Dependent Rock !!

Looks like Mumbai govt is already ‘looking into the matter’ but they stopped Farhad Wadia’s Independence Rock happening in the last hour. The rock concert was organised at the Gateway of India and it was stopped because the kind of music & sound will damage the monument. Laughing stock, right !!

In an open letter to his fans, Farhad Wadia leaves six questions to be answered by them –

1.) Are we going to let the Police decide what type of Music can be played at a National Monument?
2.) Are we going to have one set of Rules for Jazz, Indian Classical, & Fusion and a different set of rules for Rock?
3.) Are we still suffering from a Post Colonial Hangover that Foreign / White Bands can perform at National Monuments & Indian Bands don’t have the same Rights ?
4.) Are we going to have Separate rules for Big Newspapers & TV Organizations , & Politicians and different ones for ordinary citizens like me ?
5.) Are we going to let Government officials whose Salaries get paid by taxes that we pay cause irreparable Loss of money Time & effort to citizens like me?
6.) Are we going to let shows get cancelled after 14 different Government Departments have okayed it, just because someone did not like the idea of the Gateway of India to be used for a Rock Concert ?

Also he comments on the aftermath of the announcement that the rock show was cancelled –

Rock Fans who have been stereotyped as violent & abusive & other unflattering adjectives by the Police quietly left the venue . Had this been a Ganesh Utsav, Durga Pooja , Or Navratri Celebration there would have surely been a riot there !

How True !! Link Via Amit Varma.

H1 Blues

Not exactly the right title. But there are a couple of interesting stuff happening.

H1BEES

Srikanth‘s new album, H1Bees, is all set to release on the 10th September, 2005. Apart from being a blogger Srikanth is an avid musician and has already released music albums including his own invention, Curry Rock, a genre that brings back nostalgic memoirs of Chennai. I have enjoyed listening to his previous albums. The best per me is his album on Bharathiyaar songs named Mahaakavi. Do listen to the sample clip and let him know your views. He will be more than interested in listening to you.

biloxi blues

Evam‘s new theatre release, Biloxi Blues, is currently being staged in Chennai. Going back to their roots of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play, EVAM is back in news. After their superhit play, Badal Sircar’s Indrajit, Biloxi Blues, is also set to become a gate-crasher. Read Hindu’s review here.

In search of a heroine !!

bala
bstudios

Director Bala‘s next movie may not be Naan Kadavul. With Ajith signing up for AVM’s Thirupathi, Bala might be doing for a movie before Naan Kadavul. For the new movie, Bala and his team at ‘B’ Studios are in lookout for a female star.

I am posting this on a special request from a friend in Bala’s camp. This Ad has been published on the Friday Features section of today’s Hindu. The advertisement is not online though.

Spread the word and let’s see if we can spot a face whom we like to see(!!) on Bala’s film.

Bala & team, Best of luck !!

My Car, An Atheist

darwin fish

I didn’t know what the fish symbolised, until Ram explained me over the weekend. He glanced my car and asked if I was an atheist. Spontaneously I said NO [Note the point, your honor]. My car had an empty fish emblem like the picture above, stuck to its trunk. Until he told me about the Darwin fish, I had no clue except reading Darwin’s theory of evolution during high school. For starters [like me], Darwin Fish is a symbol of atheism and belief on the science of evolution that Darwin advocated. So having the Darwin Fish on the rear of your car means tom-toming the world that the driver is a believer of no-god philosophy.

It’s tough to write this post as it calls for self inquiry. Am I a believer of god or not? Answering in Nayagan Kamal’s tone, I should be saying, Theriliyepaa. Have read enough science like most of us – traveled around the mountain of Thiruvannamalai several times – agreed to the Bagath Singh argument on why he is an atheist – tasted Margazhi’s suda suda vaen pongal in perumal koil with the prabandams reverberating in the temple – read quite a bit of periyaar’s philosophies – argued about it with enough confused friends – carried the smallest idol of chandikeshwarar on my shoulders during urchavams – understood the essence of Bhagavath Gita – read enough Indian mythologies in Amar Chitra Katha – frantically followed Sujatha’s Kadavul Irukiraara series in Vin Nayagan and many more such ironies. The asynchronous mix of everything confuse me more than anything. Is god there or is it just a way to tame the animal inside ? I have searched/am searching many a place for a definitive answer. Both internal and external. The people whom I turned for answers never could answer me to my agreement. Neither could they make me fully believe/disbelieve god.

Am being a middle class here too. One among that middle class group which is neither able to believe or dis-believe god. A group that has read science but still changes the sacred thread every Aavini Aavittam. That’s where the pressure lies. Sometimes the intellectual geek in you suggests, enough dude!! life came from what Stephen Hawking defines as big bang and that theory is directly against the laws of Hinduism. At times, the poonal pops up and reminds, Ambi !! the creation and destruction of universe according to Hinduism is one day of Brahma’s life and we are just living when Brahman let out a breath of fresh air from his nose.

Whatsoever, I may not go ahead and tear out the Darwin fish from my car. Free speech.

I wrote this last night but didn’t hit the publish button. After shutting down my computer, I went to apply a blotch of vibuthi on my forehead and prayed, Nalam Tharum Sollai Kandukondain Narayana Enum Naamam, twelve times before I went to bed. Thinking whether god exists or not, I went into deep sleep.