I came across this beautiful lecture on listening to music on Open Yale Courses-

You can watch the lecture online or can download it too. The full list of lectures is available at

Open Yale Courses has a considerable amount of lectures on a myriad of subjects. Do check them out.

Part music documentary and part travelogue, the show – The Dewarists – features inspiring musicians collaborating to create original music while traveling to beautiful places. I particularly liked the song “Maya” composed by “Indian Ocean” band and sung by them along with Mohit Chauhan.

Also check the site


TED talks

Movies have always fascinated me, especially the animation movies. The Hollywood movies have used animation/graphics to a greater degree to simulate the real-life scenes. We are at times surprised by the thought of how the production team must have taken the shots and created the scenes. As an audience, it amuses me and makes me think about it. I wonder how they must have taken the shots – at times mixing the real-life scenes with the animated ones.

Here are 2 TED talks in which the speakers share their experience about behind the scenes of making a movie.

The first one is by Andrew Stanton, the writer of “Toy Story” and writer/director of “Wall-e” (BTW, Wall-e is my one of the favorite animation movies). An academy award winner, h

e shares his views about story-telling.

The second one is by Rob Legato, who created movie effects  in the films like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

and do visit the TED website for more interesting and fascinating talks.

Google Art Project

Google has some of the amazing projects, one of them being the ambitious Google Library Project (now known as Google Books). Recently I stumbled upon Google Art Project. It provides a virtual experience of around 150 museums around the world.

This project has artworks of 2 Indian museums – National Gallery of Modern Arts, New Delhi and National Museum, Delhi.

Go check it out.

Pune Film Festival 2011-4

Today is National Youth Day, celebrated on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The person who said – Give me hundred youths, I shall change the World, and Arise, Awake  and Stop not till the Goal is Reached, was a fierce individual, whose ideals need to be imbibed by the citizens if we are to develop the nation and take it to  new heights.

A good news today – I am part of BITS Alumni now. Got Masters Degree certificate from BITS Pilani in a convocation ceremony today! Check out my post on MS graduation.

My 4th day of PIFF 2011-

1)      Escape from Call Centre (Italian)
Young Gianfranco Coldrin, a model university student with a degree in volcanology, makes a trip through hell on the lowest rung on the professional ladder in a call center. When his adoptive grandparents send them off into sudden undesired independence, Gianfranco and Marzia come up against the grotesque reality of an upside-down world governed by rather suspicious individuals in which university degrees and skills have no value. Marzia wants to be a reporter but finds herself forced to accept employment as a switchboard operator for an erotic hotline, while Gianfranco sinks into the trap of holding down 2 jobs. Despite the enthusiasm of their youth and good intentions, the contrast between their expectations and the reality of a “horribly expensive” life end up having an impact on their relationship. Everything suddenly seems unstable and about to collapse: their sentiments as well as their jobs. But then something happens… (watch the rest of the movieJ)

2)      A passion play – Chokher Bali (Bengali)

Cover of "Chokher Bali"

Cover of Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali, a passion play set between 1902 and 1905 is a story of a beautiful, educated woman, Binodini, struggling to free herself from the oppression of widowhood. Widowed within a year of marriage, she moves into Mahendra’s house, the man who was once offered her hand in marriage and refused. There she meets Mahendra’s wife Ashalata and friend Behari, who is in and out of the house. Among these develops s forbidden attraction, a mesmerizing web of destiny and desire.
The film based on the novel Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore. It was directed by Rituparno Ghosh in 2003 and stars Prasenjit as Mahendra, Aishwarya Rai as Binodini and Raima Sen as Ashalata.

3)      How I ended this summer (Russia)
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere… the end is tragic.