Art and Culture

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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