Upholding Musical Traditions of Tagore & Their Legendary Aunt

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Priyam Mukherji and Ritapa Bhattacharya have been buddies since primary school. Added to this is the fact that they are family-friends-cum-neighbours. Together they live in the (still fairly) pristine surroundings of Vishwa Bharati  (aka Santiniketan) the brainchild of Tagore and now a conspicuous Central University within the state of West Bengal, India. They share a common lifelong passion for Rabindra sangeet (Tagore’s lyrics). To crown it all, … Continue reading Upholding Musical Traditions of Tagore & Their Legendary Aunt


BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Once upon a time, there was a pretty little girl who was rather shy and introvert. Having no playmates or siblings she would keep herself occupied with reading story books meant for children alongside academics and a smattering of music. Fast forward to many years later… the little one (transformed into a lovely lady) is now Chandrabali Rudra Dutta a renowned vocalist with keen interest … Continue reading Chandrabali

A Hindu Peace Prayer

I desire neither earthly kingdom, nor even freedom from birth and death.I desire only the deliverance from grief of all those afflicted by misery.Oh Lord, lead us from the unreal to the real; from darkness to light; from death to immortality.May there be peace in celestial regions.May there be peace on earth.May the waters be appeasing.May herbs be wholesome and may trees and plants bring … Continue reading A Hindu Peace Prayer

Nandalal  Bose

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH About   Nandalal  Bose’s paintings Dr  S  Radhakrishnan (noted philosopher and a former President of India) had observed, “ when we  come across   a  great genius  who  has abiding  faith  in     the spirit of this    ancient land, who has that rarest  of qualities  unhampered  unclouded visions we feel we have come  into  our own world  of art.Nandalal Bose  takes his   material  from the  … Continue reading Nandalal  Bose


CSM India: Good evening, and a warm welcome to Avantika and our viewers who will be watching this program, and Avantika thanks a lot for agreeing to do this conversation with us. Avantika: You’re most welcome!! CSM India: So firstly, lots of congratulations and felicitations on securing the ownership of the ‘Redbaari’ on 18 Sadanand Road; where the choice was between demolition or conservation, a … Continue reading Redbaari

Meditation on Sri Rama

Dhyaayedaajaanubaaham dhritasharadhanusham baddhapadmaasanastham,Peetam vaaso vasaanam navakamala dala spardhinetram prasannam;Vaamaankaaroodhaseetaa mukhakamala milal lochanam neeradaabham,Naanaalankaara deeptam dadhatamuru jataa mandalam raamachandram. Translation: One should meditate on Sri Ramachandra, with hands reaching the knees, holding the bow and arrows, seated in the locked-up lotus posture, wearing a yellow garb, with eyes vying with the newly-blossomed lotus petals, with a pleasant gait, who has Sita seated on His left thigh, who … Continue reading Meditation on Sri Rama

Cultural Richesse

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER India remains a country that is famous throughout the globe for its beautifully rich culture and traditions. From its cuisine and heritage to its history and art, India’s culture is, without a doubt, exemplary. What makes the culture of India stand out has to be its diversity. Everyone may speak different languages, eat different food, and dress according to their religion or community … Continue reading Cultural Richesse

STEM Dance Kampni

BY DR KAUSTAV BHATTACHARYYA Nestled amidst the verdant landscape of the traditional quarters of Malleshwaram of Bengaluru is the STEM Dance Kampni, which beckons the first-time visitor with an old world charm of an open courtyard, small benches, tiled roof shed and a sturdy iron-clad staircase. As one walks up the flight of stairs one arrives at a landing with two rooms, wooden-frame windows and … Continue reading STEM Dance Kampni