The 20th Anniversary Issue [Vol.21, No.1 for the fortnight of 26th Dec ’11 to 8th Jan ‘12] Of Business Today

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This 20th Anniversary issue of Business Today is – both , in keeping with making the Anniversary Issue a Collectors’ item as well as presenting either a fresh view to the contemporarily relevant topic or presenting a new topic] a very pensive yet full- of –hopes forward-looking statement.

In presenting the design and the content, the Editorial Team has indeed lived up to their promise of not looking back.

The issue is essentially split in several sections, each section having an article or a story from the different fields of India.

For all practical purposes, the issue opens with ‘Companies That Changed India’ in the last 20 years. There may be some debate about a few of the models quoted here or left out from its roster,, but even while looking at the rear window, the eyesight has not wavered from the front-view.

Score Ahead’ charts the current scenario and future agenda for ‘a new India’ in terms of the aspirations and challenges in the fields of Democracy, Politics, Corruption, Media, Scientific Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Education, Banking, Global Standing, Personal Finance, Philanthropy, Women, NGOs, Healthcare, Public Transport, Infrastructure,  Agriculture, Environment, entertainment, Advertising,  Technology [Social Media].and Sports – the Index has inadvertently maintained the title of “Column’ here-  with the help of quite passionate articles from the persons at the grass-roots in the respective field. The topics do cover most of the soft issue for the tomorrow of India, and to some extent that of Bharat as well.

The editorial preface to these articles notes deluge of opportunities. Partly the [so called] liberalization in the past 20 years, coupled with need of the European countries and USA to locate their manufacturing bases to a low-cost destination has provided  such a booster dose to our economy, that some of the chinks left out in the process of development have not hurt the economy and the people.

The liberalization eased, to a greater extent, but only in certain selected areas only, the governmental controls on operation and maintenance of the business in India. As result, entry of private enterprise in the two basic sectors, heath care and education, did get great opportunities. At the end of 20 years, when the momentum of growth has mellowed down, the three typical systemic maladies – insufficiency, [only] profit orientation and degeneration of ‘people aspect’ – as captured by Dr. Abhay Bang [“Change the Medication” , page 96], seem to affect almost all the areas taken up for discussion in this section.

The Editorial Team needs to be especially complemented for presenting the stories of ‘common men’s spirit of entrepreneurship – the potential bulwark of engagement of the bulging young India in decades to come – in the section ‘The Enterprising India’. One may chuckle with a resignation of cynicism on this aspect, particularly if he /she has read a story, being circulated in some other publications, of Dr. Piramal sitting over a pile of disinvestment cash.  Oh well,  even though we have gained fairly good ‘project’ management expertise [“Blueprint for Excellence” – Shri K Venkatesh, page 110],  as much of the work has been done in last 20 years is still required to be done in next 5 years.

Catalytic Converters’ has picked up a wide spectrum of potential game changers by way of Clean Drinking Water, Solar Energy, Low-cost tablets, Wireless Broadband, UID, Cloud Computing, Mobile-based Transactions, Commodity Trading,

The photo gallery and snippets of thoughts of “ambitious men and women who are deciding the future of India in the areas of Entrepreneurship, professional Executive, Fashion, Jurisprudence, Education to air their views on what would change in their areas of work in the next decade.’

The stories in the issue have presented the imbalances and the opportunities by maintaining the delicate balance with an undercurrent of positive optimism.

May be because of such strong under-current of déjà vu that Shri Chaitanya Kalbag’s editorial post script – which I have translated in Gujarati] throws up the gauntlet of getting back to the work of unfinished agenda of providing decent education, health care, nutrition and shelter to the poorest child in the remotest village of India [Bharat] with the’ collective semi-conscious’ energy to stand up, dust off and carry on. He has unambiguously emphasized the intent of the Editor-In-Chief to set the tone for the future on the 20th Anniversary of Business Today.

On the whole, the issue has been well-designed and its content carefully chosen and presented to render the Anniversary issue a must-read and ponder upon.

I feel satisfied to remain an avid reader of this business journal from its inception and justified in maintaining the relationship of a subscriber for almost 15 years.

Ashok Vaishnav, Ahmedabad,

Remembering Audrey Hepburn

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The regular visit to LIFE is more beneficial than having to see better photographs.

You can re-visit your past in manner which in itself can be a very enriching experience.

This post is to gratefully document such a visit and remembering Audrey Hepburn.

AUDREY HEPBURN at Her Most Stunning

http://www.life.com/embed/index/gallery/id/22722/isHd/0

and

Audrey Hepburn: Life and Career

http://www.life.com/embed/index/gallery/id/22721/size/large/isHd/0

Hamsadhawani – An amateur’s search for Something More about his favorite Film Song – 3

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We come back to our origin – Film Songs in Hamsadhwani.

Jai Maata – Meghe Dhaka Tara -A wonderful chota khyal from Meghe Dhaka Tara in Rag Hamsadhwani –   Pt. A. Kanan              http://youtu.be/2Gmv-auw1rI

laagi lagan pati sakhi sang…. from the movie “Meghe Dhaka Tara”….in the voice of pandit A.Kanan……..originally taken from carnatic classical music by Ustad aamir khan saheb….

Shri Illayaraja seems to have used this Raag quite profusely. Here is one of the lists of such songs:

Poomudithu Pottu En Poorusaanthan Enakumattumthaan P. Jayachandran, Sunandha 4:34

Ther Kondu Enakul Oruvan P.Susheela 4:23

Nilavu Vandhadhu Endrum Anbudan Mano, S. Janaki 5:06

Mayile Mayile Kadavul Amaitha Medai Jensy, S.P.Balasubramaniyam 4:33

Malarkale Kilake Pogum Rail Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki 3:50

Sri Ranga Ranga Mahanathi S.P.Balasubramaniyam, Shobhana (mahaanathi), Uma Ramanan 4:50

Sevvaaname Pon Meghame Nallothore Kudumbam B.S.Sasirekha, Kalyani Menon, P. Jayachandran, TL. Maharajan 4:47

EnnaPaatu Oru Naal Oru Kanavu Sonu Nigam 4:59

Iru Vizhiyin Siva K.S. Chitra, S.P.Balasubramaniyam 4:26

Kaalam Maaralaam Vaazhkai S.P.Balasubramaniyam, Vani Jayaram 4:23

Vaa Vaa Vaa Kannaa Velaikaran K.S. Chitra, Mano 5:52

http://www.malayalasangeetham.info/”>http://www.malayalasangeetham.info notes that as of 3.30 AM MST, 30th December,2011, they have found 56 songs in Raag Hamsadhwani.

Mr. Sripathy Ramesh has an excellent post, supported ny equally interesting comments @ http://rameshonmusic.blogspot.com/2006/07/hamsadhwani.html

In order to render some sort of completeness, a couple of video clips  are also added here:

Ragangale Mohangale – Tharattu (1981) KJ Yesudas, S Janaki

Raag Hamsadhwani certainly seems to be far more than an amateur like me can handle at this forum.

Hamsadhawani – An amateur’s search for ‘Something More’ about his favorite film song – 2

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In the previous post we have had introduction to Raag Hamsadhwani, and some of my favorites songs and renderings.

Let us take up a deeper plunge into Raag Hamsadhwani with renderings of some more of Taranas:

Kishori Amonkar- Rag Haunsadhwani (Tarana) http://youtu.be/GJnjyN-n_zE

Padmini Rao: Tanoom Tanana Deem (Raag Hamsadhwani, Tarana in Drut Ektaal) http://youtu.be/1tgTdfCh6bg

Indian dance group Mayuri – Tarana http://youtu.be/l_3C36AbhSs

Amit Mukherjee – Raag Hamsadhwani 2 http://youtu.be/RV0foQf-GgA

The Call of Swan – Raag Hansdhwani Tintaal Tarana – Tofail Ahmed http://youtu.be/rdoaMDjbq0Q

Raag Hansadhwani-Tarana – Live Concert at Ashwood Melbourne Australia on 3rd June 2007 -Vocal :- Shri Paritosh Pohankar – http://youtu.be/k8sCMQwhfRg

Kathak Tarana By Nahid Siddiqui http://youtu.be/_sdK6l1vpU4

LEGENDARY TARANAS-Ustad Salamat and Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan-raag hamsadhwani

And here are the Classic Renderings:

Ustad Amir Khan, Raga Hamsadhwani

Hansdhwani full Bandish – Ustad Amir Khan Part 1 http://youtu.be/VQMFfIpHKQE
Hansdhwani Full Bandish – Ustad Amir Khan Part 2 http://youtu.be/AoyuJo8VLbY

Pandit Jasraj – Raag Hamsadhwani — http://youtu.be/97-LhCob2D8

Dr. Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj – Rag Hansadhwani http://youtu.be/3lLcT3dW_GE

Pt Kaivalya Kumar –Hamsadwani http://youtu.be/HWwO7k4nboM

Raag Hansdhwani -Part 1 – Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar http://youtu.be/I_uPbGjtzhs
Raag Hansdhwani -Part 2 – Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar http://youtu.be/LaxMsAV2YRA

Raag Hamsadhwani By Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty http://youtu.be/mbiBA2gS2RY

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Raag Hamsadhwani-Comp. in teentaal http://youtu.be/LC25683jMwk

Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 1 -Mr. Hyderabad Shiva http://youtu.be/yzQ7paHsU2I
Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 2 http://youtu.be/lV0p7d7XPVI
Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 3 http://youtu.be/5DX4qe2S5DI

Vinayaka Ninnu – Hamsadhwani – Hans Concert.flv http://youtu.be/ZZNq1N7ycOQ

Kaushiki & Parthasarathi sings Hamsadhwani (Lagi Lagan) http://youtu.be/MYTCOorYUQs

A Meerabai Bhajan;

Begum Parveen Sultana, Awesome Bhajan

And these are renderings as Ganapati Stutis – [prayers to Lord Ganapati] (Please recall comment recorded after the song Jaa Tose NAhen Bolun Kanhaiyaa – Film Parivaar. This relates the origin of the song to “Vatapi Ganapathim”, which is a traditional Carnatic piece.
So, here are some of the Ganapati Stuti gems:

MS Subba Lakshmi – Vaatapi Ganapatim Bhaje http://youtu.be/lGuuavo2JHU

M.L.Vasanthakumari-Hamsadwani http://youtu.be/POODk3FVHEE

Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 01 http://youtu.be/wis4APlLgUU\

Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 02 http://youtu.be/z03ZhJ5UI0A
Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 03 http://youtu.be/NGUtY_hg2BU

Gajavadana (Hamsadhwani. M.D.Ramanathan) Prince Rama Varma, accompanied by M.A.Sundareswaran on the violin and legendary Trichy Shankaran on the mridangam delivers M.D.Ramanathan’s composition in Hamsadhwani, http://youtu.be/BOYBlNc_e2A

Nithyashree vinayaka Hamsadhwani Adi Veena Kuppayyer http://youtu.be/Lhc_H9q3Sr4

Sulamangalam Sisters-Vinayaka-Hamsadwani http://youtu.be/QoUk3yyhO5I

Gam Ganapati in Raga Hamsadhwani –Solo Violin by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth // Mridangam by Jayachandra Rao // Khanjira by Amrit Nataraj – Concert at Ananya Sabha Bangalore recorded on April 5th, 2008 — http://youtu.be/bvuCQpyzbTE

Vinayaka Ninuvina- Hamsadwani- Toronto. A. Jayadevan http://youtu.be/wbqpj1ofFo8

R.AKASH & PRAKASH KEYBOARD VINAYAKA NINU – HAMSADHWANI RagAA http://youtu.be/2hK3Q_bVWRI

Next are some examples of Raag Hamsadwhani in the form Instrumental renderings.

Pandit Ravi Shankar – Raga Hamsadhwani


raag hamsadhwani aalap http://youtu.be/Mm3nUOid5TM

A Great Performance By Zakir Hussain And Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Raga:- Hansadwani/Hamsadhwani. http://youtu.be/-xYJ2lZng-s

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raag Hansadhwani http://youtu.be/RH5sZsu31DQ

Fusion of Hindustani, Karnatik and western music based on Raga Hamsadhwani in Aditala (8 Beats) composed by Vidyouth Band members Raghu, Shakthidhar, Ashwin, Adamya, Adarsh and Manjunath. http://youtu.be/UsW_1Sj-P24

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia Raag Hamsadhwani – Panditji’s performance in Bangalore as a part of SurSagar’s Vaarshikotsav on 17-Nov-07. Yogesh Samsi on Tabla. http://youtu.be/BSE-38ITmyY

Raag Hansadhwani or Hamsadhwani http://youtu.be/N_VQteQ9OK8

Raag Hamsadhwani by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma – Late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan on Tabla. — http://youtu.be/sKsG0s8FBjY

First time ever in the World, a Grand Symphony of a 1000 Sitarists – Raag Hansadhwani

Hamsadhwani Alapana (Vathapi) — http://youtu.be/IBtK2HeDnt0

Violin :- Hamsadhwani http://youtu.be/OL01iwCD95Q

Raga Hamsadhwani, Raga Valaji – Violin Sisters — http://youtu.be/6GRZFuxiL_s

Dr L Subramaniam: Hamsadhvani at TFA’s Founder’s Day celebrations on7th April 2008.

L.Subramaniam-Vatapi-Hamsadhvani — http://youtu.be/rltGXD7iZjc

Mysore brothers Sri Nagaraj and Dr.Manjunath weave rhythm filled melodic patterns …Neyveli Sri B. Venkatesh (mrudangam ),Tripunithura Sri N.Radhakrishnan ( Ghatam ) and Dr.Vellore A.R. Srinivasan ( morsing ) at their best..Hamsadhwani swaraprastharas

raag hamsadhwani-violin http://youtu.be/7arxb7V35G0

Awesome – Ustad Rashid Khan – Raag Hansadwani http://youtu.be/DCWNFY9vudg

Ustad Rashid Khan Raag Hamsdhwani Satyajit Talwalker Tabla 1999 http://youtu.be/XIgkx-bHEok

Ravindra Chary Kirwani – excerpts http://youtu.be/tCnoiupNOQE

Huns Dhun http://youtu.be/5NGYglEhX7Q

Ronu Majumdar~Kadri Gopalnath~Hamsadwani http://youtu.be/PemIMnmcmiM

We would take a peep at film songs in other languages in the concluding part of this series……..

Hamsadhawani – An amateur’s search for ‘Something More’ about his favorite film song

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I do not remember how I came to know that the song that I inherently liked –  Jaa Tum se Nahin Bolun Kanhaiyaa – Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar, Shaliendra, Salil Chaudhary  (Is it because each of the apparently known ingredients of the creation also happen to be my inherent favorites, that I liked this song? – I really do not know. But like I do.)- is based on a variant of classical Raag [Taraanaa in Raag Hansdhwani].

A few days back, I wondered what more can we find out about this song or Raag! And , hence this post……..

First and foremost, let us listen to the melody:

Parivar – Ja Tose Nahin Boloon

This is really a very good example of Hamsadhwani.  The basic theme of this piece was “borrowed” from “Vatapi Ganapathim”, which is a traditional Carnatic piece from Dixitar [comment @ http://chandrakantha.com/raga_raag/film_song_raga/hamsadhwani.shtml]

Next, in the list to listen is the basis of this song – as I know – the Taraanaa in Hamsadhwani. And what a coincidence – the two pieces that I had landed upon were rendered by Ustaad Amir Khan Saa’b and Begum Parveen Sultana, again my favorites when it come my pleasures of listening Indian Classical Music.

Here they are:

“Ustad Amir Khan tarana Raag Hamsadwani – awesome.flv”         

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan – pays homage to the great Ustad Amir Khan by playing his famous tarana in Raag Hansadhwani. This video was filmed during the closing moments of a shibir hosted by the SPK Academy of Music.  Raag Hansadhwani  

http://youtu.be/KyNsixJkZs0

Raga Hamsadhwani – Tarana  –  Parveen Sultana    – Taken from: Sadabahar  Hamsadhwani  Music Today – Living Media India Ltd, Jan 2006    
http://music.ovi.com/in/r/Product/r/r/5303634

Here is an alternative version  too:

Before we take a deeper plunge in the classical terrain, let us visit what we can find in ‘Other Film Songs’ variety.

And I have a surprise on my hand:

Visit to site http://chandrakantha.com/raga_raag/film_song_raga/hamsadhwani.shtml  shows another great favourite of mine – O Chaand Jahaan Woh Jaaye – Lata and Asha, Rajendra Krishna, C. Ramchandra composed in Raag Hamsadhwani in Tal Kaherva:

This site also quotes one more non-filmy Meera Bhajan, rendered by Lata, which is compsed by Hridyanaath Mangeshkar

Karam Ki Gati Nyari        http://youtu.be/wnGhZHhsDwg

We would continue this as series of posts……

8 All-Star Entrepreneurs Who Didn’t Bother With A Master’s Degree

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Any formal education would not be effective if it is not applied judiciousl­y in practice.
Of course, no education may ever be able to teach the trait of risk-takin­g.
However, there are instances galore of many businessme­n who have done equally well even as they are ‘highly qualified’
That makes out a case for qualities required for starting-u­p a new business, and managing it ‘successfu­lly’. These qualities can be ingrained or acquired. Education is the source of light that can make things clearly visible, but if you still want to collide, can it be helped?
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Seth’s Blog: Gift wrapped

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Seth’s Blog: Gift wrapped.

“Too often, we overlook the value of imagination and dreams and the _____. fill in the blank and we can prove we did a good job.” is gauntlet the author has thrown to all of us.

If you choose attitude, as is indicated by Shri Tanmay Vora, in his blog-post “the  Attitude of Quality”, then ‘people [and their attitude] are at the core of excellence.’

I would put my bet on Commitment [or Determination] of Action. A dream not supported by a determined action, arising from a dogged commitment remains a dream only, and not the reality of success.

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