Nehru, Gandhi in the spotlight at South African Republic Day celebrations

By Fakir Hassen, IANS Johannesburg : Gandhi, Nehru, and India's role in South Africa's independence came under the spotlight at the Republic Day celebrations here Saturday evening.

‘The Untold Charminar’ – tribute to soul of Nizam’s city

By IANS, New Delhi : Hyderabad is a city where the old and the new stubbornly coexist. The distinct identities that come together and often merge are brought out beautifully in the book "The Untold Charminar: Writings on Hyderabad". The historic Charminar vies for space with the corporate offices of cyber companies and media magnate Ramoji Rao's sprawling film city in a cosmopolitan landscape that has three distinct identities: the past, modern and the new wave.

Animated film on the life of Buddha

By DPA Bangkok: Thailand's first animated film of the life of the Lord Buddha will open in cinemas on Dec 5, commemorating the 80th birthday of the much-revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, media reports said Thursday. The 100-minute production received the backing of eight government agencies on Wednesday, said the Bangkok Post. Producer Valapha Pimthong said she chose to make a cartoon version of the Life of Buddha to make it easier for young people to understand the Buddha's teachings.

Why don’t more Indian films do well globally?

By DPA

Cannes : The big cultural movie gap between India's vast film market and the rest of the world acts inhibits the nation's films from conquering new territory in global markets, a forum at the Cannes Film Festival was told Sunday.

Unique exhibition cast in stainless steel

By IANS New Delhi : Steel is generally perceived as a metal meant for industry rather than sculpture, but a unique exhibition in the capital will strive to change that by showcasing life-sized and larger than life figurines -- all made of pure stainless steel. Saptarishi, as the exhibition is called, will see the works of seven artistes from across the country who have been working for this show for the past three months.

ICCR to open regional centre in Bhopal

By IANS, Bhopal : The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is all set to open its 17th regional centre in the Madhya Pradesh capital.

Queer fest, celebrating alternative sexuality

By IANS

New Delhi : An unwaxed pair of hands adorned with silver bangles holding a man in an embrace, two girls with their lips locked - these were just some raw emotions on display Tuesday at a photo exhibition here, part of the Queer Fest that celebrates alternative sexuality.

India is ‘second home’ for Pakistani band Jal

By Shweta Sharma, IANS, New Delhi : India is like a "second home", say members of the popular Pakistani rock band Jal who have produced chartbusters like "Woh Lamhey" and "Aadat". "Though we get the same kind of respect wherever we go, there is something special about being in India," Goher Mumtaz, rhythm guitarist, composer, lyricist and the founder of the band, told IANS. The band members - Farhan Saeed, Shazi and Goher - were in the capital to promote their new album "Boondh", which has 12 songs.

When past and present merged for communist veterans

Liz Mathew New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) It was a step back in time for India's communist veterans. The heyday of the Left revolution was relived and leaders who made it possible flickered on the screen as the present day apparatchiks watched a film on the life and times of legendary left leader A.K. Gopalan Nambiar. There was nostalgia and more as the entire top leadership of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) gathered at the Mavlankar Auditorium here Wednesday evening to watch "AKG", a docu-fiction on one of the leading lights of the Indian communist movement.

Peace, women’s freedom on canvas of Pakistani artists

New Delhi: Pakistani artist Fizza Saleem's paintings hint at the constant struggle between the mind and heart to "let go off the troubled past",...

Two budding painters win emerging artist award

By IANS New Delhi : Upcoming artists Om Soorya and Rakhi Peswani have won the 2007 emerging artist award given by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA). While Soorya, from Hyderabad, stood out for his strong personal style and technical skill, Peswani, based in Pune, was selected for the conceptual strength in her work and her innovative language with material, a FICA press statement said. A six-member jury of Atul Dodiya, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha and critics Anshuman Dasgupta and Annapurna Garimella made the selection from 450 entries.

Postal stamp on magician Sorcar by 2009-end

By IANS, Kolkata : The central government will release a postal stamp on famous magician P.C. Sorcar (Senior) by the end of this year, an official said Tuesday. "Sorcar was a legendary magician and I had been thinking for long if something can be done to pay a tribute to him. I spoke to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee sometime back and requested him if a postal stamp on the magician can be released," Lok Sabha member Sujan Chakraborty told reporters here Tuesday.

Four-day carpet expo in Varanasi from Oct 17

By IANS, Lucknow : The India Carpet Expo, the country's only fair for handmade carpets and floor coverings will begin Oct 17 in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, an official said Tuesday. The four-day carpet expo being organised by the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is a central government initiative to promote Indian rugs. According to CEPC chairman Ashok Jain, on display will be various types of oriental and contemporary hand-knitted and hand-tufted carpets, as well as flat weaves made of wool, silk and staple fibre from Bhadohi-Mirzapur, Jaipur, Agra, Panipat and Kashmir.

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...

Sudhir Kakar probes connect between psyche and spirit

By IANS, New Delhi : It has been a rather profound journey for psychoanalyst-author Sudhir Kakar from translating the Kamasutra into English to exploring Indian sexuality to probing the existence of the mad and divine in today's materialistic world. Sudhir Kakar's latest book, "Mad and Divine: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern World", released in the capital Thursday, deals with the separation of the spirit and the body favoured by psychoanalysis.

Doyen of Urdu poetry Shaharyar is no more

By Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net Lucknow: "Ek tum hi nahin tanha ulfat mein meri ruswa; is sheher mein tum jaise deewane hazaaron hain…" Shaharyar.

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In Iran showing US films is fine, writing about them not

By Farshid Motahari, DPA Tehran : On the occasion of Noruz, the Persian New Year, Iran's state television network IRIB will broadcast 22 new Hollywood productions during the two-week holiday. The Iranians welcome this decision and look forward to watching the latest movies, most of them blockbusters or academy award winning films from the "Great Satan", the term used by the Iranian political system for political arch-foe the US.

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".

Potter mania strikes at dawn in Kerala too

By IANS

Kochi (Kerala) : Children dressed up as various characters of the Harry Potter series arrived on horsebacks at a bookshop here early Saturday morning for the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

The children carried copies of the book to the Ravi bookstore here and a special function was held inside the shop during which the books was taken out from a box amidst huge applause from people who had arrived to buy J.K.Rowling's latest offering.

Chandy to hold reception for Ghulam Ali in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will lead a reception here for Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali on January 14 ahead of his performance. Ali...

Thousands offer Eid prayers in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar : Thousands of Muslims across Jammu and Kashmir offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers on Wednesday at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. There...

Mohammed Rafi draws packed house, 28 years after death

By IANS, Mumbai : Songs by legendary singer Mohammed Rafi drew a packed house here 28 years after his death, and audiences were in for a surprise as an evergreen voice from the yore took the stage again, rekindling memories and melodies of an era gone by. "Mujhko apne gale laga lo…" and "Thahariya hosh me aa loon", sung by the forgotten Mubarak Begum wafted across the lush green lawns of the Green Court Club on the city's outskirts Sunday night. Begum has sung many a duet with Rafi during the late 1950s and '60s.

100-year-old painting sold for $2.18 mn

By IANS/EFE, London : A 100-year-old painting has fetched 1.44 million pounds ($2.18 million), more than double its estimated price, at an auction in Britain. "Nina en la Playa" (Girl on the Beach) created in 1910 by Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla sold Tuesday at the auction at Christie's in London. The picture was estimated to fetch between 915,000 and 1.37 million euros ($1.1 million-$1.7 million). The painting features a little girl walking on a wet sandy beach with a boat and a fisherman in the background.

टीपू सुल्तान को लेकर कर्नाटक में सियासी हलचल

    आकिल हुसैन। Two circles.net टीपू सुल्तान की मौत के लगभग 220 साल बीत चुके हैं। लेकिन टीपू सुल्तान आज भी कर्नाटक की राजनीति में मुद्दा...

13th Delhi book fair comes calling

By IANS New Delhi : With thousands of books from various countries under its belt, the 13th Delhi Book fair is all set to attract book lovers in the capital. Starting Sep 1 the fair will continue till Sep 9. To be held at Pragati Maidan, the fair is jointly organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and the Federation of Indian Publishers. It is aimed at inculcating and encouraging reading habits especially among the children and youth.

SC refuses to allow Jallikattu

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to pass an interim order for allowing the bull taming sport -- Jallikattu -- during the...

A Kashmiri sculptor’s longing for home

By IANS, New Delhi : For nearly a quarter of million Hindu migrants, who left the Kashmir valley in the early 1990s following an armed uprising, home is a green but unreachable dream mired in longing and nostalgia. Thoughts of forsaken homeland percolate down to every aspect of the lives of the migrant Kashmiri Hindus and even in their art, says veteran sculptor Rajendra Tiku.

Is India an outlet for Sotheby’s unsold art?

By Uma Nair, IANS, Did international auction house Sotheby's bring famed contemporary artist Damien Hirst's works to India because a "mountain" of unsold works lies in wait in London? Is Sotheby's looking at India to sell hitherto unsold art? These are the questions being asked by art critics and collectors in India, but a declaration Friday by the Bloomberg publication announced that Damien Hirst's London dealer White Cube has denied it has a "mountain" of unsold works before a Sotheby's sale that previewed in the Hamptons and New Delhi two days ago.

Harry Potter survives final story

By DPA

London : The Harry Potter saga has apparently closed with a magical finale.

In the novel released at 23.00 GMT Friday in Europe, Africa and Asia and due hours later in the western hemisphere, author J.K. Rowling has let the title character survive the last instalment of his dangerous adventures.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sees the schoolboy wizard triumph in a final battle over evil.

निदा फ़ाज़ली, जिसकी कविता भी जैसे कोई जादू

महेंद्र कुमार 'सानी' हालांकि किसी शायर को शहर का शायर, गांव का शायर या जनता का शायर जैसे खानों में विभाजित करना शायर के साथ...

Trade threatens Mahabharat ‘site’ in Nepal

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS Kathmandu : A historic site that could throw light on the adventures of the five legendary Pandava brothers, whose exploits are sung in the Mahabharat, one of Asia's most famous epics, faces demolition with Nepal's government mulling building a dry port in the area. Buddhanagar village in eastern Nepal's Biratnagar town, lying close to the Indian border, is regarded by the villagers as having been the capital of mythical king Birat, where the five brothers took shelter after losing their kingdom in a dice game to their cousins, the Kauravas.

Globalization on the silk route

Movie review: The Culture of Here By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Since 1980s, globalization has been a much used and rather abused word. But the fact is that trade between civilizations, countries, and continents have been going on for thousands of years. Until the middle of the twentieth century, borders between countries were never well defined.

Seminar on poet Makhdoom Mohiuddin held in New Delhi

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

New Delhi: The 3-day seminar on the life and works of the revolutionary poet Makhdoom Mohiuddin concluded on 10th February at India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi. Several prominent litterateurs from across the country attended the seminar.

On Ambedkar birthday, Modi launches campaign to boost rural development

Mhow (Madhya Pradesh) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday' campaign to promote rural development on the...

150 artists gather at international calligraphy event

By IANS/WAM, Sharjah : Over 150 artists from 28 countries took part in an annual Arabic calligraphy event here that showcased more than 260 varieties of artwork. Over 10,000 people from the UAE and Arab countries attended the 10-day-long fourth annual Sharjah Calligraphy Forum here which concluded Saturday. Live performances, exhibitions and seminars on Arabic calligraphy were part of the event on decorative writing, considered one of the highest art forms of the Arab world.

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.

De Palma’s Iraq war film gets rave reviews

By IANS London : Director Brian De Palma has impressed critics at the Venice Film Festival with his graphic new film on the Iraq war called "Redacted". The movie is labelled a "fictional story inspired by true events", which follows US soldiers in Iraq who rape a teenage girl and kill her family, dailysnack.com reported.

Tagore’s paintings under threat in Nepal

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS, Kathmandu : As the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore begins in India, some of his legacy lies unrecognised and unappreciated in neighbouring Nepal, in dire danger of theft and destruction. "There are at least three to four paintings by Tagore hanging in public places in Nepal," says Sangeeta Thapa, art curator and director of Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu. "Very few people have any idea about their worth. I don't want to say even where they are for fear they will get stolen."

Ganesh idol immersed with great fanfare near Sydney

By Neena Bhandari Sydney, Sep 17 (IANS) An idol of Hindu god Ganesh, decorated in all finery, sat firm as thousands of devotees followed in a procession chanting "Ganpati Bappa Morya" to Stanwell Park beach here, as part of colourful celebrations for the Ganesh festival. The elephant-headed god was immersed in the Pacific Ocean to the sounds of beating drums and chants Sunday as waves on low tide lashed the sandy beach, about 50 km south of Sydney's central business district.

Musical protest at Vrindavan to save Yamuna

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS, Vrindavan : The banks of the polluted Yamuna river came alive to the soul-stirring strains of a unique musical protest that bemoaned nature's bountiful beauty turning into a sewage drain and hoped for better sense that would one day revive its "divine glory". The musical initiative of Acharya Jaimini Thursday evening drew cheers and support from activists, who have been alarmed by the construction frenzy, high level of industrial effluents and toxic waste finding way into the river.

New York’s Diwali mela expected to draw thousands

By Parveen Chopra New York, Oct 10 (IANS) A Diwali fair will be celebrated in Manhattan Oct 14 complete with fireworks, Indian food, music and dance. A high point of the city's cultural calendar, it is expected to be thronged by thousands of people. A tradition with the Indian-American community, the Deepavali Festival at the southernmost edge of Manhattan has spectacular fireworks lasting 20 minutes on the waterfront at South Street Seaport, a popular mall and entertainment arena.

An evening of Lucknawi Qawwali and Mushaira

By Faisal Fareed, TwoCircles.net,

Kalam visits site of proposed Nalanda university

By IANS Patna : Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Friday visited the site of the proposed Nalanda International University modelled after the ancient seat of Buddhist learning at Rajgir near Nalanda in Bihar. Kalam, accompanied by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and officials including architects, visited the university site at Rajgir, nearly 100 km from Patna. An official told IANS that Kalam was visibly impressed. "He spent more than an hour and discussed the project with Nitish Kumar and officials. He was happy and lauded the choice of the place."

Congress demands Bharat Ratna for Mohammed Rafi

Mumbai : The Mumbai Congress on Thursday demanded that legendary Bollywood playback singer late Mohammed Rafi be conferred the Bharat Ratna. Congress leaders led by...

‘पाश’ की पुण्यतिथि : दो कविताएं

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net जालंधर में जन्मे अवतार सिंह संधू 'पाश' भारतीय साहित्य में एक ऐसा नाम रखते हैं, जहां से कविता और क्रान्ति - दोनों की - की परस्पर मजबूती साबित होती है. यह एक तथ्य ही है कि पाश अपने विचारों में वाम से प्रभावित थे लेकिन पाश की कविता की सबसे बड़ी खासियत यह है कि यह भारत के हरेक तबके और हरेक वर्ग के साथ खड़ी है.

A glance through the new Seven Wonders of the World

By Xinhua

Lisbon : Around 100 million Internet and telephone voters participated in a poll to select the new Seven Wonders of the World, among which are India's Taj Mahal marble mausoleum, the Great Wall of China, Brazil's Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu Inca trail and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid.

Many firsts to mark 10th edition of fashion week

By Shweta Thakur, IANS New Delhi : International models walking the ramp, 10 designers debuting, a new and bigger venue - the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) that kicks off Wednesday has many firsts. And why not? It's celebration time as the event turns 10. "It is the 10th edition and this makes it a very special one," beamed Rathi Vinay Jha, director general of event-organiser Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), as hectic preparations were underway at the Pragati Maidan exhibition complex to ensure the Sep 5-9 event runs like clockwork.

Bihar to market brand Bhojpuri to woo diaspora in Mauritius

By Imran Khan, IANS

Patna : Bihar is ready to market its Bhojpuri brand to woo Mauritians of Indian origin, most of them from Bihar itself.

Nothing but Bhojpuri will be the main campaign of the Bihar delegation headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visiting Mauritius from Thursday.

60 bands, different genres come together at music fest

By Madhushree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : As many as 60 contemporary music groups from across India will play their "original music" belonging to genres like rock, pop and jazz at the East Wind Music Festival here, billed as the largest ever assembly of Indian bands. The fest, being held Feb 22-24, could well be India's own version of the Woodstock Festival that shook the world with its sheer energy in a small American town in 1969.

Bihar Anjuman welcomes Sikh pilgrims to Patna on the occasion of Prakash Utsav

  By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Patna: Bihar Anjuman, a voluntary organization of Bihar, welcomed Sikh devotees during the 350th Prakash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh in...

Saudi Arabia participates in New Delhi Book Show

By SPA New Delhi : The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is participating in 18th New Delhi Book Show, organized by the Indian Book Commission, which is in progress in the Indian capital. More than 40 countries are participating in the four-day show. The Kingdom is represented at the show by the ministries of higher education; Islamic affairs, endowments, call and guidance; culture and information; King Abdulaziz Library, King Saud University and King Fahd Holy Quran Printing Complex.

Husain, Souza highlights of OSIAN’s auction

By IANS, New Delhi : Modern master M.F. Husain's composition "Figures", estimated at Rs.36 lakh (nearly $78,000), and F.N. Souza's "Couple" are among the highlights of an auction of 101 rare modern and contemporary art works by OSIAN's-Connoisseurs of Arts in Mumbai June 23. "Figures" is an acrylic on wood composition mounted on a canvas-lined wooden background.

Old Delhi gears up for month of fasting and feasting

By Mohd Asim Khan New Delhi : As the sun went down behind the majestic dome of Delhi's Jama Masjid, the lights came on, illuminating...

Old man gored to death by jallikattu bull

By IANS Theni (Tamil Nadu) : An elderly man was gored to death by an angry bull during the traditional jallikattu bullfighting event in Tamil Nadu's Theni district, reports said. Local reports gave contradictory accounts of the incident that happened at Kottur village, about 800 km south of state capital Chennai. One report said the dead man, identified as 70-year-old village leader Muthu Ravuthar, was a spectator perched on a temporary stand and fell into the arena, drawing the wrath of an angry animal which gored him to death.

Romantic Taj Mahal attracts maximum visitors in India

By IANS, New Delhi : If ticket sales are anything to go by, the luminous 17th century Taj Mahal in Agra is the most popular monument in India, attracting over 2.5 million visitors a year. The marble monument to love built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan that is listed among the seven wonders of the world was visited by an estimated 2,048,120 domestic and 491,351 foreign tourists in 2006. These findings were put out by the ministry of tourism's annual publication, "India Tourism Statistics", based on figures collected from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Emperor Akbar’s birth anniversary celebrated in Taj city

By Indo-Asian News Service Agra: Lovers of history and heritage in this city of Taj Mahal Monday celebrated Mughal emperor Akbar's birth anniversay, recalling his humane values that are more relevant in the present context of fundamentalist terror and growing intolerance. Akbar's experiments in governance, his ideas relating to coexistence and mutual tolerance of different religious communities, and recognition of talents as nine jewels have to be seen as part of a rich legacy he left behind, they said.

Italy-based artist Kammie Soni in India to help challenged children

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Veteran Italy-based designer-cum-abstractionist Kammie Soni, who left India over 40 years ago to pursue her passion - travel and art - is back in the country to help challenged children. Soni, who belongs to the generation of senior artists like Kishen Khanna and Satish Gujral and is a student of doyen Biren De, has worked for international fashion houses like Valentino, Versace and Paloma Piccaso - legendary painter Pablo Picasso's daughter. The artist, in her 70s, shares a special friendship with Paloma, with whom she discusses her art.

Religious bigotry is same in Pakistan and India: Shoaib Mansoor

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS, Mumbai : After the hard-hitting "Khuda Kay Liye", Pakistani director Shoaib Mansoor says he wouldn't mind an India-Pakistan production, though creating a sequel to his film would be tough because of the "misbehaviour" of some cast members. On the possibility of collaboration with India, he said: "I'd like that. I feel the predicament regarding religious bigotry is the same in both the countries. I feel Pakistan and India are casualties of wrong policies. I wish to address my films to these issues.

Indian-American Aziz Ansari ranked sixth top paid comedian

Washington : Indian-American Aziz Ansari has debuted on the Forbes list of Highest-Paid Comedians 2015 with $9.5 million in earnings, thanks to his fan-favourite...

Chhattisgarh wants world heritage status for Sirpur

By IANS

Raipur : Chhattisgarh will lobby for world heritage status for Sirpur village, which was a famous Buddhist study centre from the 6th to the 10th century.

Popular talent show to train budding singers at ‘gurukul’

By IANS

New Delhi : Popular talent show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" will train 40 singers selected from four locations of India at a gurukul in their new television series "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Academy".

Africa to showcase its traditional performing arts in India

By IANS, New Delhi : Performers from South Africa, Rwanda, Tunisia, Malawi and Nigeria will showcase traditional African performing arts at a three-day festival in the capital next week. The festival from May 18-20 is "essentially an attempt to familiarise the Indian audience with the traditional African performing arts", a statement from the host Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) said.

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...

Tamils in Malaysia prepare for Pongal fest

By IANS, Kuala Lumpur : The "Little Indias" across Malaysia are agog with social and business activities two days ahead of the Pongal festival celebrated by its two-million strong Tamil community. Much in demand are pots, sugarcane and turmeric plants to usher in the new Tamil month called Thai, with people unmindful of the economic downturn. "Despite fears that this year's celebration may be toned down due to the economic downturn, the scene here showed nothing to that extent," The Star newspaper said in a report from Klang Tuesday.

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

Rehman Rahi's death on January 9 was mourned across Kashmir.  Afnan Habib | TwoCircles.net  SRINAGAR (JAMMU AND KASHMIR) — Professor Abdul Rehman Rahi, a well-known Kashmiri...

Italian singer adds new facet to Rabindra Sangeet

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's music transcends geography and culture. For Italian singer Francesca Cassio, a blue-blooded Roman, it is both a passion and vocation. Cassio received a resounding ovation at the India International Centre Tuesday evening for her rendition of Tagore's songs, Rabindra Sangeet, in English. She sang to a packed house accompanied by pianist Ugo Bonessi. Cassio, who grew up listening to her family playing the grand piano, fell in love with Tagore, his poetry and his music at the age of 15.

Karnataka artists rally for Chaplin statue

By IANS, Bangalore : Film and theatre personalities in Karnataka are coming together to support filmmaker Hemanth Hegde's plans to erect a statue of Charlie Chaplin for a movie -- a move opposed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on grounds that the master comedian was a Christian. The artists plan to stage a sit-in outside the town hall here Tuesday, following reports that BJP workers led by Suresh Bantadi had stopped Hegde from installing a 62-ft statue of Chaplin in Maravanthe beach, about 400 km from here, for his film "House Full".

Single organisation favoured for Malayalam film industry

By IANS

Thiruvananthapuram : Thespian Malayalam actor Thilakan favours one common organisation for all the people associated with the Malayalam film industry to end its problems.

President to join Asiatic Society celebration

By IANS, New Delhi : President Pratibha Patil will go to Kolkata Saturday to take part in the celebrations of the 225-year-old The Asiatic Society and a 150-year-old public library, it was announced Friday. This would be her first visit to West Bengal since she became president. During her two-day visit, she would participate in celebrations of The Asiatic Society Saturday and the 150th year of the Uttarpara Jai Krishna Public Library at Hooghly Sunday.

India samples slice of Persian culture

By IANS, New Delhi : Cultural diplomacy between India and Iran, with shared past spanning more than 1,000 years, took a giant leap with the inauguration of "Days of Iranian Culture in India" at the National Museum here Wednesday. The three-day Iranian cultural showcase, inaugurated a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was here for a six-hour stopover visit, is the first of its kind in the country to promote the "historic land" as a vibrant tourist destination.

‘Aaj rang hai’ – Qawwali revisited

From Khanqahs to the auditorium; from shrines to international pop charts, from spirituality and devotion to entertainment – the qawwali has travelled far and wide in its 700 year journey.

Handkerchief art gets legal protection in Himachal Pradesh

By Vishal Gulati, IANS, Shimla : The Himachal Pradesh government has now provided legal protection to a dying art form - miniature embroidery on handkerchiefs on the lines of the globally famous Chamba school of miniature painting. The art of embroidery on the Chamba rumal (handkerchief), as it is known, originated and flourished in the same princely hill state of Chamba (now Chamba district) in the 16th and 17th centuries where the Chamba school of miniature paintings got royal patronage.

Delhi celebrates Italian language week

By IANS New Delhi : Italian Language Week is being celebrated in the capital, as in other parts of the world, through film screenings, photography exhibitions and lectures under the theme "Italian Language and the Sea". Organised by the Italian Cultural Institute, the celebrations began Monday and will stress on the intermingling of cultures through the chosen theme. "It is a week-long celebration in the world at different Italian institutes and embassies," Patrizia Raveggi, director of the cultural institute here, said late Tuesday.

Pakistanis win global award for film on drones

By IANS, Islamabad: A short film on the US drone attacks in Pakistan, made by students of Iqra University, has won an award at an international annual film festival held in the US.

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India sees exhibit of Satish Gujral works after six years

By IANS New Delhi : Master of contemporary art Satish Gujral has unveiled an exhibition featuring one of the largest bodies of his work, the result of six rigorous years of creative expression at the Lalit Kala Akademi here. This is one of the few times the artist has hosted an elaborate show of his works in the country with so many exhibits.

India takes giant stride with first global art fair

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Come Aug 22, and the sprawling exhibition hub in the heart of the Indian capital will resemble Basel, a small town in Switzerland which has been hosting the world's biggest art fair for the last 38 years. More than 200 stakeholders, including 34 galleries, in the art industry will come together at the "India Art Summit 2008" at the Pragati Maidan fairground to showcase 400 works of art and interact with a new segment of investors for three days.

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.

First ever Raza retrospective in the US

By Parveen Chopra New York, Sep 18 (IANS) The first ever retrospective in the US of the work of Sayed Haider Raza, one of India's most prominent and critically acclaimed modernists, opens here on Sep 21 in the artist's presence. The retrospective represents Raza's creative career spanning over six decades and marks the artist's 85th birthday. Drawn from key collections around the world, this exhibition represents Raza's expansive and dynamic oeuvre through some of his most significant creations.

Nagpur keeps alive its unique ‘Marbat’ tradition

By IANS Nagpur : Thousands of people here Tuesday participated in the annual 'Marbat' processions, organised to ward off social evils. Dressed in traditional attire, men carried clay idols of deities daubed in yellow and black and chanted 'Ida, pida gheun jaa ge Marbat' (Take away social evils and human miseries) after their women worshipped the idols. Famous all over India for its oranges, Nagpur has kept alive this exclusive tradition dating back to the 19th century when the Bhonsla dynasty ruled.

Urdu poet Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi is no more

By Afzal Usmani, “Jo hai Taazgi meri zaat mein, wahi zikr-o-fikr chaman mein hai Ke wajood mera kaheen bhi ho, meri rooh mere watan mein hai “
(Hanif Akhgar Malihabadi)

Advani, Jethmalani to attend new Sindhi movie screening

By IANS Mumbai : Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and jurist Ram Jethmalani are among the prominent members of the Sindhi community who will attend a special screening of a movie called "The Awakening" at the Films Division auditorium in New Delhi March 9. The movie, directed by Dharambir Kumar, traces the lineage of the Sindhis from the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation, though it is not a documentary on the community.

An online, participatory comic writer to the world

By Arun Kumar, IANS

Washington : Richard Branson's Virgin Comics and MySpace have teamed up to launch Coalition Comix, a new online comic book platform that allows readers to work with leading comic book creators in developing new characters and stories.

Coalition Comix will open up the role of comic book writer to the world at large allowing participants to provide artistic direction to the comic by voting on the plot twists and turns at each step of the way, according to Virgin Comics.

Anil Kapoor moved to tears in South Africa

Mumbai, July 31 (IANS) After the screening of "Gandhi My Father" in South Africa, the movie's producer Anil Kapoor said it was glorious 'homecoming' for Mahatma Gandhi. South African President Thabo Mbeki made the time to attend the film's première this weekend in Johannesberg. Anil couldn't hold back his tears when Mbeki spoke about Gandhi before the première. "The entire South African cabinet was there with us. The president himself spent more than five hours with me and the director and cast of 'Gandhi My Father'," Anil told IANS on return.

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Navratri ends with Durga idol immersions, Ravan burning

By IANS, New Delhi : The nine-day Navratra celebrations came to an end here Thursday evening with the immersion of idols of Goddess Durga and the burning of the effigies of demon king Ravan. Amid hollering crowds and the frenzied beating of drums, hundreds of idols of Durga and her four children were immersed in the Yamuna river here, with many devotees bidding a tearful farewell to the deity.

Hope floats in Kolkata’s heritage zones

By Sujoy Dhar, IANS Kolkata : On a quiet Sunday evening this August, a group of citizens came together in this erstwhile British India capital to begin an effort to restore the grandeur of its Raj era buildings and to preserve what's left of a heritage bequeathed by its former rulers who left 60 years ago.

Kolkata to host 11 Gen Next foreign artists in October

By IANS, New Delhi : The eastern metropolis of Kolkata will host 11 foreign artists in a live workshop-cum-exhibition of contemporary international art as part of its autumn art bonanza. The six-day show titled, “Gen Next III”, beginning Oct 2 will promote 40 young artists, including 11 foreign ones, and their work. It will be organised by Kolkata-based Aakriti Art Gallery. This is the third Gen Next show to be sponsored by the gallery.

Never wanted to be prime minister in 1984: Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee reveals that he never wanted to be the prime minister after Indira Gandhi's death, as several reports have...

Catwalk shifts to Pragati Maidan for fashion week

By IANS

New Delhi : To contain the continually swelling fashion fete of India - the Wills lifestyle Fashion Week (WIFW) - the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) has this time moved to a bigger venue, the Pragati Maidan.

The tenth edition of the spring-summer WIFW 2008 is scheduled here for Sep 5-9.

Meghalaya to strum Friday for world record

By Syed Zarir Hussain, IANS Shillong : Bob Dylan's classic number "Knocking on Heaven's Door" will reverberate in the hills of this picture-postcard capital of Meghalaya Friday with more than 2,000 guitarists performing a record-breaking strumming session to top the current Guinness Book of World Records guitar ensemble.

Rahul Gandhi meets women artisans in Gujarat

By IANS, Ahmedabad : Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi interacted with women artisans in a Kutch village Sunday as part of his two-day tour of the Kutch, Saurashtra and northern regions of Gujarat. The young Congress MP met women engaged in handicrafts in Bhujodi village of Kutch district, which was devastated by a major earthquake on Jan 26, 2001.

Kashmiri poet Rahman Rahi receives Jnanpith Award

By IANS, New Delhi : Eminent Kashmiri poet Rahman Rahi was Thursday conferred the Jnanpith Award - becoming the first Kashmiri to get India's highest literary honour. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the award at a function here. Describing Rahi as having made a profound contribution to the Kashmiri language and Indian literature, Manmohan Singh said “this is the first time that this recognition has come to literature in the Kashmiri language, which finds its earliest expression in the mystical work of Lalleshwari or Laldyad/Lal Ded almost 700 years ago."

Culture bars Asian women from councils in Britain

By Prasun Sonwalkar, IANS London : Councils in Britain are said to be dominated by councillors who are "pale, male and stale", but women from the Indian sub-continent face several cultural barriers in their families and communities before they can enter local government, according to a new study. Several men with roots in the Indian sub-continent have been elected councillors in various parts of Britain. Some like Harjit Gill (Gloucester) have gone on to become mayors, but there are too few women councillors from the Asian community.

Don’t mix art with politics, urges Kamal Haasan

By IANS, Bangalore : Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan struck the right chords with fans at the Kannada film industry's platinum jubilee celebrations by urging politicians of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu not to mix art with politics. "Let us put in efforts to strengthen the relationship between the people of the two states. We are like brothers and let's solve the problems without the intervention of others," Kamal said in his inaugural speech Sunday evening. He also pointed out that Karnataka has given Tamil film industry great actors like Rajnikant.

Karbala: The true symbol of non-violent resistance

By Rupa Abdi, TwoCircles.net Black was the colour of pathos, and I was submerged in it. Women dressed in black sarees and salwar kameez were beating their chests to the chant of ‘Ya Hussain’. The chorus rose to a fevered pitch followed by a sudden silence. In that momentary silence was crystallized generations of mourning. The place – a Shia Muslim neighbourhood in Lucknow; the time – the tenth of Moharrum. If grief has different shades, on can see it during Moharrum.

Phool walon ki sair will begin 25th October

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter New Delhi: The festival “Phool Walon Ki Sair” jointly celebrated by all communities of India and representing age old communal harmony of India will be celebrated this year from 25th to 27th October in Mehrauli.

‘PK’ is against religious frauds: Vaidik

New DelhI : As Hindu right-wing groups continue their protests over "PK", veteran journalist and activist Ved Pratap Vaidik says people are opposing the Aamir Khan movie because of a "misunderstanding" and they should watch it before going against it as the movie is actually against religious frauds and people who have made a business out of religion and are conning ordinary people.

A tale of how television changed India

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Book: "India on Television"; Author: Nalin Mehta; Publisher: Harper Collins; Price: Rs.495 Television has changed the contours of the Indian psyche. According to former broadcast journalist Nalin Mehta, satellite television news networks have never expanded as they have in India.

Aalaap: First movie out of Chhatisgarh will take on Naxalism head on

By TCN News, Mumbai: Chhattisgarh is caught between Capitalism and Naxalism. A group of people who hail from the region are making a movie to change the perception of the region.

Pay Rs.5,000, take home a Husain for a month

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : Drawing room and corporate display art have just scaled new heights. In the first rent-an-art scheme in the country, corporate houses and art lovers can now take home a 'master' on rent for three months to one year and then return the art work to the bank after its 'term' expires. The Art Bank, set up two months ago by Delhi-based curator Adeshwar Puri in south Delhi's bustling business hub of Bhikaji Cama Place, is almost like any other rental agency, except for the fact that it loans art works.

Artist performs against rape at Delhi art fest

By IANS, New Delhi: Nagpur-based sculptor and performance artist Surbhi Bhattad began her month-long performance art here Saturday to protest gender abuse and rape.

UNESCO to step in for promoting Kashmir art, literature: Governor

By News Agency Of Kashmir

Jammu : The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is stepping in to assist Institute of Kashmir Studies towards the development and promotion of art, culture, literature and philosophy of Kashmir.

Polish-born artist completes 40-metre picture of late pope

By DPA, Muenster : A Polish-born artist has completed a 40-metre-long painting depicting Pope John Paul II, and said she believes it is the largest oil painting ever of the late pope. Made up of a series of 26 canvasses, each 2.5 metres tall, the composite picture is to go on public view from Wednesday until April in a theatre in the northern German city of Muenster. "Oh Karol" depicts Polish-born Karol Wojtyla, who was pope from 1978 till 2005, at various stages of his papacy.

India, Pakistan end culture talks, no headway on film ban

By IANS

Islamabad : India and Pakistan Friday ended their two-day talks on cultural cooperation without headway on an issue dear to New Delhi - lifting a ban on Indian films and TV channels - with Islamabad appearing none too keen.

Nepal begins voting for Indian Idol

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS, Kathmandu : In 2007, when Darjeeling boy Prashant Tamang won the popular contest Indian Idol 3, India's northern neighbour Nepal played a decisive role in the victory with Nepalis raising money to send SMS votes for the Nepali-origin contestant. This year, with another Nepali-origin contestant Kapil Thapa being in the fray, Nepal could once again prove to be the clinching factor with the Himalayan republic, for the first time in the history of the four-year contest, beginning to vote directly.

Now a ‘Black Pearl’ for young Arabian filmmakers

By IANS/WAM, Abu Dhabi: Debut feature films made by young directors from Arab countries will now be able to get the prestigious Black Pearl Award at the Middle East International Film Festival to be held in Abu Dhabi October 14-23. Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) 2010 announced Monday an additional category to honour fiction and non-fiction feature films by first- and second-time directors. The new "Afaq Jadida" (New Horizons) category will focus on the work of new talents from the Arab world.

Essayist Anand traces chess roots back to ancient India

By IANS, New Delhi : Russia, or the Soviet Union as it was once called, may have produced the most world chess champions but the fact of the matter is that the current world champion and World No.1 player is an Indian, Viswanathan Anand. What's more, the world's No. 2 player among women, too, is an Indian, Koneru Humpy.

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An art exhibition that `speaks’ for the differently abled

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Bangalore : Their world is silent. Spoken words hold no meaning for them as they are hearing- and speech- impaired. Twelve of them, however, are attempting to give voice to the "voiceless" population of India through an art exhibition in Bangalore.

Bihar: These Muslim women break taboo by learning Madhubani painting

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Bengal to give Rs.750 stipend to 4,000 folk artistes

By IANS, Kolkata : The West Bengal government would provide monthly stipends of Rs.750 to nearly 4,000 folk artistes across the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Tuesday.

Stories of freedom struggle played back on stage

By V.S. Karnic, IANS Bangalore : Freedom fighters will take turns to narrate their experience of India's struggle for independence and minutes later these stories will be enacted on stage. What's more, the entire performance will be spontaneous! This unique tribute will be paid by a group of young theatre activists - including software and marketing professionals - in Bangalore Saturday ahead of the 60th anniversary of Independence Day Aug 15.

Young NRIs trace their roots in Goa

By IANS, Panaji : As a group of 12 young people of Goan origin (POGOs) return to their homes abroad after a familiaristion tour of Goa, they will take with them memories of silvery mackerel braised in traditional recheado masala as well as more and more casinos cramming the Mandovi river. "There are five casinos right now. How many more will you have after five more years… 30?" Aaditi Pramod Dubale wondered during an interactive session with mediapersons.

Delhi celebrates Dussehra with fervour, excitement

By IANS New Delhi : A sea of enthusiastic spectators broke into a loud applause as the towering effigy of demon king Ravana crackled in the fire at the Ramlila grounds in the capital Sunday. People, both young and old alike, jostled, pushed and pulled to get a better view of the effigy-burning and clapped with fervour. This was, after all, the moment everyone waited for in celebration of Dussehra, one of the most popular Hindu festivals.

Shaken by attack, Mumbai artists dedicate works to victims

By IANS, Mumbai : The Mumbai terror attacks seem to have shaken the city's artists and painters from their blissful lives, with many deciding to dedicate their works to the victims of the 26/11 tragedy. Senior journalist Prakash B. Joshi will hold a solo exhibition of his recent works entitled "Subtle Change", dedicated to the victims of the mayhem in Mumbai. The five-day exhibition will open Dec 22 at Kitab Mahal, Fort area, barely a stone's throw from the terror-hit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.

Tall Gupta sculpture goes on sale in UK

By IANS, London : A monumental sculptural installation by Indian artist Subodh Gupta - a 10-foot tall tower of copper cooking vessels - is to go under the hammer at London auctioneers Sotheby's. Gupta's 'Untitled (9 Units)', one of the highlights of Sotheby's series of contemporary art sales Feb 10-11, has been priced at 200,000 to 300,000 pounds. Gupta stacked traditional Indian copper cooking vessels one on top of the other for his 2006 sculpture that Sotheby's described as "one of the most important works by the Indian artist to come to the market in over a year."

Bengal pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda

Kolkata : Ceremonial processions and exhibitions on the life and work of Swami Vivekananda were held across West Bengal to mark the monk's 153rd...

Watch out for HIV, Bengal cautions puja revellers

By Soudhriti Bhabani, IANS, Kolkata : As West Bengal gears up to celebrate the mega festival of Durga Puja, health authorities and some NGOs are cautioning youth about the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV/AIDS during the five nights and days of revelry. Owing to the trend of high alcohol consumption and a carefree lifestyle during the puja days beginning Oct 5, sexually transmitted health disorders among youngsters could go up, they say.

Bangladesh government removes baul statues, triggers countrywide protests

By IANS, Dhaka : Cultural organisations, human rights activists, artistes and playwrights across Bangladesh are up in arms over the removal by the caretaker government - allegedly under pressures from Islamist bodies - of statues with folk motifs of the baul singers on the road leading to the international airport here. Despite the countrywide protests for the last 10 days, the military-backed caretaker government has maintained silence on the issue, media reports say.

Amitav Ghosh topples Archer as best-selling author

By IANS, Mumbai : Amitav Ghosh's latest, "Sea of Poppies", debuts as the number one selling book in the fiction list, toppling Jeffrey Archer's "A Prisoner of Birth". Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret" continues its successful run in the non-fiction category. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction categories are: Non-fiction: 1. The Secret Author: Rhonda Byrne Publisher: Simon & Schuster Price: Rs.550.00 2. Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Publisher: Bloomsbury books Price: Rs.299.00 3. Love Delhi Author: Love Travel Guides

World Hindi meet to popularise Hindi globally

By IANS

New York/New Delhi : The 8th World Hindi Conference, to be inaugurated Friday at the UN headquarters in New York, will send out a strong message for the inclusion of India's national language among the official languages of the world body.

Murthy, Gates bag Indian & American Achiever Awards

By Arun Kumar,IANS Washington : Infosys chairperson N.R. Narayana Murthy, Microsoft chief Bill Gates, music composer A.R. Rahman, Hollywood actor Richard Gere and the late Dhirubhai Ambani have won the Indian & American Achiever Awards. While Murthy and Gates won the award for innovation, science & technology, Rahman and Gere were honoured in the arts, entertainment and media category. The Gandhi lifetime achievement awards went to Ambani and Gates. Data Group of India and New York Life Assurance were given the award for multinational companies.

Shamshad Husain’s painting auctioned at Rs. 0.48 million

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

New Delhi: His first work was sold for Rs. 50 in 1968. Now it sells for lakhs. It took painter Shamshad Husain almost forty years to reach this position and also to get out of his father M. F. Husain's shadow.

His painting sold for Rs. 4,80,000 lakh at the Triveda art auction in New Delhi. Speaking on the sidelines of the auction, junior Husain, recalled his struggle to become an artist.

HC asks ‘PK’ makers to file response on plea alleging plagiarism

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the makers of Aamir Khan-starrer film "PK" to file their response on novelist Kapil...

Popular calligraphy artist from Kerala aims to ‘build bridges between communities with his art’

A graphic designer by profession, Abdul Kareem, who is popularly known as Kareemgrahy, left his job at an American company in Qatar last...

Pakistani singers distressed over vegetarian food in Mumbai

By Subhash K. Jha

IANS

Mumbai : Five Pakistani contestants taking part in India's music talent-hunt show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007" are fed up with the vegetarian food being served to them at their temporary residence in Mumbai. Culinary setbacks notwithstanding, the Pakistanis are having a blast in India.

‘Sea of Poppies’ breaks many myths of migrant Indian labour

By Shubha Sing, IANS, Book: "Sea of Poppies"; Author: Amitav Ghosh; Publisher: Penguin Viking; Price: Rs.599.00

Rahman out of Oscar race

By IANS, Los Angeles: Indian music maestro A.R. Rahman's song "Na na" from the film "Couples Retreat" has failed to bag a nomination in the original song category for the 82nd Academy Awards. The news came just a day after he triumphed at the Grammys by bagging double Golden Gramophones.

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Taj Mahotsava to begin Feb 18

By IANS Agra : Taj Mahotsava, the 10-day annual festival at Shilpgram near the Taj Mahal will begin Feb 18, promising a cultural extravaganza featuring international artistes. The theme for this year will be Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam (one world one family). It will be a grand festival of dance, drama, fun and exposition of local arts and handicrafts, said Divisional Commissioner S.R. Meena. The festival organising committee has decided to institute the Taj Ratna award to be conferred on eminent artistes.

‘Payment in Kind’ programme gives Mexico worthy art

By DPA Mexico City : In 1957, painter David Alfaro Siqueiros proposed that artists in Mexico be allowed to pay taxes with their work. Half a century later, this idea has given rise to one of the world's most important collections of contemporary art. The unprecedented programme, Pago en Especie (Payment in Kind), went into force in 1975 through a presidential decree, but it received the support of the artists Raul Anguiano, Luis Nishizawa and Adolfo Best Maugard who donated works to get it going.

Farming fast gobbling up vestiges of Anglo-Sikh wars

By Khushwant Singh, IANS, Ferozepur (Punjab) : Historically rich land near here containing the last vestiges of the Anglo-Sikh wars of the mid- 19th century is being lost to agriculture, rue historians. Along with bodies like the Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail, they have urged the Punjab government to save the remnants of the seminal Anglo-Sikh war in the Sabraon area of this border district. Sabraon is about 10 km from here.

Masterpieces of Himalayan bronzes at Christie’s

By IANS, New York : The Asian Art Week at Christie's here will bring together 330 works of great quality, rarity, and provenance, with a pre-auction estimate of over $17 million. The Indian and Southeast Asian Art Department of Christie's will hold the auction of masterpieces from the Zimmerman family collection and masterpieces of Himalayan bronzes on Sep 15. There will be a sale of Indian and Southeast Asian art the next day. The masterpieces of Himalayan bronzes will feature eight exceptional sculptures from Nepal, Tibet and Kashmir.

Kerala now woos Indian middle-class tourists

By IANS, Chandigarh : Having attracted a large number of foreign tourists year after year, Kerala is now wooing Indian middle-class tourists and holding roadshows to promote the coastal state in several places. “We realise that Kerala has got an image that it is an expensive destination to go to within India. We are now focusing on a special campaign with a 'Dream Season' for domestic middle-class tourists to bring Kerala within their reach,” Kerala tourism director M. Sivasankar said here Friday.

‘Munnabhai’ inspires seminar on modern Gandhigiri

By Fakir Hassen, IANS, Johannesburg : Bollywood film "Lage Raho Munnabhai" has inspired a slew of protests worldwide using Gandhian methods, such as people swamping officials with flowers. Now it's the turn of the academics to discuss modern Gandhigiri. Mahatma Gandhi had led a march in South Africa in 1908 to protest a law asking all Indians and Chinese to carry registration certificates with them, and hundreds had publicly burnt such documents following him.

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."

Rajasthan royal art, Indian bio-diversity to be showcased in Britain

By IANS, New Delhi : A relatively unknown genre of religious and traditional court paintings from Rajasthan and the Indian bio-diversity will be the themes of the English summer in UK in 2009 in a collaborative venture between the HSBC Bank and the British Museum in May. The collaboration, “Indian Summer”, dedicated to Indian culture, will feature exhibitions, performances, lectures and film screenings.
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