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...

Che Guevara – Idealism or revolutionary marketing?

By DPA Havana : Ernesto "Che" Guevara lived fast, died young and left, if not a good-looking corpse, at least one full of mysticism. But the Argentine-born guerrilla fighter also left a legacy of ideals against injustice in Latin America and beyond, which turned him into a global icon, albeit one full of controversy. He remains a symbol 40 years after his death.

Taj Mahal on list of world’s seven wonders

By NNN-PTI

New Delhi : Always counted among the man-made marvels of the world by its admirers, the Taj Mahal today found pride of place in a new list of seven wonders polled by people around the globe.

The most photographed monument is accompanied by The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Roman Collosseum in the list announced at a gala ceremony in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to coincide with the date 07.07.07.

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.

Eighteenth century obituaries fathered current celebrity cult

By IANS, Washington : The sudden rise in popularity of obituaries in the 18th century provided much of the impetus for the current world's obsession with the celebrity cult, a new study has found. Elizabeth Barry, associate professor at the department of English, University of Warwick, has challenged perceptions that celebrity is a phenomenon born with the Romantic movement of the early 19th century. Barry said people from all walks of life could now become famous for being eccentric, rather than for historically momentous achievements.

Subodh Gupta to top Saffronart autumn online auction

By Uma Nair, IANS, Mumbai : Two works by leading contemporary artist Subodh Gupta have been set at the highest estimates at Saffronart's autumn online auction, scheduled to take place Sep 3-4. However, it is not Gupta's work that gets the treasured cover - it is T.V. Santosh's enigmatically entitled "When your Target Cries for Mercy". In a queer coincidence, Santosh's show "A Room To Pray" just opened at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich and perhaps Saffronart is willing to ride the crest of that wave of international gleanings.

36 Indian women WHO worked as scavengers to walk on ramp

By NNN-PTI, United Nations : Thirty-six Indian women, rescued by a non governmental organisation from the degrading task of manually cleaning human excreta, are all set to walk on ramp with leading models before representatives from more than 150 countries here. The women, rescued by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation from Alwar in Rajasthan, yesterday met diplomats and dignitaries at the United Nations and talked about the changes which, they said, had made them for the first time feel like human beings.

When past and present merged for communist veterans

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

Sentiment, India Inc. score via ‘Satyameva Jayate’

By Rohit Bansal, In May 2012, sitting with a borrowed iPad, a few metres from the White Nile in Juba, I saw a show aiming to flow against the current of television advertising. The Nile, as we know, flows from south to north!

Agra gets its first FM

By IANS

Agra : The Taj Mahal city has got its first FM radio station, and that has been accompanied by a huge demand for radio sets.

Special parliament session to celebrate 60th Independence Day

By IANS New Delhi : Mellifluous strains of the sarod by Amjad Ali Khan, patriotic songs by Pandit Jasraj and a poetry recital by Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi will be the highlights of a 90-minute special parliament session on Aug 15 to mark the 60th anniversary of Independence Day. The special session will be held in the evening at the Central Hall of Parliament and be attended by President Pratiba Patil, the newly-elected vice president, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, said officials in the Lok Sabha secretariat.

New York’s Diwali mela expected to draw thousands

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

Manik Bandyopadhyay’s birth centenary observed

By IANS, Dhaka : Literary figures and writers observed the birth centenary of litterateur Manik Bandyopadhyay (1908-1956) by discussing his works and staging an adaptation of his popular short story "Pragoitihashik". Bangladeshi critic and litterateur Abdus Shakur was the chief guest. Among others, Bandyopadhyay's youngest son Shukanto Bandyopadhyay and cultural personality Jotin Sarkar spoke on his bohemian writing style and his ideology, The Daily Star said Sunday.

Drums brought a ‘quantum of solace’ to Pete Locket

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Multi-percussionist Pete Lockett, who is touring India to promote a collaborative rhythm album with Indian associate Bickram Ghosh, is on a roll. His latest piece of music - in the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" - has just been released. Lockett, voted the best percussionist in the world by the Rhythms magazine, had earlier worked on the soundtrack for several James Bond movies, including "Die Another Day", "The World is Not Enough", "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Casino Royale".

Jaipur to host six-day Teej festival

By IANS Jaipur : To promote tourism in the state, the Rajasthan government is holding a six-day-long 'Sawan Teej' festival here from Saturday. "The Sawan Teej festival this year will have various cultural activities like dances, plays and songs," Usha Punia, Rajasthan tourism minister, told IANS. Eminent singer Shubha Mudgal, actor and singer Vasundhara Das, band Euphoria, a play "Rangili Bhagmati" by Ashok Rahi, a musical show by Veena Cassettes and a Kathak performance will delight the tourists during the mega event from Aug 11 to Aug 16.

One of Delhi’s oldest theatre groups comes alive again

By Radhika Bhirani, IANS, New Delhi : They are an eclectic mix - doctors, housewives, bank officials, educationists and college students - all brought together by their love of theatre. The group, consisting of professional and amateur theatre artistes, is to resurrect the Three Arts Club, one of the oldest amateur theatre groups in the capital, after an almost 25-year hiatus.

Even Stones Can Speak! An exhibition by Yajanika Arora

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West Bengal to find export markets for handicrafts

By IANS

Kolkata : The West Bengal government is commissioning studies to find out if handicrafts from the state will have a market in the US, Britain and Germany. Several Bengal artisans are also to take part in international exhibitions in Belgium, France and Spain after their successful participation earlier in Milan and Barcelona.

Doordarshan launches two channels in Britain

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

Old Delhi gears up for month of fasting and feasting

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

Swedish children’s classic comes to India on Children’s Day

By IANS, New Delhi : A cache of 100 books by Astrid Lindgre, Sweden's grand dame of children's literature, were brought out by the Oxford University Press Friday to coincide with India's Children's Day and the birthday of the author - who would have turned a grand old 101. Lindgren preceded Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling by at least 50 years in her trade - writing children's stories primarily for the benefit of their daughters. She immortalised the fictional orphan girl Pippi Longstocking in her native country and around the globe.

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

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

A surfeit of love is endangering Taj Mahal

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS Agra : Mughal emperor Shah Jahan wanted it to be a place of peace and tranquillity. But the 17th century Taj Mahal today suffers a daily invasion of nearly 12,000 visitors. An ever-increasing human load on the fragile white marble wonder on the banks of the Yamuna is causing concern among conservationists who feel the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) must come up with a plan to regulate the tourist inflow.

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400-year-old Jharkhand drummakers struggle to keep trade alive

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Adharjhor (Jharkhand) : In the heart of a dense forest in the Patamda block, this ramshackle village of 100 thatched huts is fighting a tough battle to keep afloat its 400-year-old traditional craft - making percussion instruments. The village is known for its special 'hari khol' - the percussion instrument offered to Lord Vishnu at shrines during 'naam-kirtan' (sessions of devotional music). It is located 35 km from Jamshedpur, the district headquarters of East Singhbhum.

Creating monsoon magic – kathak style

By IANS New Delhi : From the pitter-patter of the first monsoon showers and the romance associated with the rains to the havoc it wreaks, kathak danseuse Sharmishta Mukherjee's ballet here encapsulated the many moods of the magical season. 'Varsha Malhar' by Sharmishta and her troupe - that Monday evening kicked off the annual Malhar Festival organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to celebrate the monsoons - caught the images and emotions linked with the rain through kathak swirls, intricate footwork and contemporary and traditional music.

Leading Hungarian gypsy band to connect with Indian roots

By IANS, New Delhi : The Roma gypsies are coming home to the sun and sand dunes of Rajasthan to make music this autumn. Parno Graszt, billed as one of the best Hungarian gypsy bands, will not only play in India next month but is already busy making contact with relatives and friends in the country. After all, the gypsies of Europe trace their roots to Rajasthan. The desert state will get to hear Hungarian gypsy music for the first time when the band performs at the Royal International Folk Festival (RIFF) in Jodhpur from Oct 10-14.

Surendran Nair, Atul Dodiya highlights of Saffronart auction

By Uma Nair, IANS Mumbai : The Saffronart spring online auction of modern Indian art works will take place March 12-13 and feature 140 works by 55 artists. Paintings of Surendran Nair and Atul Dodiya will be the highlights. The auction includes works of the younger lot of artists who have tasted success much earlier than their elders.

60 bands, different genres come together at music fest

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

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".

Actors hone their skills in theatre workshops

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Schools have opened after their summer holidays. Now it is the turn of professional actors to hone their skills in theatre workshops and learn new techniques from experts. Acting, as Russian actor and director Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski - the father of naturalistic acting - says, is a serious method where an actor uses his tools to portray reality.

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.

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.

Former union minister P.C. Chunder dead

By IANS Kolkata : Eminent academician, Congress leader and former union education minister Pratap Chandra Chunder died in a city hospital Tuesday afternoon. He was 88. Chunder was ailing for sometime. He is survived by wife Leena Chunder, four sons and grandchildren. Chunder served as education and social welfare minister in the Morarji Desai ministry between 1977 and 1979. A family member said the body of the veteran politician and educationist will be brought to his central Kolkata home. His last rites will be performed Wednesday.

Yamuna in full spate in Agra no more attractive

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS, Agra : There was a time when people in Agra would flock to the Yamuna banks during the monsoon to watch the river dance in whirlpools or the muddy water form ripples and loops. Or kids would come to watch tortoises lazily floating. Now the heavy pollution level in the water is keeping everyone away.

Environmenatlists oppose move to shrink eco-zone near Taj

Agra: Local environmentalists on Wednesday again voiced their opposition to the Uttar Pradesh government's move to reduce the eco-sensitive zone limit around Sur Sarovar...

Delhi to host first Saarc cultural festival

By IANS New Delhi : Food to titillate your tongue and vet your appetite, music and folklore to lift your spirits and a fashion show to soothe your eyes... all that would be brought for you in the first ever Saarc cultural festival, being held in the capital from Nov 30 to Dec 9. The cultural festival of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in the capital will be a mixture of flavours and music, foods and fashion for people to savour in this festive season.

Drew Barrymore becomes advocate for UN World Food Programme

TwoCircles.net newsdesk The American actress Drew Barrymore was named today as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and charged with the task of using her celebrity status as a film star to advocate for school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest countries. Ms. Barrymore, 32, becomes the latest Ambassador for the WFP, joining Kenyan world marathon record-holder Paul Tergat, himself a former recipient of school feeding programmes, among others. Last year WFP fed 19.4 million children across 71 countries through such projects.

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.

Aamir Khan film on dyslexia an eye-opener for Bengal teachers

By IANS

Kolkata : Aamir Khan's film "Taare Zameen Par" has been an eye-opener for harried schoolteachers in West Bengal's Burdwan district.

At their wits' end in dealing with recalcitrant children, teachers in the district, around 273 km from Kolkata, have found the film "inspirational enough" to tackle slow-learners and habitual troublemakers in the class.

Now a museum for domestic appliances

By Gerd Korinthenberg, DPA Ghent : They come from flea markets across Europe and the US, from Internet auctions or dusty lofts - the vacuum cleaners and hot irons, toasters and pans from the avantgarde of modern design, which French collector Jean-Bernard Hebey has picked up over decades. Around 375 of these extraordinary domestic appliances from the 1920s to the 1970s are on display at the design museum in the Flanders' metropolis of Ghent, northern Belgium, in an exhibition entitled 'Esthetique Domestique' (Domestic Aesthetics) open to the public until Sep 30.

Nouveau art takes up social reality to make bold statements

By IANS, New Delhi : Art is charting a meaningful road in India. Investment opportunities aside, art enthusiasts are now using its power of instant identification and recall to drive home social messages. A show, “Popular Reality”, curated by Ranjita Chaney, has woven popular issues as themes around the works of a talented bunch of young contemporary artists like Murali Cheeroth, Tushar Jog, Manil Gupta, Nandan Ghiya, Vibha Galhotra Josh P.C. and Apurba Nandi. The show will be held Oct 1-17 at the Stainless Gallery in the capital.

Dubai to have museum of Middle East modern art

By IANS, Dubai : Work on a new museum of Middle East modern art has been launched here at the initiative of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Located in Dubai’s Culture Village on the banks of Khor Dubai or Dubai Creek, the museum is being designed by Netherlands-based architectural firm UN Studio, which would bring together elements of the sea and Dubai’s tradition of seafaring, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.

Advani bestselling author again with Jhumpa Lahiri

By IANS, New Delhi : BJP leader L.K. Advani's autobiography retains its hold over readers in the capital as does Jhumpa Lahiri whose "Unaccustomed Earth" is number one in the fiction bestseller list. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction lists are: Non-Fiction 1. "My Country, My Life" Author : L.K. Advani Publisher : Rupa & Co. Price : Rs.595.00 2. "The Secret" Author : Rhonda Byrne Publisher : Simon & Schuster Price : Rs.550.00 3. "Common Wealth : Economics for a Crowded Planet" Author : Jeffrey Sachs Publisher : Allen Lane Penguin Price : Rs.695.00

Healing disability with performing arts

By IANS, New Delhi : Folk dances by one-legged dancers, a performance by a visually-impaired flute player and singer, and a presentation by youngsters with impaired hearing and speech here during Sambhav 2008 was proof that art has the power to heal. The event here Sunday by mentally and physically challenged performers was held at India International Center, organised by Association for Learning Performing Art and Normative Action (ALPANA).

Kohinoor gifted to Britain, government tells SC

New Delhi: The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that the East India Company did not take away the Kohinoor diamond but it...

Centre should clear hurdles to build Ram temple: VHP

New Delhi : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday urged the central government to clear all hurdles within a year to ensure construction...

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Nizam’s jewels bedazzle Delhi

By IANS New Delhi : Subtlety is certainly not the royalty's cup of tea! When it comes to the Nizam's jewels, it's all about bedazzling size - be it the 184.75-carat Jacob diamond, the seven-stringed Satlada pearl necklace or chunky emerald studded armbands. In possession of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), 173 pieces of precious and exquisite jewellery pieces from the 18th-20th centuries that once belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad are being exhibited at the National Museum. The collection will be on show for two months.

President to inaugurate Marathi literary meet

By IANS Mumbai : President Pratibha Patil will inaugurate the 81st Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (literary conference) Jan 19 at Sangli in south Maharashtra. The four-day conference will attract renowned Marathi poets and writers for literary debates and discussions. Several cultural programmes on Marathi literature would be organised as part of the event. According to organisation secretary Madhukar Page, the first meet was held in 1878 under the guidance of the eminent legal luminary and freedom fighter Justice M.G. Ranade.

Hindi is a language of understanding and harmony: Ban Ki-moon

By Parveen Chopra, IANS New York : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Hindi as a "language of understanding and harmony" at the inaugural function of the eighth World Hindi Conference held at the UN headquarters here. "Hindi is a language of understanding and harmony. It unites the vast Indian diaspora, building bridges between different countries," he said Friday, accepting Hindi's growing importance in the world.

Animated film on the life of Buddha

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

Colourful kites, sesame sweets and prayers on Makar Sankranti

By IANS New Delhi : Entire families on the terrace cheering as their kites soared higher, mothers and grandmothers making sure the supply of sesame-seed sweets did not run out - that is how parts of India spent a happy Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival, Monday.

‘Shrek the Third’ tops US box office, sets new record

By Xinhua

Los Angeles : DreamWorks Animation's "Shrek the Third" debuted at the number-one spot at the US box office this weekend, raking in some $122 million over the three-day period and setting a new opening record for an animated film.

Researchers, academics say Al-Arabi magazine”s journey features unique

By KUNA Kuwait : Researchers and academics said Wednesday Al-Arabi Magazine has shown a unique style in literature coupled with relentless efforts to show this literature in a creative narrative manner. The features published by Al-Arabi "belonged to a school that strengthened its foundations over the years," Dr. Khaled Azab, Information Director at Alexandria Library, said in a seminar about "Al-Arabi Magazine ... the Linking Chain with the World" that marked the magazine's 50th anniversary.

Chandigarh’s founder to get centre in his honour soon

By Jaideep Sarin, IANS Chandigarh : Chandigarh's founder, the French architect Le Corbusier, will finally get a place in his name in the city that he designed over 55 years ago. The Chandigarh administration has decided to set up a Le Corbusier Centre in an old building complex in Sector 19 here. The building is the same where Corbusier and his team of architects and engineers planned and implemented the design of India's post-independence modern city.

Unesco to assess heritage status for Kalka-Shimla rail track

By IANS Shimla : A Unesco team of experts is examining the 104-year-old Kalka-Shimla rail track in Himachal Pradesh to decide whether to grant it World Heritage status. The two-member team, headed by Robert Lee, will study the 96 km track, that passes through 103 tunnels, for the next three days and submit its report. Indian Railways hopes to get heritage status for the track like the Darjeeling railway line and boost its earnings from tourism.

Agra welcomes drive against encroachment

By Brij Khandelwal Agra: Agra is breathing easy as there are fewer road jams in the Taj city following a major drive launched two weeks...

India takes giant stride with first global art fair

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

Navratri ends with Durga idol immersions, Ravan burning

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

Zikir-Zari mahotsav organized at Sivasagar in Assam

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Bollywood in Hollywood – to celebrate Indian independence

By Arun Kumar, IANS Washington : The 60th anniversary celebrations of India's independence kicks off in the US Friday with a six-day India Splendour festival in Los Angeles opening with the screening of Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Chak De India". Culminating with a live performance finale Aug 15, the festival will showcase the finest in contemporary Indian cinema, arts, fashion, dance, music and spirituality, according to its organisers MGlobal Trust.

Have your kitsch art and eat it too – at La Ramblas

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Art and food have come togther in a unique gourmet experience at La Ramblas, the new baby of Delhi-based restaurant magnate A.D. Singh. It offers contemporary Indian kitsch art along with a funky Spanish menu of "tapas and sangria". The new open air eatery is located at the trendy The Lap Garden at Hotel Samrat in Chanakyapuri in the capital. On offer with 16 different varieties of tapas - Spanish nibbles - are art expositions.

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.

Kerala yet to warm up to Christmas

By Sanu George, IANS, Thiruvananthapuram : A merry Christmas? People in Kerala are not so sure this time. Global recession, the Mumbai terror attack and even the weather are playing spoilsport, they say. "The one thing that really signals the arrival of the Christmas season is the winter that begins in the first week of December. This time my grandchildren are asking me why the morning nip is not there," said Pappachen in Kottayam.

Shamshad Husain’s painting auctioned at Rs. 0.48 million

By TwoCircles.net staff reporter

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

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

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.

French painter evokes Ray nostalgia with exhibition

By IANS Kolkata : Two decades after film maestro and writer Satyajit Ray's novel "Fatikchand" was translated into French, the 17 illustrations of the book by Paris-based painter Maite Delteil are now on display in an art gallery here, evoking nostalgia for generations of Ray lovers.

Munich filmfest celebrates silver jubilee

By DPA

Munich : Munich's Filmfest Muenchen 2007 celebrates its 25th anniversary later this week with a mixed bag of feature films, glamour and experiments, with the accent on the international including independent movies from Asia and Latin America.

Saving the ancient Bandhani fabric of Gujarat

By V.N. Balakrishna, IANS, Ahmedabad : Mention Bandhani and immediately what comes to mind is bright fabric of immaculate quality and rich history. Now, the spoiler - the brand is in urgent need of being rescued from the clutches of unscrupulous dealers who are peddling low quality products in the name of Bandhani.

Rs. 2 lakhs available for digitization of rare books & manuscripts

Rs. 2 lakhs available for digitization of rare books By TwoCircles.net correspondent New Delhi: National Archives of India has launched a scheme to help individuals and organizations in cataloguing, translation, and digitization of manuscripts and rare books.

Amin Jaffer named director of Asian art

By IANS

London : Christie's International, the world's leading art business, announced Monday the appointment of Amin Jaffer, an expert on furniture in early colonial India, as its international director of Asian art.

In Hailakandi, a father-son duo might hold edge over their rivals

By Amit Kumar, Twocircles.net Hailakandi: The district of Hailakandi, Assam, has been a hotspot of political activity in the past few weeks, and...

First Serve Toonz signs up BBC for Wolverine series

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

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.

Added wrinkles make Nefertiti more beautiful

By DPA

Berlin : Wrinkles improved the face of Nefertiti, the pharaonic Egyptian queen acclaimed as the world's most beautiful woman, German scientists have discovered.

The 3,000-year-old bust of Nefertiti is the greatest treasure at Berlin's Altes Museum.

X-ray pictures of the bust by a computer tomography machine at the nearby Charite Hospital in Berlin revealed that the sculpture is a piece of limestone with details added using four outer layers of plaster of Paris.

Ire, indifference after closure of ‘objectionable exhibition’

By IANS Chennai : Anger and indifference are the two main reactions expressed here Friday following Thursday's closure of an "objectionable exhibition" organised by French journalist and political commentator Francois Gautier at the Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA). The exhibition claimed to "expose the misdeeds against Hinduism during the Mughal period".

On Rafi’s 35th death anniversary, Rishi Kapoor thanks him

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The gatekeeper of Ghalib’s grave

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Bastar handicrafts to enter global market

Raipur, Jan 1 (IANS) After decades of neglect, traditional handicrafts from the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh such as those made of wood, terracotta and bell metal will now be globally marketed by the central government. The move will also ensure that artisans benefit directly from it. "The central government has entered into written agreements with hundreds of artisans along with four organisations involved in handicraft production for direct marketing of Chhattisgarh's famous traditional Bastar products," Jairam Ramesh, union minister of state for commerce, told IANS.

Fresh scripts fail to make cash counters ring in 2007

By Prithwish Ganguly

IANS

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.

Rare Leonardo da Vinci painting recovered in Scotland

By DPA London : A rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was feared lost forever after it was stolen in 2003 has been recovered in Glasgow, Scotland, the police said. The masterpiece, "Madonna with the Yarnwinder", was at the centre of a worldwide search after it was stolen from a private castle in August 2003, with the FBI putting the painting on its list of 10 most wanted pieces of stolen artwork. It is estimated to be worth at least 30 million pounds ($60 million).

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.

ASI shoots down ropeway project behind Taj

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS, Agra : The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has opposed a plan for a ropeway behind the Taj Mahal, drawn up by the Agra Development Authority apparently without seeking clearance from the ASI or the Supreme Court, which has laid out clear-cut guidelines for preserving the surroundings of the heritage monument. A series of preliminary studies and surveys by experts of the Usha Breco group, roped in by the ADA for the project, have already been carried out. The ropeway is aimed at boosting tourism.

Harry Potter breaks sales records as Radcliffe celebrates

By DPA

London : Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe marked his 18th birthday Monday by taking control of a reported fortune of 20 million pounds ($40.1 million) as publishers confirmed that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" has already broken all sales records.

Publishers Bloomsbury in London said J.K. Rowling's seventh and last Harry Potter novel had sold 2.6 million copies in its first 24 hours, overtaking its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", which sold 2 million copies during the same period.

Indian art travels abroad this summer

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Indian art is going places this summer. Contemporary artist Manish Pushkale is heading to Europe and says "it's vacation time". He will exhibit jointly with senior artist S.H. Raza during the Venice Biennale at Gallery Bugno. The biennale begins June 7. On June 9, Pushkale's show opens at the Galerie Muller & Plate at Munich.

Project to plan teaching through art in Jammu

By IANS, Jammu : The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Wednesday organised, for the first time, a workshop here aimed at integrating art into education.

Shahnama: The book fit for kings

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Potter first edition fetches magical price

By DPA

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.

Heritage Times Celebrates the Glorious Past of Bihar on Bihar Diwas

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Hyderabad’s Charminar ‘crying’ for preservation

By Prashant K. Nanda, IANS Hyderabad : It's breathtaking, majestic and historic but the 400-year-old Charminar, the iconic symbol of Hyderabad, is slowly becoming a victim of errant tourists and street vendors. Cement plasters are peeling, the intricate granite work on the Minar corners are chipping off, and the graffiti on the walls by tourists have marred its once splendid visage. The area around it has become a dumping ground, littered with food packets and used water bottles.

Indians in Bangkok go crazy over their Bollywood idols

By Arpana, IANS, Bangkok : Screaming Indian fans got within handshaking distance of their favourite Bollywood stars over the weekend, collecting autographs and taking their pictures with their digital cameras as they descended on this bustling city for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards. Scores of fans, mostly young, gathered outside the Dusit Thani Hotel, one of the oldest five-star hotels here, to catch a glimpse of the stars during the three-day extravaganza that drew the cream of Bollywood led by the Bachchan clan.

रमज़ान 1436 : जामा मस्जिद में सुकून बसता है

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Amaan, Ayaan collaborate with San Francisco-based vocalist

New Delhi : Sarod maestros Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan have collaborated with a San Francisco-based vocalist Devika Chawla to create a...

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Dance performance by Egyptian troupe at Jamia Millia Islamia

By TwoCircles.net News Desk, New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia organized a dance performance by a troupe from Egypt last week at the open air theatre with over 4000 audience including students and staff of the university.

Globalisation taking purity out of ghazals: top Pakistani singer

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Tina Sani, one of Pakistan's most popular classical and semi-classical ghazal exponents, feels that globalisation, the widespread culture of pop and rock music and the end of royal patronage are taking their toll on the popularity of ghazal in south Asia. "Not just the pop and rock culture, globalisation to some degree has taken the purity out of ghazal. Musicians now want to play to the gallery and are commercialising ghazals to cater to popular taste.

Tiny tots in Kerala write their first alphabets

By IANS Thiruvananthapuram : Elders held the hands of small children and helped them trace out their first alphabets on plates of rice grains as Kerala celebrated the festival of 'Vidyarambham' or initiation into world of letters Sunday. The function on Vijayadashami Day was held in temples by cultural organisations, clubs, schools and even media establishments across the state.

Indian designers show the art of being crystalline

By IANS New Delhi : Five top Indian designers are partnering Swarovski to use crystals not only in their clothing line, but also in shoes, jewellery and interiors, in an indication of what would be in vogue in the upcoming spring-summer season. The designers - Tarun Tahiliani, J.J. Valaya, Manish Arora, Rohit Bal and Suneet Verma - used the crystals in a variety of media to showcase their creative brilliance on the theme 'Art of Being' at a press conference here Tuesday.

Experts suggest mudpack to restore Taj sheen

By Sharat Pradhan, IANS Lucknow : Having failed to see anything else working to save the Taj Mahal from yellowing, experts have now come up with a novel idea. They will apply a mudpack to the 17th century white marble monumental wonder next month. Experts at the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are confident that this non-abrasive experiment could work the same kind of magic that mudpacks do to lend sheen to women's faces.

Nepal begins voting for Indian Idol

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

Acclaimed playwright Vijay Tendulkar cremated

By IANS, Pune : Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar, one of the greatest Indian playwrights of the post-Independence era, was cremated here Monday a few hours after his death following prolonged illness. He was 80 years old. Tendulkar had been suffering from diabetes and myaesthena gravis, a disease affecting the muscles. He was undergoing treatment at the Prayag Hospital here. He died at 8 a.m.

Sufi music fest begins in Kashmir

By IANS,

Srinagar : "Daag Ko Koun Dene Wala Tha/Jo Diya Hai Khuda Diya Tune" - the Urdu ghazal of well-known poet Daag Delhvi sung by a Sufi singer set the mood for the three-day Sufi festival of music and dance that began here Thursday evening.

Artists from Egypt, Syria, Uzbekistan and Pakistan are scheduled to perform at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex during the festival. It has been organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy jointly with the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

Veterans slog to save dying crafts of India

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Bangalore : Obaidur Rehman is 66 and suffers from a recurring eye problem. Gendilal is six years older. The two, like many others of their age, have a link - work long hours, not only to earn their livelihoods but to keep India's traditional crafts alive. Rehman works for up to 16 hours a day weaving the famed Benarasi silk saris in the temple town of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh.

Art carnival adds colour to Bangalore’s tech image

By Maitreyee Boruah, IANS, Bangalore : A bus bay in this overcrowded city provided a rare sight - art aficionados admiring paintings at a bus bay and asking artists what motivates them to paint. About 1,500 artists from Karnataka and other parts of the country displayed their works on both sides of the busy Kumara Krupa road near Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (KCP), the state's prominent art school-cum-gallery Sunday.

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.

Doris Lessing wins Nobel literature prize

By Xinhua Stockholm : British writer Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday. The Academy cited Lessing as "that epicist of the female experience who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny." This was the fourth of the prestigious Nobel prizes handed out this year, with awards in chemistry, physics and medicine given away in the past three days.

Indian comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar to be enthroned in West End hit

By IANS, London : Indian-born television comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar is to play the starring role in an award-winning and record-breaking London musical that parodies a British legend. He will be crowned the new Arthur, the King of the Britons, in Monty Python's "Spamalot" - a multi-award winning take-off on Camelot, the story of the legendary British king. Actor-writer Bhaskar will debut June 23 in a play which is a spin-off from the popular film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and opened at London's West End in October 2006.

Benazir Bhutto’s story tops best sellers’ list

By IANS, New Delhi : Journalist Shyam Bhatia's political biography of the slain former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto, "Goodbye Shahzadi", debuts on top of the non-fiction best sellers' list while ex-IITian Chetan Bhagat's "The 3 mistakes of my life" is on top of the fiction list. The top 10 in the non-fiction and fiction categories are: Non-fiction: 1. Goodbye Shahzadi: A Political Biography of Benazir Bhutto Author: Shyam Bhatia Publisher: Lotus Roli Price: Rs.295.00 2. Crossed Swords: Pakistan Its Army, and the Wars Within Author: Shuja Nawaz Publisher: Oxford

Kolkata bids to become Unesco’s World City of Literature

By IANS Kolkata : The failure to hold this year's book fair may be haunting Kolkata, but the city of poets and writers has thrown its hat in the ring for the World City of Literature title bestowed by Unesco. At a hotel this week, the city's intelligentsia gathered under the auspices of the British Council to formally launch its bid for Unesco's coveted World City of Literature title. Scotland's capital Edinburgh is the first, and till date, the only city designated by Unesco as a World City of Literature under its Creative Cities Network programme.

‘India contributes big time to online art’

By Devapriyo Bhattacharjee, IANS, Mumbai : Online art auctions have grown more than 10 times in the last five years and India has made a major contribution to this growth, says Dinesh Vazirani, co-founder and director of leading auction house Saffronart. Vazirani said online art auctions have gone up from Rs.200 million ($5 million) to Rs.2.4 billion ($60 million) globally in five years. He said the industry is expected to grow further to nearly Rs.10 billion in the next five years.

Fake toe on mummy may be world’s oldest prosthetic

By Xinhua

Beijing : An artificial wood and leather big toe discovered on the foot of an Egyptian mummy could be the world's earliest functioning prosthetic body part.

The fake toe from the Cairo museum in Egypt was found in 2000 in a tomb near the ancient city of Thebes. Archaeologists speculated that the 50- to 60-year-old woman the prosthesis came from might have lost her toe due to complications from diabetes.

World’s oldest spears to go on show in Germany

By DPA

Hanover : The world's oldest missile collection, a set of spears used by Palaeolithic hunters 400,000 years ago, is to go on public display for the first time this year, 15 years after they were found in a German open-cast lignite mine.

Resul Pookkutty’s friends in Kerala pray for Oscar win

By Rinku Gupta, IANS, Kayamkulam (Kerala) : Resul Pookkutty was an avid listener of All India Radio during his youth, and would always be critical of the sound quality of programmes on the state-run radio, recall his friends in this Kerala village who are hoping the ace sound designer wins an Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire". The small tea vending outlets of this town where the Oscar hopeful spent much time as a college student are alive with recollections about their famous inhabitant. Pookkutty has been nominated for the 'sound mixing' Oscar for "Slumdog Millionaire".

Another Taj project runs into trouble

By Brij Khandelwal, IANS, Agra : Yet another mega project in the name of promoting tourism around the Taj Mahal has run into trouble with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) opposing a plan for a ropeway behind the world famous monument. The project, to build a ropeway, a suspension bridge across the Yamuna river and a giant ferris wheel for an aerial view of the Taj, was apparently drawn up by the Agra Development Authority without seeking clearance from the ASI or the Supreme Court.

Sahmat exhibits vandalism of Husain works

By IANS, New Delhi : Broken frames, dislodged pictures and photographs on the floor... that was the "as it is" scene Monday at an exhibition showcasing the works of the eminent painter M.F. Husain that had been vandalised the day before. Refusing to give in to the miscreants, organisers Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (Sahmat) extended by a day the exhibition held on the lawns of the Vithalbhai Patel House in the heart of New Delhi. The mess that would otherwise have been an organiser's nightmare was converted into an expression of protest by Sahmat.

Music is the healer, think Afghan musicians as they perform in Guwahati

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter, Guwahati: On most of the occasions, when we talk of Afghanistan, it’s either Taliban or the prolonged conflicts at the land locked country. The country was almost devastated by many from both inside and outside yet there are some beautiful things to be appreciated in the country.

Miss Kazakhstan defends ‘Borat’

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A slice of Persian culture for Indian aficionados

By IANS, New Delhi : Culture seemed to forge a stronger pact between India and Iran than energy pipelines and uncertain political partnerships, with the three-day 'Days of Iranian Culture in India' kicking off here. The Iranian cultural showcase, which was inaugurated here Wednesday evening, a day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's brief visit to the Indian capital, is the first in the country to promote the "historic land" as a vibrant tourist destination.

Hues of Ladakh through a traveller’s lens

By IANS, New Delhi : Ladakh has its natural colour scheme. The land of rugged brown hills, windswept plains and remote monasteries shimmering white against the backdrop of an azure sky is a photographer's delight. Shamim Akhtar's ongoing exhibition captures the Buddhist land in all its moods. The exhibition of photographs, "Rode to Heaven", a biker's account of the colourful state through pictures, opened at the India Habitat Centre Monday. It will close Aug 17.

Government laying stress on domestic tourism: Soni

By IANS New Delhi : The central government is laying greater stress on domestic tourism as it helps unite the country, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Ambika Soni said here Friday. "We are laying greater stress on domestic tourism as we believe it is an important factor in uniting the country. And that will lead to further development and progress," the minister said at a launch of a Hindi travelogue "Safar Suhana Duniya Ka" written by Alok Mehta, senior journalist and editor of Hindi weekly Outlook Saptahik.

Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan conferred with Padma Vibhushan

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UTV’s Brand Bindass to find India’s first space tourist

By IANS

New Delhi : All those dreaming of space travel have a rare chance of making their dreams come true. UTV, one of India's leading film production houses, has announced the launch of entertainment channel bouquet Brand Bindass with a campaign to select the lucky Indian who will be the country's first space tourist.

Lahiri’s new book zooms to No.1 in NYT bestseller list

By IANS New York : Indian American Jhumpa Lahiri's new book "Unaccustomed Earth", which has been receiving rave reviews in the US press, has zoomed to the top in New York Times' list of best-selling fiction within two weeks of its April 1 launch. The book, New York-based Lahiri's second collection of short stories, debuts at No. 1 slot in the list to appear in the Times on April 20, a paper's blog said Thursday.

Women celebrate Chhath in Bihar

By IANS, Patna : Hundreds of thousands of people, especially women, across Bihar took a dip in the holy waters of Ganga and Kosi rivers offering prayers to the Sun God to mark the beginning Sunday of a four-day Hindu festival Chhath Puja. The banks of the Ganga, Punpun, Gandak and Kosi rivers were thronged early Sunday morning by devotees, especially married women, for bathing before preparing vegetarian food on handmade earthen chulhas (stoves). All the while, they sang traditional songs dedicated to the Sun God.

Corporate giants reach out to underprivileged kids

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Magic shows, movies and a whole lot of goodies. Children from humble backgrounds across the capital Tuesday had a field day as two corporate giants, PVR and Nirulas, on two separate occasions, entertained them - and promised them something even bigger: education.

Shimla summer festival from June 2

By IANS

Shimla : Music, songs and a beauty pageant will be the highlights of this year's five-day Shimla summer festival set to begin June 2.

Artist Ambadas brings back slice of creative ’60s

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : Master abstractionist Ambadas has brought back a slice of the creative '60s to the capital with his new cache 'Sublime Encounters', a series of bright colourful forms that defy artistic conventions and limitations of figurative art. The show, on till Feb 15 at the Delhi Art Gallery, revives memories of the fabled 'GROUP 1890', a "rag-tag" army of artistic rebels, who rejected convention for creativity.

Catch artist Amitesh Verma’s biggest horses at Mumbai show

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Amitesh Verma, one of the most talented line artists in the country today, has changed. And so have his horses. His power stallions on canvas now pack more punch and energy. Verma is going to showcase his horses in an exhibition called "Stallion Search", featuring a body 20 horses in various stages of motion at the Jahangir Art Gallery in Mumbai Sep 9-19.

No proposal for TV fee: minister

By IANS

New Delhi : Ahead of a crucial meeting to bail out cash-strapped public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, the government Thursday denied media reports about plans to impose an annual licence fee on TV sets.

105-year-old sister ties Rakhi on 98-year-old brother

By IANS Jaipur : For almost a century, this sister has been praying for the long life of her brother. Though she has failed to visit him on Raksha Bandhan every year, this time, 105-year-old Gopi travelled all the way to her 98-year-old brother Gopal's village to celebrate the occasion. Gopi, a resident of Charanwala village in Jaipur district received a warm welcome from the villagers when she reached Chamtali, about 50 km from here, to tie the Rakhi on her brother Tuesday.

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

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Archaeologists unearth ancient temple in Yemen

By DPA Sanaa : A team of archaeologists has discovered an ancient temple dating back to seventh century B.C., the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) said Tuesday. The discovery was made during excavation works in the ancient Sabaean town of Sirwah, at the central province of Marib, the DAI said in a statement. Sirwah formed the most important centre of the Sabaean kingdom next to the ancient metropolis of Marib during the first millennium B.C.

Asia’s biggest art mall pays tribute to women artists

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS New Delhi : As a tribute to unsung women artists on International Women's Day March 8 and the 60th year of India's independence, Art Mall, Asia's biggest one-stop art shop, is hosting 60 women artists Friday in a show titled "Ms-60".

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Prehistoric fortress in Egypt excavated

By DPA, Cairo : Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the largest ancient fortified city in Sinai peninsula while exploring the old Horus military road, which once connected Egypt to Palestine, Egypt's antiquities authority said Wednesday. The remains of a mud-brick fortress dating from the time of Ramses II (1304-1237 BC) and measuring 500 metres by 250 metres were found in the Sinai peninsula. The fortress, identified as Tharu fort, has several four-metre-high towers.
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