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Nachruf auf Dr. Pia Srinivasan

Mit dem Tod von Dr. Pia Srinivasan (15. Mai 1931 – 8. April 2022) verlieren Freunde der indischen Musik eine inspirierende Vertreterin des deutsch-indischen Dialogs. Zugleich lebt ihr Erbe fort, sei es mit Hilfe ihrer preisgekrönten, weil zugänglichen Aufnahme südindischer klassischer Musik, sei es mit Veröffentlichungen, die sie in Zusammenarbeit mit ihrem Mann Prof. S.A. […]

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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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Book release & Foreword: “Arangilum Munnilum Pinnilum” – Gopal Venu and Kerala’s thriving performing arts

Foreword to Gopal Venu’s new book in Malayalam, titled Arangilum Munnilum Pinnilum; shared by Vinod Kumar (Chennai/Dubai) during the book release online event held on 16 November 2021: an opportunity to reflect on shared cultural roots, values and an association spanning several generations via both, the author’s parents and those of the present writer. In […]

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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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ePUB | Zusammen sind wir stark: Ein Buch für Kinder und Erwachsene von Martin Kämpchen

Als klassisches Vorlesebuch konzipiert, lädt diese Geschichtensammlung Eltern und Großeltern dazu ein, sich gemeinsam mit ihren Vor- und Grundschulkindern in eine uns ferne Lebenswelt entführen zulassen. Es sind Erzählungen zum gemeinsamen Erleben, zum Staunen und zum Wundern. Das Buch ist sparsam und einfach illustriert: Kohlezeichnungen des indischen Künstlers Sanyasi Lohar wechseln mit zeichnungsartig verfremdeten Fotografien […]

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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 […]