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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.

Searching for Hanuman

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Rainy days mean indoor activities for young ones and its always nice to have an option other than the mainstream craft projects.  Check out the super adventures of Hanuman in this adventure filled book “Where’s Hanuman“:

The book has 12 colorful scenes ranging from Sita’s wedding to Marching to lanka. Here is a sample scene…can you find Hanuman?

Each scene has a simple explanation around the events for little ones …and while the main quest is to look for Hanuman, there are other things to find as well:

So how many were you able to locate?

Where’s Hanuman? is written by Alister Taylor and illustrated by Christopher Woods and Ben McClintic.

Written by Redpatang

April 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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Warli art revival

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Does this artwork look familiar?  No-this isn’t just a hip T-shirt print you may have come across.  This Warli art form has its origins in the Warli tribe from western India and is said to go back to 2500 or 3000 BC! The Warli use only white for their paintings. Their original white pigment is a mixture of rice paste and water with gum as a binding.

By Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

The Warli used circles based on their observation of the sun and moon, triangles from mountains and trees and squares to denote an enclosure of land.

Humans are represented by two triangles joined at the tip:

Jivya Soma Mashe (1997)

Today, this tribal art form has found new life through the efforts of artists like Jivya Soma Mashe and is exhibited in galleries around the world.  And yes -it has also found its way to inspire hip T-shirts and other modern Indian accessories 🙂

Warli painting kits are available at

Written by Redpatang

April 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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