Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Epified: Foods for Gods

Here are some links you can use to follow up on what you learn from this Epified video:

Butter (Krishna was the "Butter Thief," Makhan Chor)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Music Video: Maati Baani. Rang Rangiya.

Here is one of my favorite Maati Baani videos, and you can see the English lyrics at the YouTube page: Rang Rangiya. Turn on the "CC" (closed captions) while watching the video to see the subtitles.

Here is what Nirali and Kartik have to say about this lovely song at Storyacious, and you can also read an article about the making of the song here: Pakistani, Indian artists jointly release song on Independence Day.

On the 15th of August, the sixty-eighth Independence Day for both Pakistan and India, we released a one-of-a-kind song called ‘Rang Rangiya’ to celebrate the true spirit of freedom. Real freedom is when the mind is free from thoughts of hatred, greed and vengeance. The song speaks of how our generation can change the world through the language and colors of love for our fellow human beings, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and country. In response to all the violence that is unfolding across the world, we humbly present this offering of a joy-filled collaboration between several Indian and Pakistani musicians. And, just as we all have used our music to transcend the boundaries and barriers that exist between our respective countries, we hope that the song will inspire other people from both countries to reach out to each other similarly. We can all work towards building these kinds of new bridges as we go about our daily lives and work so that divisiveness becomes a thing of the past and the future is filled with colorful possibilities and opportunities.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Epified: Sacred Trees

Here are some links you can use to follow up on what you learn from this Epified video:

The Wish-Fulfilling Kalapataru Tree

The World Tree: Yggdrasil

The Ashoka Grove, where Ravana held Sita prisoner

The Shami Tree, where the Pandavas hid their weapons

Bodhi Tree, where the Buddha achieved enlightenment

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Art by Anirudh Sainath

This blog post - 30 illustrations of Indian gods that will blow away your mind - provides an overview of the work of Anirudh Sainath, who is from Delhi, India. Unlike the traditional iconography of the Indian gods, these gods look like comic book or video game superheroes! Below are my 5 favorites; see the blog post for more.






Monday, December 12, 2016

Manish Vyas: The Santoor

I really enjoyed this lovely video by Manish Vyas about the santoor; you can read more about this traditional instrument at Wikipedia: santoor.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reference Book: M.N. Dutt. Ramayana. (Valmiki)

Comments: This is a literal English translation of Valmiki's Ramayana, including the Uttara Kanda. It is available volume by volume at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.

Title: The Ramayana
Author: Valmiki
Translator: Manmatha Nath Dutt
Year: 1891 and following (multivolume)

Bala Kanda
Internet Archive - Hathi TrustGoogle Books

Ayodhya Kanda
Internet Archive - Hathi Trust - Google Books

Aranya Kanda
Internet ArchiveHathi Trust - Google Books

Kishkindha Kanda
Internet Archive - Hathi Trust - Google Books

Sundara Kanda
Internet Archive - Hathi Trust - Google Books

Lanka Kanda - Yuddha Kanda
[missing] - Hathi Trust - Google Books

Uttara Kanda
Internet Archive - Hathi Trust - Google Books
+ detailed index post

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Today's Featured Author: Donald Mackenzie

DONALD MACKENZIE (1873-1936) was a journalist and folklorist, and in his folklore research he was an early proponent of the Neolithic matriarchy, and as such he influenced the later work of Marija Gimbutas. Mackenzie was interested in the legends of many different cultures, but he had a special interest in India and, in particular, the way in which the spread of Buddhism carried Indian culture to other countries. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia.

Mackenzie is the author of the following books (among others):
The Indian Myth and Legend book has illustrations by Warwick Goble (1862-1943), whom you can also read about at Wikipedia. Here is his depiction of the meeting of King Shantanu and the river-goddess Ganga: