Art and Culture

Lok Sabha hears the scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes

In order to improve financial and socio-economic status of the old aged artistes and scholars who have contributed significantly in their specialized fields of arts, letters etc. but leading a miserable life or are in penury condition, a scheme namely “Scheme for Pension and Medical Aid to Artistes” will be implemented by the Government...

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Indian Railways gives new beautiful look to Sehore station! See gorgeous pics

Indian Railways is on the high mode to beautify its stations in every term like cleanliness, proper amenities, beautiful picture painting of stations etc. The latest one to join the fleet of beautified railway stations is Sehore railway station in the state of Madhya Pradesh. At present, the work on wall paintings for the beautification of Sehore railway station is still in progress. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachhata Mission, so far the national transporter has beautified as many as 10 ..

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Rashtrapati Bhavan to open doors for annual Udyanotsav from Feb 6; President Kovind inaugurates the festival

Rashtrapati Bhavan will open its doors of beautiful gardens for public from February 6. President Ram Nath Kovind opened the annual Udyanotsav of Rashtrapati Bhavan today. The Mughal Gardens will remain open for the general public from coming Wednesday to 10th of next month between 9 in the morning to 4 in the evening...

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Work hard..! Unless there is a grace, success cannot hold the hand...

Aruna Sairam..

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'BHASHA SANGAM' Program to provide multilingual exposure to students in Indian Languages

Bhasha Sangam a Celebration of Linguistic Diversity which marks the appreciation of the unique symphony of languages of our country has been initiated by the Department of School Education & Literacy has initiated–, last month to December 21...

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Sahitya Academy announces awards for 2018

Sahitya Akademi today announced its annual Awards in 24 languages. Seven books of poetry, six novels, six short stories, three of literary criticism and two of essays have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards, 2018...

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More women opt for management studies

“The IIMs are consciously giving leverage to women to increase diversity in classrooms. We want more women in our institutes”, said CAT convener Sumanta Basu...

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An Ideal New Year Gift: Autobiography of India

Bharath Gyan is conceptualized by D. K. Hari and D. K. Hema Hari with the objective to scientifically collate and disseminate the knowledge of India and its ties with other civilazations from ancient to modern times. ..

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You've really got to love what you do, and you've got to put in everything that you have to the job…

Garima Arora..

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Rs 75 commemorative coin to mark 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Bose

The government Thursday decided to release a Rs 75 commemorative coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair...

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One has to be fully committed to one’s career … otherwise there is no point…

Lata Mangeshkar..

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Renowned Hindustani classical musician Annapurna Devi passes away

Renowned Hindustani musician Annapurna Devi passed away at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai today. She was 91. According to hospital officials, the legendary singer breathed her last at 3.51 am. She was suffering from age-related issues for the last few years. Annapurna Devi was an Indian Surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan...

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It’s a great feeling to be wanted but it’s more exciting to be inaccessible…

Shreya Ghoshal..

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India gets back 12th century stolen Buddha statue from British Police on Independence Day

A 12th-century bronze Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India today by the London's Metropolitan Police as part of a ceremony to mark India's Independence Day...

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Vedic Saraswati river no more a myth, dear Leftists; rejuvenation on mission mode

Now, today, the revival of river Saraswati would make a major transformation in the region of Haryana and Rajasthan and it will help the water scarcity of the region, also, it will be a big slap on the cheek of the India hater Commies and Libtards. ..

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India-Israel share ‘art ties’: National Gallery of Modern Art to showcase contemporary Israel art

India-Israel friendship roots to different arenas right from agriculture to cinema! To showcase the contemporary art from Israel, the National Gallery of Modern Art is set to hold an exhibition titled ‘To the End of Land’...

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Culture is the way we Indians live together and remain united: Dr Mahesh Sharma

Culture is the way we Indians live together and remain united. Our Culture is our identity locally, nationally and globally and we need to regularly celebrate our local culture and cultural acumen and its interface with other cultural spheres around us in any of its manifestations. This was said by Culture Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday which was the penultimate day of Madhavpur Mela in Gujarat...

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Plethora of reasons to celebrate rich heritage: ‘Odisha Parba’ rejoices its varied culture and art at India Gate

‘Odisha Parba’ celebrated the east India’s unique culture: the 3-day festival that rejoiced Odisha’s rich cultural heritage on the lanes of India Gate. Regional dance, music, history etc were the top notches of ‘Odisha Parba’. The event was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Mishra...

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India Gate opens its gate to unveil rich culture and heritage of Odisha

India comprises of rich culture and tradition and has time and again exhibited the rich talent and ethnicity. Owing to display the richness, a three festival has been organised to celebrate Odisha's culture, tradition, heritage and cuisine have been commenced from today in the lawns of the India Gate...

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Shigmotsav- Festival of ‘being entirely ourselves’ through the words of expert Datta Naik

Shigmotsav is a spring festival celebrated in the Indian state of Goa, where it is one of the major festivals of the Hindu community but what exactly the Shigmotsav is? Do we know the exact aim of this festival? From the desk of Goa’s cultural expert Datta Naik we get deep and out of the box knowledge about this festival...

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Want to scroll your eyes for archives? Then go through this book “Archives Reads”

To inculcate archival awareness among the masses, to bring prominent historians closer to the young readers and to showcase the vast treasure of archives available with NAI for research and reference purposes, a Book Reading Series entitled “Archives Reads” has been launched...

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Art and cultural ties have united humanity: VP Naidu

Art and cultural ties have united humanity from time immemorial and ancient civilizations like the Greek, Roman, Babylonian, Egyptian and Indus Valley civilizations have enriched the cultural capital of the world. This was said by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday while addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 8th Theatre Olympics and releasing it’s logo titled ‘Flag of Friendship’...

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Remembering the maestro: Let’s revisit the Ghazals sung by Jagjit Singh which still resonate with us

Music is for inspiration, not for competition. Beholder of the view, Ghazal King, Jagjit Singh could heal any wounded heart with his dip, soulful, sound voice. While Ghazal was slowly losing popularity, the maestro should definitely be remembered for revitalizing Ghazal for listener from every class. The legend was born on February 8 and passed away on October 10, 2011 at the age of 70 but his voice still resonates with his us...

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Uttarakhand to get three museums; one of them based on River Ganga

To enhance tourism as well as culture, three museums are to be set up in the different parts of the state. The unique features of one of the museums will be that it will be based on river Ganga...

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It is only an artist who works with all his heart: Dr Mahesh Sharma

A person who does physical toil is a laborer, a person who utilizes his brain to work can be an engineer but it is only an artist who works with all his heart. Let us help all these artists to get a platform to display their art and creativity says Dr. Mahesh Sharma, MoS Culture while inaugurating a national exhibition of the Lalit Kala Akademi...

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Nation celebrates Makar Sankranti; President & PM greet people

The Makar Sankranti festival is known by different names in different parts of the country. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Poush Sankranti in West Bengal...

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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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Kala Utsav 2016 concludes; awards in music, dance, theatre & visual arts segments distributed

Kala Utsav 2016 concluded on November 18, along with prize distribution of the first, second and third prizes in four segments of music, dance, theatre and visual arts to the schools teams representing their States and Union Territories at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Kala Utsav is an annual festival to celebrate the talent of school children all over the nation. The prizes were awarded by Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development. The first prize ..

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Government to provide high class training programme for young artisans

In an attempt to promote and encourage the young artisans Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani announced that government will provide high class training by nationally acclaimed designers under Guru Shishya Parampara...

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10-day Indian festival to showcase taste of Indian culture in the Gulf country Oman

Gulf country Oman is scheduled to observe Indian Festival which will start on Tuesday. The Festival will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical and folk dance, music, Indian cuisine and Exhibition on Islamic Art Calligraphy.The festival which will end on 24th November will also see artists from Jammu & Kashmir presenting folk dance and music of J & K. The events will be held in four cities of Oman, namely, Muscat, Sur, Sohar and Salalah. ..

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10-day Indian festival to showcase taste of Indian culture in the Gulf country Oman

Gulf country Oman is scheduled to observe Indian Festival which will start on Tuesday. The Festival will showcase diverse Indian culture, i.e. classical and folk dance, music, Indian cuisine and Exhibition on Islamic Art Calligraphy.The festival which will end on 24th November will also see artists from Jammu & Kashmir presenting folk dance and music of J & K. The events will be held in four cities of Oman, namely, Muscat, Sur, Sohar and Salalah. ..

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India is a land of great diversity and carnival parade presented it's small glimpse says PM Modi  

Prime Minister Narendra Mod on Tuesday inaugurated the National Tribal Carnival in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said India is a land of great diversity. He said the carnival parade presented at the function had offered just a small glimpse of this diversity.After witnessing an enthralling carnival parade, he said this is the first time that tribal groups from across the country would be in Delhi at the time of the festive occasion of Diwali. He said the tribal carnival would ..

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CABC organizes its first meeting; stressed on decision making in Culture

Stressing the need to evolve a participative process of decision making in the field of Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Culture and Tourism minister, chaired the “First Meeting of the Re-constituted Central Advisory Board on Culture (CABC)” in New Delhi on Friday. He also invited suggestions from the eminent members on the way forward...

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Prime Minister to inaugurate 1st National Tribal Carnival on Oct. 25

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the First National Tribal Carnival in Delhi on October 25. ..

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Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’s third day highlights India’s rich heritage

‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav - 2016’ a celebrated festival organised by the Ministry of Culture, successfully progressed in to Day-3, highlighting India’s rich heritage. The glorious carnival that initially began on 15th October at the IGNCA campus, Janpath, New Delhi, will continue to mesmerize the audience through power- packed performances, art & culture, food and shopping joys till 24th October, 2016...

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Janpath gets coloured with entertaining Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav 2016

‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav 2016’, a diversified cultural carnival organized by Culture ministry in IGNCA premises, Janpath, New Delhi on Sunday successfully continued for the second day. Wonderful dance, music, drama, entertainment, food and shopping delights were seen by the audience...

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Unity in diversity is the spirit of Indian culture: Rajnath Singh

“Our country is full of diversity whether it is language, behaviour, dress, lifestyle, food... But despite all this we are all together because of Indian culture and our ancient traditions...

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Sarnath welcomes International Buddhist Conclave; aims to connect all Buddhist sites

The International Buddhist Conclave-2016, which was officially inaugurated on 02nd October, 2016 in New Delhi, opened its sessions in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, and the heartland of Buddhist pilgrimage on Tuesday...

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West Bengal observes ‘Mahalaya’; high security alert given ahead of Durga Puja

West Bengal geared up for Mahalaya, a day of chanting the Chandi Paath to mark the advent of Durga puja in a week's time. The Bengali locals are throning at holy rivers since early morning. According to the rituals, the spirits of the ancestors are offered by the male members of the family...

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The first official Zoroastrian temple opened in Sulaimani

The Zoroastrians opened their first official temple in the Kurdish city of Sulaimani in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday. They lit a fire and played the frame drum or daf to celebrate the occasion, two elements of their rituals, reported rudaw.net...

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India gets back its stolen and smuggled artefacts from Australia

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture & Tourism attended a special event at National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia on Monday in which Senator Mitch Fifield formally handed over three ancient artefacts stolen and smuggled out of India and inadvertently acquired by National Gallery of Australia. The returned artefacts are Seated Buddha, Goddess Pratyangira and Worshippers of Buddha. A brief background note on these artefacts is enclosed. Earlier, during the visit ..

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First ‘Festival of India’ starts in Australia to promote understanding of Indian culture

The 10-week "Festival of India" started with an aim to showcase the country's rich and diverse culture. The festival being the first Indian music and dance festival in Sydney was inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. The night witnessed spectacular joint performances by Indian and Australian artists...

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Women in Kerala break gender-barrier after 2 centuries; participated in men-led ‘Pulikali’

Breaking the barrier of gender discrimination, the women in Kerala first time in its two-century-old history, women donned tiger costumes and performed Pulikali on Saturday evening in Thrissur town. The age old tradition was performed only by the men in the state, on the streets, dancing to the beat of drums wearing tiger masks and body painted with the face of big cat...

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Musical power and not Muscle power is the need of the hour…"Ishanya Symphony"

First of its kind in Poorvanchal region (all seven Sisters States viz., Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram , Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim) the music album of patriotic songs from North East is produced by a Pune based Public Trust called ‘Samshodhan Dnyan Vichar Pratishthan’, was organized at the Vivekanand Hall in Guwahati on Saturday the 27th August 2016 . ..

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Nation celebrates Hindi diwas; Prez Mukherjee presents Rajbhasha awards

On the Occasion of “Hindi Diwas” President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the Rajbhasha awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Rajbhasha awards were instituted by the Department of Official Language of Home Ministry to recognize the excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks in the field of Hindi...

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Kerala drenches in Onam celebration; PM Modi conveys best wishes

All the Malayalam clad around the world is geared up for Onam, a festival to celebrate the auspicious 10-day-long harvest festival of Kerala. The festival is celebrated by people of all religions in the Malayalam month of Chingam every year. The 10-day festival began with the royal parade, known as Atthachamayam, in Thripunithara, Kochi on Thursday...

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Somnath Trust holds review meeting; need to develop the Somnath says PM Modi

A meeting of the Board of Trusties of Somnath Trust was held at the Prime Minister’s residence in Delhi, on Saturday. As the Chairman of the trust Keshubhai Patel being unwell could not attend the meeting, L.K. Advani chaired the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Harshavardhan Neotia, P K Laheri and J D Parmar as the trustees, also attended the meeting...

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Odisha starts Nuakhai festival; PM Modi greets farmers more prosperity in lives

Odisha was washed up into the colours of its traditional agrarian mass festival Nuakhai on Tuesday. The festival highlights the new arrival of rice of the season. The festival is celebrated just the day after Ganesh Chaturthi that is on Pancham tithi. Many traditional programmes were organized for the day to celebrate the occasion...

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Goldie Behl should give a second thought to his serial on ‘Aryan Invasion’ theory

Rajiv Malhotra, an eminent public intellectual, has raised a red flag through his FacFacebookdeo post on an upcoming TV serial by well-known masala movie producer Goldie Behl of Rose Movies fame...

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Adi tribe begins Agro-based ‘Solung’ Festival in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh began the celebration of Solung festival from Thursday. This festival is celebrated by the Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The festival which is celebrated in the first week of of September every year for 5 days is an agro based festival of India. The festival is also symbolizes the socio-religious aspects of Adi community...

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India to host the 1st BRICS Film Festival from Sept. 2

New Delhi, Aug 25:  India will be hosting the first BRICS film festival which will begin from Sept. 2, said Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. He was addressing the media persons at Media Centre here. The five-day BRICS ..

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Muslims too, celebrate Sri Krishna Janmashtami here with fanfare

It is here the Hindus and Muslims come together to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna the cowherd. A three-day festival is organised to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna...

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‘Azadi 70-Yaad Karo Qurbani’ themed photo exhibition starts in Delhi for Independence week

A Photo Exhibition titled ‘Azadi 70-Yaad Karo Qurbani’ in remembrance of heroes of the freedom struggle was inaugrated by the Minister for Information & Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu at the Rajpath Lawn in New Delhi. He said that Bharat Parv, a festival to celebrate India’s 70 years of Independence will help foster the spirit of Unity and Integrity amongst the people across the country...

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Strategic ‘Ishanya’ with musical symphony and Statesmanship

A glance at ‘Poorvanchal’ viz., ‘ Iishanya ‘Parva’----‘ Ishanya Symphony ’ Geets MP3 CD...

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64-day long theatre festival begins in Kolkata; 255 theatre shows to be presented by artists

The people of Kolkata now are looking forward to attend the colourful festival of art as the sixty-four-days long annual theatre festival begun in Kolkata. The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC) organised the ‘Kolkata Theatre Festival 2016’ which will go on, till October 2, 2016. The festival was inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal and Chairman of EZCC...

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Massive Rakshabandhan festival planned at Delhi on Aug 17

Certain social organisations of the nation are going to organize the festival of Rakshabandhan on a grand scale in Delhi on August 17...

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Picasso’ art becomes most expensive cubist painting; ‘Femme Assise’ sold for $ 63.7 million

During an auction event at Sotheby’s auction centre in London, Picasso’s famous painting titled ‘Femme Assise’ was sold for 63.7 million dollars (Rs. 429 crore approx.), making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction.“It has been decades since a Cubist painting of this caliber has been offered at auction,” Helena Newman, a global co-head of Impressionist and Modern art at Sotheby’s, said. “Virtually all the significant works of this period are in international museums and institutions,” ..

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‘Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India’ begins; aims to showcase Indian culture in Hungary

“Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” in Hungary will be inaugurated by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on 17 June 2016 at Vigado Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. Dr Sharma will also inaugurate International day of Yoga followed by Yoga workshop on 18th June. ..

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8th century Parvati temple found buried in Odisha

Buried artefacts of the 8th century are emerging during renovation work of the Bateswar temple near Rushikulya rookery in Ganjam district of Odisha...

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More Greeks turn to worship of ancient gods

The worship of gods of the ancients is returning as churches that espouse adoration for the mythological figures have sprung up in modern-day Greece...

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More Greeks turn to worship of ancient gods

The worship of gods of the ancients is returning as churches that espouse adoration for the mythological figures have sprung up in modern-day Greece...

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New York Metropolitan Museum to exhibit Hindu deities

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), said to be one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, is exhibiting various Hindu deities in its “Divine Pleasures” exhibition from June 14 to September 12...

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New York Metropolitan Museum to exhibit Hindu deities

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), said to be one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, is exhibiting various Hindu deities in its “Divine Pleasures” exhibition from June 14 to September 12...

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New York Metropolitan Museum to exhibit Hindu deities

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (MET), said to be one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, is exhibiting various Hindu deities in its “Divine Pleasures” exhibition from June 14 to September 12...

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PM Modi concludes two-day visit to Iran; gifts Holy Quran to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday returned after concluding his two-day visit to Iran. PM Modi gifted the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, a commissioned reproduction of a rare seventh-century manuscript of the Holy Quran attributed to Hazrat Ali...

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Sirisena arrives in India to participate in valedictory session of vaicharik mahakumbh

President of Sri Lanka has arrived in New Delhi today on a two day visit. On his arrival he was received by Union minister Rao Inderjeet Singh. In the honour of the sri lankan premier a dinner is scheduled with Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Padma Shri awardee Sudarsan Pattnaik bags gold medal at Sand Sculpture Championship

Renowned Odisha artist Sudarsan Pattnaik bagged the gold medal at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship "The magical world of sand" 2016. Pattnaik won the championship for best composition 'Mahatma Gandhi- World Peace'...

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North India celebrates Baisakhi with great gaiety; PM Modi, President Mukherjee extend greetings

The northern part of India celebrates the festival of harvest, Baisakhi today. On this occasion, farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana, express their gratitude for a good harvest and pray for prosperity in the coming year. Baisakhi has special significance amongst the Sikh, as they also celebrate it as Guru Gobind Singh's birthday and the foundation of the Khalsa panth...

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Sensitive areas indulged in Holi celebrations; BSF and Pak Rangers exchange pleasantries

People of LoC area celebrated Holi organised by the Jhangar Battalion. Villagers came together and took part in this vivid and lively celebration with great energy. For the first time, the Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated the festival of colours with their counterparts of Pakistan Rangers at the Zero Line...

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Colours of joy has no boundaries as Pakistan celebrates holi with Mirpurkhas

With the onset of spring, the festival of colours Holi is about to come; only this time the colours are being spread across boundaries. Team Progressive Human Foundation organized an event of Holi today at its Head Office at Mirpurkhas, Sindh where people from different districts were invited to celebrate the colors day...

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Parsi community embark zoroastrian new year 'Navroz' today

The Parsi community with great pomp and enthusiasm mark their New year today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the nation on the occasion of Parsi zoroastrian new year 'Navroz'. In a tweet message, he wished that this auspicious day bring peace & prosperity, and deepen the spirit of harmony in society...

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World Culture Festival concludes on a successful note; Cameron invites Sri Sri Ravishankar to ‘House Of Commons’

Sri Sri Ravishankar's World Culture Festival, organised by the Art of Living Foundation concluded on a successful note on Sunday. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest at the function, attended by thousands of people who came from all over the world. Also, the festival saw top BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The stage was also shared with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal...

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Take pride in our heritage to stand tall in world, PM Modi at Sri Sri event

Congratulating Sri Sri Ravishankar for his mission the Prime Minister watched music, dance performances and sat through many speeches. Organisers said the festival is being webcast in 12,000 cities...

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#WorldCultureFestival: Mesmerizing music and dance unites 155 countries; PM Modi terms it as ‘Kumbh Mela’ of art

Terming it as ‘Kumbh Mela’ if art and culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged the gathering of 155 countries in rejoice of music and dance with mesmerizing chants of holy God ‘Shri Ram’. “Through Art of Living, the world has got to know about India”, he said...

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VHP objects to NGT for imposing ‘environment fine' on Art of Living event

Terming the Rs five crore ‘fine’ slapped by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Sri Sri Ravishankar’s World Cultural Festival to be held in Delhi as ‘Jiziya’, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) called it scuttling the Hindu spiritual leader’s program under the pretext of environment related issues...

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‘Project Mausam’ to explore cultural, commercial diversity and religious interactions in Indian Ocean

Project ‘Mausam’, which is an the initiative of Ministry of Culture which is to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies. This Project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ –collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean ..

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Latvian scholar identifies similarities between Vedic, Latvian cultures

Addressing the two-day conference on Indo-Baltic cultural similarities Dr Vladis Steins the leader of the Latvian delegation, a former Member of Parliament and a social leader and a guru from Latvia informed the gathering of scholars about similarities between the two cultures, peoples and customs...

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Art is boundless asserts PM Modi; urges to promote local artists in Mumbai

Art is bondless and transcends time, race and religious barriers asserted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bombay Art Society in suburban Bandra, pitching his thoughts to bring light on new emerging artists from every region. Talking about the recklessly busy Mumbai locals PM Modi said that the respective area’s artist should be given space between the two stations so that they can make colourful painting and help both the government and their talent to come up front...

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Prez Mukherjee inaugurates annual ‘Udyanotsav’, public gets access to marvelous Mughal gardens

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday inaugurated the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and opened the Mughal Gardens for general public. The gardens are available for general visitors from February 12 to March 19 from morning 9:30 am to afternoon 4 p.m. The Spiritual Garden, Herbal Garden, Bonsai Garden and Musical Garden which are part of the Mughal gardens will also be available for visiting. The gardens will be exclusively available for visit for the special category of visitors such ..

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Agra to be adorned for 3rd edition of ‘Taj Literature Festival’ celebration beginning from Feb 26

Agra will soon enlighten with cheerful and amusing crowd as the 3rd Taj Literature Festival is schedule to begin on February 26. After the popularity of last two editions in previous years, this year Festival will be celebrated on a 3-day schedule without any particular theme at Clarks Shiraz hotel in the city. “Unlike the previous two editions, this year, the 3-day long festival beginning on February 26, will not have any particular theme to accommodate varied interests”, Harvijay Singh Bahia; founder ..

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Actor Anupam Kher to miss Karachi Literary Festival as Pakistan Government denies visa

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher was denied visa by the Pakistan Government for attending the Karachi Literary Festival (KLF) on Tuesday. The 60 year old actor was invited by the organizers of the festivals as one of the guests. The festival which is going to be held on February 5 had total 18 delegates who applied for the visa including Kher and all other 17 were given visas. "I am very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants, 17 were given visa and I was denied," Kher said. He also showed compassion ..

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Handicraft exhibition ‘Shresthkriti’ inaugurated to promote and showcase rich heritage of India

In an endeavor to promote Indian Handicraft products and to showcase the rich heritage of India, CCIC has organized an Exhibition cum Sale of exclusive handcrafted creations by National Awardees in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi from 19th January 2016 to 31st January 2016. The exhibition was inaugurated today by Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, at CCIC showroom, Janpath in New Delhi...

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Odisha govt seeks report as row evokes over 2nd ISKCON's Jagannath temple

ISKCON on proposed 2nd Jagannath temple in Puri; says it’s a Radha-Krishna temple & will not have idols of Jagannath & his siblings. ISKCON says it’s planning to build a Radha-Krishna temple at Baliapanda. Odisha Government seeks report from Collector. ..

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Makar Sankranti celebrated with traditional fervour and pomp

The harvest festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country with traditional pomp and fervour. This auspicious day is named as Makar Sankranti, which perfectly defines the movement of the Sun to the sphere of zodiac sign of Makara. It also heralds the beginning of Uttarayana meaning the age of more light...

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DoNER Minister sparkles twin harvest festival; Students of J&K and NE attend the gathering

DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh today participated in the joint celebration of twin festivals of “Lohri” and “Bihu”. The event was attended by young students from Jammu & Kashmir and Northeast. The function was organized by the Union Ministry of DoNER in collaboration with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a social organization. ..

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Delhi book lovers get a blissful tour in World Book Fair 2016; Irani calls catalytic role that books play

Each winter season, the New Delhi Book Fair brings to the city a treat for book lovers, an international gathering of publishers, authors, intellectuals and book lovers. This year the World Book Fair is bigger, with more titles and subjects, and a vast collection of reading material. Changing with the times, there are e-books and electronic repositories, nestling with good old-fashioned print..

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Japan has 100 shrines of Goddess Saraswati

Did you know that at least 20 Hindu deities are regularly worshipped in Japan? In fact, there are hundreds of shrines to Goddess Saraswati alone in that country, along with innumerable representations of Lakshmi, Indra, Brahma, Ganesha, Garuda and others...

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Irani inaugurates 24th edition of World Book Fair; welcomes China as the ‘Guest of Honour’ country

While welcoming China as the Guest of Honour country at the 24th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair on Saturday at New Delhi to be held from 9 to 17 January 2016, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani said that we, in India, believe in Athithi Devo Bhavaa and in our tradition we worship our guests...

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Kite-flyers from 31 countries participating in Intl Kite Festival

Rajkot, Jan 9: The International Kite Festival began at Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat with kite-flyers from 31 countries set to participate in the week-long event, which will travel across the state before culminating at the Sabaramati riverfront in Ahmedabad on January 14...

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Heroic game Jallikattu back in Tamil Nadu

Jallikattu, the famous heroic game of Tamil Nadu is back. The Environment Ministry has cleared the game involving bulls to be played on the Sankranti day in the state...

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Heroic game Jallikattu back in Tamil Nadu

Jallikattu, the famous heroic game of Tamil Nadu is back. The Environment Ministry has cleared the game involving bulls to be played on the Sankranti day in the state...

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Centre lifts ban from Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport will be played during Pongal

A delight was added to Pongal celebrators as the Centre gave nod to Tamil Nadu government to conduct “Jallikattu”- the bull-taming sport that is celebrated around the festival of Pongal every year. The Ministry Of Environment Forest And Climate Change had issued a notification saying that 'bulls may continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat in the manner ..

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Ministry of Culture will undertake the project of 3D digitization of Artifacts in National Museum

National Museum has digitized approximately 15,759 antiquities in 2D formats. Furthermore, with the new vision of Ministry of Culture, a 3D digitization Pilot project has been initiated to take it to another Level. The success of this project will be a pioneering effort in the field of museum experience. The project is taken up by a team of researchers and photographers from the Deccan College at the National museum. For the digitization of one object after it is taken out form the reserve, it requires ..

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20th Agartala film festival inaugurated by CM Manik Sarkar

A six-day film festival is going on in Agartala. As many as 23 award winning films from six countries are scheduled to be screened at the film festival. ..

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Saifai Mahotsav to be held between 26 December to 11 January

The Saifai mahotsav (festival) is all set to witness a colourful start on Saturday after being inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilsh Yadav. This inauguration will be done in presence of top party leaders at the Chandigram stadium. ..

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People welcome Christmas in rejoice; churches at midnight mark the birth of Jesus Christ

Christmas is being celebrated across the world with enthusiasm and religious fervor today. Celebrations began with Pope Francis holding midnight mass at the Vatican. In the holy city of Bethlehem, the West Bank town where it is believed that Jesus was born, events have been overshadowed by recent violence between Palestinians and Israelis..

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Gangwar inaugurates India Handloom Exhibition to show an exquisite collection of handloom products

Union Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated an exhibition showcasing an exquisite collection of Indian handloom products on Tuesday at National Crafts Museum, New Delhi. The exhibition will be open from December 22 - 31, 2015 on all days. S.K. Panda, Secretary (Textiles) and Alok Kumar, Development Commissioner (Handlooms) were also present on the occasion. The exhibition features the latest series of handloom products brought out by National Centre for Textile Design ..

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Govt provides grant-in-aids to all kinds of theater organisations and artists’ to boost art

Government is providing various schemes and grant-in-aid to all types of artists’ which is Drama, Dance, Music, Acting etc. and are not specific to theatre personalities only and accordingly the budgetary provisions are made..

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Two new galleries thrown open for public on completion of 55 years of National Museum

Government on Friday opens two new galleries in National Museum for public in New Delhi on the occasion of the completion of 55 years of museum’s existence...

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PM Modi worships the holy Ganga with Shinzo Abe in spiritual vibes of enchanting prayers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Japanese counterpart arrived at the Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi to loud cheers on Saturday evening. PM Modi and Abe took part in Ganga Stuti amid chanting mantras and loud chanting of "Har har Mahadev." The ghat which is decked up for the occasion attracted many people..

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Irani confers National Prizes; says 'Kala Utsav' gives national platform to express artistic talents

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani in New Delhi on Friday felicitating winners of Kala Utsav-2015, said that all students should have ‘One Aim, One Life, under One constitution and the one Nation’...

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Delhi Metro users to catch a glimpse of National Museum collection, art works during their travel

Delhi Metro Rail users will now enjoy their rail journey with a quick glimpse of National Museum collection and Art works. Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the “National Museum’s Art Gateway” at the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today. Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that National Museum has joined hands with DMRC for promoting the Udyog Bhawan Metro Station as a gateway to Indian Art through the Metro...

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Govt gives an account of its contribution to UNESCO towards protection of world cultural heritage

The Government of India, as a member state, makes its obligatory contribution to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) towards protection of the world cultural and natural heritage as well as safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage etc...

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Odisha gear ups for traditions of Yuletide fest with Plum Cake mixing ceremony

The city is gearing up for the upcoming festive season and in keeping with the traditions of Yuletide, The Mayfair Lagoon at Bhubaneswar hosted the customary Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony this evening at Mama Mia the hotel’s Bakery and Confectionery outlet..

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Odisha gear ups for traditions of Yuletide fest with Plum Cake mixing ceremony

The city is gearing up for the upcoming festive season and in keeping with the traditions of Yuletide, The Mayfair Lagoon at Bhubaneswar hosted the customary Christmas Cake Mixing Ceremony this evening at Mama Mia the hotel’s Bakery and Confectionery outlet..

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Protect native regional cow breeds, appeals Shankar Lal

Underlining the need to protect the cow and cow progeny, Shankar Lal, senior RSS functionary and Akhil Bharatiya Gau Seva Pramukh of RSS, stressed on the usefulness of Indian cow breeds and their importance in organic farming and healthcare sectors...

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PM Modi inaugurates Torana Gate in Malaysia; says it’s a cornerstone of India-Malaysia relationship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak today jointly inaugurated the Torana Gate in 'Little India' in Kuala Lumpur. While speaking before the inauguration, Prime Minister Modi said that Torana Gate will be a cornerstone of the relation between India and Malaysia...

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Turn to Indian values and ethos to end intolerance, hatred: President

There is no better recourse than to remind ourselves of the high values of India at a time when world is struggling to deal with worst impulses of intolerance and hatred, said President Pranab Mukherjee...

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President Mukherjee to inaugurate World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday to inaugurate first ever World Indology Conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan. A three day conference is organized by Rashtrapati Bhavan in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)...

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Smriti Irani inaugurates National Children Assembly

Coinciding birth anniversary of first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru celebrated as ‘Children’s Day’, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the National Children Assembly at Bal Bhawan here Saturday...

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First and most diverse ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ successfully concludes today

The eight days long most diverse and first of it’s kind National Cultural Festival, ‘First Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ organized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi concluded today. The festival saw a cultural extravaganza including hours of daily cultural performances from 10 AM to 6:30 PM at the Aangans and from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Main Stage. The events presented a cultural confluence with 150 Art forms, performances by more than 1500 Artists; ..

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‘Aadishilp’ exhibition showcases tribal craft work and artisans says Oram

Jual Oram inaugurated National Tribal Crafts Mela ‘Aadishilp’ said this kind of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. Oram said Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd..

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Govt inaugurate the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav to showcase the Indian Culture

To showcase the rich culture of country, Central Government on Sunday inaugurated the most diverse cultural festival of India “RASHTRIYA SANSKRITI MAHOTSAV”, organised at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Mahesh Sharma launched this Mahotsav..

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