Mystical India is an impressionistic visual journey through India, accompanied with a performance by Sitar, Surbahar and music composer Deobrat Mishra and Tabla player Prashant Mishra. This video includes scenes of Old Delhi, Jaipur, the Amber Fort, Ranthambore Tiger Preserve, Kalakho village, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Sarnath/Varanasi (Benares) and the River Ganges, Panji, Goa and New Delhi. To see the video of the Sitar Recital in full, goto https://youtu.be/b_awU3Okg3A
Monday, April 17, 2017
Bhārat Mātā Mandir is a concrete expression of the concept of "Mother India". The temple houses a marble idol of Bharat Mata along with a huge relief map of India carved in marble. The map depicts the mountains, plains and oceans up to scale. Bhārat Mātā (Hindi, from Sanskrit भारत माता, Bhārata Mātā), Mother India, or Bhāratāmbā (Sanskrit: भारताम्बा; अम्बा ambā means 'mother') is the national personification of India as a mother goddess. She is an amalgam of all the goddesses of Indian culture and more significantly of goddess Durga. She is usually depicted as a woman clad in a saffron sari holding the Indian national flag, and sometimes accompanied by a lion. This temple is dedicated to Bharat Mata and claims to be the only one of its kind in the world.
The temple, a gift from the nationalists Shiv Prasad Gupta and Durga Prasad Khatri, was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1936. Mahatma Gandhi said, "I hope this temple, which will serve as a cosmopolitan platform for people of all religions, castes, and creeds including Harijans, will go a great way in promoting religious unity, peace, and love in the country." The temple is located in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth (University) campus in Varanasi. [WikiPedia]
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Charlie Haden passed away in 2014 but his Liberation Music Orchestra lives on. We saw them playing, again with arrangements by Carla Bley, at le Poisson Rouge in the West Village, on my 69th Birthday earlier in January. We last saw them playing at the Village Vanguard in 2004 with Charlie Haden and Carla Bley, that too was a memorable evening.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Monday, July 18, 2016
This multimedia virtual tour of New Zealand includes Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Gibbston, Milford Sound, Rotorua, Auckland, Devonport, Omaha, Leigh and Waitakere. With 114 VR panoramas and links to maps. This tour may be viewed on an HMD in VR Mode. The music 'Concerto pour passereau et merle' from Oisik by LeRouge & Zreen Toyz is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
This multimedia virtual tour of Australia includes the Coral Sea, Cairns, Sydney, Tasmania, Melbourne and Philip Island. With 167 VR panoramas and one 360 Video, augmented with a photo gallery and links to maps. This tour may be viewed on an HMD in VR Mode. The music 'Lux Curvus' from 'The Curved Light' by Elemental Noise is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.
In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena. Construction began in 1631 and it was finally completed in 1681 the year before Longhena's death.
The dome of the Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent, and Francesco Guardi.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Pipe Organ of Hallgrímskirkja Church in Reykjavik and Skógafoss waterfall in the south of Iceland. State Architect Guðjón Samúelsson's design of the church is said to have designed it to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland's landscape. Skógafoss is a waterfall situated in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline.
Harpa concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík and the Krýsuvík geothermal area on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. Harpa's façade was designed by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels that creates a vibrant display of light, shadow and colour. The geothermal area Krýsuvík consists of several geothermal fields, where solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs have formed, the soil is coloured bright yellow, red, and green hues.