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    The automobile enthusiasts had an opportunity to view the vintage cars, Jawa bikes, mopeds, Yezdi bikes, sports cars, and superbikes, at auto expo— ‘Wheels – 2012’ organised by Flames, a students’ association of mechanical engineering students of Sahyadri College of Engineering.

    A rally was organised as a part of the auto expo. The rally was flagged off at Mahaveera Circle and concluded at the college campus, in Adyar.

    MYK-5970 Ambassador car manufactured in 1951 in America, from Manjusha museum at Dharmasthala welcomed the visitors at the expo.

    Dilip Kumar had exhibited a bicycle with gear facility. The bicycle was made in Britain way back in 1951.

    ‘Suvega’ of 1976,  Lambretta-48 of 1956, Yezdi from Czechoslovakia, Jawa bikes were centre of attraction among the youth. Jawa bikes were household names in India when it was introduced in the Indian market. It had become part of Indian lifestyle. In fact, Jawa had set up its unit in India in 1962 and was renamed as Jawa Yezdi, said a student.

    Different models of Jawa bikes were also on display.  Other two-wheelers which were on display are ‘Ninja,’ ‘GSX,’ ‘Hayabusa,’ ‘R1’ bikes, which made the youth to ride the bikes at least once in their lifetime. Vintage cars too were  the star of attraction.

    Morris Minor 1000, Ford jeep, Contessa car of Hindustan Motors, old Fiat car  along with modern cars like  Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Audi were on display. Customised cars and bikes and accessories, which enhance performances of cars and bikes like exhaust free headers and silencers, air-filters and other accessories, were also kept for display in the auto expo.

    Organising committee head of the event Rakshith Shetty said this event has been organised to educate people about how automobile industry has changed over the years technology-wise.

    The expo was inaugurated by Sanjay Rao of Mandovi Motors. He spoke on the importance of wearing safety belt. College Principal U Bhushi was present.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> District / Mangalore, DH News Service / October 20th, 2012

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    Mandya & the Canadian link

    Canadian-born Lesli C Coleman, regarded as one of the ‘makers of modern Mandya’, worked in Mandya district of princely Mysore province from 1908 for more than 40 years. Coleman is said to have worked tirelessly, helping farmers get better yields from their crops through pest control and better farming techniques.

    Coleman is known to have designed several innovative agricultural implements many of which are found to have been used by farmers even today.

    But that’s not all. Lesli Coleman has mainly been remembered by the people of Mandya for his initiative and efforts in setting up the sugar factory (with a 600-tonne cane crushing capacity) which was started in Mandya in 1933. A major milestone for the region.

    In Chikmagalur district

    He also worked in Chikmagalur district, where a research centre named Coffee Experimental Station (present-day Central Coffee Research Institute) was founded under his guidance, in 1925.

    Coleman, who was basically an agricultural scientist, carried out extensive research in the field of agricultural science.

    His major contributions have been research and teaching of entomology of agricultural pests and plant pathology.

    source: http://www.DeccanHerald.com / Home> Supplements> Spectrum / by S V Upendra Charya / October 30th, 2012

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    Mumbai:

    Music Director V Harikrishna bagged a total of three awards at the Big Kannada Music awards, held recently at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium in Bangalore.

    V Harikrishna won two jury awards in the categories Big Music Director (Jogayya) and Big Musical Hit Movie (Paramathma) accompanied by a popular award in the Big Josh Song category for 123 Vishnuvardhana (Vishnuvardhana).

    Lyricist Jayanth Kaikini picked up two honours including the jury award for Paravashanaadenu (Paramathma) and a popular award for Big Feeling Song for Neeralli Sanna (Hudugaru). Other winners included artistes like Avinash Chebbi, Mamta Sharma, Indu Nagaraj, Yogaraj Bhat and Alex Paul.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon four music stars- playback singer PB Srinivas, devotional  vocalist Vidyabhushana, light music singer Ratnamala Prakash and instrumentalist Kadri Gopalnath. The station also gave away a special award titled Kannadigara All Time Big Golden Song to ‘Huttidare Kannadanadalli Hutta Beku’ from the movie Aakasmika.

    Conducted by Big FM, the  awards acknowledge, applaud and recognize the talent of the Kannada music fraternity. The awards were adjudged by an eminent jury panel comprising of stalwarts from the Kannada music industry like Rajan (music director), V Manohar (music director) and Manjula Gururaj (playback singer).

    The occasion was graced by big names from the world of music like Manjula Gururaj, Ratnamala Prakash, Padmashree Kadri Gopalnath, B Jayashree, Harikrishna  and Ricky Kej amongst others.

    RJs Rashmi, Shruthi, Mayur, Rohit hosted special acts while an unplugged medley of classic songs was performed by Akanksha Badami, Anuradha Bhat and Deepak Doddera accompanied by RJ Mayur and Somashekhar Joyce.

    The full list of award winners:

    http://www.radioandmusic.com/radioandmusiclinx/y2k12/oct/The-ful-%20list-of-award-winners.pdf

    source: http://www.radioandmusic.com / Home / by RnM Team / October 29th, 2012

     

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    Child wizard Aditya Venkatesh.

    Aditya with his parents Jyothi and Venkatesh.

    He is just 10-year-old but his memory power is phenomenal. Meet Aditya Venkatesh, a student of Mansarovar Pushkarini Vidyashram in Vijayanagar 2nd Stage, who has mastered the Hindu mythology and also learnt about Roman and Egyptian mythology.

    Any kid of his age would be fascinated about the video games, Chota Bheem, Dorae-mon and Tom and Jerry, but this kid is more fascinated about mythology. Not that Aditya doesn’t watch cartoons or play video games, he is as normal as the other kids. He loves playing tennis and is also a fitness freak.

    Speaking to the SOM, Aditya said that his passion for mythology developed at the age of two when his grandmother used to read out mythological stories from a Tamil magazine and also his parents who read out stories from Amarchithra Katha collections.

    According to Aditya, the interest on mythology grew when he was placed 194 in the National Science Olympiad held at Bangalore during 2010. He was awarded CDs containing mythological details which triggered him to develop passion towards his favourite subject. “I want to learn more about God and foreign mythology. This apart, I want to study the custom and tradition followed in foreign countries,” he adds.

    The first book on mythology which Aditya read on his own was Ramayana. Since then he has never stopped. He has completed a series of Amarchithra Katha and other books on Hindu Mythology. He has also read books on Roman and Greek mythology and currently Aditya is studying about Egyptian mythology. “I have completed reading The Helen of Troy from Greek mythology, Rise of Colosseum from Roman mythology and Sun God’s Secret Name from Egyptian mythology,” said Aditya.

    He does not just read the books and let it go. But he studies them in depth and remembers all the stories and characters. Aditya can tell stories about the characters in mythology which nobody has come across. The way in which he tells the story is fascinating and mesmerising. Aditya, who is currently reading books on Egyptian mythology, has plans to study Chinese mythology next.

    Aditya’s parents, Jyothi and Venkatesh have been of great support to him in pursuing his passion. Venkatesh, who is a software professional, gets him books related to mythology along with his normal school books. “I give a lot of credit to Aditya who has brought a change in my life. It is because of him I have been following rituals and traditions. He has told me the reasons why one has to follow the traditions which I was not aware. This apart, his interest in mythology has really fascinated me,” said the proud Venkatesh.

    Venkatesh also plans to take Aditya to Cambodia, who wants to visit the Lord Vishnu temple located in Angkor. Not only this, Aditya wishes to visit Rome and Greece to learn about the ancient traditions and customs. Venkatesh said that he has reserved around 200 sq. ft. to set up a library at his new house which is being constructed at Vijayanagar.

    Apart from his passion towards mythology, Aditya also plays tennis and aims to participate in marathons. He has also been a brilliant student in his school. Calling him a child prodigy would be too simplistic. The only apt word to refer him would be “Child Wizard of Mythology.”

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> Feature Articles / by S.N. Venkatnag Sobers /  October 27th, 2012

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    Caption: Landscape In-charge of BEML Keerthinarayan and his team of gardeners receiving the overall trophy from Shashikala Nagaraj, Director of District Horticulture Society, at the valedictory of Dasara Flower Show in city on Thursday. Dean of Horticulture College Dr. Venkatesh and Dy. Director of Horticulture M.N. Nagaraj are also seen.

    Mysore, Oct. 27

    The 10-day flower show organised by the Dept. of Horticulture as part of Dasara festivities at Curzon Park adjacent to Kote Anjeneya Swamy Temple came to a close on Thursday.

    The valedictory function was marked by distribution of prizes to winners of flower arrangement competitions in various categories. BEML won the first prize in 24 categories and bagged the attractive ‘Moodagooru Subbanna, Puttaveeramma Overall Rolling Shield.’

    Prizes and certificates were also issued to institutions and individuals including industries, educational institutions, lodging houses, private houses, hotels, government, semi-government and private persons who won prizes in various competitions in which as many as 573 participants took part.

    Sarada Vilas Educational Society and SDM Institute for Management Development bagged the award for gardening while Co-operative Horticulture Director, Ooty and Mysore, secured the award for arranging flower plants.

    Dixit bagged most of the awards in various competitions held for children as K.Rathna, a resident of T.K.Layout, got the award for arranging pots while J.G. Basavaraju and H.N. Vasanth of Ramakrishna Nagar bagged the award for maintenance of big and small private gardens respectively.

    Best Industrial Award was given to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation as Shyamala Prasanna won the award for maintenance of Best Private Garden.

    Mahadev, gardener of BEML, said women can grow vegetables in pots and these organic vegetables would be sufficient for a household for three months.

    source: http://www.StarofMysore.com / Home> General News / October 27th, 2012

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    October 26th, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

    Music fans in Bangalore had a rare concert treat this past Dussera festival weekend with an unbelievable lineup: sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his two accomplished sons Amaan and Ayaan, accompanied by *two* acclaimed table players: Tanmoy Bose and Satyajit Talwalkar!

    ‘Sarod Samrat’ Amjad Ali Khan was born into a musical family and has performed internationally since the 1960s. He was awarded India’s second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2001, as well as a fellowship in 2012 from India’s Sangeet Natak Akademi.

    The Dalai Lama has reportedly remarked about him: “When Amjad Ali Khan performs, he carries with him a deep human spirit, a warm feeling and a sense of caring.” Khan believes music has no boundaries, and teaches around the world as well. Music transcends the two most dividing aspects of humanity — religion and language, and music is as much about feeling as theory, according to Khan, in previous press interviews about his classes in Stanford University.

    Ustad Amjad Ali Khan with his sons, Amaan and Ayaan

    His sons Amaan and Ayaan are outstanding musicians in their own right, and perform classical music along with their father, as well as fusion and collaborations with other international artistes. The family has a Web site about sarod music.

    See my earlier review of Amaan and Ayaan’s fusion album “Reincarnation”. I also had the good fortune to hear the brothers perform live at NCPA in Mumbai with oud expert Rahim AlHaj from Iraq earlier this year.

    The two brothers opened the evening performance on a rainy day in Bangalore with a piece set in Raga Rageshri, in taals of 14 and then 16 beats. The introductory alap showcased beautiful melodies, and Amaan and Ayaan traded intricate lines before the tabla players joined in. Tanmoy Bose paired with Amaan and Satyajit Talwalkar with Ayaan, each participating in call-response which drew loud applause from the audience.

    Ustad Amjad Ali Khan then took the stage with the two tabla players, a rare combination. He showcased the richness of Indian classical music with a range of pieces: the Ganesh Kalyan melody, Raga Zila Kafi, tarana, Raga Miya ki Malhar, a composition of Rabindranath Tagore, and an Assamese song. The classic Amjad Ali Khan pose – head turned to the right with eyes closed and a half-smile on his lips – brought a smile to many in the audience familiar with his performances, and his mastery of the sarod made the instrument come to life as few can.

    His two sons then joined him on stage, touching his feet as they sat down flanking him, with the two tabla players facing each other on the sides – making for a unique lineup of Indian classical musicians. Amjad Ali Khan acknowledged the fine tabla players and their musical influences: Pandit Shankar Ghosh and Suresh Talwalkar.

    As the sarod players were filing their nails, Khan joked that this was not out of vanity but because the sarod stringboards are played with the fingernails — and not with fingertips as in other string instruments!

    The final piece was set in Raga Kirwani, with Khan taking the lead and performing duets with each of his sons, followed by tabla duets. The tabla players then squared off with each other, taking solos and then jamming with each other in ever-shorter segments till they both thundered together in a rousing crescendo.

    The evening came to an end seemingly all too soon, but the five musicians drew a standing ovation (one fan even tweeted that the performance was ‘sarodgasmic’!). What stood out that evening was not just the mastery of the musical geniuses but the energy, bliss and spirituality of the entire performance. We look forward to welcoming sarod’s ‘First Family’ again to Bangalore, and to future concerts produced by Sumeru Events!

    source: http://www.worldmusiccentral.com / Home> Concert Reviews / by MadanMohan Rao / October 25th, 2012

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    Kundpapur, Oct 23:

    The long-cherished dream of 75 families of Uppinakudru was finally fulfilled when a newly-constructed road was inaugurated here on Monday October 22. What makes the occasion special is that the road has been built by the people themselves.

    For the past 20 years, no road has been constructed in Hadibettu village. There was a ‘road’ where people could walk, but it was far from motorable. In rainy season the situation would worsen and even walking would be a harrowing task.

    Poor roads are not uncommon, and neither are protests from people. Every now and then frustrated citizens march on streets demanding better roads, but here in Hadibettu, perhaps out of frustration or resourcefulness, the people themselves pooled in their money and built the road.

    The initiative was taken by the locals which included president of Catholic Sabha Kundapur varodo Precilla Menezes, Flora Dias, Norbert D’Silva and team. They took the help of gram panchayat Tallur president Raghu Poojary who gave the no-objection certificate (NOC).

    The people spent around Rs 1,60,000 on the work. Mani Sherigar helped with the mud. Looking at the zeal of the people, the gram panchayat assured some help toward road development in the future.

    The newly-constructed the road was blessed by Fr Sunil Veigas, parish priest of Tallur Church. The road was inaugurated by president of gram panchayat Raghu Poojary Tallur.

    Anant Mowadi, member of zilla panchayat said that road is a basic need of every citizen. He congratulated the people who took the initiative of constructing the road.

    Member of gram panchayat Anand Billava, Girish Aithal, president of auto rickshaw drivers’ association Shekar Poojary, Stany Almeida, Urban Mendonsa, Tallur gram panchayat PDO Vivek and secretary Vasudev were present.

    Precilla Menezes proposed the vote of thanks.

    source: http://www.daijiworld.com / Home> News> Top Stories / by Silvester D’Souza / Daijiworld Media Network – Kundapur / Tuesday, October 13th, 2012

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    India continues to enjoy the No. 1 position as the leading information technology, business outsourcing and consulting destination of the past two decades. In fact, the other emerging powerhouses of the BRIC nations are all hot destinations for future investments.

    But we cannot rest on our laurels. It is imperative that we strive to become the finest research hub the world has ever seen. We can achieve this distinction by investing in our schools – the places where future generations will develop the skills and resources that will drive our country’s economic growth.

    The Royal Society’s seminal 2011 report, ‘Knowledge,  Networks and Nations: Global Scientific Collaboration in the 21st Century’, states that even in the difficult economic times we now face, national governments need to maintain investment in their science base “in order to secure economic prosperity, tap into new sources of innovation and growth, and sustain vital connections across the global research landscape.”

    Currently, a mere 0.25% of India’s  GDP is spent on research & development. The government proposes to step this up to 2% of GDP, with half of that amount coming from private industry and half from the public sector. While admirable in its intentions, the goal falls short. Israel, for example, spends 6% of its GDP on scientific research. Switzerland and Sweden both spend 4% of their GDPs on research, and even China is approaching 2%.

    India is in danger of falling behind other nations in the race to build an advanced, 21th century economy. True, the country has increased its expenditures on education as a percentage of GDP to 4% during the 2011-12 school year from 3.3% in 2004-05. But compared to the other BRIC countries, we need to do more. Brazil, for instance, spends some 5.7% of its GDP on education. Smaller developing nations like Ethiopia spend 4.7%, and even Botswana spends 7.8% of its GDP on education, according to the World Bank.

    Make no mistake: India needs a sustainable pipeline of scientific research. To build this pipeline, it is imperative to have strong investments in education. A population grounded in the sciences will strengthen our industries and government. Our nation will have home-grown minds working on the myriad problems facing society and improving the lives of everyone. The responsibility for this task lies not just with government but with private industry, schools, families and individuals.

    I encourage young scientists and students to consider careers in research – whether in corporate laboratories or academic institutions. In the private sector, my colleagues and i set up the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF), a not-for-profit trust, to promote scientific research in India. The ISF has set up a series of public lectures by the winners of the Infosys Prize that we hope will kindle a spark of interest in young minds. We hope also to make role models of the Infosys Prize winners – the Sachin Tendulkars of science, if you will – that youngsters will want to follow.

    The high point of our year is when we award the Infosys Prize to honour the outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists in the fields of engineering and computer science, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and social sciences. The Infosys Prize highlights the impact research has had on areas important to India’s growth.

    One of our recent winners, Professor Kalyanmoy Deb, was honoured for his work in engineering and computer science. His research has led to advances in the areas of non-linear cons-traints, decision uncertainty, programming and numerical methods, computational efficiency of large-scale problems and optimisation algorithms. His work has profound implications on a range of practical ideas – from how the financial markets operate to how we can find sources of fuel in the future. The winner of the Infosys Prize in life sciences, Dr Imran Siddiqui, worked on clonal seed formation in plants that has significant implications for agriculture, especially in the developing world. The work of our winners is meaningful, impactful and inspiring.

    As you can see, my colleagues and i are doing what we can to help bring about this transformation in the corporate sector. But there are many steps that India’s universities can take that will focus our students on scientific research. First and foremost is to give top-notch researchers scholarships, grants and interest-free loans to make their work financially worthwhile.

    Universities can also bridge the gap of communication and interaction between researchers here and abroad. Let’s make it known that scientific research is a global pursuit benefiting the global community. Plus, schools can ensure that the research conducted by their students is measured by and meets global standards. Finally, i call on the media to devote attention and airtime to profiling India’s top researchers and scientists, and their work. Can you imagine giving the same attention to our country’s great scientists as we do to our  sports and movie stars?

    Scientific gains and a booming economy  go hand in hand. We’re at a crossroads in this country. How we move forward at this very moment in our history will determine the success of this nation and whether we lead the world well into the next century.

    The writer is chairman emeritus, Infosys and trustee, Infosys Science Foundation.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Opinion> Edit Page / TOP ARTICLE / by N R Narayana Murthy / October 24th, 2012

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    October 23rd, 2012adminBusiness & Economy, Travel, World Opinion

    Bangalore:

    The large and rising number of Japanese enterprises and families in Bangalore is encouraging the emergence of products and services targeted at this community.

    Tokyo-based  Nippon Infrastructure Company, in association with entrepreneur Nic U Iqbal, is setting up an exclusive business hotel for the  Japanese community  on Langford Road. This fully Jap-styled, 30-room hotel called Uno-Inn will be operational from November 1. Iqbal, together with another investor, is also launching a chain of Kenkos (Japanese health outlets) to sell Japanese health drugs, herbs, health devices, health accessories, skin, hair and hygiene products. The maiden store is coming up on Brigade Road on a 7,000 sqft facility.

    In August, Toyota Enterprises, a wholly owned subsidiary of  Toyota Motor Corporation, entered into a joint venture with Hyagreeva Hotels and Resorts that owns and operates The Chancery hospitality brand in Bangalore. TOI had then reported that, under this pact, Toyota Enterprises would take over 52 rooms in The Chancery on Lavelle Road and invest in styling and ambience to fit Japanese standards. A Japanese restaurant and spa are also being added and will be operational from January 2013.

    The Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) estimates that Bangalore is home to around 200 Japanese companies — most prominent of which is Toyota Motor Company — and over 600 Japanese families. It also estimates that over 12,000 Japanese visit Bangalore every year on business assignments.

    The Karnataka government has also made a big pitch for Japanese investments. At the Global Investors Meet this year, the largest foreign delegation, with some 50 members, was said to have been from Japan. The government has been talking about establishing a township exclusively for Japanese expats on 1,000 acres of land, with residential accommodation, restaurants, pagodas, hospitals and schools. The government, in association with the Japanese government, is also said to be looking at establishing a Japanese-language school in Bangalore to help Kannadigas learn Japanese and improve their chances of employment in Japanese firms. A plan for a Japanese bullet train project between Chennai and Bangalore, and Bangalore and Hubli is occasionally heard.

    So understandably there is increasing demand for quality Japanese lodging and dining facilities in Bangalore. Iqbal, who has 15 years of working experience in Japan including a five-year term with the Japanese government, told TOI: “Many of these Japanese visitors to Bangalore are on slightly long visits, like a week or more. From my interaction with them I understand that they prefer to stay in a place that gives them a touch of home and Japanese food.”

    Naomi Isono, director of Uno-Inn, said, “We are tying to make this hotel as Japanese as possible. It will have Japanese executives, Japanese chefs and Japanese food. The entire decor and ambience of rooms, restaurants and the hotel building will be in Japanese style.”

    The Chancery’s Japanese wing will include a dedicated Japanese concierge service, reception desk, signboards, staff for guidance, a floor manager, and a large communal bath area.

    This bath area will replicate the hot spring bath experience common in Japan. The rooms will be customized to Japanese requirements, with large desks, bidet toilets and expanded space for long stay guests.

    In an earlier interaction, Naveen Raju, director, Hyagreeva Hotels and Resorts, had said that the city hotels sold 1,800 room nights to Japanese business travellers every month.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Home> Business> India Business / by Mini Joseph Tejaswi & Anshul Dhamija, TNN / October 23rd, 2012

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    October 23rd, 2012adminArts, Culture & Entertainment

    Bangalore  houses what might be an outsize share of India’s metal heads, so it’s appropriate that this was the city that thrash metal band Slayer  picked for their first show in India. The band played in one of the city’s outlying suburbs, and drew a crowd from all over, including Vietnam, as they played a set list that stretched back through albums such as “Reign in Blood,” to “ Show No Mercy ,” their debut album from 1983.

    “The special part for me is we’ve never played India. So we can pretty much play anything we’ve ever played,” guitarist Kerry King said at a press conference for the event.

    Slayer began in 1981 when guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman met at an audition for another band and decided to form their own act. Bassist and vocalist Tom Araya, who had worked with King previously, was roped in and drummer Dave Lombardo was recruited when he delivered a pizza near the King household, and met the “boy with all the guitars.”

    The band’s style is hard to duplicate: fast, slick guitar riffs backed up by Lombardo’s thundering double-bass drums and Araya’s shouted vocals. Slayer is the sort of band that stands astride the scale of noise to musical genius. People usually hate it or swear by it.

    Their lyrics have gotten them into trouble over the years. Slayer’s songs are about war, serial killers, religion, Satan, post-traumatic stress disorder and the end of the world. A  song about Nazi doctor and torturer Josef  Mengele and the horrors he inflicted on Jews and other concentration camp inmates led to Slayer being branded pro-Nazis and racists. In its 31 years, the band has denied charges like these.

    The band had a brush with India in 2006, when a Mumbai Christian group protested against the content and artwork of its album “Christ Illusion,” which featured Jesus missing an eye and both arms. The album was banned in India, and publisher EMI  pulled  all copies off the shelves. In America, “Christ Illusion” won Slayer its first Grammy awards for “Eyes of the Insane” and “Final six.”

    “I don’t think that’s right when governments or countries ban any kind of music,” Lombardo said. “(But) we’re going to continue doing what we do, which is to offend the best way we can, and that is not going to stop.”

    A staple question at nearly every interview the band has given is whether Slayer are Satanists, war mongers or racists.

    “Any time we’re in this kind of situation, I’ll be the first to say, ‘I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in Satan.’  Satan’s just a nice topic, and everybody gets behind it because it’s fun,” King said. “If I had to pick something, I’d be an atheist. What I write is definitely not what I think. I think it (just) makes good songs and good entertainment.”

    India has proven fertile ground for rock n’ roll of many kinds. Bangalore, with its education scene, workers from all over India and a well known pub culture, has spawned a metal scene of its own, mainly because many of the members come from the multiple colleges throughout the city. And when Iron Maiden  played in 2007  it opened the floodgates for many other international acts. One of the biggest, Metallica,  played to a 50,000-strong crowd in Bangalore in 2011 after a planned show in Gurgaon near New Delhi fell apart.

    Lombardo, the only one of the four members who has left the band ( and since rejoined), and recorded albums with musicians from other genres, said he hadn’t heard any Indian bands, but was open to collaboration. “I mean, I would. I don’t know about Slayer.”

    King’s advice to up-and-coming Indian bands is an extension of the philosophy towards his own work, he said: “Just play what you’re into. If you don’t, your fans will see right through it.”

    Notoriously tight-lipped about their works-in-progress, the band did not divulge any details about the upcoming album, save that two songs have been recorded, but not mixed, and two more songs with no lead guitars or vocals recorded.

    “We are way further ahead than we usually are… So hopefully, by next summer, it will be out,” King said.

    Hard rock fans in the meantime have the promise of another treat to hold them over: Guns n’ Roses is scheduled to play Bangalore in November.

    (Tom Araya, bassist of Slayer, performs during the Hellfest music Festival in Clisson, western France, June 20, 2010. Reuters photo: Stephane Mahe)

    source: http://www.blogs.reuters.com /  Home> India Insight / by Abhiram Nandakumar / October 23rd, 2012

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