Warrier's Collage May 16, 2022 : Tribal Heritage
Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday May 16, 2022 1) Santal Dance https://youtu.be/TV_7qfKLJOA (Music, drums and dances) 2) A village in two countries https://www.cntraveller.in/story/longwa-nagaland-last-headhunters-konyak-tribe-india-myanmar-border/ (To know more about Indian Tribal Heritage : See D) 3) Poet & Writer Gopi Kottoor in LIVING POETRY Episode 93 https://youtu.be/EjoIEr1oQnA Good Morning 🌄 Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages/Responses 1) Pankajam Narayanan About Sunanda & TVM Warrier Nashik following their daughter Dr Chitra's grandson Om negotiating the stairs* : Very cute and sweet child. Makes the grandparents active. See, how grandpa literally runs behind. God bless all. *https://photos.app.goo.gl/biu9M8TEB4ekYGCz8 2) V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram God saved Rockefeller. Rockefeller saved the godless. Thereby hangs a tale. Bertrand Russell was on an yearlong lecture tour in China. On a bitterly cold day in March 1921, he was returning to Peking from a place 160 km. away. Want of sufficient warm clothing and long exposure to chill caused fever that worsened to pneumonia. He was admitted to a German hospital where the only English - knowing nurse in Peking nursed him during the nights and Dora Black, who accompanied him to China(she became his second wife later), nursed him during the daytime. The nurse, who was a deeply religious person, occasionally wished the death of this atheist professor, but the Florence Nightingale in her, helped her to overcome this ignoble feeling and she nursed him wholeheartedly. Despite the devoted care of these two women, the condition worsened and Russell was on the verge of death. Some Japanese papers, in fact, reported his death. When this false news reached the US, one missionary newspaper wrote that, if some missionaries heaved a sigh of relief on hearing the news of Bertrand Russell's death, they might be forgiven. It was a special serum from the Rockfeller Institute of Peking that saved his life. (Atheists and iconoclasts are also part of "Isa" or God. So, God has no option but to take care of them also. "Vasudeva Kudumbakam" is all-inclusive. Here's how : isavasyam idam sarvam yat kinca jagatyam jagat tena tyaktena bhunjitha ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam isa--by the Lord; avasyam--controlled; idam--this; sarvam--all; yat kinca-- whatever; jagatyam--within the universe; jagat--all that is animate or inanimate; tena--by Him; tyaktena--set-apart quota; bhunjithah--you should accept; ma--do not; grdhah--endeavor to gain; kasya svit--of anyone else; dhanam--the wealth. (Free) TRANSLATION Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for himself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong🙏-Warrier) 3) A message and my response : Excerpts from a Group mail received from S Nallasivan Hyderabad : "How, an author of standing, with many books to his credit with regular contributions to reputed Financial Publications can draw a parrellel with a simpleton, that is me? There is an ocean of difference! Yes I am talking about the huge Royalties." My response : Happy to read your response 🙏 Here's my explanation : During the post-retirement 18 plus years, I've received around thirty thousand in all from writing including around 12k from Notion Press who published my 3 books. I've spent close to 80k for publishing books. First publisher from Kolkata who took 20k for publishing my (first) 2014 book didn't pay me any royalty. The Global Analyst which published my articles every month for almost 10 years also didn't pay me any remuneration for articles contributed. Since long, that magazine is being published by Iupindia, a division of ICFAI Hyderabad. Their website asks to pay Rs50 before downloading my own article from their website! This is for the information of those who may be toying with the idea 💡 of making big by publishing articles/books. There are many success stories, I'm aware. The net loss for me is commensurate with the challenge I accepted! Regards M G Warrier Excerpts from S R Badrinarayanan's response : "Only few have the capacity to create ripple effect as Warrier, making others to faithfully repeat what they do. Yes, the mails of S/S Bala, Nallasivan and M G Warrier were read by this writer too. We pray for the continued best health of Nallasivan with an expert super specialist in medicine closely monitoring and caring for his father's health and all-round welfare. God takes care of those who care for all!" (Thanks We all pray for the wellbeing of all 🙏-Warrier) B V Babusenan's Column Song of the jungle In an earlier write-up, I made a mention of four illustrious brothers : Ponnayya, Chinnayya, Sivanandam and Vadivelu who adorned the court of Swathi Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore, in the early 19th Century. As they hailed from Thanjavur, they were called 'Thanjavur Quartet'. Traditionally they were teachers of a particular dance form known as Bharathanatym and were patronised by the famous Brihadeeswara temple in Thanjavur. All the four learned Carnatic music under Muthuswami Dikshithar, one of the musical trinity and, with a deep knowledge of music acquired in this way, they enriched and systematised Bharathanatyam. Modern Bharathanatyam owes a lot to them. Each one had a special skill : Ponnayya in composing and singing, Chinnayya in choreography, Sivanandam in Mridangam and Vadivelu in Violin(It was their Guru's brother Baluswami Dikshithar who introduced violin in Carnatic music concerts)The brothers soon became great presence in three kingly courts : the court of the Maraatha king Serfoji in Thanjavur itself, besides those of the Maharajas of Mysore and Travancore. Swathi Thirunal had a preference for Vadivelu and together they composed music for Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam(Kerala's own dance form). It was with his help that the Maharaja created the famous padams like 'Tharunee njaan'(raga dvijaavanti) and 'Sumasaayaka'(karnataka kaapi). The ivory violin gifted by the Maharaja is kept in the ancestral house of the Quartet in Thanjavur. Once Vadivelu was returning to Thanjavur from Thiruvananthapuram. Naturally he had with him gold, silver and other valuables. While passing through the jungle, he was waylaid by a gang of robbers. He could not offer any resistance. They took everything and when the gang leader set his hands on the violin, Vadivelu said with folded hands : "Please don't take it away. It is so dear to me." "What is it and why is it so dear to you? " asked the chief robber. "This is a musical instrument called violin," he replied. "It gives me a lot of pleasure when I play it" "Then play it. Let us also get some pleasure." Saying this, he threw the violin at Vadivelu. The latter took it reverentially and kept it in position. The moment the bow passed over the violin strings, the atmosphere was electrified. Forgetting himself Vadivelu played a few songs at the end of which he found the entire gang in tears. Though dacoits, these men were, as Shakespeare said, 'not fit for treason, stratagems and spoils' Music has the amazing property of cleansing minds. It worked here. The leader of the gang stood up and touched Vadivelu's feet. He said : "Sire, we are keeping back whatever we have taken from you. We will not do this dirty job again. We shall be accompanying you to ensure that you safely cross this jungle." The great Malayalam poet Ulloor, S Parameswara Iyer had made this anecdote the theme for a beautiful poem: 'Kattileh Pattu'(The Song of the Jungle) C Collage Essay* : Revisiting Mahatma http://mainstreamweekly.net/article12326.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email Gandhiji upheld and adapted to contemporary Indian circumstances a moral precept of “bread labour” which he had found in Tolstoy's writings [I should mention the well-established fact that Tolstoy had found the idea in an essay by a peasant in Siberia named Timofei Bondarev.], and the precept is still familiar in Indian culture. The basic idea was that every able-bodied person ought to do some physical work in order to deserve (with or without monetary payments) his or her daily portions of food. Gandhi said, in 1925, “It means that everyone [at Sabarmati Ashram] is expected to perform sufficient body labour in order to entitle him to [his food]. It is not therefore necessary to earn one’s living by bread labour, taking the word ‘living’ in its broader sense. But everyone must perform some useful body labour. For me at the present moment, spinning is the only body labour I give.”  Tolstoy's daily bread labour had consisted mainly of agricultural work done in collaboration with some of his hundreds of serfs (he was a rich landowner) , but a typical day’s activity in Gandhi's ashrams at Sabarmati and Sevagram would more likely include spinning with a charkha than farming with a hoe or the like. Spinning had salient relevance to great political issues in India in Gandhi's day; learning how to spin thread is easier than learning how to farm or garden successfully; and you can readily say or sing religious prayers while spinning, whereas physical work in a garden or on a farm is normally so taxing that if you like to pray you have to set aside some other moments for it. *Courtesy : Mainstream Weekly D Relevance of Tribal Identity https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23032 In March 2014, the first ‘Tribes in Transition’ Conference was held at Shantiniketan amidst the undulating greenery of West Bengal and in collaboration with a tribal NGO, the Ghosaldanga-Bishnubati Adibasi Trust (GBAT). The Conference being held today is a continuation of that because both are meant to celebrate tribal identity and to spread awareness of the Angst being felt among the tribal people of India in recent times, an Angst caused by their exclusion from traditional rights over resources and aggravated by extreme deprivation and exploitation at various levels. E Blogs & Links 1) Salute to the nation : https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/serene-reflections/salute-to-the-nation-42975/ Motherland, India will emerge as one of the fastest growing economies, a major space explorer and more recently the messiah of the world by providing life-saving Covid vaccines across the Globe. Our Scientists and Mathematicians had proved eons back that the genius minds of this land had no parallel ever. Today’s technological advancement owes a lot to Mathematics and Mathematics itself owes its existence to Aryabhatta, an ancient Indian Mathematician that gave the concept of Zero. The age old custom of Yoga is increasingly being recognized across the Western world as the only means to physical and mental well-being. 2) Universal Basic Minimum Income* https://www.moneylife.in/article/universal-basic-minimum-income-are-we-clear-about-the-concept/48745.html Excerpts : "For India, once the political leadership gets convinced about a realistic UBI, resources will not be a problem. One possibility is, some vested interests will hijack the proposal of UBI to mix it with “unemployment dole”, an unhealthy practice existing in developed countries. While this should be avoided, care should also be taken to ensure that where employment assurance schemes are implemented, the compensations should be realistic." *Moneylife.in was regularly publishing my articles for a long time till November 8, 2016. This is the last article from me published by Moneylife -Warrier 3) Books https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=13377#gsc.tab=0 Summer Rain: Harvesting the Indigenous Knowledge of Kerala by C.R. Rajagopalan (ed.). Thrissur: Centre for IK/Folklore Studies 2004. Rs. 125. Indigenous knowledge in Kerala, as in any part of the world, was impeccable in matters concerning the forests, the agricultural fields, the ponds and the rivers. It had a holistic understanding of the social and ecological fabric of the living planet. This book is a compilation of articles that echo the sheer joy of being part of a natural heritage that is simply rich; the articles also echo the pain of many a vanishing tradition. It is an effort to map the indigenous memories. F Leisure Accents* 🛑 A man in a Kolkata shop asks the saleslady, "Can you show me some Shaarts." She replies: "Sir, are you Bengali or Punjabi ?" The man : "How does that matter ?" She : "Sir, if you are Bengali, I will show you Shirts and if you are Punjabi, I will show you Shorts " This explains why the British shifted the capital from Calcutta to Delhi in colonial India. They simply got sick and tired of the Bengalis saying : "GOD SHAVE THE QUEEN!" *Received from K P V Karunakaran Mumbai G Quotes on Tribal Culture Tribal Culture in India https://indiantribalheritage.org/?cat=13 Dr Vandana Shiva's views : https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6068#gsc.tab=0 Globally well-known intellectual and activist, Vandana Shiva has shown ongoing commitment in different fields, making it difficult to label her name under a precise and unique category. At the core of her activism there are: counter-development in favour of people-centered, participatory processes; support to grassroots networks; women rights and ecology. Author of numerous important books and articles, Vandana Shiva has shown a lifetime interest in campaigning against genetic engineering and the negative impact of globalisation, advocating for the crucial importance of preserving and celebrating biodiversity.