Lakheer

Lakheer is a short film depicting the pain and hardship of the partition of the state of Punjab forming Pakistan. The video starts off with a charcoal outline of Kashmir and a dotted line dividing it, which signifies the splitting of Kashmir into Indian and pakistani territory. The second part of the video depicts the cementing of the partion and shows a border being formed between India and Pakistan, as the artist cuts strips of paper in the shape of barbed wire, which signifies breaking of all ties with India, and formation of a new country.

The last part of the video depicts the harshness of the process and the after effects of the partition, It starts off with the artist cutting the map of India, as he cuts across the border between India and Pakistan, the action of cutting gradually becomes violent and chaotic , which reflects the situation during the time of the partition, at the absolute end of the video he is seen cutting the map of India into strips, which is trying to show the effects the partition has had of the peace of Indian citizens, and how the splitting of a state had affected the country as a whole.

Tribal Dance, Gadhika

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Gadhika is an art form practised among the Adiya community of Wayanad district in kerela. It is a kind of dance and there are two variations of Gadhika called Naattu Gadhika and Pooja Gadhika. While Naattu Gadhika is staged publicly, Pooja Gadhika is performed for ritualistic purposes, mainly to cure illness. The format of this art form is like a dance drama and it will be accompanied by musicians who play wind instruments and drum. The artists of this dance drama move rhythmically according to the music and the dialect used is a mix of Kannada and Tulu languages.
Gadhika is often performed in the Malayalam month, Mithunam which falls in June-July.  The participants of the art form, visit the houses from which they have received invitation to perform and then conduct the rituals. This tribe believes that someone falls ill when gods are angry and Gadhika is performed to please the gods and thus cure the illness. The costumes are simple, yet colourful. The principal performer will be Moopan, the chief of the tribe and he invokes Lord Shiva to help cure the patient. Once Lord Shiva was brought down to earth and pleased with invocations, other gods including Chamundi, Maniamma, Malamkali and Karimkali are believed to arrive. The participants are dressed in simple, but colourful costumes and they include men dressed as women. The main function of such performers is to welcome the gods and goddesses arriving in response to the summons of Lord Shiva.

Video of gadhika dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asau_RiPQiw

references:

http://www.indiavideo.org/kerala/arts/tribal-naattu-gadhika1-1158.php

http://www.keralatourism.org/wayanad/gadhika-tribal-dance.php

sense of sight, chola bronze

The Cholas formed one of three ruling families in Tamil-speaking south India during the first two centuries CE. In the mid-ninth century the family came to dominate the region, building an empire that would last more than four hundred years. The Chola period is also known for its sculptures and bronzes. Among the existing specimens in the various museums of the world and in the temples of South India there are figures of Shiva in various forms, Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi, Shiva saints and many more.

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India, Tamil Nadu; Chola period (880-1279), 11th century
Copper alloy
H. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm); W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
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Ganesha, the son of Parvati and Shiva, is one of the most popular gods of the Hindu pantheon. He is worshipped as the god of good luck and remover of obstacles. Ganesha’s elephant head is the result of a quarrel between Shiva and Parvati. Angered by Ganesha’s refusal  at Parvati’s request  to let him see his wife while she was bathing, Shiva cut off Ganesha’s head. In order to soothe Parvati, who was devastated with grief, Shiva agreed to replace Ganesha’s head with that of the first creature he saw, which happened to be an elephant. The body of ganesha is very different from the muscular body types of shiva and vishnu, the sculpture has all the characteristics a ganesha idol , the large round belly, the elephant head and four hands. The stance of the ganesha is relaxed, and you can also see the ornamentation that has been done on the headgear and the body of the ganesha

References:

http://www.asiasocietymuseum.org/region_object.asp?RegionID=1&CountryID=1&ChapterID=7&ObjectID=531

http://navacholasculptures.com/bronzesculpture.aspx

sense of sound, electronic music

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Music is an expression of emotion, it is a language understood by everyone. In 1912 Ferrucio Busoni a music composer from germany wrote a book about a new aesthetic of music, this is what he says about music, ‘Music was born free; and to win freedom is its destiny. It will become the most complete of all reflexes of Nature by reason of its untrammeled immateriality. Even the poetic word ranks lower in point of incorporealness. It can gather together and disperse, can be motionless repose or wildest tempestuosity; it has the extremest heights perceptible to man—what other art has these?’. This greatly influenced music producers and encouraged them to use different methods to make music, one of the earliest forms of a synthesizer was the theremin which really caught the interest of composers but it was the invention of the midi that really led to the increase of the popularity of electronic music, the moog synthesizer invented in 1964 merged a keyboard and synthesizer, this opened a world of possibilities. Early electronic music was greatly influenced by jazz and blues, chicago was was the major center of music in the united states, house music was termed as underground, experimental music, which followed a 4/4 beat and had a higher bpm than other forms of music and was generally played in clubs, it was widely known as chicago house. This led to the creation of various electronic music genres like soul, trance, house, techno, disco . A classic example of detroit house is  Leroy Burgess song, called mainline. As there weren’t any limitations on electronic music, artists developed a different aesthetic over time which formed into various genres of electronic music. The hippie movement in the 70s really mirrored the idea of electronic music that was  freedom. psy trance is a culmination of arpeggiated lead and bass, along with heavy use of snares and hi hats, and generally plays over 130 bpm.

When i first started listening to western music i started off by listening to rock, grunge, pop. Artists like sum 41, red hot chili peppers and so on, until i stumbled upon the song levels by avicci and i was amazed by this kind of music and i wanted to listen to more of it, slowly my interest in rock music started to fade as i explored the world of modern house music, i came across different styles within house music i started feeling that all of this was too repetitive and i needed something different, not something so monotonous, then i came across deadmau5 the only artist who truly experimented with different kinds of sounds and variations, he does not make house music or trance, his music fits a larger genre called electronic music, todays mainstream artists have forgotten that electronic music is about being open to new possibilities. Nowadays modular synths are being used to create realistic sounds trying to mimic sounds of string instruments and drums has also become very popular, this can be seen through daft punks new album. In my opinion anjunabeats and anjunadeep are record labels that are producing original music and have different styles of trance and deep house within the record labels themselves. These record labels were started by Above and Beyond, who are trance music legends and were inspired by goa trance and decided to name their record label after anjuna beach in goa.

No matter how monotonous or uninteresting the music is, you will enjoy an electronic music concert of any sort, 2 years ago i loved mainstream EDM and i was reallly excited about sunburn mumbai, im sure i wont be too excited about it now. Even the experience of walking to the venue, hearing a song from a distance really gets you prepped for the concert, And its just an enjoyable experience, waiting for the build up and going berzerk when the beat drops, but after a while it just gets plain boring, because its the same pattern with a different melody, its not complicated enough to hold your interest and make you think about the various sounds, its a collection of heavy drops, a concert is not just about the music, its about the crowd the lights the alcohol, its like a huge party where you just need a simple beat to dance to.

In todays times where everyone is obsessed with big room drops, there are artists who actually are talented and are maxing out every software, every synth, and trying to do something innovative, deviating from the 4/4 beat pattern, incorporating classical instruments from around the world, collaborating with classical music artists and creating pieces of music that are truly unique.

If interested, electronic music in the 90s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFLRHPUWBI8

Sense of Sight

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A mysterious bar, sharp and sleek, kind of makes you wonder if there’s more to it , even though it looks dull, its interesting enough to make you curious , that groove down the middle , why is it empty?, doesn’t matter, theres beauty in its chocolate coloured sheen, the sharp white highlights, the deep blacks, theres so much going on in this simple arrangement of straight lines. The ends are sealed by metal strips with a dull shine which disturb  the path of the lines on the bar, why are the ends sealed? There has to be something inside the groove, why would it be sealed if theres nothing inside?, does it really matter?  In the end its just a bar, a simple bar , it could be a piece of art or just a part of a machine, either way, you cant help but look at it and think about it, the simple detail of the precise crevice that goes straight down the middle adds character to the otherwise boring rectangular form. But in the end it’s a simple bar, that can be anything you want it to be.

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The beginning of a battle is a moment of liberation. A battle between good and evil, human against demon. Steel against magic. Within all the chaos there are individual battles, the most prominent of which is the soldier is blue armor wielding a blunt blade facing off against a soul eating ghoul who uses magic. The scene so perfectly captures the range of emotions you feel just before you enter battle. Fear, anxiety, excitement, sadness, its a rush of adrenaline that can be achieved by no other means. Every warrior on the field has a certain aura about them that makes each and every one of them unique, force fields, swords, fire, electricity, ice, all these elements set the stage for an epic battle that will be talked about for centuries, These warriors are not ordered to fight , they fight because that’s their way of life, they’ve been brought up hardened by war. They find peace in battle,which is the mark of a warrior who does not fear death.