Sébastien Slodtz was a French sculptor, the father of a trio of brothers who helped shape official French sculpture between the Baroque and the Rococo. He was born at Antwerp and joined the Paris workshop of François Girardon, under whose direction he worked for the sculptural decor of Versailles and its gardens and for the Tuileries. Sébastien Slodtz was the outstanding sculptor to come out of Girardon's atelier, he held the post of Dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet de Sa Majesté, a post that two of his sons filled after him. Sébastien Slodtz is best known for his Aristaeus fettering Proteus, begun in 1688, installed in 1714 in the Bassin d'Apollon on the grand terrace at Versailles, where it remains, his other chief works were the Hannibal Barca counting the rings of the Roman knights killed at the Battle of Cannae for the Allée du Roi, designed as a pendant for Nicolas Coustou's Julius Caesar and for which Girardon provided a terracotta maquette a statue of St Ambrose in the Dôme des Invalides, a bas-relief Saint Louis sending missionaries to India.
Other works were provided for the Château de Marly, such as the marble Vertumnus for the Cascade and sculptures for the Val-de-Grâce. His sons, notably René-Michel Slodtz called Michelange, the only great sculptor among the Slodtz, according to François Souchal, but his two brothers, who worked in partnership for the ephemeral royal and princely occasions overseen by the department of the Menus Plaisirs: the designer-decorator Sébastien-Antoine and the sculptor Paul-Ambroise, the only one of the three to be accepted in the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, their lively, dashing drawings cannot be told apart by specialists. Among the pupils of Sébastien Slodtz was Pierre de L’Estache. Souchal, François 1968. Les Slodtz sculpteurs et decorateurs du Roi Reviewed by Terence Hodgkinson, The Burlington Magazine 111, pp. 156, 159-160
The Lampung people commonly referred to as Ulun Lampung, are an ethnic group indigenous to Lampung province and parts of South Sumatra province of the southern and central region that occupy areas such as Martapura, Muaradua at upstream of Komering River, Kayu Agung, Tanjung Raja at downstream of Komering River, Merpas on the southern side of Bengkulu province, as well as Cikoneng in the southwest coast of Banten province, Indonesia. They speak the Lampung language, a Lampungic language estimated to have 1.5 million speakers. The origins of the Lampung people is tied to the name of Lampung itself. In the 7th century the Chinese had mentioned about a place in the south where it is said to be the place of the Tolang Pohwang kingdom. To means "people" and Lang Pohwang means "Lampung". Hence its name Tolang Pohwang which means "Lampung people" or "envoy from Lampung" that came from China until the 7th century. There are strong evidence that Lampung was part of the Srivijaya kingdom with its capital in Jambi and did conquered parts of South East Asia region including Lampung until the 11th century.
In the 5th AD Tai-Ping-Huan-Yu-Chi chronicles, names of the Nan-hai states were recorded and among them are two states which were mentioned in sequence, To-lang and Po-hwang. The To-lang state was mentioned only once, but the Po-hwang state was mentioned many times as this state did sent envoys to China in the year of 442, 449, 451, 459, 464 and 466. According to Prof. Gabriel Ferrand, it is that the name To-lang and Po-hwang are one same name and is located in Tulangbawang, Lampung, it is said that there is a Tulangbawang kingdom, although the idea came from the unification of the two names in the Chinese chronicles. The earlier generation of the Lampung people came from Sekala Brak, at the foot of Mount Pesagi, West Lampung Regency, its people were inhabited by the Buay Tumil people and they were ruled by a woman named Ratu Sekerummong. The religion of the people is animism mixed with the Javanese Bairawa Hinduism influences. After the 15th century, the Buay Tumil people had influences from four Muslim men who came from Pagaruyung Kingdom, West Sumatra that went there.
They are Umpu Nyerupa, Umpu Pernong and Umpu Belunguh. The fourth men is the forerunner of Paksi Pak Sekala Brak as it is mentioned in an ancient manuscript, Kuntara Raja Niti. However, in the Kuntara Raja Niti manuscript, their names are Inder Gajah, Pak Lang, Sikin and Indarwati. Based on the Kuntara Raja Niti, the hypothesis of the descendants of the Lampung people are as the following: Originally the lineage of the Lampung people came from Sekala Brak. However, in its customary sense the Lampung people developed and became two people group, namely the Saibatin Lampungs and the Pepadun Lampungs; the customs of the Saibatin people are well known for its aristocracy, while the customs of the Pepadun people which emerged followed the practices of the Abung people and had democracy values developed in opposed to the aristocracy values held by the Saibatin people. The Saibatin Lampungs occupy traditional regions such as Labuhan Maringgai, Jabung, Way Jepara, Raja Basa, Teluk Betung, Padang Cermin, Cukuh Balak, Way Lima, Talang Padang, Kota Agung, Suoh, Batu Brak, Liwa, Pesisir Krui, Martapura, Muara Dua, Kayu Agung with four of these cities are in South Sumatra province, Cikoneng in Pantai Banten and including Merpas in South Bengkulu Regency.
The Saibatin Lampungs are often referred to as Pesisir Lampungs because majority of them lived along the east and west coast of Lampung with each consisting of:- Keratuan Melinting Keratuan Darah Putih Keratuan Putih Bandakh Lima Teluk Semaka in Cukuh Balak, Kelumbayan, Kelumbayan Barat, Way Lima, Way Khilau, Pardasuka Selatan, Talang Padang, Gunung Alif and part of Padang Cermin, Punduh Pedada, Teluk Betung and Kalianda which consist of: Bandakh Seputih, which are Buay Humakhadatu, Buay TambaKukha, Buay HuluDalung, Buay HuluLutung, Buay Pematu, Buay Akhong and Buay Pemuka Bandakh Sebadak, Buay Mesindi Bandakh Selimau, which are Buay Tungau, Buay Babok and Buay Khandau Bandakh Sepertiwi, which are Buay Sekha, Buay Samba and Buay Aji Bandakh Sekelumbayan, which are Buay Balau, Buay Betawang and Buay Bakhuga Keratuan Komering Cikoneng Pak Pekon Paksi Pak Sekala Brak The Pepadun Lampungs or Pedalaman Lampungs consists of:- Abung Siwo Mego. The Abung people lived in seven traditional regions, which are Kotabumi, Seputih Timur, Labuhan Maringgai, Gunung Sugih, Terbanggi.
Mego Pak Tulangbawang. The Tulangbawang people lived in four traditional regions, which are Menggala, Mesuji and Wiralaga. Pubian Telu Suku; the Pubian people lived in eight traditional regions, which are Tanjungkarang, Bukujadi, Seputih Barat, Padang Ratu and Pugung. Sungkay-Way Kanan Buay Lima; the Sungkay-Way Kanan people lived in nine traditional regions, which are Negeri Besar, Pakuan Ratu, Bunga Mayang, Blambangan Umpu, Baradatu and Kasui. The philosophical life of the Lampung people are contained in the Kuntara Raja Niti manuscript, which are:- Piil-Pusanggiri: It is
Antaragni was a fusion band from Bangalore which disbanded in 2004. Antaragni's repertoire included an amalgamation of Indian Classical and Western rock, funk and country. After Antaragni disbanded, the band's frontman, Raghupathy Dixit went on to form The Raghu Dixit Project, which he likes to refer to as an open house for musicians and artistes from different genres to come together and create a dynamic sound and expression; the name Antaragni is a union of two Sanskrit words — antar meaning'within' and agni meaning fire. Put together, they form'Antar Ki Agni' or'Antaragni' for short meaning'the fire within'; the name of the band reflected the zeal of its members for music. Antaragni, which went on to become one of Bangalore's most popular music acts, was formed sometime in the late 1990s by guitarist/songwriter/singer Raghupathy Dixit. An experimentalist in search of a new sound, Raghu hit it off with talented violin player H. N. Bhaskar. Together the duo formed Antaragni. Armed with a new sound and Bhaskar moved base to Bangalore, where they started making waves.
They met Ravichandra Rao, a flautist and percussionist of repute, their music continued to evolve. By concocting a potpourri of Indian classical and western undertones, Antaragni began to rock Bangalore. In Bangalore, Raghu met a violinist trained in western classical music. Together, Manoj George and Bhaskar started churning out some delightfully refreshing music laced with Indian folk influences; the two violinists trained in different styles added slick musical tussles to the songs, it seemed the band had two lead violinists, instead of the conventional lead guitarist. The band's fame continued to grow as it won competitions across the country with a voracious appetite; the most notable being winning the Radio City competition to be crowned the best band in Bangalore. Their first major tryst with fame however came when they were invited to open for Bryan Adams when he came to town, before a crowd of 30,000. Antaragni had arrived; the priorities of Ravi and Bhaskar as professional musicians differed from that of Raghu and they made their silent exits.
Raghu and Manoj George continued performing with guest artists until they disbanded in 2004. The Raghu Dixit Project official website Raghupathy Dixit, Bangalore, India