Monday, October 18, 2021

How Tagore shaped Sri Lankan dance drama

Many Sri Lankan dancers got inspired by Tagore, got trained in Shantiniketan, learned Kathakali and Manipuri as well as folk dances of India. Many were fortunate to even be part of dance drama productions at Shantiniketan. They later incorporated the Tagore dance drama into their indigenous forms. Chitrasena, Panibharatha, Nimal Welgama, Premakumara, Wasantha Kumara, Shesha Palihakkara, Anagalal Athukorala and Soorya...

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To Asifa: An Elegy

Here is an elegy by Badri Raina, a Hindu Kashmiri Pandit, on the brutal rape and murder of 8 year old Muslim tribal girl Asifa Bano in Kathua in Jammu by a retired government officer and a serving Special Police officer who enjoy communal support,

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Shuja Haider and Aima Baig sing “Baanware” for Coke Studio 10

This duet musical conversation has powerful, ethereal vocals from Pakistani singers Aima Baig and Shuja Haider. Shuja has also composed the music and written the lyrics. Put on your headphone for maximum enjoyment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PePGHi6IeZQ Bhooli Bisri Chand Umeedein Chand Fasaane Yaad Aayein Tum Yaad Aaye Aur Tumhare Saath Zamane Yaad Aayein. Baanwre, Banwre Banwre -x2, Baanware Tere Bin Main Jiyun...

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Avalum Naanum, a Tamil song composed by A.R.Rahman

Avalum Naanum is from the Tamil film Achcham Yenbadhu Madmaiyada (English: Fear is Foolishness) made in 2016. The action-thiller-romance move was written and directed by Gautham Menon and starred Silambarasan and Manjima Mohan. The film tells the story of a happy-go-lucky young man who is in love. But in an unexpected turn of events, the couple get embroiled in a...

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