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Subarnarekha River flowing through galudih a place 8 km away from Ghatshila situated in the Jharkhand state of India.
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Does not one find some kind of peace while in meditation? That is the sign of progress. That peace will be deeper and more prolonged with continued practice. It will also lead to the goal. Bhagavad Gita - Chapter XIV - the final verses speak of gunatita (one who has transcended the gunas). That is the final stage. The earlier stages are asuddha satva (impure being), misra satva (mixed being), and suddha satva (Pure Being). Of these, the impure being is when overpowered by rajas and tamas; the mixed being is that state in which the being - satva - asserts itself spasmodically; the suddha satva overpowers rajas and tamas. After these successive stages there comes the state transcending gunas.
from "Talks withSri Ramana Maharshi" (c) Sri Ramanasramam
in thoughts and prayers for Lorraine today!
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"Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of the Jantar Mantars, also established the city of Jaipur. He was keenly interested in the science of astronomy. He ruled (1699-1743) in a volatile period of Indian history. Despite his substantial political and administrative concerns, he built these large observatories after studying all available information on different schools of astronomy.
"This Jantar Mantar (or Yantra Mandir) is the oldest of a unique set of 18th-century observatories constructed by Jai Singh II. The observatory at Delhi, the capital of the Mughal empire, was the first to be built (probably in 1724 AD), followed by observatories located at Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura (no longer extant) and Varanasi.
"Large masonry instruments such as those in the Jantar Mantars are unusual anywhere in the world. The Jantar Mantars represent on the last links with the old school of astronomy and are an important part of the cultural and scientific heritage of the world.
"The Delhi Jantar Mantar was the basis for the revised astronomical tables prepared by Jai Singh in the name of the Mughal emperor, Muhammad Shah Rangila. Within the restriction of observations [that] depended on the naked eye, many of Jai Singh's yantras (instruments*) gave fairly precise readings.
"The four main yantras here -- Samrat, Jai Prakash, Ram, and Misra Yantras -- are housed in six structures. The Misra Yantra is believed to have been constructed after Jai Singh by his son, Maharaja Madho Singh (1751-68). These instruments have been repaired and restored repeatedly, but without any large-scale alteration."
* The more common usage for yantra relates to a visual instrument or symbol that supports and focuses meditation.
Vaswati’s love for dance began as a young child of 7, she received training first under the tutelage of Smt Reba Vidyarthi and then had the good fortune to be groomed by the great kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj. An immensely talented dancer by the age of ten Vaswati was already dancing on stage. Performing both as a soloist as well as with her husband, dancer Krishan Mohan Misra she was acclaimed both for her command over the technique of the dance form as well as her expressieve qualities.
A successful choreographer and a soloist of repute Vaswati performed in prestigious festivals like Baba Allaudin Khan Samaroh, Bindadin Kathak Mahotsav, Khajuraho, Orchha Mahotsava, Nishagandhi Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademi’s 50th celebration, Qutub Festival and travelled to U.S.A, Japan, South Africa, latin America, the Middle East, Mexico and entire Europe.
In 1979 Vaswati joined the Sriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra as a teacher and was there for eight years, in 1989 she held the post of Kathak Guru at the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi was there again for eight years, in 1997 she resigned from Kathak Kendra and two years later, combining her passion for performance and education she set up an arts education centre the Pandit Shambhu Maharaj Kathak Academy as the educational wing of Dhwani, continued to grow with additions of a repertory and Zaroorat, a school for the underprivileged.
Dhwani is a cultural organization founded by leading proponents of Kathak, Shri Krishan Mohan Misra and Vaswati Misra in 1984.
It seeks to preserve and promote the performing and fine arts traditions of India by organizing choreographed dance, theatrical and musical performances of the highest caliber.
Trained under the auspices of the maestro- Pt Birju Maharaj himself, Vaswati Misra has perfected the technique and grammar of Kathak through her career spanning 40 years. Her choreographed pieces have been widely acclaimed by audiences and connoisseurs across the globe. Over the years, Vaswati Misra and Dhwani has built a reputation for collaborating with a diverse profile of artists and performers- from indigenous and folk artists to children from challenging backgrounds, from the greatest maestros, writers and actors of our times to young debutants- many of whom have been nurtured into accomplished performers in their own right.
Each performance by Dhwani is crafted to perfect the interpretation of sound and beat, the balance of strong yet lyrical body movements, powerful foot-work and subtle expressions. They are unique in their highly contemporary and aesthetic interpretation of a very traditional form.
Dhwani is empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture and CID UNESCO.
Founded by dancer and choreographer, Vaswati Misra, The DHwani Repertory is made up of dancers whose versatility, virtuosity and dynamic movement quality, owes itself to the training imparted by Vaswati Misra. Their performances resonate with a long history of cultural traditions and are the result of explorations into elements that make Kathak the dance form that it is. Herself, an accomplished artiste of the Lucknow Gharana of Kathak, Vaswati finds inspiration for her choreography within the structural boundaries of Kathak as it has grown and developed over the countries.
Concepts like Bhaav bataana (the expression of a mood, seated on stage) Padhant, (where the mood and feeling inherent in mnemonic syllables are explored) or forms based on traditional musical genres like gats, taraaanaas and kavits are recreated in a matter that often fuse the perceived boundaries between dance and music, the traditional and the contemporary.
At the Ananya Dance Festival, The Dhwani Repertory will present an eclectic selection of some of its shorter works as well as some excerpts from production like Jeevan and Kalpataru.
Model : Ashna Misra
Concept : Kalyan Kumar D& Debasish Bohidar
Photography : Debasish Bohidar
Make-up & Hair : Ram Kishore Pittala
Styling : Rohit Chatterjee
Shoot Co ordination: Aviz Kale, Ashish Kumar & Ganesh Pokuri
Cinematography: Vamshi Artham
Baffle battling his archnemesis, the Sri Lankan stuffed crocodile.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
It is the site of the Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, which contains one of the most diverse and well-preserved collections of Precambrian fossils known. The site was first discovered in 1967 by S.B. Misra, a graduate student of Memorial University as a part of his thesis work. Misra discovered a fossil, Fractofusus misrai in the reserve in June 1967, which was eventually named after him in 2007.
The site became quickly recognized in the mid-1980s as an important find containing probably the oldest metazoan fossils in North America and the most ancient deep-water marine fossils in the world. In 1987, a 5 kilometer stretch of coastline was declared an ecological reserve. Studies have shown that the Mistaken Point biota represents the oldest Ediacaran fossils known anywhere, in fact the oldest large and architecturally complex organisms in Earth history.
On July 17, 2016 it was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(Location: Sächsische Schweiz (English: Saxon Switzerland), Eastern Germany, 2001)
I won first prize for this in IIT Roorkee Hobbies Club Annual Exhibition, 2004)
(Thanks to Ashish Misra for Caption)