wandel, soziale Gerechtigkeit und wirtschaftlichen Erfolg”

Moderation: Botschafter a.D. Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck

Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer:

– S.E. Botschafter von Sri Lanka Upali Sarrath Kongahage
– Prakash Mani Paudel, Charge ‘d’ Affaires a.i. Nepals
– Abed Nadjib, Gesandter Botschaftsrat Afghanistans
– Indischer Generalkonsul in Hamburg Dr. Vidhu P. Nair
– Dr. Mazhar Javed, Stellvertretender Leiter der Botschaft Pakistan
– Dr. Mandira Saiju-Shrestha, Chance for Life Nepal e.V. Norderstedt
– Dr. Jubran Rajub, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
– Rudolf Weiler, Geschäftsführer, Digisound-Electronic GmbH

15.30 – 16:00 (1. Stockwerk): Kaffeepause 

16:00 – 18:00 (Raum 221): Bildende Künste der Gegenwart in Südasien

– Videogestützte Präsentationen über Malerei, Bildhauerei etc. in den Ländern des Subkontinents

Moderation: Navina Sundaram, Journalistin, Hamburg

Referentinnen und Referenten:

– Afghanistan: Christina Hallmann, Kuratorin des Kabul Art Projekt , Köln,
Moshtari Hilal Künstlerin, Mitarbeiterin des Kabul Art Project, Hamburg
– Indien: Navina Sundaram, Journalistin, Hamburg
Nepal: Fidel Devkota, Freie Universität Berlin
– Pakistan: Ali Asghar, Deutsch-Pakistanisches Forum e.V.,Regionalgruppe Hamburg
– Sri Lanka Jayantha Gomes, Künstler, Sri Lanka/Calw, Deutschland

18:00 – 19:00 (1. Stockwerk): Abendessen – Südasiatische Spezialitäten

19:00 – 21:30 (Foyer): Kulturprogramm

/ Tanz aus Indien und aus Sri Lanka
/ Wandel der traditionellen Kleidung: Modeschau aus Pakistan


RAUM 121: Sri Lankischer Pavillon – Raum des Hauptlandes des 11. Südasien-Tages SRI LANKA Ausstellungen, Büchertisch u. m.

FOYER: Länderinformationen, Ausstellungen, Informationstisch.


– Botschafter a.D. Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, Ehrenvorsitzender der Deutsch-Indischen Gesellschaft e.V., Ehrenvorsitzender des Organisationskomitees
– Prof. Dr. Tatiana Oranskaia, Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets, 1. Vorsitz
– Angela Silva, Vertreterin der Gemeinschaft Sri Lanka in Hamburg, 2. Vorsitz
– Dr. Ahmadudin Wais, Vorsitzender des Fachkräfteprogramms Afghanistan in Deutschland e.V.
– Andreas Kazi, Vorsitzender, Entwicklungsforum Bangladesh e.V.
– Dr. Satya Bhowmik, Vorstand, Entwicklungsforum Bangladesh e.V.
– Prof. Dr. Dorji Wangchuk, Deutsche Bhutan-Himalaya-Gesellschaft e.V.
– Renuka Jain, Geschäftsführerin, Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft Hamburg e.V., 2.Vorsitz
– Günter Sprenger, 1. Vorsitzender, Chance for Life Nepal e.V.
– Ali Asghar, M.A., Leiter der Regionalgruppe Hamburg, Deutsch-Pakistanisches Forum e.V.
– Dipl. Inform. Asaf Ikram, Deutsch-Pakistanisches Forum e.V.
– Kodithuwakku Arachchi Chitra Sepalika, Vertreterin der Gemeinschaft Sri Lanka in Hamburg
– Jutta Höflich, Journalistin, Diplomatic Facts, Redaktionsbüro; Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für den Südasien-Tag
– Dr. Ram Prasad Bhatt, Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets
– Merle Schwerdtfeger,Koordinationsarbeit , Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut, Abteilung für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets

(Quelle: 10/2013 – Universität Hamburg | Asien-Afrika-Institut)

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Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 12, 2013

Some Hindustani Musicians: They Lit the Way! (Hardcopy)

Author: Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade (1937-2011)
Publisher: BSAPromilla & Co., Publishers – New Delhi

2011, Hb, 388pp., Illus., Appendix, Biblio.
ISBN-10: 8185002738
ISBN-13: 9788185002736

seen at Flipchart: 750 INR inclusive of taxes
seen at BSA (Bibliophile South Asia): 638 INR / outside India: 37.95 US $

some-hindustani-musicians-they-lit-the-way-400x400-imad7s8ujatfajgaToday Indian Music has won a place of pride in the global musical heritage. Hindustani classical music and its vocal stream have been major influences in creating the larger Indian musical tradition. Music being a performing art, lives in performance. These performances are obviously realized through performing ideas and their exploration by artists concerned. The identification of performing ideas provide the prime clue to the qualitative forces in any artist\’s work. Dr. Ranade has attempted to identify and analyze 19 major performers\’ performing ideas as they became accessible to him in mehfil-s, recordings or teaching sessions. Four other musicians are also briefly discussed. These music-makers — and of course others not discussed here — have lit the 20th century, i.e., our immediate and adjacent living past. Hence the special contemporary quality of their work. They belong to different gharana-s and language-regions and the variety of their approaches is a challenge as well as delight.

About the Author: Ashok Da. Ranade is a vocalist (Hindustani Classical), composer, musicologist, ethnomusicologist, voice-culturist and a teacher with degrees in literature, law and music.

Dr. Ashok Da Ranade: In Celebration of His Life and Work

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On German TV (Bavaria Broadcasting): A PASSAGE TO INDIA (film drama, 1983)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 13, 2013

Bavarian Brodcasting / BR (Bayrischer Rundfunk): on 13th/14th Oct at 11:25 pm – 02:00 am CET (23:25 – 02:00 Uhr)


PassageToIndiaPosterA Passage to India is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E. M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that was inspired by the novel.

This was the final film of Lean’s career, and the first he had directed in 14 years. A Passage to Indiareceived eleven nominations at the Academy Awards, including Best PictureBest Director for Lean, and Best Actress for Judy Davis for her portrayal as Adela Quested. The movie won two awards.Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Mrs. Moore, making her, at 77, the oldest actress ever to win the award, and Maurice Jarre won his third award forBest Original Score.

The film is set in the 1920s during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj. Adela Quested (Judy Davis) and Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft) sail from England to India, where Ronny Heaslop (Nigel Havers), the older woman’s son and younger woman’s fiancé, is the magistrate in the provincial town of Chandrapore. Through school superintendent Richard Fielding (James Fox), the two visitors meet eccentric elderly Brahmin scholar Professor Godbole (Alec Guinness), and they befriend Dr. Aziz Ahmed (Victor Banerjee), an impoverished widower who initially meets Mrs. Moore in a moonlit mosque overlooking the Ganges River. Their sensitivity and unprejudiced attitude toward native Indians endears them to him. When Mrs. Moore and Adela express an interest in seeing the “real” India, as opposed to the Anglicised environment of cricket, polo, and afternoon tea the British expatriates created for themselves, Aziz offers to host an excursion to the remote Marabar Caves.

The outing goes reasonably well until the women begin exploring the caves with Aziz and his sizeable entourage. Mrs. Moore experiences an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia that forces her to return to the open air. She encourages Adela and Aziz to continue their exploration but suggests they take just one guide. The three set off for caves far from the rest of the group, and before entering, Aziz steps away to smoke a cigarette. He returns to find Adela has disappeared; shortly after he sees her running headlong down the hill, bloody and dishevelled. Upon their return to town, Aziz is jailed to await trial for attempted rape, and an uproar ensues between the Indians and the Colonials.

The case becomes a cause celebre among the British. When Mrs. Moore makes it clear that she firmly believes in Aziz’s innocence and will not testify against him, it is decided she should return to England. She subsequently suffers a fatal heart attack during the voyage and is buried at sea.

To the consternation of her fiancé and friends, Adela has a change of heart and clears Aziz in court. The Colonials are forced into an ignominious retreat while the Indians carry the exonerated man from the courtroom on their shoulders, cheering wildly. Fielding looks after Adela since she has no one else to turn to. In the aftermath, Miss Quested leaves India, while Dr. Aziz, feeling betrayed by his friend Fielding, abandons his Western attire, dons traditional dress, and withdraws from Anglo-Indian society, opening a clinic in Northern India, in Kashmir near the Himalayas. While he remains angry and bitter for years, he eventually reconciles with Fielding and writes to Adela to convey his thanks and forgiveness.

(Source: 10/2013 –

… with English Subtitle.

… in HD quality.


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