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...

Art brings Rs.40 mn relief to Bihar flood victims

By IANS, New Delhi : Art has brought Rs.40 million for flood victims of Bihar. Thirty-one leading contemporary artists brought together by Subodh Gupta and Bharati Kher have raised more than Rs.39.3 million through the Artists' Flood Relief Charity Auction held Nov 11-12 by Saffronart. The proceeds from the charity auction will benefit two NGOs, Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra (SSVK) and Goonj to support their flood relief work, a press statement issued by Saffronart said.

Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ earns big at Pakistani box office

Islamabad: "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's Eid gift to his fans, is not only breaking records in India, but has also garnered appreciation...

A miniature India in Moscow

By RIA Novosti Moscow : An Indian House - to showcase the cultural legacies of the country - is coming up on the outskirts of the Russian capital. The foundation of the centre is being laid Thursday and the construction is expected to be completed in 2009 - officially announced as the Year of India in Russia. The house includes an exhibition hall, a yoga class, an Ayurvedic medicine room, an Indian restaurant and a guesthouse.

Makeover planned for Red Fort neighbourhood

By IANS New Delhi : The historic Red Fort here, granted the Unesco World Heritage Site Status recently, will be made more tourist-friendly as authorities plan a makeover of the area around the monument. According to the proposed Comprehensive Research Conservation Plan (CRCP), the area around the 17th century Red Fort, always crammed with vehicular traffic, will be decongested to allow free movement of tourists by constructing more subways and underpasses.

Dhaka cancels art show in Paris following theft of artefacts

By IANS Dhaka : Bangladesh has cancelled an exhibition of rare artefacts at Guimet Museum in Paris following disappearance of two Vishnu statues from Zia International Airport last week. Sculpted around 1,500 years ago, 'Vishnu' and 'Bust of Vishnu' were stolen from the cargo area of the airport sometime between Friday evening and Saturday noon, while in the custody of Air France.

Irrfan’s son makes his debut with ‘Metro’

By Subhash K. Jha

IANS

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

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।...

One more writer returns Sahitya Akademi award

Jaipur/New Delhi : Leading Rajasthani and Hindi writer Nand Bhardwaj on Thursday returned his Sahitya Akademi award to denounce "rising religious intolerance and...

Hit Kerala play to be staged in UAE

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS, Dubai : Expatriate Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are in for a treat this winter when the hit Malayalam play "Chayamukhy", starring superstar Mohanlal and Mukesh, is staged here. The play, which has revived theatre culture in Kerala, will be staged in Dubai Oct 30, in Abu Dhabi Oct 31 and in Ras Al Khaimah Nov 2. It will also be staged in other Gulf nations in November.

Now, click and upload pics from Taj Mahal

Agra: Tourists visiting Taj Mahal will now be able to upload selfies or photographs clicked with their loved ones directly from the 17th century...

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...

Two budding painters win emerging artist award

By IANS New Delhi : Upcoming artists Om Soorya and Rakhi Peswani have won the 2007 emerging artist award given by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA). While Soorya, from Hyderabad, stood out for his strong personal style and technical skill, Peswani, based in Pune, was selected for the conceptual strength in her work and her innovative language with material, a FICA press statement said. A six-member jury of Atul Dodiya, Shilpa Gupta, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha and critics Anshuman Dasgupta and Annapurna Garimella made the selection from 450 entries.

India’s art fair ropes in big global galleries

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : The second edition of the Indian Modern and Contemporary Art Fair 2009, the sub-continent's official art fair, will be bigger, better and more global this year with 16 international galleries, 64 speakers and 25 media partners from across the globe. The three-day fair will be held during August 19-22 at the Pragati Maidan, the capital's trade and exhibition hub.

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

Mumbai:On the 35th death anniversary of late legendary playback singer Mohammed Rafi on Friday, actor Rishi Kapoor has thanked him for being his voice...

Dumped in Toshakhana, foreign gifts to go on display

By Devirupa Mitra, IANS, New Delhi : Carpets from Afghanistan and Pakistan, electronic items from Bhutan, jewellery and watches from the Gulf...The public could soon catch a glimpse of these exquisite foreign gifts given to Indian leaders! The government plans to display some of the items that have for long gathered dust at the Toshakhana, the official storehouse made up of three rooms at Akbar Bhavan housing a sizeable section of the external affairs ministry.

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.

‘Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam’ a different comedy, says director

By Radhika Bhirani, IANS, New Delhi : Watch my film because it's different, says writer-director Sanjay Chhel of his latest offering "Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam" starring Mallika Sherawat and Rahul Bose that releases Friday. "I am urging people to watch my film because the idea and its treatment is very fresh. It is a very out-of-the-box comedy," Chhel told IANS over phone from Mumbai. He added: "If people don't watch and encourage such films, filmmakers will use the same old formulas of NRI films and 'boy-meets-girl' kind of scripts."

BIG FM launches station in Visakhapatnam

By IANS Visakhapatnam : BIG 92.7 FM, one of India's leading FM radio networks, Thursday launched its station in Andhra Pradesh's coastal city of Visakhapatnam. This is 35th station of BIG 92.7 FM in the country and the third in Andhra Pradesh after Hyderabad and Tirupati. The FM station here was launched with kids from Public and Police Association for street children (PAPA) releasing 927 balloons in air. The network had PAPA children's as the chief guests for the function.

London art fair to highlight Husain’s work

By IANS, New Delhi : Leading Indian contemporary artist M.F. Husain's art will be the highlight of the 20/21 International Art Fair in London Feb 17-20.

नया फ़ैसला: फ़िल्म बनानी है? पहले तीन-तीन मंत्रालयों से इजाज़त लीजिए..

By सिद्धान्त मोहन, TwoCircles.net, नई दिल्ली: बीबीसी की डॉक्यूमेंट्री ‘इंडियाज़ डॉटर’ को भारत सरकार ने अपने आत्मसम्मान से जोड़ लिया था. भयानक स्तर पर सरकार ने कोशिश जारी रखी कि किसी भी तरीके से इस फ़िल्म का प्रसारण रोक दिया जाए. लेकिन ‘अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी’ को कुचलने में सरकार असफल रही और बीबीसी ने तयशुदा तारीख से पहले ही अपनी डॉक्यूमेंट्री को प्रसारित कर दिया.

Now, a shortened version of ‘MNIK’ for the US

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS, Mumbai: This summer "My Name Is Khan" will be playing for a non-NRI audience in theatres across the US. And the version of "MNIK" that American audiences will get to see will be different from the original film released so far in India and overseas for the NRI audiences. Shah Rukh Khan confirms this decision to shorten the film for American audiences.

Assam reverberates with Bihu drumbeats

By Syed Zarir Hussain, IANS, Guwahati : Sounds of drumbeats and cymbals were echoing in the hills and dales of Assam Monday with the state heralding the Assamese New Year or Rongali Bihu with tremendous enthusiasm. People in their hundreds were thronging Bihu pandals across the state with dancers in their traditional fineries performing gyrating Bihu dances to the accompaniment of dhols or the traditional drums and flutes made of buffalo horns.

1,000-year-old mystery Buddhist steel case opened in east China

By Xinhua, Nanjing (China) : Chinese archaeologists Wednesday opened a 1,000-year-old steel case that was believed to contain Buddhist relics. A pagoda top wrapped in silk emerged after archaeologists removed two steel panels of the cube-shaped case, which is 0.5 metre long, 0.5 metre wide and 1.34 metres high. Hua Guorong, vice curator of the Nanjing City Museum where the case was opened, said an initial analysis showed the object was a pagoda about 1 metre high.

Bringing art auction to southern India

By Papri Sri Raman, IANS, Chennai : A rare M.F. Husain for just $35,000? Or a 1991 Souza for $35,000 and a 1948 Souza for $50,000 or a recent Raza for $17,500? Yes, and that too, in Chennai and Bangalore. For the inconspicuous but discerning collector, Bangalore-based auction house Bid & Hammer is quietly bringing under the hammer an assorted ensemble of works of some famous Indian painters, beginning with very reasonable prices. Their auction titled "The Enduring Palette" will happen in Bangalore June 15 but was previewed in Chennai this week.

Mexican archaeologists begin search for Aztec king’s tomb

By IANS Mexico City : A team of archaeologists has begun exploring a site in the heart of the Mexican capital that might lead to the first discovery of a tomb of an Aztec king, according to Spanish news agency EFE. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said in a communiqué that a 12-tonne monolith dedicated to Tlaltecuhtli, the Aztec earth goddess, was removed from the site Tuesday. Scientists hope to uncover the tomb of King Ahuizotl, who reigned from 1486-1502.

Swastika daubed on Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial

By DPA Berlin : A swastika and other symbols associated with German rightwing extremism have been daubed on the Holocaust Memorial in the centre of Berlin, police said Saturday. A member of the staff that watches over the sea of 2,711 concrete stelae that make up the memorial near the Brandenburg Gate had discovered the vandalism midday Friday, the police said.

Stolen 525-year-old map found in Sydney

By DPA Sydney : After a journey around the world, a stolen map from 1482 based on the work of the ancient astronomer and geographer Ptolemy has been recovered in a Sydney art gallery. The find was reported Saturday in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. The map, known as the Ulm Ptolemy World Map, illustrates what was known about the world in the late 15th century. Spain's National Library, which owns the map, describes it as "perhaps the most famous and highly sought after of 15th-century world maps, and certainly the most decorative".

Husain attends New York art event

By Parveen Chopra, IANS

New York : Famous Indian painter M.F. Husain was the guest of honour at the opening of an art exhibition in New York.

PM greets nation on Dussehra, Durga Puja

By IANS, New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday greeted the nation on the occasion of Durga Puja and Dussehra. “India has the millenia old tradition of celebrating Dussehra and Durga Puja both symbolising the triumph of good over evil,” Prime Mininster Singh said in a short message. “The activities centering around these festivals are an inspiration for a life of righteous action and symbolises our rich cultural heritage.”

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.

French government honours King Khan

By IANS

New Delhi : Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been awarded the Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government for his prolific career and contribution to the development of Indo-French cooperation in the field of cinema.

Nehru-Edwina ‘romance’ to be filmed

By IANS, London : The story of the reported intense relationship between India's first prime minister and the vivacious wife of its last British Viceroy is to be turned into a film that may not follow a "nuanced approach". Film rights to a book, Alex von Tunzelmann's "Indian Summer", which gives details of "the intense love affair" between Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, have been bought by the British production company Working Title, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Firaq Gorakhpuri’s ‘ghazals’ now in Polish

By IANS

Warsaw : After legendary poets Mir Taqi Mir and Mirza Ghalib, celebrated lyricist Firaq Gorakhpuri's 'ghazals' have been translated from Urdu into Polish.

Polish author Janusz Krzyzowski and Warsaw-based Indian poet Surender Zahid have done the translation, INEP news service reported.

Releasing a book of 'ghazals' last week in the presence of Warsaw literary elite, Indian ambassador Anil Wadhwa congratulated the two.

Foreign artists to donate art works to Chandigarh’s garden

By IANS, Chandigarh : In a bid to salute the immaculate masterwork, nearly 25 artists from the US and Europe will donate their art works to the Rock Garden, one of the most sought after tourist destination of this union territory. Rock Garden, which is spread over an area of over 40 acres, was designed by its self-taught curator Nek Chand. It is completely built from thrown-away household and industrial waste items.

Husain joins million-dollar club

By IANS

New Delhi : Maqbool Fida Husain's oil painting "Tribute to Hashmi", a homage to slain theatre activist Safdar Hashmi painted in 1989, has set a milestone for the celebrated artist at the Emami Chisel Art auction in Kolkata by raking in Rs.44 million ($1.1 million).

"This is the first time a Husain painting crossed the $1 million mark, placing the master in the million-dollar club with S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Amrita Sher-Gil and Tyeb Mehta," Vikram Bachawat, director of Emami Chisel Art, told IANS from Kolkata over phone.

Writer Kamala Das is dead

By IANS, Thiruvananthapuram : Poet and writer Kamala Das, well known for her works in both Malayalam and English, passed away in Pune early Sunday, family sources said. She was 75. She was suffering from diabetes and was recently hospitalised with pneumonia. The end came in a private hospital.

33 years of struggle and the battle is on!

By Reeti Mahobe, What’s common between the Oscar winning movie, Life of Pi, and her? That continuously ongoing struggle not just of life but for life. But her indomitable spirit is unmatched for. She is rare yet very special. This is about Payel Bhattacharya who has seen 33 years of life with each day being a mystery to unravel bringing in either new hopes or more often the new hurdles to conquer through. On this occasion of Rare Disease Day, she expresses her intent to spread awareness on VHL or Von Hippel Lindau Disease, the condition with which she has lived for all these years.

Tribute to Obama from a Gujarat artist

By IANS, Ahmedabad : A Gujarat artist who has made a painting of US president-elect Barack Obama, showing the politician being blessed by Mahatma Gandhi on his poll victory, is struggling to ensure that the picture reaches the leader. Aejaz Saiyed uses crayons and oil pastels to make paintings with Gandhian themes. His portrait of Obama with Gandhi has already been published by the Associated Press but is yet to reach the US leader.

After Saudi Arabia, Kuwait group warns against Valentine’s Day

By IANS Dubai : Protests against Valentine's Day celebrations are building up with the Saudi Arabian moral police banning the sale of red roses and an Islamic group in Kuwait issuing a stern warning to the media against "glorifying the pagan celebrations". Thawabet Al Umma, while condemning the Feb 14 celebration, has warned the media against misguiding Muslims "by glorifying such pagan celebrations", according to a report in the Arab Times website.

Budding Punjabi poets meet on Orkut, produce book

By Khushwant Singh, IANS Chandigarh : Some hail from as far as the US and Australia, though most are from Punjab, but love for Punjabi poetry brought 13 budding poets together on social networking site Orkut and they have now come out with a book. These young men and women, hailing from diverse professions, met on Orkut and have released their collection of Punjabi poems "Kose Chaanan" (Warm Enlightenment), meeting for the first time at the book launch in Ludhiana.

Zia’s murder mystery comes in new mango flavour

By Manish Chand, IANS, Book: A Case of Exploding Mangoes; Author: Mohammed Hanif; Publisher: Random House; Pages: 295. Who killed General Zia-ul Haq, the redoubtable Pakistani dictator who mysteriously died in an air crash 20 summers ago? Conspiracy theories, ranging from the bizarre to purely farcical, have never ceased since. Mohammed Hanif thickens this stew further and spices it up with a dash of dark wit to spin a page-turning thriller and an exuberant satire of the triple clichés of Allah, America and Army that colour popular perception of Pakistan.

‘Nawabi era grandeur of Bhopal’s Taj Mahal to be restored’

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,

Bhopal: The renovation work of Nawabi era Taj Mahal building in Shahjahanabad locality here in Bhopal would be completed soon. Efforts would be undertaken to complete the work within a year to restore the lost grandeur of this great monument. For this purpose an action plan would be chalked out and discussed with various departmental heads in the district.

Dev Anand remembers Mohammed Rafi

By IANS, New Delhi : Veteran actor Dev Anand remembered Mohammed Rafi on his 31st death anniversary Sunday, saying the legendary singer was one of the greatest souls.

Recovering art mart dishes out reality-innovation combine

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

Medieval leader voted Russia’s symbol, Stalin comes third

By RIA Novosti, Moscow : Medieval prince Alexander Nevsky was chosen as Russia's symbol in a nationwide television vote, which also voted former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as the third greatest Russian historical figure. The winners in the project “The Name of Russia” were announced on the Rossiya state TV channel late Sunday after a three-month Internet and SMS vote.

Slurp! There’s a Moplah feast in town

By IANS Chennai: Centuries ago, many trading Arabs who visited Kerala ended up staying back and marrying local women. So it was a matter of time before the Arabic influence pervaded kitchens there to give birth to what is called Moplah food. Now a toast is being raised to Moplah delicacies as part of a special festival by ITC Hotels at its Dakshin restaurants in six cities - Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam - beginning Wednesday.

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.

Lack of development of AMU Malappuram may hurt chances of IUML’s Manjalamkuzhy Ali

By Shafeeq Hudawi, TwoCircles.net Kozhikode: The AMU Malappuram centre was established in 2010, but even after six years, it is no secret that the off-campus...

Oscar-winning British director wants to explore India for stories

By Natalia Ningthoujam New Delhi: He has never had a "direct experience" in India, but wants to visit the country, which has an "interesting relationship"...

Archaeologists find remains of “sky-disc” people in Germany

By DPA Goseck (Germany) : Archaeologists digging at the place where an amazing Bronze Age disc was found in Germany have turned up a body and remains of a Stone Age building, adding to the riddle around one of the world's biggest archaeological sensations of the past decade. Andreas Northe, giving the results of this summer's digging on the remote hill in eastern Germany, said, "We found a child's grave, a cache of stone tools and some remains from a long-house."

Tihar inmates paint stark images against drug abuse

By Prashant K. Nanda, IANS, New Delhi : Drugs as the mythological demon Ravan, alcohol as poisonous snakes, a funeral pyre made of cigarette butts...Such stark illustrations have come out of the minds of prisoners at Delhi's Tihar Jail, especially drug addicts. Many of the prisoners revisited their hellish past to paint their thoughts on tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse - in a way succeeding where Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss failed to do on cigarette packs.

Dubai-based Indian to make thriller on maritime industry

By Aroonim Bhuyan, IANS, Dubai : Most Hollywood films show maritime activities as dangerous or tragic, but an Indian resident of Dubai is set to make an emotional thriller that will focus on the positive side of seafaring. Sohan Roy, a resident of this Middle Eastern metropolis for 16 years, will debut as a movie director with "Dam", whose shooting will begin in February next year. It will feature actors from both Bollywood and Hollywood.

Malayalam film technicians call for indefinite strike

By IANS

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

Minorities, indigenous people left behind in Asian cities’ progress, Minority Rights Group

By TCN News, London: Minorities and indigenous peoples have been among the last to benefit from the rapid growth of Asia’s cities, according to Minority...

Folk musicians decry ‘westernisation’ of music in South Asia

By IANS, Dhaka : Folk musicians of India and Bangladesh have decried westernisation of music in the two countries and the rest of South Asia and said that it was at the cost of the rich musical heritage of the region. Bangladesh's Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, who is a performer and researcher of Bhawaiyya folk music of Bengal, joined India's West Bengal-based Shukh Bilas Borma to decry this trend and to give a call to artistes to return to their roots.

Tips on decorating with holiday souvenirs

By DPA Berlin : Most holidays abroad involve returning home with a souvenir or small present like a flower-decorated vase from Mexico, a statue of Buddha from Thailand or the ever popular model flamenco dancers from Andalusia. But not every souvenir immediately fits into the surroundings at home, says Berlin-based interior decorator Sam Bohr. "Anything is possible," says Bohr. But he warns against combining too many different styles and cultures.

Art literature at India’s first art bookstore

By Madhushree Chatrtterjee, IANS, New Delhi : The booming art market in India has all it takes to maintain the growth momentum, barring one prerequisite - accessibility to quality books on the subject. But the gap is being filled and the country's first art bookstore, the Vadehra Bookstore, which opened shutters Friday in an upend locality in the capital, has brought literature, catalogues, texts and anthologies related to art under one roof - and much more.

Kipling’s bungalow in Mumbai to be made heritage museum

By IANS Mumbai : A century-old wood and stone bungalow nestles in the sprawling campus of the famed J.J. School of Art here but it has long fallen into disuse, with pigeons nesting inside. It is the place where legendary writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, once lived. Thanks to the Maharashtra government, the bungalow will now be converted into an art museum.

No Oscar, but Pookutty still had a blast at awards

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS, Mumbai: He wasn't nominated for the Oscars this time, but Academy Award winner Resul Pookutty struck a deal for his second major international film after "Slumdog Millionnaire" and met one of his idols, Quentin Tarantino, while he was in the US to attended the awards ceremony.

Mumbai’s Taj – from icon of grace to symbol of terror

By IANS, Mumbai : The iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai, that had over the decades hosted world leaders and royalty and was feted for its heritage building, Thursday became the symbol of a nation under attack as armed terrorists laid siege to it. "We will rebuild every inch that has been damaged in this attack and bring back the Taj to its full glory," the Taj group of hotels said on its website as news came in of the hotel's two buildings, which have 565 rooms, being extensively damaged in the attack.

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

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

Germany to showcase world’s oldest ivory figurine

By DPA Heidenheim(Germany) : World's oldest intact figurine is to go on public show for the first time at the end of this month, exhibition organizers in Germany said Monday. The four-centimetre tall depiction of a mammoth is the work of an unknown Stone Age carver 30,000 to 40,000 years ago. Other sculptures from the period, such as a horse and a lion-man, also exist, but are damaged, with their legs broken off. They date from about the same time as ancient European cave paintings.

Enright’s weepie novel proves Booker bookmakers wrong again

By Prasun Sonwalkar, IANS London : In the end, the bookies got it wrong for the fifth year in succession and the Man Booker prize lived up to its reputation of producing surprise results as Anne Enright emerged the winner of this year's edition of the prestigious prize Tuesday night for her brooding novel, 'The Gathering'.

A swish show: Personalities and their smart Swiss seats

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin represented Mario Bellini and Dieter Thiel's straight-backed chair Persona and Hollywood actress Grace Jones liked to perch on the high-backed AC-2, while Grammy winner Phil Collins preferred the stylish Louis 20 chair that resonated with the intensity of his songs. Welcome to the world of famous personalities and their seats.

Malaysia’s old architecture beckons tourists

By Aparajita Gupta, IANS, Penang/Malacca (Malaysia) : Mention Malaysia, and the iconic twin towers in the heart of capital Kuala Lumpur come to mind. But move deeper into the Southeast Asian nation, and you will be captivated by architecture steeped in history. Penang, a state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is a perfect example. Gifted with mountains on one side and the sea flowing on the other, the serenity of Penang is a big attraction for tourists. Side by side, the huge malls and condominiums blend with the old architecture and greenery.

DQE, Percept Picture to produce three animation films

By IANS Chennai : Entertainment technology provider DQ Entertainment Ltd in association with Percept Picture Company will make three high quality animation films - two mythological movies and a Bollywood film - at a cost of $25 million, the companies said Monday. The films are slated for 2009-2010 release. DQE recently won applause for the Indian animation industry with its "Hanuman" (2005) and "Return of Hanuman" (2007).

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Museum in Tagore’s Bangladesh estate short of funds, care

By IANS, Dhaka : The headquarters of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's erstwhile family estate in Bangladesh's Shahzadpur, now a museum, is lying neglected due to shortage of funds and care, a media report said. The Rabindra Kachharibari in Shahzadpur and the memorabilia it houses are in a shabby state. Preservation, funds and staff are desperately needed. Nahid Sultana, custodian of the museum, told The Daily Star that many visitors come to the Kachharibari every day but the accommodation for them is not satisfactory. There is no guest house or toilet in the premises.

‘Gandhi My Father’ impresses New York audience

By Parveen Chopra, IANS

New York : New Yorkers have enjoyed a Hindi film, "Gandhi My Father", which was recently screened here.

The audience at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) theatre Friday hardly had any Indian Americans. But they were all glued to the highly emotional drama played out between Mahatma Gandhi and his wayward eldest son Harilal. There were plenty of cheers when the movie ended.

Amitabh sings with Rashid Khan for 26/11 album

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS, Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan has lent his voice to quite a few film songs but now the megastar is singing along with classical maestro Rashid Khan for an album dedicated to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai last year. "Yes, Rashid Khan and I have sung together. The system of recording these days allows a lot of freedom to sing how one is comfortable. That's how I managed it," said Amitabh. Titled "Sound Of Peace", the project has been helmed by composer Aadesh Shrivastava.

UNESCO to step in for promoting Kashmir art, literature: Governor

By News Agency Of Kashmir

Jammu : The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is stepping in to assist Institute of Kashmir Studies towards the development and promotion of art, culture, literature and philosophy of Kashmir.

Peaceful start to Chhath Puja in Mumbai amid heavy security

By IANS, Mumbai : Police, paramilitary forces and CCTVs kept a close watch over scores of Chhath Puja venues here Tuesday despite Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's assurance about not disrupting celebrations. There are 19 main locations around various beach fronts in the city, including the oldest and most popular venue, Juhu beach, where nearly half a million devotees are expected in the evening. The festival is primarily celebrated by people from Bihar.

Cuban ballet to perform in Egypt, Canada

By IANS, Havana : Cuban ballet Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba will perform its show "Fuerza y compas" (Force and Beat) in Egypt and Holland, Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported Wednesday. It will also perform a short version of its recent production "Vida", which was a success among critics and the public, at the Karl Marx theatre in February. The company was among the four invited to Canada's International Conference on Stage Arts 2008 (CINARS 2008), where it premiered "Vida", which critics rated among the year´s five best shows.

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I’m on top of the world, says Jayashri after Oscar nod

By IANS, New Delhi: Carnatic music vocalist Bombay Jayashri is overjoyed after getting a Oscar nomination for her song "Pi Lullaby" from "Life of Pi".

Historic Assam village in limelight for wrong reasons

By Syed Zarir Hussain, IANS, Maishasan (Assam) : Dhananjoy Pal is a disenchanted man as he finds the name of his historic village, where over 100 Indian soldiers lost their lives at the hands of the British troops during the war of independence in 1857, hogging the media limelight for the wrong reasons. The isolated village of Maishasan, about 370 km south of Assam's main city of Guwahati and located at India's border with Bangladesh in Karimganj district, is in the spotlight for being used as a route to push back illegal Bangladeshis by security forces.

Victoria Memorial top choice for global travellers

Kolkata: The iconic Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) here has been inducted in TripAdvisor's 'Hall of Fame' making it the only museum in India to...

Anguish of a dying female foetus – through a play

By IANS, Agra : The audience sat glued to their seats as a cast of over 600 theatre actors here lent their voice and emotions to portray the anguish of a struggling female foetus begging her mother to let her see the world. But the cruel scalpel of the doctor abruptly nipped the life out of the unborn.

Thriller ‘Zodiac’ tells story of people’s obsession

By Andrew McCathie

DPA

Cannes : American director David Fincher's "Zodiac", screened at the Cannes Film Festival and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is a movie about obsession.

Husain’s iconic paintings

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

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."

Doordarshan marks Tagore’s birthday with special show

By IANS

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

Tiananmen massacre painting to be auction highlight

By Hazel Parry and Simon Parry Hong Kong, Oct 10 (DPA) It has been hidden away for more than 10 years because of its politically charged content - but when it goes to auction Friday, a masterpiece in Chinese contemporary art depicting the Tiananmen Square massacre is expected to fetch $4 million or more. Yue Minjun's "Execution", a painting which adapts a 19th century Manet classic to echo the 1989 massacre, was spirited out of mainland China by late Hong Kong dealer Manfred Schoeni and sold in 1996 under strict conditions for just $32,000.

Tamil Nadu villagers sore at bull-run ban

By Ganesh Nadar, IANS Alanganallur (Tamil Nadu) : Anger was simmering among the people of this Tamil Nadu village Monday, three days after the Supreme Court banned jallikattu, the traditional bullfight - rather bull-run - held during Pongal. Villagers resorted to hunger strikes, tonsured their heads, and some even discussed self-immolation in case the apex court turns down plea to review its ban. Some villagers had flowers on their heads, others threatened violence against anyone who came in their way, while others hoisted black flags on top of their houses to register their protest.

Sixth Harry Potter book now in Hindi

By IANS Bhopal : There is good news for Hindi speaking Harry Potter fans. The Hindi edition of the sixth instalment of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", was launched Saturday. "Breaking the language barrier, the translation is available as 'Harry Potter aur Half-Blood Prince' giving the quality and feel of international standards," said Vikas Rakheja, the managing director of Manjul Publishing House which has been publishing the Indian language editions of the Harry Potter books in India.

Old man gored to death by jallikattu bull

By IANS Theni (Tamil Nadu) : An elderly man was gored to death by an angry bull during the traditional jallikattu bullfighting event in Tamil Nadu's Theni district, reports said. Local reports gave contradictory accounts of the incident that happened at Kottur village, about 800 km south of state capital Chennai. One report said the dead man, identified as 70-year-old village leader Muthu Ravuthar, was a spectator perched on a temporary stand and fell into the arena, drawing the wrath of an angry animal which gored him to death.

Ismail offends another legendary composer

By Subhash K. Jha

IANS

Mumbai : Ismail Durbar has done it again. He has ended up insulting one more legend of the music world on Zee TV's talent hunt show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa".

Book on Muslim culture in Hindi cinema released

By IANS, New Delhi : A book on the depiction of Musim culture in Hindi cinema from the 1930s, co-authored by an Indian professor and the head of cinema studies at New York University, was released here Saturday evening. The "Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema" was written over a period of almost two years by Ira Bhaskar, an associate professor of cinema studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Richard Allen, chair of Cinema Studies at New York University.

Biggest Bengali show in Toronto from Friday

By Gurmukh Singh, IANS, Toronto : The 28th annual North American Bengali Conference (NABC) begins here Friday. Over 6,000 people from North America, India, Europe and the Gulf will attend the three-day conference billed as the biggest Bengali cultural show outside of West Bengal. Organized by the local Prabasi Bengali Cultural Association (PBCA), the conference will showcase Bengali culture, art and literature to audiences in North America.

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.

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.

Salman Rushdie is finally knighted

By DPA, London : Indian origin author Salman Rushdie received a knighthood for services to literature from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Wednesday, saying he was proud of the honour and had "no regrets" over the controversy sparked by his work. Sir Salman, as the Anglo-Indian writer will now be known, said the knighthood was in recognition "not for any specific book but for a very long career in writing and I'm happy to see it recognized".

Newspaper, the new inspiration for contemporay Indian art

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, New Delhi : Contemporary art in India is drawing inspiration from a collage of new mediums, the most striking among them being daily newspapers and the internet. And Vadodara-based contemporary artist Ashutosh Bharadwaj's works reflect just that. Bharadwaj, whose works are on display at the Vadehra Art Gallery in the capital, is one among the current crop of contemporary painters who are falling back on alternative mediums, the internet and references from the past to colour their canvases with symbolic images and figurative forms.

Shabana’s latest mission – save the Taj Mahal

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS Mumbai : Now that the Taj Mahal has been preserved among the new Seven Wonders of the World, actress and activist Shabana Azmi is worried about the imminent erosion of the monument. She isn't happy at the thought of Indians sitting smugly with the thought that we've made it into the Seven Wonders list. "What about the imminent perils that the monument faces? Something needs to be done about the levels of pollution that are slowly eroding the Taj Mahal," Shabana told IANS in an interview.

Rowling ‘staggered’ over Potter pirate copies

By DPA

London : Harry Potter author Joanne K. Rowling said Thursday she was "staggered" that pirate copies and reviews of her last volume had appeared in the media.

"I am staggered that some American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry's final destination by themselves, in their own time," Rowling said.

Rare icons on sale at India’s first gemstone art auction

By IANS, New Delhi : India's love affair with gemstone carvings dates back nearly 5,000 years ago when Alexander the Great invaded the country. They flourished during the reign of the Mughals, though never finding a place in the genre of conventional Indian art - but they will now be available to aficionados. Jaipur-based Ma Passion, a house of gemstone crafts, is giving this ancient Indian tradition the legitimacy of contemporary Indian miniature art with the country's first-ever auction of gemstone sculptures in Mumbai Oct 22.

Aim to create positive influence for women within the boundaries of Shari’ah: The Muslimah...

The Muslimah Network is a website dedicated to stories and commentary on Muslim women from an Islamic perspective. Started by the UAE-based writer/graphic designer...

Goa BJP leader heard threatening to beat up Kanhaiya; denies it

Panaji : Audio footage of the BJP's Goa vice president Sanjay Harmalkar threatening to "beat up" JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar if he...

Advani, Jethmalani to attend new Sindhi movie screening

By IANS Mumbai : Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and jurist Ram Jethmalani are among the prominent members of the Sindhi community who will attend a special screening of a movie called "The Awakening" at the Films Division auditorium in New Delhi March 9. The movie, directed by Dharambir Kumar, traces the lineage of the Sindhis from the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation, though it is not a documentary on the community.

Cuddalore tribes to get design help for traditional skills

By IANS Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu) : The Federation of South India Producer Associations (SIPA) has tied up with the National Institute of Fashion Design to train tribes from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu to use new designs in traditional handicrafts. The project, known as "Vazhndhu Kaatuvom" (will live and show you), will create societies for the artisans in Cuddalore, some 400 km south of state capital Chennai. "It aims at reducing poverty and empowering the poor and marginalized," says project manager S. Rajan Babu.

Over 7, 000 poets from 22 countries to take part in the contest in...

By WAM, Abu Dhabi : The organisers of the Prince of Poets Contest, have received 7, 000 entries from 22 countries when the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage announced receiving entries for the second edition of the poets competition in 2008. The closing date for receiving the applications was April 13.

‘India on Television’ – story of TV’s impact on society

By IANS, New Delhi : Taking a hard look at television news content, quality and reportage, former journalist Nalin Mehta's new book "India on Television: How Satellite News Channels Have Changed the Way We Think and Act" traces the growth and evolution of television in India and its impact on society.

For second consecutive Eid-ul-fitr, “Shoulder to Shoulder Movement” to organise joint Shia-Sunni Eid prayers

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net Delhi: Once again, Jamia Nagar in Delhi is going to witness a show of solidarity and unity on eve of...

Indian arts, culture celebrated in South Africa festival

By Fakir Hassen, IANS Johannesburg : A standing ovation for renowned ghatam (clay pot) percussionist Vikku Vinayakram ended a series of public performances, including theatre, music and dance, that were part of a nine-week long festival of Indian culture organised by the Indian mission here.

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.

Pakistani artists bring ‘Truck Art’ to India

By IANS, New Delhi : Lanterns, mugs, cups, kettles and jugs painted in colourful floral patterns are just a few examples of Pakistan's well-known Truck Art tradition that have been brought here by an NGO from the country that is participating in the ongoing annual Dastkari Haat Samiti festival. Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, an NGO that promotes education among children, is showcasing the traditional craft of painting on trucks - by transfering the images on items of everyday use - during the festival at the Dilli Haat that will continue till Jan 7.

Rahman sings for India-Australia friendship

By Neena Bhandari, IANS, Sydney : Forty thousand Sydneysiders Saturday night clapped and cheered as the 'Mozart of Madras' A.R. Rahman and his troupe provided a spectacular musical extravaganza to salute India-Australia friendship. Seamlessly blending the traditional with the modern, the music spanned the differences of language, enthralling old and young, touching the very heart strings at a time when Australia-India bilateral relations have come under strain following attacks on Indians in this country.

Best of northeastern culture on show in Delhi

By IANS, Agartala : A seminar-cum-exhibition titled 'Spirit of Northeast' will be held in New Delhi next month to highlight the region's traditions and culture, officials said here Friday. The 10-day-long event beginning Nov 19 is being organised by the New Delhi-based Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). "The 'Spirit of Northeast' would showcase the varied arts, culture, customs, food habits, dress, musical instruments, and rituals," said Tripura Information Minister Anil Sarkar.

NRI filmmaker is all praise for Rajnikanth

By IANS

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

Definition of patriotism needs to be changed: Yogendra Yadav at AMU

Former AAP leader also that India showed the world that unlike the European nation states, the Indian nation can function with democratic values with...

Fusion: Sikkim merges with Buddhist spirituality in Anki Khurana’s canvas

By IANS, New Delhi : Buddhism and art blend harmoniously in Anki Khurana's large-format canvases, featuring a melange of landscapes, figures, expressionism, complex surface textures, spatial variations and vivid colours. Her show titled "The Alchemy of Transformation", at the Triveni Kala Sangam in the capital, encapsulates her search for a higher spirituality that rises beyond mere aesthetics through 50-odd canvases and stone sculptures.

Taj Mahal perhaps the world’s most photographed monument

By Brij Khandelwal Agra : The Taj Mahal in Agra is perhaps the world's most photographed monument. Each minute hundreds of cameras click to...

Mudpack treatment to restore Taj’s shine

By IANS Agra : Brushing aside questions about the efficacy of using Fuller's Earth to cleanse the outer surface of the marbled structure, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has begun the mudpack treatment to restore the original shine of the Taj Mahal. A team of scientists Tuesday began coating the arches on the western side of the mausoleum with mud, which will either fall off on its own after drying or washed off with distilled water and a light brush, ASI chief chemist N.K. Samadhia.

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Sharif’s India visit: Sand artist creates image on peace

Bhubaneswar : Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik Sunday created a sand sculpture on peace in Odisha ahead of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to...

Indian journalist’s book making waves in Britain

By Prasun Sonwalkar, IANS London : The at-times quirky but often colourful account of the life and times of the Indian community in Britain has been chronicled in the revised edition of Indian journalist Sanjay Suri's book, 'Brideless in Wembley', released here recently. The book has been widely reviewed and commented upon since its release. It is leading to a significant review of the ways of Indian living in Britain. The book, brought out in the UK by Summersdale, was published by Penguin India in 2006.

Rajesh has got the rest he wanted

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Supreme Court refuses to try Husain for ‘obscene’ paintings

By IANS, New Delhi : The Supreme Court Monday dismissed a plea to prosecute well known painter M.F. Husain for his allegedly obscene paintings of Hindu goddesses and hurting religious sentiments. A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan dismissed the plea saying: “There are many such pictures, paintings and sculptures and some of them are in temples also.”

Four-day carpet expo in Varanasi from Oct 17

By IANS, Lucknow : The India Carpet Expo, the country's only fair for handmade carpets and floor coverings will begin Oct 17 in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, an official said Tuesday. The four-day carpet expo being organised by the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is a central government initiative to promote Indian rugs. According to CEPC chairman Ashok Jain, on display will be various types of oriental and contemporary hand-knitted and hand-tufted carpets, as well as flat weaves made of wool, silk and staple fibre from Bhadohi-Mirzapur, Jaipur, Agra, Panipat and Kashmir.

How about some alternative rock with Indian flavour

By Rishabh P. Nair, IANS, New Delhi : Guitar and bass are passé. Now it's instruments like the tabla, sitar, flute and harmonium that are being used to create 'alternative progressive rock' - a new genre that is fast becoming a rage among the youth in urban India. Although international bands and artists like Rasmus, Limp Bizkit, Nirvana and Linkin Park are popular in the country for playing traditional rock and heavy metal, homegrown bands like Euphoria, Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Avial and others are trying to explore new avenues in rock, with an Indian flavour.

‘Time was right to create Indian character in Archie comics’

By Parveen Chopra, IANS New York : Raj Patel, the Indian-American teenager introduced in recent Archie comics, will be a very active character in the Archie universe and is here to stay. "We did a lot of research and back story for Raj. We have only scratched the surface with him," Rik Offenberger, public relations coordinator of Archie Comic Publications, told IANS.

Ghazal singer croons for 24 hours

Agra, Sep 17 (IANS) In a rare feat, city-based ghazal singer Ranjan Deb Nath crooned for 24 hours to promote the unique form of singing. "This is my humble way of promoting this beautiful singing style which has so many fans and admirers all over the world," Ranjan said after his feat Sunday. Ghazals are surviving despite the increasing popularity of remixes and pop music because proponents like Ranjan have been passionately devoted to this art form, one who heard Ranjan singing said.

Artist depicts migration as ants’ invasion on Colombia

By IANS/EFE, Bogota: Swarm of ants made of fibreglass carved on the facade, pillars and windows of Colombian Congress building depicts the impact of migration and displacement across the world, says prominent sculptor Rafael Gomexbarros. Hundreds of large black- and brown-coloured ants covering the Colombian Congress symbolise human migration. The sculpture represents the impact of "immigration, globalisation and displacement", Gomezbarros said.

Book review: Blinkers Off

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Sanjay Dutt should now follow Gandhigiri: Shatrughan Sinha

Mumbai: Shatrughan Sinha is happy for actor Sanjay Dutt, who returned home following his jail term, and the actor-turned-politician says Sanjay should "now follow...

Eco-friendly priests set for green Durga Puja

By IANS Kolkata : Durga Puja, the biggest carnival of Bengalis, is all set to go eco-friendly this year with a prominent body of the priests ordering its members to perform the rituals sans plastic. Vaidik Pandit O Purohit Mahamilan Kendra, an organisation of priests performing pujas, issued the diktat to all its members in West Bengal, urging them not to use plastic in any form while performing the prayer rituals.

20 centuries old piers unearthed in Turkey

By Xinhua, Ankara : Two ancient piers belonging to the first centry A.D. have been discovered by archaeologists in the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Thursday. The nearly 2,000 year-old piers were discovered by a team of archaeologists led by Roland Smith, a professor of the Oxford University, during their excavations in the ancient city located near Karacasu town in Aydin province.

Ganapati festival themes this year – 26/11, swine flu

By IANS, Mumbai : As you join the Ganeshotsav celebrations, Maharashtra's biggest public festival which starts Aug 23, you will notice two themes recurring across the marquees in the city - terrorism and swine flu - depicted through tableaux, paintings and decorations. "We have suggested to all Ganpati mandals to depict these two issues confronting the city and the state prominently during the celebrations, as a public service," Pandurang Jadhav, president of the Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvaya Samiti (BSGSS), told IANS here Wednesday.

Battle for Jinnah House will hot up now

By Quaid Najmi, IANS Mumbai : The stage is set for a battle royale between the Indian government and Dina Wadia, daughter of Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, over Jinnah House when the Bombay High Court resumes next week after the Diwali vacation. Dina, mother of leading industrialist Nusli Wadia, has claimed to be the rightful heir to the sprawling green and white three-storey colonial building, facing the Arabian Sea, in what is one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the country.

Banglaore set to rock Sunday with music fest

By IANS, Bangalore : Seven rock bands are all set to make Bangalore jive to their beats Sunday at the south zone finals of the Independence Rock Festival. "We're expecting a huge crowd, more than 70,000 people. The response to this year's festival has surpassed previous years," said Sheetal Bangera, Manager (Sales) of E18, the organisers of the annual musical fiesta. This is the 23rd edition of the festival that will culminate in a grand finale in Mumbai next week. The show will see performances by professional bands Synapse, Avial and Karma 6 and four finalists.

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.

Artists seeking publicity claim faking of their works: Neville Tuli

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS, Jaipur : Neville Tuli, chairman and founder of Osian's Connoisseurs of Arts - the country's biggest private art auction house, feels that the lack of authentication of art works in India leads to faking while many artists also claim that their works have been forged to gain publicity. "Works are not authenticated and art still comes without receipts. This allows room for art to be faked. Moreover, many artists like to claim that their works have been faked to seek easy publicity," Tuli told IANS in an interview.

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.

Works of Al Deen bring together Indian, Bangladeshi writers

By IANS, Dhaka : Some prominent writers from West Bengal joined their counterparts here to pay tribute and evaluate the work of Bangladesh's legendary dramatist-theoretician-organiser, Selim Al Deen. Here to receive "Dhaka Theatre Sammanona" at the ongoing six-day Selim Al Deen birth anniversary celebrations jointly organised by Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Swatilekha Sengupta and Arun Sen evaluated Selim Al Deen's work, the Daily Star reported Thursday. Many journals and books are being published on Selim Al Deen in Kolkata.

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.

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Amitabh to brief media about eighth IIFA event

By IANS

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

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