COVID-19 effect: Bolshoi Theatre goes online for connoisseurs
  • COVID-19 effect: Bolshoi Theatre goes online for connoisseurs(21:19)
    Moscow, March 28 (IANS) Western classical music and ballet connoisseurs have a reason to cheer for in these times of coronavirus lockdown. The prestigious Bolshoi Theatre is currently streaming a few of its classic performances of the past following its closure owing to restrictions in Russia to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Corona fear robs Raj's Gangaur Festival of all fervour
  • Corona fear robs Raj's Gangaur Festival of all fervour(00:42)
    By Archana Sharma
    Jaipur, March 28 (IANS) The renowned festival of Gangaur passed off silently as women kept themselves indoors within their houses and celebrated the festival via video conferencing due to nationwide lockdown because of coronavirus outbreak.
Suggested reading to while away coronavirus blues
  • Suggested reading to while away coronavirus blues(17:06)
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Borders have been sealed, people are masked, supermarkets are plucked clean, lives quarantined: In trying times like ours, reading is a great way to fill up the hours.
Humanity needs to come together, says Ustad Zakir Hussain
  • Humanity needs to come together, says Ustad Zakir Hussain(11:51)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANSlife) As the global Coronavirus outbreak spelt a series of museum closures and postponed performances and concerts, India's most-celebrated tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain says that the humanity will need to come together to fight the pandemic.
Veteran artist Satish Gujral passes away at 94
Ray's visual artist Nemai Ghosh dead
  • Ray's visual artist Nemai Ghosh dead(23:53)
    Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Famed photographer Nemai Ghosh, known for his very fruitful two-decade long association with auteur Satyajit Ray, died at his residence here on Wednesday following cardio-respiratory failure, a family member said.
Activate state film boards, revive Films Division to support documentaries: Shilpi Gulati
  • Activate state film boards, revive Films Division to support documentaries: Shilpi Gulati(19:32)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Two-time National award winning documentary filmmmaker Shilpi Gulati feels that in order to make things easier for documentary filmmakers in India, the government must activate the various State Film Boards to support production and distribution, besides reviving the Films Division and its various initiatives by consulting and engaging with filmmakers working in this format.
Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)
  • Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)(17:54)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Somewhere close to the year 2000, as an informal consultant, renowned art historian B.N. Goswami was going over the San Diego Museum of Arts' holdings of Indian paintings, nearly all of which came from the collection of American billionaire Edwin Binney III. Among the things he saw was the manuscript of the Mysore Bhagvata, the 10th book of the Bhagavata Purana and was "charmed".
Indian novel's story parallels deadly coronavirus outbreak
  • Indian novel's story parallels deadly coronavirus outbreak(17:43)
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) An Indian novel published in 2018 and set in various parts of Asia and Europe was uncannily prescient about the possibilities of accidental or otherwise release of biotechnology products and how it can trigger an epidemic comparable to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Tamil actor-director Visu dead
  • Tamil actor-director Visu dead(20:38)
    Chennai, March 22 (IANS) Tamil movie director, producer, actor, play writer Visu, 74, on Sunday died here due to old age ailments.
Arts are feared by the powers that be: Sanjna Kapoor
  • Arts are feared by the powers that be: Sanjna Kapoor(14:27)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) "The arts are wonderfully challenging and difficult to engage with or tackle, depending on your point of view. They are by nature, reflections of a nations identity -- at times displaying the glaring darkness in a society or celebrating the unique beauty and genius of a land and its people. They forever pose questions and provoke answers. So, the challenge is how do the arts stay independent of the powers that be, of politicians, bureaucrats, corporates and their agendas?" Asks theatre person Sanjna Kapoor, who was recently conferred with the prestigeous 'The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government for her outstanding contribution to the field of theatre.
  • Teaching principles of happiness from a holistic perspective (IANS Interview)(09:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The philosopher Aristotle's homily, "happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence", might seem a tall order given the complexities of everyday life but a new book aims to "teach the principles of happiness from a holistic perspective", says its author, who draws much inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita and Buddhism.
Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)
  • Author Sohan Koonar's 'Lions' trilogy could well be India's 'Gone With The Wind' (IANS Interview)(09:06)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) When eminent Canadian author M.G. Vassanji does the final edit of a book you can be sure it goes beyond the ordinary. And that's exactly what "Paper Lions" delivers as Sohan S. Koonar work and its planned sequels in no mean way match the sweep of "Gone With The Wind" with Punjab as its canvas -- a timely work on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with Sikhs as its protagonists.
I was concerned with preserving India's strategic autonomy: Anil Kakodkar (Book Review)
  • I was concerned with preserving India's strategic autonomy: Anil Kakodkar (Book Review)(07:12)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) The landmark India-US nuclear deal of 2008 marked a tectonic shift in international politics but it took a lot of hard bargaining to ensure the country's strategic autonomy was not compromised, says a top scientist who was at the centre of the negotiations -- and received the full backing of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Haunted Qutub, Lotus Temple with near-zero footfalls
  • Haunted Qutub, Lotus Temple with near-zero footfalls(13:40)
    By Anindya Banerjee & Rohan Agarwal
    New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) Government's aggressive social distancing pitch coupled with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) shutting all its protected sites from Tuesday has left Delhi's two iconic structures -- the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple desolate, giving an eerie feeling.
Dry Fasting can empower the body, nourish the soul
  • Dry Fasting can empower the body, nourish the soul(15:05)
    New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) In the olden days, people ate early because there was hardly any light after sunset. Their next meal would only be after sunrise. This practice spread to all religions as a discipline due to its health and spiritual benefits. Today, it is called the Dry Fasting Diet -- the most superior form of fasting and cleansing. Replicating it requires abstinence from all food and water for 12 or more hours.
Madhubani art on masks to spread anti-coronavirus message
  • Madhubani art on masks to spread anti-coronavirus message(13:46)
    Madhubani (Bihar), March 17 (IANS) Amid the coronavirus scare in the country, a Bihar couple feted for world-famous Madhubani paintings is leading the efforts to use the art form on face masks to exhort the public to fight the dreaded disease.
Taj Mahal closed, annual Shah Jahan Urs not to be held
  • Taj Mahal closed, annual Shah Jahan Urs not to be held(10:06)
    Agra, March 17 (IANS) The annual three day Urs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the iconic Taj Mahal, will not be held, as scheduled from March 21, as the historic monuments including the Taj in the city have been shut down till March 31, in the wake of COVID-19.
Ups and downs of Kudankulam n-plant, women bikers on an adventure, journey of a classical vocalist (IANS Books This Weekend)
Goa music event postponed due to coronavirus
  • Goa music event postponed due to coronavirus(14:25)
    Panaji, March 12 (IANS) Organisers of Ketevan Sacred Music Festival, an international music event held annually in Goa, on Thursday announced the postponement of the festival, in view of the World Health Organisation escalating the global coronavirus outbreak to the status of a pandemic.
  • The greatest ode to Lord Ram(19:30)
    New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) The "Ramcharitmanas" is undoubtedly one of the greatest lyrical compositions in Hindi literature. Writing in the 16th century, Tulsidas chose to pen verses in Awadhi rather than Sanskrit, thus breaking with the literary tradition, and, importantly, making Lord Ram more relatable to the lay person.
Holi celebrated across West Bengal
  • Holi celebrated across West Bengal(21:21)
    Kolkata, March 10 (IANS) Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated with mirth and gaiety across West Bengal on Tuesday as people participated in large numbers draped in festive spirits.
'Dol' celebrated in West Bengal amidst coronavirus scare
Exploring the Ganga, unravelling India's links to capitalism, a peep into the darkest secrets of an earlier Calcutta (IANS Books This Weekend)