Reading up for an edit I am writing today, I came to know that the small town of Kairana near the banks of the Yamuna, which is now being targeted by the Sanghi goons to instigate communal violence, is the birthplace of the one and only Ustad Abdul Karim Khan saheb! The Kirana gharana which he co-founded is nothing but a different way of saying ‘Kairana’….
[Just for the record, it is clear that the BJP/RSS are fabricating news of a Hindu exodus from Kairana due to “Muslim criminals”, only to polarise voters along Hindu-Muslim lines ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections early next year.]
Here is Ustad Abdul Karim Khan singing a Thyagaraja Kriti ‘Rama Nee Samanamevaru’
I had come across this letter in the files of the National Archives of India, New Delhi, while researching for my own work on the history of the Western Himalayas. This was in the summer of 1995 or 1996.
Though unrelated to my own work, this letter seemed so remarkable that I had copied it down as exactly as I could (gaps, formatting and shorthands included).
Over the years it got misplaced among all my notes and copies of archival papers; often I looked for it but despaired that I had lost it forever. Today while looking for some data on commodity prices in the Sutlej river valley in the 19th century for an article I am writing on markets and borders in colonial Western Himalayas, it surprised me with its presence, smiling happily between sheets enumerating the population of different occupation groups in the Simla Hill States from the Census taken on 10th of January 1958.
Here it is, exactly as I had copied it. Read the rest of this entry »
Got this list some years ago on email and found it again while searching for something else today. While its a bit American in its cultural setting, many of the suggestions are universally valid. Go try them out! Read the rest of this entry »
The ancient name of the river which is called Narmada today. Read the rest of this entry »
its been a long time i have not posted anything here. Read the rest of this entry »