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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

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Introduction to Kannada Krithis

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia




As the name of the classical music of South India Suggests, it might have originated in the Kannada speaking places. Though there are several Vaggeya Karas the most prominent among them is Purandara Dasa.
Purandara Dasa(1484-1564) is possibly one of the greatest names associated with Carnatic music and considered as the Father of Carnatic music. He belonged to Karnataka and wrote his songs mostly in Kanada, Since he was one of those minstrel poets of that era , trying to poularise devotion to God, he mostly wrote in colloquial Kannada of those days. He is credited to have written more that 40000 songs. Only few of these are available now. His name was Srinivasa Nayaka and he belonged to the rich merchant community. Some incidents in life made him give away all his property and become a ministrl mendicant.
He was the one who systematized the teaching of Carnatic music. His greatness is indicated by the fact that even today his method is followed and the first Carnaticsong which is taught to the student is his composition . Apart from songs on devotion, he has also sung about the different aspects of day to day life.
He was followed by the minstrels of God called Dasas in composition of this type of music till recently. In the modern times several people have taken up the job of composing these songs.
I am again having a very good working knowledge of Kannada but I am mostly confining myself to songs which are simple and easy to understand.