Indian Culture

Malayalam – A simple guide to a magical language

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Malayalam (/malayALam/) is the principal language of the South Indian state of Kerala and also of the Lakshadweep Islands (Laccadives) of the west coast of India. Malayalis (speakers of Malayalam), who - males and females alike - are almost totally literate, constitute 4 percent of the population of India and 96 percent of the population of Kerala (29.01 million in 1991). In terms of the number of speakers Malayalam ranks eights among the fifteen major languages of India.

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Festival of Devotion 2010

réla Bhaktivedänta Näräyaëa Mahäräja, now ninety years old, recently completed his 30th world tour, spreading the glories of Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu and Çré Çré Rädhä-Kåñëa. He is recognized internationally as a spiritual master of Vedic culture and Sanätan-dharma, and was formally awarded the title Yugächarya, an honor given only once every 100 years, by all of the senior pundits of Vrindavan.

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3 Shades of Raga

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ShareLovers of Indian Classical Music will be treated to a festival of Indian Classical Music, titled Three Shades of Raga, in February 2010. The festival is headlined by the doyen of Indian Classical vocal, Pandit Jasraj,  and also features ace violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, and Swiss based sarodist Ken Zuckerman. BBC presenter, musicologist and author Jameela Siddiqi will present a pre-concert talk. Blessed with a soulful and sonorous voice, which traverses masterfully over all three and a half octaves, Pandit Jasraj’s vocals is characterized by a harmonious blend of the classic and the opulent elements projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and yet densely coloured. This gives his music a unique and sublime emotional quality, reaching out to the very soul of the listener. Pandit Jasraj celebrates his 80th birthday in …

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Shree Nrityagram

I spent my Saturday evening in the heart of the cultural hub of Newtown, Johannesburg at the Dance Factory played host to one of the world’s most entrancing dance masters Shree Nrityagram being an all-female troupe, where both male and female concepts are performed by women. The troupe’s 3 finest dancers: Surupa Sen, the artistic director, and Bijayini Satpathy and Pavithra Reddy. Likened to Indian art, “Vibhakta” is religious and at the same time very sexy and powerful in all respects

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