Culture and Religion

Doordarshan’s 'Epic' Gift

Nostalgia sweeps in, and how. As people demand a re-telecast of these shows, I can’t help but ponder what actually triggered this demand. Is it because of the recent appearance of Ramayana’s cast on a famous comedy show? Or is it that people are bored of binge watching uncensored run-of-a-mill kind of web series portraying hooliganism, infidelity, use of cuss words all as a sign of “modernism”?..

Jai Sri Ram! Prasar Bharati confirms re- telecast Ramayan; One episode each in morning and evening 9 to 10

Looks like one of the most successful screenings in Indian television history, Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan and Baldev Raj Chopra’s Mahabharat still act as magnets to the minds of Indian audiences! Catering to the 21 day lockdown in India amid corona virus spread, the public in India took over to social media demanding to re-telecast the epics, gradually being suggestive to relive the sentimental longings. ..

‘Kumbh Mela of Literature’ begins in Jaipur

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the Jaipur Literature Festival, which is also called as ‘Kumbh Mela of Literature’ in Jaipur today. This is the 13th year of the festival...

Where joys know no bounds! ‘Festival of harvest’ welcomes summer with grand celebrations

India is blessed with three wonderful seasons and each and every Indian, while enjoying the current season, is eager for the next to come. Lohri, a festival celebrated a day before Makarsankaranti, is a festival that welcomes the upcoming summer season. It is grandly celebrated in North India as the arrival of summer brings smiles to the people facing shivering cold!..

Unfolding heritage by brush! Karnataka CM promises Rs 1 crore for Chitra Santhe, state's biggest street fair

Lakhs of visitors thronged the Chitra Santhe, Karnataka's biggest annual street art fair, organised by the Chitrakala Parishath on Sunday. After inaugurating the event, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said that ₹1 crore will be earmarked for next edition of the festival in the coming budget...

'NATASAMRAT' finally takes exit...leaving behind rich legacy!

92-year old veteran actor Shriram Lagoo passed away in Pune last night. A stalwart in Marathi cinema, a prolific character artist, an astute tightrope walker, a true Natasamrat finally took exit. ..

Splendid gathering of artisans! Toshali National Crafts Mela begins in Bhubaneshwar

As an important cultural nerve centre of the country, Bhubaneswar hosts the Toshali National Crafts Mela at Janata Maidan every year. The 14th edition of Toshali National Crafts Mela began in State Capital Bhubaneswar on December 15..

Feast of culture, idea and dialogue! Jaipur Literature Festival brings spirit and splendour to Qatar

Bringing spirit and splendour of the Jaipur Literature Festival to Qatar, the opening ceremony of JLF Doha was held in the presence of Sheika Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF) and several other dignitaries...

Drenched in enthusiasm, Konark shines with wonderful confluence of dance and sand art festival

Konark festival and International Sand Art Festival are two splendid cultural events in India held together every year in Konark, Odisha. The two events have just concluded, spreading a wave of joy and showcasing India's cultural glory. ..

Captivating story of a farmer who has successfully established Indian Krishi Sanskriti in America

Today, when we are rapidly westernizing our agriculture, an Indian in New York is doing farming in a way that Indians did once upon a time. His farm is indeed a learning centre of Indian Krishi Sanskriti. ..

Egypt by the Ganga; Grand festival that manifests deep rooted cultural ties

Maharashtra’s newly elected governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday inaugurated the Mumbai edition of 'Egypt by the Ganga' festival organized with the support of ICCR. The festival showcases the glory of two ancient civilizations and deep routed cultural ties. ..

Somnath Temple: A mesmerising story of India's power of reconstruction over power of destruction

Ayodhya case is now well-known to all Inidans including the younger generation as it’s a recent phenomenon. However, India has a long history of destruction and reconstruction of temples. A prominent example which proves India’s superiority of the power of reconstruction over the power of destruction, is Somnath temple at Prabhasa...

Recalling good old memories! Splendid exhibition on Qatar-India cultural ties inaugurated in Doha

‘Qatar, India and the Gulf: History, Culture and Society’ exhibition organised in Qatar is catching the eyes of the people from across the world. The exhibition, which is part of the activities of Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture, was inaugurated last week and will last for the next three months...

True exhibition of unity in diversity; HRD Minister inaugurates Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Parv

With an aim to celebrate nation’s Unity in Diversity and to reconnect and preserve the widespread emotional bonds among the people of the country, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank inaugurated the four day megacultural and literary youth extravaganza ‘KVS- Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Parv’ at India Gate yesterday. ..

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. ..

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...

Shubh Dhanteras, Shubh Diwali: Nation embraces into the golden spirit of #Dhanteras

Let's celebrate the festival of lights with joy and enthusiams. Today on the auspicious occasion of Dhanteras, people are celebrating ‘Dhanatrayodashi’ across the country. This auspicious day is where people buy new utensils, gold ornaments etc. Buying ornaments on this day brings good luck and wealth into the lives of the people...

Envoys visit from across the world is a befitting mark of respect to Guru Nanak: Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today accompanied a delegation of Resident Foreign Heads of Missions from nearly 85 countries on a visit to Guru Di Nagari to pay obeisance at Harmandir Sahib as part of 550th Parkash Utsav celebrations of Guru Nanak...

PM wishes happiness, well-being and prosperity on the auspicious occasion of Onam

“May this festival further the spirit of happiness, well-being and prosperity in our society!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted nation on the holy occasion of Onam. ..

Nurturing study in classical language! Tamil Nadu to set up Tamil Lab in Banaras Hindu University

Now, to promote Tamil language and nurture the research atmosphere of Tamil linguistic, a language lab will be set up in the Banaras Hindu University to teach Tamil quickly and easily to speakers of other languages...

Celebrate Guru Purnima with HRD Ministry and click #SelfiewithGuru!

On the eve of this auspicious day, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal had launched a campaign #SelfiewithGuru...

‘Guru’: Something Different from ‘Teacher’…

‘Guru Purnima’ is altogether different! It is not only a day to send ‘Happy’-prefixed What’s-app messages but it is a festival which showcases one of the greatest Indian tradition! ..

Outreaching for new skills! NSD running four regional centers

National School of Drama (NSD), an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, enrolls 27 students every year to its 3 years’ Post-Graduate Course in Dramatics Arts through Selection process by conducting interview audition at 12 centers all over the country to attract talent from all regions of the country. ..

Rohena Gera the First Woman Film Director to Win BIFF Audience Award

For the first time in history, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival award has been presented to a female director. The director of the charming romance film ‘Sir’ has won the top honour along with Anurag Kashyap who was felicitated with LIFF ICON award...

PM Greets people on the Auspicious Day of Ashadhi Bij, the Kutchi New Year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Ashadhi Bij, the Kutchi New Year...

Shedding new light on mysteries of Netaji Bose; NAI successfully digitized 303 declassified files of Bose

Digitization and uploading of records by NAI on its website is a continuous process. Under this process, National Archives of India successfully digitized of total 303 declassified files of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose...

Sahitya Akademi announces Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar 2019

Boosting the literature of the Indian language, Sahitya Akademi has selected 22 writers for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019 and 23 writers for Yuva Puraskar 2019. The Bal Sahitya Puraskar will be presented to the awardees at a special function to be held on November 14. The awardees have been selected on the basis of recommendations made by the Jury comprising of three members each in the concerned language, in accordance with the rules and procedure laid down for the purpose...

“May There be Peace and Prosperity Everywhere!” PM Greets Kashmiri Pandits on Zyesht Ashtami

On one of the most auspicious day of Zyesth Ashtami (8th day of Zyesht month) Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to Kashmiri Pandits through tweeter. ..

Gita Rahasya…An Evergreen Book in its 105th

The period between 1908 to 1914 was the toughest one for Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak as he was imprisoned at the Mandalay jail. However, it proved worthwhile not only for him but for the entire nation as the world famous book Gita Rahasya was completed by the hands of ‘the father of the Indian unrest.’ ..

Gita Rahasya…An Evergreen Book in its 105th

Today the book has entered its 105th year as it was published on June 8 in 1915 at Gayakwad Wada, Pune...

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...

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'? ..

Tollywood in Sorrow! Accomplished Telugu actor Rallapalli Passes Away

Accomplished Telugu actor Rallapalli Venkata narasimha Rao passed away at 74 at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Friday evening following a cardiac arrest...

479 years ago this day, an epitome of valour, courage and bravery was born: Maharana Pratap

An epitome of courage, bravery, and strength, Maharana Pratap is truly called as ‘Bharat ka Veer Putra’ as he was the one who bravely fought against the Mughals. He was the only Rajput king who did not accept submission of Mughal Emperor Akbar...

Bridging the valley of schools, young Indian community in Japan gets easy access to the Indian Authors for higher education

Books have always been a pleasure to the humankind as success in the life process is probably measured around the reading comprehension. Amid this the Indian community in Japan has gained easy access to the Indian authors beyond the sea...

Communal harmony is the true religion; UP Muslim family prints Lord Ram- Sita's pic on wedding card

Spreading communal harmony is the key message of Indian culture. We have seen many times that Hindus celebrating Eid and Muslims celebrating Ganesh festival etc. Likewise is an example that a Muslim family from Uttar Pradesh village has printed a photo of Lord Ram and Sita on wedding invitation of their daughter Rukhsar Bano. This, the family says, is their small step towards spreading communal harmony in their village...

Indonesia reviews culture ties with India by releasing Ramayana themed stamp

Indonesia on Tuesday released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties with India. The stamp, designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuart, features a scene from Hindu epic Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita...

Celebrating rich legacy! Egypt unveils 3,500-year-old tomb on World Heritage Day

Every year world celebrates World Heritage Day to respect and remember our rich and diverse heritage. To respect and remember the rich tradition and legacy, A large tomb of an ancient Egyptian nobleman who likely served King Thutmose I 3,500 years ago was unveiled by Egypt’s Ministry of antiquities on World Heritage Day, 18 April 2019...

Archaeologists unearth evidence of earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain

Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of the earliest large-scale celebrations in Britain when people and animals travelled hundreds of miles for prehistoric feasting rituals near the world-famous monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury...

Another piece of Harrapan jigsaw- Archaeologists unearths 5,000-year-old skeleton in Kutch

After the 2 months of meticulous work, Archaeologists in Gujarat have discovered the enormous burial site around 360 Km from Dholavira in the Kutch. Dholavira is one of the most important sites of Harrapan culture in India...

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...

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 ..

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...

Dust…Humidity…hard work… After a decade of work, Tutankhamun’s tomb restored to its former grandeur

After almost a decade, a team of international experts on Thursday revealed the results of their meticulous work to preserve the tomb of Egypt’s legendary Pharaoh Tutankhamun...

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

Aruna Sairam..

The Battle of Chamkaur: An epic that changed the course of Indian history

In western history, battles that have changed the course of history are well chronicled. They also form part of the folklore of the country. Two such examples are the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815...

'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...

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...

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...

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. ..

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..

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...

World's oldest intact shipwreck found in black sea

An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project...

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

Lata Mangeshkar..

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...

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

Shreya Ghoshal..

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...

ASI digs out historical jewels which throws light on the era of ‘Mahabharata’

History is something which cannot be limited only on papers; it can be found anywhere, anytime. Likewise Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated and found out such historical jewels which have glorified our eyes. ASI has found out “royal burials” with remains of chariots dating 2000BC-1800BC which means nearly of Mahabharata Age...

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. ..

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’...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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’...

Unique 1,800-year-old colorful mosaic uncovered by Israeli archaeologists

Excavations always have had a niche in studying the ancestors and the lifestyle they lived. A unique mosaic was discovered in the ancient Israeli city named as Caesarea National Park...

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...

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...

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...