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A stirring rendition of the Indian National Anthem

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One might say every rendition of the Indian National Anthem is stirring but this particular one really pulls at the heartstrings.  Conducted by AR Rahman, this version features Indian classical greats like Pundit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pundit Shivkumar Sharma.  The sound of each instrument seamlessly flows into the next …weaving together a beautiful tapestry of sound.

Jana-Gana-Mana was originally composed in Bengali by Noble Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India in 1950. As we approach the celebration of the Indian Independence day (August 15th) -its only fitting that I share this with you today.

Enjoy this if you haven’t heard it before and join in the re-discovery if you have.


Little desi detective

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Have you heard of Sally Bollywood the little desi detective?  Sally is an animated Indian girl who owns her own detective agency (SBI – “Sally Bollywood Investigation”)  and solves cases with her best friend Doowee.

Sally bollywood

Thumbs up to details like the little choli that Sally wears (with an elephant pattern on the front) and the cool dance numbers. But I can’t quite understand why she sports a large vermillion bindi (A bindi of that size and color is traditionally only worn by married women and since its against the law to marry off a 12 year old ……) 😉

But bindi’s aside, this sweet little animated series is a good effort in developing an Indian /Asian character for little kids to follow.

Here is a youtube preview:

The Sally-Bollywood series is developed by France 3 and Seven network and distributed internationally by Zodiak Entertainment Distribution.  The series is popular in UK and Europe and yet to make its way to North America.

Written by Redpatang

May 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

A modern take on the Dhol + Video featuring Rani Taj

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The dhol  (Indian drum) is best known for its widespread use in Punjabi and modern Bhangra music and was often used to celebrate a successful harvest.

Courtesy: Little guruskool musical instruments board book

The drum is made up of a wooden barrel with animal hide or synthetic skin stretched over its open ends, covering them completely.  The dhol is played using two wooden sticks, usually made out of bamboo and cane wood.

But the main reason the dhol has recaptured our attention is new Dhol sensation Rani Taj (yes you read that right – a girl dhol player!) and her modern take on this ancient instrument.  Here is her Dhol remix rendition to Rihanna’s Rudeboy:

Note- lyrics of this song are not kid-friendly

So, what did you think?  Post your comments here or  on our facebook page.

Written by Redpatang

April 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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