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Border breached as India, Bangladesh remember 'language martyrs'

Agartala, Feb 21 (IANS) With thousands of people from either side of the border gathering at colourful functions to commemorate the "language martyrs", India and Bangladesh jointly organised the International Mother Language Day.

 
People on street, everyday struggles new themes of regional literature

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Pragmatism is replacing romantic idealism in Indian literature, which is increasingly drawing its inspiration from everyday struggles for existence in the context of larger socio-economic and political movements like globalisation, English education, revivalism, conflicts and human rights crusades.

 
First online sale of 125 Andy Warhol paintings

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Collectors from all over the world, including India, can bid online for 125 paintings by American pop art icon Andy Warhol in the first online sale by auction house Christie's, it said in a statement.

 
Rare contemporary art from Myanmar showcased in India

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The colours of Myanmar are vivid, realistic and a little abstract on its contemporary canvas and, for the first time, collectively on display in India.

 
Taj Mahotsava opens, Akhilesh absent

Agra, Feb 19 (IANS) The annual ten-day cultural extravaganze Taj Mahotsava was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh's Tourism Minister Om Prakash Singh Tuesday evening in the absence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for whom the festival was postponed for a day.

 
New panel to help make inventory of intangible heritage

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The government Tuesday decided to set up an expert committee to draw up a national register of the country's intangible cultural heritage.

 
Look beyond India for Karachi lit fest: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The Karachi Literature Festival may be better served by reaching out more to authors, writers and performers from beyond India, said a leading daily Tuesday.

 
Indian comic industry: Big-bucks mantra

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Indian comic industry is laughing all the way to the bank. Modern storytelling, broadening readership to include young adults besides children, diversification into areas like graphic books, mobile apps and merchandise, has enabled the Rs.100 crore ($22 million) comic industry to reach out and captivate newer audiences with an eclectic assortment of products.

 
British commemorative sovereigns available in India

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) People can now buy authentic British commemorative sovereigns minted in India for the first time in almost 100 years, it was announced here Monday.

 
Government for modernisation of libraries: Culture minister

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch Monday said the government was focussed on archiving for better documentation, cataloguing and accessibility to literature in libraries to ensure "better education" in the country.

 
The Tagore women and a tale of empowerment

Book: 'Jorasanko'; Author: Aruna Chakravarti; Publisher: Harper Collins India; Pages: 406; Price: Rs.350

 
Bathing India's monuments in light sculptures

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Jantar Mantar, the 18th century architectural observatory in Delhi, and Nelson Mandela's Freedom Towers in Soweto in South Africa made a connection with light this week when Patrick Rimoux illuminated the ancient astronomical lab with psychedelic light sculptures.

 
Tribal art show puts spotlight on ethnic culture

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) A rare exhibition of ethnic art motifs of tribal communities such as Gonds, Bhils, Rathwas, Sauras and Warlis opened in the national capital Saturday.

 
Qawwalis, sufi music win foreigner's hearts in Pushkar

Pushkar (Rajasthan), Feb 16 (IANS) Music knows no boundary, nor language - and going by the performances and response at the ongoing Blue Lotus Music Festival here, it holds true as foreign tourists flocked to the town, and swayed and grooved to the tunes of qawwali and sufi music.

 
Indian children's books find readers worldwide

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Children's publishing in India - one of the most lucrative segments in the industry - is looking out of its domestic fold for a bigger footprint in the export market of South Asia and in the developing world, even as business peaks on the domestic front.

 
Ghalib's tomb, house lie forlorn on 144th death anniversary

'Koi virani si virani hai/Dasht ko dekh ke ghar yaad aaya' (It is desolation personified/ I saw the wilderness and remembered my abode) wrote Ghalib in what would be a prophetic couplet on the condition of his habitation and last resting place.

 
Taliban in Kabul will mean Islamist takeover in Pakistan: Book

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) If the Taliban and Al Qaeda were to take power in Afghanistan after American troops withdraw, it would lead to an Islamist takeover of Pakistan, a new book says.

 
Agra to mark people's poet Nazeer Akbarabadi's birth anniversary

Agra, Feb 14 (IANS) Come Basant Panchami Friday, the Taj city will fondly remember one of Urdu poetry's earliest and greatest poets Nazeer Akbarabadi, a poet who sang of subjects like roti, kite-flying, love and romance, childhood and old age.

 
Sotheby's to sell important Asian archival documents

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) A collection of illustrated 19th century travel documents, watercolours and manuscripts - some of which have never been published before - will go under the hammer Feb 28 at Sotheby's in London, the auction house said Thursday.

 
Taj Mahotsava not doing enough for tourism, say locals

Agra Feb 14 (IANS) The annual 10-day Taj Mahotsava will begin from Feb 19, a day late, to enable a busy Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to inaugurate it, an official said Thursday. But the move has angered the tourism industry here.

 
Ethiopia to host exhibition of private art collection

Addis Ababa, Feb 14 (IANS) Ethiopia will be hosting the first international exhibition of private art collection from more than 24 countries in March at the National Museum in the capital Addis Ababa.

 
Red Fort sound and light show uploaded on Youtube

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The tourism ministry has uploaded on Youtube the 58-minute sound and light show held at Delhi's Red Fort to share it with people seeking information on the 17th century structure.

 
Rekindling hope for a dark subcontinent

Book: "False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia"; Author: Meenakshi Iyer; Publisher: Bibliophile South Asia (Promila & Co); Price: Rs.395; Pages: 282

 
French connecting with Indian sensitivities

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) France is connecting to India with new arts projects from Indian cultural sensitivities at the ongoing three-month long Bonjour festival in 16 Indian cities. It began Jan 26 here and will close in April.

 
Lalit Kala Akademi gets new chairman

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) IAS officer Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty has been appointed the new chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi.

 
Nude studies central to Indian art history: New book

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The study of the nude has been central to the history of Indian art in its journey from prehistoric cave art, the temples of Khajuraho, Vatsayan's Kamasutra to modern portraitures by masters across genres and mediums despite the growing protests by right-wing groups.

 
Charan Singh was sure of his leadership, says biographer

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Former prime minister Charan Singh, father of union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh who continues to influence the politics of western Uttar Pradesh, was a man confident of his leadership qualities, his biographer has said.

 
Record 1.42 lakh footfalls at Surajkund fair

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) Sunday was an unusually busy day at the popular Surajkund Crafts Mela near New Delhi. The fair saw a record footfall of over 142,000 people - the highest in a single day in the 27 editions of the fair.

 
Indian-language literature is thriving

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Literature in Indian languages is vibrant, thriving and more interlinked than is evident, say literary figures.

 
Adele, McCartney and Beyonce win Grammy awards

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Singers Paul McCartney, Adele and Beyonce Knowles walked away with awards in different categories at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held here Sunday night.

 
Double Grammy for late Ravi Shankar

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Two months after his death, Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar has won the best world music album Grammy for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" spanning a wide range of Indian classical styles. He was also honoured with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award.

 
Sitar legend Ravi Shankar wins Grammy

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Two months after his death, Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar has won the best world music album Grammy for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" spanning a wide range of Indian classical styles.

 
Sitar legend Ravi Shankar wins an Emmy

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Two months after his death, Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar has won the best world music album Grammy for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" spanning a wide range of Indian classical styles.

 
World Book Fair ends on positive business note

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The World Book Fair 2013 ended here Sunday on an optimistic note that publishing industry's fortunes in India were on a roll despite the global economic uncertainty.

 
Birla awards presented to top folk artistes

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has presented the prestigious Aditya Birla Kalashikhar and Kalakiran Puraskar (awards) 2012 at a glittering function here, an official said here Sunday.

 
Lalit Kala Akademi, Vienna school in arts exchange

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The Lalit Kala Akademi and the University of Fine Art, Vienna, has opened a bilateral exchange in art with a showcase "Artists in Multifunctions" by 22 contemporary Austrian artists at the Akademi's Rabindra Bhawan gallery here.

 
Stop abusing, Mahasweta Devi tells Bengal politicians

Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) Magsaysay award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi Sunday urged political leaders in West Bengal to desist from using expletives about rivals.

 
Unlike West, publishing growing in India

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) The printed book is still sought after by readers in India. The publishing industry, valued at nearly $2 billion, is witnessing a healthy growth despite the slump in the international market and threats from digital mediums.

 
Women musicians not unusual, say singers from Islamic nations

New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) Even though an all-girl rock band in Kashmir faced a fatwa, women musicians have been performing on the stage without any hiccups in Muslim-majority countries like Iran, Tunisia and Azerbaijan.

 
Mamata Banerjee paints with artists

Kolkata, Feb 9 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee picked up the brush to paint alongside acclaimed artists while Baul singers and drummers performed at the Mati Utsab (soil fest) that got off to a colourful start in Bardhaman district Saturday.

 
Exclusive merchandise woos 'Comic Con' visitors

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) A tablelamp shaped as the sabre of Darth Vader from "Star Wars" or glasses to protect eyes of gamers from LCD screen glare, the third annual 'Comic Con India' that began here Friday promises to fulfill fantasies of comic book lovers, gamers and movie buffs alike.

 
Woman damages famous painting in French museum

Paris, Feb 9 (IANS/EFE) A young and apparently "unstable" woman used an indelible marker to deface renowned painting "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugene Delacroix, which was being exhibited at a branch of the Louvre in the northern French city of Lens.

 
Third Comic Con India begins with focus on young adults

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The courageous super heroes and their audacious arch rivals accompanied by timeless cartoons loved by all are back in town as the third annual Comic Con India (CCI) began here Friday amid fanfare.

 
Politics in Indian art theme of show in Chicago

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) When voices against freedom of expression in arts are getting shriller, "The Sahmat Collection: Art and Activism in India since 1989" will explore the connection between Indian art and politics, in Chicago.

 
Senior citizens allocated seats for Goa Carnival

Panaji, Feb 8 (IANS) Organisers of this year's Goa Carnival have allocated 1,000 seats to senior citizens for watching the parade during the five-day Iberian-inspired fiesta here.

 
David, Venus replicas scandalise Japanese town

Tokyo, Feb 8 (IANS/EFE) The pale nakedness of replicas of Michelangelo's David and the Venus de Milo have scandalized some residents of a small Japanese town, who have asked that the intimate parts of the statues be covered to "preserve their modesty".

 
Google doodle pays tribute to Jagjit Singh

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Google paid tribute to late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh through a doodle on his 72nd birth anniversary Friday.

 
Gandhi's key letter goes under hammer Feb 14

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) An important letter of Mahatma Gandhi to an additional secretary of the then British regime in 1943 seeking he be moved from house arrest to some prison will be auctioned by British auction house Mullock's Feb 14.

 
Mamata donates money from paintings to party, relief funds

Kolkata, Feb 7 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday donated proceeds from the sale of her paintings to candidates of her party, Trinamool Congress, for assembly by-elections to three seats.

 
Police to support, protect Kashmir girls band every way: DGP

Jammu, Feb 7 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir Police would support and protect the all-girl band Pragaash to all possible extent in whatever decision they take, said the state police chief Thursday.

 

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