Meerabai The Mystical Singer

The Indian Mystical Singer of the 14th Century Meerabai (1498 -1547) was a Rajput princess born in Kurki a small village near Merta which is in the Nagaur district in Rajasthan. Her father was Ratan Singh Rathore who was a warrior of the Rathore clan. Her Mothers Name is not mentioned or known in any of the biography of Meerabai. Her mother was supportive of Meerabais religious tendencies but her mother died early.

When Meerabai was just six years old, her mother gave her an image of Krishna, with whom she would talk every day and night. Krishna became an integral part of Meera’s life. Meerabai was married to Prince Bhoj Raj at very early age. The new family did not approve of her devotion to Krishna as Meerabai refused to worship their family deity, and she would say that she was only truly married to Krishna. Meerabai lost her husband at very early age in the year 1527 in a battle against the Sultanate.

Meerabais devotion at first was confined to her and within the house, but at some time during her devotion she would be carried away with the joy and love for Krishna that she would dance away on the streets of the city singing the songs of praises and love for Krishna. Meerabai would get so engrossed in worshipping Krishna that she would forget herself. She has in that trance state created such beautiful writing which was the reflection of her heart. Meerabais poem and other composition reveal the different stages and experiences of her life. The prayer songs that she composed are still popular among the worshippers today.

Meerabais life story is pieced together from her poetry and stories and as recounted by her community. Her life story is debatable for its historical authenticity. Also what happened to Meerabai is a mystery. People still have a question as to how and where did Meerabai die. But as per the legend goes and the belief of the people Meeras unconditional love and devotion for Krishna, she vanished in the temple of Krishna in Dwarka. It is said that the sanctum doors closed on their own when she was inside and when the doors opened they found her sari wrapped around the image of Lord Krishna. Meerabai had disappeared.

Varnishing the Body of a Stringed Instrument

Written by S. Van Dyck

A good violin, viola or cello varnish can play an important role in perfecting the sound quality of an instrument. The varnish applied by Stradivari to his violins is still believed by many to be the secret the their phenomenal sound. Whether oil or alcohol-based, violinmakers prize their varnish recipes as one of the most important elements of the violinmaking process.

Before applying any coatings to the instrument, the white wood can be given a tan by exposure to sunlight for a period of several days to several weeks. Aging the wood brings out the color and visual character of the wood through oxidation and ultraviolet light.

When the wood has received the desired look, the next stage is applying a -ground- coating. A violinmaker may prefer to apply a primer or sealer first. While also darkening and deepening the wood’s visual depth, the ground coating strengthens and protects the instrument even after the varnish has worn off. Many recipes for the ground coat exist and typically this is a tightly held secret.

Next, the instrument is ready to be varnished. Many recipes exist; most consist of sun-thickened oils such as linseed, lavender or walnut oil combined with oxidized resins such as amber, dammar, balsam and shellac. Alcohol can also be used as a part of or in addition to an oil base. The mixture is left to sit for up to a week, being stirred a few times a day until the lac no longer sits at the top. The mixture is then boiled, cooled and boiled again, then filtered for impurities.

Adding color to the varnish mixture can help to bring out darker, richer tones, if the varnish mixture is too light. Coloring agents, or -lakes,- include turmeric and saffron for a yellow tone. Sandalwood and pernambucco bring out a redder tone. The varnish is then applied in many coats depending upon the thickness and consistency of the varnish. The varnish is allowed to dry in the sun between coats. Touch ups can be added if there are areas needing additional coating. The instrument can then be lightly polished using a soft cloth with alcohol and mineral oil and or polished out using pumice powders.

For Performances By Internationally Famous Bands And Singers, Get To Ireland!

Between world class venues, various 2 and 3-day festivals attended by visitors from around the globe, to the local and Irish-born international talent, there is no shortage of famous bands and singers performing in Ireland. Welcomed by diverse music tastes and audiences that appreciate good music of all genres, international artists make Ireland a regular feature on tour calendars.

A thriving music scene sees big names in the music industry visiting Dublin, Belfast and other cities across Ireland to perform. The O2 and Vicar Street in Dublin have hosted Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, Leona Lewis and Slash of Guns n’ Roses fame, to name a few. Smaller venues feature local artists regularly – but remember that Ireland is home to some of the world’s best talent, so don’t be surprised if the local artists outshine the international stars.

One music festival that is said to rival Glastonbury for the calibre of the acts and the size of the audiences it draws is Oxegen. Oxegen takes place over 3 days at the Punchestown Racecourse, about 20 miles outside of Dublin. Visitors can camp at the festival site, or stay nearby and attend as day visitors. In 2010, Jay Z, Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas will cater for the younger, modern tastes, while Earth Wind and Fire and Echo and the Bunnymen will take care of the older crowd. The festival also features performances by Cathy Davey and other popular Irish artists.

The Dublin City Soul Festival is another must-see event, catering for a variety of music tastes, not just soul. Artists lined up for the 2010 event include The Three Tenors, Carlos Santana, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, The Cranberries and more. Diverse music genres cater for a diverse audience making this a popular event each year. The famous bands and singers this event attracts are a testament to its success and popularity with Irish music-lovers.

The Music Show, held on the first weekend of October In Dublin each year is becoming increasingly popular with up-and-coming musicians. This event not only features live performances by the likes of Imelda May and The Coronas, it includes music workshops and talks by professionals from the music industry. Anyone interested in breaking into the music business should attend this event. Irish and international artists are featured, giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy the music while learning about the industry.

As a travel destination for music lovers, it’s hard to beat Ireland. The beautiful countryside, historic buildings and fascinating heritage of Ireland make the perfect background for international and local artists who perform regularly in Ireland. With famous bands and singers in Ireland having given rise to the likes of The Cranberries, The Corrs and of course U2, even the up-and-coming musical talent in Ireland is well worth catching between the international shows.

Indian Singers Rock The Worldwide Music Scene

India has always possessed a great colorful and musical heritage. Dance and Music are integral aspects of the countrys culture. They are indispensible to the spiritual and social lives of the Indian people. In India, music is regarded to be a celebration of life. Indian singers ranging from classical singers to light music singers are very well known worldwide.

India is a land of many cultures and religions. All of the cultures are colorful, have a rich history and have their own beautiful music and dance forms. Many talented dancers and singers have India as their origin and they lend a mystical aura to the musical scene worldwide. The country is home to many talented and exceptional dancers and music artists, from singers to instrumental music whizzes.

Music is a magnificent form of expressing feelings and thoughts. It has the power to touch your soul and make you feel good. Hindi music is very famous all over the world. Classical, folk or modern, each form of music has many extremely talented singers from India. In the olden days, dancers were accompanied by music artists, mostly instrumental music experts. Since many centuries, dance and music have had deeply religious roots. Now also, many musicians sing religious and divine songs.

The singers and musicians from India are especially recognized for the many years of training they undertake and for the fact that music is a passion and it is worship for them. Hindi instrumental music is better known than songs with lyrics. It is because they can be appreciated by a wider audience, from any country, without the barriers of language. The soulful instrumental music from India appeals to people in many countries. The tunes, the ragas, the play of sound, are all very magical and mystical.

Hindustani classical music has been an important and integral aspect of the Indian culture and tradition which has grown from the 12th century. The music culture in India is said to be the oldest musical culture present. The starting point of music in India is said to be right from the time of Vedas. Many breathtaking instruments are linked with Indian music. The veena, sitar, sarod, santoor, sarangi, bansuri, shehnai, table, dholak are some of the musical instruments belonging from India, which have gained respect worldwide. Asad Ali Khan, Bismillah Khan, Amjad Ali Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sultan Khan, Zakir Hussain, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan are some of the illustrious artists who have created a mark for themselves and the country.

Finding Vintage Musical Instruments

Collecting vintage musical instruments is popular and increasing. Good old instruments are becoming rare,valuable and are easy to find. There is several ways to find what you are looking for, and here is some hints in that direction.

Search relevant magazines or local newspapers for classified ads ,maybe you find an instrument with great collecting potential.Often private persons do not know what they have between their hands and its value. Maybe the instrument is a piece they have inherited or used themselves many years ago.Either way its a good chance to do a bargain.

Another way to find items are at local markets,flee markets and garage sales.Vintage musical instruments can turn up in the most unexpected places so keep an eagle eye close to these opportunities.
A safe place to find instruments are online.Huge amounts of dealers find,restore and sell them all over the net.Many of them have been around for years and have a huge contact net for supply of vintage musical instruments.

Most of them run their own sale sites and display their products with photos,comments and prices.As I said ,they have had the instruments restored and they definately know their value so do not excpect to do a scoop there.

Online is also large market places where powersellers and private persons can put their ads. These are sold in an auction mode, that means the instruments are displayed for some time and buyers must bid and hope to purchase them as cheap as possible.The most common marketplace on the internet is Ebay where millions of different items are for sale every day.Do a search there , I guarantee you will find what you are looking for in a short periode of time.

Of course there is several other marketplaces online to search and there is even marketplaces in each country.
In my country the most common places to sell all kind of products are QXL.no or Finn.no. I recommend you to get an overview of your options where you live and work from there. Vintage musical instruments are really good items to collect and invest so do not hesitate to grab some nice pieces.

Bathroom & Bathroom Singers

Which is the place in our home, where we feel most relaxed out of our daily routine? Yes it is the ‘Bathroom’.

It is said, in fact, it is natural phenomena that you need some great inspiration to become a poet and more that a Indian music singer, you really need to acquire and practice this art.

However, Bathroom is a place that inspires all of us to become causal poets and singers in our own way and style. Right from the time Archimedes, who discovered the principle of displacement while stepping into the full water in bathroom tub.

Bath room is seen as a power house of many ideas and nursery of casual singers and poets. It is place where one goes into simple mode of meditation and recreation.

Today, it is not just a dark, utilitarian and basic room, it is also a personal space, where all time spend in bath room is your own time, yes course, if you do not bring the little master of talk: the mobile phone inside your bathroom.

An average person spends more than 3 years in bathroom of his or her life. It is place where your creative senses are at loose and we love letting our body and your voice go loose and naturally wild with our way of music and expression.

I love singing and creating new tunes, new un found causal songs while taking bath and my bathroom, People who have complete luxurious items like Jacuzzis, water proof LCD TVs etc with have a different kind of entertainment zone with their bathrooms.

Bathroom is great area in our homes to revitalize our health conditions, many companies have also come up with innovative ideas of combining sound wave vibrations with water helping to soothing your breathing and heart rate and thus relaxing your whole body. I love being in my bathroom.

History Of Ukrainian Pop-music And Popular Ukrainian Singers

Since singer Ruslana won the Eurovision Pop Song Contest Ukrainian pop-music had become popular throughout the world. People listen to Ukrainian pop-music with pleasure all over the world.

Many Ukrainian pop singers – Sofia Rotaru, Iryna Bilyk, Oleksandr Ponomariov, VIA Gra, Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Nadezhda Granovskaya, Alena Vinnickaya, Anna Sedokova, Svetlana Loboda, Vera Brezhneva, Verka Serduchka have gained popularity outside Ukraine long time ago, especially in the Russia, USA, Japan and many European countries.

Ukrainian pop music was born a long time and in agony. Biographers did not fix the exact date of her birth, but many suggest that this date does not coincide with the birthday of the independent Ukraine. Music was born a little earlier – in 1989 with the first festival ‘Chervona Ruta’. This festival healed the border between traditional singers (Sofia Rotaru, Vladimir Ivasyuk) and a new wave of Ukrainian pop music.

Now times have changed, and you can see new stars on the stage – Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Svetlana Loboda, the group “Via Gra”, Alena Vinnickaya, Verka Serduchka. Today on the Ukrainian stage represented almost all musical styles: from folk to acid jazz. Club culture is actively growing.

Ukrainian Star Factory opens new bright talents, such as Dantes and Oleynik, Boris Aprel. Participants of the well-known TV project are gaining more and more girls’ hearts each day.

Girls band “NikitA” and the singer Marta is very popular musical projects. Marta – a permanent participant of various television and radio programs, a guest on the most significant sporting and social events, actively supports a variety of charitable and social activities.

NikitA is extraordinary modern Ukrainian pop-group, and was created for the attention of the male audience. NikitA is two-sex aggressive girls, ready to show all the charms of their body and voice (Dasha Astafieva and Julia Kavtaradze).

Ukrainian pop music arose with the international popularity of groups like Vopli Vidoplyasova, Vij, Okean Elzy, Via Gra et al. and individual musicians, such as Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Alena Vinnickaya and Ruslana.

Also progresses Ukrainian rock music. Among the most famous groups – “Ocean Elzy”, “Vopli Vidoplyasova “, “TNMK”, “Skryabin”, Lama. Ukrainian Rock festivals like “Rock-Existence”, “Taras Bulba” are held regularly.

Indian Dancers And Indian Singers Are The Representative Of Indian Tradition

Indian dancers and Indian singers are highly being appreciated all over the world due to the originality and uniqueness they possess. Indian music requires promotion all over the world to enable a mark in the world history. Many Indian singers and Indian dancers give their performances in the different shows and events being carried on all over the world. Many institutions are also being set by them at different parts of the world for the individuals who are interested in learning Indian dance or music. Indian dancers and Indian singers can easily be recognized all over the world due to the uniqueness they possess.

Indian music is being considered as a genre of its own. Singers and dancers of India have their own specialty. Indian dancers are being considered as the most talented due to the completeness of the dance with appropriate expressions. Indian singers are known for singing all the ragas with no manipulation of their own rather with originality of ragas. These people represent India at the off shore places during different kind of events be it the music events or other events. Indian artists carry on the performances in the different parts of the world and promote the Indian tradition.

Indian people though now are very much influenced by the western music and western culture. They now dont understand the importance of the music of their own country; they dont understand the deepness of the music that can influence anyone. Some of the Indian singers have started teaching Indian music in the music institute settled abroad. These institutes were introduced for the foreign students who were and are keen to learn Indian music. Similarly many Indian dancers have set their institutes for teaching the Indian dances.

The Indian singers and Indian dancers are taking the Indian tradition to great heights and are promoting it across the world. Indian tradition is been considered the most wide and unique and people are always fond of anything that represents India. Many event management companies invite the Indian dancers, Indian singers and artists to give the performance for the people of any place and arrange events for them scheduling it at different places. People of different countries like the Indian tradition because of the originality and uniqueness of the culture. It is merger of many different cultures which make it more unique and wide. The Indian tradition is now being influenced by the western culture and the teenagers who are expected to promote and represent Indian tradition are more interested in the western culture and tradition.

Indian singers and Indian dancers are the ones who can save the originality and uniqueness of the Indian music and dances. Different cultures can be adopted but on the condition of losing the originality of own culture.

How To Get Noticed As An Amateur Singer

You know you have talent. You are constantly asked to sing at friends’ weddings, in church, and even at local clubs. This attention lets you know that you are not just fooling yourself: you’ve really got the pipes. Can you make it in the big time? The only way to really find out is to get out there and take some chances by entering competitions and seeing how you stack up against the other hopefuls out there.

If you plan on entering live and online competitions to show off your talent and get noticed, you’d better be prepared! Here are some ideas to help you be ready for and excel in any situation that might get tossed at you.

— Don’t be a One Note Nellie. So what if you want to be a country singer? If you really love country music and think that genre is where you’ll end up, great! Meanwhile, until you hit the big time you need to work on developing your own style in a wide variety of different genres. Depending on what shows you enter, you may be asked to sing pop, oldies, rock, the blues, or – yes – country. You need to practice all of the different kinds of singing you might need to know how to sing: versatility is key.

— Develop a “signature style.” You don’t have to write your own songs to succeed, and in competition formats you will probably be singing others’ songs. But you have to be able to pull these off while still retaining your own individuality. Perhaps you have a little yodel when you sing, or maybe you lean towards a jazzy style. Your signature style can be applied to virtually any type of song, and it is that which judges will remember.

— Don’t ever be dull. Plenty of people can sing well, but not everyone has the personality to pull off what it takes to become a popular singer. Your stage presence will make all the difference in whether you are remembered or forgotten.

If showing a vibrant personality doesn’t come easily to you, practice, practice, then practice some more. You need to learn how to own a stage when you step on it: that self-confidence will be contagious and you will get a bigger reaction from both the judges and the spectators.

— Now, get out there and put your talent on the line where it counts. It’s one thing to sing for a sympathetic audience of friends and family members, but it’s quite another to enter a talent show or other type of competition. But you can do it! Just make sure you feel well prepared and ready to take on the world and let it know you have arrived. Good luck!

Used Piano Bench – Deciding To Invest In A New Or Used Bench

Used Piano Bench – Deciding To Invest In A New Or Used Bench

Many of us are bewildered whether to purchase a used piano bench or the brand new one. Obviously, this can be a difficult decision particularly if you dont have in mind the good and bad points of purchasing a vintage or the new piano bench.
Obtaining a piano bench can be a necessity for any piano player considering the fact that it becomes an important element of piano playing. A piano bench carries a lot of characteristics which make it very helpful for artists as well as piano owners. You can find different types of piano benches which can be found in the market. One can choose from a variety of colors, designs, as well as other attributes that can induce anyone to bring them home. On the flip side, you will find 2 styles of piano benches presented in numerous piano stores. They are often new or used piano bench.

The customers of piano bench normally inquire if a new or used piano bench is great for their needs. For a buyer, you must look at a number of components like artistic aspect of exactly where your bench will be positioned. You need to at the same time observe the structural condition of the piano bench and give a comprehensive observation to the used piano bench designs. It is thus crucial to have a suitable evaluation of new and used piano benches just before investing in a piano bench. This is exactly to determine which is the most practical for your requirements.

When you visit piano suppliers, you will probably discover that there are used piano benches that are offered in numerous situations. You will find piano benches which are older and need restoration. Certainly, this piano bench shouldn’t be considered for purchase. Nevertheless, you could find piano bench models great as home furnishings if you notice specific designs and carvings or luxuriant details on them. There ought to be a few smart factors about the age of a used piano bench. Take into account that the regular usage through the years is sure to have an affect on the bench frame. This will cause to a definite restoration for it to bring back its early condition.

With absolutely new piano benches, these are piano benches that are constantly found in todays market. Additionally, at the time you search the internet, you will observe marketers that do offer you significant assortments of designs and models to pick from. Just in case you require a replacement, there are actually numerous bench colors and also leg styles available to select the one that matches your preferences. It is possible to select from colored bench and unfinished. Brand new piano benches are also made of a variety of sizes and heights which can include double and adjustable bench models.