Monthly Archives: November 2010

Kaisi Paheli Zindagani Live

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Last year, I did my first ever live Hindi performance for the 2009 Diwali Dinner (The second live performance was “Iktara“).

I sang Kaisi Paheli Zindagani from the Movie Parineeta.

I would like to thank my friend Nik, who fake-played the sax for the sax solo! It was a huge crowd pleaser :)

Lyrics

nayi nayi nahi yeh baaten
yeh baatein hai purani
kaisi paheli hai yeh
kaisi paheli zindagaani
Thama haroka isko kisne
ha yeh toh behta paani
kaisi paheli hai yeh
kaisi paheli zindagaani
la la la la
la la la la
zu zu zu zu
zu zu zu zu zu
pee le isse ismein nashaa
jisne piya woh gam mein bhi hasa
pal mein hasaye aur pal mein rulaye yeh kahani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaani
thama ha roka isko kisne
ha yeh toh behta paani
kaisi paheli hai yeh
kaisi paheli zindagaani

la la la la
la la la la
zu zu zu zu
zu zu zu zu zu
aankhon mein gar sapana naya
aansu tera ik moti hai bana
duuri sajan se jaise duri
yeh shaam ho suhaani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaani
thama ha roka isko kisne
ha yeh toh behta paani
kaisi paheli hai yeh
kaisi paheli zindagaani
uu baby
nayi nayi nahi yeh baaten
yeh baaten hai purani
kaisi paheli hai yeh
kaisi paheli zindagaani

Note: I was up for singing immediately after we ate a full Brar Buffet. My voice quality was still recovering from all the food :P

Blue Flower Patterned Card

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I recently bought a pack of gems from Walmart, and Krazy glue from Curry’s, and I’ve been obsessed with patterned cards, which you will probably see a lot of in the next little while.

Here is a birthday card that I made a few weeks ago. In the space on the front cover, I wrote “Happy Birthday”

Raagi Thandhira

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A few months ago, I attended a Bombay Jayashri kacheri (concert) at a Kannada temple, and LOVED “Raagi Thandhira” in Revati Raagam. I promptly learnt the song using YouTube, and though I probably don’t do justice to it, I still enjoy singing it.

Lyrics

P: RAgi tandirA bhikShakE rAgi tandIrA
bhogyarAgi yogyarAgi bhAgyavantarAgi nIvu

A: annadAnava mADuvarAgi anna chatra vaniTTavarAgi
anya vArteya biTTavarAgi anudina bhajaneya mADuvarAgi (Ragi)

C: Guru gala sevEye mADuvarAgi gurutige bAhOranthavarAgi
Kare kare samsArava nItavarAgi purandara viTTalana sEviparAgi

Meaning

From here

The composer Purandaradasa starts with the simple meaning of the word Raagi (grain), asking for grain. He then plays on the world raagi to delve into a deeper meaning, basically asking to attain “moksha”

Henna Mango- Whodunit? Submission

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At the Whodunit fundraising event at OCAD University, I was able to check out a lot of great artwork, and see my own artwork on display! Of course, this means that it wasn’t purchased, but it was pretty exciting regardless.

The work that I submitted was extremely simple, and it was my very very first work in ink. I used only one split tip pointed nib to complete this work, trying to get used to maneuvering the pen prior to my first ink class. The submission was 5×7 inches, as per Whodunit guidelines.

This is my submission, the image on the website, and the original on the Whodunit display.

Iktara Live

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This past Thursday, I performed my second live Hindi song, Iktara, at a University Diwali Banquet. (Click here for lyrics)

Similar to the recording I submitted, I used background music provided by Steve. The male accompaniment was provided by Kiran, and I did the main vocals. This video clip was made with my nearly 6 year old Sony Cyber-shot camera.

Meaning

The gist of this song is that a woman sings about getting lost in the sound and story of the Iktara. She feels like she`s walking in a dream, and as she gets lost in this story, she wonders whether this feeling will last only for a few moments, or whether it will be forever.

Colourful Balloon Card

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As you probably noticed in yesterday’s post,I am quite behind in my birthday card posting. Also in mid October, one of my closest friends celebrated his 21st birthday. I decided to make a colourful random card, because he is a colourful random person.

As I do for all my cards, I started with card paper. I used stabilo 0.4 mm pen for the black, and Staedtler Pens for the colours.

Jewelry Night

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I had a quiet evening to myself after a very long time, so I went on a bit of a jewelry making craze. I made these while watching “What a Girl Wants” on TV. I had a very fun evening :)

1. I made a simple silver and blue necklace for my mom, and her friend wanted a similar one in antique gold and orangey red.

2. I bought these fake pandora beads a LONG time ago and finally made the bracelet I wanted. I also made two pairs of earrings to match.

3. I got these fun beads and made a bracelet out of them. They are not only fun, but they are neutral enough to wear to work.

4. This one is my favourite. I got these amazing 2-holed-spacers, and made a freshwater pearl bracelet with matching earrings.

As always, I got all my supplies from Arton Bead store in Toronto

Edited to Add: Some of these items are for sale on srisarts.etsy.com ! Check it out :) If you would like to purchase something that hasn’t been posted on Etsy, send me an email

Winter Fabric

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After a classroom attempt at drawing fabric with ink, and a fun assignment experiment (that I decided to resubmit due to fabric over-simplicity), I finally decided to submit the image below, a relatively simple cloth with snowmen embedded on top. I used a kitchen towel to arrange the folds, and created the image/border etc myself. Though it is a reasonably simple image and fold (And most likely at or below class average), I think I was able to capture the ‘fabric’ effect more effectively than ever before, and finally feel comfortable using ink. Which was the main point, I think.

I  used Ink, a standard pointed split tip nib, water, synthetic paintbrushes, and 18×24 inch Canson En Tout Ca paper. It was nearly twice as expensive as the Watercolour paper, and though it did hold the water well and produce a great finish, the water colour paper was also pretty decent so I would probably stick with that in the future. This is the final result

I also think ink has become one of my favourite mediums. I have only tried it 3 times, so it might also be the initial excitement :)