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Bright Future

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Massive wave of jellyfish to attack Japan Japanese marine experts have given warning that the country's northern coastline... ... is under threat from a plague of jellyfish. --------------------------------------------- Images- Bright Future- Kiyoshi Kurosawa Headline- The Telegraph Report on Jelly Fish attack on Japan shores COMING SOON- THE ALL NEW INDIAN AUTEUR

Siddheshwari

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--------------------------------------------------- Born on 8'th August 1908, in Banaras, Siddheshwari Devi had her initial training in Indian Classical music from Pandit Siyaji Maharaj. Later, she also trained under Pandit Bade Ram Dasji of Banaras. Siddheshwari shifted from Banaras to Delhi in 1965 and taught music in Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra for more than a decade till she passed away in 1977. Siddheshwari Devi's music represented Banaras Gharana style, which lays more emphasis on the intensity of feelings and expression of emotions through musical notes and voice modulations. A stalwart of thumri, Siddheshwari's music also included khayals, dhrupads, dadras, tappas, kajris, chaitis, horis and bhajans. In thumris she specialized in "Poorabang" thumri, which is also known as the "Bol-Banav-ki thumri". Reliance on ragas was a distinctive feature of Siddheshwaris thumris. She helped in raising thumri

Bollywood and Indian Cinema

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On Bollywood - Indian film reviewers and trade analysts( who act as critics ) are head over heels with a new " Bollywood" film called Kaminey . So, inspite of the tight scheduled of our cinephile team, who are working on the special issue of Indian Auteur and the new version of the website- that is launching next month. Our team mate Debojit Ghatak managed to jot down few words on the film part of the so called " Indian New Wave" :- Among other headlines from the world of modern fashion, the hand-held is now in vogue. The shaky, apprehensive, hesitant hand-held, that lends a sense of unrelenting urgency to a scene. That replaces the compulsion of aesthetic with the luxury of post-production. That eliminates the need for a dolly track, or a cut, to manage disconcerting proximity with the actor’s skin. That replaces meticulous blocking with a single continuous action (shot in infinite takes). That subjugates the possibility of space, and restricts the

A Time to Live and a Time to Die

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Originally Dad planned to stay in Taiwan for only three or four years before going back, so he bought bamboo furniture because it was cheap and he could throw it away when he left. Later mom wanted to buy a sewing machine. It took so long to persuade him. Dad had tuberculosis... so he kept his bowl and chopsticks away from us. He kept a distance from us avoiding us when he coughed because he was afraid that we might be infected. A Time to Live and a Time to Die- Hou Hsiao Hsien ------------------------------------------------ COMING SOON- The All New Indian Auteur.

Rat-Trap(Elippathayam)

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The Door "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern." The Talisman I’m not like the others. You may enter my house, but only if you have the money ... The Journey For the Heavenly, when Someone has failed to collect his soul, to spare it, Are angry, for still he must; like him Here mourning is at fault. old pond . . . a frog leaps in water’s sound O the cunning wiles that creep In thy