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“A defining period in Montessori’s outlook”: Letters from India

Maria Montessori Writes to Her Grandchildren In October 1939, while the “storm of war was gathering in Europe”, Maria and Mario Montessori set off to India to deliver a training course and lecture tour. When Italy became involved in the war, the British rule of India did not give the Montessoris permission to leave; they […]

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P. Sainath awarded 2021 Fukuoka Prize for “promoting civil cooperation”

Selected for the Grand Prize for promoting civil cooperation through his writing Noted journalist P. Sainath has been selected as one of the three recipients of the Fukuoka Prize for 2021. Mr. Sainath will receive the ‘Grand Prize’ of the Fukuoka Prize while the Academic Prize and the Prize for Arts and Culture will go […]

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Why Carnatic Music Matters More Than Ever

by Ludwig Pesch Published by Shankar Ramchandran on behalf of Dhvani Ohio | Read or download the full article (PDF, 800 KB, updated 19 June 2021): Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License For this musicologist and author, there are good reasons to believe that Carnatic music matters, perhaps more than ever and almost anywhere in the world. So […]

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There’s but one common and acceptable core thought: Humaneness

I see one India in the pattern. You see another. Light and shadow play. History and modernity collide. Superstition and myth, Rabindrasangeet and rap, Sufi and Shia and Sunni, caste and computers, text and sub-plot, laughter and tears, governments and oppositions, reservations and quotas, struggles and captivity, success and achievement, hamburgers and Hari Om Hari, […]

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Integrated Music Education – Challenges of Teaching and Teacher Training

“Thinking and learning in South Indian Music” by Ludwig Pesch, chapter 4 in: Markus Cslovjecsek, Madeleine Zulauf (eds.)Integrated Music Education – Challenges of Teaching and Teacher TrainingPeter Lang Publishers, Bern, 2018. 418 pp., 29 fig. b/w, 2 tablesMOUSIKÆ PAIDEIA Music and Education/Musik und Bildung/Musique et Pédagogie. Vol. 1 pb.ISBN 978-3-0343-0388-0 This book was presented  during […]

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“I savour the taste of freedom” – Tagore on individual exploration

My freedom lies not inpursuing detachment.Amidst a thousand fettersshall I savour the taste of freedomin delirious joy. In 2020 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of a visit to the Netherlands, one that was eagerly expected by many in September 1920 By Ludwig Pesch Believe me, my friend, my heart goes out to you but I am […]

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Audio | Homage to Max Mueller: cultural programmes & seminar

A radio programme by Christoph Hahn with German introductions and explanations © 2000 Bayerischer Rundfunk Excerpts from live programmes and report (click Download >View to listen/read) Sruti Magazine (India’s premier music and dance magazine, PDF 560 KB): Excerpt Max Mueller Bhavan (German Cultural Institute) in Chennai organised a clutch of cultural programmes and a seminar during […]

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A Theatre for All: Sittrarangam (The small theatre Madras) – Free Download

A Theatre for All Sittrarangam—the small theatre Madras by Ludwig Pesch with a Foreword by Himanshu Burte Download the epub-version for offline reading, printing or getting read out on the Archive.org website >> eka.grata publications © Amsterdam 2002 (print version), 2016 (ebook versions) Digital edition © Ludwig Pesch 2016 based on the 2nd revised edition […]

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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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“Beethoven has given us the music of advaita”: Vinay Lal on a celebrated composer’s search of the soul for the transcendent

This month [December 2020] marks the 250th birth anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven. In ordinary times, Germany, Austria, and a good part of the world beyond Europe would have been ablaze with celebrations: as the opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, a man whose reputation in some circles would be just as great, remarked: “Before the name […]