Day: June 19, 2007

Learning carnatic classic music – flute through online classes

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Learn Music via Internet…

There is nothing like music, which enchants human beings. Nothing can equalise the pleasure which we get while listening to old Tamil songs in the darkness of the night. It is quite true when one says that music is a boat which helps us cross the sea of suffering. Whether it is carnatic music, film songs or western music, they all take us to a happy atmosphere and mood.

There are plenty of ways and opportunities to learn music now.

Are you interested in learning carnatic music? There is no need to worry if you don’t have a preceptor. It is enough if you have a computer and an internet connection. Right from your home you can learn music…through the internet. In the fast developing world of communication, you can learn music from any part of the world.

Mr. Dhasarathy, from Chennai, is teaching flute for the past one year, only through this method. He is working with Chennai Life Insurance Corporation. His guru Mr. Raghu and he have been conducting classes successfully in flute for nearly 200 students through the internet.

When asked how he was inspired to teach flute through the internet, he said, ”Both my guru and myself wanted to do something different…then an idea struck us, why not teach flute through the internet. This thought paved the way for such a method”.

So an advertisement was issued asking people, who were interested in learning flute, to contact them. This advertisement was very well received and they got a lot of mails, in fact, more than what they had expected.

At present, around 200 students are taking lessons through this novel method. The duo have students from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai in India and also in Singapore and USA.

The students have been classified into three groups. The first group which is on to the basics, the second group which has progressed further, and the third group which is in the advanced level.

“Each and every student is being taught lessons through audio cassettes. We teach them how to play through Swaras by playing on the flute and recording it. This is then sent to them, and that makes it easier for them to learn,” says Mr. Dhasarathy.

When we asked him, whether the devotion and the close-knit relationship that the students had for their master is not lost in this process, he elaborated, ”Today’s youth do not have the time to go to a guru and learn for 4 hours, which was possible in the olden days. Today’s situation is such that studies are given top priority and hobbies/extra-curricular activities come second…and the eminent musicians also do not have the time to teach them. That’s why they are learning music through the audio and internet medium … they communicate with their teachers through e-mail and chat”.

Apart from this, his guru is exporting bamboo flutes to overseas students. He communicates daily for an hour with his students and clears their doubts. Thus a bond is established between them. He says proudly that the Chennai brothers Raghu and Ravi are his gurus and he has been learning for the past 5 years. Whatever he has learnt, he teaches others in a way which is simple and comprehensive.

Prior to learning the flute from the present gurus, he learnt from Kattankulathur Singarachariar (disciple of eminent flutist Mr. T.R.Mahalingam ) and from Thiruvarur Swaminathan (disciple of Mr. Ramani) for 2 years.

When we asked why he chose flute when there were other instruments like the veena, violin, he explained, ‘Right from my childhood I was interested in music. I have enjoyed listening to concerts by eminent musicians. Since i was suffering from asthma I could not learn vocal music. Then my family doctor casually suggested that learning some wind instrument will help in controlling my asthma problem and will also satisfy my interest in music”.

Thus started his lessons in flute. It is worth mentioning here that the learning of flute has given some relief to his asthmatic problem.

M.S.Venkatesh, who lives in Michigan, confidently says that the audio cassettes and the explanations his teacher sends through mail, are very useful to him. He adds that he will master the instrument before the end of this year.

Like him, Mrs. Harini Raghavan, who is a secretary of a famous and popular sabha in Bangalore, is his internet student. She has written a letter to him mentioning that his lessons are simple and easy to understand.

When asked what his next step would be, he said with confidence that his aim is to take his teaching to all the music lovers worldwide.

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Creating a safer online environment for children

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Creating a safer online environment for children
– By Katharine Bostick
Picture this scenario, working parents leave behind their ten-year-old son with instructions to finish his homework and keep the doors of the house locked while they are away. Once they are out the door, the boy rushes to his PC-his only other companion at home-and his window to an infinite world of games, movies, and cartoons. Neither his mom or dad nor his school has provided him with any guidance regarding his use of the computer and the Internet; he has only learned from his online and offline friends. For the next four hours, the ten-year-old is online, chatting with friends, surfing cool sites, playing online games, listening to music downloads, and researching key facts for his science project. He races through layers of fast-paced information while interacting with many people online-both familiar and anonymous Internet friends. His newest online anonymous friend is, in fact, a 40-year-old sexual predator who targets children by pretending to be another child, chatting with kids, playing online games, and “sharing” a photo of “himself”-a kid playing football. The predator convinces the ten-year-old to log on to an animated chat room where the two can “play” together in virtual space. He asks the boy to send a photo, too; so the boy sends a recent picture of himself in his school football uniform. With this information (the boys’ name and the school name), a savvy researcher can, in a matter of minutes, learn where the child lives-a mere two hour car ride away. The predator also learns that the boy is home alone four hours a day, from 4pm to 8pm, five days a week. Continuing his online chat, the predator is confident that it will be easy for him to meet this boy in the real world in a short period of time….

Although the above story is fictitious, the reality is that the online world harbors some alarming threats to young Internet users today. There is no question of the educational opportunities and benefits the Internet provides for our children. Everyday, children use the Internet to learn, explore, innovate, and communicate in healthy ways. Unfortunately, however, the Internet is also being used by predators and cyber offenders who prey upon the isolation and the innocence of naive Internet users. Online crime targeted at children requires our full attention.

The exponential growth of the Internet is largely driven by children and young people. Yet though our children may be technologically adept, they may not be fully aware of the dangers they may face-or have the maturity to address them. Meanwhile, some parents are largely unfamiliar with the Internet, feeling intimidated by the technology. That lack of familiarity means that they may not fully appreciate the dangers that their children encounter online. You may recall that in my fictitious story, the boy’s parents cautioned him about keeping the doors locked, but did not provide any advice related to online threats. Some guidance from parents on Internet safety will remind kids to think about safety online, just as they think about it when they play outside or cross the street. It is important that parents make an effort to learn to use the technology used at home to ensure that their families stay safe online-every time any household member logs on.

According to NCRB reports, the proportion of cyber crimes is increasing. In India in 2005 alone, cyber crimes increased 38.6 percent over 2004. These figures include cyber crimes against adults as well as children, and do not include unreported cyber crime offenses; nevertheless, the numbers suggest the extent of the threats we face. Data shows that children using the Internet are potential targets of pedophiles and stalkers; are exposed to age-inappropriate, illegal, and harmful materials, such as child sexual abuse images, pornography, and unwanted software (spam); are subject to harassment, intimidation, and cyber-bullying; and may be tricked into downloading viruses and spyware. Thus it is important that we reflect on ways to create safe online computing environments.

Four components-public awareness, effective legislation, international co-operation, and technology solutions-are essential for maintaining a safe online environment for children.

At Microsoft, we recognize Internet safety is a priority, and since we launched the Trustworthy Computing initiative in 2002, we have been working to build in as many safeguards as possible to create a safe online computing environment for young people to explore. While there is no substitute for parental guidance, technology tools can provide parents with guidance to provide a safer online experience for children.

Our commitment towards providing a secure online environment for children and our support for parents can be found in the new built-in parental controls in the Windows Vista operating system and Microsoft Xbox video game systems. These parental controls enable parents to easily and confidentially manage access to content, regulate when and how long children can use the computer, limit Web sites and programs that can be accessed by children, restrict PC games based on title, content, or Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings, and get daily reports that detail their children’s online activities and other computer use.

Technology must be part of the solution, but there remains an ongoing need for governments and the tech industry to work together to raise public awareness, enact appropriate legislation, build capacity for law enforcement, and secure international cooperation to protect children. At Microsoft, our initiatives are focused on partnering with global agencies to ensure a collaborative approach to security issues. We work with governments, industry, law enforcement agencies, and consumers to build partnerships focused on public policy, education, and enforcement. These efforts are aimed at delivering a safer virtual journey for our users, especially children, to support them in using technology more effectively for education, empowerment, and entertainment.

Ensuring Internet safety for children is a responsibility that must be shared broadly among parents, industry, government, community stakeholders, and youth. Given the magnitude of the potential harm, we must work together to effectively protect children-and in this case there is no single solution. But informed parents and teachers who communicate with children, using available technology tools, and providing adequate supervision, are clearly keys to any solution.

(The writer is head of Internet Safety Enforcement in Asia, Microsoft Corporation)

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Tuesday, 19th June 2007

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