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Culture’s core thought is “humaneness” – Mahasweta Devi

I cling to the belief that for any culture as old and ancient as ours to have survived over time and in time, there could only be one basic common and acceptable core thought: humaneness. To accept each other’s right to be human with dignity. Mahasweta Devi in “The Republic of Dreams”, inaugural speech for […]

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Mein Leben in Indien: Zwischen den Kulturen zu Hause von Martin Kämpchen

Anlässlich seines 75. Geburtstags erscheint Martin Kämpchens Autobiografie. Wie kein anderer Zeitgenosse ist der seit fünf Jahrzehnten in Indien lebende Deutsche in das religiöse, kulturelle und soziale Leben des Landes eingetaucht. Der promovierte Germanist und promovierte Religionswissenschaftler ist bekannt als kluger Berichterstatter aus Indien für große deutsche Tageszeitungen ebenso wie als geschätzter Übersetzer des bengalischen […]

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How will we experience music in 2050? To play music together and connect!

Ideally in a very profound way – the way families have shared music for thousands of years, and long before music became a commodity: So it’s a rainy day in 2050 and you and your friends decide you’d like to see a concert. […] Emmy Parker, a cultural futurist and former brand manager for synthesizer maker […]

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True happiness according to Rabindranath Tagore

True happiness is not at all expensive. It depends upon that natural spring of beauty and of life, harmony of relationship. Ambition pursues its own path of self-seeking by breaking this bond of harmony, digging gaps, creating dissension. Selfish ambition feels no hesitation in trampling under foot the whole harvest field, which is for all, […]

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“We have a natural ability to both learn and teach”: Interview with Sanjay Sarma – cbc.ca

Human beings are very unique in the sense that we are learning animals. We have a natural ability to both learn and teach, and that is called parenting. And being a child, the system of education is relatively recent, where you sit people down in classrooms and, you know, systematically teach them. But what’s happened […]

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Let’s listen to the voice of the Earth

“We need to slow down and with humility listen to the voice of the Earth. We need to face this crisis with resilience, patience, solidarity and equanimity. […] We are all totally interconnected and interrelated. Therefore, we need to be in a constant, creative and congenial conversation with the Earth.” Satish Kumar is Editor Emeritus […]

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Interaction between children, parents and medical staff with insight into different cultures

Music in hospital supports children’s social education to the extent that the musical activities can help the child to develop aspects of their ‘human capital’ (Karkou & Glasman, 2004: 170) through the promotion of adaptability, creativity and social skills. Music also offers possibilities for collaboration and interaction between children, parents and medical staff, as well […]

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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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Dealing with life’s challenges with the help of music – and understanding it better, to begin with: “Why we love music”, a book by John Powell

“The effect of music on our body chemistry is particularly fascinating to me. Our bodies effectively contain an internal pharmacy that dispenses various chemicals to help us deal with life’s challenges.” – John Powell More about this book In “Why You Love Music,” John Powell, a physicist who has also studied musical composition, offers an […]

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Video | Chor@Berlin 2017: Ode an die Nacht (Ausschnitt)

Chor@Berlin 2017: Ode an die Nacht (Ausschnitt) from Deutscher Chorverband on Vimeo. Mit „Ode an die Nacht“ gelangte im Rahmen von Chor@Berlin am 24. Februar 2017 im Radialsystem V das letzte Werk von Harald Weiss’ „Darkness Project“ zur Uraufführung. Kammerchor Berlin (Einstudierung: Stefan Rauh) Concentus Neukölln – Ensemble der Musikschule Paul-Hindemith, Neukölln (Einstudierung: Thomas Hennig) […]