Monday, July 30, 2007

HIV Pandemic - Act for the future

While making a documentary about orphans, a filmmaker preserves the voices of a generation that will soon be silenced.

This film is licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 (

I Promise Africa

2:40 min
Public Service Announcement
Jerry Henry, Writer/Director/Producer/Editor

Winner of the Jury Award
Sponsored by National Film Network


More About I Promise Africa from Director Jerry Henry

I went to Kenya in late August of 2001 to shoot a documentary about HIV-positive orphans for a charitable organization. This was my first time in Africa and I was extremely excited. I was there for about a month and during that time the World Trade Center collapsed but I had no knowledge of any of this. I was in a rural village where there were no newspapers, televisions or even running water. I filmed these children on a daily basis and with every spare opportunity I could get, I played with them and showed them my digital camcorder. They had never seen a camera like this and everyday no matter where I was shooting, they followed me everywhere. During my last days in the village, the village’s leader gave me the name Thoun. It means “hero” in their native tongue Luoh.

On September 20th I left Kenya and was on my way to Amsterdam. I decided to stop there for a few days before I returned to the US. Still I had no knowledge of what happened. It wasn’t until I was checking in at Airport Schiphol and the guards seized my pocketknife and tweezers from my carry on luggage. I argued with them but all that they could tell me was there was a high security alert in the US and these items would not be allowed on any plane to America. I boarded the plane to find that there were only about 50 passengers on a Boeing 747! When we finally arrived at LAX, I knew something was wrong. The terminal was completely empty except for the hundreds of police officers and soldiers in full combat gear. I waited for a taxi at the passenger pickup until a police officer, who observed me for 30 minutes, walked up to me and asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was waiting for a taxi and if he knew why everything was so empty. I thought they were shooting a movie or something at the airport. His first question was “Where have you been?” “What do you mean?” I replied. He paused for a second and said, “You really don’t know what happened do you?” I replied with a strange look on my face and he continued, “The World Trade Center was attacked in New York and thousands of people died. There won’t be any taxis coming here for while. You’re best bet is to walk.” At that point was when I realized something happened while I was away in Africa.

That day, I received the first email, among many, that one of the children who appears in the film had died. It put the entire trip into perspective. It made me realize that regardless of where you are in the world, tragedy is something that everyone experiences; sometimes simultaneously. No matter how big or small it is we must always remember to never forget. I made this film to keep my promise to the children I met on my first trip to Africa.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Committed Communities Development - India

Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) is a voluntary, secular trust registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act of 1950. We help provide marginalized communities with social relevance through comprehensive programs of integrated health services, social education and community development.


6:00 min
Ambika Samartha, Director and Producer

Winner of the Global Health Award
Sponsored by The Green Family Foundation


More About Ashray from Director Ambika Samartha

Ashray, one of the project organizations that makes up the Committed Communities Development Trust, is Bombay’s first home for children who have either been infected or affected by HIV. The children at Ashray are there because their parents are unable to provide for them and often are very sick or have passed away. Ashray does not do any mandatory testing on any of the children. None of the over fifty children nor the staff know which youth are infected with the virus. Universal precautions are taken with everyone, as if everyone has the virus. Ashray provides more than nutritional support and medical services to its youth. It provides a home where kids can learn English, bollywood dancing, art, and enjoy other activities outside of their regular schooling. It is a place where they come to feel part of a larger family. The house-mothers who live and work at Ashray, as well as the rest of the staff, are an intergral part of the children’s lives. While the children miss their parents, Ashray has become their new home and family.

When I was seventeen years old I went to India as part of a program where we gave educational presentations on HIV/AIDS to different schools and universities. One of the places we visited during our stay was Ashray, and I was inspired by the staff and the children there. I have always wanted to come back and document their lives.

I am currently proposing a feature documentary on other facets of CCD Trust – including a program where they take care of the children of prostitutes during the day and evening hours.

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लता मंगेश्कर्- శ్రీ రాముని భజనలు (Ram Bhajans)

నాకు చిన్నప్పటి నుంచీ ఇష్టమైన లతా పాటలు ఇవి. ఇందులో ఠుమక చలత్ ఇప్పటికే నా బ్లాగ్లో పెట్టాను. కానీ ఇవిగో ఇంకొన్ని అదే సీరీస్ లోనివి. ఆలకించి ఆనందించగలరు. వాటితో పాటూ ఎప్పటి లాగా కొన్ని బాపూ చిత్రాలు. పైగా బాపూగారికి రాముడంటే మహా ఇష్టం. (ఉదాహరణకి రాంబంటు, అందాల రాముడు, రామాంజనేయ యుద్ధం మున్నగునవి).

సీతా రామ కళ్యాణం

श्री रामचन्द्र कृपालु
श्रीरामचन्द्र कृपालु भजु मन हरण भवभय दारुणम् .
नवकञ्ज लोचन कञ्ज मुखकर कञ्जपद कञ्जारुणम् .. १..

कंदर्प अगणित अमित छबि नव नील नीरज सुन्दरम् .
पटपीत मानहुं तड़ित रुचि सुचि नौमि जनक सुतावरम् .. २..

भजु दीन बन्धु दिनेश दानव दैत्यवंशनिकन्दनम् .
रघुनन्द आनंदकंद कोशल चन्द दशरथ नन्दनम् .. ३..

सिर मुकुट कुण्डल तिलक चारु उदार अङ्ग विभूषणम् .
आजानुभुज सर चापधर सङ्ग्राम जित खरदूषणम् .. ४..

इति वदति तुलसीदास शङ्कर शेष मुनि मनरञ्जनम् .
मम हृदयकञ्ज निवास कुरु कामादिखलदलमञ्जनम् .. ५..

దేవ గానం
ठुमक चलत रामचंद्र
ठुमक चलत रामचंद्र बाजत पैंजनियां ..

किलकि किलकि उठत धाय गिरत भूमि लटपटाय .
धाय मात गोद लेत दशरथ की रनियां ..

अंचल रज अंग झारि विविध भांति सो दुलारि .
तन मन धन वारि वारि कहत मृदु बचनियां ..

विद्रुम से अरुण अधर बोलत मुख मधुर मधुर .
सुभग नासिका में चारु लटकत लटकनियां ..

तुलसीदास अति आनंद देख के मुखारविंद .
रघुवर छबि के समान रघुवर छबि बनियां ..

సీతా రామ లక్ష్మణ హనుమ

पायो जी मैंने राम रतन धन पायो ..

वस्तु अमोलिक दी मेरे सतगुरु किरपा करि अपनायो. पायो जी मैंने...
जनम जनम की पूंजी पाई जग में सभी खोवायो. पायो जी मैंने...

खरचै न खूटै चोर न लूटै दिन दिन बढ़त सवायो. पायो जी मैंने...

सत की नाव खेवटिया सतगुरु भवसागर तर आयो. पायो जी मैंने...

मीरा के प्रभु गिरिधर नागर हरष हरष जस गायो. पायो जी मैंने...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Moral (Most Required) Stories for Today's Times

Here is a wonderful blog I came across randomly. It is great. Kudos to those who started this endeavor.

Moral Stories

A tribute to the great Bharatiya Samskruti.

Through small stories, the idea is to illustrate the greatness of the Indian culture. Through the stories one can learn the various aspects of the Indian life. We urge people to read the stories carefully, refer to the original Itihāsas and Purāṇas for the complete version of the stories (in Samskṛtam or other Bhāratīya bhāshas) and apply the moral learnt through the stories in their everyday life.You can browse the stories using:
  • Direct link to the stories. This is a series of pages having all the stories. (in English)
  • Stories in Telugu. This is a page that has links to pdf files having the stories in Telugu.
  • List of stories (168). Use this link to view the titles of all stories on this blog. You can choose a story and read it only.
  • Categories on the side-bar. Each category represents a moral.
  • List of important characters. Using this link we can see all stories related to a particular character.
  • Monthly Archives links on the side-bar.

See this page to know what we are doing currently.

See this picture to know what we were even around 200 years back: (2-2-1835, address to British Parliament)

We all know that “Sāre jahan se accha Hindustan hamāra“. But lets us make it still better…….

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SEE THIS PAGE For help on Samskrutam Transliteration

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Satyame Sivam Online Movie - సత్యమే శివం

Satyame Sivam is a wonderful movie and one of the few movies I liked very much. A must watch for all of us.


Lead : Kamalhasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod
Music : Vidyasagar
Director : C Sundar
Producer : Sandhisetti Sabitha, G.Laxmi Narayana
Banner : Sri Sai Surya Films
Release : 28 Feb 2003