Trekking to HarishandraGarh

Trek—-Harischandragad
Type—-Hill Fort
District—-Ahmednagar
Height above mean sea level—-4671 feet
Base Village—-Khireshwar (Kothala & Pachnai are also base village from other sides)
Region—-Malshej
Sights to visit—-Number of Caves, About 100 years old temple of Lord Shiva, Kokan Kada , a big Shivling
Difficulty Rating —-Above Average

The Team—-
Asawari Dinesh Teredesai, Nisha Dholakia, Harshad Prabhu ,
Jiby Mathew, Zeenat Sikilkar, Brajesh Dave , Chandrashekhar Divekar ,
Dayalan Nataraj , Gaurav Hada , Kshama Upadhyay, Mandar Ravindra Salvi , Rajendra Patade , Ramprasad Raghavan , Rohan Jadhav ,Santosh Sarma ,Sasank Kuntimaddi , Shruti Rao , Swapnil Sapre , Sumit Mahajan ,Atul Arvind

Date-27th Oct..

The Season-The best ever on earth

(Hey ,What is the best season on the earth??)

“ When spring comes, and in the soft air the buds are breaking on the trees, and they are covered with blossoms, we feel, How beautiful is Spring!

And when the summer comes, and covers the trees with its heavy foliage, and singing birds are among the branches,we feel, How beautiful is Summer!

When autumn loads them with golden fruit, and their leaves bear the gorgeous tint of frost, we feel, How beautiful is Autumn!

And when it is sere winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, then I look up through the leafless branches as we never could until now, and see the stars shine.”

The joy of being exhausted by reaching on the top of the great mountain,the joy of feeling refreshed drenched besides some river side/sea shore,the joy of having soothing feeling surrounded by the greenary ..

One just cannot compare them with each other..

What say if you can experience all in one go?Yes friends it was the place we visited..

The major attraction of Harishchandragad is Kokan Kada . Its beyond description, one should actually see it to experience the nature’s architecture. Konkan kada should be visited in the evening as well as morning. In evening one is enchanted by the sunset where as in the morning one can experience the divine feeling of being in the heavens. Taramati and Rohidas , the two peaks atop Harishchandragad, are also worth visiting as they offer beautiful views of the sahyadri ranges. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva atop Harishchandragad is also good sight for observing. An ancient temple and the caves present at the base village Khireshwar are also worth seeing.

Diary

If you imagine you are looking at it from above, you immediately notice the thin blue lines that highlight the great abundance of mountains and peaks, the most important of which is the Taramati Peak, for centuries both an affliction and a delight for the area.The height is such that one can have unobstructed view of Konkan(the westmost area in Maharashtra) from one of the points-Konkan Kada..

In the undulating areas towards outlined by the deep valleys, we find hills that are rich in history.

Ancient historical periods are intertwined here, leaving their indelible marks, starting from the tapasya of Vishvamitra for the throne of Devarshi ,his test for the truthfulness of King Harishandra,then Maratha’a win of Harishandragarh over mugals under the able guidance of Shivaji .

We left Pune at 5AM in the morning ,reached the base at 12noon.Started trekking and reached the Gad by 5PM. We also went to Konkan Kada the same day.Certain villagers prepared the dinner for us .

Woke up at 6AM the next morning ,reached at the top Taramati Peak.Also had darshan of Lord Shiva in a mesmerizing temple.

Started getting down at around 11 AM and reached Pune by 6PM.

What the member’s say?

Atul Arvind-
The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller

Swapnil Sapre-
“Dard Kaafi hai bekhudi Ke liye,Maut Zaruri hai Zindagi Ke liye,Kaun marta hai Kisi Ke Liye,Hum to Zinda hai sirf Ghumne-Ghumaaane Ke liye…”

Harshad Prabhu-
“Life is like having a cup of tea.
You sit by the side of the window, lift the cup and take a careless sip, Only to realize, somebody forgot to put the sugar. Too lazy to go for it you somehow struggle through the sugarless cup.

Until you discover undissolved sugar crystal sitting
at the bottom…”

At Last
“Manzilien unhi ko milti hai,jinke sapno mein jaan hoti hai…
Pankh se kuch nahi hota,sirf hoslon ki udaan hoti hai….”

Mujhe sab pata hai

Teri pyaar ki manjil kahan hai- mujhe pataa hai..

Tere kadmon ki aahat ne mujhe bataya hai..!

Teri jaan koun hai , kahan hai -mujhe pata hai ..

Tere dil ki dhadknon ne mujhe bataya hai..!

Tere andar chupaa koun hai-muje pataa hai ..

Teri saanson ne mujhe sab bataya hai…!

Tu har samay,har pal kise sochta hai, kisliye rota hai “Noor”-mujhe sab pata hai ..

Tere aansuon ne mujhe sab bataya hai…!!

Everyone knows that industrialists like G D Birla funded the Congress and the national movement. But it is not clear that they received proper receipts for the money they gave and that the Congress maintained detailed accounts of how precisely they spent the money. This tradition continued after Independence , of industrialists funneling money to political parties without formal acknowledgement and of parties spending the money without detailed accounting. The difference is that if the purpose was, earlier, to keep one Gandhi in poverty, the money is now used to keep an entire tribe in obscene luxury and insatiable greed.

I do not think parties win elections by money power though the parties certainly can’t win without money.

Hazare was saying that he doesn’t take any money but spreads his word walking around Maharashtra.
I recall a comment by Sarojini Naidu about Mahatma Gandhi and G D Birla  – it costs quite a bit of money to keep Gandhi poor.
i think we need a Jana-Gana-Mana Lokpal-to decide who is mature enough to vote.Corporates, media and NGOs, who play a pivotal role in opinion formation, must also come under the scanner of Jana-Gana-Mana Lokpal;-)

Maoists and other Gandhians! have been doing similar protests against injustice  from  the government  for the ages -why Anna is getting so much lime light? They will not get even five minutes on our news channels.

Because there was no strong media-television, corporate culture then?

Because -Anna protests are coming form top layer of society, the Maoists protests are from grass root level?

Why Anna gets 24×7 coverage on T.V. while more than 10,000 protestors in Koodankulam doesn’t even get 5 mins on news channels?

Is it a fashion to do a walk for Anna, wear a Anna cap.

Either we have a Jana-Gana-Mana Lokpal for Media,Corporates,NGOs  And Corruption – or nothing. Either control everything- or make it free as open/limitless natural resource.

Let society and people take care and deal it in their own ways.

I will  NOT wear Anna cap.

How does Music makes sense ?

A very basic and fundamental question-How does Music makes sense?Its an art form-yeah all know that -but so are painting,sculpture,pottery,writing,movie making ,theater, and preparing food -(remember Cheeni Kum Hai ;-)-

Above are the questions non musicians generally have in their minds or even some times(most of the times!)music students-aficionados as well-why should one listen and practice to music,why should one learn music-what is it gotta do with one’s environment,psychology,health,well being,emotional quotient ,performance,confidence level and etc etc.

Long wanted to collate all and wanted to write something to answer them all.Here is a small and humble attempt.May sometime soon will post on different categories of music exists.

Music relies primarily on repetition to help it make sense to the listener. In popular music and children’s songs, the repetition is often very literal and direct, making the music more immediately accessible. In art-music, the repetition is often varied and transformed. This makes the repetition flexible, capable of assuming of many forms
and moods.In this article i have taken some references from Western and Indian Classical Music and Semi classical perspectives as Rock,Pop,hip hop,Thumri,Bhajans and folk and filmi music.The article is under preparation.

How Music Makes Sense

In order to more fully appreciate music -any music, familiar or unfamiliar ,let us begin by considering music from the ground up and free from the constraints of a particular era or style. What is music and how does it make sense to us?

Music is a time-art: It needs time to unfold. Whereas it is possible to have an instantaneous view of a painting, it is not possible to have an instantaneous hearing of a piece of music. We can all remember those electrifying moments when we round a museum corner and, suddenly, a favorite M.F.Hussain,Manjit Bawa , Raja Ravi Verma or Picasso bursts into view: We can take in the entire canvas in a single glance. Music does not offer such short cuts: There is no way to hear a favorite musical work other than to listen all the way through.

Music is ephemeral: A painting or sculpture exists in concrete physical form. When the lights are turned off in the museum, the painting is still there. But music is a performance art: Each moment is temporary, washed away by the next. A sound exists in its precise form now, and then vanishes. Once the performance is over, the music is gone.

Music is unstoppable in time: Like music, writing is a time-art. But the reader is in control of the pacing: He or she may read the book in a single sitting or over the span of several months. In contrast, a musical performance is not meant to be interrupted; the pacing is out of the listener’s control. Furthermore, the pages of a novel are all accessible at any time: The reader may review passages at will meditating on the meaning of an ambiguous paragraph or looking back to confirm an important clue. The reader may even give into the temptation to skip ahead to the ending. No such luxury exists at a concert.

You can’t raise your hand and say, Forgive me, Maestro, I didn’t understand that last passage and have the maestro reply,Yes, you in the tenth row, no problem, I’ll take it over again from -Music Swara Dhaiwat or second antara.The artist is unimpeded by the listener’s questions,distractions or desire to linger.

Finally, music is abstract and non-verbal:The meaning of a word may be colored by context; but there is has an enduring, stable meaning, which any of us can look up in the dictionary. If I use the word “egg” as a metaphor for birth or renewal, the metaphor only succeeds because you and I share a common definition. On the other hand, musical sounds do not have literal meanings. Musical sounds may evoke moods or images, may suggest yearnings, loss, or surprise: But these interpretations are far more subjective and open-ended. You can never say -Please get me a lime soda from Reliance’s shop in abstract musical sound. Music is not designed to be that literal. Although music is often referred to as a language, its sounds are never anchored to any specific meaning.

Thus, music is abstract and non-verbal art-form, unstoppable in time. Under those conditions, how is it possible for music to be intelligible? When you think about it, it’s quite a challenge! Music places tremendous pressure on the listener: It asks him or her to follow an argument that is racing by, made up of impermanent sounds with no fixed meaning.

The answer to this question is extraordinarily important, because it transcends all questions of era or style. We believe with all of our hearts that music speaks to us. But how?

It is invisible and insubstantial; it is not referring to anything “real.” Theater and plays are also time-arts: But theater uses words and play/ballet has the human body as a frame of reference. What does music have to direct our attention and guide us through its narrative?

The answer is that repetition is the key to musical intelligibility. Repetition creates the enduring presence at the heart of a work’s feet, impermanent existence.

The Power Of Consistency

Imagine that you are standing at a craps table in a casino. You don’t know the rules, and are trying to learn the game through observation alone. You would notice certain consistencies:

One player at a time throws two die, which must always fall on the craps table. Certain actions provoke certain reactions: If the shooter throws a two, the house is always calls out the shooter is replaced. Through careful observation, you could rapidly apprehend the rules. Not only that, you would soon become caught up in the game. You would never know what would happen next: Every roll would be unexpected; bets would be waged in surprising, shifting patterns. Yet everything that did happen would fall within comprehensible parameters.

Similarly, a music listener relies on consistency to understand what is happening. Many times, we do not consciously recognize these consistencies. A key part of appreciating music is to learn to become conscious of and articulate the most essential consistencies of a musical work.

What were to happen if the consistencies were suddenly broken? Suppose you are stand-ing at the craps table, elbow to elbow with the other gamblers, calmly stacking your chips.

A shooter steps forward and throws only one die, then two, then three. When he throws twelve die, everyone at the table throws their die all at the same time. You would pull your chips off the table: Its consistencies broken, the game would have become incomprehensible.

Similarly, if you were to change the basic premises of a piece of music in the middle, how would the listener be able to make sense of what happened? In craps, you would withdraw your bets; in music, you might withdraw your attention.

Repetition and pattern recognition underlies how we understand almost everything that happens to us. Physics might be described as an effort to discover the repetition and consistencies that underlie the universe. One of the powerful modern theories proposes that the basic element of the universe is a string.” The vibrations of these infinitessimally small strings produces all the known particles and forces. To string theory, the universe is a composition on an enormous scale, performed by strings. Continuity and coherence are created through the repetition of basic laws. Miraculously, out of a few fundamental elements and laws, enormous complexity, constant variety and an unpredictable future are created.

We ourselves are pieces of music, our personal identities created through an intricate maze of repetition. Every time we eat and breathe, new molecules are absorbed by our bodies, replenishing our cells and changing our molecular structure. Yet, though countless millions of molecules are changing inside us every minute, we feel the continuity of our existence. This sense of self that we all feel so tangibly is really a dazzling performance:The new molecules maintain our identity by constantly repeating our basic structures.

Thus, repetition lies at the heart of how we understand music, ourselves and our world.We have a great faith in the richness and significance of repetition. In listening to music,we rely on repetition as the bearer of meaning.

2 Repetition of Different Sizes Repetitions come in different sizes, from small gestures to entire sections.

The repeating element may be as brief as a single sound. For instance, the notion of TAALA establishes a discipline and framework to the repetition principle.

What distinguishes art-music from most pop music is that, in art-music, the repetition is more frequently varied and transformed. This makes the repetition flexible, capable of assuming of many forms and moods. Similarly, one of the guiding principles of art-music is repetition without redundancy. The music will repeat its main ideas, but constantly in new ways.

In the popular “South Indian Veg Diet,” dieters are at restricted to a very limited regimen of foods: no bread, fruit, alcohol or sugar. The challenge of the diet is to create a varied menu from such a circumscribed list of ingredients. Otherwise, the dieter will begin to stray. So, a lot of effort and inventiveness goes into designing recipes that makes the daily staples lively and tasty.

In art-music, the goal is similarly to maximize the minimum. That is, the goal is to take a limited number of ingredients and create the greatest possible variety. A composer such as Beethoven or Muthuswamy take just a few basic elements and create the musical equivalent of a complete meal of soup, main course, salad and dessert with distinctive flavors, so that you sometimes can’t even recognize the presence of the same ingredients in every recipe.

So how is variety created? In this case, as the pattern is repeated over and over,an ever changing layer is superimposed upon it. It is as if the basic pattern is “bombarded” in different ways, disguising its reappearance.The first four times the pattern is played, it alone accompanies the voice. This is an unsupported media type.

Repetition and Recognition

Listening to explicit, literal repetition is like eating a simple carbohydrate: It is easily digested and quickly absorbed. That is why popular music has so much literal repetition:Its success depends on making an immediate impact. On the other hand, listening to transformed repetition is like eating a complex carbohydrate: It takes longer to digest.

More of our attention is engaged: What changed? By how much? How fast did it happen?How long will it persist in the new form? Observations lead to interpretation: Why did it change? What are the consequences of what happened?

More and more, nutritionists are emphasizing that complex carbohydrates are healthier for our bodies. Similarly, transformed repetition may be healthier for our musical minds: It demands greater concentration, more astute observations and more careful reasoning in short, more active listening. Learning to recognize and evaluate transformed repetition is a crucial aspect of music appreciation.

Conclusion

Because music is an abstract, non-verbal time-art, repetition lies at the heart of how music makes sense. In pop music, the repetition tends to be more literal, while in art-music, it is often varied and transformed. As much as composers are often searching for new sounds and instrumental combinations, they are also inventing new means of building repetition.


References

1.Aritcle by Anthony Brandt

2.Wikipedia.

The new year: New hope

I am promoter of freedom and peace around the world!!I have always thought it’s the greatest feeling when people smile when they have looked at some thing I have created!I hope you smile at my creations, and the following link is a beautiful step in that direction.
http://www.youtube.com/swapsap1

Just finished my tour of West India, that was prominently about meeting some great people.
I would definitely mention my meet up with Toshiyuki Takatao, who some 2 years back has discussed with me about learning the Indian drums.I was just mesmerised by the energy level of Toshi and always wanted to meet, greet and hug him.Fortunately we personally met at Pdt.Suresh ji’s place at Pune.
In the meantime I also started to setup a music studio with the assistance of Shashi at Yash Classic.Some videos and audios have been recorded and editing is still pending.

In France, Laurentz and his wife are doing really great by spreading the Indian Classical Music(Tabla & Sitar) in Mercelie.My friend Maxim Brune is also improving as a performer day by day and soon I wish to play a jugalbandi with him in France!!!

My artist -india profile is active, thanks to Milnd Kulkarni .
http://www.artists-india.com/resume/swapan_gurudass.php

After celebrating the Gudi Padwa, I can sense and feel the new joy and refreshment for the coming year.