1 - STRUCTURE
1.1 - What are all the sections for?
Home: This section is the index page for the World of Salil Chowdhury.
It functions as an entry portal for visitors to the site and displays a short
introductory text and the latest updates and features on the website.
Introduction: This area is plainly an introduction to Salil Chowdhury's
News: The news section contains a larger list of updates as seen on the
"Home" page, and a list of Other News regarding Salil Chowdhury that
cannot be associated with other sections completely.
Songs: The songs section is a portal to the largest areas of the World
of Salil Chowdhury, namely the areas that contain specific information on individual
films in multiple languages. It is also possible to listen to some songs.
Articles: To provide users with more sophisticated information about Salil
Chowdhury and his music, various articles have been written and/or collected.
These articles are displayed here - some written by me, some by readers of this
site and some by others.
Site: The site section is a seperate area containing information about
the World of Salil Chowdhury. Inside you can find things like an
acknowledgements page, and some information about who created this website.
Help: You're reading this right now.
Contact: From this page you can contact the webmaster and designer of the
World of Salil Chowdhury. Please read sections 4 and 5 of this FAQ before doing
so, so that you know you aren't asking anything you don't need to.
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2 - MEDIA
2.1 - What is Streaming?
Streaming is a technology used on the Internet which enables users to listen
to music directly through their internet connection, directly accessing the file
from its location in the Internet. This means a download is not required. With
a fast enough connection, usually about 56K or higher, most lines can handle the
Mp3 sound quality. The World of Salil Chowdhury employs highly compressed, medium
quality (48kbps) mp3 files so that the larger section of its users will be
able to stream music from the website without much hassle.
2.2 - What is mp3 streaming?
mp3 streaming is like Real Audio streaming in concept. You can't download the file and save it on your hard disk but you can "stream" it and listen to the song. These days with broadband streaming it is quite common to use streaming.
2.3 - Which application can I use to stream ?
These days numerous applications are available (some free) to stream music. Windows Media Player is frequently used but Winamp is also very popular.
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3 - INFORMATION
3.1 - How are the songs listed?
In the Bengali Basic Songs area, songs are listed by singer, and then chronologically.
This way you can find their songs more easily. In the Film Songs section, songs
are listed by films in a certain language, then specific films, and then chronologically
within a list of songs from that particular film. It isn't hard to navigate.
3.2 - How does the cross-referencing work?
Because the World of Salil Chowdhury is such a vast information database,
and because various singers have been involved with Salil Chowdhury in many different
fields, it seemed necessary to include a large network of cross-references in
the website which easily enables the user to access information related to the
item he is viewing - about singer, song, or film.
Since the network is so immensely large now, it may seem complicated but it's
not. The cross-referencing system employs a quite efficient system. Each film
and singer has been tagged with a specific code, namely two letters as a name
abbreviation, and then a number.
For example, in the Bengali Basic Songs section, under Lata Mangeshkar, you'll
find a table containing the list "LM1", "LM2" etc. This stands
for "Lata Mangeshkar 1" and is simply used to define a location in the
table about her. If you look to the right in that table, you'll find the text
"MA5". This shows that the song listed in LM1 was sung in the film "MA5".
If you then click on "MA5", you will be redirected to the page about
the "MA5" film, which you can, upon arrival, find out to be "Maaya".
3.3 - What are all these language abbreviations?
To keep the size of the tables small, language abbreviations have been used
instead of the full words. "Hin" = Hindi, "Bng" = Bengali,
"Mal" = Malayalam, "Tam" = Tamil, "Tel" = Telegu,
"Kan" = Kannada, "Oth" = Other.
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4 - USER INTERACTION
4.1 - How do I contact you?
Please visit the contact page for specific contact
4.2 - Can I contribute information?
Certainly. Please contact me
4.3 - Can I contribute songs?
Because I digitally clean and restore Salilda's songs before I upload them,
it makes them unique. Unless you can apply the same technique to your songs, I'll
have to say no. However, if you think you can make an exception, please email
me and we'll see what we can do. Also, help in forms other than digital music
(such as cassette recording etc.) is much appreciated.
4.4 - Can you design me a website?
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5 - ABOUT THE SITE
5.1 - I found an informational / cross-referencing error
If you found a flaw in the information or cross-reference database, please contact
me and specify where
the error was found.
5.2 - I found a layout error
Please contact me
if you found an error in the layout. Specify the page you found the error on and
please say what kind of error it is.
5.3 - I found a broken link/graphic
If you found a broken pagelink, audiofile link, or graphic link, please contact
me and tell me on what
page the error is.
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