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This is my first attempt at blogging. Here I would ramble about things I am currently doing or things that I find interesting. It may be book reviews, recipes, travel information or parenting and health issues. I would also like to upload some of my travel pictures of the various places I have visited in the past. Hope you enjoy reading.

dhrupad:

M. N. Srinivas defined Sanskritization as a process by which “a “low” Hindu caste, or tribal or other group, changes its customs, ritual, ideology, and way of life in the direction of a high, and frequently, “twice-born” caste” (Social Change. page 6). Many scholars have criticised this concept mainly because it reduces lower castes to mere emulators. Many anthropologists have rejected the concept of sanskritic/non-sanskritic traditions because they assume that any culture is a mixture of both. And most importantly the concept of Sanskritization fails to describe the process wherein the upper castes or Brahmins adopt lower caste traditions.

In fact, in the first write up, even other singers like Rukmini Devi and Balasaraswathi are described as differently but inextricably tied to the idea of Sanskritization, along with M.S. Subbulakshmi. Rukmini Devi, one of the first women from a higher caste to practice and perform Sadir/Bharatanatyam, is said to have modified the dance form by “purifying” it i.e., by ridding it of its erotic elements or its sensuality, and thereby removing the stigma of the devadasis. However, this process is not considered as problematic by the author and he describes this as a process of Sanskritization and Rukmini Devi is considered as the one who was irrefutably involved in endorsing Sanskritization in her field of art even though Rukhmini Devi’s effort was actually not related to the concept of Sanskritization. Because here it is a formerly low caste dance form that is being adopted and “revived” by the upper caste for the practice of upper caste girls. How can this be brought under the category of Sanskritization?

Who are the emulators here? What are the essences which are kept alive in these art forms when it gets “purified”, “revived” or “elevated”?

T M Krishna’s description of Balasaraswathi, a Devadasi who rejected Sanskritization also add to this point. He writes, “She had complete faith in her own history and heritage as a Devadasi dancer; saw Sadir as ‘perfect’ and requiring no modification. She saw the process of sanitizing (arguably sanskritizing) as unnecessary, threatening to her art form and even vulgar. For her, this process was a deadly threat to the existence of her heritage and dance, as she knew it. Her rejection of Sanskritization, in many ways, defined her and her dance.” Here what has been considered as vulgar by the upper caste women is not vulgar to lower caste women. As we see Balasaraswathi’s case is enough to criticise the whole concept of Sanskritization in art forms. And we also see upper caste women like Rukhmini Devi who adopt the art forms of lower castes and lower caste women like Balasarawasthi who take pride in their heritage and are stringently against the process of Sanskiritization.

Sanskritization or Appropriation: Caste and Gender in “Indian” Music and Dance by Sreebitha P. V.

[Screencaps of Balasarawasthi from Satyajit Ray’s 1976 documentary Bala]

Source: dhrupad

ancientart:

Olmec monuments.
Left is Monument 6, one of 8 colossal heads found at San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan. To the right we can see Monument 52, which is a seated Olmec were-jaguar sculpture from San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Veracruz. 
Artefacts courtesy of & currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. Photo taken by Xuan Che.

ancientart:

Olmec monuments.

Left is Monument 6, one of 8 colossal heads found at San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan. To the right we can see Monument 52, which is a seated Olmec were-jaguar sculpture from San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Veracruz. 

Artefacts courtesy of & currently located at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico. Photo taken by Xuan Che.

theaatproject:


On today’s date, September 18th, Leon Foucault was born. Well-noted for his demonstration of the Foucault Pendulum, which was conceived as a simple experiment to show the rotation of the Earth, Foucault also devised an early measurement of the speed of light, discovered eddy currents, and is credited with naming the gyroscope.
Happy 195th birthday, Monsieur Foucault!
[wikipedia]

theaatproject:

On today’s date, September 18th, Leon Foucault was born. Well-noted for his demonstration of the Foucault Pendulum, which was conceived as a simple experiment to show the rotation of the Earth, Foucault also devised an early measurement of the speed of light, discovered eddy currents, and is credited with naming the gyroscope.

Happy 195th birthday, Monsieur Foucault!

[wikipedia]

Source: theaatproject

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Margin Call

scienceyoucanlove:

This colossal circle in the Sahara Desert is known as the ‘Eye of Africa’. Scientists originally thought a meteorite had created it but now they believe it is simply a geological oddity caused by the erosion of layers of rock: http://1.usa.gov/1lzOREn via NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationImage: Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos
through ScienceAlert

scienceyoucanlove:

This colossal circle in the Sahara Desert is known as the ‘Eye of Africa’. Scientists originally thought a meteorite had created it but now they believe it is simply a geological oddity caused by the erosion of layers of rock: http://1.usa.gov/1lzOREn via NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Image: Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos

through ScienceAlert

Source: scienceyoucanlove

ancient-mesopotamia:

Nimrud bas relief showing Tree of Life in assistance of Winged Guardians. Relief from the walls of the Northwest palace of Ashurnasirpal at Nimrud (present day Iraq,) circa 859 B.C.

ancient-mesopotamia:

Nimrud bas relief showing Tree of Life in assistance of Winged Guardians. Relief from the walls of the Northwest palace of Ashurnasirpal at Nimrud (present day Iraq,) circa 859 B.C.

Source: ancient-mesopotamia

pyramidrome:

Awesome little film about the treatment of texting + computer screens in film, and how it has evolved.

centuriespast:

Rodin Museum

Head of Sorrow (Joan of Arc)

Signed front of rocky base to right: A.Rodin Foundry mark back of base to left: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur PARIS

Modeled c.1882, enlarged 1905; cast 1925

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast by the founder Alexis Rudier, Paris, 1874 - 1952.

Bronze

I have done nothing except by revelation. — Jeanne d’Arc

centuriespast:

Rodin Museum
Kneeling Fauness
Inscribed front of base: Faunesse; and on right side of base, toward front: 2ème Epreuve. Foundry mark right side of base: F. RUDIER./ FOUNDEUR.PARIS.
Modeled c. 1887; cast 1900
Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast made by F. Rudier, Paris.
Bronze

centuriespast:

Rodin Museum

Kneeling Fauness

Inscribed front of base: Faunesse; and on right side of base, toward front: 2ème Epreuve. Foundry mark right side of base: F. RUDIER./ FOUNDEUR.PARIS.

Modeled c. 1887; cast 1900

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917. Cast made by F. Rudier, Paris.

Bronze

centuriespast:

Rodin Museum

Damned Women

Signed and inscribed on front of base: à Mucha/ —Rodin

Made in France, Europe

Modeled 1885; cast 1927

Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 - 1917

Plaster

permatech:

Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.

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Sources:

Ode To The Dandelion

http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/ode-to-the-dandelion/

Taraxacum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum

Taraxacum officinale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum_officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=september_cover

Large populations of dandelions can actually offer such a strong floral cue to pollinators that the forego visiting a majority of other plants on the landscape. This can be especially damaging to rare plant species or those that cannot self pollinate.

via indefenseofplants:rkherman

Source: rkherman

ancientpeoples:

Mummy coffin of Henettawy 
This coffin is from the 3rd intermediate when tombs were no longer safe and coffins became more elaborate. All the scenes that were on the walls of tombs before, are now represented on the coffins. 
Found in Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy (MMA 59) 
Egyptian, 3rd Intermediate Period, 21st dynasty, 1000 - 945 BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum

ancientpeoples:

Mummy coffin of Henettawy 

This coffin is from the 3rd intermediate when tombs were no longer safe and coffins became more elaborate. All the scenes that were on the walls of tombs before, are now represented on the coffins. 

Found in Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy (MMA 59) 

Egyptian, 3rd Intermediate Period, 21st dynasty, 1000 - 945 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

centuriespast:

DEGAS, EdgarBatherc. 1890Charcoal on white paper, 60 x 46 cmPrivate collection

centuriespast:

DEGAS, Edgar
Bather
c. 1890
Charcoal on white paper, 60 x 46 cm
Private collection

centuriespast:

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Rider on the Pale Horse
by George Frederic Watts
Date painted: c.1878
Oil on canvas, 66.5 x 53.4 cm
Collection: National Museums Liverpool

centuriespast:

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Rider on the Pale Horse

by George Frederic Watts

Date painted: c.1878

Oil on canvas, 66.5 x 53.4 cm

Collection: National Museums Liverpool

dougiedunndidit:

William Blake. Los. 1804-20 Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 146 x 222 mm

dougiedunndidit:

William Blake. Los. 1804-20
Etching with pen, watercolour and gold, 146 x 222 mm

Source: dougiedunndidit