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Punjabification of Bollywood

Punjabification of Bollywood is not a new trend that is evident only in the latest Bollywood movies. The upbeat and celebratory Punjabi culture has always been an overplayed theme in Bollywood.
Not surprisingly, most of the fun songs from latest Bollywood movies that set your feet tapping have distinct Punjabi beats and lyrics that set them apart from the rest of the Bollywood music. The Punjabi dance numbers are almost always superhits and play in pubs and discos across the country months before and after the release of the movie.
A number of latest Bollywood movies like Love Aaj Kal, Singh is Kinng and Jab We Met were in a Punjabi setting and all of them were huge commercial successes. Big Punjabi joint families have been amongst the hot favorite backdrops of Hindi movie stories chosen by directors for decades.
The Punjabi theme and funk is so popular that many times the director does not even feel the need of having a Punjabi character in the film. Simply a few Punjabi songs with Bhangra beats sprinkled across the movie gives it great mileage and these songs inevitably become chartbusters.
The Punjabi themes and cultural backdrops can also be seen in offbeat international movies like Monsoon Wedding and Bend it Like Beckham. The Punjabi theme has universal appeal and the gaiety and loudness of culture makes for great movie watching experience, theatrical style.
The fun element of this culture appeals audiences all over India. In fact, it’s not only in India, but the Bhangra beats and music are popular all over the world. No matter which part of the world you stay or are from, when the Bhangra beats play, you are bound to stand up and shake a leg.
So, it comes as no surprise that the latest Bollywood movies are also cashing in on this worldwide phenomenon. After all, it’s making good money for the new Hindi movies’ producers.…

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Looking To Learn About Arts And Crafts? Read This

Being able to create beautiful art is one of the biggest joys of the arts and crafts hobby. From scrapbooking, building models to making jewelry, there’s a craft activity that will fit any one of your passions. Continue to browse this article to find a craft that you will enjoy creating.

Use all sorts of stuff in your arts and crafts. Paper goods that are generally discarded are great. Paper towel rolls and also rolls from toilet paper often end up in craft projects. You might also incorporate magazines and newspapers. Take your throwaways and come up with creative ways to incorporate them into your projects.

Typically, crafting with kids gets messy. If that bothers you, be sure to cover surfaces with newspaper or butcher paper to avoid messes made by paper, glue and glitter. Markers and adhesives that are washable can also be considered.

If you want to make custom jewelry, then you can probably find what you need on Beadaholique. You can get beads, chains and other items to create beautiful pieces. Many of today’s fashions include costume jewelry. By making items of your own, it is possible to save lots of money and have closely matching items.

It’s important to remember that you should not have one set idea in mind as to how the finished project should look when doing crafts with children. Although you may have a specific idea in mind, your child’s imagination may create something completely different and wonderful. For instance, who is to say they cannot glue an eye where a nose should be? Expressing their own vision is paramount to how they execute the project.

Research great craft ideas online. The Internet if full of ideas of exciting new projects. No matter who is doing the project or what it consists of, you will undoubtedly find creative infusion online.

Etsy can be a wonderful location for finding your craft and art supplies. Private parties put items up for sale on the site. You can buy supplies there, and you can also sell your own projects on the site. This site is ideal for finding vintage media for crafting.

Keep your supplies for arts and crafts well organized. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to organization, and it is up to you to come up with a creative way to figure it all out. Organization will save you time. You will also know what supplies you have, or need.

To get that cloudy look out of your mosaic once the mortar has dried, spray some glass cleaner onto a rag and wipe the mosaic clean. The mortar powder is hard to get out without it and you don’t need it gumming up the finish of the final project.

Children love arts and crafts, regardless of their age. If there is a bunch of children in your midst, think of a project that everyone can enjoy. For fun and creative ideas you can use your friends, family or the internet as resources to help you come up with something enjoyable to do.

There is so much to learn about arts and crafts, and this article is a great starting point. Use what you’ve learned to your advantage. Before you know it, you will create a beautiful project in your spare time.…

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Finally an Elite Pro Boxer to Compete in Mixed Martial Arts – UFC 118 – Couture Vs. Toney

It was inevitable, I hoped anyway, that a world class, bona fide professional boxer would enter the world of MMA. The two sports are competitors in a way, for audiences anyway. There should always be room for both, but I know that I personally used to watch boxing religiously until MMA came along. But there’s always that nagging question for a fan: who would win in a real fight, a boxer or a mixed martial artist? MMA has had Tae Kwon Do experts, kickboxers, even professional boxers. But a top name boxer? Not yet. Could a top ranked boxer knock the lights out of an MMA fighter before you can say ‘takedown’? Well, in the words of Chael Sonnen, “we are all gonna find out.”
I just found out when I was watching UFC 117 that Randy Couture is slated to fight against the one and only boxing legend James Toney. This is what Dana White and all other MMA fans have been waiting for. Not only is one of the best of the boxing world taking on the challenge, but he is taking on Hall of Famer, one of the best in the sport of MMA, none other than Randy Couture.
Talk about a legitimate matchup. Couture has fought, and beat, the best light heavyweights and heavyweights in the MMA world. He has been tested. He has lost battles, and he has won battles. He has been tested. Dana White could have thrown Toney in against a contender or a gatekeeper to the division, but he threw him in with the best.
This will go back to what Randy Couture called the first generation of mixed martial artists. Back when the goal was to find out which style of fighting was dominant against all the others. Was it wrestling? Kickboxing? Strongman? Judo? Boxing? The legitimate boxing representatives did not participate, the sport wasn’t even mainstream, for crying out loud it was outlawed in the U.S. for years. The one lesson that seemed to be learned from that generation was taught by MMA Hall of Famer Royce Gracie: everybody needed to learn Jiu Jitsu! Since then MMA fighters have learned that they need to learn many styles of fighting to be competitive: wrestling, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, etc. What Randy calls the new, or third generation of MMA fighters, came up learning all of them at once as a cohesive whole, they came up as true mixed martial artists.
So now the big test comes. Back to the first generation of MMA. Will the elite professional boxer prove that boxing skill and power can overcome the new style of fighting in mixed martial arts? Or will Toney be defenseless against Randy’s takedowns and rendered helpless on the ground? I wish I knew the answer now, but “we are all gonna find out” when Couture and Toney meet at UFC 118, Edgar vs Penn II.…

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Bauhaus’ Adventure

“The organism of a house evolves from the course of events that have predated it in a house, it is the functions of living, sleeping, bathing, cooking, eating that inevitably give the whole design of the house its design is not there for its own sake, it arises alone from the nature of the building, from the function it should fulfil…architecture has not exhausted its raison d’etre, unless we consider our emotional needs for harmonious space, for melodious sounds and for room to move, that first bring the space to life, as the purpose of reaching a higher order”. Walter Gropius, in 1930
In German, the word Bauhaus means literally, “building houses”. But, beyond words, the concept refers to a whole new conception of arts and life. Part of their basic training, the artists were encouraged to go out of their narrow expertise – not only painting, designing, sculpture – and to embrace the area of creative experiences. The ain was to offer them a wider base for improving their knowledge.
The idea of this article started relatively spontaneously. While being in Germany in 2009, I took various opportunities for understanding more about this movement, which I knew but only at a very superficial level. I was familiar with many of the works and projects, but was fully unaware of the philosophical background of the entire movement. Since, I was fascinated not only by the diversity of the artworks belonging to the Bauhaus movement and the current influences, but also by the holistic conception corresponding at a great extent to the needs of the world we are living today.
The origins
Kunstgewerbschule was founded in Weimar by Henry van de Velde in 1908. In 1919, he was succeeded at the head of this institution by Walter Gropius, who had closed relationships with Weimar’s other school, theHochschule fuer Bildende Kunst. Three years before he recommended and the local authorities agreed, the merging of the merging of the Kunstgewebeschule and the Hochschule fr Bildende Kunst into a single interdisciplinary school of craft and design.
While he fought on the front of the WWI, Gropius wrote “Proposals for the establishment of an educational institution to offer artistic advisory services to industry, trade and craft”. The manifesto of the Movement was released in 1919 – as a couple of paragraphs expressing the main idea of the founder in a very concise form -, and illustrated by a woodcut – The Cathedral of the Future, an industrial utopia using the religious symbol as a pretext for inclusiveness and holistic perspective – by Lyonel Feininger.
Once confirmed as the leader of Bauhaus, he followed his principles and succeeded in bringing in Weimar various outstanding artistic names of the day: Lyonel Feininger, Gerhard Marcks, Johannes Itten, Georg Muche, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky. The expressionists were joined by De Stijl representatives. In 1923, one of the most representative figures of the movement, Theo van Doesburg, delivered some lectures for the students of Bauhaus. Another influence is from the part of the Russian Constructivism.
Even Gropius was an architect by formation, a department of architecture was absent in the first years of life ofBauhau’s school. Ironically enough, in many cases the movement is identified more by the influence in the area of city planning and manners of building, than in the area of design and visual arts, in general.
The context when the Bauhaus was born is extremely interesting – a tumultuous period, both in international and home politics – the end of the WWI, the Russian Revolution of October 1917, the boiling socialist-anarchist movements in Germany, among which the Spartakus Bund lead by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg – asin the area of arts, where Dadaism and Blaue Reiter and Fauvism and De Stijl were only ones of the most important new categories of artistic expression. Despite obvious political orientations – on the left – of some of the members of the school’s board, Gropius outlined and tried to maintain his own life a self assumed political neutrality. In the same time, he was a strong believer in the need for a new society, in his aesthetical vision projected as a total environment where all the manifestations of arts were connected and interdependent in a better world for the humans. A vision transmitted for decades and resurged in our 21st century.
Back to the origins
His vision about the mission of arts is outlined in the manifesto published in 1919, in his first year of directorship. The starting point of his approach was the reform of education, as a first step in creating a unitary framework covering the entire spectrum of artistic activities. The system was organised on the basis of a master-apprentice relationship, mirroring the Renaissance and concepts of education, turning around the idea of …

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Create New Memories at Medford Apartments

“Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.” There are a lot of things to experience in life that one should look forward to especially when moving to a new home. To do this, it is important to live now and create new memories that will make you happy just like if you decide to stay at Medford Apartments.
Begin by exploring the areas close to the Medford Apartments and you’ll learn the practical amenities which can make your life very convenient. Whether you need to buy something you need or want, the shopping centers at Medford can help you. On Mystic Valley Parkway, you’ll find Meadow Glen which houses several stores for footwear, jewelries, fast foods and games for children. You can also shop at Carter’s or Men’s Wearhouse on Fellsway. Both stores offer a great selection of clothes. Still, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, you can easily go to neighboring cities like Everett or Boston which are only a few miles away. Once there, you’ll have a lot of choices not just for clothes but other things like food, kitchen appliances, and many more. And when hungry, you can eat at food joints near some apartments in Medford such as Bob’s Italian Food Imports, Oasis Restaurant, Bistro 5 and Chipotle Mexican Grill just to name a few of the popular ones in town. With these entire stores close by, you’ll feel satisfied knowing you can easily buy the things you need.
Also, take pleasure in utilizing the recreational facilities near the apartments in Everett. You can go to any gym in town like Gold’s, play hockey and other sports at Boston Sports Clubs and Medford Recreational Hockey, or learn tae kwon do martial arts at Roshankish Martial Arts Center. And if you like outdoor activities, you can spend some time at the parks within the area like Wrights, Tufts and Victory. All of which make a great place for walking, biking, jogging or running. There are also several playgrounds where you can bring your kids such as Barry Playground and the Oakland Park Children’s Center. Oakland Park even has teachers working there to supervise the children while teaching them new things through play. You’ll definitely have a wonderful time spending the day out by yourself and by your children if you stay at these apartments in Everett.
So, if you’re thinking about moving to a new home and start over again, choose the Medford apartments. It has everything you need practical wise so you won’t have to travel very far away. It’s definitely very accessible living at these apartments!…

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The Odd Thing Is That The Martial Arts Are Backwards

The martial arts being backwards is a strange concept, but when explores the physics behind them, there is an undeniable truth.
The prime rule of a fight is that distance will collapse. The combatants must travel from foot range to punch to knee to kick to elbow… to clinch.
A fighter who can derail this sequence and avoid the clinch, and therefore fight at the distance he wishes and is strongest at, is the fighter who is going to win. And that means that he has controlled space.
Instead of letting space collapse, he has made sure that space exists.
Now, most people train to collapse distance, and to introduce force to their opponent’s person. People becoming Martial Arts smart, however, do the reverse, they train to keep the distance, to control the distance.
Thus, the proper evolution of martial arts is away from striking and towards flowing.
Such arts as karate, kenpo, taekwondo, and the other striking arts, train for brute force, impact, hit the guy in the face.
Arts such as Pa Kua, Aikido, Tai Chi, and the various wudan style arts train to keep distance, manipulate incoming flow, and guide the fist to their benefit.
In the beginning, one goes forward in the martial arts. Push ups and sit ups, punching the bag, kicking and fighting and contesting.
In the end, the end being that point at which one gives up the study of force for flow, one goes backward in the martial arts. Avoiding push, manipulating throw, harmonizing with an opponent so that there is no collision and no force.
Of course, some people cannot give up the joy of combat, the thrill of body collision, the meaty sound of a body being slammed on the mat. They will live long lives that are half bound. They will go in only one direction, the direction of the collision, and remain blind to the other direction.
Does man need to collide? Does man need to contest? Or can man study force so that he knows force, but realize that there are two directions to a punch, two sides to a fight, and two halves to an art?
Does man need to hold out his punch that others may run into it? Or can he just hold out his hand and accept the intention of his fellow man, and transfigure it into warmth and glory?
We are all men, and we are all possessed of the dichotomous nature. To let one side of our personality hold sway is to cut ourselves in half, to wound ourselves, to be blind and oblivious to our own potential.
Each technique is a fist, and the response need not be a like fist, but can be a handshake.
But this will not be seen until we study the martial arts backwards.…

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Kiai in Kendo – For Beginners of Kendo

Kiai, the act of forcefully exerting your life force, or ki (chi/qi for Chinese martial arts), upon a physical opponent using one’s voice. It is also synonymous with a battle/war cry. When first being exposed to the martial art Kendo, or the way of the Japanese Sword, one is often struck by how loud and intense kendoists yell and scream at each other.
There is nothing more embarrassing in American culture than yelling till your lungs are hoarse for no apparent reason. We are regularly exposed to kiai through martial artist movies stars such as Bruce Lee’s screams that sound like his underwear are 10 sizes too small, or Tom Cruise’ s “I-yell-with-the-same-tone-in-every-movie-whether-I’m-angry-or-not” voice. Usually, kiai is involved when the action movie hero is killing somebody.
Although we are not killing anyone (even figuratively) when beginning kendo, kiai usually feels awkward and embarrassing for students. It doesn’t help that when we first start using kiai we’re either counting “ichi, ni” which feels like we’re saying “itchy knee!”, or we’re yelling “MEN” for the basic strike. Since”men” is an English word that doesn’t mean mask it feels strange–Although it would be equally weird to yell FOREHEAD instead.
Kiai is very important and develops with time as we practice. Don’t expect to sound like the sensei on your first day! Kiai is unique to each kenshi yet it serves the same purpose for all. It raises spirits, focuses our minds, prepares us to move, helps us push past our physical limits, teaches correct breathing, and not to mention it (sometimes) scares the daylight out of our opponents.
We all began somewhere and no one will laugh at a new student for counting loudly. In fact, it may impress some people while the majority will not notice anything out of the ordinary. Count loudly when counting with a group and no one will notice anything. Don’t count at all than prepare to be embarrassed.
Kiai during warm ups sets the tone for the whole practice. If there is no energy or spirit in the warm up, there will most likely be little energy in the remaining practice session. Use this time to become comfortable hearing one’s voice since one voice will blend into the many.
Don’t worry about being embarrassed. While it may take some time, everyone eventually outgrows the shameful feeling and begins to utilize this powerful weapon. Sometimes it is easier to simply vocalize yelling something unintelligible as opposed to saying men or counting. Do what you are comfortable with at the beginning.
I always noticed that the better a kendoist became the more interesting their kiai could sound! Occasionally kenshi become so comfortable vocalizing, it sounds as though two opposing kendoists are yelling curse words at each other during their match. (They’re “probably” not though I think). Kiai loudly even if you feel dumb; you won’t regret it!…

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Looking For Arts And Crafts Info? Get It Here

Participating in crafting projects is therapeutically relaxing. Different people enjoy different activities, and it is important to find the one you enjoy the most. Let the tips below help you to find an arts and crafts project that suits you.

Always be mindful of the fact that any arts and crafts projects involving children is going to get messy. If that stresses you out, put newsprint or butcher paper down on surfaces to catch drops of glue, paper, glitter and other crafting debris. You may also want to use washable supplies, such as adhesives, paints and markers.

If you cannot find the supplies you want at affordable prices, try thrift shops. Different thrift stores and other shops can provide you with many great things. Check in frequently, because this sort of merchandise sells quickly!

Stay focused on one element at a time. It is a tempting idea to do a lot of different things at once in arts and crafts. But, doing this tends to leave projects unfinished. Finish a project before starting a new one. This increases the odds that each project will be completed.

When going through arts and crafts involving children, don’t get stuck on firm examples to compare finished projects to. Let them be as creative as they wish. They could do something like glue an eye where an ear goes. It’s the idea of them expressing creativity and imagination more than it is about doing something according to a specific model.

Go online to find terrific arts and crafts suggestions. There are quite a few Internet sites that offer ideas on many types of projects. No matter who is doing the project or what it consists of, you will undoubtedly find creative infusion online.

You can find craft supplies on Etsy. This online crafts retailer sells items directly from individual crafters. Not only can you make purchases on this site, but you can sale items here, too. This is the perfect place to connect with other individuals who enjoy arts and crafts and perhaps learn a few things from them.

Clean your mosaic. To eliminate a cloudy appearance from a dried mosaic, spray on some glass cleaner, and wipe clean. The powder portion can be tough to remove in other ways, and you do not want powder messing up your finish.

If you just began learning oil painting and you don’t like what you’ve made, paint over it. Oil paint is very forgiving, and additional coats of paint do not cause any harm to the surface. It might even add depth to the overall design!

Arts and crafts are great to entertain large groups. Regardless of the group’s age, you can find many projects for any age group. Do an Internet search to find projects for the ages of the group you are entertaining.

Arts and crafts are enjoyed by people from all aspects of life. Which one is the right pursuit, though? We hope the information provided in this article has assisted you in identifying your favorite craft.…

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Solid Advice For Your Arts And Crafts Projects

Which art type do you enjoy producing? Do you enjoy crafting? Read this article to find out how you can use your creativity to make personal arts and crafts projects. Get serious with your hobby!

There are quite a few things you can use for crafting. Paper goods that you throw away make great options. Empty rolls of paper towel or bathroom tissue are good go to use. Save some of your old magazines to use for collages or scrapbooking. Use some creativity in terms of materials or items you typically dispose of, and put them to arts and crafts use instead.

Relax when children are doing crafts. The whole point is to have them be creative. They won’t if you point out problem areas with what they’re doing.

Keep in mind that arts and crafts with kids are going to be messy. If that stresses you out, put newsprint or butcher paper down on surfaces to catch drops of glue, paper, glitter and other crafting debris. Washable adhesives and markers are some other options.

When you can’t afford the supplies locally, try a thrift shop. Thrift shops have different types of supplies for crafts. Check back often, as these items often sell out quickly.

If you make jewelry, consider Beadaholique. Make any kind of jewelry from the fantastic variety of beads, chains and other supplies. Current fashion often involves costume jewelry. If you make your own, you have the power to both save money and also coordinate your wardrobe with your jewelry.

It’s never necessary to tell a child exactly what their finished arts and crafts project must look like. It’s sometimes best to tell them what to make, but now how to do it. That way they can use their own creative ideas to come up with something unique. For instance, who is to say they cannot glue an eye where a nose should be? Creativity should take precedence over perfection.

Go online to find terrific arts and crafts suggestions. There is no shortage of sites with great ideas. It doesn’t matter the age because you can find something for everybody.

Be sure the supplies you use for arts and crafts projects are organized. There are many ways to organize your supplies, including baskets, boxes and peg boards. When supplies are organized, you can easily find what is needed for a project. You will always be aware of which supplies are already on hand.

Kids of every age enjoy projects using arts and crafts. If you are taking care of some kids, try doing a fun project with them. If you need help finding an acceptable project, look online for ideas.

Your kitchen has a lot of potential in providing you with arts and craft materials. There are all sorts of arts and crafts gems there. Aluminum foil, plastic containers and jars are just a few of them. You could even make use of dried pasta and beans for your materials.

No doubt you are wanting to use the advice you have just read. You may be ready to get working right now. Nothing is holding you back. The more you get into crafts, the more enjoyable it is and the more skilled you become at it.…

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Tips For Betting on Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA as it is commonly called, is becoming more popular each day. It is easily becoming one of the fastest growing sports in America. This is one reason for getting to know more about MMA, especially if you are a gambler. You should learn about the sport, the fighters, the standings, and how to calculate those key factors, which will help you to choose correctly when you are wagering on a fight.
MMA is a mixture of several types of fighting. It is part Jujitsu, part Judo, boxing, and Mui Thai. It is considered to be a full contact sport. While it is similar to other fighting sports, it is in a league of its own at the same time. Both striking and grappling techniques can be used during the match. This makes it possible for fighters with different fighting backgrounds to come together and compete against one another. This sport originally had few rules, if any. The more popular the sport became, more organizations such as the ISCF were created in order to bring the sport to another level. This led MMA to an organized sport with new rules and popularity.
When you are thinking about betting on an MMA fight, you will want to learn everything you can about the sport. You want to learn about each of the types of fighting that MMA involves, as well as the fighters. It is important that you know what gives each fighter an advantage while they are fighting. You have to be able to spot which fighter has the advantage due to past fights, specific advantages, fighting styles, and any other factors, which will contribute to them having the upper hand during the match.
You will also have to learn about how the odds work in MMA. The odds in MMA work in the same way as they do in boxing. It is simple to figure the odds in MMA. Basically, if there is a negative sign in front of the number, then that fighter is the favorite. In this same respect, if a positive sign is in front of the number, then that fighter is the underdog. Obviously, winning a bet placed on the underdog will bring you in a larger winning than winning a bet on the favorite.
You also need to know about the different bets you can make. You can bet on a variety of things for a particular fight. This includes betting on which round the fight will end in all the way to how it will end. When you are just getting started in betting on MMA, you will be better off staying with simple bets on the fight. Save betting on the other aspects until you are more knowledgeable about the sport. The more you learn about the sport of MMA and the fighters, the better you will get at figuring out how the fight will go. As you become more educated, you can begin placing bets on the other aspects of the fight.…