Global tribal film festival to be held in Bhopal

By IANS, Bhopal : A large number of foreign filmmakers are expected to participate in the International Tribal Film Festival being organised here from March 20 with a view to preserve and promote tribal culture, officials said here Saturday. The three-day event to be hosted by the state's Tribal Welfare Department would include screening of films on the life of tribal people. The films adjudged best would be awarded. Presentations of tribal dance and music will be the other highlight of the event.

Italy to fund cultural project in Bengal

By IANS Kolkata : Italy will pump 3.5 million euros for the development of the second phase of the Roopkala Kendra, an Indo-Italian project, to nurture the growing cultural linkage between the two countries. "The Italian grant, worth 3.5 million euros, is being delivered to support the project by adding additional infrastructure and technical back up," Ambassador of Italy to India H.E. Antonio Armellini said here Monday evening.

Jurassic Park comes to life in the centre of Berlin

By Ulrike von Leszczynski, DPA

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

Manoj Bajpayee’s ‘Aligarh’ to release in February

Mumbai: Filmmaker Hansal Mehta's reality drama “Aligarh”, which is based on the real life incident of doctor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was suspended from...

‘Come Eat With Me’: Exploring caste through cooking Dalit cuisine in upper caste kitchens

In an interview with, award winning Dalit theatre artist Sri Vamsi Matta talks about his experiences as a Dalit which inform the questions,...

‘नक्काश’ बनारस के मंदिरों में काम करने वाले एक मुस्लिम कारीगर की कहानी

TCN News, हिंदू-मुस्लिम सब्जेक्ट पर आधारित इस फ़िल्म की कहानी हर किसी का ध्यान अपनी ओर आकर्षित कर रहा है. प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के संसदीय...

Building blocks of modern Indian architecture put together

By IANS, New Delhi : A new book by a Delhi-based architect has compiled the journey of Indian architecture from the modernist, minimal and utilitarian structures in the first two decades after independence to the contemporary generic style today when all buildings look the same but have different facades. Jagan Shah, a lecturer at the School of Planning and Architecture here, Wednesday released a volume on modern Indian built heritage, "Contemporary Indian Architecture", which showcases best of contemporary Indian architecture over the past decades.

Rahman wins Best Original Song Award in Los Angles

By IANS, Los Angles: Music maestro A.R. Rahman won the Best Original Song award at the 16th Critics' Choice Movie awards Friday.

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.

AMU Emirates Chapter celebrates Sir Syed Day in Sharjah

By TCN News The Emirates Chapter of the Aligarh Muslim University celebrated Sir Syed Day in Sharjah on November 20 to remember and learn from...

Classical dance festival in Delhi from Monday

By IANS, New Delhi : A Delhi-based cultural organisation will host a five-day classical dance festival here from Oct 19, an official said Friday.

Bengal pays tribute to Swami Vivekananda

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

Government designs new strategy for revival & resurgence of handloom production

BY TCN News, New Delhi: The government is aiming to increase handloom exports from about Rs. 2,500 crore at present to Rs. 4,500 crore in...

Shivaji statue proposal welcomed by Mumbaikars

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

Making of a reluctant fundamentalist

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

Preserving Mughal architecture with American help

By IANS, New Delhi : The splendour of Mughal architecture - its mosques, tombs and other structures - is in danger of being lost to neglect and pillage of time but an American university has taken up the task of documentation of neglected Islamic monuments in India. The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS), a consortium of leading US universities, hopes to prepare database of these monuments to preserve them for future reference and research.

बढ़ता जा रहा है गुरुग्राम मे नमाज पढ़ने को लेकर होने वाला विवाद

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Images of vibrant India to go on show at US museum

By Parveen Chopra, IANS

New York : A major exhibition of photography and video art depicting contemporary India will be showcased at Newark Museum in New Jersey from Sep 19 to Jan 6.

The show, titled 'Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art', comprises over 100 works by 28 photographers and video artists, reflecting the interior and exterior realities of today's India.

Not everyone can become a cartoonist: Sudhir Tailang

By IANS, New Delhi : Not everyone can become a cartoonist, prominent caricaturist Sudhir Tailang says, even as he maintains the profession will never die out. "Not everyone can become a cartoonist. Only those who have a blend of creativity and a personal opinion of the world and can present this vision with humour can succeed," Tailang said. Despite the lack of youngsters in the profession, Tailang was confident that the art of cartooning would never die out.

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<अहमद क़ासिम के लिए उत्तराखंड के पौड़ी गढ़वाल ज़िले में रेवासन नदी के किनारे बसे इस गाँव का नाम नत्थू चोड़ है. घने...

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.

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.

Gulzar takes his poems to Japan

By Subhash K. Jha


Mumbai : Gulzar, the poet-extraordinaire, has just returned from a 12-day tour of Japan and says he recited his poems on Iraq and Afghanistan there that were specially translated into Japanese.

Bastar artisans net Rs.1 million at Goa exhibition

By IANS Raipur : A group of 22 artisans from Bastar in Chhattisgarh has sold indigenous handicrafts worth Rs.1 million at an eight-day crafts exhibition in Goa's Madgaon city earlier this month. "Traditional handicrafts made from wood, terracotta and bell metal were a hit at the Handloom and Handicrafts Exhibition in Goa's Madgaon city that ended Jan 18," Krishna Kumar Rai, chief of Chhattisgarh Handicraft Development Board told IANS Monday.

Handmade paper, palm leaf, cane for India’s ‘green’ artisans

By IANS, Bangalore : Craftsmen gathered in Bangalore from across the country are popularising eco-friendly traditional artwork, with their raw material ranging from palm leaves to the roots of trees to cane. "To paint, I always use handmade paper and natural dyes made from flowers and vegetables. I don't depend on synthetic colours and emulsions. I believe in using eco-friendly substances for my artwork," painter Ashok Kumar Das, a Madhubani painter from Bihar, told IANS. He is among 60 craftsmen at an exhibition-cum-sale.

Ibn Sina Academy Aligarh organises national seminar on works of Ibn al-Haytham

By TCN News Aligarh: The Ibn Sina Academy, Aligarh, organised a national seminar on “Life and Contribution of Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen)” between 14 and 15...

‘Jodhaa Akbar’ trimmed in Patna

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS Mumbai : Is it the end of the road for long films? Although director Ashutosh Gowariker refused to shorten his "Jodhaa Akbar", the exhibitors in the smaller centres have taken matters into their own hands. The magnum opus that weaves its story around the romance between Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Akbar and Rajput princess Jodha Bai is 3 hours 20 minutes long. Vital sequences amounting to a good 30 minutes of playing time, including Hrithik Roshan's elephant fight and Aishwarya Rai's culinary conflict with Ila Arun, have been edited out from the film in Patna.

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डॉ. नदीम ज़फर जिलानी हर माह-ए-रमज़ान के वक़्त एक बहस सोशल मीडिया पर ज़रूर उभरती है, इसे रमज़ान कहें या रमदान. इंग्लैण्ड में रहने वाले...

Roman sex artefacts on show at Germany’s Trier museum

By DPA Trier (Germany) : Erotic carvings and excavated Roman artefacts connected to sex will go on display Saturday in Germany's best-preserved ancient Roman city Trier. The temporary exhibition, 100,000 Years of Sex, comprises 250 items, mainly archaeological. They date back to the Stone Age and show how our ancestors experienced lust and procreation, said Mechthild Neyses-Eiden, deputy director of the museum.

Terminal might end Kerala’s boat race tradition


Alappuzha (Kerala) : The 55th Nehru Boat Race here Aug 11 may be the last one as the government has acquired six acres of land near the picturesque waterfront of the Punnamada Kayal river for an oil cargo terminal.

Alappuzha legislator and former state tourism minister K.C. Venugopal believes that the construction of the oil cargo terminal would sound the death knell for tourism in the district.

Play on M.F. Husain’s life to be staged in Chandigarh

By IANS, Chandigarh : A play on painter M.F. Husain's memoir "Pencil Sey Brush Tak", showcasing various stages of his life, will be staged here Wednesday, the play's director said Tuesday. Tom Alter will play the role of M.F. Husain while Anup Soni will play the role of young Husain. The role of Husain's wife Fazila will be played by Juhi Babbar, daughter of actor and parliamentarian Raj Babbar.

Lesotho thanks India for help in training professionals

By IANS, Maseru : Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Archibald Lesao Lehohla has lauded the constructive role being played by the local Indian community in the tiny southern African kingdom which is landlocked by South Africa. Lehohla was speaking at an India Day event Sunday at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre in this capital, organised by the Indian Association of Lesotho in collaboration with the Indian high commission.

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

Majlis-e-Mushawarat: Ek Mukhtasar Tareekh AIMM Author: Mohammad Ilmullah Pages: 198 Publisher: Pharos Media & Publications Pvt. Ltd, D-84 Abul Fazl Enclave - 1, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025,...

अदुभुत बॉल ट्रिकशॉट से दिलों को जीतने वाला नौजवान शाह हुज़ैब का जलवा

जिब्रानउद्दीन। कश्मीर के एक छोटे से इलाके में रहने वाले शाह हुज़ैब ने सोशल मीडिया पर अपनी एक अलग पहचान बना रखी है। अंतरराष्ट्रीय फुटबॉलर...

Hinduism is about love, unity, not divisive ideas: Author Mani Rao

By Bhavana Akella New Delhi : With attacks by fringe Hindu outfits on writers and intellectuals for their views and assaults and murders of...

Frontier Gandhi on celluloid: message of peace for troubled region

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS, Islamabad : With the world's eyes on the volatile Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a new documentary on Pakhtoon leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, also known as Frontier Gandhi, demonstrates the difficult of bringing peace to a region "where everyone is looking how to cut off the head of his enemy". "The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, a Torch for Peace", a documentary by Teri McLuhan, daughter of the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan, is the first full length celluloid account of the Pathan leader and non-violent activist who died in 1988 at the age of 98.

India-Britain co-production treaty kicks off with ‘London Dreams’

By Venkata Vemuri, IANS, London : The historic India-Britain film co-production treaty has come into force with British Culture Minister Barbara Follett launching it on the Trafalgar Square sets of Vipul Shah's Ajay Devgan starrer "London Dreams". "London Dreams" is Shah's latest venture after "Singh is Kinng" and "Namaste London". On Wednesday, Shah and Devgan were present on the sets and the unit also got permission to shoot Trafalgar Square from a helicopter.

Agra remembers Nazeer Akbarabadi

Agra, Feb 10 (IANS) Agra on Sunday remembered Nazeer Akbarabadi, the people's poet whose birthday falls on Basant Panchmi, the festival of spring. As bright...

Bangladeshi Sufi-Baul musician enthralls Delhi

By IANS, New Delhi : Fifty-year-old Kangalini Sufia sings of freedom and god. The wandering minstrel from Bangladesh is a Baul folk musician of the Sufiana tradition - a blend of Bengali baul (village folk music) and the Islamic Sufi music that originated in Persia and subsequently travelled to India. A follower of Bangladeshi Sufi-baul legend Lalon Fakir, Kangalini was in the capital to perform at the ongoing Delhi International Arts festival with her nine-member band at the Ashok amphi-theatre Sunday.

Shehnai on the verge of extinction in Bangladesh

By IANS, Dhaka : Shehnai, a wind instrument, is on the verge of extinction in Bangladesh, laments a music exponent. Shamsur Rahman, who partly learnt to play the shehnai by listening to records of India's celebrated Ustad Bismillah Khan, has said it is "almost impossible" to survive in Bangladesh as a shehnai player. The tradition is almost becoming extinct in Bangladesh and it has compelled Rahman to concentrate more on flutes, though he says "my heart always seeks the soothing melodies of the shehnai", the New Age newspaper reported Wednesday.

Rare Gandhi recording found in Washington

By Arun Kumar, IANS, Washington : A rare recording of a historic speech by Mahatma Gandhi, one of the only two of him speaking in English, made just a few months before his assassination has been found in Washington. It had been lovingly preserved for 60 years by John Cosgrove, a former president of the National Press Club in the US capital, who discovered the significance of the recording during a chance encounter with Rajmohan Gandhi, Mahatma's grandson and biographer.

Tina Ambani opens sculpture show

By IANS Mumbai : Tina Ambani, founder of Harmony Art Foundation, Monday unveiled sculptures of over 30 artists from across the globe. The foundation had held a month-long residential camp for sculptors at its 143-acre campus of Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC) here. Speaking on the occasion, Tina Ambani told IANS, "Our shows have given countless young artists a platform to translate their innermost energies into a force that radiates outwards."

Indian footprint growing in Art Dubai

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS,

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.

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.

Government mourns Husain’s death, says it’s a national loss

By IANS, New Delhi : The Indian government Thursday mourned the death of celebrated painter Maqbool Fida Husain in London, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh terming his demise a "national loss."

Jethro Tull, Anoushka Shankar send message of hope through music

By IANS, New Delhi : Jethro Tull, one of the world's best western music bands from Britain, and sitar exponent Anoushka Shankar Saturday sent out a message of hope to terror-ravaged India saying if London could withstand the blitz during World War II and the underground train bombings three years ago, India should be able to do the same. They will perform in the capital Sunday at the Pragati Maidan as part of a five-city live tour presented by Seagram.

Renowned Sri Lankan musician Premasiri Khemadasa dead

By IANS, Colombo : Award winning Sri Lankan musician Premasiri Khemadasa is dead, leaving an irreplaceable vacuum in the country's cinema industry. He was 71. Popularly known as 'Khemadasa Master', he died at a private hospital here Friday. Khemadasa has composed music for many Sinhala language films, including "Nidhanaya", "Agnidahaya" and "Ammavarune" and is widely considered "a pioneer of indigenous music" at a time when Hindi and Tamil copies flooded the airwaves.

Chandigarh gears up for rose festival

By IANS, Chandigarh : Flower exhibits, painting, photography competition and much more - the union territory of Chandigarh is gearing up for the Rose Festival-2009, a three day festival starting Feb 20. "This year we have plans to organise this annual festival in a big way. During this three-day festival, many cultural and musical activities have been planned for which we have invited celebrated artists from all across the country," Ram Niwas, home secretary of Chandigarh, told mediapersons here.

Artist Paresh Maity brings snapshots of Kerala to Delhi

By Uma Nair New Delhi, March 25(IANS) An exhibition and book entitled "Enchanting Journey" comprising 50 of landscape master Paresh Maity's works opens at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi Wednesday. Maity's Kerala brims with "Green Zen" - a softening of aesthetic qualities and a few limpid details of the landscape that is a result of two years of travel through the countryside. "Two years and a lot of silence and a lot of working hours have brought this show together," Maity said about his historic collection of large watercolours, some as big as 20 feet, in an interview to IANS.

Muslim singer sets the stage on fire at Raas Jalsa

By TCN News, Mumbai: Days after furor over BJP leader’s ‘Muslim men should be stopped from entering Garba pandals’ comment, a Muslim singer Osman Mir – of Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Ramleela’ fame – set the stage on fire at a Raas Dandiya event at Juhu.

Tibetans to express pain through theatre

By IANS Dharamsala : An independent group sympathetic to refugees from Tibet is organising a five-day theatre workshop and performance here this week in a theatre movement called the 'theatre of the oppressed', to help refugees express their emotions through acting. The group, Friends of Tibet, has asked two experienced Indian theatre activists -- Jaya Aiyer and Ishtiaq -- to train young Tibetan refugees and their Indian sympathisers in this kind of theatre.

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.

अजमेर के हिन्दू दुकानदार मानते हैं उन पर है गरीब नवाज की रहमत का...

अजमेर में ख़्वाजा गरीब नवाज दरगाह स्थानीय नागरिकों को आर्थिक रूप से सक्षम बना रही है। इनमे दुकानदार ज्यादातर हिन्दू समुदाय से आते हैं।...

Exhibition of Buddhist relics in Moscow

By RIA Novosti Moscow : Precious Buddhist relics including a tooth of Buddha Shakyamuni, several teeth and bones of other Buddhas and revered relics known as 'pearls from bones' are on display here and set to draw thousands of visitors. After an exhibition in St Petersburg, the 36 sacred relics were brought to the International Roerich Centre-Museum as part of the Heart Shrine Relic Tour, a series of shows organised worldwide by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the Maitreya Project.

Ismail Hussain memorial harmony award given to Homen Borgohain

By Abdul Gani,, Guwahati: Prominent author Homen Borgohain, who returned his Sahitya Akademi recently protesting against the ‘intolerance’, was honoured with litterateur...

IOS to celebrate 30th anniversary in 2016, hold national & international seminars

By TCN News, New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies, (IOS), will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year by organising national and international seminars and workshops...

The myriad colours of a woman – online

By IANS New Delhi : Whether it is the portrait of a woman sitting on a bed of thorns or the freshness of a girl blossoming in love, "Feminism", an online art exhibition, is all about the essence of being a woman. Curated by Rakesh Gupta of the Canvas Art Gallery in Delhi, the online art exhibition at is on till Sep 14. It is an amalgamation of the mood pieces of 70 artists.

Osian aims to recreate cinematic culture


New Delhi : Aiming to recreate cinematic culture in the country, the 9th Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema - a new name for the capital's prestigious film fest - will focus on Japanese films with a tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi.

Hema Malini feted with lifetime achievement award

Mumabi: Actress-politician Hema Malini has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Art and Cinema. The actress was honoured by the Bank of Baroda...

Will Majuli get World Heritage status this time?

By IANS, Guwahati : Assam is hoping that Unesco will this time accord World Heritage Site status to South Asia's largest river island of Majuli, which is located in the state and is an important seat of Vaishnavism. "We hope the World Heritage Committee that is meeting in Quebec, Canada, in July would positively consider granting Majuli the unique status it deserves. We have submitted all documents and information sought by the committee," said a Lok Sabha MP from Assam, Arun Sarma, who is among those pushing the case.

Ramadan begins in Kerala Staff Reporter Kozhikode: Muslims in Kerala will begin fasting on Monday, following confirmations after the Ramadan crescent was sighted at Kappad on Sunday evening. Qazis...

Art gallery to host mega art show in Mumbai

By IANS, Mumbai : Abstract painter Soketu Parikh along with art dealer Ebraheem Jetha will curate a six-day mega exhibition of works by 42 artists at Jehangir Art Gallery, starting Monday. The show would also have 15 artists displaying their works of art in eight-foot long panels. Some of the artists whose work would be on display are Ajay De, Anand Panchal, Babu Bhai Mistry, Charan Sharma, Brinda Miller and Manjit Bawa.

Sarkozy, Prince Alwaleed lay cornerstone of Islamic Art room at the Louvre

By NNN-KUNA, Paris : French President Nicolas Sarkozy has affirmed that the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre here is considered a chance to shed light on the real meaning of Islam. The French leader was speaking at the Louvre in the presence of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al-Saud on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the Islamic Art room at the Visconti Courtyard there.

India signs art and culture agreement with Brunei

By IANS, New Delhi : India Thursday signed an agreement with oil-rich Brunei, ruled by one of the richest men in the world, to strengthen cooperation in the fields of culture, arts and sports. The agreement would result in the exchange of students, artists, academics and sports persons. Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni and Brunei's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which a joint consultative committee (JCC) would be constituted for carrying out its provisions.

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.

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,...

Malayalam film technicians call for indefinite strike


Thiruvananthapuram : The Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA) Tuesday staged a one-day strike demanding a pay hike, but later decided to continue it indefinitely.

कलाकार सैयद हैदर रज़ा का निधन

सिद्धांत मोहन, दिल्ली: पद्मभूषण और पद्मश्री जैसे सम्मानों से सम्मानित चित्रकार और पेंटर सैयद हैदर रज़ा का आज दिल्ली में निधन हो गया. सैयद...

Ajmal National Rural Education Movement launched in Guwahati

By TCN News, Guwahati: A teacher of a government-aided school in Morigaon District of Assam took away his own life in September this year, alleging...

Graffiti no more a rebel’s tool, it’s art

By Shweta Thakur, IANS Mumbai : Graffiti has become an art in its own right in India. From being a tool of vandalism and political propaganda to striking psychedelic images that have aesthetic value, it has come a long way. Graffiti is now a fad and young art directors are embracing it as a distinct backdrop for films, TV serials and stage productions. "It is a nascent art form in India but is catching up among youngsters, especially among abstract painters," said Swapnil Suraikar, art director of TV production company Endemol India.

Indian culture fest in Kuwait on the way

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

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

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

Uttar Pradesh artist prepares 60-foot New Year card

By IANS, Allahabad : An Uttar Pradesh artist has prepared a 60-foot-long greeting card to welcome the new year and bid farewell to 2009. Titled Memories 2009: Lost and Found, the card carries portraits of personalities who received honours for their achievements and those who breathed their last in 2009. The work of the 25-year-old artist, R.K. Chitera, 25, is being displayed at the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park here. "With the 60-foot-long greeting card, I have tried to collect painful and joyful memories of 2009," Chitera told IANS.

Aamir Khan advised complete bed rest post injury

Mumbai: Superstar Aamir Khan, who suffered a muscle spasm in one of his shoulders while shooting an action scene for "Dangal", has been advised...

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

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

Naqvi to offer chadar at Ajmer Sharif on PM’s behalf

New Delhi: Spreading a message of peace and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday handed over a 'chadar' to Minister of State...

Lo, behold! Here come the storytellers

By IANS New Delhi : Those years when fancy took its course, when houses were made of cookies and trees bore chocolates, will come alive Monday as 40 international storytellers from 18 countries come together at the International Conference on Storytelling here. Storytelling in many art forms, be it through cinema, performing arts, dance, music or puppetry, will be celebrated at a three-day conference.

Kannada literary festival: Muslim authors’ exclusion draws criticism

No Muslim writers have been given a chance to participate in the poet convention, and the Byari language, which Muslims speak in coastal...

2007 saw lot of Gandhi in South Africa

By Fakir Hassen, IANS Johannesburg : Mahatma Gandhi featured prominently in various ways in South Africa in 2007. Sonia Gandhi, chief of India's ruling Congress party, delivered an inaugural lecture in his honour; President Thabo Mbeki attended the world premiere of Anil Kapoor's film "Gandhi My Father" and the "Shared Histories Festival" presented by the Indian missions here ended on a high note on the leader's birthday Oct 2.

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

Tauseef Ahmad and Nuzhat Masoodi, Kupwara: Each sunrise in Lolab, also called Wadi-e-Lolab (the land of love and beauty), gives the valley a golden...

Filmmakers compete to show Muslim life, experience in the US

By Heather Yamourm, KUNA, Washington : US filmmakers use experience to bridge the cross-cultural divide, and to breakdown stereotypes, by offering a unique window into the lives of American Muslims, and a chance to win USD 50,000 in prizes. The "One Nation, Many Voices" online film contest, which kicked off this month, asks filmmakers to create a short video that "reflects the American Muslim experience" and is open to any US citizen, regardless of race or religion.

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

स्टाफ़ रिपोर्टर। पंजाब के शाही इमाम और मजलिस ए एहरार के अध्यक्ष मौलाना हबीब उर रहमान सानी लुधियानवी का लुधियाना के एक अस्पताल में इलाज़...

‘Sexists’ vs ‘blondes’ in Sweden’s murder mystery war

By DPA Stockholm : A war of words of extraordinary nastiness has erupted among Sweden's internationally successful crime writers just as the summer holidays are getting into full swing. While innumerable bookworms on beaches, in hammocks or hotel beds are leafing through the new and virtually always weighty murder mysteries by Henning Mankell, Liza Marklund or Ake Edvardsson, the authors of the Scandinavian bestsellers are accusing each other of either not knowing how to write or of being miserable dogs in the manger.

Artist Subodh Gupta to receive award

New Delhi : Leading contemporary artist Subodh Gupta will Nov 18 receive the 2014 Dayawati Modi award for art, culture and education, the organisers...

Twists and turns of NRC: Asam Sahitya Sabha slammed

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

Stand-up comedians can truly speak their mind: Hasan Minhaj

New Delhi : Los Angeles-based Indian American Hasan Minhaj, who discussed a range of subjects with Indian and South African comedians on travelogue show...

Potter first edition fetches magical price


London : A rare first edition copy of the first Harry Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", was sold for 7,200 pounds ($14,200) at an auction in Britain.

कैंपस में नमाज पढ़ने वाले प्रोफेसर के विरुद्ध जांच, छुट्टी पर भेजे गए

आकिल हुसैन। उत्तर प्रदेश के अलीगढ़ के एक डिग्री कॉलेज में एक प्रोफेसर के कैंपस में नमाज़ अदा करने पर विवाद उत्पन्न हो गया...

Delhi based organisation to organize one day workshop on understanding Sufi literature and Qawwali

By Raqib Hameed Naik,, New Delhi : A one day workshop on ‘Understanding Sufi Literature and Qawwali’ is being organised by...

No country has shown the kind of emergence as has India: Big B

Mumbai: On the occasion of the World Population Day on Saturday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has "thanked" the world for addressing the world's second largest...

Vintage beauties on wheels at Jaipur rally

By IANS Jaipur : Around 100 classic beauties, including a 1931 Bentley and a 1933 Austin, will be on display at the two-day annual vintage car rally that begins here Saturday. The Old Glories on Wheels event, organised by the city-based Rajputana Automotive Sports Car Club since 1996, attracts several tourists from abroad. Many aristocratic families, who have kept their vintages in their garage, take them out during the rally making it a truly impressive affair.

VHP complains against ‘PK’

New Delhi : The VHP has said Aamir Khan's movie "PK" has several scenes that hurt religious sentiments of Hindus and has written to...

This Indian museum is a treasure trove of toilets

By IANS, New Delhi : Guess where you can have a glimpse of the commode-attached throne of French king Louis XIV? Right here at a museum dedicated to toilets which houses its replica. What makes the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in southwest Delhi unique is that it displays the evolution of toilets and their various designs from all over the world. "When we were tracing the evolution of toilets, it emerged that India was one of the pioneers in this field, as is evident from the Indus Valley civilisation," B. Jha, the curator of the museum, told IANS.

The magic of myriad colours unraveled

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : When one thinks colour, one thinks of Holi and the artist's canvas. But colours can weave their own magic - they heal, predict the future and warn of impending pitfalls, going beyond the realm of art. Colours, says Delhi-based colour reader Gayatri Manga, are psychic and have the ability to talk to humans because they work on the mind.

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.

Cremation ground near Taj Mahal gets new lease of life

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS

Agra : As the Taj Mahal fights for a place among the seven wonders of the world, the cremation ground near the love memorial is being given a facelift by artists here.

Abstract artist captures urban landscape, promotes green cause

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Leading abstractionist Sanjeev Varma's works promote the green cause, drawing inspiration from simple things like stray dogs longing for affection and the first raindrops. His show "Little Does Matter", a spread of 37 canvases done in oil and tackled with a riot of "unadulterated" colour, comes at a time when art as an object of mass appeal is promoting a variety of causes in India.

Play on Gandhi gets standing ovation in Sydney

By Neena Bhandari, IANS Sydney : The Australian premiere of "Sammy! A Word That Broke An Empire", a play tracing Mahatma Gandhi's life, has drawn applause from hundreds of people - Indians, foreigners, young and old. The award winning play, written by Pratap Sharma and directed by Indian actress Lillete Dubey, received a standing ovation from the 700-odd people at the National Institute of Dramatic Art at Sydney.

Delhi University students’ cultural fest a runaway hit

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Some are still studying while others are now working. But as they huffed and puffed over an art exhibition and a film festival, it was evident that the Delhi University students and alumni were bound by a common thread - Curves and Shades. An organisation that promotes art and culture among students, Curves and Shades was formed by a handful of enthusiastic students of the varsity four years ago. Since then they have been organising a cultural festival every year - the third concluded Thursday evening.

Mobile immersion of Ganesha idols to check pollution

By IANS Bangalore : Over 20 mobile tanks will go round the city Saturday to help Bangaloreans immerse Ganesha idols as part of the civic authorities' efforts to check pollution in the lakes. Thousands of idols will be immersed in the five main lakes in the city over the next nine days. Civic officials say with water bodies like Hebbal Lake, Sankey tank and Yalandur Lake already heavily polluted, mobile immersion tanks would help in checking further pollution.

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

Participants of the convention were forcefully stopped by the right-wing extremist group and were taken to Moghat Police Station after a ruckus.  TCN Staff Correspondent  BHOPAL...

Indian-origin journalist’s book on Iraq wins British prize


London : A book by Indian-origin journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, setting out new details of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority's government of Iraq, has won the Samuel Johnson non-fiction prize worth 30,000 pounds.

Carnatic singer Sudha Raghunathan gets Padma Bhushan

Chennai : Popular Carnatic composer and vocalist Sudha Raghunathan was Sunday named for the Padma Bhushan on the eve of the 66th Republic Day. Raghunathan...

कोरोना के काले अतीत के बाद शानदार तरीके से मनाई गई ईद

स्टाफ रिपोर्टर। देशभर में ईद-उल-फितर मंगलवार को धूमधाम से मनाई गई। कोरोना महामारी के चलते दो साल बाद ईद की खुशियां नज़र आईं। दो साल...

We did not want to court controversy with Husain: art summit organiser


New Delhi : Amid the kaleidoscope of colours, commerce and pedagogy that mark the ongoing India Art Summit 2008, the country's first official art fair in the capital, one name was conspicuous by its absence - master artist Maqbool Fida Husain. And the organisers have explained his absence by saying they did not want to invite any controversy.

Husain's works apparently did not match the guidelines and advisories issued by the organisers, Hanmer MS&L, a multi-disciplinary communication and creative services firm hosting the summit.

Global missile defence system by 2020: Ivanov

By RIA Novosti

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky : A global missile defence system proposed by Russia could be created by 2020, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said here Sunday.

Brahma Kumari sisters tie rakhi to Jamia VC

By TCN News, New Delhi: To mark the auspicious festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’ which falls on August 29, 2015, the Brahma Kumari sisters tied...

Classical tag to Kannada adds zest to Karnataka formation day

By IANS, Bangalore : Recognition of the 1,500-year-old Kannada language as a classical language by the central government added zest to Karnataka's celebration of its 53rd formation day Saturday. Ambika Soni, the central minister for culture announced the grant of classical status to Kannada and Telugu, the language of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Friday. The other two languages with the classical tag are Sanskrit and Tamil.

Manna Dey not impressed by Rehman’s ‘Vande Mataram’

By IANS, Lucknow : A.R. Rahman's "Vande Mataram" might have earned him unprecedented fame and glory while "Jai Ho" might have earned him the ultimate - Oscar. However, both these pieces of music have failed to impress celebrated singer Manna Dey. The 91-year-old celebrity, who ruled his genre of traditional Hindustani music for nearly seven decades, feels: "Rahman's redefinition of 'Vande Mataram' does not go with the ethos behind the song, which is a salute to your mother." The singer is here for a private performance at a leading local club Sunday evening.

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...

Salman has Rs.200 crore riding on him

Mumbai : The verdict is out -- Salman Khan was on Wednesday sentenced to five years in jail for a 2002 hit-and-run accident. And...

Century-old religious fair begins in Himachal

By IANS, Solan (Himachal Pradesh) : A three-day fair to mark the journey of Hindu goddess Shoolini, the presiding deity of this Himachal town, to the abode of her elder sister goddess Durga began here Friday with a colourful procession. Hundreds of devotees flocked to goddess Shoolini's temple to seek blessings and then accompanied her bedecked palanquin to the temple of goddess Durga. The fair will conclude with a procession bringing the deity back to her own temple after three days.

Chandrasekaran’s Iraq book in NYT’s 2007 top-ten list

By IANS New York : "Imperial Life in the Emerald City", the acclaimed book on Iraq by Washington Post senior editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, has been listed by The New York Times among the 10 best books of 2007. The book, which is being turned into a movie by Hollywood's Universal Pictures, is among the five best non-fiction books of the year listed in The New York Times Book Review section published on Sunday.

Tagore at Twenty20

By IANS, Kolkata : Kolkata Knight Riders owner and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan (SRK) surely knows how to keep every one happy! Following objections to his pre-match performance Thursday, the birth anniversary of poet Rabindranath Tagore, he has decided to change the programme to befit the occasion. West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty had objected to his pre-match performance as the day is observed as Rabindra Jayanti.

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.

भोजपुरी फिल्मों की मशहूर अभिनेत्री सहर अफशा ने इस्लाम के लिए छोड़ी फ़िल्म इंडस्ट्री

स्टाफ रिपोर्टर। उत्तर प्रदेश में बेहद लोकप्रिय भोजपुरी फिल्मों की अभिनेत्री सहर अफशा ने अभिनय की दुनिया को खुद से जुदा कर करते हुए...

Agra’s teenaged guitarist plays for Guinness record

By IANS, Agra : A 14-year-old Agra boy, Akash Gupta Sunday began strumming his guitar before hundreds of music lovers at 162-year-old St. Peter's College in the city of Taj. And he plans to stop only after he has created a new Guinness world record for longest playing the instrument at a live show.

Northeast musical fest enthralls Jamia crowd

By IANS, New Delhi : An ensemble of amazing rock music, folk songs and dances from the northeast has enthralled the crowd at the Jamia Millia Islamia University here.

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.

Watch: Srinagar’s Heritage House connects youth with Kashmir’s past

Located in Srinagar’s old city, a century-old building is now a heritage museum. Known as Baitul Meeras (Heritage House), the museum was opened...

President Patil to inaugurate Surajkund crafts fair

By IANS, Chandigarh : The celebration of traditional Indian handicrafts will begin Feb 1 next year when the Surajkund crafts fair gets underway in Haryana. President Pratibha Patil will inaugurate the 2009 edition of the Surajkund fair, Haryana's Minister for Tourism and Forests Kiran Chaudhary said here Tuesday. Surajkund is located in the Aravalli range, about 10 km from south Delhi on the highway to Agra.

Iran band to play with pop singer Chris de Burgh

By DPA Tehran : Iran has approved a concert by a Western pop artiste in Tehran, Fars news agency reported Sunday. Irish pop singer Chris de Burgh, who has recorded the song A Melody for Peace, with the Iranian band Arian, is scheduled to give a concert with Arian next August, Arian's manager Mohsen Rajabpour told Fars. He confirmed that Culture Ministry's music department, which is responsible for granting permission for music releases and concerts, had agreed to grant permission.

Mexican artists wrap Gandhi in fusion music for children

By Liz Mathew, IANS, Mexico City : Ravi Shankar introduced Indian classical music to the West, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took transcendental meditation across the Atlantic, and now Latin American fusion music is being used to introduce Mahatma Gandhi to the young generation of Mexico. A Mexican music troupe sang Indian verses accompanied by pre-Hispanic musical instruments at the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the side of a busy road here when visiting Indian President Pratibha Patil arrived to pay her tributes.

Zesty’ novel on Bhopal disaster takes Commonwealth regional award

By IANS London : Indian born writer Indra Sinha's novel "Animal's People" has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the best book in the Europe and Asia region. The winners of regional prizes from throughout the Commonwealth announced Thursday night will form the shortlist for two prestigious overall prizes to be awarded in May. Sinha's novel, which was shortlisted for last year's Booker, was praised by judges's chair Makarand Paranjape for "its fiercely original, zesty style, coupled with seriousness of theme and intent."

Tribal artist bags first Jangarh award

By IANS Bhopal : Dilip Shyam, a painter who popularised the Gondi form of tribal art, has been honoured with the first Madhya Pradesh Jangarh award for 2007. Titled 'Jangarh Ankh', Shyam's official entry was selected from among the works of 17 artists and 13 sculptors. The award has been instituted in the name of late folk artist, sculptor and singer Jangarh Singh Syam. Instituted by Bhopal-based organisation Vanya, with the state's Tribal Welfare Minister Vijay Shah as chairman, the award carries a cash prize of Rs.25,000 and a citation.

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.

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...

Rahul Gandhi meets women artisans in Gujarat

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

Indian comedian makes Pakistanis laugh

By IANS, Karachi : Indian stand-up comedian Sanjay Rajoura had Pakistanis in splits as he cracked jokes on India's obsession with Sachin Tendulkar and how to win friendship of female students.

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.

Rabbi Shergill now sings for the girl child

By IANS, New Delhi : Singer Rabbi Shergill, the voice behind popular songs like "Bulla Ki Jaana" and "Tere Bin", says his latest album "Avengi Ja Nahin" focuses on social issues like female foeticide, rights of the girl child and racism. "Ballo", one of the nine songs of the album, talks about the issue of pre-natal sex determination, Rabbi explained. "Female liberation is guided by the patriarch and women are still manipulated," said the singer, who is known for the Sufi influence on his music.

Indian-American Aziz Ansari ranked sixth top paid comedian

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

Aging Hindu temple undergoes elaborate makeover

By DPA Singapore : Craftsmen from India have carved the tower of an 82-year-old Hindu temple with deities as part of an elaborate makeover, news reports said Tuesday. The Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple, in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, still retains the main sanctuary and coloured glass, but the walls were knocked down to create more space and better ventilation. The temple will be re-consecrated Sunday. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony. Temple officials told the Straits Times that the congregation had outgrown the sanctuary.

Play on disappearing daughters enthralled Delhities

By TCN News, New Delhi: Kathak exponent Dr. Rekha Mehra, presented a Ballet titled “Tu Kaisi Maa” on female foeticide and women empowerment and Play - New Life, a drama on cancer, with visual effects in background.
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