Poetry, music from Pakistan this New Year’s Day

By IANS New Delhi : The dawn of 2008 will see a gathering of Pakistani artistes, poets and writers among those who will observe the death anniversary of well-known Indian theatre artiste Safdar Hashmi here. It is a ritual observed every year, but it will be held on a bigger scale this time.

The angst of war – through words and verse of Syrian writers

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed


New Delhi : Four Syrian writers are here to give an impetus to cultural and literary exchanges between India and the Arab countries.

Sudarshan Shetty to curate ‘more democratic’ Kochi Biennale

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram : Sudarshan Shetty, one of the most innovative contemporary artists in India, was on Wednesday named the curator of the third edition...

‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ passed without cuts

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : Producer Sanjay Gupta was in for a real surprise when his upcoming cops-and-gangster drama "Shootout At Lokhandwala" was cleared by the censor board without any cuts.

Recovering art mart dishes out reality-innovation combine

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Delhi-based artist Asurvedh crafts birds in bronze and makes them fly out in droves from sculpted homes, nests and cages, symbolising freedom from captivity. "I have been sculpting birds since I was in college. Most of the common species of birds like sparrows, brown robins and small colourful bulbuls have almost disappeared. Birds lift spirits and the morning birdsong fills up empty spaces in life. They spell freedom," Asurvedh told IANS.

Comic lovers remember Herge, creator of Tintin and Snowy


Brussels : When the Belgian cartoonist known as Herge died in March 1983, not even Fanny, his widow, thought the extraordinary success of "The Adventures of Tintin" would live on.

India, Bangladesh pay joint tribute to Rabindranath Tagore

By IANS New Delhi : India and Bangladesh are paying a joint tribute to cultural and literary icon, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, in a four-day festival, 'Utsav', beginning in the capital Thursday. The festival to be held on the sprawling premises of the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi is part of the ongoing diplomatic dialogue and intellectual exchange between the two countries initiated two years ago.

National Manuscripts Mission to be enlarged

By IANS New Delhi : With only a few months left for the National Manuscripts Mission, it will be "evolved and enlarged", says the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, which recently took over the direct control of the programme from the culture ministry. The mission was started in 2003, with IGNCA as the nodal agency, but operating relatively in an autonomous fashion directly under the culture ministry. But, with just six months left in its mandate, NMM director Sudha Gopalkrishnan had resigned following differences over direct supervision by IGNCA.

Leicester lustre leads Diwali celebrations in Britain

By IANS, Leicester : People braved near-zero temperatures at several places in Britain to celebrate Diwali, with all eyes on the city of Leicester for its breathtaking display of dazzling fireworks. Cutting across communities, they gathered in public parks in various cities and towns for a cultural evening organised by local Indian organisations, the festivities culminating in a final play of light and sound in the skies.

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...

Malaysian Indian sculptor specialises in Chinese statues too

By IANS, Kuala Lumpur : Making statues of Ganesha, Buddha or Chinese deity Kwan Tei -- all come naturally to Malaysian Indian sculptor V.B. Kumar. His services are much sought after by caretakers of temples of different faiths in Kuantan, capital of Pahang state, or in nearby Kemaman in Terengganu. Kumar admits he is paid handsomely, although that has not brought him much fame, says The Star newspaper. After all, who would have known that most of the statues of deities in the famed Lao Zi Temple and Sun San Seen See Temple are works of art by this ethnic Indian.

ICCR to expand Indian cultural promotion across the globe

By Fakir Hassen, IANS, Chennai : The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has been given an expanded budget to promote centres overseas in order to popularise aspects of Indian culture, according to parliamentarian Kanimozhi Karunanidhi. Kanimozhi was chairing a panel discussion on the preservation of language and culture at the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meeting here Friday. "But we have to take into consideration what people want there, not just thrust on them one language and say that that is India," she added.

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.

Agra mayor overjoyed with Taj victory, upset with Indian embassy

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS

Agra : Agra mayor Anjula Singh is jubilant about the Taj Mahal making it to the new seven wonders of the world list but is hurt at the indifference of India's tourism industry and the attitude of Indian embassy officials in Lisbon when she went to receive the prestigious award.

Iqbal Khan signs first non-Balaji serial

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : After a long break, TV star Iqbal Khan is ready to grace the small screen as an air force officer in a new soap to be aired on STAR One from July.

“Kesari”and “21 Sarfarosh” – a highly fictionalized ode

By Misbahuddin Mirza Those familiar with America’s Civil Rights movement will tell you that African-American slaves were unofficially divided into two groups – ‘the field...

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.

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.

India Day Parade in New York this weekend

By IANS New York : With the Indian Independence day only few days away, the Indian American community living in a small hamlet here is gearing up to celebrate the ninth annual India Day Parade this weekend. Carrying colourful banners, bands, decorated floats, and both the American and Indian flags, the event will allow the Indian American community living in Rockland County, New York, to share their traditional culture with the local population.

Yogesh Maitreya’s Flower on the Grave of Caste gives space and voice to Dalit...

By Dipankar Kamble for TwoCircles.net  Author- Yogesh Maitreya  Publisher- Panther’s Paw Publications  Cost- Rs 299 ISBN- 9788193290576 Yogesh Maitreya’s stories are not stories which we read in mainstream books....

Book on Prof. Rehana Sultana released on Human Rights Day

By TCN News, Hyderabad: International Human Rights Day was observed throughout the world on December 10th. Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee observed the day in Hyderabad...

Catwalk shifts to Pragati Maidan for fashion week


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.

Seminar on Allama Shibli Nomani at Jamia Millia Islamia

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

New Delhi: “Allama Shibli Nomani was a nationalist who tried to build a bridge between nationalism and Islam,” said Prof. Mushirul Hasan, vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, at a seminar on Allama Shibli Nomani.

Northeast dance festival comes to Kerala

By IANS Thiruvananthapuram : Kerala will soon get a taste of northeastern culture as it prepares to host a dance festival that brings together 800 artists from the various northeastern states. The eight-day festival starts here Feb 16 and will include short plays and an exhibition of northeastern handicrafts.

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.

Kite festival is a threat to birds in Gujarat

By Sanjeeb Baruah, IANS, New Delhi : Bird lovers say Gujarat's killer kites are out again. As Uttarayan festivities grip Ahmedabad city, environmentalists and wildlife officials all over the country are concerned over the safety of the winged beauties. Millions of kites will take to the sky before the festival to welcome the sun god culminates Jan 14. Kite flying starts about a week in advance to celebrate the occasion. But hundreds of birds get injured or killed when razor sharp kite strings cut their wings or throats.

Husain show resumes after ‘brief disruption’

By IANS New Delhi : An exhibition of the limited edition prints of eminent artist M.F. Husain resumed Sunday in the capital after it was hurriedly called off a day ago following alleged threats from Hindu fundamentalists over his nude depiction of Hindu goddesses. The India International Centre (IIC), a culture hub of the capital, decided to resume the solo show after a "brief disruption" following a meeting of its directors late Saturday night. "It opened at 11 a.m. Sunday and closed at 5 p.m.," an IIC official said. The show would continue.

Artist to make 1,500-ft Sachin painting

By IANS, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) : An artist here will celebrate Sachin Tendulkar's birthday by creating a 1,500-foot long painting of the batting maestro, working on it non-stop for 38 hours.

Exposure makes Indian art prices gallop in global mart

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : The price curve of Indian art is shooting north in the global market because of "increased consciousness" about it, say experts. This has been brought about by greater visibility of art and artists from the country and easy access to relevant information about Indian art from the internet, they say. "Indian art is becoming a part of international consciousness, why is why we have seen a spectacular growth in this field," Yamini Mehta, director of modern and contemporary Indian art at the London-based Christie's, told IANS on e-mail.

International Urdu Conference held in Chicago

By Mohammed Ayub Ali Khan, Special to TwoCircles.Net

Chicago, IL : "Urdu is a language of unity and brotherhood and negates the theory of clash of civilizations. Efforts should be made to propagate its message of amity and inclusiveness in order to defeat the divisive forces," said renowned critic, linguist and Urdu scholar Dr.Gopi Chand Narang. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the fourth International Urdu Conference in Chicago on Friday, June 22.

Ghulam Ali’s Mumbai concert called off

Mumbai: Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai, which was scheduled to take place on January 29, has been cancelled, according to film...

Fresh scripts fail to make cash counters ring in 2007

By Prithwish Ganguly


New Delhi : Bollywood's hope of recreating last year's box office successes has taken a big blow in 2007, with collections of only $5.8 million in the first six months compared to $135 million in 2006.

Stolen 18th century painting found in Moscow

By RIA Novosti, Moscow : Moscow police have nabbed an art dealer trying to sell an 18th century painting stolen in 2004 from Slovenia, the city's organized crime and terrorism department said on Friday. Police, acting on a tip-off, detained the Moscow based art dealer in the process of selling the 18th century painting by Italian artist Francesco Guardi. A criminal case has been opened on charges of receiving and selling stolen property. The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, could face up to two years in prison if convicted.

Marathi movie Khwada projects the rebel against upper-caste hegemony

By Yogesh Maitreya, TwoCircles.net After Fandry, the Marathi movie Khwada, released on Oct 22, 2015, does a brilliant job of depicting lower castes’ struggle...

Kumari Selja inaugurates Kazakh art exhibition

By IANS, New Delhi : Union Minister of Culture Kumari Selja inaugurated an exhibition of artifacts and paintings from Kazakhstan here Wednesday.

Peace Party and its curse of Hero worship

By Mohammed Kashif Yunus for TwoCircles.net If you go through the advertisement, cut outs, hoardings and pamphlets of Peace Party of India, you will find...

Get high on art through a splash of emotions


New Delhi : Love, bitterness, tears and passion - a heady concoction of various human emotions put on canvas by 40 artists will be part of an exhibition that will get connoisseurs "High on Art", as the show is titled.

Put together by Barclays, a leading British financial services group that is set to enter the Indian market, the art show will be up for public view July 27-31 at the India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road.

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TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter बोधगया(सुजाता) - आज कोई व्यक्ति नहीं, कोई शख्सियत नहीं न कोई संस्थान जिसे हम मिसाल की तरह पेश करना चाहते हैं. ऐसे...

Tunnel digging reveals new chapter in Istanbul’s history

By Lalit K. Jha, IANS, Istanbul : The chance uncovering of 8,000-year-old human urns, ashes, clothes and utensils while digging for an undersea metro tunnel in Istanbul is a stunning find that throws new light on the historic past of the Turkish capital, say archaeologists. As a result, heavy machines have been stopped from digging into this part of the tunnel, being built under the Bosporus or Istanbul Strait to connect the Asian and European parts of this city.

3-km-long painting to be created in Iran

By IANS, Tehran : A three-kilometre-long painting will be created to mark the 30th victory anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, IRNA news agency reported. The long painting will feature different subjects of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Director General of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry's Office for Visual Arts, Mahmoud Shalouei, said that the painting measuring three kilometres in length will be created around the Museum of Contemporary Arts. The work is to be painted by some 1,000 artists under the supervision of veteran Iranian painters, he said.

Eid-e-Gulabi: The unifying colour and spirit of Holi

By Firoz Bakht Ahmed, Holi has a Muslim history as well. Revered Sufi saints like Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Ameer Khusro have, in their chaste Persian and Hindvi poetry, adored the 'pink' festival generously. The last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, allowed his Hindu ministers to smear his forehead with gulal on Holi. He believed that his religion would not be affected by this social ritual.

Event celebrating 200 years of Urdu journalism held at MANUU

Emiment media personalities highlighted the contribution of Urdu newspapers in two centuries of its existence in India.  Musheera Ashraf | TwoCircles.net  HYDERABAD — An event celebrating...

Bhutan: forest fire destroy 300-year-old monastery

By NNN-KuenselNews Thimpu : A 300-year-old lhakhang (monastery) was razed to the ground by a forest fire that started on Thursday, above Satsam Chorten in Paro district, and has still not been brought under control. According to a Paro dzongkhag official, nothing could be salvaged from the Dogsum lhakhang, a private lhakhang, which was destroyed in minutes by the fire.

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.

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.

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.

SC sets aside stay on Salman Khan’s conviction

New Delhi : In a setback to filmstar Salman Khan, the Supreme Court Wednesday set aside the Rajasthan High Court order putting on hold...

Can the Taj Mahal take in so much crowd?

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS, Agra : Conservationists have expressed concern over the decision to allow free entry to the Taj Mahal for three days from July 19 when the annual Urs pilgrimage of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan starts. "The 'carrying capacity' of the monument, which has exercised both the experts in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Supreme Court in the past few years, is not a laughing matter," said Surendra Sharma, president of the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society.

Women’s blood inspires rebel art in Nepal

By Sudeshna Sarkar, IANS, Kathmandu : As a young girl brought up in a conservative household in the Nepal capital, Ashmina Ranjit remembers how her mother used to scold her for touching things during menstruation. "I used to hate that," the artist says adding her anger inspired her to create and "celebrate womanhood and the feminine force". "In South Asian countries, a natural feminine phenomenon is regarded as an impure thing," says the 43-year-old maverick artist, known for her multimedia presentations on war, human rights violations and discrimination against women.

Noted poet Nida Fazli dead, condolences pour in

Mumbai : Condolences poured in for noted Hindi and Urdu poet Nida Fazli, who died here on Monday. He was in his late 70s. Fazli's...

Hindu outfit seeks removal of Husain painting from Goa museum

By IANS, Panaji: Goa State Museum officials will meet later this week to decide whether artist M. F. Husain's painting titled "Standing Buddha" should continue to be displayed, after a right-wing Hindu group sought its removal. Goa Museum director Radha Bhave said that she would be meeting higher officials later this week to decide on whether to continue the display of the oil painting which shows a white bull against a vividly coloured backdrop.

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...

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism: Imam of Kaba

Patna : The Imam of Islam's holiest shrine Kaba in Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Saturday denounced terrorism in the name of Islam, making...

An absorbing partition saga through eyes of an American

By M.R. Narayan Swamy, IANS Book: "An American Witness to India's Partition"; Author: Phillips Talbot; Publisher: Sage Publications

Picasso painting on the block for 40 mn pounds

By IANS, London : A portrait painted by Picasso when he was 22 is to be auctioned with an estimated price of 40 million pounds. The painting is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Art Foundation. The portrait is of the artist's friend Angel Fernandez de Soto and has the highest pre-auction valuation for a painting sold in Europe, Daily Express reported Thursday. The work, also called "The Absinthe Drinker", was expected to fetch up to 38 million pounds in 2006, but the auction was blocked at the last minute. The controversy over the 1903 work was resolved in January this year.

Hindu nationalists carrying forward colonial idea of demonising Mughals: Audrey Truschke

By Preetha Nair New Delhi : Mughal rulers patronised Sanskrit literature in their courts, especially between AD 1560 to 1660, and also took up Persian...

A tale of loss and love from Delhi’s gay parade

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Against a gathering storm, milling clouds and stray leaves strewn around by the wind, a lonesome figure - a frail young man of 32 with pierced ears and eyebrows and expressive kohl-lined eyes - cut a poignant figure. He had returned to show solidarity with the community of LGBT - Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transvestites - three years after leaving it - by taking part in the capital's first gay parade christened "Queer Pride" Sunday.

Tibet adopts statute to protect Potala Palace

Lhasa : A regulation for protecting the 1,300-year-old Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was adopted by the legislature of southwest China's Tibet...

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.

How independent publishers ensure Ambedkarite literature continues to reach the masses

By Daisy K, TwoCircles.net Every year on December 6, millions of people from all over India gather at Chaityabhoomi in Shivaji Park, Mumbai to pay...

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".

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Amjad Ali Khan, European orchestra team up for concert in India

By IANS, New Delhi : Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra led by acclaimed Welsh composer David Murphy will embark on a six-city tour of India beginning Feb 9 to present a unique East meets West fusion concert titled Samaagam (A Sarod Concerto). This is Khan's first sarod concerto with an European orchestra. He had earlier played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and guitarists Charley Byrd, violinist Igor Frolov, and cellists Claudio Bohorquez and Matthew Barley.

“We know very less about each other,” says renowned B’desh Baul musician Mac Haque

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.net, Guwahati: He is very popular and widely respected in Bangladesh. A household name in the world of Baul sangeet, Maqsoodul Haque – whose roots are from Assam – has also been able to leave a mark in this part of India with his mesmerizing performances.

This Muslim shrine in Prayagyraj is holy to all faiths

The devotees at the shrine of Sheikh Taqi include a large number of Hindu men and women who flock to the shrine to take...

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.

This Ramzan, be a good husband: Say No to domestic abuse

By Asma -Nama I know, it must sound odd to you. A woman giving a piece of advice to men? What’s more, asking them to...

India, Bangladesh celebrate hundred years of Bengali songs

By IANS Dhaka : Music lovers from Bangladesh and India celebrated the grand finale of a musical series "Shotoborsher Bangla Gaan" by presenting a bouquet of 33 songs including romantic, patriotic and modern numbers. Taking Bengali songs from 1905 to 2005, Bangladeshi singers performed songs of the century's greats from Rabindranath Tagore and Qazi Nazrul Islam to latter day Salil Chowdhury and Manna Dey, at the musical soiree organised Friday by the HSBC Bank.

Mother Teresa faced crisis of faith: book

By IANS London : A new book on Mother Teresa has published her letters that reveal that she faced a deep crisis of faith in god during the last 40 years of her life, reports from Rome said Friday The correspondence, which spans most of Mother Teresa's life, shows that she felt alone and in a state of spiritual pain from around 1949, roughly the time when she started taking care of the poor and dying in Kolkata.

Scottish team in Kolkata to restore 200-year-old cemetery

By IANS, Kolkata : An eight-member team of conservationists from Scotland has flown into this city to restore its 200-year-old Scottish Cemetery, a relic of British rule, with at least 1,800 graves. The team from the Scottish Heritage Society, which arrived here Sunday night, is led by Edinburgh-based conservation architect James Simpson. The conservationists are in the country at the behest of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach), the Kolkata Scottish Heritage Trust and the Church of North India (CNI), which administers Protestant churches.

Farewell Faraz

By Sadia Dehlvi,

Lovers of Urdu mourn the death of Ahmed Faraz, undoubtedly the greatest romantic and revolutionary poet of our times. Earlier this week, Faraz was laid to rest in Islamabad, the city he made his home. One by one, the torchbearers of Urdu literature fade away.

Ranjit Singh’s bust sells for $192,000 in London

By Dipankar De Sarkar, IANS, London : Far more important and wealthy than his son in real life, a marble bust of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has fetched only a fraction of the price a sculpture of Duleep Singh commanded last year. Ranjit Singh's stunning milk-white bust, made in India around 1900 by an unknown sculptor, was estimated to sell for 50,000-70,000 pounds ($87,000-$122,000) at Bonhams' Indian and Islamic sale Monday but went for 110,400 pounds ($192,000).

End of a golden age: Artist Paritosh Sen passes away

By IANS, New Delhi : High priest of Bengal modern art Paritosh Sen passed away in Kolkata Wednesday evening. He was 90. The artist is survived by his wife. Sen was admitted to the hospital Sep 5 with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was on life support. Sen was cremated Thursday.

Spain wants closer ties with Arab world

By IANS, Madrid : Spain has said it wants to forge closer ties with the Arab countries to end mutual misconceptions, resolve conflicts and build trans-cultural understanding, EFE reported Tuesday. King Juan Carlos made the statement Monday while inaugurating the Casa Arabe consortium's headquarters in the Spanish capital. Casa Arabe is a Spanish institution committed to promoting Spanish-Muslim cultural relations and “to jointly combating exclusionary prejudices and conceptions”. Its two headquarters are situated in Madrid and southern city of Cordoba.

Rich tributes paid to Indian poet in Poland

By Surender Bhutani, EuAsiaNews,

Warsaw : Rich tributes were paid to legendary Urdu poet Raghupati Sahay Firaq Gorakhpuri when India Polish Cultural Committee organised a Firaq evening here on tuesday in the Polish capital.

Firaq's ghazls were recited both in original version and its Polish translation.Noted film actor Robert Tondora recited his verses in a great style. A Polish singer Marek Ruchinski sang his verses in a ghazal style in Polish.

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...

Delhi to get ‘heritage corridor’

By Shweta Srinivasan, IANS, New Delhi : Residents of the capital worried about the wheels of development rolling over its millennia-old heritage can breathe a little easier - the municipal authorities have approved an idea to have a "heritage corridor" right through the city. The corridor will be developed by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach). It will also improve and standardise the signs on Delhi's roads before the 2010 Commonwealth Games as well as improve the roadside landscaping.

JD-U invites BJP for Makar Sankranti feast

  Patna: The JD-U in Bihar has invited BJP leaders here for Makar Sankranti celebrations on January 15. Janata Dal-United state President Vashisht Narain Singh told...

Mysteries of 3,000-year old kingdom of Jinsha

By Xinhua

Beijing : A construction site in the western suburbs of Chengdu in China's Sichuan province looked much like any other. It all started when a bulldozer driver heard a scraping sound as his machine hit deep into the ground. He struck a collection of golden, jade and bronze objects.

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