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Miles Davis and Kind of Blue

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Sextet comprised:

  • Pianist – Bill Evans
  • Drummer – Jimmy Cobb
  • Bassist – Paul Chambers
  • Saxophonist – John Coltrane
  • Saxophonist – Julian Adderley
  • Trumpet – Miles Davis



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John Coltrane (1926-1967) – wiki

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Sound mind visual connection?

Parker…close eyes…attend…with intention

….reaction…think ?

* Connected thought in manner in which Thelonius monk deconstructs sound into elements in `Brilliant corners’ and then reconstructs elements into sound….to trigger mind / consciousness leap to reconnect tune (and so extend duration of tracks vs prior period of 2’30” tracks in which tune followed a chronologic pattern of recurrent riffs)

* Pattern of artists shift in approach as exemplified in impresisonist brush stroke technique and then movement toward line and space (Cubist) and …to trigger mind /consciousness leap to reconnect image object

* Rodin’s sculpture and “…the missing part” (Jacques Lipchitz) that…triggers the mind/consciousness to seek understanding in that which is missing and solve the mystery of its absence.

* a poet’s choice of words and their arrangement ….to trigger a suspension of time and space that allows access to an ephemeral dimension.

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Ancient India Population

Article on ancient India population:

  • Chandragupta Maurya empire capable of supporting 700,000 standing army;
  • Pran Nath estimates 300 BCE population stood between 100-140 million;
  • Moreland estimates population in 1600 CE at 100 million;

Library ref for Kingsley Davis “The population of India and Pakistan”  at L J312/69325 and L J312/432048





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Ganges documentary


  • Gypaetus barbatus – Lammergeier – Bearded vulture – Wingspan up to 3m;  85-90% diet of bone marrow
  • Cedrus deodara – Deodar tree – Cedar native to West Himalayas – grows to 60m tall
  • Semnopithecus – Gray langurlive up to 4000m. Range from Himalayas to Sri Lanka. Winter diet bark and dead leaves.
  • Tor putitora – Golden Mahseer – Himalaya carp – up to 1m long; Omnivore diet. algae, crustacean, insects, fruit.
  • Hordeum vulgare L.- Barley (latin word – farina)- images – grass- cereal grain – Tibet barley adapted to cold and altitude > 4000m
  • Pennisetum glaucumPearl Millet – Most grown millet in India – Adapted to drought, high temp., low soil fertility. Spread north to south India. Best altitude growing range 800-1800m. Growing millet Nepal video.
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Jacques Lipchitz thoughts

Interview questions to Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973 – Lithuania – sculptor). Reached Lipchitz after listening to DVD produced by UK based Society of Portrait Sculptures that interviewed Vlasta Prachaticka. She had cited the influence of Marino Marini on her work. And one of the people that Marini had met in NY (according to Wikipedia) was Jacques Lipchitz (wiki and interview).

Extracts from interview:

– what moves me:

What I liked from Cezanne was his belief in the potentiality of the human being. And [Cezanne] wanted to exalt that. Its not a new feeling in the human being. Its an old feeling. But every time he can do only a little bit more. Making new conquests. Having the assurance that he is going ahead. I see in Cezanne, a jump towards the affirmation of this feeling. Its vigorous. Its moving. Everything is in it. It has the will to be a human being. He doesn’t want to imitate just nature, like the academician or even the impressionists. The impressionists were very naturalistic painters with a technique that was revolutionary. The technique, the finding of Chevroi [source: wiki that is recreating sensation in the eye that views subject through method of small, thin, brush strokes to convey color vibration] … With these techniques Cezanne said he would like to make an art which is as eternal as the art of the museums. This affirmation of the human potentiality is what moves me most.

– lesson from Rodin:

Rodin made sculpture with parts of body missing. What is so fascinating about broken statue? It is because a part is missing. That missing part gives a mystery. You want to reconstruct it to complete it. That activity in your mind gives you a certain attraction to the sculpture. That was meaningful when I understood that. Therefore sought to add mystery to recipe of making a sculpture. I decided to add mystery to my sculpture but wanted to make a complete sculpture with mystery in it.



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Krishna – flute

Krishna – pastoral deity – avatar of Vishnu – link to Bhil tribespeople and flute playing.


>David Beatty photography



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Poet Tulsi Das

  • Poet 16th century – wiki
  • Famous for popular Hindi translation of Ramayana
  • Hanuman Chalisa


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Datura blossom

Often placed on linga in temple.



Night of shiva

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Bilwa leaf

Bilwa leave often placed on linga in temple as sacred symbol to Shiva. Trifoliate shaped leaves resemble Shiva trident held in right hand. Tree grows in a wide range of soils and wide temperature fluctuation. Cultivated throughout India and found from Nepal throough Thailand, Philippines, Fiji. The fruit has medicinal properties as well as nutritional benefits. Aromatic. Unripe fruit helpful against giardia.





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