When Gandhi was assassinated, I was two years old. Obviously I don’t remember it. But I am sure it must have been a big shock even in a small village like mine. My father was a devout Gandhian, so it was a very sad day especially for the family.
Four years later, my village had the first official elementary school. (Lucky for me, that was the year for my first grade.) This school was sponsored by Gujarat Vidyapith (Gandhi’s university), so obviously there was extreme Gandhian and patriotic atmosphere in the school. (Only five years had passed since the independence) There was even some high school facility, limited to Gandhian Curriculum.) Four national holidays were celebrated with utmost enthusiasm. Gandhi’s Birthday and Death Anniversary, India’s Independence Day and The Republic Day. The days were full of activities Kids and teachers paraded in the village, singing Gandhian and patriotic songs; and there were many other Gandhian activities like using spinning wheels, etc.
I was elected as a Magazine Secretary and the editor of our annual yearbook during the school year 1968-69, when I was in engineering college. 1969 was the centenary of Gandhi’s birth year. We dedicated the yearbook to Gandhi.
‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’ was Gandhi’s favorite spiritual poem written by Gujarati language pioneer poet Narsinh Mehta. I have made a new type of instrumental music arrangement based on its original folk tune.
‘Aye Mere Vatan Ke Logo (O! My Fellow Countrymen) is a patriotic song released in 1963 remembering the soldiers who died for the country. This song was written by famous patriotic poet Pradip and composed by great music composer C. Ramchandra. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar sang this song in presence of Prime Minister Jawaharalal Nehu and a large audience. Nehru cried during the performance.
I have tried to bring the same emotions as the great singer did in my instrumental remix. I hope you like it.
Happy Republic Day India. I am very happy to let you know that, this video has received very emotional reception.
Sometimes our patriotism is merely lips service and hypocritical slogans. This beautiful song by the great poet Iqbal represented his vision of India. But unfortunately people never captured the true meaning of the song. The river Ganga, that Indian people worship as mother, became the dirtiest river in the world. Everywhere there were ‘Himalayas of garbage dumps’ Like Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Narendr Modi realized that until we start practicing cleanliness, our greatness will be covered with trash.
Sound of Music is one of the best musical ever. The western classical music based orchestra and songs are immortal. Excellent story and acting. Even though this is not a Christmas film, most of my 35 years stay in USA, the film was broadcast on TV during Christmas holidays. I and my family always watched it. So I have personal relationship with the film and the music.
For long time I wanted to arrange theme orchestra on my synthesizer. But it is not easy to arrange 100+ pc symphony orchestra on one keyboard. Finally I did the project, and I am happy with the outcome.
Thanksgiving is a religious holiday celebrated in America. It is more like a social holiday, when traditionally family members get together and have a turkey dinner.
Most population in the word in many countries is made up of natives and of people migrated from other countries. Some people left their homelands to find a better standard of living, or to escape from religious or other type of discrimination. They were either welcome by the natives, or they forcefully occupied the land from natives, or combination of both.
Aryans, Muslims from Iran and Arabian countries, Parsi’s from Iran etc migrated to India over many centuries. In the same manner, Europeans migrated to America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc
Some native Americans, also called Indians of Americas, welcomed some Europeans who had just arrived in ships, and had no place to sleep, and no food to eat. In 1621, a boat, Mayflower, full of immigrant settlers came ashore north-east USA, now called Rhode Island, or New England area. The settlers, also referred as pilgrims, were greeted by native Indians and gave them a feast of Turkey and corn Turkey is a large bird similar to chicken.
Thanksgiving is also the day [comes on the fourth Thursday of November] when Christmas holidays begin in United States and Canada.