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Hand Jobs, the Arts

Posted on June 23, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Performance, Videos |

Hand Jobs, the Arts

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Vaastu Marabu

Posted on June 8, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Documentaries, Videos |

The Vishwakarmas, the holders of the architectural and artistic heritage in India, have maintained the skill and the theoretical basis essential for designing and executing almost all aspects of the man-made environment. Vaastu Marabu documents the theory and practice of the Vaastu tradition of Indian art, architecture, craft and design. One of the foremost shilpis (designer-builder-sculpter) of India, Shri. V. Ganapati Sthapati of Mammallapuram, meditates on his art and his occupation. The film shows the process of making stone idols at Mammallapuram, near Madras, of casting bronzes in Kumbakonam, and of building stone temples at Kamudhi, near Madurai and at Ratnagiri, near Vellore. It illustrates the continuity of the tradition and reveals a technology that is ancient, yet still relevant today. The film explores the process of translating inner experience into art, and invites us to experience the naked beauty of the form while understanding the metaphysical message. The art of the Vishwakarma has given form and expression to all denominations of metaphysical thought in India. While it documents the practical aspects of building a temple or making an idol, the film also probes the underlying scientific and mathematical principles. Temple design is explored, and the meaning of symbols and iconsare examined from the point of view of a shilpi.

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Bommala Koluvu

Posted on June 8, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Home Made, Videos |

Dolls depicting a south Indian marriage, which are part of an Indian festival called Dussera in which dolls of Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and handmade dolls are put on display. The marriage dolls are handmade but the ones on the steps are the collection of dolls from stores in India. The marriage hand-made dolls were handcrafted and painted as a hobby.

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Firewalking in India

Posted on June 7, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Documentaries, Videos, Weird |

A True Story of Adventure and Spiritual Quest

For over twenty five years Chick Balter has traveled the world in search of the miraculous. Join Chick now in this first person account, as he travels to the exotic land of India, and reveals the secrets and mysteries of the ancient art of Firewalking. The documentary climaxes with Chick leading over a thousand enthusiastic people, through a fascinating wild Firewalking celebration, at a remote temple in northern India.

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Vision 2020 – A Creative Documentary On India

Posted on June 7, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Documentaries, Videos |

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Art of Ghatam and Konnakol

Posted on June 6, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Videos |

This is a preview of the new DVD, the Art of Ghatam and Konnakol by Sri T.H. Subash Chandran. He will be teaching how to play the South Indian Clay pot, the ghatam, and the art of vocal percussion (konnakol) available on subashchandranmusic.com

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Painter Singers – The Patua Craft

Posted on June 6, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Documentaries, Videos |

For generations, Patua (Chitrakar) communities of West Bengal, India have been painters and singers of stories depicted in scrolls. The Patuas tell the stories of Muslim saints (pirs and fakirs) as well as Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and offer devotion to saints at Muslim shrines. In the past they used to wander from village to village, receiving rice, vegetables and coins for their recital. They would unroll a scroll, a frame at a time, and sing their own compositions. But competition from other media eroded this way of life and now the Patuas are trying to adapt to changing conditions.

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KalariPayattu – An Indian Martial Art

Posted on May 28, 2007. Filed under: Arts, Documentaries, Videos |

National Geographic Channel’s Documentary Part 1

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