Fest to reclaim ancient musical heritage of the Taj city (19:19)
Agra, Feb 24 (IANS) In a bid to preserve the musical heritage of India, the city of Agra is all set to host a music festival featuring an impressive lineup of artistes.

'We are defined by our love, nothing less and nothing more' (With Images) (16:44)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Human life is solely about love, says the author of a recent book that attempts to unravel several significant facets for those who aspire to be their own masters.

India inhospitable for writing historical biographies: Ramachandra Guha (16:43)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Noted historian and biographer, Ramachandra Guha has said that India offers an "inhospitable" atmosphere for writing historical biographies. He said that biographies are written under constant fear of offending someone, a problem that historians have been dealing with regularly.

Carnival festivities to kick off in Goa on Saturday (16:15)
Panaji, Feb 24 (IANS) Even as Goa awaits with bated breath for the state assembly election verdict on March 11, the state's residents get their 'legitimate' opportunity to let their hair down during the much anticipated Carnival festival starting from Saturday.

Transformation was requirement of time: Bangash brothers on rabab to sarod (16:05) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Sarod players Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash say the transformation of Rabab -- a folk instrument originating in Afghanistan -- to sarod was organic and a requirement of time.

Electronic music is very revolting: Muzaffar Ali (With Images) (11:11)
By Natalia Ningthoujam
Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) Filmmaker-fashion designer Muzaffar Ali believes he has a "global outlook to music", but the director of the classic Bollywood movie "Umrao Jaan" finds electronic music "really disturbing and revolting" and something that has changed India's "soundscape".

Women warriors, young men and Chanakya (IANS Books This Weekend) (10:10)
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Get to know extraordinary women and their highs and lows, flick through the story of four men who grope for answers in accordance with their unique disposition and circumstances, and also gain Chanakya's age-old wisdom.

CSR on agenda at upcoming LSE (I) summit (17:30)
New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) A discussion on the Corporate Social Responsibility policy in India will be on the agenda at this years India at 70: London School of Economics India Summit.

Artistes mesmerised visitors at World Sacred Spirit Festival (16:16)
Jodhpur, Feb 23 (IANS) An impressive line-up of artists in a stunning royal setting mesmerised the audience at the Mehrangarh Fort during the World Sacred Spirit Festival here.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's daughter pens poem on exam pressure (13:48) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra and film critic Anupama Chopra's 15-year-old daughter Zuni, who has already published two books of poetry and a novel, has now penned a poem titled "The Mountain Range" on exam pressure on students.

Naturally gravitated towards Grammy-winning White Sun's music: Tabla ace Abhiman Kaushal (11:42)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Tabla player Abhiman Kaushal, who features in the Grammy Award winning eponymous album by Los Angeles-based band White Sun, says he "naturally gravitated" towards their music -- interpretations of yogic mantras.

Art takes centre stage at Khajuraho Dance Festival 2017 (05:34)
Khajuraho, Feb 23 (IANS) A dance festival completely dedicated to the classical art form, Khajuraho Dance Festival not only welcomes Indian classical dance lovers but has opened gates to aspiring sculptors and artists within India and from foreign lands.

More audience for Indian classical dance on foreign shores: Anuj Mishra (01:16)
By Kishori Sud
Khajuraho, Feb 23 (IANS) Kathak exponent Anuj Mishra, who is the 13th generation of artistes in his musical family, and has learnt under Late Kathak dancer Ramnarayan Mishra in Kolkata and then from Pandit Birju maharaj in Delhi, says that when he performed on foreign shores, the audience was greater in number than the audience that attends dance programs in India.

International French language symposium at BHU (21:00)
Varanasi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Banaras Hindu University is set to host the International French Language Symposium on the theme of "Travel in French and Francophone literature".

Practice what you preach, Sahitya Akademi president tells writers while conferring awards (20:06)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) In what may lead to another controversy surrounding the Sahitya Akademi, an evening that was expected to be a celebration of outstanding literary works at the presentation of the Sahitya Akademi Awards on Wednesday turned out to be a sermon of sorts as the Akademi President, in his about half-an-hour long speech, not only quoted several slokas from religious texts but also went on to remind the fraternity to practice what they preach.

Veteran Arun Kakade selected for META Lifetime Achievement (18:44)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Theatre veteran Arun Kakade is set to be conferred with a Lifetime Achievement honour for 2017 at the upcoming 12th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META).

Civic bodies not engaged in Swachh Bharat: Survey (18:02)
Noida, Feb 22 (IANS) A whopping 75 per cent of citizens who participated in a survey to assess the progress of the Swachh bharat Abhiyan believe that their municipal corporations were not engaged in the mission.

Sahitya Akademi's annual fest kicks off in capital (18:00)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) An extravagant celebration of literature, marked by the presence of over 200 writers, scholars, poets, translators and critics from all over India is on offer at the ongoing Festival of Letters organised by the Sahitya Akademi here.

'Currency shortage could result in recessionary conditions' (With Images) (12:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) One of India's leading experts on the black economy, who has studied, written about and lectured extensively on the phenomenon for nearly four decades, has said that the demonetisation design is flawed, the objective has not been achieved and there is a very real danger of the shortage of currency translating into recessionary conditions as the economy continues to suffer.

Political geography cannot dictate cultural practices: Lubna Mariam (00:36)
By Kishori Sud
Khajuraho, Feb 22 (IANS) Lubna Mariam, the artistic director of Bangladesh's cultural organisation Shadhona, says that we as artistes cannot allow politics, political geography to dictate the boundaries of cultural practices.

Government should not execute autocratic power on universities: Amartya Sen (21:42)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Nobel laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen said on Tuesday that if the government wants to set up world-class universities it should not try to "execute autocratic power on the universities as freedom and autonomy of institutions is vital for the country".

Bangladesh still at war against fundamentalists: Activist Kabir (19:56)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) Even 46 years after the Liberation War, Bangladesh continues to be at war against fundamentalists, the country's writer and activist Shahriar Kabir said on Tuesday, referring to removal of works of non-Muslim writers from school textbooks.

Endeavouring for peace in South Asia through literature (17:34)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) A literature festival is all set to bring artists from South Asia -- sans Pakistan -- together, aiming to endeavour for peace in the region.

Ethiopian delegation visiting India to adopt best practices from education sector (17:34)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) In an effort to learn from the Indian education system and to gather prevailing best practices, a delegation from ministry of education, Government of Ethiopia is currently visiting India. The focus of their visit is on adapting best practices like mid-day meal programs, teacher training and mother tongue instructions from India.

Karnataka governor to confer art awards (16:52) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Feb 21 (IANS) The Lalit Kala Akademi is all set to hold the National Exhibition of Art where Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala will confer the National Academy Award to 15 individuals at the 58th National Exhibition of Art.

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