Simple and tasty dishes for South Indian New Year

People of Telugu and Kannada origin will mark ‘Ugadi,’ their New Year on April 8, while Tamilians and Keralites will celebrate respectively ‘Puthandu Dinam’ (New Year’s Day) and ‘Vishu Kani’ on April 14, 2016. Although I was brought up in Singapore, to instil our culture and tradition, my mother ensured that we celebrated Vishu like we did in Kerala. Interestingly,…

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Life, like a circle, revolves and evolves eternally

Ratna Venkat –  Preparations and rehearsals for the forthcoming Dance Concert ‘Life in a Full Circle’ are indeed full on (no pun intended). The Concert will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. After my article on the South Indian classical dance style of Kuchipudi (Indian Newslink, March 15, 2016), most of you…

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Youngsters foster the power of Carnatic Music

Ratna Venkat –  ratna@indiannewslink.co.nz Carnatic Music came alive with all its nuances at a concert held on March 5, 2016 at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls’ Grammar School. The occasion was a tribute to Sangeetha Bharati School of Music Director & Principal Dr Padma Govardhan who received her Doctorate (PhD) for her thesis on ‘Shankarabharanam’ from the Kodaikanal based Mother…

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Rain and gale do not pale the human spirit

Ashok Kochhar –  The journey has begun, and the traveller has many new stories to tell. As the first milestone of this amazing visual journey, the opportunity to showcase a new concept in the field of photography came about in the heart of Hamilton, with the support of two esteemed organisations, namely, Creative Waikato and Hamilton City Council. Their support…

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A rare spectacle of Life in a Full Circle

Amit Sengupta –  Almost all of us are familiar with the idiom, “What goes around, comes around.” In philosophy, this means everyone’s deeds eventually have consequences. In physics, this is simply a rephrase of “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction,” as proved by scientist Isaac Newton. Whether one believes in spirituality or science, there is no denying the…

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Divinity distinguishes Indian Classical Dances

Footsteps on the sands of time along a colourful journey Third of Three Parts Wenceslaus Anthony –  Collaborative works of Ratna Venkat Some examples of her cross-cultural collaborative works include ‘Indo-American’ at the Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee (2013), ‘Indo-Oriental’ at the 103rd National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Celebrations in Auckland (2014) and ‘Lavni-Jazz Rock’ at the ‘Indian…

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