Culture

Indian states to promote cultural heritage, language of every state under 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' scheme

Government has initiated on a novel issue under which every state will promote each state’s cultural wealth and language. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' scheme will soon be launched which will bridge the cultural gap in the country and enhance interaction between people living in different states..

Jaipur to host first art summit

The eclectic city of Jaipur is ready to host eminent artists like Jatin Das, K. Muralidharan and Chintan Upadhyay for its inaugural edition of Jaipur Art Summit which begins here November 7. ..

Eminent humourist K.P. Saxena dead

Eminent satirist and author of humour pieces K.P. Saxena died Thursday at a private hospital in the Uttar Pradesh capital. He was 78...

PM Modi launches digital version of Tuslidas's 'Ramcharitmanas'; says popularity and reach of Akashwani is huge

In All India Radio's major move to go digital and to reach audiences globally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, released a special digital version of epic Ramcharitmanas produced by All India Radio in New Delhi...

Trinidad to be first host of World Ramleela Council

Ramleela, the enduring saga of Hindu god Rama, his trials and tribulations and his final triumph that provides the climax for the annual Dussehra festival, is set for a major revival among the Indian diaspora with Trinidad & Tobago being selected as the first chair of the newly-created World Ramleela Council...

Indus Valley Civilisation older than Egyptian, Mesopotamian civilisations

The Indus Valley Civilisation which is believed to be more than 5000 years old, has proved to be much older than the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilisations. ..

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...

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...

Chinese New Year celebrated in Kolkata

The Chinese New Year was ushered in here Friday with colourful dragon and lion dancers streaming in and out of decorated residences and by people giving red envelopes stashed with cash to their loved ones...

Past cultural links foundation of future artistic excellence: President

Classical arts are not only links with the past, but the foundation for current cultural thought and future artistic excellence, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday...

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...

The two Sanskrit speaking Vedic villages in “modern” India

The Brahmins of Mathur and Hosahalli lead a Vedic lifestyle, chant the Vedas and keep Sanskrit alive...

British MP demands making Eid and Diwali public holidays

The UK should show that it "embraces" the Muslim and Hindu faiths by making Eid and Diwali public holidays, Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said...

Amjad Ali Khan to get Rajiv Gandhi award

Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Sadbhavna award for 2013. ..

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 ..

‘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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Sri Lanka's Mat weaving, pottery industry attracts international market

Sri Lankan Government has taken steps to uplift the Mat weaving industry to attracted international market and the demand for decorated pottery being on the rise, dying the wet clay in patterns and glazing are now introduced...

A Year-long Festival of India inaugrated in Japan

An year-long festival showcasing India's rich cultural heritage has been inaugurated in Tokyo for the first time in 26 years, becoming one of the largest events conducted by India in Japan...

Famous Hindi writer Rajendra Yadav dead

Noted Hindi writer Rajendra Yadav died around midnight in his home in Mayur Vihar, Delhi, after prolonged illness. ..

Ancient Mayan city had industrial salt processing plant

An industrial salt processing plant of the Maya pre-classic period in Guatemala, which once produced as much as 24,000 tonnes of salt annually, has been discovered...

Indian handicrafts exports to touch 24k crore mark

India’s handicrafts exports are likely to cross Rs 17,000 crore marks by the end of current fiscal year of 2015-16 and is further expected to cross Rs 24,000 crore marks by FY 2020-21, according to a recently concluded sector-specific ASSOCHAM study..

Puri's annual Ratha Yatra begins

About half a million devotees converged here as the annual Ratha Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath began Sunday...

5,000 cave paintings discovered in Mexico

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

Archaeology department conserves 2000 year-old Egyptian mummy using advance techniques

The department of Archaeology and Museums began preventive conservation of a 2,000 year-old Egyptian mummy preserved at Telangana State Museum using unique and scientific techniques. It is done with an aim of stopping the decaying of the mummy. The preserving technique involves CT scan and X-ray examination which is used for the first time on a decaying mummy in India. “Whatever (use of techniques) has been done here would be the first time in preservation project for human remains and a mummy in ..

Renown singer, actor Shekhar Sen appointed as chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi

An eminent singer, actor, theatre director, composer and lyricist Shekhar Sen has been appointed as the Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA). Union Ministry of Culture on Wednesday issues an order of appointing Shekhar Sen as the new chairman of SNA for a term of 5 years with immediate effect...

National museum artefacts to be centrally digitised

Around 400,000 artefacts from 10 national museums across the country are being photographed, identified and sorted in various categories to create a digital online repository to bring "museums to the people" in a friendly manner. ..

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...

Vietnamese folk songs: Symbols cultural heritage of humanity

UNESCO has recognised the Vietnamese Vi and Dam folk songs as being symbols of intangible cultural heritage of humanity...

Bodh Gaya temple dome inlaid with gold

The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, has been inlaid with nearly 300 kg gold donated by devotees from Thailand -- giving the shrine a new look. ..

Nepal findings confirm early date of Buddha's life

Archaeologists working in Nepal have uncovered evidence of a structure at the birthplace of the Buddha dating back to the sixth century B.C. ..

What a wonderful picture! Students of Korean university earnestly learning Bhagavad Gita as academic subject

Indians’ hearts will definitely fill with pride by looking at this picture and watching the video of Korean students earnestly learning Bhagvad Gita as an academic subject in Korean University. This is a symbol of love for Indian spirituality across the world. ..

India's first bamboo heritage club to boost artisans

The Tripura government Monday set up a Bamboo Heritage Club, the first of its kind in India to recognise and encourage bamboo-based artisans -- especially the national awardees. ..

Kerala marks harvest festival Thiru Onam; PM Modi showers greetings

Kerala is celebrating its biggest harvest festival Thiru Onam today. Onam celebrations started with Atham ten days ago and today is the most auspicious day of the Onam festival..

Mumbai glitters as it welcomes Lord Ganesh

Glittering decorations on roads and bylanes, rows of fairy lights, magnificent patriotic and social themes and an infectious religious fervour mark the start of the annual 11-day Ganeshotsav festival that begins here Friday...

Turning brave pages of Vanavasi history, Sanjay Kulkarni evokes the unsung Janajati heroes of the Nation

The history of Vanvasis is rich and ancient, but it has just got diminished which needs to be awakened, says one of the expert orators and pillars of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Sanjay Kulkarni...

President confers Akadami Ratna awards

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

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’...

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'...

120 dancers to perform on International Dance Day in Delhi

At least 120 dancers from India and abroad will perform classical and contemporary dances here Tuesday to celebrate the International Dance Day and make people aware about various dance forms, organisers said...

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...

President, PM greet people on Gudi Padava

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

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...

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...

Pattnaik wants sand art institutions opened in India

Noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik, honoured with Padma Shri this year, feels his recognition should now motivate authorities to open institutions to promote the art form in the country. ..

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...

PM Narendra Modi to unveil statue of social reformer Sri Ramanujacharya

Making the auspicious occasion of Ramanujacharya’s Sahasrabdi (1000 years anniversary) Telangana state government will be erecting a humongous statue of the veteran social reformer. According to media reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the grand function in April 2018...

Diwali lights, lights across the border

Diwali was celebrated enthusiastically this time in Pakistan as the federal government officially patronised the Hindu festival especially in the Punjab province...

Rajasthan's Manganiyars: Changing tunes with changing times

Twenty-five-year-old Raies Khan and Kheta Khan, 37, are among the younger generation of Manganiyars, a professional caste of Muslim musicians, whose international sojourns haven't just given them recognition and many wonderful memories but determination to evolve with changing times and adapt to contemporary musical notes. ..

India blew its chance at Oscar by not selecting ‘The lunchbox’, says Danis Tanovic

Academy Award winning Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tavonic is upset with Indian decision makers for choosing a "good film" like "The Good Road" over its "best horse", "The Lunchbox" as the representative to compete for the Oscar in the best foreign language film category this year...

Three-day Northest Festival at Bangaluru from Nov 6

The Bengaluru event will be a step in this direction. On the one hand, while the rest of India needs to be familiarized and acquainted better with rich attributes of Northeast and its people, on the other hand the people of Northeast also need to be exposed to the diversities that enrich India from North to South and from East to West, he added...

Govt partnering Google unveils initiative on art and culture on ‘The Google Cultural Institute’

An initiative to make India’s heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come, Union Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Thursday unveiled new online content on ‘The Google Cultural Institute’...

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” ..

A muslim girl who dare to render Carnatik Music in Kerala

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

New Logo for Ladies Coaches: Intention is Good, but...

Will the new logo and pictures prove sources of inspiration to women travelers? or it will create an inferiority complex among the 'common' Mumbaikar women, the class which the majority of the population of Mumbai belongs to? Should the women who have global recognition only be considered as 'successful' women and those who are simple, hardworking, kindhearted, who very efficiently manage household work and play a great role in the upbringing of family be 'unsuccessful'? ..

Agra court dismisses plea to declare Taj as Shiva temple

The civil court in Agra has on Thursday dismissed the law suit claiming Taj Mahal as Shiva Temple. ..

Unique 100-day exhibition to depict world history

From the Chinese Jade Hair Ornament to the Bird-shaped Pestle from Papua New Guinea, 100 objects depicting world history will be displayed in a unique 100-day exhibition, starting next month, to be held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...

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...

Mahashivratri celebrated with religious fervour

Millions of devotees across the country Thursday celebrated the Mahashivratri festival with enthusiasm and religious fervour ..

‘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 ..

R-day tableaux offer glimpse of country's diversity

Colourful tableaux from 16 states and some government departments at the 66th Republic Day parade on Monday showcased the cultural diversity and unique programmes being implemented across the country...

“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...

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. ..

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. ..

President to inaugurate World Zoroastrian Congress in Mumbai

President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress (WZC) here Friday when he arrives on a two-day visit to Maharashtra, it was announced here Thursday. ..

Watercolours on display at Canberra's Parliament

The legacy of renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira continues to shine through the younger generations' work with an exhibition of watercolour paintings at Parliament House in Canberra...

Watercolours on display at Canberra's Parliament

The legacy of renowned Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira continues to shine through the younger generations' work with an exhibition of watercolour paintings at Parliament House in Canberra...

Just few hours left for a grand festival: Ayodhya’s Deepotsav

Just a few hours left for Ayodhya to celebrate one of the biggest festivals ‘Deepotsav’ where 1700 artists from all over the country and abroad will be fascinated by cultural performances of their own style. Out of these, 1000 artists will take the Shobha Yatra while performing the Ram Katha riding on chariots. Deputy Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya has shared pictures of Ayodhya’s Ram Ki Pedi getting decorated for the huge festival...

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 ..

Workshop for Bengal's dying arts on World Tourism Day

This World Tourism Day, jive to the spirited steps and energetic beats of the traditional Chhau dance - Indian tribal martial dance - learn the nuances of its choreography at a workshop here and appreciate the significance of such heritage art forms that are struggling to survive today...