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I came to Paris for the first time with a palpitating heart- full of expectations and the prospect of being in THE PARIS- a city, that to me, was a symbol of love and romance, of joy and beauty, of high fashion and luxury, of cafés and high-end boutiques, of fashionable women and of the divine sin....





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Indian classical music origins may point to mythology and sacred scriptures- the Vedas. Rig Veda hymns were set to music in Sama Veda with accompanying musical instrument such as the Veena and were sung with the sacrificial formula for sacred offering during yajnas, as given in the Yajur Veda. There are references to music in ancient treatises such as the Bharata's Natya Shashtra in Sanskrit and Silappatikaram in Tamil both of which are supposed to have been written around the beginning of the Christian era. With geographical distance and varying influences, the Indian classical music divided into the streams of Hindustani, or North Indian, and Carnatic, or South Indian music, over a period of centuries.


Bhagavatula Sadashiva Sankara Sastry


This is the second in the three-part series on the Hindustani & Carnatic Music & Composers. It will present exponents of Carnatic music such as K.V.Mahadevan, SadaShiva Shankara Shastry, Salur Rajeswara Rao, Pingali Nagendrarao, the famous Illayaraja, his associate Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri and Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna. These articles are compiled by the Music Research Group of GRFI*.

Read more: Indians under Spotlight- Carnatic Composers-II


Season of Pakistan in Paris

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This is clearly the season of Pakistan in Paris as various cultural manifestations tracing back to Pakistan become evident in the city.


Exhibition Across at Fondatin Alliance Française
Exhibition Across at Fondatin Alliance Française © Doumé. courtesy: FAF


Some curious readers may ask as to why am I writing about Pakistan when we have such a geo-centric name. We wish to reiterate that, for us, Indians are people with Indian roots in their hearts, body, mind or soul no matter what their geographic, national or political affiliation is.

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The day is mundane. I did some grocery shopping at a near-by store. Today is also a day of le Marché- the make shift market (le marché volant or the Flying Market is more like it!). In the locality I live, it is held for three days in a week. There are such markets in all parts of the city though the days vary. It is almost invariably open from 7 in the morning to around 2 PM when the 'marketers' wind up their stuff.


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If visitors to London expect to get caught in sudden showers, then they can expect one word from the Parisian weather- Unassuming. Yes, this is what it is.

It had been sunny whole of last week, even though there has been a nip in the air. Now for the past couple of days, we have been seeing small or big snow flakes parting from nowhere and descending down to terra firma

...The Sun seems to have gone for a hibernation and so has my morale.

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My tryst with the French cuisine, being the hallmark of refined gastronomy that it is, never saw the light of the day! Call it fate or choice that being a vegetarian has limited my affair with this sensual French dimension. However, I have more than compensated for this 'lack' by indulging in sweet French temptations over many a cup of hauntingly aromatic espressos.

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Along with the Hindustani music, the Carnatic music is a sub-genre of the Indian classical music. While Hindustani music, with its Persian and Islamic influences, is mainly North Indian; the Carnatic music is commonly associated with Southern Indian states- Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The following document* sheds light on various prominent contemporary exponents of Carnatic music.


Viswanatha Sastry

Mayooram Viswanatha Sastry

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