Wonderlands of illusion and other miraculous tales

By Vikas Datta, IANS, Cloaks of invisibility, small bags holding far more than their apparent capacity, appearance-changing potions, spells that can enable you to assume...

Power and Piety: An exhibition of Islamic talismans on the battlefield

By Misbahuddin Mirza for TwoCircles.net The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (the Met, New York) fabulous exhibition - Power and Piety: Islamic Talismans on the Battlefield...

Chinese arts at the crossroads

By Gong Yidong, Xinhua, Beijing : For the 51-year-old director of the National Theatre Company of China (NTCC), Wang Xiaoying, the impulse to examine the human soul has been his primary driving force since the early 1980s. Born into a family of traditional opera performers in 1957, Wang got exposure to the arts at a very young age. After four years with a local performing arts troupe in eastern Anhui province, he left the Anhui Institute of Technology in preference to the Central Academy of Drama (CAD) in 1979. "My intuition told me that my life would be devoted to the arts."

Mother Teresa’s ‘Divine Inspiration’ may travel to India

By Neelam Mathews, IANS Washington : Efforts are under way to have a life-size oil painting of Mother Teresa displayed in major Indian cities, including Kolkata, as the world prepares to observe her 10th death anniversary Wednesday. The 5ft x 6ft painting called "Divine Inspiration" is the work of US artist Frederick R. La Vergne, a 72-year-old retired navy officer, who gifted it four years ago to the Indian government. The painting is at present displayed at the Indian embassy in Washington, D.C.

Porcelain: Fusing three art forms through the language of dance

By IANS, New Delhi : What happens when three genres of art - visual, performing and audio - come together? A new language encompassing art in its totality is created. New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) What happens when three genres of art - visual, performing and audio - come together? A new language encompassing art in its totality is created.

Tagore is read much less nowadays: actor Soumitra Chatterjee

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee believes that Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is very much a part of our present, but he is being read much less these days. "It is inescapable. For a Bengali, getting away from Tagore is very difficult because his works reflect a gamut of creative experiences. You listen to his songs every day in some form or the other," Chatterjee told IANS in an interview here.

Treasures of a different kind – collectors’ passion

By Rafat Nayeem Quadri, IANS, Ahmedabad : Their treasure troves have been painstakingly collected over the years, sometimes embarrassing family members as they rummaged through garbage, or ran behind the postman or even bribed their friends with chocolates to part with their share. But their collection of stamps, historical documents and even match boxes has been worth every effort.

इमाम बुखारी ने पीएम को लिखी चिट्ठी, जामा मस्जिद की मरम्मत का किया अनुरोध

स्टाफ रिपोर्टर। twocircles.net दिल्ली में जामा मस्जिद के शाही इमाम सैयद अहमद बुखारी ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी को एक पत्र लिखकर उनसे जामा मस्जिद...

Artists highlight urban disparity in India

By IANS New Delhi : Artists from India and abroad are here to use their paintbrushes to raise awareness about rising inequality in urban India, and at least one is driving home the point by comparing pigeons and rag pickers. Stephan Prakash Eicher, one of the artists from Creative Conscience, has done a painting called "Finding a Foothold", drawing a contrast between the pigeons and the mass of young rag pickers who are a common sight in all towns.

Honorary Citizenship of Houston for Justice Sachar & Kader Khan

By TwoCircles.net news desk Houston, Texas:ormer Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar and leading Bollywood personality Kader Khan were granted the honorary...

Fusion: Sikkim merges with Buddhist spirituality in Anki Khurana’s canvas

By IANS, New Delhi : Buddhism and art blend harmoniously in Anki Khurana's large-format canvases, featuring a melange of landscapes, figures, expressionism, complex surface textures, spatial variations and vivid colours. Her show titled "The Alchemy of Transformation", at the Triveni Kala Sangam in the capital, encapsulates her search for a higher spirituality that rises beyond mere aesthetics through 50-odd canvases and stone sculptures.

At age 135, is he really world’s oldest person?

By IANS, Dubai : At age 135, the world's oldest person might well be a citizen of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The identity card of Nasir Al Hazry, a resident of Al Ain in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, shows his age as 135, the Khaleej Times newspaper reported. Al Hazry's family came to know about it only recently when the Al Ain office of the UAE's department of naturalisation and residency officially mentioned his age in the identity card. His exact date of birth has, however, not been revealed, the Khaleej Times said.

Third edition of India Art Summit in January 2011

By IANS, New Delhi : Art lovers will have to wait till Jan 23-26 next year for the next edition of the India Art Summit, which will open six months behind schedule. The last two editions of the summit opened Aug 19. Announcing the dates, the organisers of India Art Summit Monday said the registration process is underway and galleries and art houses from across the world can apply for exhibition space.

Ancient tomb of young lovers discovered in Turkey

By Xinhua Ankara : Turkish archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a young couple locked in an embrace during excavations in the southeastern part of the country. The tomb of the couple was found at Hakemi Use in the Bismil district of Diyarbakir province and archaeologists stated that the couple, who presumably died some 8,000 years ago, are likely to set a record as the oldest embracing couple in archaeological history, Today's Zaman reported.

Victoria Memorial to showcase valuable paintings on Sikhs

Kolkata : In celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti Thursday, the iconic Victoria Memorial Hall here has put on display a relatively modern miniature painting...

Dancers beat off carbon dioxide

By IANS Bali : The dancers were from Bali, the dance form was Brazilian Capoeira - a combat dance. And they were fighting black balloons with CO2 (carbon dioxide) written on them. And at end the dancers won. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) organised the event Saturday at the entrance to the Bali International Convention Centre where over 10,000 delegates from 187 countries are attending the Dec 3-14 UN climate change conference.

Celebrating Hazrat Ali in Bangalore

By Nigar Ataulla for TwoCircles.net I was overwhelmed to be invited to a program held on the 21st of April amidst special guests from...

‘Scattered Voices’ on Gujarat riots resonate in scribe’s book

By IANS, Ahmedabad : Almost two years after the 2002 Gujarat violence, journalist Ayesha Khan was attending a 'mushaira' when she found two participants being shushed for reciting verses on the riots. "Why did they have to be cloaked in silence?" she wondered. The incident at the poet's meet was one of the many incidents that goaded Ayesha into compiling the verses of Gujarat Muslim poets on the violence that shook the state six years ago.

Through Bhendi Bazar Urdu Festival, an attempt to recreate the magic of the past

By MahtabNama for Twocircles.net Come Friday, a unique educational and literary festival will be held in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazar. First held in 2014, it is...

Tripura minister conferred literary award

By IANS, Agartala : Tripura Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Anil Sarkar was conferred a literary award Sunday for his outstanding contribution to the state's literature and culture. The 70-year-old politician, who is also a writer and poet, received the "Bhasa Sahitya Sanman 2008" award at a function here. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar gave away the award consisting of Rs.15,000, a citation and a memento. The award function was attended by writers and poets from Bangladesh and other northeastern states.

Artistic depiction of millennium development goals

By IANS New Delhi : It's a painting on wood of a traditional Rajasthani haveli, instantly recognisable by those familiar with the miniature school of Indian art. But there's a difference - a depiction of the world on top of the house.

दुःखद : नही रहे पंजाब के शाही इमाम मौलाना हबीब उर रहमान

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Orissa artists on a mission to save tribal art

By IANS Balasore : Tribal artists in Orissa are painting the walls of houses in and around Balasore town with pictures depicting the lifestyle of tribals, their culture, flora and fauna and designs. This is meant to promote and popularise ancient tribal arts and crafts among people at large. The artists are led by Kesudas, a popular cartoonist and executive director of Baleswari Kalakendra, an organisation spearheading a movement to revive ancient arts. The painting spree has been on for the past one month.

Mumbai doctor on international cartoon jury

By IANS Mumbai : An Indian doctor who also is a cartoonist has been nominated to the five-member international jury of the 4th World Press Cartoon Contest to be held in Portugal next week. Mumbai-based radiologist Hemant Morparia will be the first Indian to judge the cartoon contest at the UNESCO world heritage site Sintra, near Lisbon. He leaves for Lisbon late Friday evening.

Sandy tribute to Benazir on Orissa beach

By IANS Puri : An artist and his students in Orissa have created a four-foot tall sand sculpture of Benazir Bhutto here to pay tribute to the Pakistani leader who was killed Thursday in Rawalpindi. Sand sculptor Sudarsan Pantaik created Benazir's two-tonne sand image Friday on Orissa's Puri beach, some 56 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Students of his Golden Sand Art Institute helped him. "It took four hours to make the image in sand," Patnaik told IANS.

Minorities Rights Day observed in Manipur

By Dr. Syed Ahmed for TwoCircles.net Like in rest of the globe, Minorities Rights Day was observed on Dec. 18 in Manipur. Manipur State Minorities...

Dam-displaced tribal students of Narmada Jeevanshalas celebrated Balmela with gusto

By TCN News, Gopalpur (district Nandurbar, Maharashtra): Around 600 tribal children and students (studying at primary level) from nine Narmada Jeevanshalas participated in the 16th annual Balmela (Children’s fair) – from February 12 to 15 – here with gusto and renewed enthusiasm.

Sotheby’s to auction 13th century Magna Carta copy

By IANS New York : A copy of the Magna Carta, the royal document revered as the birth certificate of freedom, will be presented for sale by Sotheby's here in December. The copy is dated 1297. The Magna Carta is the charter that enshrined the rights of man into English law, and inspired the passion for liberty that flowered in the US in the 18th century and continues around the world. It is considered the most famous single document in existence.

Malaysian govt. approves 800 priests and musicians from India

By NNN-Bernama, Kuala Lumpur : The Malaysian Government has approved an intake of 800 priests and musicians from India for Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras, Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president S. Samy Vellu said. Of this number, 500 priests and musicians are meant for Hindu temples while the rest were for Sikh gurdwaras. Last night, Human Resources Minister S. Subramaniam said the Cabinet had decided on allowing and renewing visas and permits for Hindu priests, musicians and artisans from India.

Joy and relief in Tamil Nadu as court allows bull-run

By IANS Allanganallur/New Delhi : A wave of relief swept across the expectant crowds in this small town in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district Tuesday as news filtered in that the Supreme Court had allowed jallikattu, the traditional sport of bull-runs held during the Pongal festival. The villagers, including several hundred women, have been on fast to protest the apex court's 'no' to the bull-run, which the villagers believe brings good luck.

Mega art competition to coincide with Commonwealth Games

By IANS, New Delhi : Children from more than 2,000 schools will take part in a painting competition to pay tribute to the country's artistic talent as part of the arts and culture bouquet of the Commonwealth Games 2010. The competition with theme "My Dream Sport" will be a platform for emerging Indian artists to lend colour to their creative imagination hinged on the country's rich legacy of sports. The competition is being billed as one of the largest in Asia.

Building where Chandigarh was designed to be conserved

By IANS Chandigarh : A single storey building where India's only planned city, Chandigarh was designed by French architect Le Corbusier and his team will be renovated and conserved. Punjab governor S.F. Rodrigues, who is also the administrator of Chandigarh, made a surprise visit to the building in Sector 19 here Saturday and asked officials to conserve the structure in its original form as it was of monumental importance to the city. Corbusier and his team of architects and engineers had designed Chandigarh from this building in the 1950s and 60s.

Idols of Durga immersed, thousands bid tearful farewell

By IANS, New Delhi : Amid hollering crowds and the frenzied beating of drums, hundreds of idols of Goddess Durga and her four children were immersed in the Yamuna river here Thursday, with many devotees bidding a tearful farewell to the deity. For many Bengalis, the immersion at the end of the Durga Puja festival was like parting with a member of the family after five days of praying, feasting and merry-making at marquees across the city that housed the idols.

Hidden for 164 years, Mewar Ramayana paintings dazzle London

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS, London : Hidden away in the vaults of the British Museum for 164 years, more than 100 stunning paintings from the Ramayana, dating back to the 17th century, went on public display Friday at the British Library's central London galleries. The Mewar Ramayana paintings were acquired by the then British Museum Library in 1844 in the form of bound volumes, but were only available to scholars. When their condition began to deteriorate, the British Library had the paintings individually framed.

Prakash Raj urges Indians to stand as fearless society which questions

Bengaluru (IANS): Actor Prakash Raj, on Monday decried a "fake" statement on secularism and tolerance attributed to him. He also urged people to question...

Artistic tribute to Dr. Ambedkar planned to celebration his 125th birth anniversary

Yogesh Maitreya, TwoCircles.net Mumbai: Photography Promotion Trust (PPT) and Ambedkar Institute for Social and Economic Change (AISEC) are planning to organise a massive exhibition of...

Egyptian Sufi dance sets the capital alight

By IANS, New Delhi : Nearly a dozen whirling dervishes of the mystic Sufi cult set the stage at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA) on fire with their high-energy religious folk dance and music in the capital Saturday evening. The dancers of Egypt's famous Al Tanourra ensemble performed the Al Darawish dance - circular movement of bodies that reaches a crescendo. The dancers dressed in flared skirts fanned out across the stage. A musician chanted verses in praise of the prophet (Mohammed) to the notes of indigenous instruments like drums, flute and tambourine.

The legacy of the Shankar-Shad Mushaira

By Bushra Alvi Razzack for Twocircles.net Delhi: Dilliwalas can never get enough of Urdu poetry. In spite of inclement weather, Urdu lovers converged in...

Shipa-Gere ‘kissing’ case hearing on May 26


Jaipur : A local court hearing the "kissing" row involving Hollywood star Richard Gere and India's Shilpa Shetty Saturday fixed the next hearing for May 26.

Eminent scientist Bhargava to return Padma Bhushan in protest

Kolkata: Eminent Indian scientist P.M. Bhargava on Thursday said he will return his Padma Bhushan award in protest against the "growing intolerance in the...

New Delhi Cultural Festival Promoting Inter-Faith Friendship

By Kaleem Kawaja In my recent vacation in India I attended a unique 2-day cultural festival called “Jashan Rekhta” in New Delhi on December 15, 16...

India first global venue for rare Russian winter art

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Thirty-three rare paintings, all classical 19th and 20th century Russian winter landscapes by leading artists, have stepped out of the Russian Museum at St.Petersburg for the first time in the archive's 115-year-old history for a show in the Indian capital. Coinciding with the visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, "Russian Winter" will be thrown open Friday at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC).

निदा फाज़ली उर्फ़ ‘मुझे मालूम था तुम मर नही सकते’

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For many rural women in Bihar, Kheta embroidery work aims to boost livelihood

Kheta is said to be a 500-year-old quilting heirloom practised exclusively by Shershahabdi women. Today, Kheta embroidery work is getting popular among non-Shershahabdi people...

Indian culture fest in Kuwait on the way

By Manish Chand, IANS, Kuwait : Cultural diplomacy was in full flow here, as India and Kuwait Tuesday signed three agreements to promote a two-way traffic of their scholars, artists, scientists and researchers with Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari waxing eloquent about the fabled aquarium and traditional Kuwaiti handicrafts. India's soft power in the Gulf region, which is reflected in its 4.5 million Indian diaspora and the huge popularity of Indian films, is set to be in spotlight when it hosts a mini-cultural festival in Kuwait later this year.

Seeing history-laden Hyderabad through many eyes

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Book: "The Untold Charminar: Writings on Hyderabad"; Publisher: Penguin India; Price: Rs.399 Edited by former "ad-woman" Syeda Imam, "The Untold Charminar: Writings on Hyderabad" is an anthology on a city that was once ruled by the world's richest man - the Nizam. And its essays sure shine like the twinkling jewels in his treasury.

Swedish children’s classic comes to India on Children’s Day

By IANS, New Delhi : A cache of 100 books by Astrid Lindgre, Sweden's grand dame of children's literature, were brought out by the Oxford University Press Friday to coincide with India's Children's Day and the birthday of the author - who would have turned a grand old 101. Lindgren preceded Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling by at least 50 years in her trade - writing children's stories primarily for the benefit of their daughters. She immortalised the fictional orphan girl Pippi Longstocking in her native country and around the globe.

Two 4,000-year-old reliefs discovered in Egypt

Cairo: Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty announced that two 4,000-year-old reliefs, belonging to Ptolemaic Queen Berenice, were found by Polish archaeologists in the temple...

Cuddalore tribes to get design help for traditional skills

By IANS Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) : The Federation of South India Producer Associations (SIPA) has tied up with the National Institute of Fashion Design to train tribes from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu to use new designs in traditional handicrafts. The project, known as "Vazhndhu Kaatuvom" (will live and show you), will create societies for the artisans in Cuddalore, some 400 km south of state capital Chennai. "It aims at reducing poverty and empowering the poor and marginalized," says project manager S. Rajan Babu.

Chinese director’s ‘Blind Mountain’ screens at Cannes

By Pauline Dugler


Cannes : Chinese director Li Yang's hard-hitting "Mang Shan" (Blind Mountain) movie about the trade in buying wives in China was screened at the 60th Cannes Film Festival Sunday, bringing two levels of Chinese society into sharp contrast.

UAE, Unesco sign cooperation pact

By IANS Paris : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Unesco have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for safeguarding the region's culture, heritage and antiquities. UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais and Koichiro Matsuura, director general of Unesco, signed the MoU Monday following three days of extensive talks between the officials of the two sides in Paris, WAM news agency reported Tuesday. Under this memorandum, Unesco will provide the ministry with expertise and consultancy.

Legendary music composer ‘Khayyam’ of Hindi cinema passes away

TCN News Mohammed Zahur 'Khayyam' Hashmi, popularly knowns as Khayyam passed away on Monday due to critical illness. Born in undivided Punjab in Rahon, Khayyam was...

15 shrines in Pakistan under the Religious Shrines Bilateral Protocol

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter 15 religious shrines in Pakistan are covered under the 1974 Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines. This information was given by the Minister of External Affairs, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 1974 Bilateral Protocol on Visit to Religious Shrines signed by India and Pakistan ensures that places of religious worship mentioned in the protocol are properly maintained and their sanctity preserved.

Raza tops Christies’ Indian art auction with $1.4 mn


London : Famed artist Syed Haider Raza's 1985 work "La Terre" trumped the Christie's Modern and Contemporary Indian Art Auction here, fetching 720,000 pounds ($1.4 million).

For second consecutive Eid-ul-fitr, “Shoulder to Shoulder Movement” to organise joint Shia-Sunni Eid prayers

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Delhi: Once again, Jamia Nagar in Delhi is going to witness a show of solidarity and unity on eve of...

India re-nominates Majuli Island for world heritage status

By IANS New Delhi : India has re-nominated the Majuli Island in Assam - the largest river island in the world - for UNESCO world heritage status. The island in Jorhat district of upper Assam, a natural and cultural heritage site with water bodies covering most of the area, attracts plenty of birds both local and migratory. It has been nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List under the 'cultural landscape' category in 2008.

Dance drama tribute to M.S. Subbulakshmi in Malaysia

By IANS Kuala Lumpur : The story of Meera Bai, the 15th century Rajput princess who renounced royal luxuries for devotion to Hindu god Krishna, was brought to life through a dance drama staged at Johor Baru as a tribute to legendary Carnatic musician M.S. Subbulakshmi. The audience was swept away on a mesmerising journey through the life of Meera Bai, The Star newspaper said Wednesday, calling it "a night of splendour". The performance paid tribute to Subbulakshmi who immortalised Meera Bai with her portrayal of the princess in the 1945 movie "Bhaktha Meera".

No kudos for India’s other gold medallist at Olympics

By Mayank Aggarwal, IANS, New Delhi : Did you know that India won two gold medals and not one at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Sunita Lamba, a fine arts artist from Delhi, won a gold at the games for her sculpture, but so far she has received no felicitation from the government. Lamba, the sister of late cricketer Raman Lamba, had sent her sculpture, "Spirit of Unity", for Olympic Fine Arts 2008, an exhibition put up by the organising committee at Beijing, and it was selected for display.

Ghulam Ali to perform in two cities of Kerala

By Twocircles.net Staff Reporter, Kozhikode: In what could be termed as a clear message to the Sangh fold from Kerala against growing intolerance, the state...

Indian art travels abroad this summer

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Indian art is going places this summer. Contemporary artist Manish Pushkale is heading to Europe and says "it's vacation time". He will exhibit jointly with senior artist S.H. Raza during the Venice Biennale at Gallery Bugno. The biennale begins June 7. On June 9, Pushkale's show opens at the Galerie Muller & Plate at Munich.

Scholars headed for Sri Lanka to study Ramayana sites

By IANS Patna : A temple trust in Bihar will soon send a team of Sanskrit scholars to Sri Lanka to study sites there associated with the Hindu epic Ramayana, including the place where Lord Rama killed Ravana and the cave in which his wife Sita is believed to have stayed. The Patna-based Mahavir Mandir Trust will be sending the experts to the island nation "in the next three-four months", said trust secretary Kishore Kunal. The Sri Lankan government had last month said that religious scholars had identified over 30 places associated with the Ramayana.

Nawazuddin stays away from Rakhi

By IANS, Mumbai : Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui generally does not like Raksha Bandhan so much but appreciates Rakhi-based promotional strategy of "Gangs Of Wasseypur 2" (GOW).

Kalka-Shimla rail line bags Unesco heritage status

By Vishal Gulati, IANS, Shimla : The century-old Kalka-Shimla rail line, a 96-km-long narrow gauge railroad built to ferry Europeans to and from this hill town - then the summer capital of British India, has been chosen by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as a world heritage site.

For M.F. Husain, coming back is fraught with risk: Son

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : He does not want his illustrious father, M.F. Husain, to come back from Dubai. But that has not stopped Shamshad Husain from fondly painting the master artist's formative and defining years in India, replete with family memories. In fact, family seems to be the theme for artist M.F. Husain and his brood this yearend.

India’s first art summit to be held in Delhi

By IANS New Delhi : India's first art summit scheduled for August this year in the capital will not only offer a platform to showcase the Indian art but also will facilitate discussions by all stake-holders. "We are very late in coming to this stage. Nevertheless, it's good that it has finally happened. Like the rest of the world, artists here will now have a platform to discuss various subjects related to art," renowned artist Anjolie Ela Menon told IANS on the sidelines of a press meet here Thursday.

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Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Aligarh’ to release in February

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In times of rising intolerance, Hajo in Assam shows the right way forward

By TwoCircles.net, Staff Reporter Guwahati: The occasion of Magh Bihu is a cause for celebrations across Assam, but for the people...

Indian comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar to be enthroned in West End hit

By IANS, London : Indian-born television comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar is to play the starring role in an award-winning and record-breaking London musical that parodies a British legend. He will be crowned the new Arthur, the King of the Britons, in Monty Python's "Spamalot" - a multi-award winning take-off on Camelot, the story of the legendary British king. Actor-writer Bhaskar will debut June 23 in a play which is a spin-off from the popular film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and opened at London's West End in October 2006.

Taj Mahal more stunning than I expected: Zuckerberg

Agra: Social networking giant Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday visited the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city and said: "It is even...

ATUJ hails notification of Urdu as 2nd official language in Jharkhand

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter Ranchi : The Anjuman Taraqqui-e-Urdu Jharkhand (ATUJ) has welcomed the notification issued by the State government by order of the...

Christie’s Hong Kong sale to feature 27 Indian works

By IANS, Hong Kong : Christie's spring 2008 sales of Asian contemporary art in Hong Kong May 24-25 will feature a selection of 27 significant works by Indian artists along with those of their counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea. The inaugural evening sale of Asian contemporary art on May 24 is a first for the category worldwide and an eagerly-awaited new element to the sale series in Hong Kong this season.

Works of Amartya Sen, Abdul Kalam to be translated into Arabic

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS, Dubai : Indian-Arab cultural ties are set to blossom when the Arabic translations of some select titles by eminent Indian authors are published here next year. According to Zikrur Rahman, director of the India Arab Cultural Centre (IACC), a total of 10 titles have been selected till now and approved by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Cultural Heritage (ADACH) for release at the annual Abu Dhabi Book Fair next year.

Indian origin youth on journey to explore their roots

By IANS New Delhi : Twenty-nine youth of Indian origin from nine countries have arrived here for the latest edition of an orientation programme that is meant to help them rediscover their roots. Welcoming the participants to the Know India Programme (KIP) here Thursday, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said: "You have known about India from your parents and grandparents. This is a chance for you to see India with your own eyes."

Indian theatre music takes in more from the world

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : From Bal Gandharv, who gave the Marathi stage a definite musical genre in the early 20th century, to eminent music director Bhaskar Chandavarkar, who fused traditional Indian music with western jazz and folk, Indian theatre music has acquired a more global face.

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10 facts about Rehman Rahi, Kashmir’s greatest 20th century poet

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‘धर्म संकट में’ के बहाने विमर्श

By जावेद अनीस, भारत एक धर्मान्ध देश है, यहाँ धार्मिक जीवन को बहुत गंभीरता से स्वीकार किया जाता है लेकिन भारतीय समाज की सबसे बड़ी खासियत विविधतापूर्ण एकता है. यह ज़मीन अलग-अलग सामाजिक समूहों, संस्कृतियों और सभ्यताओं की संगम-स्थली रही है और यही इस देश की ताकत भी रही है. आज़ादी और बंटवारे के ज़ख्म के बाद इन विविधताओं को साधने के लिए सेकुलरिज्म को एक ऐसे जीवन शैली के रूप में स्वीकार किया गया जहाँ विभिन्न पंथों के लोग समानता, स्वतंत्रता, सहिष्णुता और सहअस्तित्व जैसे मूल्यों के आधार पर एक साथ रह सकें.

Rare coins fetch over Rs.400,000

By IANS Ahmedabad : Rare coins dating back to the Kushana period (2-4th century AD) went under the hammer for Rs.421,000 (over $10,000) at an auction here. The collection went to Sandeep Jain of Kolkata. Numismatists from across the country had gathered for the rare sale held by Todywalla Auctions and the Gujarat Coins Society Saturday evening. It was a paradise for coin collectors. There were coins of medieval India, Indian sultanates, Mughal era, independent kingdoms, East India Company as well as Bengal, Bombay and Madras presidencies.

Over 300,000 marriages on Olympics opening day in China

By Xinhua, Beijing : Here's one Olympics competition where China definitely set a record: at least 314,224 couples tied the knot across the nation Friday, or 08/08/08, the opening day of the 29th Olympic Games, according to official statistics. As expected, that was a one-day record for marriages since 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Saturday. In Beijing alone, the host city of the Olympics, 15,646 couples got married, 23 times the daily average.

JMI to set up Fayyaz Khan Center for Music and Research

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s Academic Council has, in its recent meeting, approved the setting up of the Fayyaz Khan Center for Music and Research which will serve as a forum for practitioners and as a centre for research and documentation.

Internet changing contours of Indian art

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Gurgaon : There was a time when art was considered an expression of human creativity and emotions. But art in India is fast becoming a craft powered by resource from the internet and technical skills culled from artists who post their works online. The bottom line, says curator Ameeshi Tapuriah, is aesthetic or visual appeal and affordable prices. Her four-day show of contemporary art, "Odyssey", featuring 26 artists, opened at the arts and culture hub Epicentre in Gurgaon Friday.

Kalka Shimla Railway added to Indian World Heritage site

By DPA, Washington/Quebec City : Unesco Monday gave the go ahead for India to add another rail line to its Mountain Railways of India World Heritage site - a stretch that served Shimla, the one-time British summer capital in India's northwest. The Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway was approved Monday in addition to new sites in nine other countries that received the nod from the panel meeting in Canada. Before the meetings began last week, Unesco's World Heritage list included 851 properties, and another 41 are being considered during the eight-day session.

Mountbatten tales and Hosseini captivate Delhi readers

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) "India Remembered", Pamela Mountbatten's insight into the India of Nehru and her parents Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, zooms into number one position in the non-fiction list - notwithstanding its steep price - while Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns" continues as fiction bestseller. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction categories this week are: Non-Fiction 1. "India Remembered" Author : Pamela Mountbatten Publisher : Pavilion Price : Rs.1,495.00 2. "India's External Intelligence: Secrets of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)"

Eclectic shades: Fairs, legends and religion

By Madhusree Chatterjee,IANS, New Delhi : A variety of art shows were opened this week in the national capital even as India finalised plans for the second edition of its official art fair, which will be held in 2009. Summit summons The curtain has just gone up on the blueprint for the second edition of the India Art Summit 2009, which will be held in the national capital in August next year.

A festival in Tamil Nadu to honour folk artists from marginalized communities

The festival, titled “Veethi Virudhu Vizha (The Street Award Ceremony)” in its ninth year, has provided a platform for Dalit and other marginalized...

Lahiri, Byrne are top authors this week

By IANS, New Delhi : "The Secret", a motivational book by Australian author Rhonda Byrne, has come back to occupy the top slot in this week's non-fiction list while Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth" continues to be the favourite in the fiction category. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction lists are: Non-Fiction 1. "The Secret" Author : Rhonda Byrne Publisher : Simon & Schuster Price : Rs.550.00 2. "My Country My Life" Author : L.K. Advani Publisher : Rupa & Co. Price : Rs.595.00 3. "The New Asian Hemisphere:The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East"

India to get first taste of German Fluxus art

By IANS, New Delhi : Take a sheet of paper. Shake it, rumple it and tear it. Place the act in the context of creative art, installations, short texts and theatre. You get a free-flowing genre of inter-disciplinary art called Fluxus art, an exhibition of which will be held here this month. For Indians, bred on conventional art formats like paintings, sculptures and installations, Fluxus may seem a tad difficult to understand. Experts describe it as a spiritual experience which recontextualises traditional forms.

20 centuries old piers unearthed in Turkey

By Xinhua, Ankara : Two ancient piers belonging to the first centry A.D. have been discovered by archaeologists in the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Thursday. The nearly 2,000 year-old piers were discovered by a team of archaeologists led by Roland Smith, a professor of the Oxford University, during their excavations in the ancient city located near Karacasu town in Aydin province.

Munich filmfest celebrates silver jubilee


Munich : Munich's Filmfest Muenchen 2007 celebrates its 25th anniversary later this week with a mixed bag of feature films, glamour and experiments, with the accent on the international including independent movies from Asia and Latin America.

Malaysian, Australian artistes combine to re-interpret Indian dance

By IANS, Kuala Lumpur : Acclaimed Malaysian dancer-choreographer Ramli Ibrahim is collaborating with internationally-renowned dancer Anandavalli from Australia in a contemporary dance work called Rasa Unmasked. The performance premieres in Sydney, Australia, in March next year before an international tour to Malaysia, Singapore and India. Ramli and his Sutra Dance Theatre and Anandavalli and her Lingalayam Dance Company will be showcasing their skills in Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, The New Straits Times said Wednesday.

Even ‘backward’ regions can host Literature festivals if promoted well: Zafar Anjum

The first Seemanchal International Literary Festival (SILF) kicks off tomorrow, November 18, at Insan School, Kishanganj. Its main organiser, author Zafar Anjum, spoke...

Remembering Qurratulain Hyder : The fierce, unapologetic and bold Urdu writer

By Sharjeel Usmani for TwoCircles.net The Union Hall building of Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union (AMUSU) is buzzing with supporters of the newly elected...

Orissa sand artist bags top prize in Berlin

By IANS, Bhubaneswar : Orissa sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik has won the first prize for his sculpture on global warming at the United Sand Festivals (USF) World Double Championship in Berlin. "I created a 25 feet high sand sculpture depicting a polar bear on top of a globe. The bear was shown praying for the safety of his family. While my sculpture won the first prize, the second prize went to an artist from the US and the third to the Netherlands," Patnaik told IANS over phone from Berlin.

Drew Barrymore becomes advocate for UN World Food Programme

TwoCircles.net newsdesk The American actress Drew Barrymore was named today as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and charged with the task of using her celebrity status as a film star to advocate for school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest countries. Ms. Barrymore, 32, becomes the latest Ambassador for the WFP, joining Kenyan world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat, himself a former recipient of school feeding programmes, among others. Last year WFP fed 19.4 million children across 71 countries through such projects.

Malaysia, India once lifted trade ban for a dance

By IANS, Kuala Lumpur : Memories of the time when the Malaysian and Indian governments lifted a ban on trade of peacock feathers, just for 24 hours, to facilitate a dance performance still brings a smile to the face of legendary dancer Vatsala. As she and her late husband prepared for the 'peacock dance', they felt a need to replace the old feathers. It was however illegal to take them out of India, peacock being the country's national bird.

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Two festivals for children by National School of Drama

By IANS, New Delhi : Avant-garde theatrical performances, exhibition of multihued traditional art forms from different states and a stimulating workshop - two major children's festivals at the National School of Drama (NSD) will begin in the capital Friday, provid7ing a treat for the kids. Serving 22 productions from all over the country on a platter, 'Jashn-e-Bachpan', the National Theatre Festival for Children, will be on for 10 days beginning Friday. As a special feature, there will be participation from the international arena as well in the festival.

Geoff Dyer looks for inner self in two cultures

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Jaipur : Cultures, philosophies, travel, art and people merge in Geoff Dyer's books as he chronicles a human saga that moves from Italy to India. Hailed as one of the best novelists of the decade, Dyer in his latest book, "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi", has threaded two cities with common legacies in art and culture in a Thomas Mann-like creation that documents a journalist's brush with hedonism, romance, spirituality and philosophy.

Ladakh, where Buddhist spirituality, culture reign supreme

By Vishal Gulati Ladakh -- once the hub of the ancient Silk Route -- is aptly described as a place where Buddhist spirituality and its...

Notice to Nafisa Ali on Husain painting quashed


New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Tuesday suspended the operation of a show cause notice issued by a subordinate court here against social activist Nafisa Ali for allegedly purchasing a controversial painting by noted painter M.F. Husain.

Shivaji statue proposal welcomed by Mumbaikars

By IANS, Mumbai : The state government's decision to install a 300-feet statue of Shivaji in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai has been largely welcomed by residents and political parties alike. Lauding the Democratic Front government's move, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state general secretary Vinod Tawde said that the decision had come late, "but better late than never to honour the memory of the great leader Chhatrapati Shivaji".

‘Gandhi-Nehru inspired Indians to take to English in a big way’

By IANS New Delhi : India owes its fascination with English to the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, both of whom churned out letters, essays and books in simple, lucid English, a new book on the growth of Indian-English reveals.

Lilette Dubey play on Gandhi gets standing ovation in Sydney

By Neena Bhandari Sydney : The Australian premiere of "Sammy! A Word That Broke An Empire", a play tracing Mahatma Gandhi's life, has drawn applause from people here with its only performance receiving a standing ovation in Sydney. The award-winning play, written by Pratap Sharma and directed by Indian actress Lillete Dubey, received a standing ovation from the 700-odd people at the National Institute of Dramatic Art here Sunday evening.

Coffee table art books grow by the dozen

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Collectors of coffee table books on Indian art are spoilt for choice. The market is overflowing with glossy tomes on Indian masters and their lives, chronicling artistic legacy for posterity. The latest entrant is the twin-volume "The Myriad Minded Artist", dedicated to Bengal master Lalu Prasad Shaw. The books, one on the veteran artist's paintings and the other on his black-and-white graphics and prints, were released by Karan Singh at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Monday.

Chennai heritage building to be torn down for assembly

By IANS, Chennai : A 100-year-old heritage building here will be demolished to make space for Tamil Nadu's new assembly building that is to come up by 2010. Tamil Nadu's budget will be presented in the new assembly house. The new building, to be built at a cost of Rs.2 billion, will have a seating capacity for 300 lawmakers, said state Minister for Public Works Durai Murugan. The new assembly complex will come up in the Omandurar Estate, which is a government guest house campus in the Chepauk area. The guest house, over 100 years old, will be demolished.

Remembering Ghalib’s angst through his life, poetry

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed, IANS, 'Aah ko chaahiye ik umr asar hone tak/ Kaun jeeta hei tirii zulf ke sar honey tak' (The sighs of love a...

Rise of religious fundamentalism the biggest issue for India, Bangladesh: Professor Anisuzzaman

Professor Anisuzzaman, president of Bangla Aceademy, Bangladesh's national language authority, was in Guwahati recently. He had been invited by the Char Chapori Sahitya Parishad...

1,500-year-old Vishnu statues stolen from Dhaka airport

By IANS Dhaka : Two 1,500-year-old terracotta statues of Hindu god Vishnu, bound for an exhibition in Paris, have been stolen while in the custody of Air France at the Zia International Airport (ZIA), embarrassing Bangladeshi as well as French authorities. Named "Vishnu" and "Bust of Vishnu", the statues are from Gupta era of the seventh century. They were discovered in a dig at Mahasthangarh of Bogra district and were in the custody of National Museum here. The two statues were moved to the airport premises recently to be part of the consignment headed for Paris.

Indian designers on date with Rome’s fashion street


New Delhi : Two of India's top designers Neeta Lulla and Pria Kataria Puri will showcase their autumn/winter line in the super chic streets of Rome in its Fashion Week beginning Monday.

American chalk artist to showcase work at Mumbai fest

By IANS, Mumbai : American chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum will present her 3D street art at the ongoing Kala Ghoda Arts Festival here, an official from the American Center said Tuesday.

Paris-based Indian dancer brings ballet, Bharatnatyam, Kathak together

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Paris-based Indian dancer Rukmini Chatterjee, who is bringing together European classical ballet, Bharatnatyam and Kathak for the Bonjour Festival here, says she is not in favour of fusing dance forms and each style should retain its identity on stage. The Bharatanatyam exponent also reveals that her next choreography, set to premiere in Paris in March 2010, is inspired by Hindu goddess Kali and explores the aggressive feminine force.

Satiric poet Sagar Khayami passes away

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter,

Mumbai: Famous Urdu satiric poet Sagar Khayami passed away yesterday at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital after a prolonged illness. He was 70. He was suffering from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife and three sons. His body has been flown to Lucknow for burial.

Building to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Chhattisgarh

By IANS, Raipur : The Chhattisgarh government has announced construction of a multi-storeyed building, which will house a library, an emporium and portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, to mark his visit to Raipur, now the state capital, in 1920. The building, to be constructed at a cost of Rs.20 million, will come up in the Kankali Para area, on a 1,560 sq metre piece of land. Mahatma Gandhi visited here during his trip to the area Dec 20, 1920 to build up the movement against British rule. Officials said the government sanctioned Rs.5 million to begin the construction work on a war-footing.

Kadar Khan fine, upset with death rumours

By IANS, Mumbai: Veteran actor Kadar Khan is hale and hearty and says his family is really upset with rumours about his death doing the rounds on the social-networking sites.

Jurassic Park comes to life in the centre of Berlin

By Ulrike von Leszczynski, DPA

Berlin : You would be forgiven for thinking you should make a run for it when the giant reptile suddenly appears from around the corner.

Voluminous dance: 600 kg of artistic vitality in Cuba

By DPA Havana : Ana Julia moves across the stage almost in a trance. She jumps, folds, turns to the music to end in perfect splits. Nothing unusual for a dancer, except that this one - a member of the Cuban company Danza Voluminosa (Voluminous Dance) - weighs over 100 kg and her age is close to 40. Among them, the eight members of the group created a decade ago by dancer and choreographer Juan Miguel Mas weigh a total of "over 600 kg," as they themselves admit in laughter.

For 32 slum kids, theatre workshop is a revelation

By IANS, New Delhi : They live in the Indian capital but had never heard of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Now an all-Muslim cast of 32 slum children is set to stage a play on the revolutionary - an effort that has changed their own lives in so many ways. For the children, including eight girls, who have been taking theatre classes at the Dr Zakir Hussain Senior Secondary School in Zafarabad, a shantytown in east Delhi, it has meant battling ignorance, social stigma and gender discrimination.

Two killed, over 100 hurt in Manipur Holi revelry

Imphal : Two people have died and over 100 injured, including 20 critically, in the five-day Holi revelries in Manipur that would last till...

36 Indian women WHO worked as scavengers to walk on ramp

By NNN-PTI, United Nations : Thirty-six Indian women, rescued by a non governmental organisation from the degrading task of manually cleaning human excreta, are all set to walk on ramp with leading models before representatives from more than 150 countries here. The women, rescued by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation from Alwar in Rajasthan, yesterday met diplomats and dignitaries at the United Nations and talked about the changes which, they said, had made them for the first time feel like human beings.

Filmmaker Ravi regrets not catching Rajiv Gandhi murder mastermind

By IANS Thiruvananthapuram : Malayalam filmmaker and retired army commando Major Ravi still rues that he could not catch Sivarasan, the mastermind behind former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, in Bangalore due to a delay in storming into the house where Sivarasan was hiding. Ravi was heading the six-member National Security Guard Commando team that stormed into the house where Sivarasan was hiding. Karthikeyan, the chief of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing into the assassination, was in Hyderabad when the team neared the house on Aug 18, 1991.

Toronto Celebrates an Evening for Hyderabad

By Ayub Khan, Mississauga, Ontario : It was an evening to reckon with as hundreds of Hyderabadis turned out for an cultural event on July 11, 2009, in this suburb of Toronto. The Mehfil-e-Hyderabad, organized by a diverse group of Hyderabadi Canadians, started off as a pitch in the virtual community called CharminarConnection and soon caught the imagination. The dramatic turnout for the event despite its low publicity reveals that the good old method of word of mouth communication is still relevant in this day and age of instant communication.

Solzhenitsyn graphically portrayed Stalinist terror

By DPA, Moscow : Alexander Solzhenitsyn, one of the Soviet era's most celebrated dissident writers who died at the age of 89, had been exiled from the Soviet Union for his graphic portrayals of life in the labour camps. The world famous writer and historian, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970, had not been seen in public for months, and had reportedly been seriously ill for months. He died following a stroke, according to unconfirmed information.

Twists and turns of NRC: Asam Sahitya Sabha slammed

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Guwahati: Asam Sahitya Sabha’s decision to approach the Supreme Court with a draft proposal regarding the update of National Register of...

Huge piece of Berlin Wall helps Newseum tell media story

By DPA Washington : Even removed from Berlin, the watchtower has a threatening mood to it. Along with the 11-metre wide section of the defunct Berlin Wall - said to be the largest outside Germany - it provides visitors of Washington's newest museum a formidable insight into what life behind the wall in Berlin might have been. It may seem strange to find these relics of Cold War history in the Newseum, which is to open Friday on Washington's fabled Pennsylvania Avenue and is dedicated to the media and freedom of the press.

China hosts world martial arts championships

By IANS, Beijing : More than 2,200 contestants from 83 countries will participate in a world martial arts competition to be held in China over the next three days.

China to build ‘cultural city’ to revive Confucianism

By Xinhua Beijing : China plans to spend billions of dollars to build a symbolic "cultural city" in Shandong province to revive the traditional values of Confucianism. The Chinese Shandong province was home to ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius. Jiang Daming, governor of Shandong, has announced in Beijing that the "Chinese Cultural Symbolic City" will be built in the Ji'ning City, spanning more than 300 sq km. The city will also include two counties Qufu, the ancestral home of Confucius, and Zoucheng, home of Mencius, and the Jiulong mountain range.

Radcliffe will be sensible with money


London : "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe says he will be sensible with the money he makes and won't buy unnecessary things.

BBC plans ‘thriller’ documentary on `Satanic Verses’

By Gurmukh Singh Toronto(IANS) : The BBC is set to produce a documentary on Salman Rushdie's controversial novel 'Satanic Verses' and it will be "a thriller", says the director. Gurdip Bhangoo, who heads the BBC Asian Programmes Unit, said the documentary, "Words that Shook the World", would capture the cultural and religious turmoil that "Satanic Verses" created in the late 1980s. The 1988 novel had angered many Muslims for allegedly blaspheming the Prophet and forced Rushdie into hiding after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death.

Petition urges Rowling for more Potter books


London : Harry Potter fans preparing to get their hands on the last of the seven Potter books were being urged Monday to sign a petition to author J.K. Rowling not to abandon the boy wizard for good.

A unique painting made in non-stop 190 hours

By Asit Srivastava, IANS, Allahabad : Four fine arts students of Allahabad University have toiled day and night to create a 20-foot-long wood cut graphic painting that depicts all hues of human life. The painting, titled 'Dharam, Arth, Kaam, Moksh', took 190 hours to create. The work of art portrays the four elements of life as per Hindu mythology - 'dharam' (duty towards family and society), 'arth' (pursuit of wealth and social status), 'kaam' (pursuit of pleasures), 'moksha' (release from bondage of life and death).

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No question of taking back Sahitya Akademi award: Bengali poet

Kolkata : Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen, who recently gave up her Sahitya Akademi award, on Friday refused to take it back, saying though...

MP: Christians observe ‘black day’ after youth convention called off on Bajrang Dal’s objection

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Lucknow Muslims setup water stall on Hanuman’s Bada Mangal

By TCN News Lucknow: Living upto the ganga jamuni tehzeeb in the city of nawabs, the Hussain Day Celebration and Welfare Society organised a bhandara and drinking water stall outside Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) office on Tuesday. The stall was organised to celebrate the second Tuesday of the Jyestha month as per Vikram Samvat calendar.

Oliver Stone wants to make biopic on Ahmadinejad


New York : Talented filmmaker Oliver Stone has requested Iranian officials to allow him to make a biopic about their president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Amitabh picks on Sinha in his blog

By IANS Mumbai : Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan in his blog has lashed out against Shatrughan Sinha's insinuations that the nominations list of the International Indian Film Academy awards were fixed.

Making of a reluctant fundamentalist

By Manish Chand, IANS Book: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", Author: Mohsin Hamid, Publisher: Penguin/Viking, Price: Rs.295 Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an incisive portrait of the transformation of a Princeton-educated Pakistani youth with a cushy American job and an American girlfriend into an America-baiting radical with a sneaking sympathy for the 9/11 attackers.
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