Sulochana Brahaspati

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Sulochana Brahaspati (born 1937, in Allahabad) is one of the noted vocalist of Hindustani classical music.

In 1994, she was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.

She is a vocalist and an exponent of the Rampur-Sadarang Parampara.[1] She learnt music from Pandit Bholanath Bhat and Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan (d. 1964) of Rampur-Sahaswan gharana.[2][3] Later she received intensive training from her guru, and her husband, Acharya K.C.D. Brahaspati. A large number of his compositions – KhayalsThumrisTappas and Dadras – are part of her portfolio.

She is also an accomplished teacher and musicologist and has published books including Raga Rahasya.

Text credits :  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulochana_Brahaspati

Listen to her fine expressions of Raga Yaman click here .

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda ( 1905 – 1982 ) was American stage and Film actor who appeared in more than 90 films over six decades and created quintessential American heroes known for their integrity. 

I hope you won’t be disappointed. You see I am not a very interesting person. I haven’t ever done anything except be other people.

I ain’t really Henry Fonda!

Nobody could be.

Nobody could have that much integrity.

Henry Fonda

If there is something in my eyes, a kind of honesty in the face, then I guess you could say that’s the man I’d like to be, the man I want to be.

Henry Fonda

I look like my father. To this day, when I walk past a mirror and see my reflection in it, my first impression is: That’s my father. There is a strong Fonda look.

Henry Fonda

I don’t really like myself. Never did. People mix me up with the characters I play. I’m not a great guy like Doug Roberts [in ‘Mister Roberts’]. I’d like to be but I’m not. Henry Fonda

Movie of the Week 24 : Fort Apache (1948)

Classic Movie Ramblings: Fort Apache (1948)

Fonda goes toe-to-toe with the mighty John Wayne in Fort Apache, John Ford’s American-Indian western. Fonda plays disgraced Civil War Lt. Colonel Owen Thursday, who along with his daughter Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), makes his way to the native Fort Apache war outpost.

When Owen arrives at the fort, he tangles horns with Captain Kirby York (Wayne), an expert on Apache life who teaches the Colonel and his daughter a thing or two.

Movie of the Week 24 : Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

The early, pre-Presidential upbringing of Abraham Lincoln is the subject of John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln. Fonda plays the idealistic future 16th President of the United States in the film.

The film spans ten years in the early life of Lincoln, as he moves from Kentucky to Illinois to become a lawyer and begin to start his own legal practice.

As Lincoln defends two men accused of murder, he also deals with the death of his girlfriend Ann and begins to woo his future wife, Mary Todd. The film ends with Lincoln deciding on a future in politics.

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Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins born 1937 is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television and composer. Considered to be one of the greatest living actors .

He has been recently awarded at the Oscars 2021, making him the oldest actor in history to have received an Academy Award Oscars for the ‘Best Actor’ – The Father (2021) and earlier for the ‘Best Actor’ – The Silence of the Lambs (1992).

I couldn’t say I ever dreamt of becoming a composer, a pianist, or anything else for that matter. I have the kind of brain where nothing is set in stone.  Anthony Hopkins

Our existence is beyond our explanation, whether we believe in God or we have religion or we’re atheist. Our existence is beyond our understanding. No one has an answer. Anthony Hopkins

The art of acting is not to act. Once you show them more, what you show them, in fact is bad acting. Anthony Hopkins

Movie of the Week 23 :  Shadowlands ( 1993 )

Shadowlands

Hopkins got the chance to play the romantic lead in Shadowlands. Hopkins stars as C.S. Lewis, famed author of the Chronicles of Narnia series, in this true story of an American fan (Debra Winger) who traveled to England to meet Lewis and the two began a loving affair.

Hopkins and Winger were both praised for their incredible performances that help make this love story all the more memorable. It is a simple yet moving portrait of two people coming together to fulfill each other’s lives.

There are several other very powerful movies but it is a masterpiece in my opinion .

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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart ( 1899 – 1957 ) an American actor who became a preeminent motion picture “tough guy” and was a top box-office attraction during the 1940s and ’50s. 

Humphrey Bogart defined an era of cinema.

The only thing you owe the public is a good performance. Humphrey Bogart

Acting is experience with something sweet behind it. Humphrey Bogart

An actor needs something to stabilize his personality, something to nail down what he really is, not what he is currently pretending to be. Humphrey Bogart

Unless you really understand the water, and understand the reason for being on it, and understand the love of sailing and the feeling of quietness and solitude, you don’t really belong on a boat anyway. I think Hemingway said one time that the sea is the last free place on earth. Humphrey Bogart

Movie of the Week 22 :  Sabrina

Sabrina : 1954 was a successful year for Humphrey Bogart as he acted in one of the highest-rated movies of the year Sabrina alongside Audrey Hepburn.

Movie of the Week 22 :  The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre : Greed and insecurity is a driving force for humans and that was proven in the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, starring Humphrey Bogart as Dobbs, Tim Holt as Curtin, and Walter Huston as Howard. The three men go on the adventure of a lifetime to the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico to find gold.

Even though the three men discover treasure, they also stumble upon bandits hidden in the Mexican wilderness as well as their own greed and insecurities. The bonds of friendship are tested in this classic adventure film.

Movie of the Week 22 : Casablanca

Casablanca : One of Bogart’s most well-known films is the 1942 film Casablanca  where he starred as nightclub owner Rick Blaine. The stunning Ingrid Bergman starred as Rick’s former love , who has returned to Casablanca with her new husband Victor Laszlo, played by Paul Henreid.

Normally One movie is what is my target but all these above movies are master pieces , see them again if you have before otherwise see them on Sunday .

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Edward Norton

Edward Norton,is an American actor known for his intense performances and uncompromising approach to his work.

“What has always been most interesting about acting to me personally is that it affords you the chance to shift gears, both in terms of the experiences you get to have through doing it, but also the different kinds of things you get to represent. ” Edward Norton

I never think that a film should answer questions for you. I think it should make you ask a lot of questions.

The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions. Edward Norton

Instead of telling the world what you’re eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that’s meaningful. Edward Norton

Movie of the Week 21 :  The Illusionist

Vienna is an interesting location: the home of innovations in demagoguery, psychology and the inducement of mass hysteria. Norton plays Abramovitz, a low-born Austrian cabinet-maker’s son who as a boy discovers in himself a vocation for magic.

The Illusionist is more modest in conception, with more control and more focus; its trick ending is more guessable but more realistic and more satisfying, too. At its centre is an enigmatic showman in turn-of-the-century Vienna, played with charisma and poise by Edward Norton; the director is Neil Burger, and the result is a smart, sharp, economically achieved piece of work.

It is a good movie to watch.

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Movie Week 20 : Daniel Day-Lewis

“Everybody has to know for themselves what they’re capable of.”
— Daniel Day-Lew

Daniel Day-Lewis, 64, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars,

Day-Lewis, who was born in Britain and holds dual Anglo-Irish citizenship, won his third best actor Oscar in 2013 for playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln.”

His win made him the first man to be awarded three best actor Oscars in the history of the Academy Awards. ( 3 images )

He previously won Academy Awards for his roles as a paraplegic Irish writer in “My Left Foot” (1989) and a greedy early 20th century oil baron in “There Will Be Blood” (2007).

“For as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment and renewal… has always been the work of other actors.”
— Daniel Day-Lewis

“I live in a landscape, which every single day of my life is enriching.”
— Daniel Day-Lewis

Movie of the Week : There Will Be Blood

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I was lucky enough to watch this masterpiece There Will Be Blood “ Today.

if you have not ……. a truly value for time great movie .

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Movie Week 19 : Clint Eastwood

Movie of the Week : MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)

Clint Eastwood, in full Clinton Eastwood, Jr., (born May 31, 1930, San Francisco , California ) is an American motion-picture actor who emerged as one of the most popular Hollywood stars in the 1960s and went on to become a Prolific and respected director-producer.

One of the greatest figures in film history turns 91 on May 31.

Praise to the Man With No Name who could be a Dirty Harry for a Few Dollars More but was never Unforgiven by his fans, because he was never shy of being In the Line of Fire, even if he was a Million Dollar Baby driving a Gran Torino with few best Quotes.

“There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.”
― Clint Eastwood, 

Clint Eastwood – 13 Oscars

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to
self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt,
that’s real power.”
― Clint Eastwood

“They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.”
― Clint Eastwood

MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)

Director: Clint Eastwood. Writer: Paul Haggis. Starring Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel.

“Million Dollar Baby” was perhaps the most acclaimed movie of 2004. It received seven Oscar nominations and won the awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, Best Actress for Hilary Swank, and Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman.

Eastwood was also nominated as Best Actor but he lost that award to Jamie Foxx in “Ray.” The film tells the story of a young woman who aspires to be a professional boxer. She forms a deep bond with her trainer (Eastwood) that takes them through both triumph and tragedy.

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Morgan Freeman

Life is a fair energy and Love is value energy and when we love life than fair energy become freedom and wholeness in Life.

My movie time is 60 minutes everyday for 3 days for a one good actor and for last two days it has been Legendary Actor Morgan Freeman ,

so in a year time I watch good 100 movies of 100 best Actors and Actresses of Western Cinema.

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman

We humans are more concerned with having than with being. Morgan Freeman

I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it.

How do you be good to life?

You live it.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman performance as the chauffeur Hoke Colburn to Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy) that really put him on the movie star map. 

it’s a really well made film with wonderful acting performances from Jessica Tandy, who won an Oscar for her role as Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy won four Oscars and was nominated for another five, including Best Actor for Freeman, though he didn’t win.

A fine dialogue from the movie

“- Daisy Werthan: You know your letters don’t you?
– Hoke Colburn: Oh yeah, yeah I know my abc’s pretty good, just can’t read. 
– Daisy Werthan: Stop saying that you’re making me mad! If you know your letters you can read. You just don’t know you can read. 

The last scene is truly heart touching , if you have not watched than do watch it , it is a value for time Movie,

Driving Miss Daisy | Destination Toledo

Knowing 26 Alphabets of English Language , one can Express without an End.

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