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  1. My Youtube feed showed an interesting video on Hungarian piano maker David Klavins. Here is a video from a few years ago which showcases the sound of the Una Corda piano which is fascinating.
  2. Not sure if I can do justice but here goes ... The wiki link given by Anotherspin covers the storyline but the overarching that and which provides the setting is the story of Arjuna, one of the principal characters (think along the lines of Hercules) of the Mahabharata, which chronicles the stories of the Kaurava and Pandava princes. Arjuna is identified by his prowess with the bow and arrow (as the hero with the bow in the video). As the events unfold, Arjuna is obliged to spend 12 years as an ascetic in what is known as his Tirth Yatra. It is during this period that his travels take him to the kingdom of Manipura where he meets the Chitrangada who is the daughter of the king. Chitrangada is smitten with Arjuna but having being raised as a warrior princess takes the help of Madana, the god of love and Vasanta, the god of springtime and youth to cast a spell of beauty to help her win over Arjuna. Rabindrinath Tagore's play is primarily based on this story and is described by the wiki link given earlier. In the West the play received critical acclaim as among other things it was considered ahead of it's time for the role of Chitrangada as a warrior princess etc in the light of women's roles in society at the time. The use of dance as a medium is consistent with stylistic portrayals of mythological traditions but Tagore's works took the form of plays, dramas and poems as well.
  3. This showed up in my Youtube feed and I liked what he had to say.
  4. I don't know for sure what is being used. But the background drone is traditionally done with a Tanpura Another option to create the drone sound is a keyless harmonium i.e. shruti box. .
  5. A performance on the very rare "Jal Tarang" - not something we see often these days. https://highonscore.com/jal-tarang-one-rarely-heard-instruments/
  6. Better according to whom? And how much is "a lot more money"? Regardless, my point was that money spent does not indicate if one is an audiophile.
  7. Interesting topic but I see some problems with the negative connotations (my perception). Every pursuit is going to have enthusiasts on various ends of the spectrum. But that doesn't mean that there are significant numbers that are firmly in the middle. Why does cost have to determine anything? It's common knowledge that good sound can be had for not a lot of money. I think confusing "high end" gear with being an audiophile is a mistake. To me point 2 sufficiently describes the audiophile with an emphasis on "unique equipment". Regards.
  8. This is true for primarily Hindustani Classical music where the time of the day is associated with a mood or setting. A quick google search brought up this site which you might find interesting. https://ayurveda-foryou.com/music/raga_time.html
  9. To simplify the genre a little - most Indian Classical music commonly consists of about 30 - 40 ragas which are subject to the interpretation by the artist. The genre allows for and to some extent encourages the artist to use their own style to interpret the music. Like jazz "standards" one can have a plethora of interpretations of a particular piece. The artists react to the audience with embellishments both vocal and instrumental to create the performance.
  10. The artist Suma Hegde is under the tutelage of Dr Dhananjay Daithankar who is himself a disciple of Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. There is a connect of sorts in that she comes from the same school but she is still a young talent with quite a ways to go.
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