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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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Tagore’s devotion to the ideal of a world without cruel, irrational discrimination – Unesco

Rabindranath Tagore: a universal voice Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, educator, novelist, poet and painter, is without challenge one of the greatest and most noble figures of modern times. Not only was he awarded the rare honour of the Nobel Prize for Literature, but he also won the distinction far more rare, less spectacular but much more […]

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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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“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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Rabindranath Tagore’s memorable visit to The Netherlands: Centenary celebration at “Paradiso”

The month of September offered an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of a successful lecture tour by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). It was organized by Dutch citizens with whom he shared a commitment to a cultural dialogue on eye-level. A Dutch press report highlights Tagore’s “silver voice” that conveyed his admiration for the songs of Bengal’s […]

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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 […]

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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 […]