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The Essence Of A Spiritual Singer

Posted on 2003/4/18 9:48:02 ( 939 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 18, 2003: Though he is equally proficient in most classical and light classical forms of music, it is the Ramayana Path that Pandit Chhannulal Mishra will concentrate on at Nehru Park concerts on April 18. "I have given many classical performances," says Mishra, whose recitation is part of the Bhakti Utsav (see previous article), "but this is the first time that I will be concentrating entirely on Bhakti Sangeet." Mishra, who was initiated into music by his father, Pandit Badri Prasad Mishra, and later studied with Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan, will start his one-hour recital with Durga Stuti, followed by a Banaras ki thumri and then bhajanas from the Ramcharitmanas. "I have chosen those parts where the bhakti bhav is more prominent, like Kevat Ka Anurag and Ram Nam ka Mahatva," says Mishra.

Ready To Eat Curry Meals Gain Popularity in India

Posted on 2003/4/18 9:47:02 ( 908 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 13, 2003: In a growing number of middle-class homes in the cities, the ritual of people cooking painstakingly elaborate meals is increasingly a memory. "Ready-to-eat is the future of food, with the growing number of double-income nuclear families," says celebrity chef Jiggs Kalra. When both partners go to work, it is so much simpler to have a ready-made packaged meal "which you just put into boiling water and serve," he says. The business in India is only beginning to pick up now. Processed foods account for less than two percent of total food consumption in the country. ITC, a giant in the food industry, estimates the current size of the ready-to-eat food market at around US$6 to 10 million. "It's convenience food," says Monojit Chintey of the Confederation of Indian Industry's agribusiness desk. There is growing acceptance for the genre, he says. "You just have to visit the local grocer to see the change." Shop shelves are stacked with a variety of cans, sachets and retort pouches of one-minute foods, and there are chains of supermarkets that have a wide range of ready-to-eat items. There's one aspect in India's food business that the West does not have, mainly cheap labor. People can, and do, hire cooks because it costs little. However, companies are marketing the "high-class gourmet" aspect of their products to get past this.

Deranged Man Damages Hindu Temple in Houston

Posted on 2003/4/18 9:46:02 ( 1114 reads )


HOUSTON, U.S.A., April 13, 2003: An apprently deranged man drove his car into a Hindu temple in southwest Houston this morning, set a small fire and began smashing statues inside the temple. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he is being treated for possible psychiatric disorders. The man crashed into the Dharma Mandir Temple about 7:45 a.m., police said. Witnesses told police the man got out of his car, took off his clothes, set a small fire inside the temple, then smashed the temple's marble statues. Police arrested the man as firefighters put out the fire. Significant damage was sustained to the Temple and the Deities, but no one was injured.

Hindu Hospitality Correction

Posted on 2003/4/18 9:45:02 ( 1088 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, April 18, 2003: In our April 14 request for assistance on a major article on the subject of "Hindu Hospitality," the contact address was left out. Those interested in helping may e-mail ar@hindu.org.

Bangladesh Hindus Take Holy Dip in Brahmaputra

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:49:02 ( 1021 reads )


DHAKA, BANGLADESH, April 10, 2003: Thousands of Hindus on Wednesday took a dip in the Brahmaputra river at Langalbandh, near Dhaka, in an annual event. It was estimated around 30,000 devotees had converged to bathe in an offshoot of the Brahmaputra river. "We are taking a dip to wash away sin, and the atmosphere is festive as more and more people are arriving," one devotee said. Organizers said usually more than 100,000 Hindus from around the country as well as neighboring India, Nepal and Sri Lanka join in the two-day ceremony.

Tirumala To Build Temples For Scheduled Castes and Tribal Colonies

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:48:02 ( 958 reads )

Deccan Herald

TIRUMALA,INDIA, April7, 2003: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam chairman P. Chalapathi Rao on Monday said the TTD Board of Trustees had approved the proposed construction of Geeta Mandirams in Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe ("untouchable") colonies across the state. Rao said the decision followed a two-day meeting of the Board members. As planned earlier, a total of 7,200 new temples will come up in the State with the government spending around US$3,000 on construction of each temple. The TTD will invite donations for the purpose and local residents are expected to share 10 percent of the cost incurred on the temple construction.

Younger Generation Seeks Darshan Online

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:47:02 ( 874 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 12, 2003: In their hectic lives of long work and study packed days, and temples a fair distance from home, devotees of the younger generation are tuning into God online. A survey has shown that "...young urban Indians, in the 16 to 24 age group, showed (that) a significant number of people observed religious rituals by praying at home and places of worship, observing fasts and celebrating festivals."Of those surveyed, 51% identify strongly with their religion. However, the average 20 year-old coping with work and school has a hard time visiting the temple daily. At www.onlinedarshan.com you can log on to many temple sites and attend or conduct a puja. Twenty-four-year-old Neerja Jain says, "I log on once in the morning and anytime I feel down. For me, darshan like this means you carry God with you everywhere. "Third-year Delhi University student Payal Jha adds, "I really don't have the time to visit a temple, but it's kind of cool to log on for my tryst with God."

Traditional Designs Capture the Fashion Scene in India

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:46:02 ( 955 reads )


KOLKATA, INDIA, April 6, 2003: Traditional fashion in the form of kurtas (Indian-style shirts) are still being worn this year by college students in India along with denim trousers. Designer Rashmi Kapur has promoted traditional designs with a new flare for the last eight years. Kapur says, "Kurtas are the ultimate in fashion and it's time one flaunted a kurta before they go out of the fashion radar." Using georgette, crepe, chiffon and khadi with embroidery, Kapur explains that many of her pieces are affordable and washable. Kapur's entire women's wear line consists of ornate cocktail saris, Parsi embroidery on kurtas or even Indo-Western kurtas with straight pants in fruity colors of lime, green and oranges. Kapur plans to expand into formal Indian menswear fashion and started by designing a kurta for her own son's wedding. She also plans to focus on the sari by making it more appealing to the young women.

Head Start Program Teaches Yoga in Maryland

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:45:02 ( 953 reads )


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, April 7, 2003: Yoga, a popular household word across the U.S. is now popping up in early childhood education. Head Start, a federal preschool program designed to give low-income children a better chance in elementary school, has now adopted yoga at a center in Baltimore. More than 400 children have participated in the program at the Meade Village Head Start Center. Children enter the classroom greeting each other with a traditional namaste. By using storytelling and songs, the children are led through breathing exercises and yoga poses. "They have stress in their life too. I want them to respect each other. I want them to see that everyone has a light that shines within them. "Oliver also recalls, "One little girl, after a session, said to me, 'I feel beautiful'. I think she just didn't know how to put into words that she was relaxed."

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Benefit from the Practice of Yoga

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:44:02 ( 874 reads )


OREGON, U.S.A., April 5, 2003: Findings from research conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University indicates that exercise and yoga can help patients with multiple sclerosis. Sixty-nine MS patients were divided into three groups. Group one participated in a weekly yoga class adapted for people with MS. Group two took a weekly exercise class using stationary bicycles combined with home exercise. The third group maintained normal activity levels. At the end of six months, the participants from all three groups took cognitive tests and answered questionnaires about their mood, sleepiness, fatigue and general quality of life. Barry Oken, MD and professor of neurology at the OHSU School of Medicine says, "While neither yoga nor aerobic exercise appeared to impact cognitive function, there was significant improvement in fatigue for the two intervention groups when compared to the waiting list group."

Fifth Annual International "SpankOut Day" on April 30

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:43:02 ( 1152 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 14, 2003: SpankOut Day USA was initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote nonviolent ways of teaching children appropriate behavior. EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment Of CHildren) sponsors SpankOut Day USA on April 30th of each year. All parents, guardians, teachers and caregivers are encouraged to refrain from hitting children at least on this day, and to seek alternative methods of discipline through programs available in community agencies, churches and schools.

The website provides a "SpankOut tool kit" consisting of sample letters to local newspapers, radio public service announcements, down-to-earth guidelines on how to raise a well-behaved child without hitting and ten reasons for not hitting a child. Kindly log on to "source" above for practical suggestions and worldwide resources on how to teach children appropriate behavior without hitting.

Web Site Promotes Classroom Dissection Alternatives

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:42:02 ( 978 reads )


UNITED STATES, April 9, 2003: A Web site created by Students Improving the Lives of Animals (SILA), a University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign animal advocacy group, is providing information useful to individuals trying to convince schools to offer alternatives to dissection. The site, which provides listings of videos, CD-ROMs, books and other alternatives, is focused on classroom dissection as not only an animal welfare issue, but a student rights one. "Conscientious objectors to classroom dissection and vivisection are protected under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment from being forced to harm or kill animals in their public...education," according to a SILA spokesperson. "The courts agree, and for over decade, students at all levels -- from high school through college and even veterinary school -- have won the right to alternatives." SILA was formed during the Fall of 2001 to promote the employment of alternatives to classroom dissection and improve the welfare of University of Illinois and other laboratory animals.

Hinduism Today Requests Input for Article on Hindu Hospitality

Posted on 2003/4/14 9:41:02 ( 924 reads )


KAUAI, HAWAII, April 14, 2003: Hinduism Today magazine is working on a major article on the subject of "Hindu Hospitality." The article will cover all aspects of traditional Hindu hospitality, including what it is, what's expected of a host and of a guest, how to greet a guest, how to say goodbye, how the guest should behave in the home, how hospitality is supported in scripture and the historical writings and how it is changing today. If you can contribute to this article please e-mail "source."

Changes Likely For This Year's Amarnath Pilgrimage

Posted on 2003/4/13 9:49:02 ( 1024 reads )

The Kashmir Times

SRINAGAR, INDIA, April 3, 2003: Three major changes will distinguish the yearly Hindu Amarnath pilgrimage this season. Affluent pilgrims could fly to the Himalayan cave from Srinagar in state-owned helicopters. The shortest route, the Baltal route used by about 25% of pilgrims, has been widened from 6 ft to 12 ft, allowing for 1,500 instead of 800 pilgrims a day. And the famous health resort of Pahalgam, the base camp for the pilgrimage, shall remain open for non-yatra tourist traffic. Decisions made at a meeting of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu last week suggested that the pilgrimage start on July 12 and conclude on August 12 to coincide with Rakhsha Bandhan. To date the pilgrimage continues to be a state sponsored affair with thousands of dollars being pumped into it. Expenses include security that requires thousands of troops, paramilitary men and many battalions of the state police. The meeting also noted the discovery of an ancient temple on the old Amarnath route near Chandanwari, which is claimed to be 800 to 2000 years old.

Singapore Hindus and Buddhists Pray to Stop SARS Outbreak

Posted on 2003/4/13 9:48:02 ( 919 reads )


SINGAPORE, April 6, 2003: Buddhists and Hindus recently came together for purification prayers to free the world from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The event was organized by the Singapore Buddhist Lodge and Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnanamuneeswarar Temple. Priests from Hindu and Buddhist temples recited prayers for 24 hours, seeking divine blessings and to help the world to be relieved of the SARS outbreak.

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