ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST | Queen | Rock & Pop | Avanti Kshirsagar | @Raising Twins Blog

Drum cover of a classic ‘Another bites the dust’ by Queen played by Avanti Kshirsagar on electronic Drums. Please use headphones for better sound quality.

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GOLD LION | Yeah yeah yeahs | Rock & Pop | Avanti Kshirsagar

Drum cover of Gold Lion by the ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs’ – Trinity Initial Drums play by Avanti Kshirsagar on electronic Drums. Please use headphones for better sound quality.

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YELLOW | Coldplay | COVER by Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar | @Raising Twins Blog

YELLOW by ‘Coldplay’ cover played by the twins. Ashmi on Guitar and Avanti on drums. Please use headphones for better sound quality.

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Pretend Play: Investing in a good Playhouse and it’s benefits on child development.

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

“Systematic research has increasingly demonstrated a series of clear benefits of children’s engagement in pretend games from the ages of about two and one half through ages six or seven.”

Dr. Scott Kaufman – 2012 Psychology Today article

As children’s time is taken up more and more with scheduled activities, it is important to consider what they are losing when they miss out on pretend play. In many ways, a few hours creating pretend ponies and galloping around the yard with fellow cowboys and cowgirls is as developmentally essential as any other pursuit. In today’s video game age, however, children are not getting the same opportunity that their parents had to engage in this freeform style of play. Children’s play houses are a great way to encourage children to take part in make-believe or imaginative play, allowing them to reap the child development benefits.

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Ep. 6| ATOMS & MATTER | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

In this video the twins explain an atom and matter in the most simplest terms. The video includes varied topics like: 1. What is the difference between atom, molecule and matter? 2. What is the structure of an atom? 3. How small is an atom? (explained with a different perspective) 4. What are the states of matter and their properties? 5. Can we see an atom under a microscope?

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Art Appreciation: Akbar Padmasee’s Metascapes

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

“…colours expand and contract, colours travel on the surface of the static painting… colour trajectory is strategy… A colourist needs to master the art of silencing some colours, so as to render others eloquent.” – Akbar Padmasee

Akbar Padamsee, India Myth and Reality, Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Oxford, 1982, p. 17

My twins who are 2nd graders now, have this interesting chapter in their art book called ‘Splish-splash’. This chapter explores different textures and colour combinations. There is also this interesting concept where they are asked to imagine a topsy-turvy world; a world with jumbled up colours. How does it make you feel? It is a very fascinating way to expose the children to think ‘out of the box’, to make them understand an impressionist’s view of the world. How an object is seen through a different perspective by an artist.

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PUMPED UP KICKS | Foster the People | COVER by Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar

Watch as our twins Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar (Age 7) play their unique and energetic cover of the popular song ‘Pumped up Kicks’.

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Ep. 5| PHASES OF THE MOON | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar (age 7) demonstrate the eight phases of the moon in this video. This activity can be done at home using simple articles.

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Ep. 4| REFRACTION | Simple Science Experiments| Raising Twins Blog

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Ashmi Kshirsagar (Age 7) talks about the difference between ‘Refraction’ and ‘Reflection’. This video discusses Refraction in simpler terms.

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EXPLORING CULTURES &TRADITIONS: Diwali Festival in Goa- Tulshiche Lagn (Part 3/3)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

As mentioned in my first article in this series of ‘Diwali Festivalin Goa’, the Goan tradition of making “Narkasur’ effigy marks the beginning of the Diwali festival and in the same way ‘Tulsi Vivah’ or ‘Tulshiche Lagn’ marks the end of the Diwali festival and initiates the Hindu wedding season. The ceremonial festival is performed anytime between Prabodhini Ekadashi (the eleventh or twelfth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Kartik) and Kartik Poornima (the full moon of the month). The day varies regionally.

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