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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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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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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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New CD – Classical instrumental and vocal music from North and South India

The CD consist of two live concerts, one is vichitra veena from Dr Mustafa RASA, and my live concert in Carnatic music at the Vilnius University Theatre performed 2018 featuring Raga Abohi. The CD is also available in digital form in this link. INDIA IN MUSIC. Dr. Mustafa Raza + / Manickam Yogeswaran +KUKŪ Records […]

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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 […]

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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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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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Rhythmic patterns and sound that came before sense

The mockingbird’s elusive complexity still sounds like a code waiting to be cracked. It may be harder to answer the question of what birds sing than why! Think of the power of mantras, Hindu incantations that on the surface are composed of nonsense syllables but when internalized lead the soul to higher spiritual states. So are the […]

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Würdigungen von Prof. Dr. Srinivasa Ayya Srinivasan

Prof. Dr. S.A. Srinivasan 18.09.1932 – 02.05.2019 Würdigung von Prof. Dr. Srinivasa Ayya Srinivasan, Universität Hamburg, durch seinen Kollegen Lambert Schmithausen, anlässlich der Gedenkfeier am 20. Mai 2019 | Text der Würdigung (PDF) >> Würdigung durch seine ehemalige Schülerin Karin Preisendanz, Universität Wien, anlässlich der Gedenkfeier am 20. Mai 2019 (verlesen von seinem Freund und […]