Sri Krishna

Krishna is a deity worshipped across many traditions in Hinduism in a variety of perspectives. While many Vaishnava groups recognize him as an avatar of Vishnu, other traditions within Krishnaism consider Krishna to be svayam bhagavan, or the Supreme Being.

Krishna is often depicted as an infant, as a young boy playing a flute as in the Bhagavata Purana, or as a youthful prince giving direction and guidance as in the Bhagavad Gita. The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions. They portray him in various perspectives: a god-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero and the Supreme Being. The principal scriptures discussing Krishna's story are the Mahābhārata, the Harivamsa, the Bhagavata Purana and the Vishnu Purana.

The various traditions dedicated to different manifestations of Krishna, such as Vasudeva, Bala Krishna and Gopala, existed as early as 4th century BC. The Krishna-bhakti Movement spread to southern India by the 9th century AD, while in northern India Krishnaism schools were well established by 11th century AD. From the 10th century AD, with the growing Bhakti movement, Krishna became a favorite subject in performing arts and regional traditions of devotion developed for forms of Krishna such as Jagannatha in Orissa, Vithoba in Maharashtra and Shrinathji in Rajasthan.

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Walt Disney: The Barn Dance

The Barn Dance

Release Date: March 14, 1929
Synopsis: Mickey wants to take Minnie to a dance, but Pete's flashy car beats Mickey's horse-drawn wagon as her transportation of choice. At the dance, Mickey uses some balloons to make himself light on his feet - the perfect dancing partner - but this doesn't keep Minnie at his side for long, either.
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pete



Walt Disney: Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie

Release Date: - November 18, 1928
Synopsis: Mickey is serving aboard Steamboat Willie under Captain Peg-Leg Pete. He is first seen piloting the steamboat while whistling, suggesting he himself is the captain. Pete then arrives to take the helm and throws him off the bridge. They soon have to stop for cargo. Almost as soon as they set off again, the as-of-then unnamed Minnie arrives, too late to board. Mickey manages to pick her up from the river shore. Minnie accidentally drops her sheet music for the popular folk song "Turkey in the Straw," which is eaten by a goat. Mickey and Minnie use its tail to turn it into a phonograph, which plays the tune. Mickey uses various other animals as musical instruments, disturbing Captain Pete, who puts him back to work. Mickey is reduced to peeling potatoes for the rest of the trip. A parrot attempts to make fun of him, but Mickey strikes him with a potato, knocking him into the river. The short ends with Mickey laughing at the bird struggling in the water.
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pete

Walt Disney: Mickey Tries to Cook

Mickey Tries to Cook

Release Date: First television showing : October 2, 1999 (most markets)
Synopsis: When Mickey discovers Minnie has fallen for a guy who can cook, he tries to make a fancy dinner to win her back.
Characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Jose Carioca


Walt Disney: Blame It On The Samba From "Melody Time"

Blame It On The Samba From "Melody Time"

Release Date: May 27, 1948
Synopsis: Blame It On the Samba has Donald Duck, the film's main character, and José Carioca meeting with the Aracuan Bird who introduces them to the pleasures of the samba. The Dinning Sisters provide the vocals while organist Ethel Smith plays the organ.
Characters: Donald Duck, Jose Carioca and Aracuan Bird
Wikipedia Melody Time  Melody Time is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. This particular film has seven segments and is made up of several sequences set to popular music and folk music.

Wikipedia Josè Carioca  José "Zé" Carioca is a Disney cartoon character created in 1942 drawn as an anthropomorphized parrot from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (thus "Carioca", a term which refers to a person born there).

Walt Disney: Aquarela do Brasil From "Saludos Amigos"

Aquarela do Brasil From "Saludos Amigos"

Release Date: February 6, 1943
Synopsis: Aquarela do Brasil (or "Watercolor of Brazil"), the finale of the film, involves a brand-new character, José Carioca, showing Donald Duck around South America and introducing him to the samba (to the tunes of "Brazil" and "Tico-Tico no Fubá").
Characters: Donald Duck and Jose Carioca

Wikipedia Saludos Amigos This film features four different segments, each of which beginning with various clips of the Disney artists roaming the country drawing cartoons of some of the local cultures and scenery.

Wikipedia Josè Carioca José "Zé" Carioca is a Disney cartoon character created in 1942 drawn as an anthropomorphized parrot from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (thus "Carioca", a term which refers to a person born there).

Wikipedia Aquarela do Brasil Song Song written by Ary Barroso in 1939.

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Sparkie Williams the talking budgie

Sparkie Williams (1954–1962) was a talking budgie who has provided the inspiration for a new opera by Michael Nyman and Carsten Nicolai. The opera was performed in Berlin in March 2009. Sparkie had a repertoire of more than 500 words and eight nursery rhymes, becoming a national celebrity after fronting an advertising campaign for Capern’s bird seed, and making a record which sold 20,000 copies. After he died, he was stuffed and put on show at Newcastle’s Hancock Museum.

Born and bred in North East England, Sparkie was owned by Mrs Mattie Williams, who lived in Forest Hall, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He earned his name after Mrs Williams called him ‘A bright little spark,' and she taught him to speak, recite songs and sing nursery rhymes. Sparkie had a huge repertoire of words and sayings. By the time he was three-and-a-half, he had won the BBC International Cage Word Contest in July 1958. He was so good, in fact, that he was disqualified from taking part again.

Sparkie was courted by bird seed sellers and fronted the advertisement campaign for Capern’s bird seed for two years. He was recorded talking with budgie expert Philip Marsden on BBC radio, and appeared on the BBC Tonight programme with Cliff Michelmore. When Sparkie died, he was stuffed by the best taxidermist in London and taken on a tour of Britain in an exhibition of his life and work, before coming back to the Hancock Museum in 1996. Sparkie Williams is acclaimed as the world’s most outstanding talking bird in the Guinness Book of Records.

He is now part of the collections owned by the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

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Birds of a feather flock together

Those of similar taste congregate in groups.

This proverb has been in use since at least the mid 16th century. In 1545, William Turner used a version of it in his papist satire The Rescuing of Romish Fox:

"Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together."

The first known citation in print of the currently used English version of the phrase appeared in 1599, in The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, which was complied by the English lexicographer John Minsheu:

Birdes of a feather will flocke togither.

The phrase also appears in Benjamin Jowett's 1856 translation of Plato's Republic. Clearly, if it were present in the original Greek text then, at around 380BC, Plato's work would be a much earlier reference to it. What appears in Jowett's version is:

Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.

Plato's text can be translated in other ways and it is safe to say it was Jowett in 1856, not Plato in 380BC, that considered the phrase to be old. The lack of any citation of it in English prior to the 16th century does tend to suggest that its literal translation wasn't present in The Republic - a text that was widely read by English scholars of the classics well before the 16th century.

In nature, birds of a single species do in fact frequently form flocks. Ornithologists explain this behaviour as a 'safety in numbers' tactic to reduce their risk of predation. In language terms, it was previously more common to refer to birds flying together than flocking together and many early citations use that form, for example Philemon Holland's translation of Livy's Romane historie, 1600:

"As commonly birds of a feather will flye together."

"Birds Of A Feather" by Michael Ramirez

"Birds Of A Feather (Flock Together)"

"All Squawk" by Paul Combs