Category Archives: Arts

Learning about Photography

A pho­to­graph cap­tures a moment. Moments in time are fleet­ing, time pass­es you by, there is no oth­er way to be able to reflect and con­tem­plate a moment in time with­out the aid of pho­tog­ra­phy. Before pho­tog­ra­phy was invent­ed, man … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Shala (2011) Movie Review

A refresh­ing break from all kinds of main­stream movies, Sha­la (2011) pro­vides a glimpse into teenage love dur­ing school­days, in a rur­al set­ting and back­drop of Maha­rash­tra, India. It is a movie that will take many Maha­rash­tri­ans on a trip … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Western Classical vs. Indian Classical Music

[This post is #3 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] Relat­ed to the chal­lenges in appre­ci­at­ing WCM for Indi­ans, are the dif­fer­ences between WCM and Indi­an Clas­si­cal Music (ICM). Note that by “Indi­an Clas­si­cal”, I am refer­ring to both Hin­dus­tani … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Classical Music Appreciation: Challenges & Rewards

[This post is #2 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] After briefly under­stand­ing what is West­ern Clas­si­cal Music, let us think about some of the chal­lenges involved in appre­ci­at­ing it, and why it’s still worth it. Chal­lenges Com­plex­i­ty & Patience … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What Is Western Classical Music?

[This post is #1 in the West­ern Clas­si­cal Music Series] For some, West­ern Clas­si­cal Music (WCM) is what plays in the back­ground in ele­va­tors, recep­tion rooms, and lounges. For oth­ers, it is what snob­bish ‘intel­lec­tu­al’ art­sy folks indulge in pre­ten­tious­ly. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Western Classical Music: The Landscape

The encour­ag­ing response to my teas­er post has pro­pelled me towards think­ing of an out­line for how to struc­ture this series. Here is the first draft of my pro­posed out­line. Intro­duc­tion What is Clas­si­cal Music? Brief His­to­ry. Dif­fer­ences between Hin­dus­tani … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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