An Experience Beyond This World: Mahisasuramardini

This Saturday Mahisasuramardini ( The annihilation of Mahishasura, the buffalo demon) is taking place. A one and half-hour audio montage of Chandipath broadcasted on All India Radio at 4 A.M. in the morning on the day of Mahalaya since 1931. Mahalaya, the ending of Pitru Paksha, marks the beginning of Debipaksha and Durga Puja festival. A folklore on when all the male Gods found themselves … Continue reading An Experience Beyond This World: Mahisasuramardini

Once Upon a Time…

“It was so quiet, one of the killers would later say, you could almost hear the sound of ice rattling in cocktail shakers in the home way down the canyon”. That’s the opening line of the book ‘Helter Skelter: The true story of the Manson Murders’ by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. Charles Manson died in 2017. “Five days after the killings he engineered, the … Continue reading Once Upon a Time…

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Skating In Central Park

This entry was originally posted on TheLarchWood “Skating In Central Park” was originally written by John Lewis for “Odds Against Tomorrow”, a 1959’s film produced and directed by Robert Wise. The Modern Jazz Quartet recorded the tune for the film and for their album Music from Odds Against Tomorrow and released it in 1959 on United Artists Record. Bill Evans and Jim Hall re-record the … Continue reading TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Bill Evans & Jim Hall – Skating In Central Park

A Young Director and his only film

I came across a brief write up by one of my acquaintances on Facebook   a few days back. “…Asia is the place where cinema is still breathing a fresh whiff of significant cinema – something which current European cinema is visibly lacking!”, it concluded. He listed a bunch of directors from different parts of Asia who are shining with their works today. But what caught … Continue reading A Young Director and his only film

The amazing works of Julia Margaret Cameron

In 1863, right after her 48th birthday, Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera as a gift from her daughter and son-in-law with the words, “It may amuse you, Mother, to try to photograph during your solitude at Freshwater.” The gift came at a moment to Cameron when her husband was investigating his family’s failed coffee crop in Caylon, Sri Lanka, when all their sons … Continue reading The amazing works of Julia Margaret Cameron

Maborosi and memory

Maborosi, the first feature film by contemporary Japanese maestro Kore-eda Hirokazu. Yumiko, the protagonist, is a girl when we first meet her. She lives with her parents and grandmother in Osaka. Her grandmother leaves the home to go back to the village she is from before dying. Yumiko tries to stop her but fails. Her grandmother never comes back. She met a boy with a … Continue reading Maborosi and memory

Listen to these Sounds of Mother Earth

On a recent trip to an ‘isolated mountain’, I happened to realize how insignificant we are in this vastness of space. Traveling at the speed of light, it would take almost 100,000 years to cross the Milky Way. So if you imagine a particle of dust upon this gargantuan planet, you are still nowhere near to perceive how infinitesimally small a position we occupy in … Continue reading Listen to these Sounds of Mother Earth

From Revenge to a Reconciliation Factory

When you’re an adult, one of the many things you miss the most is probably the ingenuousness of your childhood and the simplicity it once bestowed upon your forsaken infancy. Gone are the simple and colorful splashes of a livelihood that once made you happy. But you’ve always gotta move forward; well, that’s the only option!! And with coming-to-age technologies and social media it’s getting … Continue reading From Revenge to a Reconciliation Factory

Le Mariage Collectif – A Soundtrack Worth Remembering

If you type in Le Mariage Collectif or simply Collective Marriage on Google, it’s definitely unlike most of the search results you would get for a movie. There’s not much out there on internet about it that might be of your interest. Mariage Collectif has been anything but remembered by history as an important movie, that’s for sure, a fact even admitted by the press … Continue reading Le Mariage Collectif – A Soundtrack Worth Remembering

Of Swan Lake

Back when I was a kid, another fascinating thing about an animated series was the music. The weekends were full of joints from Justice League, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Gargoyles, Cédric, Oswald, Bob the Builder, Noddy, Looney Tunes and many others that I probably don’t even remember the name of. Back when there was not really a thing called internet to take over the … Continue reading Of Swan Lake

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Mitski – Nobody

It’s your usual moody Saturday again and what could be better than listening to some moody indie rock ballad that runs along with the runaway pop culture with resembling pace and motion. From Mitski’s fifth studio album Be the Cowboy, Nobody is TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day getting 5 conifer cones out of 5 for the day. Listen Below. Continue reading TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Mitski – Nobody

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Eric Church – Springsteen

I remember listening to Springsteen for the first time on some online radio back in 2012. It was sublime. Reminded me of my high school romance that I had thought I would not be able to live without. But there I was….taking a long walk off a short pier. Springsteen was released as a single off Eric Church’s third studio album Chief on February 21, … Continue reading TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Eric Church – Springsteen

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Kacey Musgraves – Lonely Weekend

Almost a year ago on March 30th, 2018 Kacey Musgraves released her fourth studio album Golden Hour through MCA Nashville. Kacey co-wrote and co-produced all the 13 tracks in the album with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. And there’s no better time to listen to it than March itself. The 2nd track off Golden Hour: Lonely Weekend is TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day getting 5 … Continue reading TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Kacey Musgraves – Lonely Weekend

TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Poemme – Tadpoles

One distinctive feature of Poemme’s 2017’s album BLOOMING SPRING has to be its arbitrary emancipation. The album isn’t restricted to any emotional boundaries. It doesn’t deliver a sense of deep melancholy or morbidness, neither does it express an utmost bliss that goes beyond our cognition. Rather it gives out a feeling of a conventional and convivial life that we are fastened with. The 3rd track … Continue reading TheLarchWood’s Song of the Day: Poemme – Tadpoles