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December, 22

Birth of Giacomo Puccini - December 22
Hello, Atlantica Players.
Let's talk about Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858.
He decided to become a composer when he heard Verdi's Aida, and first found success with his opera Manon Lescaut, which was performed in Toreno in 1893.
He claimed that he "was ordered by God to compose for the theater," and he glorified Italian operas after Verdi.
He was skilled at describing female characters, and the sad melodies of heroines like Mimi, Tosca, and Mme Butterfly have a lasting appeal.
His most famous works are La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and the unfinished Turandot.

Did you know?GandharvaNPC - Gandharva
Gandharvas (from the Sanskrit: गंधर्व, gandharva, possibly meaning "fragrances") refers to a group of low-ranking male nature dieties that appear in both Hindu, Buddhist, and sometimes even Jain mythology. In all three traditions, the gandharvas are closely related to the wilderness as well as the creative arts, particularly music. Gandharvas also have symbolic connections with procreation and sexuality, including the Hindu institution of "Gandharva marriage," a consensual union of husband and wife who have cosummated their relationship before any sort of ceremonial union.
Gandharvas were said to be husbands of the Apsaras, nymph-like female nature spirits who held jurisdiction over the clouds and water. Numerous Puranas describe the Gandharvas as handsome, youthful men, and attribute them with superb musical and dramatic skills. As such, Gandharvas often filled the role of entertainers in the heavenly courts, appearing at banquets and other special events to create beautiful music for the gods while the Apsaras danced along. Such associations occur most frequently with the storm-god Indra, for whom the Gandharvas dance, sing and play games in Svarga ("the good kingdom"), his glorious abode atop the mythical Mount Meru.

Source: New World Encyclopedia