Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A special Write up!!! [Courtesy:Zakir Fans]

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but earned him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite accompanist for many of India's greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there.

Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar in the early 1970’s, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Rennie Harris and the Kodo drummers of Japan.

A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve, the gifted son of his great father, tabla legend Ustad Allarakha. Zakir came to the United States in 1970, embarking on an international career which includes no fewer than 150 concert dates a year. He has composed and recorded many albums and soundtracks, and has received widespread recognition as a composer for his many ensembles and collaborations. He has composed soundtracks for the films In Custody and The Mystic Masseur directed by Ismail Merchant, Bertolucci’s Little Buddha, for which Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor, Vanaprastham (The Last Dance), chosen to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 1999, Saaz, and Everybody Says I’m Fine.

Zakir received the distinct honor of co-composing the opening music for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. He was commissioned to compose music for Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, and to compose an original work for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, both in 1998. He has received numerous grants and awards, including participation in the Meet the Composer programs funded by the Pew Memorial Trust and an Izzie (Isadora Duncan Award) for his composition for Lines Ballet. In 2000, Zakir worked again with choreographer Alonzo King, this time composing music for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 2002, his commissioned work for choreographer Mark Morris’ “Kolam” premiered as part of Yo Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Project” with Yo Yo and Zakir performing together live for the performance. In September, 2006, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed by Zakir, Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by the trio with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. Zakir reunited with choreographer Alonzo King in 2007 for Lines Ballet’s 25th anniversary celebration, creating acclaimed music for King’s new work, Rasa. Also in 2007, the government of India chose Zakir to compose an anthem to celebrate India’s 60th year of independence. The song, “Jai Hind”, has been recorded by an array of India’s finest classical vocalists and pop singers.

The recipient of countless honors, Zakir has received the titles of Padma Bhushan, in 2002, and Padma Shri, in 1988, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these, given to civilians of merit, by the Indian government. In 1990, he was awarded the Indo-American Award in recognition for his outstanding cultural contribution to relations between the United States and India. In April, 1991, he was presented with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award by the President of India, making him one of the youngest musicians to receive this recognition from India's governing cultural institute. In 2006, he was the recipient of the prestigious Kalidas Samman, an award for artists of exceptional achievement, from the government of Madhya Pradesh. In 2007, readers’ polls from both Modern Drummer and Drum! magazines named him Best World Music and Best Worldbeat Drummer respectively.

In 1987, his first solo release, Making Music, was acclaimed as "one of the most inspired East-West fusion albums ever recorded." In 1992, Planet Drum, an album co-created and produced by Zakir and Mickey Hart, was awarded the first-ever Grammy® for Best World Music Album, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll for Best World Beat Album and the NARM Indie Best Seller Award for World Music Recording. Planet Drum, with Zakir as music director, toured nationally in 1996 and 1997. The band has re-emerged as Global Drum Project, touring extensively in 2007 and 2008.

In 1992, Zakir founded Moment! Records, which features original collaborations in the field of contemporary world music, as well as live concert performances by great masters of the classical music of India. The label presents Zakir's own world percussion ensemble, The Rhythm Experience, both North and South Indian classical recordings, Best of Shakti and a Masters of Percussion series. Moment Records’ 2006 release Golden Strings of the Sarode with Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain was nominated for a Grammy® in the Best Traditional World Music category for that year.

Zakir is the recipient of the 1999 National Heritage Fellowship, the United States’ most prestigious honor for a master in the traditional arts, presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the United States Senate on September 28, 1999. In 2005, he was named an Old Dominion Fellow by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, where he resided for the 2005-2006 semester as full professor in the music department, teaching a survey course in Indian classical music and dance. In the spring of 2007, this course was taught again by Zakir, this time at Stanford University.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Please, kindly accept this expression of my cordial,informal thanks to you, ……

23 Jan 2010 ... Everyone who has made my day extra special with your birthday wishes, cards, virtual cards and an extra special Thank You .Today I have received many kind wishes for my birthday and want to thank all those who have sent messages or e-mails; they are really appreciated. |Thank youu|

RE: All/ Re:JRA(SBI),Anjana,Vineeth,Sreeja,Adriana Strikkers,Renjith,Teena,Mini,Revathi Phale,Vinay,Amala,KP,Gokul,Nikhil,Teena,..!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday Afternoon fever!!

January 16, 2010

About to put up my biggest blog post ever. But first, go to comments' and donate if you can. If they reach 100 comments, I'll do a double update.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Annular Solar Eclipse 2010

The total solar eclipse however, not the only eclipse appeared this year.The eclipse, lasting three and a half hours, is an annular one, meaning the moon will only partially cover the sun, leaving a ''ring of fire.'' This duration will not be equalled or exceeded until the annular solar eclipse of December 23, 3043, which is 1033 years ahead of 2010!

A partial lunar eclipse will occur on June 26 followed by another total solar eclipse on July 11 and a total lunar eclipse on December 21.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Meditation~The science of the inner

If you want to live a more fulfilled life, first you will want to know your potential, who you really are. Meditation is the route to that knowing. It is the methodology of the science of awareness.
The beauty of the inner science is that it enables whoever wants to explore and to experiment within, to do so alone. This eliminates dependence on an outer authority, the need to be affiliated with any organization and the obligation to accept a certain ideology. Once you understand the steps, you walk the walk in your own, individual way ,says OSHO

The Bliss of Sublime - Dr Alka Pande

Jaidev's 'Geet Govinda' written in the 12th century is a symbolic representation of the love of Krishna - Radha revived through the 'Bhakti' cults of devotion to the God of happiness. The hero, who is god and the mortal woman, his consort experience fluid feelings, intense feelings and evanescent stirings. But the actual variegated personal relationship between the poet jaidev and his dancer wife is lifted into sublime universality.
The eternal love of Krishna- Radha was extensively portrayed in litreture and art.

Dr Alka Pande is currently a Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 refreshed!

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~Mother Teresa

shifting.. through times...
every second that passes.. a little piece of us fades away...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hummer in Trivandrum

Sketched Hummer at Motor plaza ,Sreekaryam!

Inspiration: Metro Manorama Article On the H2.

Did you misplace your cell phone?

Last day I left my class as usual.
After some hours i noticed where is my cellphone, no I misplaced it in the system cabin and felt lost half my life because I did not backup my phone and my SIM...Along with it some really important telephone numbers. my god ..Our Instructor was there,But his cell number was stuck on my cell~What the hell ! then
From my Dad's phone I informed my friend and then, him. After a long running, I got my phone back ...I got my phone back... I'm glad to have got my phone back but all the time I was running

Moral:If you find a lost cellphone, try and trace the owners and expect ... Like I said, I'm glad to have got my phone back but all the time I was ...

Punk! Do you feel lucky, Well...

I'm Feeling Lucky Button, What Is It? It is a treat from Google search engine home page.Most of them ignore n dare to click unwanted queries .If anybody there,please..do it Punk !!
Go to Google and click “I'm Feeling Lucky” (without entering a search term) to get an unexpected treat. Google is increasingly drawing attention ... Its an animated one.Changes according to contemporary circumstances.Click something different!
You feel,do you?

Friday, January 1, 2010


The three glasses of a Low Floor bus was broken when a private bus(Sandhya Travels) hit from right side.This incident happened at East Fort.The Low Floor bus was coming from Airport and about to leave to Kowdiar.Now KSRTC has claimed 60,000 INR as compensation..
Now do anybody want to "KISS" this Low Floor beauty??Wait a minute..Please confirm that you have enough money with you or bank balance to pay as compensation..

--Repent--,call failed

Lifeline of communication-Mobile networks,get jammed when the users needs them the most. Couldn’t reach our friends and loved ones in following the New Year 2010? Tired of hearing, Customer You are trying to reach is not reachable? Frustrated by these statements. Millions of Indian mobile users faced,facing the similar problem.Get me connect! Sorry all of you...

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