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“There is only one history – the history of man” – Rabindranath Tagore on national selfishness, which goes by the name of patriotism

Therefore I ask you to have the strength of faith and clarity of mind to know for certain that the lumbering structure of modern progress, riveted by the iron bolts of efficiency, which runs upon the wheels of ambition, cannot hold together for long. Collisions are certain to occur, for it has to travel upon […]

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A message for all seasons: Rabindranath Tagore on “the beauty of the flower”

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.  – Rabindrath Tagore From Beauty Quotes and Sayings – quotegarden.com

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The Unesco Courier December 1961: Rabindranath Tagore: A Universal Voice

pp. 16 music notation and article on Tagore’s music by Philippe Stern & Arnold A. Bake Download the full issue here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0006/000643/064331eo.pdf

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Rabindranath Tagore on art, music, painting and dance

The creation of art, music, painting and dance elevates man from a mere being to a personal man. The personality of man, according to Tagore, is “conscious of its inexhaustible abundance; it has the paradox in it that it is more than itself; it is more than as it is seen, as it is known, […]

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Rabindranath Tagore on new creations: a fundamental human need

“It is not the distinctive quality of man to be a mere repetition of his ancestors. Animals cling to the nests of their effete habits; man expresses himself age after age in new creations.”  Rabindranath Tagore in 1931 Source: Tagore on Gandhi, New Delhi 2008, p. 31 More on fundamental human needs on wikipedia >> Human scale development […]

My mind took wing. Fly! Fly! – A homage to Rabindranath Tagore

My mind took wing. Fly! Fly! … Science recognizes atoms, all of which can he weighed and measured, but never recognizes personality, the one thing that lies at the basis of reality. All creation is that, for apart from personality, there is no meaning in creation. On the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on […]

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The bamboo flute of South India

Text: Ludwig Pesch | Art: Arun V.C. The flute has played a key role in India’s artistic life since antiquity. This is evident from writings on dance-drama, mythology, sculptures and paintings. Its playing technique must have been highly developed for a very long time. Different names are used for it, for instance kuzhal (pronounced like “kulal” or “kural”) in Tamil speaking regions; and bānsurī […]

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Slideshow | India Inspiration – Tropenmuseum Amsterdam

For ten years this exhibition celebrated the sources of inspiration shared by Indian and Western artists; and at the same time, it traced the role of migrants from India via Suriname through songs, memorabilia, and documentary film footage. Concept and research: Ludwig Pesch (www.aiume.org) in collaboration with museum staff and Architectenbureau Jowa (www.jowa.nl). On display […]

Ludwig Pesch

Ludwig Pesch is best known as musicologist and educator. Trained as flautist in the “Carnatic” music tradition of South India, he loves playing in personalized settings, in a manner critically acclaimed as “an eloquent demonstration of the universal fact that music transcends cultural and linguistic barriers” (Indian Express); “captivating and chaste rendition …  a golden link with […]

Ludwig Pesch

Ludwig Pesch spezialisierte sich auf die südindische Bambusquerflöte, als er im Rahmen des Deutsch-Indischen Kulturabkommens Stipendien zum Studium im heutigen Chennai erhielt. Das Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts (Chennai) verlieh ihm das Diploma First Class und Post-Diploma.  Gemeinsam mit seinem Lehrer Ramachandra Shastry (1906-92), einem Vertreter der persönlich geprägten Gurukula-Lehrmethode, hat er bei zahlreichen Anlässen konzertiert – “eine eloquente […]