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Edgar Degas, The Inspiring Impressionist, Was Born This Day, July 19, 183-Years Ago — In 1834.

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As with Rembrandt 4-days ago, I do not think of Edgar Degas as one the artists that will make my top 10 though I sure have no problems with either his cleverly rendered paintings or his exquisite sculptures of dancers. I have seen quite a bit of his work in Paris and in New York — and I notice that I invariably will dally around, admiring his talent from different angles and different perspectives. Though most think of him in terms of ‘ballerinas’ he sure was adept at painting nudes — as you can see from the gallery above. He made it to the 20th century, dying in Paris, during WW I



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I With My Latest Friends — NHTI (Concord, NH), ‘African Cultural Society Dancers’.

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Picture was taken by my friend, Franklyn Rosario of ‘New York Life’, using my Sony a6000. Thanks, Franklyn. I might have to hire you as my full-time photographer.

I had to sign-up these ladies to perform at the Concord Multicultural Festival on June 24, 2017. I did. It wasn’t hard. {SMILE} They wanted their pictures taken. I am always happy to oblige.


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‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 — Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers, Part I.

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The charismatic Neha Parikh and her very talented and engaging students, from her dance academy in Nashua, New Hampshire, have been a popular mainstay at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Day for as long as I can remember — and we have been to 13 of the 14 ‘Days’. The Classical Indian Dancing always has the audience mesmerized — particularly the children (including our two). Often I like to look around to see the transfixed expressions on the faces of the kids. Good classic Indian dancing, such as this, is indeed a treat to all senses; sinuous, sensual, precise, expressive, colorful and compelling. Lets face it. The dances have been perfected over a few thousand years!

It is neat to see how many of the performers have matured and developed over the years. I would say that many are now at their peak. It was an honor to see them perform at Laconia yesterday. They make me so proud — and I am not even Indian (and never have been)! I feel proud for the parents and for Neha Parikh. This is such a wonderful way to showcase Asian culture in Central New Hampshire — where there aren’t that many Indians. The ‘Mason-Dixon’ line appears to be Manchester, possibly Concord. North of there we get Bhutanese, Nepali not to mention Chinese, but the number of Indians dry up (though there is one Indian family in Alton). So, this is good. Great cultural diplomacy.

I took a ton of pictures, as did Deanna (on her Olympus) and Devanee who has now taken possession of my ‘old’ Canon T3i. I will, for your edification, try to post as many as I can, in batches. ENJOY.




‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 Was Vibrant, Variegated, Vivid & Virtuous.

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The vibrancy that oozed out of Saturday’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘, September 12, 2015, was palpable. It indeed was a festival; colorful, merry, noisy, aromatic and collegial. Everybody was having a good time. This was Laconia at its very best on what was a picture perfect day. We are great supporters of this ‘Day’. We have been to all but one of the 14 ‘Multicultural Days‘ — last year being the one exception because we happened to be in Acadia.

This year’s ‘Festival’ was good. The energy and spirit was back. It reminded you what it was meant to be. I miss the night concert that we used to have but 2015 was indeed memorable. There are now two venues for music, the traditional stages in ‘Rotary Park‘ and a new performance tent at ‘City Hall’. That was good. More variety, moe music. Quite a few vendors, though the numbers might have been a tad down. Wasn’t packed, but a respectable crowd. I always wonder where all the other people from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton etc. are on the day. The ‘Festival’ is hard to miss.

“Black Thunder” & “Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers”, two perennial favorites and “Sayon Camara’s West African Drumming” as well as the “O’Brien Clan” did us all proud.

Lots of good food at affordable prices. Interesting merchandise. Not a hint of trouble or strife. A few police officers around — and they could be seen having a good time interacting with the folks. I took about 230 pictures. I will try and showcase as many as I can.

Thank YOU Laconia. That was good. Bravo!






‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ (a.k.a. ‘Festival’): Saturday, August 3, 2013 — Impressions.

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The ‘Laconia Multicultural Day’, per my definition, is ALWAYS good, always uplifting and always rewarding. PERIOD.

So, per that definition, the 12th celebration, yesterday, Saturday, August 3, 2013, was GOOD. Period.

It is a joyful, bustling event for Laconia – a town desperately in need of cheers. As ever I applaud the organizers and sponsors of this event for their commitment, vision and lets face it audacity. You do good. Thank you. Kudos.

That this year’s event had to be held a month ahead of normal was unfortunate and it now transpires that this was all due to the crassness and greed of the Belknap Mill and those that run it — and I dealt with that separately. A pox on them.

Though there were lots of tents and plenty of ‘carnival’ atmosphere and aromas wafting around, you couldn’t help but notice that the crowds were noticeably down from the last few years — and I have attended every single one of these exemplary ‘DAYS‘. I had hoped that the Summer (as opposed to Fall) date would attract some of the tourists and out-of-towners. That did not appear to be so. One of the organizers complained that she didn’t think that the event was advertised enough. I can’t comment on that, really. I did see it in the ‘Sun‘, I think — but we went looking for it since it is one of our ‘must attend‘ events of the year.

But, it was fun. Everybody, as ever, appeared to be having fun and that, in the end, is all that counts and what this ‘Day’ is all about. Bravo.

I do not know the details, but it is possible that the earlier date interfered in signing up some of the entertainment.

The two headline acts, as far as I could tell, were the African balafon ‘Balla Kouyate‘ and the Puerto Rican ‘Edwin Pabon y Su Orchestra‘. There was, of course, also the ever impressive ‘Odaiko Japanese Drummers‘, but to be fair, they are now becoming somewhat of a staple at Laconia also having performed, magnificently, in 2011 — and as I recall other years. They were good. There were also three Asian girls that danced, fleetingly. Maybe that was the ‘Bhutanese Dancers‘. They were alluring. But, it was a brief act and did not get a proper build-up or even introduction.

‘Balla Kouyate’ and ‘Edwin Pabon y Su Orchestra’ were both class acts and acquitted themselves with credit. They did not have the crowd stomping or totally captivated, but they made sure we all realized why we were there. So that was all good.

Now as for the ‘Crystal Singing Balls‘, all I can really say that it was totally the wrong venue. It was like listening to pain dry and given the lack of auditory stimulation as exciting as watching somebody stir paint — which, alas, is what it does look like. I am sure that in a cozy, intimate room, this would have been quite a show — with the balls buzzing. But, in an open venue, with no reflective sound, the single mike really could not do this justice. Whoever booked this act should have thought about it. They had some performances inside the Mill. This should have been indoors — possibly with the sound broadcast outside. Kind of funny. Yesterday, at the event, I was reading a magazine article about Bose — who invented the eponymous sound systems and speakers. His fundamental breakthrough was recognizing that at most auditorium-based concerts 80% of the sound heard by the audience was reflective sound! That was the problem here. No reflection. No sound. I felt bad for the lady. I walked up to the table. You could hear the glass ring. Never mind.

It was not the greatest of these ‘Days’. It was, overall, low key. Even sombre — though there was no need for that.

I gather that in 2014 it will be back on the 2nd Saturday of September. That is good. So here is the good news. It should not be too difficult next year to better this year’s out-of-cycle event.

P.S., Since I am on this no-carb diet, I did not, per usual, check out all the food tents — since all of them tend to be carb-heavy. So I really can’t comment on the food. I did have some lamb at the very end. They were selling lamb sandwiches for $7. I asked them to give me $5 of just meat without the bread. They did. It was OK.

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