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‘One thinks only to know something!’

I was recently listening to a heated discussion between Philosopher and enlightened being, U.G. Krishnamurti( 1918-2007) and his philosopher colleagues on the YouTube. U. G. Krishnamurti, was an Indian man who questioned enlightenment. Although many considered him an “enlightened” person, Krishnamurti often referred to his state of being as the “natural state”. He claimed that … Continue reading

Love and Compassion form the basis for Spiritual development!

‘It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.’ – Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Most spiritual philosophers … Continue reading


“The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this year is open from Saturday 6th February to Wednesday 17th February 2016 (extended by three days at Cross Maidan for ‘Make In India’ Festival). With a kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design, architecture and heritage walks in store – this … Continue reading

Heavy Rains in Thane/ Mumbai – 19th June 2015

Bharata Natya Arangetram on Sunday, the 19th of April 2015!

I am particularly inspired by the story about Lord Shiva Bhakta, ‘Kannappa Naayanar’ – depicted in the ‘Abhinaya’ section of the Bharata Natya Arangetram performed by Shruthi Mahesh, Sowmya Sriram and Sumita Menon, talented students of the Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, conducted at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruh, Gladys Alwares Road, Near Hiranandani Meadows, Thane … Continue reading

Happy Tamil New Year 2015!

Puthandu or Varusha Pirappu is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil new year in Tamil Nadu. As per the Hindu solar calendar, Tamil New Year or Puthandu is on April 14, 2015. This day marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar. People celebrate this day with much zest and greet each … Continue reading

The One who made the ‘Common Man’ : R.K. Laxman (1921-2015)

It was not always politics that inspired him. “Since childhood I do not remember wanting to do anything else except draw,” R.K. Laxman says in his autobiography, The Tunnel of Time. And he has done very little else in over five decades as a cartoonist. From objects that caught his eye as a child outside … Continue reading

‘Kochadaiiyaan’ – An Alternate form of Film-making!

Yesterday night, I decided to watch the famed and much awaited ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ Rajnikant starrer 3-D animation movie at the AGS Cinema Multiplex, OMR Road, Chennai, along with my family. The film, set in a bygone era, encompasses elements such as bravery, jealousy, revenge and inspiring leadership. KS Ravikumar binds them all with a gripping screenplay … Continue reading

Oh! I love listening to the Country music ..

And, the radio on my car is getting tuned for one more time, to my favorite country station. to listen to the selected music not for the twang .. but for the lyrics. Country songs make so much sense they’re nothing but poetic genius. There are some great messages in the love poems and even … Continue reading

Arangetram of three budding talented students at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha!

(Riya Kadam, Sanica Dhamnaskar, and Sreevidya Iyer performed their Arangetram on Sunday 16th March 2014 at Dr.Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha.) Aranga means ‘raised stage’ and Etram means ‘climbing’ in Tamil, one of the south Indian languages. Ideally this should be the first public appearance of the Bharatnatyam artist. This is the occasion for the guru to … Continue reading

Google celebrates Women’s Day 2014 with a video-based doodle !

Women’s Day 2014 inspired Google to post a video-based doodle on the eve of International Women’s Day on Friday, 7th March 2014. Unsurprisingly, the doodle continues to be showcased on Google’s home page in various countries across the globe on the day that celebrates women’s achievements in various spheres of life. In the doodle, the … Continue reading

‘Upvan Arts Festival’ – Thane’s First ever Art Festival !

( Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain) Upvan Arts Festival would be one of the most glorious festivals to be hosted at the humongous Upvan Lake of Thane. 200+ National & International performing and visual artists will actively participate in the fest leaving no boundaries for exhibiting all forms of Art, transforming this venue into a … Continue reading

‘Santhana Gopalam’ – Kathakali dance/drama at the Ayyappan Temple !

The yearly Utsavam and 36th Annual Mandala Pooja is being celebrated at the Ayyappan Temple, Vartak Nagar, Thane West from 22nd December, 2013 to 1st Janaury, 2014 – ‘Kathakali (Malayalam: കഥകളി, kathakaḷi; Sanskrit: कथाकळिः, kathākaḷiḥ) is a stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body … Continue reading

‘Indian Classical Dance’ – an ancient art suited to all times !

( Classical dance in India was never reserved for women.Photo courtesy:’Dance like a Man’ Indian Express, April 30, 2013) In Hindu mythology, dance is believed to have been conceived by Brahma. Brahma inspired the sage Bharata Muni to write the Natya Shastra, a treatise on performing arts, from which a codified practice of dance and … Continue reading

‘SANNIMITTAM’ – New Age woman stakes her rightful claim in today’s world !

Indian classical dance is performed in different styles. Its theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni, a sage from Tamil Nadu (400 BC). The Natya Shastra remains to be the most important ancient treatise on classical Indian dance. Natya Shastra is also called the fifth Veda in reference to the … Continue reading

Tata Starbucks has completed a year in India !

Tata Starbucks has completed a year in India and launched its first store in Pune, its 25th in the country. However, the number is half the target the company had set out with. It had launched its first store in Mumbai in October 2012. Tata Starbucks, an equal joint venture between Tata Global Beverages and … Continue reading

Discussion on Clayton Christensen article at Alumni Meet of SIMSR !

(Photo: Alumni Co-ordinator and moderator Ms Radha Iyer elaborating on her point, while Alumni Rahul Desai (L) and Raman Ramamurthy pay attention to her during the ‘lively’ discussion in progress) The Alumni Committee of the K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (ALCOM) wrote .. inviting me to be on the panel for … Continue reading

25th BharatNatyam Arangetram on 29th Sept, 2013 at Gadkari Hall, Thane !

(Photo: Young aspiring and trained students of the dance – Archita, Elissa and Poorva expressing the nuances of BharatNatyam at the Gadkari Hall, Thane west) Asha Sunilkumar, BharatNatyam Exponent cum Mentor, excitedly wrote in her Facebook invitation to all, ‘Each and every Arangetram is unique and special but if numbers are something to go by, … Continue reading

‘Mumbai’ named world’s 2nd most honest city !!

( Photo : Outside CST (chathrapati shivaji terminus) Station – Mumbai City, INDIA) Which are the most and least honest cities in the world? Well, to find out where more people are likely to hand in a lost property, Reader’s Digest conducted a global, social experiment with “Lost Wallet” test. The magazine put 16 cities … Continue reading

An Indian American Girl from Vijaywada (AP) gets crowned as Miss America 2014 !

(Nina Davuluri is excited and emotional, after winning the Miss America Pageant 2014 crown, on Sunday night, at Atlantic City, New Jersey) On Sunday, September 15, 2013, the Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner from an Indian background – an aspiring doctor who plans to use the $50,000 (£31,000) prize money to fund … Continue reading

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