European sojourn 5.2: Flamenco dance at Barcelona

Flamenco is a old Spanish dance form. Just like the bull fight in Madrid, there were many recommendations to watch this dance. Thereford, we made it a point to go for it on the day we landed in Barcelona!!

Luckily, one of the theatres was performing today! Just got the address and went there to see. The setting is a very old theatre in the heart of Barcelona! Decorated in deep black and flaming red, the ambience is warm and rustic. The show begins with the band performing folkish composition.

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The performance was authentic and enjoyable. The artists were well organised and passionate about this cultural artform.

My daughter, Savani enjoyed it from the rhythmic perspective, as it was sounding similar to Kathak formations. The claps of the hands and the intricate divisions make it interesting. Savani was reciting some of her todas and tukdas along with the performance!! Later we met them and exchanged these interesting similarities with them.

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European sojourn 5.1 Barcelona: Flamenco Dance

Flamenco is a old Spanish dance form. Just like the bull fight in Madrid, there were many recommendations to watch this dance. Thereford, we made it a point to go for it on the day we landed in Barcelona!!

Luckily, one of the theatres was performing today! Just got the address and went there to see. The setting is a very old theatre in the heart of Barcelona! Decorated in deep black and flaming red, the ambience is warm and rustic. The show begins with the band performing folkish composition.

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The performance was authentic and enjoyable. The artists were well organised and passionate about this cultural artform.

European sojourn 4.0: Toledo

We reached Toledo in less than an hour, but took as much the time to reach our place of stay. I had booked a traditional looking 3 bed room, which looked neat and clean. It turns out that this room is in the MID of Toledo, and has the best view.

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The whole town seems like a huge set of a historic film! The cars and the people in modern clothes does make I’d odd, however the structures and the bylines are so overwhelming that you just cannot ignore them.

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Toledo is famous for it’s swords, and you see many shops selling these souvenirs. The entire town has old buildings intact, so much so that they seem to be as they are in coming 500 years!! I really don’t know if the town planners have banned modern structures in the town, but it is a treat to your eyes to have entire town following a particular type of design.

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Just an hour away from Madrid city, this jewel has a lot to offer! Worth trip for the art lovers! Savani was literally exploring each lane and never got disappointed, since each lane provided a unique visual surprise. See some of these here:

Additional benefit is the summer time in Europe! We get to see the sunlight up to 9 pm! That helps in visiting as many places in the extra time. When we were back after  our long walk in the town, the window in the room had a extremely beautiful view to offer.

The lamp posts are placed strategically with the yellow adding a dramatic lighting to the whole scene! More about Toledo soon!

 

European sojourn 0.0

The Open edX conference of 2017 was scheduled in May. I had the opportunity to attend this conference with my colleagues! This allows for a short stay in European countries: Spain and France.

This blog post is coming up as a series to capture maximum details. Also, this is written almost as a diary, therefore it could be edited periodically.

The objective of this post is to outline the experience!!!

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This snap is taken from the flight, while we were about to land in Madrid.

The first in the series would be the journey to Madrid, followed by the Open edX conference experience. Finally I’ll start with the tourism experiences!! Keep reading posting your feedback!!!

 

Abakaka

Abakaka

Today is the day, when I lost one of the important person in my life: my uncle: Abakaka (Dr. Prakash Sahasrabudhe). While we remembered my grandfather last month on his 101st birth centenary, I got few of the snaps of Abakaka (in the group photos). Just tried to put up a timeline based sequence of his pictures. However, as an artist and animator, I could feel the introvert character reflecting in all his pictures.

He was a man of few (spoken) words, but a lot unsaid! We could feel those words being said from his ever expressive (and light) eyes! Therefore, his scolding would be of equally similar words as his praise, however we enjoyed each other’s company immensely! My aunt (Shyamalkaku) and many other relatives, used to tease us at every single opportunity, and in fact we actually loved it! Because, we were really close!

As the first child in the house, my (then) bachelor uncle, along with my aunts had taken total ownership of my upbringing! It is therefore, that although my father was transferred at various places, I always stayed with my grand-parents (along with Abakaka), in Aurangabad.  I fondly remember my years of association with him. He was an exquisite performer (die hard theatre artist), a competitive sportsman (opening batsman for Aurangabad region), Popular team builder (lead the bank employees union for a long tenure), and a connoisseur (good music, good perfumes, and good food!).

However, what inspires me is the rigour he put in for completing his PhD at the age of 50+ while working full time in the bank! I was extremely happy to assist him during those days, however it used to create some funny situations. Because I was a fine arts student assisting him on the topic of ‘Role of Urban Cooperative Banks in Maharashtra’. Therefore, most of my help was ‘ghodagiri‘, such as, become his typist, or writer, get the photocopies, file his papers, etc. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and to read my name on the acknowledgement page of his thesis was the icing on the cake! I don’t think any fine arts graduate will ever break this record of mine!

I was extremely happy to show his name on the acknowledgement page of my thesis many years later!!!

I am sure, where ever he is, he would be watching all of us, (like he used to), and say a lot of things (like he used to), which we cannot hear (like we used to)!