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Ektara video magazine
March 2017

(See the list of previous issues)

Welcome to the March 2017 issue of Ektara, the online video magazine of history, arts and culture of India and South Asia. We hope our stories and interviews will entertain and inspire you, and arouse your appetite for more about our rich and diverse pasts. (This magazine was previously known as Etihas.in). Ektara magazine comes out once every two months.

In this new issue, we bring you the following short videos and segments:

1. Subhendu Ghosh: Sakal ban phool rahi sarson (a Basant song)
2. Metals and Metallurgy in Ancient India: Guide to online resources
3. Featured Video: Environmental heritage of India's North East
4. Call for Papers: Popular Culture of Urdu Language
5. Announcements: Mehrauli Neighbourhood Museum; 'A Tongue Untied'

1. Subhendu Ghosh: Sakal ban phool rahi sarson
Prof. Subhendu Ghosh, trained in Hindustani classical music, renders Amir Khusrau's basant song 'Sakal ban phool rahi sarson...'. This performance is part of his ongoing programme called 'Secular Traditions In Indian Music And Poetry'.

Ancient metal

2. Metals and Metallurgy in Ancient India
Metals and metallurgy has been an ancient practice in India. Besides the development of techniques, the profession has also lead to the formation of social groups or castes connected with the iron smelting work. Here are some useful links >>

3. Back to the Roots: environmental heritage of India's North East
India's North East has a rich heritage of sacred natural sites that have been preserved for generations because of the faith of local communities. A video by courtesy of ONGC, TERI and Surabhi Foundation.

4. Call for Papers: Popular Culture of Urdu Language
Proposals for paper presentations are invited for a 2-day international conference on the popular culture of Urdu language to be held on 8-9 September 2017, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Kindly find the details at www.tasveereurdu.in

5. Announcements:

(a) Mehrauli Neighbourhood Museum: Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University Delhi would like to invite you to a Neighbourhood Museum in Mehrauli, Delhi. "Hum Sab Mehrauli" is an open exhibition that displays Mehrauli's past through people's memories of the neighbourhood. From 23 February till the first week of March, 2017. For more details, please see the events page: https://facebook.com/events/252544071871147/

(b) 'A Tongue Untied' is a feature documentary film (by Gautam Pemmaraju) on the humour & satire poetry of the Deccan, and thereby on the language of the region, Dakhani. A curtain-raiser of the film that will soon be completed can be seen on the following link. Please do support its completion and share widely. More details at http://dakhani.com/

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