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When Pandit Birju Maharaj taught Kathak to Madhuri, Deepika
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pandit Birju Maharaj had choreographed two famous tracks of contemporary cinema -- 'Kahe Chhed Mohe', filmed on Madhuri Dixit in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Devdas' (2002), and 'Mohe Rang Do Laal', which was picturised on Deepika Padukone, in 'Bajirao Mastani' (2015).
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Pandit Birju Maharaj, still a boy, took up tuitions to make ends meet (Book Excerpt)
With the untimely death of Achhan Maharaj, over were the days of childhood fun and frolic, kites, cinemas and so on. The only priority for Maharajji now was to look for work, to earn money. It had become difficult to meet their everyday needs and his mother Ammaji was extremely concerned about his career and well-being.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Shovana Narayan relives her best moments with Pandit Birju Maharaj
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Kathak exponent and retired bureaucrat Shovana Narayan met Pandit Birju Maharaj, her guru, just a week ago and she'll carry that memory with her forever.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Anupam Kher says Pandit Birju Maharaj taught him to emote with his eyes
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Anupam Kher was a student at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi when Pandit Birju Maharaj was the director of the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Kathak Kendra, literally across the road from his alma mater on Delhi's Mandi House cultural circle.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Ilaiyaraaja releases album by Carnatic icon M.S. Subbulakshmi's great granddaughters
Chennai, Dec 29 (IANS) One of India's greatest music directors, Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, on Wednesday released 'Sri Venkatesa Suprabatham', a devotional album with songs by S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya, the great granddaughters of Carnatic music legend M.S. Subbulakshmi.
2021-12-29
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
'Forgiving a terrorist not condonation, it's a catharsis' (Book Review)
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Understanding true forgiveness is a personal process that takes place within the heart, a process that takes time to assimilate.
2021-12-26
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Pandemic drives publishers to adopt newer formats, diverse themes
New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) New publishing models and strategies are emerging; the publishing industry is pushing the boundaries; its heartening to see the brick-and-mortar model steadily return to the sales' mix.
2021-12-25
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
In email era, Maha Deputy CM Ajit Pawar sends a postcard to President
Mumbai, Dec 24 (IANS) In the 21st century era of e-mail and instant messaging, Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has relied on a nearly two-century-old means of communication to draw the attention of the President Ram Nath Kovind.
2021-12-24
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Changing 'UP waala bhaiya' slur to badge of honour: Yogi's biographer on UP transformation
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Yogi Adityanath's biographer Shantanu Gupta, having made waves with his bestselling 'The Monk Who Became Chief Minister', returns with a new title 'The Monk Who Transformed Uttar Pradesh' published by Garuda Prakashan.
2021-12-22
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Chronicling racial relations between Indians and their last foreign invaders
New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) In July 1765, Robert Clive, in a letter to Sir Francis Sykes, compared Gomorrah favourably to Calcutta, then capital of British India. He wrote: "I will pronounce Calcutta to be one of the most wicked places in the Universe."
2021-12-22
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Christmas spirit grips northeast, hectic activity all over
Aizawl/Shillong/Kohima, Dec 22 (IANS) With Christmas approaching, pre-celebrations, shopping, decorations of churches and important places has begun with great enthusiasm in the northeastern states.
2021-12-22
Category: India, Mizoram,National,Politics,Religion,Art/Culture/Books
Trailer rolls out for 'Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts'
Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) HBO Max has released the much-anticipated preview of "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts", its upcoming special that will reunite the actors and filmmakers from the eight-movie series, which will stream on January 1.
2021-12-21
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Art/Culture/Books
'Unique case of rabble-rouser being anointed chief minister' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The "unexpected" appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in 2017 was met with "outrage and disappointment in most quarters, other than the staunch right-wing groups that hailed the move to no end", writes veteran journalist Sharat Pradhan, a close observer of state politics for over four-and-a-half decades, who terms it a "unique case of a rabble-rouser suddenly being anointed" to the post.
2021-12-21
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Jaipur Literature Festival -- A Curtain Raiser
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANSlife) The Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 programme has been revealed today at the Delhi Curtain Raiser. The programme, is a vast and kaleidoscopic, with themes ranging from the arts, biographies, business & economics, climate change, current affairs, food, poetry, science & technology, Artificial Intelligence, and the writing process, etc. Set to take place between 28th January ? 1st February 2022 on-ground in Jaipur and until February 6th online, the 10-day-long annual literature extravaganza, will return with in a hybrid avatar.
2021-12-20
Category: India, Delhi,National,IANS Life,Art/Culture/Books
Kafeel Khan's book on Gorakhpur tragedy, his journey
Lucknow, Dec 19 (IANS) Kafeel Khan, the doctor embroiled in the August 2017 Gorakhpur hospital incident controversy, has written a book on the subject.
2021-12-19
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
Upside of Goa's Liberation was introduction of English, American music: Remo Fernandes (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Iconic Goan musician Remo Fernandes views colonisation as "a totally illegal and criminal act perpetrated exclusively by European countries", and says the upside of the Liberation from Portuguese rule in 1961 "for a musically minded pre-teen was the introduction of English and American music".
2021-12-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
Christmas comes with a caution this year in Lucknow
Lucknow, Dec 17 (IANS) With just about a week left for Christmas, the scare of Covid's Omicron variant has started casting a shadow on celebrations.
2021-12-17
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Health/Medicine,Religion,Art/Culture/Books
A three-day 'Jashn' of Indian arts
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The second phase of the 10th edition of three-day 'Jashn-e-Adab' Hindi and Urdu poetry festival was inaugurated on Friday at the India International Centre (IIC) in the national capital.
2021-12-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Depicting 'Devi' through folk & tribal art, calendar art and lobby cards
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) An exhibition titled 'Devi -- depicted through folk and tribal art, calendar art, and lobby cards -- curated by Seema Bhalla was inaugurated at the Kamaladevi Complex in India International Centre in the national capital on Friday.
2021-12-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Prinseps to host Gobardhan Ash auction, the first NFT auction in India
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Prinseps auction house is set to host the Gobardhan Ash Live Auction, offering 35 rare works on paper from the family estate alongside 35 accompanying NFTs. The auction will open for live bidding on January 14, 2022 at 7 pm, representing the first time an Indian auction house enters the NFT (non-fungible token) space.
2021-12-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Regardless of ideology, every government is scared of the arts: Playwright Asghar Wajahat
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) "How can art not be dangerous? After all, it guides people on how to think, presents narratives other than those propagated by those in power. No matter which party is in power, ideology withstanding, the government is always sacred of art. After all, the arts teach us to look at the grey areas, go within and find light there... Precisely why you will see much less importance given to culture not just by successive governments, but also the media that wants the population to absorb everything it preaches," says author and playwright Asghar Wajahat.
2021-12-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Addressing challenges of urban living and loneliness
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Most of us have experienced loneliness in some form or the other and more so during the Covid lockdowns. As people navigate their way towards growth and success, they find themselves 'busy' and others around them 'unavailable'.
2021-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
'iSculpt for Delhi' brings together 20 artists of different hues
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The third chapter of the sculpture show titled 'iSculpt for Delhi' featuring works by 20 artists that opened in the national capital recently has transformed the Gandhi King Plaza at IIC into a sculpture court.
2021-12-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Plastic waste sculpture museum to come up near Bengaluru
Bengaluru, Dec 12 (IANS) Karnataka will house a museum of plastic waste sculpture near Bengaluru's picturesque holiday destination of Nandi Hills soon to sensitise people, it was announced on Sunday.
2021-12-12
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Environment/Wildlife,Art/Culture/Books
KLF building a unique Indian expression: Hardeep Puri
New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has been able to offer a unique experience that will better Indian society, said Hardeep Sigh Puri, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Urban Affairs while attending the concluding day of the eighth edition of KLF held in Bhubaneswar.
2021-12-12
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Circumstances were very favourable for me: Malayalam author S. Sivadas (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Its a journey that began 50 years ago and over the years, along with teaching Chemistry at Kottayams CMS College, Professor S. Sivadas has authored over 200 books for children in the areas of popular science, contemporary ecology, short stories, novels and other fictional tales with an emphasis on a scientific outlook.
2021-12-11
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Circumstances were very favourable for me: Malayalam author S. Sivadas (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Its a journey that began 50 years ago and over the years, along with teaching Chemistry at Kottayams CMS College, Professor S. Sivadas has authored over 200 books for children in the areas of popular science, contemporary ecology, short stories, novels and other fictional tales with an emphasis on a scientific outlook.
2021-12-11
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Day 2 of KLF gives space to Climate Change, CSR, sports
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11 (IANS) The second day of the 8th Odisha Tourism-Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) hosted 15 sessions, including those on language, women spiritual masters, translation of regional literature, poetry, Hindi literature, sports, corporate social responsibility, climate change and its impact on human lives, besides sessions on poetry recitations.
2021-12-11
Category: India, Orissa,National,Art/Culture/Books
'Cub reporter' Manash Ghosh relives Bangladesh War 50 years on (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Fifty years on, crossing the mighty Padma river in a small rowboat with a nor'wester brewing still gives Manash Ghosh nightmares.
2021-12-10
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Divya Dutta, Gopal Gandhi receive Kalinga Literary Awards 2021
Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 (IANS) Sudha Murthy, wife of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy, business journalist Tamal Bandopadhyay and Bollywood actress Divya Dutta were among others who received awards for their books on the inaugural day of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) 2021 in the temple city of Bhubaneswar.
2021-12-10
Category: India, Orissa,National,Art/Culture/Books
Research gives fresh insight into Rembrandt's masterpiece
Amsterdam, Dec 9 (IANS) A previously hidden sketch has been discovered beneath the paint of Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", offering a glimpse into the genesis of the masterpiece created in 1642.
2021-12-09
Category: International, Netherlands,Art/Culture/Books
3-day Bengali literary festival to commence on Dec 10
Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS) India's first Bengali literary festival, Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav (ABSU) curated by Oxford Bookstores is all set to commence from December 10.
2021-12-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
3-day Bengali literary festival to commence on Dec 10
Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS) India's first Bengali literary festival, Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav (ABSU) curated by Oxford Bookstores is all set to commence from December 10.
2021-12-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
After Covid break, Taj Mahotsav on schedule in 2022
Agra, Dec 5 (IANS) After a break due to Covid-19 this year, the annual 10-day cultural extravaganza, Taj Mahotsav, will be held from February 18 to 28 next year.
2021-12-05
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
It's girl power at Kerala Kalamandalam - the cradle of Kathakali
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 5 (IANS) Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed university is synonymous with the art form of Kathakali -- the Kerala art form, the glory of which is spread far and wide.
2021-12-05
Category: India, Kerala,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
'Arunachal's Idu Mishmi people regard tigers as their elder brothers' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) The Idu Mishmi sub-tribe of Arunachal Pradesh's Dibang Valley believes that tigers are their elder brothers. Killing tigers is, for the Idu Mishmi, a taboo. While their beliefs support wildlife conservation, they also offer a critique of the dominant mode of nature protection, Ambika Aiyadurai, Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Science at IIT-Gandhinagar, writes in "Tigers Are Our Brothers" (OUP).
2021-12-04
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Jumme Khan and the world in a story
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) He describes himself as a 'Shiv bhakt' and a 'Muslim Jogi'. In his world, stories are not mere tales that entertain, but a tool to reinforce contemporary realities among listeners. Rich in metaphors, vivid with minute details, Jumme Khan likes to transport his audiences not to a world far away but the universe that surrounds them.
2021-12-03
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
1857: The 1st War of Independence from an Indian perspective
New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Drawn from the details provided by a Brahmin-turned-amateur-historian, this is a real story that follows two learned men as they traverse India during the 1857 uprising on foot, unearthing history from a new vantage point
2021-12-03
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
When cancer sorted a midlife crisis (Book Review)
New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) When Shormistha Mukherjee, whose Linkedin profile describes her as a storyteller, creative strategist, problem solver, connection maker, team builder and entrepreneur, was diagnosed with cancer, she kept wondering why people were so awkward around her.
2021-12-02
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
6th edition of Kerala Literature Festival to be held from Jan 20 to 23
New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) The sixth edition of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF 2022) will be held at the beaches of Calicut (Kozhikode) from January 20 to January 23.
2021-12-02
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
'Not judging UPA on 26/11': Tewari in damage control mode at book launch
New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) Congress MP Manish Tewari's book "10 Flashpoints: 20 years - National Security Situations That Impacted India", in which he stirred up a row by stating that the then UPA government should have acted in the wake of the 26/11 attacks, was released by former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon on Thursday.
2021-12-02
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
10-day Hornbill Festival in Nagaland kicks off with colourful ceremony
Kohima, Dec 1 (IANS) Showcasing traditional life and culture, the 10-day-long 22nd edition of Hornbill Festival began at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Wednesday.
2021-12-01
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Art/Culture/Books
Israel discovers 2,150-year-old Hellenistic farm in central Tel Aviv
Jerusalem, Nov 29 (IANS) Israeli archaeologists have unearthed the relics of a Hellenistic (Greek culture) farm in the heart of the coastal city of Tel Aviv, dated to about 2,150 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said.
2021-11-29
Category: International, Israel,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Mohammad Ali Baig receives 'Pride of Telangana' award
Hyderabad, Nov 29 (IANS) Well-known theatre personality Mohammad Ali Baig has received the 'Pride of Telangana' award of Round Table India.
2021-11-29
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Art/Culture/Books
Amid Covid, Nagaland's Hornbill Festival fever grips NE states
Kohima, Nov 29 (IANS) The Hornbill Festival 'fever' has gripped the entire northeastern region with the event's epicentre - the Naga Heritage Village Kisama in southern Nagaland - in excited mood on holding of the 10-day mega carnival, beginning December 1, after the pandemic.
2021-11-29
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Art/Culture/Books
Mahindra Kabira 2021 opens with musical extravaganza in Varanasi
New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS) The fifth edition of the Mahindra Kabira Festival started with a musical medley at the Guleria Kothi ghat in Varanasi.
2021-11-28
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Tansen Music Festival set to be part of MP tourism
Gwalior, Nov 28 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to organise the National Tansen Music Festival of Gwalior to boost tourism in the state. This music festival holds great significance in the world of music.
2021-11-28
Category: India, Madhya Pradesh,National,Art/Culture/Books
Reflecting on life, work, family, spirituality
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) While at Wharton, Jason Kothari scraped together money from family and friends to save his childhood favourite comic book company, Valiant Entertainment, from bankruptcy and bring it back to life. A few years later, he transformed the company into the third-largest superhero entertainment company after Marvel and DC Entertainment and sold it for $100 million.
2021-11-27
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Confluence of Saraswaths Worldwide event to be organised in Mangalore on Sunday
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The Confluence of Saraswaths Worldwide event is being organised in Mangalore on Sunday where Saraswaths from across the world will participate.
2021-11-27
Category: India, Delhi,National,Religion,Art/Culture/Books
'The lives of Sikh gurus, Granth Sahib represent a remarkable unity of thought' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Growing up in Sikkim, he had never learned to read Gurumukhi as a young man. The coming of age happened when he was pursuing graduate studies in the US and a series of "fortuitous encounters" with Sikhs inspired him to learn about his faith. And proof that faith can move mountains is evident from his book "The Story of the Sikhs - 1469-1708", a comprehensive account of the ten Gurus that intricately weaves in accounts from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Dasam Granth and epic Braj poetry.
2021-11-26
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books