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Theater/Play – The Perfect Ganesh

The Prefect Ganesh, written by Terrence McNally, an America playwright, is a quest for philosophical answers in India by two middle-aged suburban women with help of Hindu God Ganesha. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. The Perfect Ganesh will be presented at various venues in Britain in March and April 2008 by Phizzical Productions and South Asian Touring Theatre Consortium. Two middle-aged suburban women Margaret Civil and Katharine Brynne abandon their annual vacation ritual and purchase a holiday package to India. Both women are tired of their unsuccessful marriages and both had not yet got over personal tragedies, which include the death of their respective sons. In India, the two women come across the happy and benevolent Ganesha as guide.Katherine Brynne wants to find a perfect Ganesha statue to add to her collection and this is when Ganesha appears and become part of the play.The Perfect Ganesh is set in the India of early 1990s and is directed by Samir Bhamra.

Significance of Amavasya

Amavasya, or Amavasi, is the name of new moon night in Hindu religion. It is the first night of the first quarter of the lunar month. Since the moon is invisible on the day, Amavasya is also referred as no moon night. Amavasi holds great importance in Hinduism. Many Hindus choose this day to make offering (tharpanam) to the dead ancestors. There is also an ongoing debate whether Amavasya is auspicious or inauspicious.

The term ‘Amavasya’ is commonly used in all regional languages in India. The fortnight that starts with Amavasya is also referred as the Shukla paksha (bright half of the month). Mauni Amavasya in Hindu Magh month (January – February) and Mahalya Amvasya in Ashwayuja (September – October) are highly auspicious. Similarly the Amavasi in Aadi month is of great importance in Tamil Nadu. The Amavasya in Karkidakam month is of importance in Kerala.

In some regions people observe partial fast (Upvaas) or a complete fast on the day.

Thanks to mainstream Indian movies, Amavasy…

Saint Jnaneshwar or Jnanadev Quotes on Knowledge and Ignorance from Amritanubhava

By looking in a mirror, one perceives his own identity;
But that identity was already there.

In the same way, relative knowledge gives the understanding
Of the identity of the world and the Self -
But it is like using a knife
To cut another knife.

Fire, in the process of annihilating camphor,
Annihilates itself as well;
This is exactly what happens to knowledge
In the process of destroying ignorance.

The cresting of a wave is but its fall;
The flash of a bolt of lightning
Is but its fading.

Likewise, knowledge,
Drinking up the water of ignorance,
Grows so large
That it completely annihilates itself.

This absolute Knowledge is like
The intrinsic fullness of the moon,
Which is unaffected
By its apparent waxing and waning.Saint Jnaneshwar(Source: Jnaneshvar: The Life and Works of the Celebrated Thirteenth Century Indian Mystic-Poet by Swami Abhayananda.)