Me: What exactly constitutes the art form VBRS: (Laughing) You can’t have a voice that sounds like a buffalo and render Konnakkol. So, you need to have good voice texture with melodic aspects to it. Your voice should be appealing. The syllables need to be … Continue reading The Art of Konnakkol- Part 2
A clip of international mridangam virtuoso Shri Pirashanna Thevarajah performing Konnakkol piqued my curiosity about the art form. Traces of past memories formed a pattern in my mind for it was not the first time I was listening to these sounds. Like most of the … Continue reading The art of Konnakkol: a conversation with Vidwan BR Somashekar Jois
Me: You cover the sad plight of several individuals such as army veterans, children etc. Do you feel the empathy is something that comes naturally to a poet? What inspires you to write of the pain of such people? Denise: There’s really no way to explain … Continue reading The Workings of a Poetic Mind-part 2
It was a pleasant afternoon as I came to realize that a website dedicated to moderating interesting articles and pieces across the Blogworld promoted my poem ‘Happy Women’s Day in a Perfect World’ on Twitter and their website. Ms Denise Dianaty was my fellow nominee … Continue reading The Workings of a Poetic Mind: with Denise Dianaty
Me: How would you define abuse? Brita: Whenever possible, I prefer to use terms and definitions from sources more legitimate than myself. “Abuse” is a broad term, and thus one I don’t really use when discussing the facts of feminism. “Intimate partner violence” is my … Continue reading Lets Talk Feminism- Part 2
It was the most difficult exam I had ever faced that year. Like a bolt from the blue, ‘Belle Brita’ appeared before the computer screen with a comprehensive and concise dictionary of feminist words. Wanting to know what it would be like to talk to … Continue reading Lets Talk Feminism with Brita Long!
Me: What are some the problems you all face outside the North East? Asomi: I personally don’t face many problems but let me tell you what people I know generally face. First of all, we face accommodation problems. People cheat us when we try to … Continue reading Fight Hard, Stand Tall- Part 2