India Times: You Can Learn About Yoga & Important Yoga Pioneers Of Past In This Cool Online Museum Tour . “Today is World Yoga Day. And while most of us may not be able to hold a yogic pose, we may yet redeem ourselves by knowing more about yoga and its pioneers of modern history than anyone else. Maybe even win a quiz competition, who knows! And if you want to be a yoga brainiac, there’s a virtual museum tour you can take right in your web browser.”
LiveMint: Archiving the sound of music. “The noise of NH48 gets left behind as soon as you enter the institutional area in Sector 32, Gurugram. On either side of leafy avenues are tall glass-panelled towers. Amidst these high-rise buildings a compact, pristine structure stands out—exposed bricks, green domes and terracotta sculptures scattered on the front lawn. This structure is home to the American Institute of Indian Studies, which has two centres — the Centre for Art and Archeology, and the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (Arce). I am here to visit the latter.”
The New Indian Express: Database of rare historic records getting ready. “A vast database of rare documents which will throw light on the chequered history of the state is set to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. The database, which includes over one lakh records ranging from palm-leaf manuscripts to colonial-era documents, has been compiled as part of community archives project of State Archives Department and the Kerala State Literacy Mission.” It might not be 100% clear, but this is for India’s state of Kerala.
Kashmir Life: JTFRP to prepare artisan database of over 4 lakh craft artisans in JK. I think JK and J&K in this case are Jammu and Kashmir, in India. And of course one lakh is 100,000. “First of its kind, Jhelum and Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP) is going to prepare a comprehensive artisan database of more than four lakh artisans associated with different crafts in the state.”
The Indian Express: Sony Music under fire as Kerala’s temple music videos get copyright strikes online. “A host of YouTubers and social media videographers are up in arms against American giant Sony Music Entertainment for claiming copyright over the state’s temple percussion styles such as ‘pandi melam’ and ‘panchavadyam’.”
The Indian Express: A record restoration project aims at releasing thousand Assamese songs online this month. “On Bohag Bihu this year, a remastered version of Xuoroni Mur, a song by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, was released on the internet. Sixty-one years ago, Dr Hazarika, had composed the track for Phani Sharma’s film, Puwoti Nishar Xopun (1958). The full song, for long heard only on cassettes, is now available on Youtube — cleaned up and digitally remastered for the first time by the Jyoti Chitraban Studio in Guwahati. Xuoroni Mur isn’t the only one. Through the month of Bohag (or the first month of the Assamese new year corresponding to mid-April to mid-May), there will be a thousand songs from Assam — many which face the risk of fading into oblivion — released on Youtube.” I didn’t know too much about Assam, but Encyclopedia Britannica has a big ol’ article..
The Sentinel (India): Poll memes, dubsmashes take social media by storm. “With am aim to strike a chord with young voters, political parties, candidates and the public relations firms have gone into a frenzy, sharing memes and dubsmashes, including in regional languages, across social media platforms. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘achche din’ and ‘Mei Bhi Chawkidar’ campaign and his reverse archery skills to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Aaloo Daalo Sona niklega’ — everything new and old is being refreshed, recycled and reused as memes and dubsmashes on social media in the election season.”