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Showing posts from January 23, 2007

Exhibition on Rajasthani Art at the University of California, Berkeley

The exhibition titled ‘From the Land of the Rajas: Creativity in Rajasthan’ opens February 2, 2007 at the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.The exhibits include domestic crafts, wedding textiles, festival material, puppets and theatrical costumes, ritual masks, musical instruments, paintings for traveling storytellers, temple sculptures and paintings, and paintings.Berkeley news reportsOne dramatic display will feature a 30-foot painted scroll depicting the epic of Pabuji, a semi-divine folk hero. Curator and Hearst Museum research anthropologist Ira Jacknis noted that one large and impressive temple hanging features the Hindu god Krishna surrounded by beautiful milkmaids or ‘gopis.’ The exhibition also will feature film footage of some of the artifacts in use, including storytellers and their scroll and puppet performances. Hands-on activities for all ages will include the opportunity to try on Rajastani costumes or learn to tie a turban…

Krishna – Makan Chor to be premiered on cartoon Network on Republic Day

Krishna: Makhan Chor’ will be aired on Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12 noon and 7:30 p.m Indian time. The episode contains the playful years of Krishna at Gokul. Krishna also takes on the demons of ‘Kans mama’ in the episode.The first part ‘Krishna: the Birth’ was a major success for Cartoon Network India.

On Bhakti Yoga and its Scientific Background

Delivering a lecture on Bhakti Yoga, the Vice-president of Indian Academy of Yoga, Prof IM Gupta said that the Bhakti Yoga has a scientific background. The lecture titled ‘Bhakti Yoga: An Analysis with a Scientific Backdrop Based on Bhagavad Gita’ was delivered at the Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) in BHU in Varanasi.
The following points are excerpts of the lecture from Hindustan TimesBhakti Yoga, the inevitable and logical culmination of all other forms of yoga — karma yoga, gyan yoga and dhyan yoga — the different pathways recommended for the elevation of human form in its various facets, has a scientific background.Energy in scientific term is required by all living creatures for their subsistence and activity. The primary source of all energy in nature is the Sun, a manifestation of Lord Himself. The plant kingdom (green plants) alone has the means and ability to convert Sun’s energy into food for subsequent use through the process of photosynthesis.No animal is capable of ma…

Computer graphics to the Aid of Thai version of Ramayana

The Khon is a Thai version of the Hindu epic Ramayana. The costumes used in modern day performances of the Khon have undergone several changes. The current costumes mostly lack in detail and delicacy. So, Thai authorities are trying to revive the old glory with the help of computer graphics. Bangkok Post reportsHer Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has suggested using computer graphics to help remake the costumes of Thai classical khon performances to bring the elegant designs back to life.The plan was initiated by Her Majesty the Queen who became concerned about the designs used in traditional costumes while watching khon at PhuphanPalace in Sakon Nakhon four years ago.Photos of the original costumes could be scanned on a computer, which would serve as a "testing ground" in which designers could change colours and even embroider on a screen before actually making them.The new designs are expected to be ready by the year end.

Jeffery Long's New Book Calls Hinduism a Universal Religion

Jeffery Long, an ElizabethtownCollege religion professor, has written a book that presents Hinduism as the "universal" religion, capable of providing a model for global inter-religious cooperation and world peace. The book is titled "A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism."In his book, he argues for a traditional pluralistic understanding of Hinduism - as articulated by such figures as Sri Ramakrishna and Mahatma Gandhi - in opposition to the narrow identification of Hinduism with Indian nationality and ethnicity that characterizes contemporary Hindu nationalist movements.Long asserts that Hindu nationalism is not only destructive of communal relations, but that it also prevents Hinduism from emerging as a world religion in the true sense of the term. He presents a vision of Hinduism as a tradition capable of pointing the way toward a future in which all the world's religions manifest complementary visions of a larger reality - and in which they all, i…

Quote for the day – Sri Aurobindo

This Sanatana Dharma has many scriptures: The Veda, the Vedanta, the Gita, the Upanishads, the Darshanas, the Puranas, the Tantras:......but its real, the most authoritative scripture is in the heart in which the Eternal has his dwelling.Sri Aurobindo(Source: Karmayogin)