With no Ram Lila, Sita will be in salon, Ravan selling garments this year
Gandhi, Mohammed Rafi, Krishna in one frame, inside artist Atul Dodiya's mind
  • Gandhi, Mohammed Rafi, Krishna in one frame, inside artist Atul Dodiya's mind(08:44)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) The last two months have been hectic, and a great change from the suffocating stillness of the initial days of the lockdown. Having painted more than 200 works, and counting, Mumbai-based artist Atul Dodiya is happy that many new experiences and revelations are happening in his work. "I am doing small-scale watercolours as the medium allows one much freedom. I can take the colours and pads home and continue working. Oil can be quite demanding in many ways," he says.
Versatile Kannada writer-critic G.S. Amur passes away
India's storytellers bullish on rekindling interest in lost art
  • India's storytellers bullish on rekindling interest in lost art(17:08)
    New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) "India has a rich tradition of storytelling; it has been a part for centuries", was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sunday message to listeners of 'Mann Ki Baat', as he urged Indians to revive this tradition as they stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic and cited examples of the best in the profession of storytelling.
No Ram Lila but 'virtual' Deepotsav in Ayodhya (Ld)
  • No Ram Lila but 'virtual' Deepotsav in Ayodhya (Ld)(21:39)
    Ayodhya, Sep 26 (IANS) The Ayodhya administration has denied permission for Ram Lila in Ayodhya due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the administration has started preparations to organise a grand star-studded 'virtual Deepotsav' on the occasion of Diwali.
Ram Lila permission denied, virtual Deepotsav in Ayodhya
  • Ram Lila permission denied, virtual Deepotsav in Ayodhya(20:52)
    Ayodhya, Sep 26 (IANS) The Ayodhya administration has denied permission for Ram Lila in Ayodhya due to the coronavirus pandemic, however the administration has started preparations to organise a grand star-studded 'virtual Deepotsav' on the occasion of Diwali.
Speakers, woofers stolen from Sarnath
  • Speakers, woofers stolen from Sarnath(10:31)
    Varanasi, Sep 25 (IANS) In a shocking incident, the speakers and woofers of the ambitious light and sound show project have been stolen from the high security Archaeological Survey of India protected site of Sarnath's Dhamekh Stupa in Varanasi.
  • Mahabharat Research Centre at Prayagraj soon(15:48)
    Lucknow, Sep 24 (IANS) A Mahabharat Research Centre is likely to come up in Handia in Prayagraj, at a site where the mythological Lakshagriha is supposed to have once existed.
Renowned Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan wins Jnanpith award
HarperCollins welcomes lifting of injunction against Asaram book
  • HarperCollins welcomes lifting of injunction against Asaram book(13:02)
    New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) Publisher HarperCollins on Thursday welcomed the lifting of the injunction on the book "Gunning For The Godman", terming it a "victory for free speech". The book is now available on all e-retail platforms and in physical stories.
India a Civilisational State re-architecting the Republic' (Book Review)
  • India a Civilisational State re-architecting the Republic' (Book Review)(12:34)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) India is a Civilisational State engaged in a "grand undertaking to re-architect" the Republic. It should make a "clean break" from its "socialistic, feudal past" to maintain the momentum and should stake claim to be a world power, says a new book on the country's journey as it approaches the 75th year of its Independence, even as it calls for course corrections in the areas of governance, bureaucracy, foreign policy and the judiciary.
Performing in savage times shows existence of hope: Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
  • Performing in savage times shows existence of hope: Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry(08:29)
    By Sukant Deepak
    New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) When theatre director Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry received a call from Arundhati Nag, who runs Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru, commissioning her to make a 40 minute piece to be aired digitally and staged physically once the lockdown eases, Chowdhry knew that it must revolve around the absurd theatre playing around ever since Covid-19 struck and changed everything.
'Pandemic a time for humanity to change its very basic philosophy'
  • 'Pandemic a time for humanity to change its very basic philosophy'(15:04)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has endangered our basic human rights and liberties and taught us that it is time to change our values, priorities and perspective if humanity is to survive, says Ramin Jahanbegloo, a prominent political philosopher of Iranian origin, in his new book, "The Courage to Exist - A Philosophy of Life and Death in the Age of Coronavirus" (Orient BlackSwan).
How writing became a tool for self-discovery, empowerment for these women
  • How writing became a tool for self-discovery, empowerment for these women(11:37)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANSlife) Being a female author can come with its own set of challenges, especially when one is trying to juggle a career in the demanding field along with a personal life. From burning the midnight oil to pursue writing, to managing multiple roles, budding authors share how they used writing as a tool for empowerment.
Crucial to support folk artists: Shaan
  • Crucial to support folk artists: Shaan(11:30)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANSlife) Popular playback singer Shaan says that folk artists and daily workers are keeping the music heritage and industry intact, and it's crucial for the society to support them in these trying times.
Kumar Sanu's daughter Shannon K exhort people to be themselves in new song
ISI afflicted by same bungling and corruption as rest of Pak: New book
Rupam Kaur: Traditional matchmaking fraught with prejudice
  • Rupam Kaur: Traditional matchmaking fraught with prejudice(12:39)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANSlife) For Rupam Kaur, an Indian-American physician, the pursuit of finding love a second time took more than the traditional formula of meeting with suitors via a matchmaker. Having found her partner on the dating app Bumble after a divorce, Kaur says that the "traditional concept of arranged matchmaking holds a lot of prejudiced and preconceived notions".
Censorship can be quite oppressive for artists: Sunil Shanbag
  • Censorship can be quite oppressive for artists: Sunil Shanbag(12:37)
    By Siddhi Jain
    New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANSlife) Back in the early 1970s, Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar's play 'Sakharam Binder' -- which features the character of a bookbinder who 'takes in' women abandoned or dejected by other men and uses them as domestic help and sexual partners -- struggled with the Stage Scrutiny Board (the censor board) and sections of society. In 2020, a play explores the idea of censorship in the arts through this story.
Abish Mathew: Bringing comedy back to live space an uphill battle, let the climb begin
Of sinners, saints and cricketing tales (Book Review)
  • Of sinners, saints and cricketing tales (Book Review)(23:05)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) Was the 2018 ball tampering case involving David Warner, Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith more diabolical than the use of Vaseline, hair oil saliva mixed with sweet sandpaper, trouser zips metal or Pakistanis using other methods to induce reverse swing? What makes these questions and many more even more horrendous is that we are talking about cricket, supposedly a 'gentleman's game' that in reality has thrown up more sinners or saints or tales that warm the heart.
New moniker of Agra museum much welcome
  • New moniker of Agra museum much welcome(10:55)
    By Brij Khandelwal
    Agra, Sep 16 (IANS) People have welcomed the Uttar Pradesh government's decision of changing the name of an upcoming Rs 170 crore museum project near the Taj Mahal, from "Mughal" to "Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj", and claimed that balance will finally be restored.
Indian origin writer Anvi Doshi makes cut for 2020 Man Booker Prize
Nishank extolls 'Vedas' for non-violence, world peace
Of Shelley, Covid and bringing Italy and India closer (IANS Interview)
  • Of Shelley, Covid and bringing Italy and India closer (IANS Interview)(15:14)
    By Vishnu Makhijani
    New Delhi, Sep 12 (IANS) Percy Bysshe Shelley was a poet of the Romantic era who had inspired Mahatma Gandhi. Now, his 'Ode To The West Wind' written two centuries ago, Covid-19, an Italian director and an Indian producer have come together for "Human O.A.K.", a short film that is "absolutely poetic, something delicate, something that speaks about the pandemic but in a gentle way".