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Indian Inc leaders to head for Cannes


New Delhi : Captains of the Indian industry are all set to head for the Cannes Film Festival beginning this week to promote the country's entertainment industry and explore business opportunities.

BIG 92.7 FM to promote ‘Jhoom Baraabar’ songs


New Delhi : BIG 92.7 FM station, an on-air partner for Yash Raj Films forthcoming venture "Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom", will Tuesday air the songs from the film in a promotional venture.

Poetry to illumine world of terror

By IANS New Delhi: Through her latest book "Terrorist at my Table", acclaimed poet and documentary filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker seeks to convey the message that "in this world of terror, light is still possible". At the launch of the book in New Delhi Friday evening, Dharker said: "The book is an attempt to negotiate the territory of terror. How do we live in this kind of world, which is full of terrors? How do we live with nuances, subtlety?"

Indo-Canadian popularises ‘the blues of India’

By IANS Toronto: An Indo-Canadian singer here is bringing several generations together with her music that combines ghazals, Punjabi folk songs and African blues, apart from other musical strains. Many of India-born Kiran Ahluwalia's fans identify her as a singer of the "blues of India". Kiran, raised in Toronto and now living in New York, is just back from performing in Marseilles, France, where she was a big hit - though people didn't understand her songs. "It's such a global world now that many tastes are similar," said Kiran, a Juno award winner.

Malayalam films have become commercial products: Kamal


Thiruvananthapuram : Malayalam films have now become commercial products and need to be vigorously marketed to get the audience, believes ace Malayalam film director Kamal.

Film festival on gender, sexuality draws crowds


New Delhi : Sensitive issues, poignant emotions and subjects that are not often discussed like cross-dressing, homosexuality and the human body were the mainstay of the international film festival on gender and sexuality, which attracted quite a crowd on its first day Saturday.

My Spider-Man will bring peace to Bihar: Ravi

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : Flamboyant Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishen will go hammer and tongs at corrupt politicians and Maoists in the Bhojpuri adaptation of Hollywood blockbuster "Spider-Man".

2 books on 1857 released

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

New Delhi : In a function organised under the aegis of Sir Syed Foundation at India Islamic Cultural Centre here Thursday, Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha K Rahman Khan released historian KMS Khan’s Execution of Truth and Professor SM Azeezuddin Hussain’s 1857 Revisited. The release ceremony marked the 150 years celebrations of the first war of independence 1857.

Pakistani poet issued summons for using ‘derogatory words’


Islamabad : The Supreme Court has issued summons to Urdu poet and singer Abrarul Haq for using the name "Parveen" in his song that forced a girl with the same name to drop out of college as she complained that the poet had used "derogatory words in the song".

Doordarshan marks Tagore’s birthday with special show


Agartala : National broadcaster Doordarshan Friday organised a special programme in Tripura to commemorate the 146th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Disney gets new India chief


Mumbai : Walt Disney Television India has got a new chief in Antoine Villeneuve who has been named senior vice president and managing director.

Souza, Raza in Sotheby’s Indian art sale in London


London : Auction house Sotheby's London will offer for sale important works by V.S. Gaitonde, F.N. Souza, Tyeb Mehta, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, Krishen Khanna and Bikash Bhattacharjee in its annual sale of Indian art May 24.

‘Naya Daur’: another B&W film goes colour


Mumbai : In a tribute to his father B.R. Chopra, filmmaker Ravi Chopra will release the coloured version of the evergreen black and white classic "Naya Daur" (1957) all over India June 22.

PM inaugurates DD programme on Tagore poems


New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday switched on the telecast of Rabindranath Tagore's anthology of poems `Gitanjali" in Hindi on the Doordarshn (DD) national channel on the occasion of the poet's 146th birth anniversary.

Chhattisgarh wants world heritage status for Sirpur


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.

British historian pens new book on 1857 uprising


London : A new book by a British academic offering a fresh alternative to popular accounts of the 1857 war of independence is just out.

Animated film on the life of Buddha


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.

Archaeologists find rare fruit, textiles in Greece


Athens : Greek archaeologists have discovered a rare find of textiles and fruit dating back over 2,600 years in a bronze funeral urn in northern Peloponnese.

Kerala poet Nambudiri conferred MP Govt’s Kabir Samman

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net Bhopal, May 10: Malayalam poet Akkitham Achyutan Nambudiri of Kerala was conferred Kabir Samman, which carries an award of Rs. 1,50,000 and a citation, here last evening at a glittering function as Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), ruled Madhya Pradesh Government's eight national and state-level awards were presented to distinguished artistes and writers. Former Union Minister and BJP national president Rajnath Singh was the chief guest while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan presided over the function.

Ramachandra Guha, Mohsin Hamid top authors of the week


New Delhi : Ramachandra Guha's take on "India after Gandhi" takes over from the enormously popular "The Last Mughal" as non-fiction favourite this week, while Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" continues as top fiction book.

British historian pens new book on 1857 uprising

By IANS London: A new book by a British academic offering a fresh alternative to popular accounts of the 1857 war of independence is just out. In "The Indian Uprising of 1857-8: Prisons, Prisoners and Rebellion", University of Leicester historian Clare Anderson brings to life the impact of the revolt on marginalized Indian communities across North India. Recent debates commemorating the abolition of the slave trade have only scratched the surface of raising public awareness and understanding of Britain's history as an imperial power.

‘Spider-Man 3’ – most mistake-filled movie of the year

London, May 10 (IANS) The recent blockbuster "Spider-man 3" has been declared the most mistake-filled movie of the year by website moviemistakes.com. The site has counted at least 16 slip-ups in the movie, reports ananova.com. Some gaffes pointed out by the site are: - In numerous scenes Spider-Man is wearing contact lenses - although earlier movies established that Peter Parker's (Tobey Maguire) spider powers give him perfect vision.

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.

Archaeologists find rare fruit, textiles in Greece

Athens: Greek archaeologists have discovered a rare find of textiles and fruit dating back over 2,600 years in a bronze funeral urn in northern Peloponnese. The seventh-century BC urn, dating between the Late Geometric and the Early Archaic era, contained ash, bones and pomegranate fruits. It was found in a construction site near the city of Argos, approximately 150 km west of Athens, the culture ministry said Wednesday.

Faith tree of Buddhism not keeping well

Bodh Gaya, May 10 (IANS) The Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, which is sacred to millions the world over since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment there about 2,550 years ago, is threatened by an unknown disease. "Hundreds of fresh leaves of the holy tree are falling off daily like never before. Something is wrong with the tree," said a monk at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, about 100 km from Bihar's state capital Patna.

Dargah Nizamuddin – an abode of spirituality and secularism

By Sarwar Kashani New Delhi: As the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya reverberated with Qawwalis towards the end of the 703rd annual Urs, thousands of milling devotees - Muslims, Hindus and other faiths - were lost in a world of their own. The ambience, called Mehfil-e-Sama, demanded so. Qawwali singers, tunefully shouting "Moula Ali Moula Moula", compelled every visitor to erase the concept of time from the minds and experience the spiritual ecstasy. That is what precisely defines the goal of Sufism - a mystical belief and practice seeking the truth of divine love and knowledge.

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.

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.

‘Parzania’ once more in Ahmedabad


Ahmedabad : "Parzania", a film on Gujarat's sectarian violence of 2002 that faced screening 'bans' in the state, will now have a second show in Ahmedabad thanks to an NGO.

Cannes marks 60 years as the world’s leading film festival


Cannes (France) : For 12 days this month the world movie business will decamp to Cannes, turning the Cote d'Azur town and its famous beachfront into the backdrop for what will be the 60th birthday of the world's most prestigious film festival.

Discussing gender, sexuality through a film festival


New Delhi : The Indian capital is set to host a film festival on "gender and sexuality, identities and spaces" starting May 12, with works of several artistes from different parts of the world.

Research on folk songs in 1857 war urged


New Delhi : Reiterating the role of folk songs as a motivating force in the 1857 uprising, noted historians Tuesday urged scholars in India to carry out research on folk songs and publish books on the event.

Dawood frontman gets five year for forex violations


New Delhi : A Delhi court Tuesday sentenced fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's suspected aide in Delhi Romesh Sharma to five years' rigorous imprisonment for illegal foreign exchange deals worth $345,000, equivalent to over Rs.14 million.

Doordarshan launches two channels in Britain

By IANSNew Delhi : Doordarshan has launched two channels in Britain with the idea of bringing "the essence of India to Great Britain", Information...

IIFA brings cultures, countries together: Amitabh


New Delhi : The International Indian Film Award (IIFA), which started as a celebration of Indian cinema abroad, has brought cultures and countries together, superstar Amitabh Bachchan, brand ambassador of IIFA, said here Tuesday.

Municipality acquires Peer Bahram graveyard

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

Burdwan : Municipality has acquired part of the historical Peer Bahram graveyard to develop a residential complex over it, causing resentment among the Muslims, reports Urdu daily Akhbar-e-Mashriq here.

Old Tibetan king renovates centuries-old monasteries


Kathmandu : The descendant of a once powerful Tibetan kingdom is leading a drive in remote northern Nepal to renovate centuries-old Buddhist monasteries that are treasure troves of sacred manuscripts, paintings and architectural marvels.

Irrfan’s son makes his debut with ‘Metro’

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai, May 8 (IANS) First it was Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan in "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham". Now Irrfan Khan's three-and-a-half-year-old son Ayaan makes an appearance as his dad's son in Anurag Basu's "Life In A... Metro", releasing Friday.

Orissa comedian dies


Jagatsinghpur : Eminent theatre artiste Uttam Pal, who has acted as a comedian in hundreds of stage shows, has died following a cardiac arrest, family sources said Monday. He was 80.

Amitabh to brief media about eighth IIFA event


New Delhi : Amitabh Bachchan, one of the brand ambassadors of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), will give an overview of the various activities planned for the eighth IIFA awards Tuesday at a press conference.

Young Japanese just mad about Rajnikant


Tokyo : South Indian superstar Rajnikant rules millions of hearts in Japan with his machismo and flamboyance.

Indian TV channel Nepal1 staff ends strike


Kathmandu : The staff of Indian television channel Nepal1 here have called off their 18-day strike after an agreement with the management, media reports said.

It’d be a pleasure to return to Zee: Gajendra Singh

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : TV music show producer Gajendra Singh, who left Zee to join STAR, says he is still attached to the channel and wouldn't mind working for it again.

Indians bond with English, Bollywood, cricket: Ramachandra Guha

By Shinie Antony


New Delhi : Historian Ramachandra Guha, whose latest book "India After Gandhi" blends rich research with readability, says many factors looped the nation into a single strand - its first line of politicians after independence, the English language, Hindi films and cricket.

Writer Kartar Singh Duggal joins immortals of Indian literature

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed


New Delhi : Eminent Punjabi writer Kartar Singh Duggal was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest honour bestowed by the state-run body on a writer, elevating him to the ranks of the "immortals of Indian literature".

It’s mission India for Hollywood

By Priyanka KhannaIANS New Delhi : While an Indian court's decree to arrest Hollywood star Richard Gere for kissing in public has been hogging...

Simplifying terms like ‘Muslim’ dangerous: Pakistani author


New Delhi : The novel "Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an attempt to demonstrate the "dangers of simplification", says its Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, who was in India for its launch.

‘Spider-Man 3’ is endearing and exasperating

By Subhash K. Jha


Film: "Spider-Man 3" (Hindi); Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco; Director: Sam Rami; Rating: ***

NRI filmmaker is all praise for Rajnikanth


New York : New York-based filmmaker Tirlok Malik, who was the line producer of Rajnikanth's much talked about Tamil movie "Sivaji", says the actor has a larger than life persona.

Greenhouse effect at Documenta art expo in Germany


Kassel (Germany) : When the Documenta 12 art exhibition opens in Germany June 16, some of the world's most admired art of the present day will be arrayed in a sprawling plastic greenhouse on a palace lawn in Kassel city.

Oriya culture in danger due to Western invasion: minister


Bhubaneswar : Orissa Information and Public Relations Minister Debasis Nayak Saturday called upon the people of the state to secure its culture and tradition from the invasion of western practices but expressed confidence it will survive the foreign onslaught.

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.

Hollywood legend Danny Glover to receive Bollywood Award


New York : Hollywood Legend and the star of 'Dreamgirls and Shooter' Danny Glover has been named one of the winners of the ninth annual Bollywood Awards, which would be held May 26 here.

Some rare bhajans in Lata’s rarer voice

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : Lata Mangeshkar's fans are in for a rare treat. A 17-year-old private recording done by the singing legend for a temple has been unearthed by a quirk of fate. The album, "Sumiran", is set for an early release.

De Niro helped by Taliban for movie?


London : Oscar winning actor Robert De Niro reportedly met with ex-KGB spies and fired guns with Taliban soldiers to research for his latest movie "The Good Shepherd", reports contactmusic.com

Parliamentarians and media to view ‘Parzania’ soon


New Delhi : Parliamentarians and members from the media would soon get to view Rahul Dholakia's controversial film "Parzania" depicting the plight of a Parsi family during the 2002 communal violence in Gujarat.

First Serve Toonz signs up BBC for Wolverine series

By IANS Thiruvananthapuram : First Serve Toonz, a joint venture between Toonz Animation India and London-based First Serve International, Friday announced a deal with the BBC for a new animation series, based on the iconic character, Wolverine. The deal sees the BBC secure television rights in Britain for the first series of 26 half-an-hour episodes. Jesse Cleverly, head of CBBC (BBC Children's) Co-Productions and Acquisitions, said the Wolverine scripts were "amongst the best we have ever read and the show promises to be a highly involving experience for the audience".

Chandrasekaran’s book in non-fiction award shortlist

By IANS London : A book by Indian-origin author Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a former Washington Post bureau chief in Baghdad, is among six books short-listed for the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize worth 30,000 pounds. The book, "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" (Bloomsbury), says that the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq gave a 24-year-old who had never worked in finance the job of revitalising the Baghdad stock exchange.

Eleanor takes last of Raj memories with her

By IANS London : Eleanor Hopkinson, wife of the last British political officer and resident in Sikkim, who was one of the very few western women to have travelled extensively in the old Tibet, has died at the age of 101. In 1947, her 20th year in India, Eleanor and her husband A.J. Hopkinson undertook a month-long tour of the Tibetan administrative centres of Shigatse, Gyantse and Sakya to tell them that the British were gone and thenceforth they would be dealing with an independent India.

Taiwan Bible Society brings fashion into Bible-selling

By DPA Taipei : Fashion may not have any place in the spreading of the Christian gospel, but when it strides the stage of Bible-selling, something clicks and sales of the Good Book go up. Since 2004, the Taiwan Bible Society has launched several versions of the Bible using trendy covers - jeans, army fatigues and leather - to appeal to young people and women. The Bibles sold out fast, prompting the society to design more trendy versions of the Word of God.

Asian art on sale at Christie’s

By IANS Hong Kong : A dazzling array of cutting-edge Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian and Pakistani art will take pride of place at Christie's Hong Kong Asian Contemporary Art sale to be held on May 27. Reflecting a wide and dramatic variety of styles, media and forms, these exceptional works capture the creativity and extraordinary concepts by eminent artists in Asia, as well as the exciting art scene throughout the region.

Historic Jantar Mantar illuminated, 14 others to follow

By IANS New Delhi : The 18th century monument Jantar Mantar in the national capital was illuminated Thursday with an eye on the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 as Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni said at least 15 monuments would be illuminated to attract more tourists to this metropolis. "Conservation and preservation is our primary aim but along with that flaunt them as showpieces of rich cultural heritage," Soni said while inaugurating the illuminations at the Jantar Mantar observatories.

UN observes Press Freedom Day, calls for release of kidnapped BBC journalist

By TwoCircles.net newsdesk

New York: The United Nations today marked World Press Freedom Day by calling for the release of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Alan Johnston, who has been detained in Gaza since 12 March, and all other reporters in captivity.

German duo on voyage of discovery along the Ganges

By IANS Patna : Two Germans have set out on elephant and camel backs for an innovative expedition to learn more about the history, culture and folklore of the river Ganges and the everyday lives of the people who live along it. Pir and Gill aim to bring German and Indian cultures closer by their voyage of discovery of one of India's most important rivers that originates in the mountainous heights of Gomukh in Uttaranchal. The duo, in the 30s, left Patna for Gomukh earlier this week on their 60-day trek.

‘Spider-Man 3’ hitting Indian screens with 700 prints

By Arpana IANS New Delhi : Hollywood's much-awaited comic book-based action adventure "Spider-Man 3" is releasing in five languages in India Friday. Based on the legendary Marvel Comics series, "Spider-Man 3" will open with 700 prints and has been dubbed in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bhojpuri. This is the first time Indian audiences will watch Spider-Man delivering his dialogues in Bhojpuri.

‘Antakshari’ contestant sings with 162 stitches in mouth

By Subhash K. Jha IANS Mumbai : Apurva Apte couldn't speak as a child. Now, with 162 stitches in his mouth after a major surgery,...

‘Save film heritage from perishing’

By Arpana By IANS New Delhi : India is celebrating 60 years of independence and in these last six decades our cinema has come a long way. But the flourishing film industry remains ignorant about the importance of film preservation. The result: original prints of a landmark film like "Sparsh" have perished. "We don't have a print of 'Sparsh' in our archives. I assume the film's negatives are lost," S.K. Sasidharan, director National Film Archive of India (NFAI), told IANS over the phone from Pune.

Mohsin Hamid is fiction bestseller this week

By IANS, New Delhi : William Dalrymple's "The Last Mughal" continues as number one on the non-fiction list, but Kiran Desai has been dislodged from the top slot by Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" as fiction favourite this week. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction lists are: Non-Fiction 1. "The Last Mughal : The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857" Author : William Dalrymple Publisher : Penguin Viking Price : Rs.695.00 2. "The War of The World" Author : Niall Ferguson Publisher : Penguin Books Price : £5.50 (Rs.451) 3. "The Secret" Author : Rhonda Byrne

Mammootty to star in film on Rajiv Gandhi killing

By Raman Kutty IANS Thiruvananthapuram : After two Tamil films on Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, a third big-screen interpretation of the tragedy is on the cards, this time in Malayalam with matinee idol Mammootty in the main lead. The film is titled "Mission 60 Days" and Mammootty plays a special investigation office named Major Sivaram. It is expected to treat the theme very differently from its Tamil predecessors, "Kutrapathirikai" (Chargesheet) and "Kuppi" (Cyanide Capsule).

Historic Jantar Mantar to be illuminated from Thursday

By IANS, New Delhi : The 18th century Jantar Mantar in the national capital, housing five prominent astronomical observatories, will be illuminated Thursday onwards. "From Thursday we are illuminating it (Jantar Mantar) to highlight the protected monument during night," said S.K. Sinha, superintending archaeologist (Delhi circle) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Mukhtaran Mai in New York for film fest

By IANS, Islamabad/New York : Pakistani gang rape victim Mukhtaran Mai, who is now an icon of women's struggle in the country, is currently in New York for the screening of a film based on her life at the Tribeca Film Festival that started Wednesday. Mai will participate in a question and answer session after the screening of "Shame", which chronicles her struggle against the system and her determination to get justice for all wronged women in her village and elsewhere, the Dawn newspaper said Wednesday.

Chronicling India’s tiger crisis in film

By IANS, New Delhi : Filmmaker Krishnendu Bose has painted a grim picture of India's tiger crisis and the dwindling number of the majestic animals in a film called "Tiger: The Death Chronicles", which is being screened in the capital Thursday. The 63-minute English film that is presented, written and directed by Bose, a conservationist, will premiere at the India International Centre here.

Cinema treat comes Delhi’s way

By IANS, New Delhi : A blissful summer is here for movie buffs - young and old - with a month-long European film festival for adults and a weeklong cine-camp for kids in the capital. For enthusiasts of serious cinema, the April 27-May 24 European Film Festival offers a package of over 17 movies, each one representing a different state. The festival opened with the screening of Academy award-winning German film "The Lives of Others".

Trans-Himalayan highway threatens Nepal’s Buddhist legacy

By Sudeshna Sarkar, Indo-Asian News Service Kathmandu : A priceless treasure trove of Buddhist teachings, manuscripts, paintings and other historical artefacts lie under grave threat, ironically from the advent of development in remote northern Nepal. Nepal's frontier Mustang district - once part of an ancient Tibetan kingdom - has been safeguarding thousands of caves, some of which are nearly 3,000 years old, full of paintings and manuscripts in ancient Tibetan scripts.

Aadesh teams up with Grammy winner

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service Mumbai : If all goes well, the sound of the Indian dhol will rise and swell in the US. Composer Aadesh Shrivastava has teamed up with Grammy award winning Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean for a song and used 60 dhols in the score. "Wyclef, who has sung with Shakira in 'Hips Don't Lie' has asked me to contribute to his solo album. I'm composing and arranging the strings and rhythms. I'll be billed the co-producer of his album," Shrivastava told IANS. The Wyclef track with Shrivastava is called "Immigration".

Feluda, Goopy-Bagha sequels will mark Ray’s anniversary

By Sujoy Dhar, IANS, Kolkata : As the 86th birth anniversary of Satyajit Ray is celebrated Wednesday, perhaps the most befitting tribute will come from his son who is planning sequels of two of the master filmmaker's best-known works. A stronger cyber world presence of the works of Ray, who was not only a filmmaker but also a writer of repute, is on the cards as well. But what will perhaps most delight his fans is the return of the detective character Feluda and the musician duo Goopy-Bagha on screen.

Sikhs in Toronto celebrate Khalsa festival

By IANS, Toronto : The Sikh community here celebrated the Toronto Khalsa festival, intended to educate other Canadians about the Sikh faith and ensure that their culture is kept alive by new generation Canadian-born Sikhs. An estimated 40,000 people participated in the parade held Monday, which featured bands, floats and Sikh men brandishing swords. The mayor of Toronto proclaimed the day as Khalsa Day and praised the Sikh objectives of peace and respect.

Rahman’s ‘Sivaji’ tops the charts

By Aparna Nath

Chennai, May 1 (IANS) A.R. Rahman's "Sivaji", composed with Rajnikanth in mind, is creating records, though it may not be the music wizard at his best.

Indian film venture firm to raise funds on London market

London, May 1 (IANS) A new investment firm chaired by noted director Shyam Benegal and focussed on Indian movies is set to float on Britain's Alternative Investment Market this month to raise 55 million pounds.

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