Shilpa Mankikar

Eat, Breathe, Dream Film. Reel www.truth-force.com

related to a lot of stuff he says about the world wanting to package you, and “friends” on the come-up.   

love this on pitching.  Cast Yourself as the Prize.

I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.

—Rumi

dhrupad:

Siddeshwari (1990)

I saw this beautiful experimental film at MoMA a few years ago.  Falu, the singer, is a disciple of Siddeshwari’s lineage.  Then I found a biography about her in Pune at my uncle’s house last summer.  Very interesting - she was an orphan, taken in by her aunt.  The singing lessons were actually for her cousin, and Siddeshwari was like “cinderella” cleaning the house.  Years later they used to have singing contests back and forth on boat parties, everyone floating down the river.  Made me nostalgic for a by-gone era, as the movie does…   

lovely & mysterious - @okayafrica Yoruba Doom Soul of French Afro-Cuban twin sisters @Ibeyi, who recently made their debut on @XL Recordings.
In Yoruba mythology, Ọya (Alternative spellings: Oiá, Iansã, Iansan), is the Undergoddess of the Niger River

She is seen in aspects as the warrior-spirit of the wind, lightning, fertility, fire, and magic. She creates hurricanes and tornadoes, and guards the underworld.[1] She is the spirit of tornadoes (which are said to be her whirling skirts as she dances), lightning, and any kind of destruction. Beyond destruction, Ọya is the spirit of change, transition, and the chaos that often brings it about. She owns the marketplace, as the Yorubas have a saying “Life is a Marketplace and our true house is in heaven”. She is also the giver of life. She lives at the gates of cemeteries (as opposed to the entire underworld), which reveals her in her aspect as the facilitator of transition. Ọya, when danced, often has a horse tail. Her clothes have all the colors but black. She has a face expression of really big and open eyes, and she breathes and blows up her chins, and often screams.

Ọya’s close association with the passage from life into death also means she is one of the few Orishas which are worshiped alongside the Egun ancestors, whose cult is most often distinct from that of the Orishas. The reason she is worshiped with Egungun is because the Egungun are her children. In the stories of the faith, she can transform herself into a water buffalo. One of her preferred offerings is the eggplant.