Archive for April, 2010

A huge figure wearing elaborated and heavy outfit including headdress, layers of skirt and jewellery, his big red eyes are rolling on a green colored face and his fingers are showing certain signs. Yes… I am talking about Kathakali, the ancient dance form.

Originated from the dance drama form Ramanattam, Kathakali is a classical Indian Dance Drama. Kathakali is a unique combination of literature, expression, dance, enactment, music and painting. The word Kathakali has derived from a Sanskrit word that literally means Story telling. Though only few are staged these days there are almost 101 Classical Kathakali stories. The most popular among the 101 stories are Nalacharitam, Duryodhana Vadham, Kalyanasougandhikam and Keechakavadham. The language used to tell the story is Manipravalam.

Traditionally, a Kathakali performance is usually conducted at night and ends in early morning. Nowadays it isn’t difficult to see performances as short as three hours or even lesser. Kathakali is performed in front of huge lamps know as “Kalivilakku”. The historic representation in Kathakali is a four fold scheme. The first is Angika that is related to the movements of body and limbs. Second is Vachika that is connected to vocal presentations of the performer and is focussed on the pronunciation, modulation of voice accents & percussion. Third is Satvika, which is simply the portrayal of psychic condition, and the last one is Ahraya that includes costume, make up, stage props etc.

A Kathakali actor uses immense concentration, skill and physical stamina, gained from regimented training based on Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art of Kerala, to prepare for his demanding role. The expressions are derived from Natyashastra and are classified into nine as in most Indian classical art forms. The main facial expressions of a Kathakali artist are the ‘Navarasas’. The performer has to be very careful regarding the hand movement. The performers are trained to connote over five hundred words with eye expressions and sixty-four basic hand poses. It requires a rigorous training to make the body flexible.
The make-up in Kathakali is quite bright and colourful. the make-up can be classified into five basic sets namely Pachcha, Kathi, Kari, Thaadi, and Minukku.It is so impressive that the tone and colours depict the nature of the characters. If the performer’s face is coloured green, it is the hero of the story. Similarly, the villains have red or black faces and the holy men & women have yellow faces. The performer has to undergo a long make up session that can last for four to five hours. The herbal facial paint is made of rice power and natural colors. They perform wearing elaborated and heavy outfits including headdress, layers of skirts, and jewellery.
The art of Kathakali is beautiful with natural and graceful movements, elaborate gestures, picturesque costumes, grand harmonic make-up suggested by herbal plants of the forests, and the vigorous & triumphant music. This art form was evolved in the Malabar region, but today is directly linked with Kerala’s soul.

Tring Tring… Tring Tring… Its ringing everywhere… yes it is the mobile phone, a wonderful device invented by Martin Cooper , which is now available with all the latest facilities like wi-fi, internet application, motion detection, organic keypad, touch screen, hi-fi camera and extended memory and in cutting edge designs. It has made our life so simple and fast. It has reduced the distance between the hearts. The mobile phone, also known as cellular phone, has become one of the most successful inventions. The convenience brought by this technology indeed changed the life of many people and society.

Many things such as banking, gathering information such as reports or latest news, control the share market via GPRS etc are what the technology helped to improve and ease the life of people. Japan is the country which the mobile phone technology develops the fastest in the world. But have we ever thought about the harmful radiation waves emitted by these amazing devices when we use them for long hours. Many scientific studies have investigated possible health effects of mobile phone radiations.

The mobile phones have many health issues associated with it. These mobile phones emit harmful radio waves and some part of these radio waves is absorbed by human head. The radio waves emitted by a GSM handset can have a peak power of 2 watts, and a US analogue phone had a maximum transmit power of 3.6 watts. The maximum power output from a mobile phone is regulated by the mobile phone standard it follows and by the regulatory agency in each country. Another major problem caused by the mobile phones is the thermal effect. The continuous usage of cell phones for longs hours can cause heating of head and cornea of eyes and can produce cataracts.

Another area of concern is the radiation emitted by the fixed infrastructure used in mobile telephony, such as base stations and their antennas, which provide the link to and from mobile phones. In order to protect the population living around base stations and users of mobile handsets, governments and regulatory bodies adopt safety standards, which translate to limits on exposure levels below a certain value. There are many proposed national and international standards, but that of the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection is the most respected one, and has been adopted so far by more than 80 countries. Some national radiation advisory authorities have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens. According to these bodies the exposure can be minimized by using hands- free to decrease the radiation to the head and by keeping the mobile phones away from body.


Posted by on Apr-17-2010

Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. One of the most exciting new destinations to emerge on the incentive travel market in recent years is the Arabian Gulf emirate of Dubai. Although a relative newcomer to the incentive travel market, Dubai has already achieved considerable success. This is because it fits neatly into the incentive travel organizers’ ideal profile of somewhere new and different that combines exotic experiences and excitement with professional destination management services and top quality hotels. Dubai is also a hub for all maritime activities.

Dubai, the maritime hub is going to witness the most happening event – Shiptek 2010. Shiptek is an International Conference on Shipping, Maritime and offshore industry. ShipTek 2010 will excavate the principal role of Marine Engineering, Offshore Technology, Engineering and Communication and Naval Architecture. The event will draw the worldwide maritime attention to the most happening maritime hub of the world, Dubai.
ShipTek 2010 constitutes a two day International Conference on Shipping, Marine and Offshore Industry and ShipTek Expo 2010 the maritime exhibition will provide the right platform to network, strike deals, forge trade relations and take business to the next level. ShipTek Expo 2010 will offer a productive business podium for the delegates and a great opportunity to display the new technologies of the maritime industry.
The fourth appearance of the International Maritime Video & Excellence Awards for the year 2010 accompanied by cocktails & gala dinner at the most prestigious Hotel Crowne Plaza which will add an extra dimension and grandeur to the event.

The Queen of Arabian Sea

Posted by on Apr-10-2010

Cochin is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, known as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea.

The Arabs British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India. Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.
Cochin is a small town, but it has outgrown its original bounds and is now the general name given to much of the region adjoining the original town, which now includes Cochin, Fort Kochi, Mattanchery, Ernakulam and many other nearby towns and villages. Kochi is the arguably the ideal starting point for exploring the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala, rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’.

The Marine World

Posted by on Apr-5-2010

Marine life is a vast resource, providing food, medicine, and raw materials, in addition to helping to support recreation and tourism all over the world. At a fundamental level, marine life helps determine the very nature of our planet. Marine organisms contribute significantly to the oxygen cycle, and are involved in the regulation of the Earth’s climate. Shorelines are in part shaped and protected by marine life, and some marine organisms even help create new land.
Most ocean life breeds in specific places, nests or not in others, spends time as juveniles in still others, and in maturity in yet others. Scientists know little about where many species spend different parts of their life cycles. For example, it is still largely unknown where sea turtles and some sharks travel. Tracking devices do not work for some life forms, and the ocean is not friendly to technology. This is important to scientists and fishermen because they are discovering that by restricting commercial fishing in one small area they can have a large impact in maintaining a healthy fish population in a much larger area far away.
The sea contains untold numbers of strange and bizarre creatures. It is said that we know more about our own solar system than we know about our oceans. Indeed, some creatures of the sea can seem more alien than anything you can imagine. But even worse, some of them can seem more frightening than your worst nightmare.
This large species has a rounded head and a mouth which faces forward to catch squid and fish that swim up off the seafloor. As in most other rattails, the males of this species have a special drum machine on their swim bladder that is used to attract females. They have to be careful though, as other fish like morid cods have hydrophones on their swim bladders to hunt down the sources of such noises.