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Serpent as the storyteller

Serpent as the storyteller

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Updates from : The Hindu Mizhavu is the main accompaniment for the Chakyar Watching Chakyar Koothu at the Ernakulathappan Temple in Ernakulam was a treat. The major instruments that accompanied the performance of this traditional art form were mizhavu and ilatalam. The presiding deity here is Lord Siva, who is in Gaurisankara form. The Lingam in the sanctum sanctorum is swayambu (worshipped by Arjuna as Kirthamurty). Chakyar Koothu is performed as a solo narrative act and the performer wears a distinct headgear resembling the snake’s hood to signify that the story is being told by Anantha, the thousand-headed serpent. Koothambalam is the place where it is performed. After the mizhavu player performs Mizhavanakkal to announce the performance, the Chakyar recites the story based
Octogenarian shehnai player’s daily musical offering at a Bidar dargah

Octogenarian shehnai player’s daily musical offering at a Bidar dargah

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Updates from the Hindu 02 April 2017 He carries forth a family tradition despite physical frailty but there is no one to take it forward For the last nearly 70 years, the daily routine of 82-year-old Mohammad Pasha Mian has involved waking up at the crack of dawn to reach the dargah of Abul Faiz in Bidar and begin playing his 'chota shehnai' at 6 a.m. His post-prayer music recital at the nagarkhana, the music gallery atop the front gate of the dargah, also serves as a pleasant wake-up call to the people of the neighbourhood. Mian's limbs are weak owing to old age but that has neither deterred him from walking to the dargah nor reaching the nagarkhana — on all fours when there is no one around to help him with the climb up. The 'chota shehnai' he carries in his pocket, he proudly says,
As deadline for NRIs nears, rackets rack up

As deadline for NRIs nears, rackets rack up

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With the March 31 deadline for Non-Resident Indians to exchange demonetised currency notes approaching, there has been a sudden spurt in illegal currency exchange rackets in the city. In the last week alone, Central Crime Branch officials cracked down on three scams, arrested seven people and seized ₹8 crore from people attempting to exchange their hoarded cache of old ₹1,000 and ₹500 notes. The arrested were either trying to rope in NRIs or use chartered accountants to get rid of their old currency, a senior police officer said. In the most recent case, CCB officials on Tuesday arrested a 46-year-old man on Bull Temple Road, Shankarapuram, who was carrying old notes worth ₹3 crore. The accused, Nanjunada Malegowda, 46, a resident of Shantinagar, was waiting for his contact to exchan
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