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Monday, July 22, 2013

7 Wonders of India

Between 2008 and 2009, NDTV, an Indian television channel embarked on an undertaking to determine the 7 most wondrous monuments of ancient India as Indian see them. They organized the voting, created a live televised series called The 7 Wonders of India where the Indian public was presented with about 200 nominations. The TV series is available as snippets on the 7 Wonders of India YouTube channel created by NDTV, of between 2mins to 10mins. Entertainingly informative, the videos record in one place on the internet scenes, history and other facts about ancient India and its culture presented by a cast of Indian celebrities. The Youtube channel makes for an enriching site to explore and study from. You could even devise off the beaten track travel ideas from these series. By the way Indians concluded that the 7 Wonders of India are: The Konarak Sun Temple, One of the temples of Khajuraho, Jaisalmer Fort at night, the Red Fort, Nalanda University, Dholavira's water reservoir and Madurai's Meenakshi Temple. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Indian Carnatic in Western Classical Rendition

Cross cultural renditions of South Indian Classical / Carnatic and Western Classical are a rarity. In the 1980's composer and music writer Illayaraja experimented with it, though like the work of contemporary A. R. Rahman they depended heavily on synths. No doubt the cost of getting a full Western Classical ensemble easily dwarfs the small crews required to get a South Indian Classical gig going which is why this effort by Shweta Mohan and Navneeth Sundar is of note. The rendition of Chinnanchiru Kiliye as a Mother's Day tribute on Youtube is well worth a listen. Please click here to go to this Youtube Page which I have also added to HinduSearchEngine.com to come up in Indian Classical music searches. Kudos to Swetha Mohan and Navneeth Sundar who have promised that there is more to come.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hinduism and the Environment–a good summary

Hindu teachings have a lot of wisdom to inspire the environmental movement, however there isn't a website dedicated to Hinduism's perspective on care for the environment. You can find some very brief summaries here and there but by and large the environmental movement has so far glanced over the possible support Hindu spiritual leaders can provide the battered green concerns of the world. Hindu teachings go very well with sustainable living since the general creed of Hindus connect humans, nature and God as a whole. Experiencing Divinity through nature is a spiritual goal for Hindu mystics, many of whom teach the  reverence of nature and non-wastage of her bounty. There are two webpages I have highlighted in HinduSearchEngine.com that give basic summaries of the Hindu perspective on environmental care: the first is from www.environment.Gen.tr . This page also provides a link to the Bhumi project, a Hindu based international environmental movement meant to spur environmental action amongst Hindus through religious establishments. The other page from www.treehugger.com gives a better academic summary of Hindu teachings related to environmental care, but it is in bad need of editing for language errors; however it does the job in providing a starting point for research that is otherwise hard to come by on the web.