Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Kalpana Patowary “cultural activist” of folk tradition shares her passion for music.

                         The Legacy of Bhikhari Thakur from Maraa_Blr on Vimeo.

                         - I have done nothing other than keep a fast (01:00:25)
                                 - I have committed sins (01:00:29)
                                 - O my Gangaji! (01:00:34)
                                 - Everything of mine is at stake (01:00:50)
                                 - O my Gangaji! (01:00:56)
                                 - My mind has gone crazy (01:01:01)
                                 -...filled with greed and pride (01:01:04)
                                 - O my Gangaji! (01:01:07)
                                 - One comes into this world alone, one goes alone... (01:01:11)
                                 -...leaving all worldly affairs behind... (01:01:15)
                                 - Elephant, horses, house.... (01:01:24)
                                 - Land, wealth...

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Monday, 6 July 2015

Mundeshwari Devi Temple Kaura in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India.



The Mundeshwari Devi Temple (also spelled as Mundesvari) is located at Kaura in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India on the Mundeshwari Hills. It is an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Shakti and is considered one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bihar.It is also considered as the 'oldest functional' temple of world. One of the oldest living monuments in the country, the sanctum sanctorum of the octagonal stone Mundeshwari temple is still intact today. A huge heap of temple materials along with large number of idols lie scattered in the area. It is believed that rituals and worship have been perform adhere without a break, hence Mundeshwari is considered one of the most ancient functional Hindu temples in the world. The temple is visited by a large number of pilgrims each year, particularly during the Ramnavami, Shivratri festivals. A big annual fair (mela) is held nearby during the Navaratra visited by thousands.[13] The worship of shakti in the form of Devi Mundeshwari in the temple is also indicative of tantric cult of worship, which is practiced in Eastern India. Maharaja Dutthagamani (101-77 BC), a powerful independent king of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), had constructed a great stupa and a large assembly of priests attended its consecration ceremony in the Mundeshwari hills. According to experts, the seal acted as passport for Ceylonese pilgrims and ensured safe passage during their long journey through various kingdoms to Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India. Experts believe that earlier routes to Buddhist centres at Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Kapilvastu in Nepal were via Mundeshwari temple in Bihar's Kaimur district. The inscription of an information plaque erected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at the site indicates the dating of the temple to 108 AD. However, there are other versions for the dating stating the Saka era, prior to Gupta dynasty rule (320 AD) in India, and specifically to 105 AD according to the Administrator of the Bihar Religious Trust Board. The temple, a protected monument under ASI since 1915, is substantially damaged and is under restoration.

Little Krishna the Darling of Vrindavan


Krishna…..kanha….lalla…from the early childhood days heard a lot about HIM. Even in our evening prayer Ma used to pray only Him, but not in its idol form. Ek saraniya naam dharma or Vaishnavism is very much prevailed in Assam. MAHAPURUSH SRI MANTA SANKARDEVA and his disciple MAHAPURUSH SRI MANTA MADHAVDEVA were the preachers of Bhakti movement in Assam. So in Assam Krishna janmastami is very largely celebrated.  Time passed by..somehow it so happened that I got introduced to Bhojpuri musical culture, and to perform I have to travel a lot through Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Recently I was invited to TAJ MAHOTSAV in Agra. As you all know to reach Agra you have to come to Delhi to take any flight and you have to cross Mathura-Vrindavan to reach Delhi. So how could I miss this opportunity to meet my childhood deity, hero, sakha….oh I was so exited you know…but I didn’t have so much time to explore the whole area as there are above 5000 mandirs. So I selectively chose to start from GOKUL. Lots of small streets, gallis… Many thousand years ago Kanha with his friends might have roamed around here-“Makhan Chor”, how he used to tease all the Gopis…through these streets. I was literally in front of Kanhas house. The NAND MAHAL - I don’t know-but I got a little emotional. Lalla ko ma ne kaise bada kiya hoga..mitti khane pe yashoda ma ne kaha-muh kholo-she saw the whole galaxy inside his tiny mouth..Now Nand Mahal is turned to a mandir, and Kanha is there in a form of golden abode. The local panditji said here one should remember their parents..so I donate something remembering ma-papa.  Then I thought of meeting RADHA RANI. To meet HER i had to go to VRINDAVAN. As an artiste this was the most exciting part of the journey. In The LEGACY OF BHIKHARI THAKUR there was one track namely RAASLEELA. While rendering my voice, I imagined the blue moonlight atmosphere of MADHUVAN, tried to find the Radha deep inside me. And now this was time to physically experience it to some extent......green lush bushes were in front of me…the locals said these are symbolically the Gopis performing leelas with Krishna. The place have a mystical feel. There is also a shringar kakshs of Radhika. One kinnar was sitting there. I took some bangles exchanging it for 101 rupees. In my day to day life I never like to put bangles but that day I was very happy to feel the feminist of myself…the trees look like as if it is in a “Alingana” mode.  Then while returning I went to Mathura to the jail premise where Kanha was born, from where later Vasudeva transferred him to Nand Mahal.