Singing planet

Kristi Stassinopoulou Along the old cobbled roads and footpaths of the mountainous Balkan Peninsula, in and out the deep rocky ravines and valleys of the Epirus, Thrace and Macedonian provinces in the North of Greece, the bleats of sheep and goats echoing against the mountainsides, together with the distant jingles of their well-tuned metal bells, …

Identity Issues (Being a Greek-Indian in Greece in the 21st century)

Spinoza says that in order for a person to feel free, he has to “overcome” and accept the physical need. Indeed, human nature with its natural needs and its biological truth, as an example of a wider physical construction, seems unchangeable, and every new-entrant member in the world has to accept his physical identity. White, …

VASTU: The Indian Theory of Architecture -Introduction of basic principles

By Mari Siampani* “Man is the measure of all things, of the things that are, that they are, and of things that are not, that they are not. ” Protagoras (C.481-411 B.C.) With these words from the Greek sophist Protagoras, Kapila Vatsyayan begins the chapter “Fundamental Principles Underlying Indian Architecture” in the catalogue “Vistara_The Architecture …

Resemblances between Classical Indian and Greek-Byzantine music

Kristi Stassinopoulou* “Why do you want me to teach you Indian singing, Kristi?  You already sing Indian!”  Sunjot said laughing when I finished the signing of one traditional folk song from the Greek islands.  Never in her life did she have the chance to hear any Greek traditional music, so before starting our first lesson …

The Price of Indiscretion (stories from Panchatantra)

Koula Riga * Panchatantra is a collection of teaching myths of Indian prose and poetry, starring mainly animals. The original text is in Sanskrit for Hindus and Pali for the Buddhists. The collection attributed to Pandit Vishnu Sharma dates back to most scholars around the 3rd century BC. Is based on an earlier oral tradition. …

Guru Nanak Gurpurab

Sikhs celebrate the birthdays of all of their ten spiritual teachers (gurus) as ‘Gurpurab’ (festival or celebration of Guru).  Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti, is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism,or Sikhi and marks  the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak (1469-1526), the first spiritual teacher (Guru) who laid the foundation ofSikhism. …

The Work of Indian Pritzker Prize 2018 Laureate Architect, Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi

By Mari Siampani* In March, the Pritzker Prize (equivalent to a Nobel for Architecture) Jury announced the selected Laureate for 2018 to be for the first time in history an Indian Architect, Professor Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi, recognizing this way his offer to his country and the humanity, through his built work the past 60 years. …

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti is an Indian festival celebrated every year on 2nd October to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi due to his non-violent civil disobedience against the British colonialists in India and South Africa. Gandhi Jayanti is one of the three national holidays in …