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Transliteration helps establish harmony among languages and cultures



Jayson forgot Speedway of Nazareth, a typical Straits type song

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Look before you i-LEAP  

Can this software really help song transmission among Indian languages?


The iLEAP software developed by CDAC India is a major step in enabling Indian languages for desktop publication, e-mail and web-publishing. Transliteration is very important for communication among languages. Perhaps this is a way to establish harmony among languages and cultures. Dance and music are effective means of bringing different linguistic groups on to a common platform. Over the centuries, a great tradition is built around each language.

Indian dance and music depend heavily on lyrics, and associated tunes and rhythms. If one wants to transliterate lyrics in one language into multiple languages, the iLEAP tool does not meet the requirements of accuracy.

The iLEAP transliteration tool does not address the problem of one to one representation of characters.

There is going to be irreparable damage to the original lyrics if somebody uses the imperfect iLEAP transliteration scheme.

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Guitar accident

I am a lead guitarist in a band that plays around the York area in England. My brother recently informed me of a horrific incident where a guitarist on stage got an electric shock when his guitar came into contact with a microphone stand.

Could you please write an article on how to avoid getting electric shocks on stage, because none of my own band (including myself) take any precautions and other bands we've played with don't either?

We wouldn't know what to do, to be honest. Would a simple circuit break do the trick, for example? It seems to be a big potential problem that guitarists, and other musicians, are not aware of or simply don't think of.

Alex Moore

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Negotiating the Straits

This is with regards to Yesudas Jayson's review of Sailing to Philadephia. He forgot Speedway of Nazareth, a typical Straits type song. It reminded me of Telegraph Road. The same story telling, long ballad-like score and similar ending in a rush of some fantastic guitaring.

In many ways, Love over Gold is the peak album of Dire Straits. It was here that Knopfler moved from club rock to a new and individual genre of powerful music writing. The first track Telegraph Road is a classic rock ballad with some wonderful exploration on the guitar. This was where Knopfler excelled in orchestration. Private investigations follws with its dark, secretive and scintillating music. Industrial disease is an out and out comedy with the rhythm-beat music that was again seen in Cannibals from Golden Heart.

Ranganath E Unny 

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