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...

Farmers who made history haunted by Terracotta Warriors

By DPA Xian (China) : In modern China with its brutal pace of development, it was a very unremarkable death. Racked with disease and with no money to pay for a visit to the doctor, peasant farmer Wang Puzhi waited until his family were out, slipped a rope around his neck and ended his suffering.

Offbeat sculptor Prithpal Singh Ladi returns to Delhi

By IANS, New Delhi : Contemporary sculptor Prithpal Singh Ladi, who has created waves with his futuristic stone monuments, steel dragonflies and frog torsos, is coming to the capital with his first solo show in 10 years on Oct 15. Born in Shillong in 1955, Ladi studied sculpture at the M.S. University in Baroda. He was conferred the National Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) Award and the Gujarat LKA awards and won a scholarship to Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. He later taught at the School for Architecture, Ahmedabad, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi.

Dreams from Japan, in the bylanes of Okhla

By Iqra Raza for Twocircles.net New Delhi: The rickshaw wheels lazily on the bumpy road making me jump every now and then. Dragging on,...

West Bengal celebrates rathyatra

By IANS, Kolkata : Lustily chanting 'Hare Krishna' and distributing sweets to people as they passed on, thousands of devotees joined the annual rathyatra here Friday. A large number of members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) from various parts of the world, also joined in, pulling the chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balram and their sister Subhadra over a four-km route till the yatra (procession) concluded at the Park Circus Maidan in south Kolkata.

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

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

मुसलमानों को पिछड़ेपन से उबारने की अदुभुत कोशिश थी फ़ातिमा शेख़ की मुहिम

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In Ajmer, before the saint’s court

By Malik Rashid Faisal 797th Urs is being commemorated in Ajmer at the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is a six day affair that invites devotees from all over the world. Malik Rashid Faisal writes about the Urs of the previous year.

Calligraphy: art works from the heart

Maulana Tarique, a Fazil from the Darul-Uloom Deoband, is the only professional calligrapher in Deoband. He has inspired many youngsters to value the art of calligraphy.

By Nigar Ataulla

Quiet by-lanes and creaky cycle rickshaws, little tea shops and steep stairways dot the town of Deoband in western Uttar Pradesh.

Mappila Haal: A virtual exhibition celebrating 100 years of Malabar Rebellion

Mappila Haal is a comprehensive creative expression of the Malabar Rebellion enabling the viewer to travel through the revolutionary days and nights.  Amjad Ali EM...

Fasihuddin Balkhi: the forgotten historian of Bihar

Born in Patna, Bihar during the British era, Fasihuddin Balkhi made a tremendous contribution to history-writing in Urdu. Despite this feat, he remains largely...

Kashmiri film maker wins two awards for documentary on Wular Lake

By Raqib Hameed Naik, Twocircles.net Srinagar: The Wular Lake in Bandipora district of Kashmir has often played second-fiddle to the more famous Dal...

Eminent Hindi poet Shail Chaturvedi dead

By IANS Mumbai : Shail Chaturvedi, eminent Hindi poet, humorist, lyricist and Bollywood character actor, passed away here early Monday morning. He was 71 and is survived by his wife Daya and three sons, Vishal, Vihan and Vivek. Suffering renal failure and other ailments, Chaturvedi breathed his last at his Malad home, north-west Mumbai, around midnight, his nephew, Akash Chaturvedi told IANS.

Ugadi celebrated in Tamil Nadu

By IANS, Chennai : Andhraites and Kannadigas in Tamil Nadu Monday celebrated the Telugu and Kannada New Year Ugadi with traditional fervour.

Irfan’s cartoons: Wisdom wrapped with humor

By Kulsum Mustafa, TwoCircles.net From making cartoons for some of the leading newspapers in the country to pioneering the concept of introducing political cartoons in electronic media India, to being sentenced to four months imprisonment for making a cartoon on former Chief Justice of India in 2007, life has been both sugar and spice. Irfan has only grown with each episode, his pencil strokes acquiring more depth, more maturity, his wit getting sharper and his serious messages packed with humor getting conveyed with élan to the masses.

“Poet reads Poet” programme to promote “Betel Nut City” in Guwahati

  A “Poet reads Poet” programme was organised at ‘NEthing’ in Guwahati on Sunday evening in which Namrata Pathak read out from Shalim M Hussain’s...

Amarnath Sehgal: portrait of an artist as a crusader

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : Creative art is the necessary instrument of the efforts implicit in human metabolism to perfect itself, to enable inner vitalities to flow across inhibitions, frustrations and handicaps in the evolution towards wholeness, wrote Mulk Raj Anand after seeing Amarnath Sehgal's sculptures in 1954.

मंटोरंग: मंटो के तीन हास्य ड्रामों का मंचन

निर्देशक इक़बाल नियाज़ी के मानक कॉमेडी ड्रामों को दर्शकों ने सराहा फ़ैसल फ़ारूक़ मुंबई: मुंबई के ओडियम सभागार में किरदार आर्ट अकादमी के बैनर तले "मंटो...

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Toronto Celebrates an Evening for Hyderabad

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

Islamic art can help people understand Islam, says Kuwaiti calligrapher Fareed Al-Ali

Hyderabad (IANS): Islamic art, especially calligraphy, can play a key role in ada'wah', or inviting people to understand Islam and clearing misconceptions about it,...

Shaitan ki khala: Hinglish Vinglish

TwoCircles.net presents a new column by self-proclaimed "Shaitan ki khala" Asma Anjum Khana. TCN is not responsible for her shaitani ideas but they are worth reading and pondering. By Asma Anjum Khan for TwoCircles.net, English-Vinglish! #english#englishvinglish#sirsayyedahmedkhan#education Ladies and gentlemen, have you got over your Mid May crisis? I did. Holidays, books and mangoes, helped. So now? Ready to take the new flight?

On Good Friday, Christians in Trinidad and Tobago share Church with Hindu brethren

By TCN Staff Reporter Trinidad: Good Friday can be described as slightly different in Trinidad and Tobago, compared to the rest of the world. On Good...

Massachusetts hosts America’s first-ever Dalit art exhibition

Organized by Adavi Myah, an art collective led by Dalit and Bahujan women, the exhibition will run for four weeks until May 30, 2022. BOSTON,...

Noted documentary film-maker Shubhradeep Chakravorty passes away

By TwoCircles.net Staff reporter, New Delhi: Noted documentary film maker and freelance journalist Shubhradeep Chakravorty passed away on Monday morning in the national capital. He breathed his last at the All India Instituted of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted for last one week after suffering from brain hemorrhage. He is understood to be under depression for the intimidation he was facing and due to the banning of his latest documentary on Muzaffarnagar riots.

In the lanes of Batla House, a mission to empower women

By Sadia Suhail for Twocircles.net New Delhi: The narrow, dingy lanes of Batla House in Delhi may not look the most appealing for...

Orissa town remembers Bankim Chandra on death anniversary

By IANS Jajpur : Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, renowned Bengali novelist and the composer of national song "Vande Mataram", was remembered in an Orissa town where he had served as deputy magistrate, on his 114th death anniversary Tuesday. Dozens of officials offered floral tributes to his portrait in the office of the sub-collector at Jajpur town in the coastal district of Jajpur, some 120 km from here. Chatterjee had worked as deputy magistrate here from 1882 to 1884.

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...

‘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.

Legendary music composer ‘Khayyam’ of Hindi cinema passes away

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

Line drawing master Samir Biswas captures city on move

By IANS, New Delhi : Line drawings of cityscapes and old buildings in water colours are now the stuff of school history texts. The ink and water colour series of Kolkata-based master illustrator Samir Biswas, on display in the capital, are documents for posterity. Biswas, who sticks to art school basics of line drawing and realism, is showing his works at Gallery Windmill, owned by leading architect Pradeep Sachdeva, in Ayanagar, on the outskirts of Delhi. The show closes Oct 25. He is rated as one of the best line drawing artists in the country.

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.

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.

Atmosphere of celebration in Assam

Assam is in atmosphere of celebration with the Assamese New Year, Rongali or Bohag Bihu to be celebrated on Monday.

‘Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah’ not anti-religion: Producer

Chennai : Ace producer Aascar Ravichandran has reiterated that his upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah" is not against any religion and that the...

Joint Shia-Sunni Eid al Adha prayers planned in Lucknow

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Lucknow (UP) : With an aim to bridge the Sunni-Shia gap in the country, this Eid-al-Adha,...

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...

‘My memoir is on inter-relational experiences of caste’: Dalit rapper Sumit Samos

Sumeet Samos is a 28-year-old Dalit rapper whose memoir, published earlier this year, offers a fresh perspective on the Dalit autobiographical tradition.  Riya Talitha |...

“Maulana Azad”- an evening of history, politics, and literature

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net Entertaining, enlightening, and informative- these are the few words that best describe the play “Maulana Azad,” where Azad is played by Tom Alter. For two and a half hour, Tom Alter brought alive Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on stage in Boston, Massachusetts. Over a hundred people showed up to watch the play at the eighth annual convention of Federation of Aligarh Alumni Association organized last weekend in a suburb of Boston.

Thousands attend the lecture of Dr Zakir Naik at the closing night of Dubai...

By Mohammed Hidayathullah Dubai: The 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum, organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai under the patronage of...

West Bengal: This Muslim family are traditional makers of Rashchakra during popular Hindu festival

As per local history, more than 200 years ago the Maharaja of the Koch Dynasty pressed a Muslim family into service to make...

‘खुदाई खिदमतगार’ वाले फैसल खान और संत राघवेंद्र दास की दोस्ती की बहुत प्यारी...

अभी सात आठ महीने पहले की बात है। हमारी सोशल मीडिया टीम के एक साथी ने बताया कि एक साधू महाराज आपका फ़ोन नंबर...

Writing about marginalised communities is like walking a tight rope

On the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), writers reflect on the experiences of writing on the issues of marginalized communities in India.  Tabeenah...

Mappilappattu singer Eranjoli Moosa no more

By Najiya O, TwoCircles.us Renowned Mappilappattu singer Eranjoli Moosa passed away yesterday at his residence at Gopalpeta in Thalassery . The 79-year old has been undergoing...

Bhise’s visual expression of critical Ambedkarite imagery a landmark moment for mainstream Indian art

Vikrant Bhise’s recent work is influenced by the Dalit Panther movement.  Riya Talitha | TwoCircles.net NEW DELHI — Walking into the Centre for Contemporary Arts at...

She kept singing, till that fateful plunge

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : The night before her death she was performing at the India Habitat Centre. The next day renowned classical vocalist and composer Shanti Sharma fell from the second floor of her south Delhi home. Music, for Sharma, who met a tragic end Tuesday, was a vocation she described as "god's gift". The 52-year-old vocalist, an exponent of the Kirana Gharana, was associated as a teacher and a research fellow with the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in the capital for 30 years.

Sehriwalas of Hyderabad

By Mohd. Ismail Khan, TwoCircles.net

Impossible to not miss home during Ramadan, say NRI Muslims

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: For most Indian Muslim expatriates, Ramadan is the time they most wish they could be home, so that the most...

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International mushaira held in Toronto

By TCN News, Toronto: Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, Canada organized its first international mushaira in Greater Toronto Area on Sunday, August 24, 2014

AIUMB chief writes letter to thank Modi for meeting and the mention

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, New Delhi: Delighted with the meeting and appreciation of Sufi way of life by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Van Versus Vikas: New documentary dismantles mythology of India’s “progress” from worldview of Adivasi...

The film chronicles the resistance of an Adivasi family, along with other city activists and residents, to stop the Mumbai Metro Rail project...

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विशेष संवाददाता। Twocircles.net लखनऊ के टुंडे कबाब को विश्व भर में पहचान दिलाने वाले हाजी रईस अहमद दुनिया से रुखसत हो गए हैं। उनके इंतेक़ाल...

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...

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सदमा : मौलाना वहीदुद्दीन खान नही रहे

स्टाफ़ रिपोर्टर।Twocircles.net मशहूर इस्लामी विद्वान पद्म विभूषण मौलाना वहीदुद्दीन खान का 96 वर्ष की आयु में निधन हो गया हैं। मौलाना वहीदुद्दीन खान कुछ...

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Making Indian classical music for fashion shows

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) : This should be music to the ears of fashion show choreographers and art gallery owners. An Aligarh-based sitar maestro has developed background scores for such events. Acharya Trigunateet Jaimini, who teaches at Mangalayatan University here, told IANS that he has "worked hard" for several years to develop a brand of contemporary fusion music to provide "appropriate background scores for Indian art galleries and fashion shows, particularly those showcasing traditional Indian attires".

शानदार अंदाज वाले पत्रकार कमाल खान नही रहे ,दुःख की लहर

स्टाफ रिपोर्टर।Twocircles.net एनडीटीवी के वरिष्ठ पत्रकार कमाल ख़ान का तड़के सुबह पांच बजे दिल का दौरा पड़ने के कारण निधन हो गया हैं। उन्होंने लखनऊ...

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...

शादी में दहेज़ के खिलाफ उलेमाओं ने उठाई आवाज़

आकिल हुसैन। Two circles.net मुस्लिम समाज में उलेमाओं की पहल धीरे धीरे रंग लाने लगी है। उलेमाओं और मुस्लिम समाज के जिम्मेदारों द्वारा चलाई गई...

Mulla Sadra’s Asfar Al-Arbaeh available in English

By IRNA, Tehran : Mulla Sadra's (Sadr al-Din Muhammad al- Shirazi), famous book, which is a philosophical masterpiece, Asfar Al- Arbaeh (The Four Journeys) has been translated into English for the first time. The book has been translated into English by an American professor of philosophy. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has supervised the process of translation and has written the introduction to the book. Mulla Sadra's other books have also been translated into the Russian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Chinese, Korean, and Turkish languages.

Manipuri Muslims feel left out, sidelined over Inner Line Permit issue

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net Imphal (West): Sharif Ahamed runs a tea shop in the Checkon Bazar Area of Imphal. A local, Ahamed...

प्रो. मुशीरुल हसन बहुत सी आवाज़ों की ताक़त

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Worshiping Cow: Killing Humanity

Ram Puniyani, Just over a decade ago (2002) in Dulina village of Jhajjar in Haryana a...

Sevens Football: Throbbing Soul of Kerala’s Sporting Fraternity

Grace Mubashir, TwoCircles.net The December weather in Northern Kerala is humid and soakingly sizzling. Askar Vandithodi, a 33-year-old IT official by profession and loyal fan...

मिसाल : गुजरात के ऐतिहासिक मंदिर में कराया गया रोजा इफ्तार

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A village without Muslims

By Ganesh Dhamodkar So it happened. My native place, a village of 700, had 5-6 Muslim families. It was early 1990s and the people lived...

Doyen of Hindi poetry Gopal Das ‘Neeraj’ passes away

By IANS: Lucknow/New Delhi, July 19 : Doyen of Hindi poetry and legendary lyricist Gopal Das 'Neeraj' passed away at the All-India Medical Institute of...

ऐतिहासिक खुदा बख्श लाइब्रेरी का एक हिस्सा टूटने की कगार पर, सीएम से बचाने...

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Chhello Show movie: India’s official entry to Oscars leaves a mark with its release

Pan Nalin’s Chhello Show is an ode to the magical world of cinema and takes the viewer back to the age of...

Play review: We Live in Cairo

By Kashif-ul-Huda for TwoCircles.net We Live in Cairo, a production at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts beautifully captures the Egyptian revolution of 2011. The...

Ramadan Special: Bandipora’s tribal girl promotes cultural heritage during the holy month of fasting

Tauseef Ahmad, TwoCircles.net   Bandipora: Shabnum Bashir, a 21-year-old tribal girl from Bandipora in Kashmir valley, is reviving a forgotten tradition of breaking fasts in open...

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Guinness record: man plays tabla for over 102 hours

By IANS Kozhikode :A 40-year-old man in Kerala set a new Guinness record Monday by playing the tabla for 102 hours and 45 minutes, bettering his own 2005 feat of 57 hours. Sudheer Kadalundi ended his marathon tabla session at 2 a.m. Monday at Kadalundi, 25 km from here. He began playing the instrument Wednesday (April 2). The venue of the record-breaking performance in the small town wore a festive look. A large number of people had gathered, egging on the exhausted Sudheer, clapping in tandem with the rhythms he played on the tabla.

Hidden for 164 years, Mewar Ramayana paintings dazzle London

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

Legendary singer Mukesh’s wife passes away

By IANS Mumbai : The legendary singer Mukesh's wife Saral is dead. Saral, who had married Mukesh on July 22, 1946, passed away here Monday, thereby drawing to a close a golden period in the history of Hindi film music. Neil Mukesh Mathur, who debuted in last year's crime thriller "Johnny Gaddaar", was very close to his grandmother Saral and was inconsolable. "I spent a lot of time with my grandmother who lived in the same building as my parents and I did," he said.

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The poetic physician: Momin and his art

By Vikas Datta, It is an unfortunate occurrence that if there are many outstanding literary figures in any era, only one or two will figure in the general public consciousness. Elizabethan England had no shortage of dramatists but can you think of anyone except Shakespeare? Russian literature flourished in the 19th century but the only names that register now are Tolstoy and, maybe, Dostoyevsky. Likewise, mid-19th century Delhi could boast of a galaxy of accomplished poets, but all have been overshadowed by Mirza Ghalib, though some were much more popular then and just one couplet of one of them had sent him into raptures.

West Bengal: Young graduate turns century-old tree into outdoor library

The tree library located in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal was started in March and houses more than 200 books in various genres. Partho...

Father-daughter duo who helped Bapu learn Urdu

By Danish Khan Few weeks back, The Times of India had reported that the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha will soon have a portrait of Abbas Tyabji (1853-1936). Tyabji, the surname is quite familiar and is associated with philantrophy and education.
Abbas Tyabji (in pic with Gandhiji) was the nephew of Badruddin Tyabji (1844-1906), the first Indian to be appointed chief justice of Bombay High Court. Like his uncle he too joined the Congress and played a pivotal role in the freedom struggle.

In true Eid spirit, IMRC distributes meat among lakhs of poor people across India

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net West Bengal: In Birajmoni, a Muslim-majority village in the Sunderbans, West bengal, almost the entire population lives in abject...

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Chinese scholar wo translated Ramayana honoured

By IANS, Beijing : 96-year-old Ji Xianlin, who had translated major Indian epics like the Ramayana into Chinese, was Friday evening conferred the Padma Bhushan by visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Ji, a renowned Indologist, scholar, paleographer and historian, has through his work inspired a love for Indian culture among generations of Chinese students and scholars. Besides the Ramayana, Ji has also translated such Indian classics as the "Shakuntalam" and "Panchatantra" into Chinese.

Vaibhav Chhaya: A maverick voice of dissent into the poetic world

By Yogesh Maitreya, “With all my baggage gone I can travel light now, forging on deeper into forest” says Haruki Murakami in his Kafka on the Shore. The same feeling can be drawn as soon as one finishesreading ‘Delete Kelela Sarr Aakash’ (Entire deleted sky), the first poetry book by Vaibhav Chhaya. Vaibhav writes poetry in Marathi. And the forest of his poem is equally risky and beautiful, one who could see the life in the underbelly, would certainly remain unsettled after brooding into the forest of his poems.

Mian Biwi aur Wagah, Dubai’s famous original Urdu play on tradition of letter-writing, to...

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter Dubai: Following a successful run at its home base in Dubai, “Mian, Biwi aur Wagah”- an original Urdu play based on...

Sunil Gangopadhyay’s Bengali translation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be released

By IANS, Kolkata : A Bengali translation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" by late author Sunil Gangopadhyay will be released at the Kolkata Book Fair that begins Jan 29, 2013.

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Shias and Sunnis to offer joint prayers in Delhi and Lucknow this Eid-ul-Adha

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net New Delhi: Once again, Delhi and Lucknow will witness a show of solidarity and unity on eve of Eid-ul-Adha when...

Book Review: A brief history of Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat

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Twists and turns of NRC: Asam Sahitya Sabha slammed

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

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

India Ink: Meet 3 friends who simplify history for us

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WhatsApp Muslims: Is this your identity?

Social networking applications (apps) like WhatsApp may be creating more anxiety, confusion and divisions, rather than love, brotherhood, and peace within the Muslim community. ...

‘Mappila Haal’: SIO observes 100th anniversary of Malabar rebellion

The interactive virtual exhibition 'Mappila Haal', which contains comprehensive readings on the struggle, historical writings, documents, personalities and events of the rebellion has been...

Jahangirabad Institute organizes colourful graduation ceremony

By TCN News, Jahangirabad (Lucknow): Alumni of Jahangirabad Institute of Technology (JIT) were on cloud nine after receiving their degrees at the first graduation...

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

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

Ustad Vilayat Khan

By Kashif-ul-huda, TwoCircles.net Have you ever heard of someone refusing Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan? These are the highest civilian awards in India after Bharat Ratna. Vilayat Khan, Sitar genius was one such person. He refused Padma Shri in 1964 and Padma Bhushan in 1968 because he thought the selection committee was “musically incompetent” to judge him.

Famous Kashmiri author Bashir Akhtars passes away; Prof. Saifuddin Soz condoles

By TwoCircles.net news desk

New Delhi : Prof. Saifuddin Soz, Union Minister for Water Resources, has expressed his deep shock on the sudden demise of well-known Kashmiri author and writer, Bashir Akhtar, who died in Srinagar last evening.

Legendary poet, Gopal Das Neeraj donated body to AMU before death

By TwoCircles.net Aligarh, July 20: In line with India's rich heritage of harmony, tolerance and co-existence, 93-year-old, doyen of Hindi poetry and lyricist, Gopal Das...

Raje, Gehlot mourn singer Mubarak Begum Shaikh’s death

New Delhi : Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Ashok Gehlot, former Chief Minister, on Tuesday mourned the death of legendary Bollywood playback singer...

Scary time for artists, writers in the country, says Nandita Das

Kolkata (IANS): Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das has described the current situation in the country as a "scary time for artists and writers" as things that...

World Tribal Day: 2-day tribal fair in Jharkhand showcases tribal artworks, culture

The two-day tribal fair held at Morhabadi ground in Ranchi saw boisterous music, mouth-watering cuisines, tribal artworks and discussions on tribal history and affairs.  Sami...

A bid to save Naga handicrafts from silent death

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Bangalore : Yanger Ao, a tribal craftsman from Nagaland, had never thought his wooden furniture would sell like hot cakes as far off as Bangalore. Ao is one of the 20-odd poor tribal craftsmen from Mokokchung, 162 km from Kohima, still practising the fast dying art. The tribesmen make furniture, baskets and other items using Nahor palmwood and oak, taken from the forest in their area. The tools they use are also primitive.

Now Saadat Hasan Manto’s ‘Toba Tek Singh’ a play

By IANS, New Delhi: Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto's popular short story "Toba Tek Singh" is being turned into a play, which is being produced by Sunil Bohra.

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Renowned historian Mushirul Hasan passes away

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Renowned historian Mushirul Hasan, a former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, died on Monday. He was 71. Hasan, who...

‘NRC update must for development of the state’

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Muslim advocacy group organized 2nd “National Social Leadership Summit” in New Delhi

By TCN News, New Delhi: MOEMIN, an advocacy group of Indian Muslims organized second “National Social Leadership Summit” in collaboration with Association of Muslim Professionals...

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Husain’s iconic paintings

By IANS, New Delhi : Some of M.F. Husain's most important paintings: "Sunehra Sansar" (1947) "Between the Spider and the Lamp", "Zameen and Man" (1940s)

One last bright spark of Lucknow’s glorious tradition

By Vikas Datta Any literary tradition demonstrates its virtuosity and vitality in how even its last proponents keep up its standards, even as the...

First edition of Indian Muslim Entrepreneurs Network conference held in Pune

By TCN News Pune: A new initiative aimed at driving Muslim involvement in India’s start-up and technology economy was hosted in...

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Sumptuous dates from the world over in Delhi markets

By Ruwa Shah New Delhi: This Ramzan, replenish your Iftar delicacies with dates from almost all the countries around the globe. In the holy month of...

Ramadan begins in Kerala

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AMU cancels 3-day lit fest, students aghast

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From Kairwan’s meadows to poetic pages, how Kashmiri woman attempting to revive native language

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Voting for first ever Kashmir’s ‘Youth Icon Awards’ to start from June 6

Half of money generated through the sale of tickets to be donated to a cancer patient By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net, ...

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Reference book on Sree Narayana Guru is ready

By IANS

Thiruvananthapuram : Billed as the most exhaustive reference work on great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, Kerala's leading media house Kerala Kaumudi is releasing Kerala Kaumudi Sree Narayana Directory next week.

This Arunachalee author prefers to write in Assamese

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Kolkata : Award-winning author Y.D Thongchi's mother tongue is Monpa, a local dialect of Arunachal Pradesh, but the soft-spoken bureaucrat-author has invariably preferred to pen his thoughts in Assamese. And, after winning the coveted Sahitya Akademi award in 2005 for his critically acclaimed Assamese novel "Mouna Ounth Mukhar Hriday" (Silent Lips, Talking Heart), Thongchi is back with what he does best.

North East unites to show support for Shah Rukh Khan

By Abdul Gani, TwoCircles.Net Guwahati: Democratic voices from the North East have come out in strong support to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan over his...

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...

Manoj ‘Night’ Shyamalan gets Padma Shri

By IANS New Delhi : Indian-American actor, director, producer and writer Manoj "Night" Shyamalan, whose two films - The Village and The Sixth Sense - earned nominations for Academy Awards, will be honoured with Padma Shri for his distinguished contribution to cinema. Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan or M. "Night" Shyamalan is known for his supernatural plots, which usually end with a twist. He is also famous for filming his movies in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and enacting small roles in most of his films.

Kumartuli’s sculptors fear their craft may die

By Aparajita Gupta, IANS, Kolkata : They have churned out giant idols of Goddess Durga and her children for decades, but the artisans of Kumartuli - the potter's colony here famed for its sculptures - now fear that their craft might die with them as the younger generation is shifting to more lucrative professions. The artisans of the north Kolkata neighbourhood slog for six to seven months to create idols of goddess and her children Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik and Ganesha as well as demon king Mahishasura that are worshipped in marquees set up across the city.

Merajur Rahman Baruah wins National Award for documentary ‘Shifting Prophecy’

By TwoCircles.net news desk New Delhi: Delhi based independent documentary filmmaker Merajur Rahman Baruah won the 55th National Award for his documentary film ‘Shifting Prophecy.” The film was awarded Rajat Kamal for the 55th National Award in the Best Film on Social Issue category. Mr. Baruah is an accomplished documentary filmmaker with several documentaries and awards to his credit. He won the Best Director Award at Hyderabad International Film Festival in 2008 for the same film.

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.

After Mumbai attacks Chamliyal Mela brings Indo-Pak closer

DIG BSF-Brigadier Masood exchange gifts at Ramgarh border By News Agency of Kashmir Ramgarh): The Chamliyal Mela (Fair) was celebrated with full fervor and joyfulness by the people of both sides India and Pakistan in Ramgarh sector of International Border, today. After Mumbai attacks this is first time that Indo-Pak troops are meeting each other and distributing sweets among each other.

Prakash Raj urges Indians to stand as fearless society which questions

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

Haider: Kashmir’s dilemma – To be or not be

By Mir Liyaqat Nazir, Haider is one of the first ever Bollywood movie that attempted to stage the Shakespeare’s revenge play Hamlet on the recurring Kashmir tragedy. It is meant for an audience, who, in the name of national interest, were always entertained and enthralled over the grievances and miseries of victims.

Remembering Hindi litterateur Prof KP Singh

By Dr Mohammad Sajjad, It is quite befitting for a reputed and historic university to commemorate its distinguished and accomplished academics: people who combined...

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Actress Vani Tripathi turns to politics

By Shweta Thakur, IANS

New Delhi : Popular television actress Vani Tripathi has taken to politics seriously and has become the national secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) youth wing. The TV star believes she had the "courage" to join the political system instead of just being a critic.

Shahnama: The book fit for kings

By Kashif-ul-Huda, TwoCircles.net “Free admission, but capacity is limited to 15 and registration is recommended,” read the email sent to me the morning...

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Dahi Handi: Hanging in the air for money that may never arrive

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Globalization on the silk route

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