India's 68th Independence Day - a tribute

Here's a tribute of mine to India; tribute to the national anthem of India - Jana Gana Mana.
Music - Jim Ankan Deka | Animation - Prashanth Kumar


About the National Anthem of India

National anthem of India"Jana Gana Mana" is the national anthem of India. It was first sung in Calcutta Session of the Indian National Congress on 27 December 1911. Written in highly Sanskritised (Tatsama) Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The poem was translated into Hindi-Urdu by Abid Ali. Tagore wrote down the English translation of the song and along with Margaret Cousins (an expert in European music and wife of Irish poet James Cousins), set down the notation at Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh, which is followed only when the song is sung in the original slow rendition style of singing. However, when the National Anthem version of the song is sung, it is often performed in the orchestral/choral adaptation made by the English composer Herbert Murrill at the behest of Nehru.

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Philips HTD5570/94 5.1 DVD Home Theatre System - a short review

4 / 5
Great product from Philips
25 July 2014
I had ordered the Philips Home Theatre HTD5570/94 after checking like 50 systems. I kept my fingers crossed - and Philips kept it's promise. This is the cheapest home theatre system with four Tallboy speakers in the market.
The sound system is great. Although the clarity can be less sometimes, but overall sound is good with it's pre-setups. It's easy to plug in with the TV. I have connected my LG 42" TV (42LS4600) through the 'optical digital out'. Philips doesn't provide the cable, so had to buy my own. I wonder why. Although the product comes with a HDMI cable.
Installation guy came the next day and he also gave me a bluetooth device for free which has to be connected to the USB port of the sound system. Now, one can connect his smart phone and listen to music from anywhere without the hassle of connecting wires. Philips should provide the bluetooth device in the package itself.
Lastly, although the sound system looks grand, the remote looks cheap compared to the system. It's just my observation. The system doesn't give all the custom equalizers, but pre-sets are good enough. Wires are long enough for a medium sized room.

I purchased the product from Snapdeal for Rs 13,700 in July, 2014.
great soundlong wiresbluetoothhdmi cableeasy setupgood looking, good price
cheap looking remoteno optical digital cablesometimes less clarity
Yes, I would recommend this product.
Performance 
4 / 5
Ease of use 
5 / 5
Design 
5 / 5


 PHILIPS HTD5570/94 5.1 DVD HOME THEATRE SYSTEM

Philips HTD5570/94 Home Theater
Philips HTD5570/94 Home Theater
Take your home entertainment to the next level with Philips HTD5570/94 Home Theater. The powerful speakers come with abass-reflex system and double bass pipes that improve the lower frequencies and deliver amazingly deep bass sounds. Enjoy excellent quality surround sound with realistic spatial cues, thanks to Dolby Digital audio. From DVDs, VCDs, CDs to USB devices, the home theater plays virtually any disc and any media device you want.
With HDMI, you can enjoy your favourite movies in true high definition resolution. Control multiple devices like DVD players, Blu-ray players, TV's etc. with a single remote. This is made possible because of EasyLink, which uses HDMI CEC industry-standard protocol to share functionality between devices through the HDMI cable.
With DivX support, you can enjoy DivX encoded videos and movies from the Internet. DivX Ultra combines DivX playback with amazing features like integrated subtitles, multiple audio languages, multiple tracks and menus into one convenient file format.Audio in lets you play your music directly from your iPod/iPhone/iPad, MP3 player, or laptop via an easy connection to your home cinema. All you need to do is connect your audio device to the Audio in jack to enjoy the music.
Furthermore, 1000W RMS power delivers great sound for movies and music. The Karaoke feature lets you enjoy endless singing session at the comfort of your home, and the exposed speaker drivers ensure powerful surround sound.
(From Snapdeal)

PRODUCT SUMMARY OF PHILIPS HTD5570/94 5.1 DVD HOME THEATRE SYSTEM

  • Type: Home Theatres
  • Sound Output: 1000 W
  • Channel: 5.1
  • Features: USB,Dolby Digital
  • Connectivity: USB,HDMI,AUX
  • SUPCSDL562803372

Bronze Medal for 'Aawaz' at Global Music Awards

Aawaz wins Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards

'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence' - the music video, created with an aim to sensitize people of various social evils like sexual violence, child abuse and marital rape, wins the Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards. Among 54 winning songs, Aawaz is the only song from India which was nominated for the event and won a medal at GMA.

The single 'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence' is composed by Jim Ankan Deka and the lyrics are penned together by Jim and singer Ritwika Bhattacharya. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs (2009) finalist Antara Nandy from Kolkata has rendered her vocals to this cause along with Ritwika and Queen Hazarika (a familiar face in the music scenario of Assam). The music video is directed and produced by Parmita Borah. This collaborative project involves noted artists from across India and was released on June 01, 2013.

More about Aawaz here.


Monkey Radio features fusion music track EastWards

Eastwards - Jim Ankan Deka - Monkey Radio

Royalty Free Music | Free music for YouTube Videos

Royalty free music by Jim Ankan Deka

I am sharing two of my tracks for download for free as well as using them commercially for any purpose; including YouTube videos, Dailymotion videos and projects. Both the tracks are available on SoundCloud for download for free.

The tracks are licensed under a  Creative Commons Licence.





Click Here to download "A Healing Touch" | Click Here to download "Mr Davidson's Ride"
Artist - Jim Ankan Deka
This license is acceptable for Free Cultural Works.

You are free to:

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

Nixobdo Nilim - our new Assamese music video

Nixobdo Nilim (Assamese song) by Jim Ankan Deka

The tune hit me the moment we landed in Gokarna. A pristine region in Karnataka, Gokarna lies very close to Goa. But it's far away from the touristy haste and hooey. The stochasticity of the beaches and the surrounding scenario refresh the mind and the soul. Hence, it's easy to fall in love with everything that's around.
A dancer on Om Beach, Gokarna (photo - Jim Ankan Deka)
A dancer on Om Beach, Gokarna (photo - Jim Ankan Deka)

Nixobdo Nilim means Silent Horizon. And that's what I found while sitting on the beaches of Gokarna.
That's what I have seen people doing there - just looking into the horizon; and (probably) keenly relishing the fragrance of the distant dark-crested rocks. We were four friends and shot each others fun moments with our video camera without any script or storyboard.

Parmita Borah, Antara Baruah and Jim Ankan Deka - while shooting for Nixobdo Nilim
Later used those videos for the song while writer Parmita Borah came up with a nice story for the song. While Antara Baruah acted as a beach and music loving damsel, our friend Mickey Bora took care of the logistics. And voila! Nixobdo Nilim was just a simple task.

Recorded and edited at Eastern Fare Music Studio in Bangalore, the song is available for download at Amazon.com.

News on 'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence'

Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence is made with an aim to sensitize people of various social evils such as sexual violence, child abuse and marital rape. The music video of the bilingual song won four awards at three film festivals of India - Best Music Video Award at the 'Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival 2013' and 'Hollywood Shorts Reel-14' and Best Music Award and Best Music Video Award at 'Noida International Film Festival 2014'. The music of the song is composed by Jim Ankan Deka and video is directed by Parmita Borah. The vocalists of the song are Antara Nandy, Ritwika Bhattacharya and Queen Hazarika. The video is produced by Eastern Fare productions.

Read more at ReviewNE and The Sentinel. | Watch the video Here. | Download Aawaz Here

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Google Chromecast in India | connect your smartphone and laptop to a big screen TV

Google Chromecast

I had been looking for a device to connect my Samsung Galaxy s4 and Laptop to my (non-smart) LG 42" TV. Although on the net I found many devices, most of which were not available in India or have exhorbitant price tags. And then I came across with Google's new magic device 'The Google Chromecast'.

What is it?

With Chromecast you can use your phone, tablet or laptop to browse and cast content to your TV, play and pause and control the volume of the TV directly. With the content streaming, you can also multitask - send emails or surf the web - while seeing what is on the TV screen. All wirelessly. This means, you no longer have to check videos on you 4 or 5 inch screen of your mobile phone but enjoy those in your big screen TV and also enjoy them in HD; controlling everything from your couch.

How to connect?

Very simple. The device is like a pen drive (a 2.83-inch (72 mm) HDMI dongle) which can be connected to the TV's HDMI port and power it through the USB port of the TV itself. If the TV doesn't have a USB port, it can be powered through a power adaptor. Now you need a WiFi connection with a minimum 2 Mbps speed. Once you get the welcome screen on the TV you can visit www.google.co.in/chromecast/setup/ from your laptop or download Chromecast app on your smartphone. Rest is easy. Once you have the devices connected, all you have to do is visit the YouTube app and stream a video and press the 'Play on TV' button on the YouTube screen. Voila!!

YouTube videos look splendid as long as you have a minimum 2 Mbps wifi speed. You can check any website and play any videos from any website (not necessary YouTube). Infact through 'Cast Entire Screen' option you can play videos or anything from the hard-drive of your laptop.

What about 'Screen Mirroring'? (For smart phones)

Screen Mirroring is now available through Chromecast. You can mirror the screen of your cell phone with the TV with Google Chromecast. There are other devices for that too. So far my favourites (apart from Chromecast) are -
Normal 'wired mirroring' through Galaxy s4's Micro-USB port which gives glitch-free mirroring
'Wireless mirroring' with the help of Samsung's AllShare Cast dongle.
 Samsung HomeSync

Where to buy Google Chromecast in India?

As of April, 2014, the device is available in Amazon.in for Rs 3099 and on Ibhejo.com for around Rs 2849 with a discount coupon - FBLIKEPAGE63766.

More info at Google.com

Screen Mirroring through Chromecast - Recently there was an update on Chromecast which enabled full-on screen mirroring through which one can play games like Dungeon Hunter and Real Racing 3 on TV. This would offer a second-screen experience, displaying the game on your TV and turning your phone into the controller.
How to do it? - Go to your 'Chromecast app' on your smartphone. Click on 'Devices' on top left. From the menu select 'Cast Screen'. Voila! You are a magician. Now go! Impress your girlfriend!

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