Indian Textiles – Part 2

Indian textiles

Continued from Part 1

The land of Bengal and Kerala is lush and green and most of the people wear white clothes. The Desert areas of Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi have intense sunburnt colours with strong linear patterns. Embroidery and mirror work is predominant here.

The rich river plains have a softer texture and milder colours with linear patterns and well-defined borders. Mostly floral patterns are used for the decorations of the cloth. In the Deccan region, the colours match the black alluvial soil of the area. Dark maroon, bottle green and turquoise blue are common colours here.

March 6th, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

Indian Textiles – Part 1

Indian textiles

India has a various range of textiles of varied designs and manufactured by numerous techniques when compared to other countries in the world. The style of the textile depends upon the location of the place, cultural influences, climatic conditions and trade contacts.

The varied topography of India from the snowy mountains to the rich river valleys and from the lush forests to the arid deserts as well as the various cultures brought down here from the invaders have influenced the growth of a number of textile weaves.

 

Continued in Part 2

March 6th, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

Apogee Duet

Apogee Duet

Apogee makes several audio products mainly for the recording studio and they have a very good reputation for their high-end audio converters: digital to analogue and analogue to digital. Duet Digital Interface sounds the way it does. It is this converter technology that they use in much higher end products that is found in the Duet as well. After you hook it up to your Firewire computer port you can make it the default sound source, meaning even the music from your iTunes library is going through the apogee duet.

Powerful and Sleek Looking thing looks and feels really nice, like it was made for a Mac. It not only looks but acts very different from all other audio interfaces you are used to seeing, with that single, large round control knob that makes it look a bit deceiving but this one knob is multi-functional and controls all your ins and outs, levels and MIDI devices. Duet Apogee is great for anyone that’s running Garageband, Apple Logic Express & Pro or Soundtrack Pro.

March 6th, 2014 in Duet | No Comments

Sikhism – Part 2

Sikhism

Continued from Part 1

Due to their Kesha, Sikh men tie up their hair like a bun and hide it inside a turban. They didn’t want to be tripping over a long dhoti and they did not want to be caught without a weapon and that is why the Kacha and Kritipan.

Guru Nanak, who was born in 1469, founded the Sikh religion. He was born at Talnandi village near Lahore in Pakistan, and it is the core of any Sikh pilgrimage. He came from a Hindu-Shatriya family. He was one of the many 16th century Poet-Philosophers known as Sants, who formed cults that introduced Islamic elements into Hinduism. Nanak advocated one god who is neither a Hindu nor a Muslim but simply “Sat” meaning truth.

February 25th, 2014 in Sikhism | No Comments

Sikhism – Part 1

Sikhism

The word Sikh in Sanskrit means shisya meaning disciple or learner. The term “Sikh” in the Punjab came to be used for the disciples of Guru Nanak and his nine spiritual successors. The Sikhs are a few million in India and they are chiefly found in the state of Punjab. They are the most visible of the religious groups because of the five symbols introduced by their Guru to make them stand out in a crowd. They are the five Kakkars and are:

  • Kesha or uncut hair,
  • Kangha or wooden or ivory comb,
  • Kaccha or shorts,
  • Kara or the steel bracelet  and
  • Kritipan or the sword.

 

Continued in Part  2

February 25th, 2014 in Sikhism | No Comments

Excellent d Angelico Guitars

Excellent d angelico

John D’Angelico (1905-1965) and James D’Acquisto (1935-1995) were two of America’s greatest guitar craftsmen. Their work – done separately and together – has created some of the most sought-after instruments produced during the 20th Century.

John D’Angelico is regarded as perhaps the finest archtop guitar builder that ever lived. His instruments have come to represent the highest standards of excellence in instrument making. D’Angelico was born in Little Italy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to immigrant parents from Naples. His uncle was a well-known New York luthier, and as a young boy D’Angelico began working in his shop.

Upon his uncle’s death in 1923, the eighteen-year-old D’Angelico took over the operation, but by 1932 he had set out on his own, building archtop guitars patterned on those made by the Gibson Company. He soon became known for his high-quality instruments, and as the reputation of excellent d angelico-built guitars spread, his small New York workshop was soon attracting musicians from all over the United States and the world.

February 25th, 2014 in Guitar | No Comments

Muslim Rituals – Part 2

Muslim  rituals

Smoke is used to clean the labour room. The child is first given the juice of palm dates chewed by any Muslim priest. This is applied on the upper jaw of the child. Only after this the child is allowed to feed on the mother’s milk. On the seventh day following delivery the mother is bathed in warm water. The midwife is given clothes and money by the relatives.

February 25th, 2014 in Muslim rituals | No Comments

Muslim rituals – Part 1

Muslim  rituals

According to the Muslims, the first words that a child should hear are the words of God. Hence the Azaan is spoken into the new -born’s right ear and the iqamat is spoken into his left ear. There are no specific rituals following the birth of a child. If there are, then they are dependent on the local customs and habits of the region.

 

 

February 25th, 2014 in Muslim rituals | No Comments

Cheap fender American bass Guitar

Cheap fender american

When it comes to finding high-end performance for a mid-level price there might be no better way to go than a used cheap fender american p bass guitar. If you are more in the market for a brighter sound than looking at a used telecaster might be the way for you to go. Like the Stratocaster, Tellys come in a variety of model levels- such as the Telecaster Standard and more expensive, Telecaster American Standard. But some of the biggest deals can be had with the Fender Telecaster American Deluxe. This high-end model has a Strat-like contoured body-for comfort-but has all the signature bright output of a Fender Telecaster.

Fender built its reputation on Leo Fender’s electric guitar. But some of the most underrated and best sounding-guitars are acoustic used fender guitars. Leo Fender was not a guitar player; ideas like bolting the neck, the position of the knobs and the tremolo bar were all a combination of listening to his friends and figuring out how to mass produce. But what this guitar did was unprecedented, opening doors into techniques which was unknown previously.

February 25th, 2014 in Guitar | No Comments

Rathasapthami – Part 2

Rathasapthami

On Rahtasamthami day, women draw Rathm kolam in front of home to welcome the Surya God to their houses for better health and prosperity of their family members. In some houses, early in the morning after taking special bath with 7 vekka or arka leaves (1 leaf kept on head, 2 on the shoulders, 2 on the knees and 2 on the foot) people chant Aditya Hridayam Stotram and Surya Sahasranama. It is believed that all good action done on this day gives manifold results. Some people even fast on this day to gain more Knowledge and derive virtues. It is a belief that if a widow fast on this day then she gets rid of her widowhood from the next birth onwards. This day is very powerful as Amavasaya day and several people offer Tharpanam to Ancestors.

February 14th, 2014 in Rathasapthami | No Comments

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