Saturday, February 16, 2008

Popularise Hindi Poetry

I listen to Naushad's recital of Madhushala and it is quite fulfilling. But, at the same time, it is difficult to find any recital of other great Indian Poets except for perhaps Kabir and Mira. is there none who is actually interested in popularising the old poets like Ramadhari Singh Dinakar, Maithili sharam Gupta, Jayashankar prasad and others of their genre. Kamyani, Rashmirathi What is required is a quick recital by someone, may not be some great like Naushad but a local artist. We can then easily put these on Internet on a website or in fact can even ask some web portals to host this for us. I have come across multiple ideas for the same.

  1. Work as freelancer - Get some local artist to recite these poems and distribute these in CDs. CD writing is a not a big deal these days and one can easily employ a guy for doing this work quickly on a dead cheap CDs.
  2. Get in touch with state governments - They can be asked to sponsor poets from their state and then one can utilize the services of good poets. State governments can then pay for web hosting and all can be put on the site of state governments for free. Fortunately, NIC (http://nic.in) is already providing hosting services for free for the state governments. What is required here is the willingness of someone.
  3. Get the help of AIR or Doordarshan - In earlier times, these organizations have done yeoman services in recording voices of many poets or getting these recorded from reputable artists. Why not these can be uploaded on the respective websites for people to listen.
  4. ITC runs a website for promoting Indian classical music. Why not they can run something for promoting regional poets?

After writing all this much, I just searched the web and found 2 websites which have come up in recent past.

ktitle  http://manaskriti.com/kaavyaalaya/index.html

My favourite section on the above page http://manaskriti.com/kaavyaalaya/muktak.asp

कविता कोश का पता
www.kavitakosh.org

हिन्दी काव्य के इस विशाल संकलन में आपका स्वागत है। यह एक खुली परियोजना है जिसके विकास में कोई भी भाग ले सकता है -आप भी! आपसे निवेदन है कि आप भी इस संकलन के परिवर्धन में सहायता करें। देखिये कविता कोश में योगदान कैसे करें। इस समय कविता कोश में ७,५३३ पन्ने बन चुके हैं।

I will probably go ahead and ask them to think about recital also. But, these are welcome moves as of now.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

HBO India is changing

Finally NBO has figured out that all Indians are not so good with English skills. And they have started showing English sub-titles in Movies. This is much better than having movies translated in Hindi and with artificially sounding Hindi dialogues.

And this is snub to all those sahebs who like to speak in accent always. Ultimately, market wins and that is what is happening here. Indianization is a must requirement for anyone.

See What was India at 1835

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I am not sure how true this thing as I received it through mail as forward. However, if it is true, it is pretty scary thing.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

4D FX in Imax, Hyderabad

So, yesterday I managed to go here with few colleagues. Ticket is hefty at Rs. 100. It was a small 15 minute movie meant for children. But, I did not see any children in the small theatre :-)

Anyway, point is that after initial euphoria, not many will come back here. This is not very high-paced one considering the safety of patron in mind. But, that itself will discourage people from coming back again.

And never try to sit in the first row as it does not have the same effect as last ones

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Something from Dinkar, old poet from Begusarai region in Bihar

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