Friday, November 16, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
This is a little story we put together from our time outdoors each week, while discovering the wonders of nature and enjoying the changing weather.
The putting together of this story was an activity inspired by watching the children invent, create, express themselves, play imaginative games, interact with each other and the surroundings on our walks.
The young authors and illustrators :)
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Pelva has brought music with her to Shibumi. We are very happy to have the regular singing sessions with Pelva where she takes us through the nuances of Dhrupad.
In the beginning I tried to understand the music. I couldn’t do this because I wasn’t able to pick out the different sounds and see that they were unique. To me they sounded pretty much like each other. I then tried to feel the music but I am afraid I didn’t feel anything. I tried keeping the beat while singing but this made me loose the tune and words. I also tried to move my hands with the music but they moved in a very odd manner which did not resemble the music in any way. So as you can see I found it very difficult to connect with the music both at the level of the mind and at deeper level. I will not give up and I shall continue to try and cross these hurdles because singing is one skill I sincerely wish to have. ~ Sagar. (Mammoth)
This type of music (Indian Classical) is generally very melodious but at times it can make your ear drums burst. The high upper ‘Sa’ is sometimes too difficult for my ear to handle. At other times when singing a certain melodious flow is felt and heard this is when I like it. Generally, singing these four days and the last time have been a new experience, not always the best but not the worst either. One thing I noticed was that the first day I sang with Pelva, there was some resistance in the singing. The next day there was still some dislike and resistance but by the last day it had almost gone. I sometimes find it boring when we do Sargam but while singing a song like ‘Tu hi’ I tend to enjoy more than otherwise. I also find that the sound of the Tanpura is nice. It is much better then the shruthi box. Also I think Pelva sings well. I don’t like it when you sing ‘Sa’ (Higher) or when anybody else sings it but otherwise the songs and your voice are nice. Thank you. ~ Dev. (Mammoth)
Till a few years back I did not like Indian classical music. I in fact hated it. The only songs I enjoyed were English ones which, now I feel, were noisy. Something changed all of a sudden, and I started listening to Indian classical music. The liking slowly increased and I started to listen to various numbers by various artists.
Although I used to go for singing classes my singing never got any better. Maybe if I had continued the classes it would have become better.