Examining the evolution of the constitutional right to liberty
  • Examining the evolution of the constitutional right to liberty(18:46)

    New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) It's a provision that has made possible the right to privacy - as well as the decriminalization of homosexuality. Rohan Alva's 'Liberty After Freedom' explores the origins and evolution of what is today considered the most important fundamental right in the Indian Constitution - the right to life and personal liberty guaranteed by Article 21.

President, PM mourn demise of noted cartoonist Narayan Debnath
Bengali cartoonist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath no more
  • Bengali cartoonist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath no more(12:16)

    Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Famous Bengali cartoonist Narayan Debnath passed away at a South Kolkata nursing home on Tuesday morning. He was admitted to hospital several times last year and was suffering from age related ailments including kidney and heart problems. The state government took the responsibility of his medical treatment.

Rupert Grint compares JK Rowling to 'aunt I don't agree with'
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Soma Ghosh remember the 'Emperor of Kathak'
  • Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Soma Ghosh remember the 'Emperor of Kathak'(21:26)

    Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) In a video tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj shared on Monday, the 'Mohan Veena' exponent, Grammy Award winner and Padma Bhushan awardee, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, remembered how he bonded with the Kathak maestro during an event at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai.

'Blessed to have spent time with him': Papon recalls his meeting with Pandit Birju Maharaj
When Birju Maharaj had to prompt Sitara Devi through a show (Book Excerpt)
  • When Birju Maharaj had to prompt Sitara Devi through a show (Book Excerpt)(17:10)
    By Saswati Sen

    At the age of 19 or 20, Birju Maharajji was invited by Shrimati Nirmala Joshi to work at the Bharatiya Kala Kendra, where Shambhu Maharajji had already joined. Maharajji's main task was to assist his uncle and also to compose items, ballets and dance dramas for their new unit.

Artistes view the master's legacy through their creative lens
  • Artistes view the master's legacy through their creative lens(16:02)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) For dancer Sonal Mansingh, it is still tough to believe that Pandit Birju Maharaj is no more. "It will take time to absorb the fact that he is physically no longer with us. Of course, his legacy will live on, thanks to his unmatched contribution to the art form," she said.

Shovana Narayan relives her best moments with Pandit Birju Maharaj
Pandit Birju Maharaj, still a boy, took up tuitions to make ends meet (Book Excerpt)
  • Pandit Birju Maharaj, still a boy, took up tuitions to make ends meet (Book Excerpt)(14:12)
    By Saswati Sen

    With the untimely death of Achhan Maharaj, over were the days of childhood fun and frolic, kites, cinemas and so on. The only priority for Maharajji now was to look for work, to earn money. It had become difficult to meet their everyday needs and his mother Ammaji was extremely concerned about his career and well-being.

When Pandit Birju Maharaj taught Kathak to Madhuri, Deepika
  • When Pandit Birju Maharaj taught Kathak to Madhuri, Deepika(13:52)

    New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Pandit Birju Maharaj had choreographed two famous tracks of contemporary cinema -- 'Kahe Chhed Mohe', filmed on Madhuri Dixit in the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Devdas' (2002), and 'Mohe Rang Do Laal', which was picturised on Deepika Padukone, in 'Bajirao Mastani' (2015).

Anupam Kher says Pandit Birju Maharaj taught him to emote with his eyes
  • Anupam Kher says Pandit Birju Maharaj taught him to emote with his eyes(13:18)

    New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) Anupam Kher was a student at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi when Pandit Birju Maharaj was the director of the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Kathak Kendra, literally across the road from his alma mater on Delhi's Mandi House cultural circle.

Kamal looks back at training for 'Vishwaroopam' track with Pt Birju Maharaj
Sonal Mansingh recalls Birju Maharaj's passion for all arts
  • Sonal Mansingh recalls Birju Maharaj's passion for all arts(12:16)

    New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) In a lengthy tribute to Pandit Birju Maharaj on Twitter, dance guru and Rajya Sabha MP Sonal Mansingh mourned the passing away of a colossus whom she described as "a complete artist and Icon of Kathak dance".

A qissa of longing
  • A qissa of longing(08:04)
    By Sukant Deepak

    New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS) It is not about their meetings, their conversations, the long rehearsal sessions. It is a love letter to what need not be said. To what can be conveyed just with a glance. It is also about friendships sans reminders about bonds, about gazing into the abyss together, drowning and allowing magic to happen -- be willing partners to find otherworldly rhythms. It is about an actor who never ceases to be human, and was therefore superhuman in his craft. It is also not just about Irrfan, but also filmmaker Anup Singh, the writer -- someone who observes, the one who refuses to instantly interpret but leave spaces. Someone who wants to dive into the many layers of the actors method, never divorcing the man from his craft or vice-versa.

Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra passes away
  • Theatre personality Shaoli Mitra passes away(01:34)

    Kolkata, Jan 17 (IANS) Shaoli Mitra, famous theatre personality and daughter of 'legendary' Sambhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra, passed away at her Kolkata residence on Sunday evening. She was 74 and was suffering from age related ailments for long.

Pandemics in fiction -- and their lessons (IANS Column: Bookends)
  • Pandemics in fiction -- and their lessons (IANS Column: Bookends)(18:50)
    By Vikas Datta

    An insidious, and unseeable, force is out there, able to strike anyone to cause sickness, and in some cases, death. The only way to stay safe is to keep away from almost everyone else -- but that is easier said than done in our urban, inter-connected, and interdependent lives.

'Nambi Narayanan playing the martyr to cover up his own tracks in ISRO spy case' (IANS Interview)
Goa may witness 10k-15k Covid cases per day around January 20: Expert
Indian American inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist Narinder Kapany left an indelible mark (Book Review)
  • Indian American inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist Narinder Kapany left an indelible mark (Book Review)(12:22)
    by Vishnu Makhijani

    New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) He is considered the "Father of Fibre Optics", one of the seven "Unsung Heroes of the 20th Century" for his Nobel Prize deserving breakthrough that spawned the Internet and is behind devices ranging from endoscopes to high-capacity telephone lines. Yet, the self-effacing Indian American Narinder Singh Kapany, born in the sleepy town of Moga in undivided Punjab devotes just two-and-a-half-pages in his 277-page memoir to this momentous achievement.

Maha: On Jijamata's 424th birth anniversary, Raigad Fort facelift gets a fillip
  • Maha: On Jijamata's 424th birth anniversary, Raigad Fort facelift gets a fillip(19:16)

    Mumbai/Thane, Jan 12 (IANS) On the occasion of the 424th birth anniversary of Rajmata Jijabai Shahaji Bhosale on Wednesday -- the mother of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj -- the Maharashtra government has ordered expeditious development of the historic Raigad Fort, located 166 km from Mumbai in Raigad district.

Telangana man weaves saree that can fit into a matchbox
Of small towns, big dreams and greater achievements
  • Of small towns, big dreams and greater achievements(12:10)

    New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) Growing up in the sleepy towns of Bhilai and Bokaro, Arundhati Bhattacharya never imagined that one day she would go on to chair India's largest bank. It was by sheer chance that she came to know of the bank probationary officers' entrance examination through a friend. She applied, was selected and went on to chart out a glorious banking career spanning four decades.

Raghuvendra Tanwar appointed chairman of ICHR
KLF launches Bhasha Utsav to promote India's global dialogue