Art and Culture

Redefining art by blending history of ‘India and the World’ in an exhibition

Redefining the art and culture of ancient times, here comes a breathtaking exhibition that blends history of India and the world. India and the World: A History in nine stories, the exhibition showcases some of the most important objects and works of art from the Indian subcontinent. ..

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Film and photographs connecting neighbours; Kolkata hosting Bangladeshi cultural Fest

Winter is always a favorite season of Kolkata peeps but not due to weather only. Various kind of film festivals, musical festivals, and all cultural activities get more geared up during this season in the cultural capital of India. Now, the city is submerged in a Bangladesh Film Festival and Liberation War-based photography exhibition which was inaugurated by neighboring country's Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu...

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Gifts of 'ART'ministration: Artists knocks heart of PM Modi with super pristine gifts

Art is a gift of God which is given to some specials. Art can please anyone whether a rich or a poor, a king or a slave or it may be a minister or a citizen, art has no bondage. Likewise, some of the specially gifted citizens of India knocked the doors of our beloved PM Modi to gift him with their unique art pieces...

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Upgradation and modernisation of museums is carried out on a continuous basis: Dr. Mahesh Sharma

Museum is a place which gives you a historic emotion, knowledge and information in this modern age also. It directly carries you to even centuries ago. But this needs maintenance and upgradation too...

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India is always ahead to improve heritage management and development: Dr Mahesh Sharma

With participation of around 900 professionals across 80 countries, the General Assembly of ICOMOS International concluded successfully on Friday. The Government of India is committed to support activities of International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) says Dr. Mahesh Sharma, MoS for Culture while speaking on the occasion...

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Hyderabad artist 'Nails it':Have a look at these 'Nail Potraits'

Everyone is gifted with some or the other talent. Some are good at writing, then some are good at dancing etc. likewise a person from Hyderabad is gifted with some unique talent. He paints but not on the canvas but on his own nails...

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Theater artists … ‘Maharashtra School of Drama’ is on its way to let you explore another world of ‘Art’

The only destination for the aspiring theatre artists, actors in India seems to be ‘National School of Drama’. Maharashtra School of Drama will soon be on floors as state government is in plans to establish Maharashtra School of Drama in Mumbai. Executive Committee has been constituted to fasten the process...

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International Children Film’s Festival kicks off to highlight ‘imaginative’ world of cinema

Films have always attracted the audience especially children. Keeping this in mind an event of 20th International Children Film’s Festival (ICFFI) has been named as “The Golden Elephant.” This event will be from Nov 8 to Nov 14. The Golden Elephant is a biennial festival that strives to bring the most imaginative and delightful international & national children’s cinema to young audiences in India...

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K Kavitha unveils the official logo of World Telugu Conference

The city of Hyderabad is all set for the most anticipated World Telugu Conference starting from December 15. This is for the first time Telangana state will be hosting the prestigious event. ..

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With ‘Chu Kar Mere Man Ko’ and many more, let’s relive melodies of legend Kishore Kumar

Abhas Kumar Ganguly, known as Kishore Kumar is one of the greatest talents in the history of our Indian film industry. Though Kishore Kumar is well known for his songs in Bollywood, he also proved his talent as an actor, composer in the industry. He also sang in other languages like Bangla, Marathi, Assamese, Kannod etc. Kishore Kumar rendered innumerable Bollywood classics which are remembered till today. On his 30th death anniversary looking back at his music career, here are 10 songs listed which ..

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Reaching out to the Indian diaspora on foreign lands, Paryatan Parv campaign continues to spread Indian aesthetics

Most of the tourists from India like to visit abroad and not their own motherland. India is a mixture of ethic and cultural elements of every community living in the free land. To promote Indian tourism, Dr Mahesh Sharma had inaugurated ‘Paryatan Parv- Dekho Apna Desh’ and the soul of this particular event is spreading its wings and enticing overseas Indian Community to come and see ‘Bharat- Apna Desh’, the land where their forefathers were born...

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13cm Chinese porcelain bowl shatters world record, sells for $37.7 million at an auction

It’s the kind of dish you don’t want to break. A nearly 900-year-old porcelain Song dynasty bowl smashed the world auction record for Chinese ceramics on Tuesday, selling for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million) at a Sotheby's sale in Hong Kong. ..

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Master's degree in Yoga from China's first dedicated yoga college

The Yoga college of China has announced that the students can now sign up for the three-year program, the first two years of which will be completed in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, and the final year in India, according to Lu Fang, deputy dean on ICYC...

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'The Queen of Ghazal' Begum Akhtar rules Google through doodle on her 103rd birth anniversary

“The Queen of Ghazal” Begum Akhtar was one of the earliest female stage performers who enriched the Hindustani Classical music. On her 103rd birth anniversary not only Indians but also the international giant search engine, Google pays tribute to her with a beautiful doodle. The doodle portrays her as an artist playing sitar amid a candle-lit audience. The Queen of Ghazal had an immense excellency in Thumri and Dadra also...

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Unique characteristics of Begum Akhtar made her the 'only' Mallika-e-Ghazal of 1900s

Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, also known as Begum Akhtar was a great Indian singer of Hindustani classical music. She sang mostly ghazal, thumri and Dadra genres. Today, Google posted a special doodle on its home page to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of the legend. ..

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“Artists are true messengers of culture”, says Dr Mahesh Sharma at the launch of a new book highlighting Indian Art

Indian art consists of a variety of art forms. Like plastic art, textile art, visual arts, rock arts and many others which can be traced to the pre-historic era of Indian culture. With presence of vibrant art and cultural roots in India, Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma launches a book that describes the eternal Indian art and famous sculptures and paintings. ..

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“Devi Paksha” starts on the auspicious day of Mahalaya ; Bengalis gear up for their biggest festival

For the Bengalis, Durga Puja celebration basically starts from “Mahalaya”. Not only Bengalis but also others who worship Maa Durga during Navaratri for them also this day indicates the beginning of Devi Paksha. The week-long celebration starting from Mahalaya will be continued till Dusshera or Dashami...

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Culture Minister participates in ‘Swacchta Hi Sewa Abhiyaan’ in Noida to support the campaign of cleanliness

Walking on the road to ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’, it can be seen clearly that India is taking initiatives to make its surroundings clean. Swacchta Pakhwada inaugurated by Ministry of Culture also carried the same motive. In fact yesterday, Dr Mahesh Sharma (Culture Minister) participated in the ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa Sbhiyaan’ and kick started the campaign for the 4th ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ being observed by the Ministry of Culture (MoC) and its 43 organisations...

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‘Shubh Hindi Diwas’: Hindi literature will always be laced with our hearts as it did for Premchand, Gulzar, Manto and others

As every year, Hindi Diwas is celebrated on this day of September 14 but sadly goes unnoticed. The community of Hindi readers have gone downhill in numbers as compared to larger English-reading crowd. But it appears that they are simply doing what they do best, quietly reading some good Hindi literature while sitting in some corner. ..

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World’s tallest Durga idol is being erected in Guwahati reaching to 100 ft

Durga Puja is everything for a Bengali. When the festival arrives, Bengalis’ know exactly about how to celebrate it. Goddess Durga is worshipped with all might for 4 day long carnival, preparations for which begin months in advance. However, this time Guwahati is on the verge of creating a new world record. A 100-ft tall bamboo idol of Goddess Durga is set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as tallest bamboo sculpture ever made. ..

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‘A walk to remember’ is a reality in Spain with walls covered in paintings of artists’ around the world; take a look!

Spanish art has been an important contributor to Western art and Spain has produced many famous and influential artists including Velázquez, Goya and Picasso. Spanish art was particularly influenced by Italy and France during the Baroque and Neoclassical periods, but Spanish art has often had very distinctive characteristics, partly explained by the Moorish heritage in Spain (especially in Andalusia), and through the political and cultural climate in Spain...

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Rail travel in Japan is more interesting with cool train arts; even Pokémon will board with you

Suppose you are boarding a train with Pokémon characters that you watched during your entire childhood. That seems little impossible but there are trains in Japan may give you such chance. The culturally enriched Asian country has such amazing train arts that will make you fall in love with the train rides...

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Delhi’s 6 galleries join hands on the rendezvous of ‘Delhi Contemporary Art’ weekend

Art and culture has been a vital organ since the history of time for India. And with that paintings form the crux of the Indian culture like this young man, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore’s whose series of watercolours titled “Introspection: A Perspective into Fooling” features caricature-like self portraits stationed outside the white cube-like space of Saffronart housed at Delhi’s Hotel Claridges. ..

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Delhi’s National Museum showcases “Small Temporary Exhibitions” from its reserve collection

One of the most esteemed and largest museums of India, the National Museum was first established in 1949 and holds articles from pre-historic era to modern works of art. Up until recently, the National Museum took a new initiative on “Small Temporary Exhibitions” from its reserve collection. The exhibitions will be based on several themes, so that it will attract large number of visitors to view new artefacts every fortnight. Through such programme National Museum is trying to draw visitor’s attention ..

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Now here comes a robot Buddhist monk to perform rituals!

One manufacturer plans to rent out robots for US$ 500 a funeral. In Japan, funerals can cost up to $ 25,000 whilst monks in flesh and bones can cost US$ 2,000. However, the new machines could be hacked with safety issues for people...

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World’s first gigantic samosa of 153kgs wins the Guinness Book of World Records

‘Samosa’ is a evening staple snack with chai (tea) for every Indian. It is claimed that samosa has its origin from the Middle East in the 10th century. And it was first introduced to the Indian subcontinent in the 13th-14th century. In fact, people love samosas so much that dozen volunteers from the Muslim Aid UK charity at East London Mosque made a king-sized samosa weighing 153.1kg.The giant samosa has broken all the world records. ..

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40-member panel named officially to select films for IFFI; Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri will be the convenor

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry today constituted a 40 member preview committee with filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri as the convenor to select movies for the international festival in Goa...

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After 29 years, Gulzar’s unreleased film ‘Libaas’ to hit theatres by the year end

Gulzar Sahab, as we all repectfully address him n India is an iconic lyricist and poet. Born in Pakistan, Gulzar Ji is a Padma Bhushan awardee along with Dadasaheb Phalke recognition. In a treat for Gulzar fans on his 83rd birthday, his unreleased film Libaas is all set to hit the big screen this year. ..

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Contemporary ‘Concrete Jungle Book’ musical will dive you in the harsh realities of Mowgli’s life

If you’re Rudyard Kipling’s fan then you’d probably know ‘The Jungle Book’. The beautiful collection of stories surrounding Mowgli and his life in jungle has been close to all of us, right? The nostalgic fables created by Kipling have recently been turned into an innovative musical called ‘The Concrete Jungle’ which is being played at Edinburgh’s famous fringe festival. ..

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#WorldPhotographyDay: A picture is worth a thousand words

Photography is a universal language which does not have any limit of the boundary. A single click can be understood by everyone and with different layers of interpretation. That is why Photography is such a unique art which a DSLR cannot buy you. From food snaps to aerial photography, travel, fashion, sport, street, wildlife, architectural, photojournalism photography touches every aspect of life. On this World Photography day, let’s remember some veteran photojournalists of India...

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Cultural Extravaganza celebrates the spirit of ‘New India Movement’, 3rd event of Sankalp Parva in Noida

The cultural extravaganza celebrating the spirit of New India Movement in the ongoing ‘Sankalp Parva-Sankalp Se siddhi’ (Attainment through Resolve) - a Sankalp Sandhya was organised by the Ministry of Culture yesterday at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra Auditorium in Noida. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, MoS was the chief guest at Sankalp Sandhya...

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Culture Ministry’s ‘Sankalp Parva’ showcases the spirit of The New India Movement through dance, music and painting

‘Sankalp Parva-Sankalp se Siddhi’, a major cultural event took place yesterday by the Ministry of Culture at Janpath, New Delhi. The event began with the rendering of Gandhi and Nirgun bhajans by Pandit Madhup Mudgal. In a lively jugalbandi Shri Manav Gupta coloured a canvas with 'Quit India' related visual images. Folk and classical dancers from Ministry of Culture's Zonal Cultural Centers showcased the joie de virve of freedom. The cultural event ended with an evocative rendering of the Sankalp ..

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Taj Hotels travels back to 1947, recreates the 70-year-old menu served on Independence night

Built in 1903, ‘The Taj Mahal Hotel’ is iconic to the essence of Mumbai. The history of Mumbai and The Taj Mahal Palace, the city’s first harbor landmark, are dramatically intertwined. For over a century, this luxury hotel has been the prime residence of choice for maharajas, dignitaries and other famous personalities. Inspired by Islamic and European Renaissance, the hotel-cum palace will travel back to the day of independence. Yes, the dinner menu the hotel will consist of Indo- French dishes to ..

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Don’t know about India’s past? Well, visit the National Museum in New Delhi to learn the greatest revelations of India

As we all have read about the glorious history of India which is so interesting and nail-biting. First came the Mughals in around 1526 which changed the course of ‘Hindustan’. The Mughal Empire ruled India for over 400 years and then, ruled the British Raj from 1858 to 1947. Most of us might not know the innate secrets of the Indian monuments and so, the National Museum in New Delhi has organized an exhibition ‘Indian Historical Monuments in Company Painting School’ for people to absorb the history ..

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‘International Children’s Film Festival’ aims to offer different cultures of world through movies for kids

The International Children’s Film Festival India, Nagaland 2017 is set to hit Nagaland from July 27 to 29, at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA). The International Children’s Film Festival India aims to give children an unforgettable yet innovative experience...

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Traditional Head Gear of India exhibition kicked off to showcase ethnic caps wore in Indian History

To showcase printed turban, embroidered ‘Dopalli’ and Maratha stitched cap and ‘Zardozi’ cap, ‘Traditional Head Gear of India’ exhibition kicked off today which was organised by the National Museum in National Museum Complex. ..

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India to host 8th edition of Theatre Olympics for first time ever

India to host the 8th edition of the greatest carnival of Theatre for the first time ever from February 17 to April 08, 2018 simultaneously in various cities across the country. This was announced by Culture and Tourism Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday...

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CBFC proposes to mute certain words from documentary on Amartya Sen

The economist Amartya Sen is not only a famous talent in the field but also a Nobel laureate. Director Suman Ghosh has made a documentary on this legend, named The Argumentative Indian. But the Central Board of Film Certification has imposed a ban on words like "Gujarat", "Hindu India", "Cow", "Hindutva view of India" uttered by him in the interview. This has created a controversy. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday condemned the CBFC's proposal to mute certain words from the documentary...

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Wizard of Indian music since 60s; Pancham Da remains to live in the legacy he’s left behind

Music traverses one to the world of tranquility and solace. There are innumerable genres today that satisfy our deepest core of dilemma. Remembering the evergreen era of 70s and 80s, one composer and singer that gained huge popularity not only in India but across the world was none other than Pancham Da. RD Burman a.k.a Pancham Da is one of the highest level music composers who was the man behind the legendary songs, “Piya Tu Ab Toh Aa Ja”, “Dum Maro Dum”, “Pyar Mein Dil Pe”, “Rim Jhim Gire Sawaan” ..

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Read how Kenyan musicians run a lucrative venture during election

Before an election, any democracy gears up it with campaigns, counter campaigns, slogans, posters. We often read news about how a certain part of society reaps benefit from pre-election politics. Kenya will soon have a presidential election. In South Rift area of Kenya, Musicians are now reaping benefits from coming election. They are releasing political songs praising major parties...

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Artists from 6.40 lakh villages will get a chance to stage their talents

The Culture Ministry of India has proved itself more than many times. Identifying talents from remote areas to providing platforms for artists to prove themselves has been one of the encouraging initiatives of the Culture Ministry. To give everyone the justice to present their talents, the Ministry is eying to launch massive cultural awareness campaigns so that no artist is left behind. As a result of which Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma launched the implementation of the ‘‘National Mission on ..

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India and Portugal Sign historical agreement to promote Cooperation in The field of Archives

As a first step under this agreement, the Torre do Tombo (National Archives of Portugal) handed over to the National Archives of India digital copies of 62 volumes of the collection known as ‘Moncoes do Reino’ (Monsoon correspondence)...

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Enthusiasm towards #InternationalYogaDay lits up UN Headquarters with shining lights

On the eve of 3rd International Yoga Day, the Headquarters of United Nations were lit up with the word ‘Yoga’ to mark the celebration of Yoga power. Also the world is geared up to celebrate International Yoga Day 2017 with full enthusiasm. ..

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Centre to nurture and conserve cultural talent or heritage

Union culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma said that with a vision that no cultural talent or heritage should remain unattended and if it is talent, it should be nurtured and if it is a heritage, it should be conserved and used as an icon to learn from the past, and also to propagate our cultural talent across all boundaries. ..

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Explore story inscribed in evolution of our clothes through Google’s ‘We Wear Culture’ project

On Thursday, Technology Giant Google’s Arts and Culture launched a new virtual exhibition project that will showcase 3,000 years of the world’s fashion and style. The online project ‘We wear culture’ will let people explore the history and evolution of clothes over 3000 years...

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Eyes on this! For the 1st time ‘Naga culture’ set to hit on the floors of ‘Nagaland Fashion Week’

For the 1st time ever, Nagaland set to roll on the floor to promote its Naga culture with the Nagaland Fashion Week 2017. In a bid to revive the indigenous textile, handicrafts, and handlooms, the first ever Nagaland Fashion Week 2017 has been officially announced at Nagaland House in New Delhi...

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Join ‘Shimla Summer Festival’ to witness cultural, traditional performances of state

Himachal Pradesh, the land of nature and pilgrims where tourism flourishes in all the seasons due to its favourable geographical conditions. However, Himachal Pradesh has become more beautiful and colourful from today onwards after the five-day event ‘Shimla Summer Festival’ commenced today with a delightful and melodious performance from Alka Yagnik...

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Coke studio Africa and South Africa merges to create more inspirational sounds

Remember the last news you read on Africa- either it’s about poverty or about corruption, terrorism. Amidst the pile of all these, everyone seems to forget about Africa’s rich natural and cultural variety. Music is always the soul of Africa. To help out the talented musicians from the continent, Coca-Cola started Coke Studio Africa in 2012. Coke Studio Africa is a non-competitive music collaboration show. Due to the fusion of music, the platform for musicians- Coke Studio Africa won the heart of ..

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Festival Fever in Jail! Women prisoners in Odisha celebrated ‘Bata Sabitri’

Odisha government came up with various reforms to change the mindset of the woman prisoners in the state. Women prisoners of Sambalpur Nari Niketan celebrated ‘Bata Sabitri’ Festival on Thursday...

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‘Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India’ exhibition kicks off

The scriptures that were stolen from India were returned by the prestigious Australian art exhibition last year; this year’s exhibition “Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India” was inaugurated on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma...

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Summer is happy in Russia with vibrant festivals

The season of bright, light and sparkling- it is summer in Russia. Summer is the favorite season of travelers to visit the land. A mid-afternoon heat wave may de-intensify the pleasure of summer but Siberia will soothe you with colorful festivals. Here is the list of festivals that will blow any traveler’s mind...

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‘Celebrate Israel Festival’ kicks off with the largest celebration of Jewish state at global level

With a thrilling enthusiasm ‘Celebrate Israel Festival’ kicked off on Sunday acorss the country in Arizona, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Chicago. Several Jewish community groups walked in Denver during Sunday’s 2017 Walk for Israel event. More than 22-hundred people participated in the two-mile Walk for Israel event...

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PM Modi to attend UN Vesak Day in Sri Lanka as chief guest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest for the UN Vesak Day celebrations to be held in Sri Lanka from 12th to 14th of next month...

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Madame Tussauds welcomes Amarendra Baahubali

The Rebel Star Prabhas, the lead character of SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali: The conclusion will be the first South Indian actor to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. ..

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For peace and a better life, see how some Americans shifting towards Hinduism

‘Hinduism’ rather being only a religion, it is also a way of living life. Hinduism can also be termed as “Indian-ness” consists of Yoga, Meditation, Vegetarianism etc. Mahabharata is a holy book and has all the answers related to our life...

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Japan drowned in the ‘Cherry Blossom’ festival where blooming flowers are celebrated

Japan celebrates an exceptional festival 'hanami' ( Cherry blossom viewing) every year in springtime. While deletion of greenery is a major issue all over the world, Japan is carrying their old annual custom of enjoying bloomed foliage. Every year Cherry blossom starts in 'Okinawa' ( Southern Japan), then gradually it spreads towards Northern Japan ( Hokkaido). Where Okinawa is the lower elevation and Hokkaido is upper elevation geographically...

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Proud! UN soon to release commemorative stamps of “Yoga Asanas”

It is a matter of proud for India as United Nations will issue special stamps commemorating the International Yoga Day on June 21 this year. Notably, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that the commemorative stamps will be released soon...

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Indian culture distinguished from others in respect of its continuity, heterogeneity: Vice Prez Ansari

Vice president Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said that Indian culture is distinguished from others in respect of its continuity and heterogeneity, its accommodating ethos and its composite, plural character...

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Where royalty meets culture, Come fall in love with India’s beauty on this #WorldHeritageDay

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of the people with rich heritage. India being the land of most diverse heritages, every Indian is proud of its unique and pristine heritage. India has its own symbols to represent- Love, nationalism, religious etc. On the auspicious occasion of #WorldHeritageDay, let us recall our special one who made us proud every time...

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PM Modi visits Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday visited the famous Lingaraj Temple here...

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On Good Friday We remember the service & sacrifice of Jesus Christ: PM

Good Friday an important event in Christianity as it represents the sacrifices and suffering in Jesus life. Good Friday is a day of sadness when churches are seemed empty. In India, Good Friday is celebrated today. Some Christians even fast on this day and some attend prayers...

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Cultural New Year celebrated traditionally in different parts of country

Many states in India are celebrating New Year today with fervor. States like Assam, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Kerala are celebrating the day in traditional form. This occasion is celebrated with full of joy by wearing the new dress and greeting each other. On the occasion of New Year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted everyone through Twitter...

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Uttarakhand to host 26 local festivals to rope in global diasporas’

Do you reminisce the mesmerizing snow-capped mountains of Dehradun or the breath-takingly beautiful Nainital lake? Also, did you know that Beatles visited Rishikesh in 1968 to learn transcendental meditation and wrote 48 songs there? Well, that’s’ what Uttarakhand does to you. It is a hub of all the tranquility, pureness and Himalayan essence at one place. With such high number of tourists visiting Uttarakhand every year, BJP government has decided to bring in 26 local festivals together for national ..

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Prez Mukherjee visits Vikramshila University, calls for restoration of golden era

Vikramshila University was set up by the Pala dynasty (750-1174 AD) king Dharmapala in the late 8th or early 9th century. It was one of the educational centers in India which attracted visitors and students from different parts of world. It remained a world class entre of Buddhist learning foe four centuries..

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Happy Birthday to Odisha as people are celebrating its 81st ‘Utkala Dibasa'

“Utkala Diwas” is celebrated by people of Odisha today which represents the birthday of the state Orissa, now Odisha. This is celebrated to mark the formation of the then Orissa, now Odisha, state on a linguistic basis in 1936...

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River Brahmaputra is a lifeline for North-East people said Prez Mukherjee at ‘Namami Brahmaputra’

Today the President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated India’s biggest river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’. Namami Brahmaputra’ is five day festival which kicked off today in 21 districts of Assam. This festival is likely to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state...

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India’s biggest river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ kicks off today to showcase culture

India’s biggest river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ kicks off today in 21 districts of Assam. This five day festival will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on the banks of river which is consider to be India’s only male river. This festival is likely to give a boost to the investment and tourism prospect in the state...

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‘Padharo Mharo Des’ - Land of Royalty welcomes you all to celebrate #RajasthanDay

“Padharo Mharo Des” the anthem of Rajasthan where the art and royalty hug each other to portray its flamboyant culture. Rajasthan is known for its varied traditions that depict the lifestyle of royal kings and the architecture of the elegant palaces. Rajasthan has a glorious past which still has its impact...

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President, PM greet people on Gudi Padava

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted citizens on Gudi Padava and Navreh today...

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India’s holy and the longest river ‘Mother Ganga’ gets ‘first living identity’

Some refer her as ‘Mother Ganga’ while some dive in it to clear their sins of life. The holy river ‘Ganga’ is India’s longest river and is treated as the Goddess. For the first time in India Ganga will be identified as a ‘legal identity’ after the Uttarakhand High Court declare Ganga as “first living entity’ in India which will have same rights as human beings. Similar status has been given to Yamuna, the tributary of Ganga...

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Shreya Ghoshal becomes first Indian singer at Madame Tussauds

Shreya Ghoshal has become the first Indian singer to make it to Madame Tussauds, with her wax figure set to be showcased at the upcoming Delhi wing of the museum...

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Dharma plays vital role in shaping personality: Indresh Kumar

A seminar on “Sarva-Dharma Samabhav evam Vishwa Shanti” was organised at Kashi under the joint auspices of Dharma Sanskriti Sangam and Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya...

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Over 26 lakh people visits ‘Hunar Haat’ festival; proves as the best platform to promote master artisans

Over 26 lakh visitors from different cities of India and abroad visited the "Hunar Haat" festival from 11th February to 26th February of this year. Notably, "Hunar Haat" has broken all the records as it has attracted the highest number of visitors. The people not only made a purchase of lakhs of rupees from the artisans but they also got orders from other countries...

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Goa’s Viva Carnival gives you an another excuse to pack your bags and have fun, Are you ready?

Goa has always been an attractive destination for its beaches, carnivals, cruises, festivals etc. Goa is all set to rock with festive celebrations from today. Goa’s Viva Carnival kicks off from today. Musician Roque Tome Fernandes has been selected as the ’King Momo’ this year. He will essay the role of the mythological character, who rules the state for four days...

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Let us celebrate our mother tongue with pride on International #MotherLanguageDay

“Language is the roadmap of culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” Well said by Rita Mae Brown. Language is a corridor which takes you to the culture of particular person. Every person has its own language to speak and every language possesses different culture. Happy International Mother Language Day to everyone out there!..

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Facebook page of Hunar Haat launched to promote art and skills of artisans from minor community

On Thursday, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the Facebook page of ‘Hunar Haat’ being organised by the Ministry in New Delhi. It aims to promote traditional art and skills of the artisans from the minority communities...

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World famous artists to figure in Agra Music Fest on Feb 25

The Agra Music Festival is coming up again on February 25 with its host of world famous musicians and performances at the Hotel Ramada Plaza in the city...

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‘Jeddah Spring festival 2017’ breaks record with 8,00,000 visitors; strengthen ties with world

Over 8,00,000 visitors from 16 different cities and abroad visited Jeddah Spring festival 2017 since its opening on Jan. 26. Notably, this festival has broken all the records as it has attracted the highest number of visitors. The main objective of the festival was to form a relationship between the people and their surroundings, strengthen ties between neighbours and provide them with better services...

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‘Bharat Parv’ begins for promoting the rich cultural diversity of the country

Bharat Parv, a national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines, handicrafts and catch glimpses of a progressive India was inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture on yesterday. Bharat Parv event is being organized by the Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from 26th to 31st January 2017, as part of the Republic Day 2017 Celebrations. The prime objective of organizing the event is to generate a patriotic mood, promote ..

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Devotees throng Sangam/Ganga Sagar for holy dip on Makar Sankranti

Ignoring biting cold and long treks, thousands of devotees on Saturday took a holy dip in the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati at Allahabad Sangam on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti...

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PM greets people on Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday greeted the people of the country on account of Makar Sankranti, Uttarayana, Pongal, Bihu and Lohri...

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PM Modi inaugurates Ramayana Darshanam Exhibition at Kanyakumari

Adding yet another feather in the cap of Vivekanand Kendra and Kanyakumari Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Ramayana Darshanam Exhibition through video conferencing...

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Four-Day National Youth Festival ‘Youth for Digital India’ begins

The 21st National Youth Festival with the theme “Youth for Digital India” began in Rohtak, Haryana on Thursday...

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PM inaugurates Ramayana Darshanam at Vivekananda Kendra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, addressed the inaugural event of the Ramayana Darshanam Exhibition at Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari, via video conferencing...

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Over one lakh participants join Swami Ramdev to create #YogWorldRecords

Swami Ramdev ones again showcased the ultimate power of Yoga by creating five world records in one day at Bhilai on Thursday. Notably, the event is organised to celebrate National Youth Day in Yoga way on the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. In this ceremony, over one lakh people together performed five different yoga exercises and created the five world records in one day. Surya Namaskar, Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom, Shurshashan and push ups are the five different Yoga exercises were ..

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch Ramayana Darshanam at kanyakumari 

On the 154th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the Ramayana Darshanam a museum depicting the glorious story of holy Ramayana. The event is organised by Vivekanand Kendra...

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“Maha Brinda Natyam”: Largest Kuchipudi dance enters into the Guinness Book of World Records

The “Maha Brinda Natyam,” a Kuchipudi performance by 6,117 artistes, from 3-year-olds to 65-year-olds, organised at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here on Sunday made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ever Kuchipudi dance performed anywhere in the world...

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Unity Dance marks conclusion of 10-day-long Hornbill Festival 2016

In an impressive ceremony, the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland came to end on Saturday. The glittering valedictory function was held at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama in presence of hundreds of guests and visitors that included foreign, domestic tourists and local people...

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ONGC to adopt Taj Mahal under Clean India drive

The Taj Mahal will be adopted by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) at a function attended by Tourism Minister K.Chiranjeevi in Agra Wednesday. ..

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Dr Bhairappa opens Sahitya Parishad meet at Varanasi

Noted writer ad novelist Dr S L Bhairappa inaugurated the national seminar on Saturday morning. Madhya Pradesh Minister of Culture and Higher Education Lakshmikanth Sharma was the Chief Guest. ..

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‘The only temple in China where we pray to Hindu God’

The Chedian shrine is believed to be 800 to 1000 years old which collapsed some 500 years ago. The temple at Chediam, historians believe, is just one among the network of over a dozen Hindu temples or shrines, including two grand shrines, built in Quanzhou and surrounding area by a community of Tamil traders who lived here during the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties. ..

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Cultural mafia ruling India: Pandit Bhajan Sopori

Not having an active presence on the social circuit is one thing santoor player Pandit Bhajan Sopori doesn't miss. Instead, he focusses on those artistes who have been sidelined or shadowed by the phenomenon of what he calls the "cultural mafia" - a termite nibbling away at the nation's cultural soul...

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'780 languages spoken in India, 250 died out in last 50 years'

The People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) has completed a comprehensive linguistic survey of the country and would publish its reports in 50 volumes contained in 72 books in September. ..

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Indian ethnic groups in America celebrate their culture

As they celebrated the July 4 Independence Day of their adopted home, various Indian ethnic groups, from Oriyas to Maharashtrians to Tamils and Telugus also celebrated their culture at regional conventions. ..

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Bollywood veterans attend prayer meet for Pran

Film industry veterans like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan were among the celebrities who attended a prayer meet for late actor Pran, who passed away July 12...

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Would like to play Nehru or Jinaah : Tom Alter

He has comfortably slipped into playing Sardar Patel and Lord Mountbatten on screen and effortlessly reprised the roles of Urdu poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi and Maulana Azad on stage. But thespian Tom Alter - often called a "firang" for his western looks but who insists he is an Indian - desires to enact the roles of two stalwarts of partition, Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah...

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Puri Rath Yatra begins amid tight security

The annual Ratha Yatra (chariot procession) of Lord Jagannath, his brother Bhalabhadra and sister Subhadra began at Odisha's beach town of Puri amid tight security Wednesday, officials said. ..

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Puri Rath Yatra begins amid tight security

The annual Ratha Yatra (chariot procession) of Lord Jagannath, his brother Bhalabhadra and sister Subhadra began at Odisha's beach town of Puri amid tight security Wednesday, officials said. ..

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Odisha's rich culture showcased at diaspora meet in US

Classical Odissi dance and popular ballads of Pala and Daskathia were part of a programme to showcase the rich culture of Odisha at a convention of Orissa Society of the Americas (OSA) held July 4-6 in Chicago, a society functionary said Wednesday. ..

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Government to acquire British-era building in Shimla

The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to take over a grand heritage building in this erstwhile summer capital of the British Raj, fearing it might be lost otherwise. ..

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A muslim girl who dare to render Carnatik Music in Kerala

Hanna is regaling her audiences for the past six years through her exquisite rendering of Carnatic music. She is a living testimony to the ability of music to transcend the boundaries of religion and other social divisions...

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Russian film ‘The Major’ wins top prize in Shanghai film fest

Russian film The Major won the top prize at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival which concluded Sunday evening. The film, which won the Golden Goblet for best feature film, talks about how things go out of control when corrupt police officers try to cover up a hit-and-run case for their colleague, ..

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Lakhs witness bathing ritual of Lord Jagannath

At least four lakh devotees Sunday witnessed the annual bathing rituals of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra in Odisha's temple town of Puri, official said. ..

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Six Rajasthan hill forts in Unesco World Heritage List

Six hill forts in Rajasthan have been selected to be included in the Unesco's World Heritage List, an official said here Friday. The hill forts are Amber, Chittorgarh, Gangron, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh and Ranthambore. ..

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Kolkata celebrates World Music Day in tune with history

Savouring fests that blended tradition and trend, and juxtaposed the old and the new, music lovers from the city ushered in the World Music Day Friday, days after a landmark music store decided to wind up after being unable to stand up to piracy and internet downloading. ..

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Mexico important partner for India, says envoy

India and Mexico, though far apart geographically, share striking cultural similarities and the country is a very important partner for India, said the Indian envoy...

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Fire at Madrid's famous Alcazar Theatre

A fire broke out Saturday at the Alcazar Theatre in Madrid, but firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze. Performances at the theatre have been suspended for the whole weekend. ..

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Cartoon writer Prabhakar Wadekar no more

Writer and cartoon co-producer Prabhakar Wadekar died of brain illness here today. The 56 year old was the co-producer of the popular cartoon charector Chintoo, often dubbed as India's Archie. The cartoon series is being published through a Pune daily for last 23 years...

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Didi gives half-day holiday for son-in-law day

For the first time, the West Bengal government Friday declared a half-day holiday for state government employees on the occasion of Jamai Sashthi – son-in-law day. ..

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Singapore campaign on good English targets Little India

A Singapore government campaign encouraging people to speak grammatically correct English is now targetting a Tamil-majority ethnic area in this city-state. ..

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They travel by bullock cart to their ‘kula devata’ temple

Hundreds of families living in 56 villages around Kamudhi town in Ramanathapuram district travel 80 km en masse once in a year to a Shiva temple in adjoining Virudhunagar district, because it is their Kula Devata. ..

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Spanish novelist wins Asturias prize

Spanish novelist Antonio Muñoz Molina has been named as this year's recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, beating out countryman Luis Goytisolo, Ireland's John Banville and Japan's Haruki Murakami. ..

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Kolkata Metro organises 'Art for Nutrition' expo

Commuters get a chance to view art, children enjoy showcasing their drawings, and the issue of malnutrition is thrown into sharp relief as the "Art for Nutrition" exhibition gets underway in Kolkata's metro stations. ..

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Bangladesh ayes draft law on Hindu charitable endowments

The Sheikh Hasina Cabinet on Monday gave final approval to a draft law to ensure proper development and management of the “Devottar property” (Hindu Charitable Endowments) and make the transfer of those property, donated to Hindu places of worship, completely illegal. ..

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Tagore's Nobel prize centenary celebration began in Sweden

Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize centenary celebrations began here Tuesday in presence of Bollywood icon Sharmila Tagore, who is from the same family. Sharmila, who is on her first visit here, said that, 'there will be readings of Tagore poetry and prose.'..

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Actress Jiah Khan commits suicide

Bollywood actress Nafisa alias Jiah Khan, who was seen opposite Amitabh Bachchan in "Nishabd", committed suicide at her residence in Mumbai's Juhu area, police said Tuesday. She was 25...

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Sofia Vergara in Madame Tussauds wax museum

Lifelike wax figures of Colombian actress and model Sofia Vergara will be exhibited at the popular Madame Tussauds wax museums in New York and Las Vegas beginning June 4, the institution said...

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Cambodia hosts film heritage festival

The first international film heritage festival has kicked off here, aiming at encouraging interest in preserving classic films, Xinhua reported. ..

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American artist lives out his life's last days in Goa

Scrawny and gaunt from illness, American artist Scott Morgan wants to "live life's every moment" to the full before succumbing to terminal intestinal cancer. And when that does happen - he's been told three months from now - he wants to be cremated and his ashes to be scattered over a popular Goa beach village..

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5,000 cave paintings discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists have found nearly 5,000 cave paintings made by hunter-gatherers in a northeastern Mexico mountain range where pre-Hispanic groups were not known to have existed...

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President confers Akadami Ratna awards

Vocalists Rajsekhar Mansur and Ajay Pohankar and tabla player Sabir Khan were among those presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Fellowship (Akademi Ratna) Awards 2012 here, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said Tuesday. ..

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Old museum in Britain displays master drawings

The Ashmolean Museum, one of the world's oldest public museums, has launched an exhibition of master drawings to mark its founding in 1683. The exhibition will run from Saturday to Aug 18, bringing together 70 pieces of works on paper, including those from Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Durer, Rubens, Titian and Rembrandt among others, Xinhua reported...

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Now, real crime investigations live on TV

100 Ek Shunya Shunya”, a new crime show, is in line to show the real investigations on the small screen. It will take the audiences into the world of police - control rooms, lock-ups, etc...

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Indian Caribbean Museum in Nat Geo list of 500 sacred places

The Indian Caribbean Museum, described as 'a national treasure, a window to the past, and an opportunity to see history come alive', has been cited by a National Geographic publication that showcases 500 of the world's most powerful and spiritual places and guides travellers who wish to visit them...

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Jnanpith Award conferred on Pratibha Ray

President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday conferred the 47th Jnanpith Award, the country's highest literary award, for the year 2011 on noted writer Pratibha Ray...

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Conservationists demand restoration of Dara Shikoh's library

Conservationists here have demanded the restoration and reopening of Dara Shikoh' library that is lying in shambles in the heart of the Taj city. ..

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Builders bulldoze ancient Mayan Pyramid in Belize

One of the oldest and most famous Mayan pyramids has been destroyed by a construction company in Belize, while digging for crushed rock for a road they were building. ..

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Classical singer Girija Devi hospitalised

Eminent classical singer and "Thumri" exponent Girija Devi was admitted to a hospital in Varanasi after the 85-year-old took ill, complaining of severe stomach ache, family members said Saturday. ..

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