Blog Archives: Audios

7
May

KRPI 1550AM Sher-E-Punjab Interview

With the recent influx of gangland activity in Metro Vancouver and specifically Surrey, BC, I’ve decided to once again reach out and bring awareness about the issue.

Thank you to Kiran Aulakh for the great interview and ongoing support.

More to come…

mani

24
Nov

Activistic Hypocrisy

I have longed to determine who I am. For I am, in my heart and in my mind, an activist. But if I truly was, then I also would truly be a hypocrite.

For an activist is someone who is fuelled to make social and political change. They by definition use vigorous action to accomplish their goals through protests and campaigns.

Here I stand, upon a crossroads. One direction leads me to abandon my ethics, but morally it remains right. The other direction leads me to abandon my principles, yet it too remains right.

For by definition, if I was an activist, then I would in all my vigour be willing to bring about social and political change. I would in all my wisdom, find logic in my actions, justify them because the future from these actions holds with it the resources to assist my beliefs.

This is not mysticism and I am not delusional, however it may seem… For these actions I know I must partake, I know will also make them hypocritical. Yet the onus is on me. It falls solely on my shoulders as I know that I cannot cower away from ridicule. I cannot cower away from a chance at the attainment of resources that can bring about the positive change that I see in my eyes for this beautiful future of the world.

“Let me tell you, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.” – Che Guevara

22
Sep

International Women’s Day

Speech for International Women’s Day
by Mani Amar

Written March 7th, 2009
Presented March 8th, 2009

To all guests of event at Simon Fraser University (Surrey) Campus

Dear Sisters,

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year around the world, it is a day that connects women together, a day to celebrate your beauty.

However, I am here to advise you that you shouldn’t be celebrated only once a year. But every day.

I am here to advise you that many sisters around the world do not feel celebrated.
In the western world we celebrate Equal Rights. In fact, we, the western world tell the rest of the world that if you come to our lands, you will be free, in the most complete sense.

19
Sep

Sigur Rós – ‘Untitled 4 (njósnavélin)’

I was laying in my bed having a crappy day a few years ago…when I decided to watch a movie, settled on Vanilla Sky, loved the movie, but discovered a whole new genre of music that forever changed my life and inspired my art more than anything else before.

Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-rock, Ambient, Art Rock, whatever you want to call it, it is hard to mention this genre without people talking about Sigur Rós.

What amazing music, to this day, it blows me away.

This song in particular is one of my favourites, I’d post the lyrics, if they existed…explanation here.

Also posting a video of how they play their music live, amazing how they combine instruments, playing your guitar like a violin, who would have thought?

These guys let me use this track in my first feature length film; A Warrior’s Religion, for which I am forever grateful.

Check out more from Sigur Rós.

19
Sep

Hammock – ‘Shipwrecked (Flat on Your Back)’

Ever feel like going for a long drive through the country with no destination in mind? Just on a quest for some soul searching? Then this is the song for you as you drive…

Check out more from Hammock.

Lyrics;

On a cold night
We lay down
Under starlight
We breakdown

On a cold night
We lay down
Under starlight
We breakdown
Spend our whole life
Seeking shelter
Til the last time,
Gone forever…

On a cold night
We lay down
Under starlight
We breakdown
Spend our whole life
Seeking shelter
Til the last time,
Gone forever…

About Me
In self-reflection; I can honestly say all that is good in my life has been a direct result of my artistic expression. Be it through writing poetry, prose, or philosophy, through painting or photography, or through filmmaking, art saved my life and it can save yours.
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