Monthly Archives: January 2011

Notes on Movies: Omohide Poroporo: When Memories Came Tumbling Down!

I gushed over Hayao Miyazaki’s Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) and Tenkuu no Shiro Rapyuta (Laputa: Castle in the Sky) when I first watched them as an eight year old in Chiba, Japan. It was the era of video tapes … Continue reading

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Notes on Music: Anil Srinivasan in conversation with Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

He calls himself an “Ultramodern Core Traditionalist” and is knowledgeable about everything from the philosophy of music to the science, mathematics, engineering, and metaphysics of the mridangam. He is, the legendary mridangist, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and he was in conversation with … Continue reading

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Notes on Movies and Music: Amadeus and Mozart’s Requiem

  This one’s inspired by Anuradha’s blog post on her memories of acting in plays staged as part of the Metroplus theatre fest. She has this to say about Peter Schaffer’s Amadeus in which she played Constanze Mozart — When Wolfgang … Continue reading

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Notes on Music: Anil Srinivasan in conversation with Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam

Let me say at the outset that I don’t possess any kind of training in either Western or Indian Classical music. I’ve been smitten, however, by Western Classical music ever since I attended a concert in Japan almost 17 years back and over … Continue reading

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Notes from the Bookshop 1

I intend to write a post of this kind every time I pick up something interesting from a bookshop. This week I was able to find nice Penguin editions of two books I’ve been looking for, for quite sometime — Stendhal’s The … Continue reading

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