what do we know about Swaraj.
Do we have sanitation and water management system as it was in harrappa mohan je daro. Do we have iron or steel making technology as it was there thousand year ago, the pillar at Mehrauli in Delhi is the best example. Ship building technology was also lost after advent of outsider and invaders. we had a flourishing trade links with west and east worlds. South East nations have been in touch constantly since early 3r or 4th century. AnKor Wat temple is the best example. The Ramayana of Bali is another such example.

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family dilema inherited from father to son

As I am suffering through the dilemma, confusion, frustration, depression often which results in heated exchange of words at home on such topic which actually is non existent. The topic is “Which car should we buy” when I say “WE” then obviously my family members come in picture. This include my wife, my son of 9 years old and me. This is happening for the last three years. And dream to buy a car came to me before my son was born in 2001. I thought of purchasing a car then on loan so that when son comes in this world then I can have a car so that mother and child face no problem in transport. But due to lack of power of taking decision this was delayed unduly. Now I feel much depressed. Often while discussing say that i will buy a TATA NANO, to this my family don not agree. Son says buy a Scorpio or travera but wife says that buy some decent car like wagon R Honda etc. to which I submit my argument that since we need a small car for small family and that too our usage is also less, From home to his school then office and back home or sometime to market only. That, do not require a heavy or heavy duty vehicle. Nor do I require a status statement. I once said that I can buy a small vehicle launched by the mahindra of Rs 1.60 lakhs which can be used for dropping you to school and other use. Everybody laughed at me.
Years back the same dilema my father must have had faced. In 1982 when for the first time a black n white TV set was purchased by my father. (in those days the white and black was considered the priced commodity and sooner it became a status symbol also.) I remember when we used to watch Tv that too a black and white at the house of Mr Dube, at TYPE ONE in IIT Kanpur Campus. Whole of our locality lads would gather in front of their window, since that was only means to watch the TV not everyone could go inside their house and see the TV. Some times they were graciuos enough to put the TV set in the house gallery so that whole of the lads could see while siting at the doorstep and near ladder.
Thanx to the Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi and her team and the scientist at ISRO to launch the statelite. Due to that only we could see the direct telecast and our India. Prior to that we were not able to see India inside our drawing or living room, whatever we call it nowdays. the terminology changes in years. eralier it was called the drawing room then the living room concept came in.
the very first programme we could see in the year 1982 was a programme on the nightingale of India Smt Norrjahan came to mumbai and sang to the audience, Awaj de to kahan hai. Great Heritage NUSHAD would say kyun the male sound in the song. She had said then that she had only one wish after partition and that was that to get a chance to see the DILIP KUMAR.at least once. It was black n white TV but the whole screen wa glitering with different vibrant colors. stars in her saree were dazzling all over the ornaments were shining at all her moves. She looked very beutifull at that age also. That was the one programme I stiil remember. Great Rajkumari also sang there and lot of other were ther.
However the thing is that the great dilema which my father must have faced was as to how to buy a TV which costed much and having such a large family how to manage so much rupees. these rupees could have feeded us for one month atleast as far as I imagine.
It brings tear in my eyes as to how my father had agreed to buy a TV. I remember when we grew we used to come from TYPE ONE to TYPE TWO to mr MATHUR’s house to watch the Sunday Movie on doordarshan. And all the restriction attached to it like the sofa should not get spoilt the cloth cover should not shift from its place etc etc and where to sit in the room was also decided by the host family. the distance from my house to their must have been approx one Kilometer. WE had to walk all the way to see the TV.
Since 1982 when i was in class eleven i got chance to TUNE in the doordarshan. Means I could touch the buttons of my TV set at Home. It was realy a priced possesion for us then. UPTRON was our brand name.
Now my 8 year old son says search the von braun through the google at my mobile phone using the GPRS. Still i dont have courage to purchase a LAPTOP or DESKTOP. I mean i am unable to invest the 40K at a single go. this is huge amount for me. i think traits i have inherited. time has changed. Outlook alos changes. but my PSYCHE has not changed.
many a times i decided to purchase laptop. but recently when i checked the DELL site it announced the i5 chip series  at the same price of earlier core2duo. Again the dilema buzzed me. shall i invest in i3 or i5 or still t6600 is good enough to invest in. the thing is that as time passes by i will not be able to purchase a laptop. still i will be in dilema.

family dilema inherited from father to son

As I am suffering through the dilemma, confusion, frustration, depression often which results in heated exchange of words at home on such topic which actually is non existent. The topic is “Which car should we buy” when I say “WE” then obviously my family members come in picture. This include my wife, my son of 9 years old and me. This is happening for the last three years. And dream to buy a car came to me before my son was born in 2001. I thought of purchasing a car then on loan so that when son comes in this world then I can have a car so that mother and child face no problem in transport. But due to lack of power of taking decision this was delayed unduly. Now I feel much depressed. Often while discussing say that i will buy a TATA NANO, to this my family don not agree. Son says buy a Scorpio or travera but wife says that buy some decent car like wagon R Honda etc. to which I submit my argument that since we need a small car for small family and that too our usage is also less, From home to his school then office and back home or sometime to market only. That, do not require a heavy or heavy duty vehicle. Nor do I require a status statement. I once said that I can buy a small vehicle launched by the mahindra of Rs 1.60 lakhs which can be used for dropping you to school and other use. Everybody laughed at me.
Years back the same dilema my father must have had faced. In 1982 when for the first time a black n white TV set was purchased by my father. (in those days the white and black was considered the priced commodity and sooner it became a status symbol also.) I remember when we used to watch Tv that too a black and white at the house of Mr Dube, at TYPE ONE in IIT Kanpur Campus. Whole of our locality lads would gather in front of their window, since that was only means to watch the TV not everyone could go inside their house and see the TV. Some times they were graciuos enough to put the TV set in the house gallery so that whole of the lads could see while siting at the doorstep and near ladder.
Thanx to the Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi and her team and the scientist at ISRO to launch the statelite. Due to that only we could see the direct telecast and our India. Prior to that we were not able to see India inside our drawing or living room, whatever we call it nowdays. the terminology changes in years. eralier it was called the drawing room then the living room concept came in.
the very first programme we could see in the year 1982 was a programme on the nightingale of India Smt Norrjahan came to mumbai and sang to the audience, Awaj de to kahan hai. Great Heritage NUSHAD would say kyun the male sound in the song. She had said then that she had only one wish after partition and that was that to get a chance to see the DILIP KUMAR.at least once. It was black n white TV but the whole screen wa glitering with different vibrant colors. stars in her saree were dazzling all over the ornaments were shining at all her moves. She looked very beutifull at that age also. That was the one programme I stiil remember. Great Rajkumari also sang there and lot of other were ther.
However the thing is that the great dilema which my father must have faced was as to how to buy a TV which costed much and having such a large family how to manage so much rupees. these rupees could have feeded us for one month atleast as far as I imagine.
It brings tear in my eyes as to how my father had agreed to buy a TV. I remember when we grew we used to come from TYPE ONE to TYPE TWO to mr MATHUR’s house to watch the Sunday Movie on doordarshan. And all the restriction attached to it like the sofa should not get spoilt the cloth cover should not shift from its place etc etc and where to sit in the room was also decided by the host family. the distance from my house to their must have been approx one Kilometer. WE had to walk all the way to see the TV.
Since 1982 when i was in class eleven i got chance to TUNE in the doordarshan. Means I could touch the buttons of my TV set at Home. It was realy a priced possesion for us then. UPTRON was our brand name.
Now my 8 year old son says search the von braun through the google at my mobile phone using the GPRS. Still i dont have courage to purchase a LAPTOP or DESKTOP. I mean i am unable to invest the 40K at a single go. this is huge amount for me. i think traits i have inherited. time has changed. Outlook alos changes. but my PSYCHE has not changed.
many a times i decided to purchase laptop. but recently when i checked the DELL site it announced the i5 chip series  at the same price of earlier core2duo. Again the dilema buzzed me. shall i invest in i3 or i5 or still t6600 is good enough to invest in. the thing is that as time passes by i will not be able to purchase a laptop. still i will be in dilema.

Habib TANVEER

Today on 8th June 2009 The sad news was that the pillar of Indian Theatre passed away. He was the one who singlehandedly worked for preserving and development of the Indian school of drama. Once I had an opportunity to watch a “naatak” on doordarshan (thanx to the ISRO satellite) directed or so to say created by the Shri Habib Tanveer. Since then I was having or craving to meet him in person. But due to other obligations in life I could not take risk to run away from my home and meet him. At IIT Kanpur campus during those days I did not know anybody who would have had interest in dramatics so that we could have invited him in IITK to perform. The most important things which attracted me towards his creation were 1. The language idiom was totally TRUE HINDUSTANI even the local/folk language was given prominent place in his plays. 2. Most of the artists were of his area. Once I had read that few of them were not professional but were common men who occasionally take part in his drama. 3. Singing was also true to the earth(down to earth) that means the music always has local folk flavor. 4. Experimentation was also there may I say so that he tried to explore or establish that drama or theatre can survive without the HINDI or ENGLISH. And theatre is a way of life and can be always be a part of our life. He slightly matched with the screen presence of like SOHRAB MODI in Hindi silver screen. The voice modulation and style was somewhat similar.
Another such person who has worked to uplift the Indian, or Bharatiya traditional elements of our golden heritage of theater traditions was RATAN THIYAM.
The play where artist portray the bazaar of AGRA, That was based on the life of a poet or writer Najir Akbarabadi, the black gram seller asked the Shair to write few lines for him so that he can sell more in tha bazzar likewise other vegetable seller also approaches him to do him this favour.
I also remember two dancers who sang and danced on the folk theme song in the play. He played a role of thekedar (with accentegue symbol on both e’s) in TV serial “Kab tak Pukaroon” if I am correct. Where my favourite Sushmita Mukherji played a role of gypsy girl and Pakaj Kapoor also acted. He suited for the role.
It is really sad that a person of such a stature passed away.

Habib TANVEER

Today on 8th June 2009 The sad news was that the pillar of Indian Theatre passed away. He was the one who singlehandedly worked for preserving and development of the Indian school of drama. Once I had an opportunity to watch a “naatak” on doordarshan (thanx to the ISRO satellite) directed or so to say created by the Shri Habib Tanveer. Since then I was having or craving to meet him in person. But due to other obligations in life I could not take risk to run away from my home and meet him. At IIT Kanpur campus during those days I did not know anybody who would have had interest in dramatics so that we could have invited him in IITK to perform. The most important things which attracted me towards his creation were 1. The language idiom was totally TRUE HINDUSTANI even the local/folk language was given prominent place in his plays. 2. Most of the artists were of his area. Once I had read that few of them were not professional but were common men who occasionally take part in his drama. 3. Singing was also true to the earth(down to earth) that means the music always has local folk flavor. 4. Experimentation was also there may I say so that he tried to explore or establish that drama or theatre can survive without the HINDI or ENGLISH. And theatre is a way of life and can be always be a part of our life. He slightly matched with the screen presence of like SOHRAB MODI in Hindi silver screen. The voice modulation and style was somewhat similar.
Another such person who has worked to uplift the Indian, or Bharatiya traditional elements of our golden heritage of theater traditions was RATAN THIYAM.
The play where artist portray the bazaar of AGRA, That was based on the life of a poet or writer Najir Akbarabadi, the black gram seller asked the Shair to write few lines for him so that he can sell more in tha bazzar likewise other vegetable seller also approaches him to do him this favour.
I also remember two dancers who sang and danced on the folk theme song in the play. He played a role of thekedar (with accentegue symbol on both e’s) in TV serial “Kab tak Pukaroon” if I am correct. Where my favourite Sushmita Mukherji played a role of gypsy girl and Pakaj Kapoor also acted. He suited for the role.
It is really sad that a person of such a stature passed away.

Parampara, Guru Shishya parampara, Traditions etc

Who after the current gurus will bear the torch of gharanas. Guru Birju Maharaj, Krishna Mohan, Jaikishan, guru Vemapti chinna satyam, Dhananjay(s), Respected Sitara Devi, apart from them there are non gharanedar gurus, Dr Padma Subramaniam, Maya Rao, Meneka, Damyanti Joshi, Guru Kumudni Lakhia, Rhoni Bhate. I think instead of listing separately as gharanedar and non gharanedar gurus will not be fair enough. Since in our(Indian) traditional education system the gharana is handed down to the disciple by the gurus. There is no compulsion for a guru to choose his kith and kin as successor.     The most promising student gets the seat “gaddi”. And it has been practiced since ages. I think this has helped in keeping our tradition of music alive for so many centuries. The period has continuously seen the invaders from all the sides. from length to breadth of this subcontinent. Often we are told that “one land” “One Nation” Theory is very recent in India. Earlier this land was full of fights between small kingdoms without any idea of our motherland or so to say India as a one nation. In the east the Nagas, the forces from China, Tibet Burma etc were mingling with the AHOM kingdomsin Assam and in Manipur. Down south has seen the  import from Europe, Africa, and from east also. Christian, Jew, Arabic, Persian Eastern cultures came to our southern shores. In the west we hear that even from far land of greek, arabic and mangols came to our nation. The HUN, KUSHAN, YAMAN etc. Thereby the point is that even then the tradition of music has been kept live in this nation which always refers to the “sage Bharat” or the Natya Shastra or the fourth VED. that means the lineage has been there with minor ups and down. And it could have only been made possible through this “GURU SHISHYA parampara” teacher and student tradition.
After the Independence all broke loose. The Ethics and the tradition got full freedom. Thus a student from Delhi learns the dance of Manipur and a student of punjab can learn the arts and dance of Keral and vice e versa. Now we have satellite gurukuls (schools). schools run in USA or far away lands on the name of guru living in Tamil Nadu. Or the Guru has become very mobile,  reaching far away lands for many months of a year.
During the dark ages, of 1000 to 1900 AD, (if I am permitted to say so) all the credit goes to the community looked down upon by the civilized community, the dancer community, who has kept alive this art of music and dance of this land through those hard times. No one can deny this aspect. It is true from Jammu Kashmir to the Kanya kumari and from Gandhar to the Manipur. ALL the places must be full of such stories and names and even Palaces where all the saga had been enacted. Most of the palaces and the HISTORY is known to us due to the contribution of this community. I am saying so since in palaces these women lived inside the walls and their progeny worked in the palaces itself thereby contributing in the workforce also. not only in the arts.
These were known as Devdasi, MAHARI (attached to Temples), Rajdasi, Tawaif etc etc Kalavantalu, Kalavant, few ladies who became stalwarts of classical Hindustani Music were from Gomantak samaj, this is the community who lived in and around the Goa, Karnataka and Maharastra. They must be repsected for what they have gifted us. It is due to them we have inherited this rich heritage

Parampara, Guru Shishya parampara, Traditions etc

Who after the current gurus will bear the torch of gharanas. Guru Birju Maharaj, Krishna Mohan, Jaikishan, guru Vemapti chinna satyam, Dhananjay(s), Respected Sitara Devi, apart from them there are non gharanedar gurus, Dr Padma Subramaniam, Maya Rao, Meneka, Damyanti Joshi, Guru Kumudni Lakhia, Rhoni Bhate. I think instead of listing separately as gharanedar and non gharanedar gurus will not be fair enough. Since in our(Indian) traditional education system the gharana is handed down to the disciple by the gurus. There is no compulsion for a guru to choose his kith and kin as successor.     The most promising student gets the seat “gaddi”. And it has been practiced since ages. I think this has helped in keeping our tradition of music alive for so many centuries. The period has continuously seen the invaders from all the sides. from length to breadth of this subcontinent. Often we are told that “one land” “One Nation” Theory is very recent in India. Earlier this land was full of fights between small kingdoms without any idea of our motherland or so to say India as a one nation. In the east the Nagas, the forces from China, Tibet Burma etc were mingling with the AHOM kingdomsin Assam and in Manipur. Down south has seen the  import from Europe, Africa, and from east also. Christian, Jew, Arabic, Persian Eastern cultures came to our southern shores. In the west we hear that even from far land of greek, arabic and mangols came to our nation. The HUN, KUSHAN, YAMAN etc. Thereby the point is that even then the tradition of music has been kept live in this nation which always refers to the “sage Bharat” or the Natya Shastra or the fourth VED. that means the lineage has been there with minor ups and down. And it could have only been made possible through this “GURU SHISHYA parampara” teacher and student tradition.
After the Independence all broke loose. The Ethics and the tradition got full freedom. Thus a student from Delhi learns the dance of Manipur and a student of punjab can learn the arts and dance of Keral and vice e versa. Now we have satellite gurukuls (schools). schools run in USA or far away lands on the name of guru living in Tamil Nadu. Or the Guru has become very mobile,  reaching far away lands for many months of a year.
During the dark ages, of 1000 to 1900 AD, (if I am permitted to say so) all the credit goes to the community looked down upon by the civilized community, the dancer community, who has kept alive this art of music and dance of this land through those hard times. No one can deny this aspect. It is true from Jammu Kashmir to the Kanya kumari and from Gandhar to the Manipur. ALL the places must be full of such stories and names and even Palaces where all the saga had been enacted. Most of the palaces and the HISTORY is known to us due to the contribution of this community. I am saying so since in palaces these women lived inside the walls and their progeny worked in the palaces itself thereby contributing in the workforce also. not only in the arts.
These were known as Devdasi, MAHARI (attached to Temples), Rajdasi, Tawaif etc etc Kalavantalu, Kalavant, few ladies who became stalwarts of classical Hindustani Music were from Gomantak samaj, this is the community who lived in and around the Goa, Karnataka and Maharastra. They must be repsected for what they have gifted us. It is due to them we have inherited this rich heritage