November 18th, 2011


Steps...drama as a corporate learning tool, 081011

I'd attended an audition by

Steps Drama Learning

and to see my write-up about it in Citizen Matters,

click here

Here's Mohan Mudgalkar, introducing this learning tool:

mhn mlgkr steps

And here are some of the participants, going through the audition:

steps drama

It was a very interesting experience, though I was not chosen (I didn't expect to be!) But in the process, I got to know someone who is the wife of one of my NTP and wildlife friends, too!

A 51-year old, evergreen song that was a hit in Hindi, and in Bengali.

I am, right now, teaching two friend this Hindi song, that Latha Mangeshkar sang... "O SajnA" in 1960, for the movie "Parakh":

I don't need to write down the Hindi words as the words are clear, and the translation, a pretty good one, appears on the video.

But Lata also rendered a Bengali song to the same tune and music on the same soundtrack:

click here

(because the embedding is disabled)..this gives the Bengali version, followed by the Hindi one.

Or listen to the Bengali version and follow the lyrics here:

The Bengali lyrics are:

nA, jEO nA...
rojoni ekhonO bAkI
ArO kIchU dithE bAkI
bolE rAt jAgA pAkhI
nA...jEO nA...

Ami jE thumArI shudhU
jIbOnE morONE (2)
dhoriyA rAkhItE chAhI
noyOnE noyOnE.. (nA...jEO nA...)

jE kothA bolithE bAjE
jE byethA morOmE kAndE
shE kothA bolithE OgO dAO..

jibonO rojonI jAnI
emonI pOhAbE(2)
chAndErO torONI thUmI
shudurE milAbE...(nA...jEO nA...)

this link

says, "The combination of Salil Chowdhury and Lata Mangeshkar changed the course of modern Bengali song for ever. The song 'na jeo na' became one of the most important and most beautiful Bengali songs in history. Bengalees were thrilled to get Lata singing Bengali songs with practically flawless accent. She became one of them and the wonderful songs Salil composed for Lata during the next three decades still remain possibly the most melodic and lyrical Bengali modern songs."

What a wonderful song! The raag is Khamaj...and the music director is Salil Chaudhury

Parsi Tower of Silence in Bangalore

On my way to and from the Bangalore International Airport, one building often catches my eye:

twr silnce sign bhavita 1911111

I have long known the custom of the Parsi community to dispose of their dead by exposing the bodies to the elements and to the sun. I vaguely remember being shown a "Tower of Silence" in Mumbai, many decades ago.

I googled for "Tower of Silence", and got this link about

Dakhma, transliterated as "Tower of Silence"

I was not sure if the Tower of Silence in Bangalore is being used now...but a little digging produced

this link to an article in the Hindu

...which seems to say that it was, at least, nearly three years ago. Today? I do not know.

Instead of being in a remote area, it is now right alongside a major highway; and in any case, vultures, the main birds who would feed on carrion, are so depleted in this area that there is just a tiny population about a dozen birds or less, in Ramnagara, even though the article says the lack of vultures is not an issue.

As I seem to see this place only whizzing past on the way to the airport or to Nandi Hills, I asked my friend Bhavita Toliya to click a few photographs, and though she didn't venture into the place, she sent me this beautiful photo of the winged-disk design:


1940 seems, (71 years ago), not all that distant a date in history when this place was constructed; and it serves as a reminder of how rapid the change in our city has been.

There is also an inscription in Gujrati, of which I can read only the first two words, "Sri Jahangir"....

prsi twr inscription bhavita 191111

I do wonder what the rest of the plaque says.

Update: Bhavita sent me the translation of the parts of the plaque that were legible: " Ban Me Dad R Ahoor Mazda" ( title). 1st Line - Sri Bangalore dokasmane lagti aa sthal jameena je ashrey 15 October ... " the rest, she says, is unclear.

To see another interesting article about the Parsis,

click here

For an article from Citizen Matters.

Bhavita was told that another place has been acquired, and this will probably be "developed" into an apartment complex.

And so, perhaps, another landmark of our city will disappear....