The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe at the Asian Art Musuem

Typically here I am preparing to take Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance to Cannes France, having spend years developing the project as a digital comic that you can still read (starting here)   as that meant concentrating on drawing and writing out my interpretation I managed to miss The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe at the Asian Art Musuem in San Francisco in late 2016 and early 2017.

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Imagined and Missing Civilisations

Imagined and Missing Civilisations

I recently finished via BBC iPlayer to catch up and view all 9 episodes of Civilisation along with articles and radio programs that look at what mean when we used term 'Civilsiation' 

It was amazing stuff - as the presenter and rostrum camera linger on works of art, ancient, modern and in the last episode contemporary.

Over the 9 hours of arts programming the historians and academics; Simon Schama, Mark Beard and David Olusoga, over two years travelled to all corners of the world to discover monuments of civilisations giving their own interpretation of the what makes a civilisations.

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RIP Kak

RIP Kak

Sad news this morning that Kak Channthy; the lead vocalist of Cambodia Space Project has died in a tragic traffic accident in her native city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Along with others of her generation that survived the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge and then Civil War, she along with the rest of CSP rebuilt the cultural identity of the Cambodia that Pol Pot and his murderous regime that tried to extinguish contemporary culture in the South East Asian Country.

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Brief Communication with John Brockington - Author of Rama The Steadfast

Brief Communication with John Brockington - Author of Rama The Steadfast

Readers of my blog will doubt remember me posting and adding a images of the book Rama the Steadfast: An Early Form of the Rāmāyaṇa (2006) that inspired and help me structure the Ramayana: The Thread of Luminance, and among all the books I've read in preparation and research before and whilst working on my unique interpretation I've always wanted to thank the authors; John and Mary Brockington who produced a new translation from the original Sanskrit.

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Civilisations catches up with Rama

Civilisations catches up with Rama

The art event of 2018 is the BBCs new series from art historians and academics Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga revisit the the themes and ideas of the worlds Civilisations through its art, architecture, religion and culture through the centuries. the 10 part series spans the globe from Angkor Wat to the Sistine Chapel, Claude Monet to the artisans fo the Mughal Emperors.

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How Disney Seeded the market for Black Panther Success

How Disney Seeded the market for Black Panther Success

The share holders of Disney (the parent company of Marvel Studios) would not be happy taking that level of risk, irrespective of the excellent story and design that makes up, along with its cast surely the best superhero film of 2018. No, Black Panther (2018) is part of a larger strategy that Disney has devised to make itself and its catalogues more reflective of the USA (and by extension) increasingly demand for multiracial and multicultural content whilst at the same time not alienation it more conservative (read white) base that it has build up over the companies history. 

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Rider for Inclusion

Rider for Inclusion

Now that the excitement from the Oscars has died down. The dust has settled on any particular winner but on Best Female Performer Frances McDormand speech demanding more incision for women in Hollywood, prompting Best Director and Best Picture for the Shape of Water winner Guillermo del Toro  to also acknowledge the importance of alternative views and experiences in the film making process.

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NATO demands for more diversity

NATO demands for more diversity

Not that NATO - but America's National Association of Theatre Owners that operates cinemas across the worlds biggest and most influential film market in the world has called for more Diversity in content they screen.

This (unsurprisingly) comes after the continued success of 'Black Panther' in US and world-wide cinemas, but this demand as the article in Variety points out, is not a one off, Highlighting the success of 2017's Wonder Woman  - the first big budget studio filmed by a woman.  

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The next 100 mn users of Netflix will come from India: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

The next 100 mn users of Netflix will come from India: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO and Chairman Reed Hastings was in Mumbai India this weekend ( 23- 24 February 2018) to attend the Economic Times Global Business Leaders Summit. In which he was highlighting the streaming service new Indian offerings. It is the company's most recent attempt to sell it service to the worlds second largest population.

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