Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Indian Drama site Bharatiya Drama, is built by Prachi Shah with the help of her father and Gujarathi dramatist Dr. Dhanvant Shah. It is supposed to be "the glimpses and synopses of all the Indian dramas of all the regional languages" but certainly falls short. It needs to extend contacts outside the Mumbai region, Gujarathi language, and bookish information. The guestbook responses are humorous. It covers major topics as "Origin of Indian Dramas, Glimpses of Bharat Natyashastra, Ancient Indian Sanskrit Dramas, a list of theatres/auditoriums, Indian Regional Dramas, a bibliography, and major personalities. There is a quote from Bharata's Natyashastra in shloka collection which summarizes the purpose of Drama in everyone's life:

lIleyaM dhaninAM dhR^itistu sukhinAM shikShApramattAtmanAM
sa.nsAra sthiti rIddashIti viratirnAnAvidhA yoginAm |
prItiH kAvya rasAshinAM nava navA kIrtiH kavInAmiyam
vidyA nATaka sa.nj~nitA bhagavatI vishvopakArakShamA ||

A simple search leads to other sites related to Sanskrit/Indian Drama and Theater:

Indian Theatre History

Sanskrit Drama,

Alexander in Sanskrit Drama,

Sanskrit dramas enacted in Koodiyattam,

Thesaurus of Sanskrit drama,

Marathi Kala Manch, and so on.
With the loss of investindia.com site, the online information on " Tales From Sanskrit Dramatists," and "Synopses of several Sanskrit plays" is also lost. There is no cached information available.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

vEdamantram: Free audio of mantras and stotras

Sri Navaratna Museum includes rare photographs and interesting description of "Vamana" Salagrama Shila, Govardhan Shila, Six Faceted Rudraksha Bead, Kailasa Shila, gomati chakra, navaratna - 9 flawless gems for nine astrological planets - navagrahas, Bhisma-ratna or colorless quartz as an uparatna for Sri Shukra deva, coral Ganesha and Lakshmi conch shell, nAgamaNi.

View and listen to the Stories of Krishan - The Adventures of a Hindu God at Seattle Art Museum website. It received a macromedia site of the day in 2003. The site also contains "Painted Visions from India and Pakistan, Past and Present" and "Discovering Buddhist Art."

The Unicode development forum unknowingly missed some of the character representations in Devanagari. The vedic accents also did not get accomodated comletely. Developers of very popular Itranslator software from Omkarananda Ashram and others felt that these drawbacks must be corrected by collective efforts. If you are "interested in supporting an effort to get Vedic Accents included in the
Unicode Standard" click at Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas - Vedic Accents and participate. It also includes a long list of vedic accents, with bibliography, seen in the printed books and handwritten manunscripts.

Additional notes on Vedic accents are given in www.sanskritweb.de, Proposals to encode Vedic characters in Unicode system by Michael Everson, and Indic Scripts and Languages section of FAQ at unicode.org.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network contains many texts including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Nectar of Devotion, The Nectar of Instruction, The Topmost Yoga System, The Krishna Book, Teachings of Lord Kapila, Teachings of Queen Kunti, Sri Brahma-samhita, Sri Isopanishad, Mukunda-mala-stotra, Narada Bhakti Sutra, and Sri Sikshashtaka. They can be downlaoded for offline viewing. There is one "Important Note: Please do not download the entire site. It contains numerous technical errors and is updated frequently. You will end up with a broken outdated copy. Just keep coming back. It's here to stay." Hidden from the general audience, although caught by web search engine, there is a Sanskrit-English glossary with the word reference in the texts. For example, see kAla and hamsa.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Download a unique software on Sanskrit grammar based on the Sutras of Panini, Ashtadhyayi on Computer, Ganakashtadhyayi. It is developed by Dr Shivamurthy Swamiji, Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru Brihanmath, Sirigere - 577 541, Karnataka, India. He also maintains an email news-group . Send a note to Swamiji at Email: swamiji at vsnl.com to be on the mailing list for Ganakashtadhyayi related discussion. The software contains Shivasutras, Ashtadhyayi, Siddhanthakaumudi, Laghukaumudi, Amarakosha, and Dhatupatha texts along with translations in English/Hindi (in progress) and some in French. Dhatutree has English and Hindi translations. The free software has excellent features such as Search, Sandhi rules' implementaion, grammar table development for Sanskrit words (shabdarupa), and publishing quality fonts with display in Devanagari as well as Roman + Diacritics. This is an excellent tool for advanced and serious Sanskrit student. See the screenshots before deciding to download and save the server's download-bandwidth cost.

Over 300 Theosophical On-line Documents are provided by Canadian branch of Theosophical Society.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Read Shiva-Samhita translation provided by Thelema@egroups.

Sacred Books of the East Vol. 8: The Bhagavad-G�t� IndexTranslations by K.T.Telang, Gita, Sanatsujatiya, and Anugita.

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