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Actress Dr Vyjayantimala Bali conferred Aditya Vikram Birla award
Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS) Veteran Bollywood actress, dancer and former MP Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali was conferred the 'Aditya Vikram Birla Kalashikhar Puraskar' by the Sangit Kala Kendra, officials said here on Sunday.
2022-11-20
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Fans boycott 'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin's next book over racism
Los Angeles, Oct 5 (IANS) The clouds of worry seem to be hovering over everything related to 'Game of Thrones'. After fans complained of dimly-lit scenes in episode seven of the prequel series, 'House of the Dragon', they are now boycotting the bestselling fantasy author and 'House of the Dragon' executive producer George R.R. Martin's upcoming book, reports Variety.
2022-10-05
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Rani Mukerji's memoir to be released on her birthday in 2023
Mumbai, Sep 30 (IANS) Marking her debut as an author, actress Rani Mukerji tells it all in her candid autobiography, which is set to release next year on her birthday, March 21.
2022-09-30
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Art/Culture/Books
Author Amish Tripathi to host travel-mythology show 'Legends of the Ramayana with Amish'
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Renowned Indian author Amish Tripathi, who is known for his 'Shiva' trilogy, is set to unravel the lesser-known stories revolving around the Indian literary epic 'Ramayana' with the upcoming series 'Legends of the Ramayana with Amish'. The three-part series will see Amish as the host.
2022-09-29
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Maulana Azad National Urdu University hosts film fest on partition horrors
Hyderabad, Aug 28 (IANS) As part of a series of events being organised under Partition Horrors Remembrance Day, a two-day film festival has been organised by the Ministry of Culture and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.
2022-08-28
Category: India, Charleston,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Street artist Man Mauji, Wicked Bros come together to create 50-feet graffiti of Badshah's hit 'Voodoo'
Mumbai, June 21 (IANS) On World Music Day, a beautiful amalgamation of art and music can be seen in the 50-feet graffiti of Badshah and J Balvin's Voodoo' in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Lal Baug.
2022-06-21
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
'The Eagle has Landed' author Henry Patterson dies at 92
Los Angeles, April 11 (IANS) 'The Eagle has Landed' author Henry Patterson, who published under his pen name of Jack Higgins, has died aged 92, reports 'Deadline'.
2022-04-11
Category: International, United States,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Shannon K: Beyond being Kumar Sanu's daughter
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) She studied music from the Royal Music Of London and acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in the US. Los Angeles based singer and actor Shannon K has also finished filming a movie 'The Big Feed' in the US and 'Chaal Zindagi' here. The fact that she is playback singer Kumar Sanu's daughter can wait, for she insists -- "I started my career by singing at cafes and restaurants. I remember getting rejected many times in auditions and coming back home crying from meetings by highly demeaning behaviour people in the industry.
2022-03-02
Category: India, Delhi,National,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Kamal Haasan congratulates Padma award winners from TM
Chennai, Jan 26 (IANS) Pointing out that the Constitution was what gave each of us our strength, actor and politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday urged the people to realise the true value of the freedom, authority and rights granted to them by it and unitedly perform one's duties.
2022-01-26
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Southern Cinema,Art/Culture/Books
4th edition of CIMA Awards to be held on Feb 5 in Kolkata
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), in collaboration with the Art and Heritage Foundation, is all set for the fourth edition of CIMA Awards to be held on February 5 at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata.
2022-01-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
'The Nationalism Book Auction' to be held on Jan 25
New Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Auction house Prinseps is set to host the third edition of 'The Nationalism Book Auction on January 25.
2022-01-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Ban on 100-yr old stage play raises questions in AP
Hyderabad, Jan 23 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government's ban on 'Chintamani' a Telugu stage play that has been around since 1920, has raised the hackles of the art and culture fraternity in the state. The play scripted by pre-independence era social crusader Kallakuri Narayana Rao that deals with the evils of prostitution, had celebrated its hundredth anniversary only last year.
2022-01-23
Category: India, Charleston,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Haribaabu Naatesan: A creator of artworks worth crores from 'kabaad'
Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Junking an empty chips packet, a water bottle or a juice can make Haribaabu Naatesan scowl and perhaps even pick it up carefully -- for, it could be a future piece of 'artwork' in his creative mind.
2022-01-23
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Art/Culture/Books
'Soumitra Chatterjee never considered himself bigger than the director's vision' (Book Review)
New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Humility, a lust for life, a quest for perfection ? all this and more comes across in a heart-warming tribute to Soumitra Chatterjee, who mesmerised the cinematic world for more than 60 years with a staggering oeuvre of over 250 films ? 14 of them with Satyajit Ray - won a National Award for Best Actor in 2006 and who continued to appear before the camera almost to the very end till he passed away aged 85 on November 15, 2020.
2022-01-23
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
33-year-old Dubai bizwoman in Limca book of records for maximum Disney toys
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23 (IANS) A 33-year-old Kerala businesswoman in Dubai has an unending passion for collecting Disney plush toys and holds a Limca book of records for her hobby.
2022-01-23
Category: India, Kerala,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
Not just saucy stories: Indian erotic literature and its significance (IANS Column: Bookends)
"Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not. Sex is not a crime. Describing sex is," American cultural critic Gershon Legman said in 1949, decrying the official attitude that allowed cultural depictions of graphic violence but not sex.
2022-01-22
Category: International, United States,National,Art/Culture/Books
US West Coast's largest art fair returns despite Covid
Los Angeles, Jan 21 (IANS) LA Art Show, the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in US West Coast, has returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center as an in-person event despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
2022-01-21
Category: International, United States,Art/Culture/Books
'Urdu unparalleled in its expression of the heart's emotions' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) For over a decade now, after "fulfilling (his) career responsibilities" ? his company is one of the worlds largest producers of PET films with manufacturing plants in India, Thailand and Turkey with markets across the US, Southeast Asia, South America and Turkey ? Sanjiv Saraf has been devoting himself to creating a platform and an ecosystem for the Urdu language that would be sustainable and institutional in nature.
2022-01-21
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Pictorial field guide 'Trees of Arunachal Pradesh' published
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) With over 1,500 photos of 241 species, biologists from the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have published the first ever pictorial field guide to the 'Trees of Arunachal Pradesh,' a region famed for its biological diversity.
2022-01-21
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Archaeological excavations will establish prominence of TN in history of Indian subcontinent
Chennai, Jan 21 (IANS) The next phase of archaeological excavations in seven sites of Tamil Nadu will commence from February and help establish that the history of Indian subcontinent began from the landscape of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has said.
2022-01-21
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Art/Culture/Books
AKLF 2022 takes off a flying start
Kolkata, Jan 21 (IANS) The much-awaited 13th Edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival has started off on January 21, and is to go on till January 23.
2022-01-21
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
13th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival goes virtual, starts Jan 21
Kolkata, Jan 20 (IANS) The three-day 13th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF2022), which will held in a virtual mode on January 21-23, will celebrate the written word with a splendid line-up of authors, journalists, influencers, thinkers, poets, international best-selling writers and Bollywood actors.
2022-01-20
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
Unveiling the underbelly of the Raj through British eyes (Book Review)
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) This is not an account of Indians accusing British colonials of perfidies but of the rulers themselves laying bare the truth in their own words.
2022-01-19
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Rupert Grint compares JK Rowling to 'aunt I don't agree with'
London, Jan 18 (IANS) 'Harry Potter' star Rupert Grint has spoken about the relationship he shares with author JK Rowling, who wrote the stories that helped propel him to fame.
2022-01-18
Category: International, United Kingdom,Cinema/Showbiz,Hollywood,Art/Culture/Books
Bengali cartoonist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath no more
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Famous Bengali cartoonist Narayan Debnath passed away at a South Kolkata nursing home on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to hospital several times last year and was suffering from age related ailments including kidney and heart problems. The state government took the responsibility of his medical treatment.
2022-01-18
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
President, PM mourn demise of noted cartoonist Narayan Debnath
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed grief and offered their condolences over the demise of noted Bengali cartoonist Narayan Debnath.
2022-01-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Examining the evolution of the constitutional right to liberty
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) It's a provision that has made possible the right to privacy - as well as the decriminalization of homosexuality. Rohan Alva's 'Liberty After Freedom' explores the origins and evolution of what is today considered the most important fundamental right in the Indian Constitution - the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by Article 21.
2022-01-18
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
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
Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra passes away
Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Famous theatre personality and daughter of 'legendary' Sambhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra passed away at her Kolkata residence on Sunday evening. She was 74 when she died and was suffering from age related ailments for long.
2022-01-17
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Art/Culture/Books
A qissa of longing
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) It is not about their meetings, their conversations, the long rehearsal sessions. It is a love letter to what need not be said. To what can be conveyed just with a glance. It is also about friendships sans reminders about bonds, about gazing into the abyss together, drowning and allowing magic to happen -- be willing partners to find otherworldly rhythms. It is about an actor who never ceases to be human, and was therefore superhuman in his craft. It is also not just about Irrfan, but also filmmaker Anup Singh, the writer -- someone who observes, the one who refuses to instantly interpret but leave spaces. Someone who wants to dive into the many layers of the actors method, never divorcing the man from his craft or vice-versa.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Sonal Mansingh recalls Birju Maharaj's passion for all arts
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) In a lengthy tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj on Twitter, dance guru and Rajya Sabha MP Sonal Mansingh mourned the passing away of a colossus whom she described as "a complete artist and Icon of Kathak dance".
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Kamal looks back at training for 'Vishwaroopam' track with Pandit Birju Maharaj
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Kamal Haasan on Monday paid a heart-warming tribute to one of India's greatest dance legends, Pandit Birju Maharaj, who passed away late on Sunday at the age of 83.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Artistes view the master's legacy through their creative lens
New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) For dancer Sonal Mansingh, it is still tough to believe that Pandit Birju Maharaj is no more. "It will take time to absorb the fact that he is physically no longer with us. Of course, his legacy will live on, thanks to his unmatched contribution to the art form," she said.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Delhi,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
When Birju Maharaj had to prompt Sitara Devi through a show (Book Excerpt)
At the age of 19 or 20, Birju Maharajji was invited by Shrimati Nirmala Joshi to work at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra, where Shambhu Maharajji had already joined. Maharajji's main task was to assist his uncle and also to compose items, ballets and dance dramas for their new unit.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Assam,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
'Blessed to have spent time with him': Papon remembers Pandit Birju Maharaj
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Pandit Birju Maharaj transcended generations and geographies to touch a chord with different artistes in different ways.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Soma Ghosh remember the 'Emperor of Kathak'
Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) In a video tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj shared on Monday, the 'Mohan Veena' exponent, Grammy Award winner and Padma Bhushan awardee, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, remembered how he bonded with the Kathak maestro during an event at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
2022-01-17
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Art/Culture/Books
'Nambi Narayanan playing the martyr to cover up his own tracks in ISRO spy case' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) S. Nambi Narayanan, the aerospace engineer discharged in what is known as the ISRO spy case of the 1990s, is now playing the martyr to cover up his own role in the case, says veteran journalist J. Rajasekharan Nair in the sequel to his book on the infamous episode.
2022-01-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Indian American inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist Narinder Kapany left an indelible mark (Book Review)
New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) He is considered the "Father of Fibre Optics", one of the seven "Unsung Heroes of the 20th Century" for his Nobel Prize deserving breakthrough that spawned the Internet and is behind devices ranging from endoscopes to high-capacity telephone lines. Yet, the self-effacing Indian American Narinder Singh Kapany, born in the sleepy town of Moga in undivided Punjab devotes just two-and-a-half-pages in his 277-page memoir to this momentous achievement.
2022-01-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diaspora,Art/Culture/Books
Goa may witness 10k-15k Covid cases per day around January 20: Expert
Panaji, Jan 13 (IANS) Goa may witness 10,000 to 15,000 cases per day when the third Covid wave will peak around January 20, according to Dr Shekhar Salkar, a member of the Goa government's expert committee on Covid management.
2022-01-13
Category: India, Goa,National,Art/Culture/Books
Of small towns, big dreams and greater achievements
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Growing up in the sleepy towns of Bhilai and Bokaro, Arundhati Bhattacharya never imagined that one day she would go on to chair India's largest bank. It was by sheer chance that she came to know of the bank probationary officers' entrance examination through a friend. She applied, was selected and went on to chart out a glorious banking career spanning four decades.
2022-01-12
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
Telangana man weaves saree that can fit into a matchbox
Hyderabad, Jan 12 (IANS) Exhibiting his extraordinary weaving skills, a young handloom weaver in Telangana has woven a saree which can be kept in a matchbox.
2022-01-12
Category: India, Charleston,National,Human Interest/Society,Art/Culture/Books
Maha: On Jijamata's 424th birth anniversary, Raigad Fort facelift gets a fillip
Mumbai/Thane, Jan 12 (IANS) On the occasion of the 424th birth anniversary of Rajmata Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale on Wednesday -- the mother of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj -- the Maharashtra government has ordered expeditious development of the historic Raigad Fort, located 166 km from Mumbai in Raigad district.
2022-01-12
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Raghuvendra Tanwar appointed chairman of ICHR
New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) Professor emeritus, Kurukshetra University Raghuvendra Tanwar has been appointed as chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)
2022-01-11
Category: India, Delhi,National,Education,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
Kannada litterateur, activist Chandrashekar Patil no more
Bengaluru, Jan 10 (IANS) Kannada litterateur, activist Chandrashekar Patil (83) passed away on Monday in a private hospital here after suffering from age-related ailments. His family sources said that final rites would be carried out in Bengaluru.
2022-01-10
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Art/Culture/Books
Last rites of Kannada author, activist Champaa to be performed with police honours (Ld)
Bengaluru, Jan 10 (IANS) The final rites of renowned Kannada writer and literary critic professor Chandrashekar Patil, popularly known as Champa, would be performed with full police honours, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.
2022-01-10
Category: India, Karnataka,National,Politics,Art/Culture/Books
KLF launches Bhasha Utsav to promote India's global dialogue
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has decided to launch Bhasha Utsav to strengthen dialogue among languages and literature within India and beyond.
2022-01-10
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books
When the physical world is in disarray, virtual becomes my alternative space: Shovin Bhattacharjee
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Created from the thought of humans beings an extension of nature, the idea of us, who we are as a connecting factor between the natural and man-made world, and how we are able to strike a balance between the two is what went behind the conception of 'Between Body and Imagination, Shovin Bhattacharjee's Inner Quest,' an exhibition of sculptures, physical and digital installations inaugurated recently at Dhoomimal's renovated and expanded gallery space in the capital.
2022-01-09
Category: India, Delhi,National,Art/Culture/Books