Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize for Literature
STOCKHOLM, Oct 13: Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that gave a singer-songwriter one of the world’s most prestigious cultural awards.
His songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
“Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday, when it awarded the 8 million Swedish crown ($930,000) prize.
More than 50 years on, Dylan is still writing songs and is often on tour.
“He is probably the greatest living poet,” Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said.
Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Nobel Academy, told a news conference there was “great unity” in the panel’s decision to give Dylan the prize.
Literature was the last of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.
Indian Consulate observes International Day of Non-violence
By Deepak Arora
NEW YORK, Oct 3: An event to commemorate the International Day of Non-violence and Gandhi Jayanti was held here at the Consulate General of India on Saturday. The program started with singing of "Vaishnava Janato" by members of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
In her welcome remarks, Consul General Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das spoke about the relevance of Gandhian principles of non-violence in modern world and how they influenced Dr. King in steering the civil rights movement in the USA.
Thereafter, Cliff Frazier, Executive Director of NYMLK addressed the gathering. Following this, short films on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. were screened.
Subsequently, Woodie King Jr. shared his thoughts on "Arts as a force for understanding and harmony".
This was followed by book reading on "Thinking through Gandhi" by Dr. Krishna Chokshi.
The Key Note Speaker of the event, David Dinkins explained how Gandhian principles influenced his political and public life.
Reminiscing numerous quotes by Gandhiji and Dr. King, he emphasized their relevance in today's world. He congratulated the Consulate in putting together a wide ranging program on the occasion.
Following this, Tao Porchon-Lynch, one of the oldest Yoga Masters in the world, who has interacted both with Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. as a youngster, shared her experiences.
Ms. Letitia James, the Public Advocate of New York City, who spoke next, reminded the audience the importance of non-violence in the contemporary US society especially against the backdrop of gun violence and wondered how Gandhi and King would have responded to them had they been alive today.
Subsequently, Mathew Washington, Deputy Borough President of Manhattan, Ms. Jadayah Spencer and Jason Higgins introduced the outreach program of NYMLK through its youth leadership and non-violence initiatives in U.S.A and abroad.
Winners of the essay competition conducted for school children as part of the event on the topic: "Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King Jr. - Champions of non-violence" were given away awards.
First prize winner was Rokiatou Kaba, an eighth grade student from Harriet Tubman Charter School, Bronx.
In the end, members of BVB chanted the hymn "Raghupati Raghav Rajaram".
Deepak Dave, Executive Director of BVB extended the vote of thanks.
An exhibition of portraits/photographs of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. King by Mr. Mukesh Kashiwala was also organized on the occasion.
A large number of people including members of Indian community attended the event.
Consul General Riva Ganguly Das pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi
By Deepak Arora
NEW YORK, Oct 2: The Consulate General of India in association with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan celebrated Mahatma Gandhi's 147th birth anniversary here on Sunday at Union Square Park.
Consul General Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das led the programme by offering floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
Addressing the gathering, Consul General highlighted the relevance of Gandhiji's teachings in the present world.
The students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavanand sang Gandhiji’s favourite bhajans (hymns).
Later in the day, Consulate organized at its premises viewing of the webcast of inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PBK was dedicated to the Indian Diaspora by the Prime Minister on October 2 in New Delhi.
It is a premier convention centre for showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Indian Diaspora from different parts of the world and is equipped to host wide range of activities such as cultural programs, meetings, seminars, and classes.
Speaking at the event, the Consul General urged the Indian community to avail various facilities offered by the PBK.
She also mentioned about the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention scheduled to be held at Bengaluru from January 7 to 9 next year and various events planned as part of the Convention.
A large number of NRIs/PIOs attended the webcast.
India, Metropolitan Museum sign MoU
By Deepak Arora
NEW YORK, Sept 27: The Consulate General of India organized a function here on Tuesday for exchange of a Memorandum of Agreement on the Indian Conservation Fellowship Program between India's Ministry of Culture and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While welcoming the initiative on behalf of Government of India, Consul General Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das hoped that this will enrich both sides from learning from each other and that it will help Indian conservationists to adopt scientific western methods of conservation and management.
Ms. Carrie Rebora Barratt, Deputy Director for Collections and Administration, the MET, spoke about the rich cultural heritage of India and the need for conserving them and the mutual learning that will come to both sides because of the interaction of the people in the program here and abroad.
Representing the Mellon Foundation, the chief sponsors for the Indian Conservation Fellowship Program, was Ms. Mariet Westermann, Executive Vice President for Programs and Research, who has expressed her happiness to be a part of the program and hoped that it will help conserve the rich cultural arts and artifacts of India.
It may be mentioned that a pilot project was conducted in 2013 to 2016 and as it was found to be successful. Hence it was renewed for five years until 2021.
Under this agreement The MET will work with Ministry of Culture to impart a broad range of knowledge on modern operations of museums like conservation and planning of exhibitions.
Do you know what ‘pen pineapple apple pen’ is? It could be next Gangnam Style
“I have a pen. I have an apple. Apple-pen!
I have a pen. I have pineapple. Pineapple-pen!
Apple pen. Pineapple pen. Pen pineapple apple pen.”
If this what you’re humming to yourself, chances are you hate yourself for loving it. With a catchy tune, a comical dance, ridiculous outfits and nonsensical lyrics, the ‘Pineapple Pen’ song by a Japanese artist is internet’s new obsession.
The video, created by Japanese comedian Piko Taro and DJ Kosaka, has already garnered over 15 million views on YouTube in less than a week. The Apple logo (we mean, Steve Job’s electronics giant Apple) at the end of the song may explain the game, ‘Pineapple Pen’, is available on the iPhone and IPad.
Pop sensation Justin Bieber tweeted about the song earlier this week, calling it his “favourite video” on the internet.
Who knows, it might just be the next Gangnam Style, which was the most watched YouTube video after it was posted by artist Psy in 2013.
The story of watermelons
By Manohar Parrikar
PANAJI, Sept 14: I am from the village of Parra in Goa, hence we are called Parrikars. My village is famous for its watermelons. When I was a child, the farmers would organise a watermelon-eating contest at the end of the harvest season in May. All the kids would be invited to eat as many watermelons as they wanted. Years later, I went to IIT Mumbai to study engineering.
I went back to my village after 6.5 years. I went to the market looking for watermelons. They were all gone. The ones that were there were so small. I went to see the farmer who hosted the watermelon-eating contest. His son had taken over. He would host the contest but there was a difference.
When the older farmer gave us watermelons to eat he would ask us to spit out the seeds into a bowl. We were told not to bite into the seeds. He was collecting the seeds for his next crop. We were unpaid child labourers, actually. He kept his best watermelons for the contest and he got the best seeds which would yield even bigger watermelons the next year.
His son, when he took over, realised that the larger watermelons would fetch more money in the market so he sold the larger ones and kept the smaller ones for the contest. The next year, the watermelons were smaller, the year later even small.
In watermelons the generation is one year. In seven years, Parra's best watermelons were finished.
In humans, generations change after 25 years. It will take us 200 years to figure what we were doing wrong while educating our children."