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Vadodara varsity's online archive of classical music

09 Mar 16
There’s a wow news for classical music lovers. Soon, there could an online archive of classical music as MS University of Vadodara may develop one to mark 130 years of its commencement. Classical artists, known for their elaborate and expressive art music, from across the country will be performing for two days from March 13. Day 1 of the musical event will witness the performance of santoor player Pandit Shivkumar, among others. The University’s faculty of performing arts will raise funds through the event and use it to digitise their library of music, which they claim has recordings which are as old as 100 years. The university also plans to digitise the lectures, seminars and workshops on music.


26 Jun 17

Wrestling exists since the time humans started walking. Here are instances of wrestling in mythology. In Sumerian literature , in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh, the hero, established his reliability as a leader by wrestling against Enkidu. At this time, wrestling was held in popularity as shown by the ancient Mesopotamian literature and sculptures.

The Iliad describes two kings and heroes of legend, Aias and Odysseus, testing their bravery by wrestling against each other on a sandy beach outside Troy.  

Another such early description of wrestling can be read Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. A passage depicts Jacob, the patriarch, wrestling with an angel for a whole night. After this encounter, Jacob was thereafter renamed as Israel, which means one who "wrestles (or strives) with God".

Another wrestling encounter is described by the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata where Bhima and Jarasandha wrestle by grasping each other in different ways and violently kicking each other.

Thor wrestling against Elli is another significant wrestling in the Norse mythology. Elli was an elderly woman, a personification of old age. The book Gylfaginning describes how Elli defeated Thor, a hammer-wielding God in wrestling in the hall of the giant Útgarða-Loki.

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26 Jun 17

A falling apple from a tree inspired Sir Isaac Newton to formulate a theory that tell us that a moving body keeps on moving on a straight line unless any disturbing force may change its path. Newton's laws impact is experienced in our daily lives.

However, in the quantum world, our instinct towards the motion of objects, completely fails or gets strongly challenged. A marble falling through water in an oscillating manner instead of moving straight downwards is unimaginable.

Yet, experimental physicists have discovered such a strange behavior from a quantum particle. This surprising behavior is referred to as 'quantum interference' where particles in quantum mechanics behave like waves.

For observing the quantum particle, they cooled a gas of Cesium atoms above absolute zero temperature and enclosed it to a setting of very thin tubes via using high-power laser beams. They made the atoms to strongly interact with each other. Then they accelerated an impurity atom through the gas. It was observed that as the particle moved, it scattered off the gas particles and reflected backwards. This caused an oscillatory motion, instead of falling downwards, demonstrating that Newton’s law is inapplicable in the quantum realm. 

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Transformation of Moksha Patamu to Snakes and Ladders

25 Jun 17

Modernization of the world has changed the way we think about Indian games and their history. According to the history commonly known board game ‘Snakes and Ladders' has its roots in India. The game was originated in ancient India, where it was known as Mokshapat or Moksha Patamu.

It is believed that the game was played as early as in 2nd century BC. According to some historians, the game was invented by Saint Gyandev in the 13th century AD. Originally, the game was used as a part of moral instruction to children.

As per the historians, the squares in which ladders start were each supposed to stand for a virtue, and those housing the head of a snake were supposed to stand for an evil.

The snakes outnumbered the ladders in the original Hindu game. The game was transported to England by the colonial rulers in the latter part of the 19th century, with some modifications.

The modified game was named Snakes and Ladders which were stripped of its moral and religious aspects in which the number of ladders and snakes were equalized. In 1943, the game was introduced in the US under the name Chutes and Ladders.

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Sekrenyi: An Angami Festival and Symbol of Sanctification

25 Jun 17

Sekrenyi is known as an important festival of the Angami tribe. It is also a symbol of consecration which ends after a 10 day’s celebration. This 10-day long festival is also called “Phousanyi”, the festival of purification that is generally celebrated in the month of February.

Two days earlier to the main festival firewood is collected as per the rituals. On the next day, animals are hunted in preparation for the meal. Next day the main celebration starts.

During the first phase of the preparation, known as Zukhophe, the males clean the wells outside the village only young and bachelor boys are allowed to do this work. As per the religious preparation, all the male participants clean their body and soul.

Then they fetch water from the same well for the women of the household as no one else is allowed to fetch water on that day. On their return from the well, the men each slaughter a chicken. There is also an old belief that only young boys are allowed to join in the Sekrenyi celebrations after they turn 6-7 years of age.

The next day of the festival people collects wild fruit to decorate their houses particularly the house of a common ancestor. Systematically, the third day they make bamboo meal. Making beautiful necklaces, singing traditional songs throughout the day makes this festival much interesting and lively.

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Follow These Rules of Half-Court Basketball

24 Jun 17

When players in a basketball teams are less than 10 then they can go for half court pickup. In full court both teams shoot at different baskets but in half court both teams have to shoot at same basket. No jump ball is required in half-court Basketball.

The ball needs to be ‘taken back’ after each missed shot as both the teams are sharing the same basket. It also depends on with whom you are playing as the ball need not have to be cleared if it does not hit the rim. If your team baskets and your player do not miss a shot then you can keep the ball again with you until your team does not miss a shot. It also depends on the competition level as alternate possessions can be made after every basket.

Check the ball on the foul line area by passing the ball to the defensive player after a made basket or a dead ball situation. The player will toss it back to you to indicate that the ball is in play.

Content: www.livestrong.com

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