Art and Culture

Thursday, July 30, 2020Folk artists of Tamilnadu strike new -found resonance amid COVID-19 — a reminder of the role they played in past epidemics

Marginalised and subaltern forms of musical expression, performing arts and literature have historically fulfilled a range of purposes in Tamil Nadu

Jammu, Jul 30: “To appreciate a parai artist is one thing, but to travel with a parai artist on a town bus is a different experience altogether. Many folk art forms were born out of poverty, and those who want to take up these art forms should understand this, otherwise it is destroying art.” Discrimination, says singer-songwriter Arivu of the Chennai-based Tamil indie band The Casteless Collecti


Friday, June 5, 2020Tirumala temple to reopen for darshan from June 8

Tirupati, June 5: After a two-month COVID-19 lockdown ban on devotees'' entry, darshan at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala will begin again from June 8, with a trial run for the first three days.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the world''s richest temple, announced on Friday that only its employees will be allowed to have darshan on Jun


Tuesday, March 10, 2020Why Holi in this Dargah in UP is unique

Barabanki, March 10: This is a Holi that is different to the only being celebrated in the rest of the country.

Dewa Sharif Dargah, the shrine of the Sufi saint Haji Waris Ali Shah, is the only dargah in the country where Holi is celebrated with gaiety and fervour.

The saint was born here in 1817 AD and belonged to the Qadiriyya and Chishtiyya schools of Sufism.

He was initiated in the t


Thursday, February 20, 20208th Delhi Literature Festival to begin on March 6

New Delhi, Feb 20: The eighth edition of the Delhi Literature Festival (DLF) will begin from March 6 at Dilli Haat.

The three-day event will witness an assemblage of writers and experts from different fields like fashion, acting come together in the seaside town to discuss and deliberate on various issues of the country.

The line up of authors includes Anupam Kher - Lessons Life Taught Me U


Monday, February 3, 2020Nitesh Tiwari, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari team up for 'Siachen Warriors'

Mumbai, Feb 3: Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari has teamed up with his wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari to bring a film about the Indian army, titled "Siachen Warriors".

The movie is based on a true story about the 2016 Siachen avalanche, highlighting the extreme risks that Indian soldiers face in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 21,000 feet under extreme weather conditions.

"Siachen Warriors"


Friday, January 31, 2020Canadian artist exhibits Bollywood-inspired art at India Art Fair 2020

New Delhi, Jan 31: Inspired by the imagery of Indian movies of the 1960s, the paintings of Canada-born artist Marcel Dzama at the ongoing India Art Fair reference Indian culture and include details such as Bollywood dancers and regional wildlife.

Presented by the David Zwirner gallery, which is making an appearance in the Fair for the third consecutive year, Dzama's work is a visual exploratio


Friday, January 31, 2020Kerala Assembly not to move resolution to recall Guv

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31: On expected lines, the business advisory committee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Friday shot down the notice by the Congress-led opposition for moving a resolution to be sent to President of India to remove Arif Mohammed Khan from the post of governor.

It was on last Saturday that Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala gave the notice to the Speaker P. Sree


Friday, January 31, 202012th India Art Fair launches in New Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 31: With a host of modern and contemporary art exhibited by over 80 galleries around the world, the 12th edition of the four-day India Art Fair opened for public in the national capital.

With live performances and events, an extended bookshop, workshops, and diverse talks featuring in the 2020 edition, the focus of the fair remains on presenting previously unseen artistic talent


Wednesday, January 29, 2020Mumbai prepares for Jagannath Rath Yatra

Mumbai, Jan 29: The stage is set for the grand celebrations of the annual Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra (Chariot procession) in Mumbai's Shivaji Park on January 30, the organisers said here on Wednesday.

The huge procession of Lord Jagannath, Baldev and Subhadra Maiya will attract over 3,00,000 devotees, according to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)'s spiritual head, Ra


Wednesday, January 29, 2020Bengal celebrates Saraswati Puja

Kolkata, Jan 29: Goddess Saraswati, considered the Hindu deity of music, culture and learning, was worshiped across West Bengal with traditional gaiety and religious fervour on Wednesday.

However, with Basant Panchami - heralding the arrival of spring - stretching from Wednesday upto Thursday morning as per the almanac, in many households the goddess will be worshipped on Thursday.

Women an


Wednesday, January 15, 2020Yogi leads celebrations at Gorakhnath temple

Gorakhpur, Jan 15: On the occasion of 'Makar Sankranti' on Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slipped back into the role of Peethadeeshwar of the Goraksh temple in Gorakhpur and led the celebrations at the temple.

Yogi Adityanth held a puja at 4.a.m in the temple and offered "khichdi".

An offering of khichdi from the King of Nepal was also made at the temple as part of


Saturday, December 21, 2019Want to celebrate white Christmas?

New Delhi: White Christmas has arrived and it has arrived so beautifully! Christmas is forever a grand affair to celebrate the welcoming of a new year. Several parts of the world are already covered in the blanket of soft white snow adding to winter fun. There are myriad places around the world where travellers can visit and experience snowfall and enjoy white Christmas. Shoes on Loose lists dow


Wednesday, December 11, 2019Magh Mela 2020, in Prayagraj, to be eco-friendly

Prayagraj, Dec 11: The annual Magh Mela in Prayagraj that begins on January 10, 2020 will now be a plastic-free event.

The Magh Mela administration has banned the use of plastic and thermocol items in the Mela township.

"The Magh Mela will be an eco-friendly affair. We will be deploying three special teams to keep an eye on vendors flouting the rule. We are making all stakeholders aware abo


Saturday, December 7, 2019YAYAVAR- JAMMU LITERARY FEST

By Jasleen Kour

14th December, Brig. Rajendra Singh Auditorium at Central University

Irrespective of the border you cross or the land you are in, Art stays sane and same everywhere.
Art in forms of Books, capture what’s so beyond comprehension, articulates what’s so often is difficult to articulate; makes sense of the seemingly nonsensical. Verses and Stanzas, Paragraphs and stories have the ability to becal


Friday, November 29, 201912th edition of Bookaroo children's lit fest over the weekend

New Delhi, Nov 29: Over the weekend, the sprawling grounds of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) will resound to the chatter of young voices as the 12th edition of Bookaroo, India's biggest Children's Literature Festival brings together.

85 speakers and authors and 120 fun-filled sessions of storytelling, drama, workshops and art & craft for 4-16-year-olds, parents and teac


Wednesday, November 13, 2019Going beyond cultural artefact

New Delhi, Nov 13: At the age of 42, Varuna Anand decided to be an entrepreneur and founded The Splendor of Kashmir (SOK) which endeavours to take the famed art of shawl making from Jammu and Kashmir to the admirers, both within India and overseas.

A textile designer by profession, Anand has spent many years learning and designing home textiles and sarees for the likes of House of Fraser, Joh


Monday, November 11, 2019Man completes vocal, musicial recording of over 550 compositions of Guru Nanak Dev

Chandigarh, Nov 11: To mark the momentous occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, Arvinderjit Singh of Chandigarh has completed the vocal and musical recording of over 550 compositions (shabads) of the founder of the religion.

Popularly known as 'Kittu Veerji Chandigarh Wale’, Mr Singh has recorded these over 550 shabads in honor of Guru Nanak Dev in about one year's time, i


Sunday, November 10, 2019Shafali, Smriti shine as India thrash WI by 84 runs

St Lucia, Nov 10: The Indian eves were off to a great start in the five-match T20I rubber against West Indies as they thrashed the hosts by 84 runs in the first match at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Asked to bat, openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana gave India an upper hand as the duo shared a 143-run partnership for the opening wicket. While Shafali played a 49-ball 73-run k


Sunday, November 10, 201975 passengers of cruise ship rescued in Bay of Bengal: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 10: At least 75 passengers of a cruise ship in the Bay of Bengal were rescued by the West Bengal police while Severe Cyclone Bulbul raged on Saturday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

"These people did not know about the calamity. The 24 Parganas South police superintendent led the rescue," Banerjee told mediapersons at the special control room in the state secretariat Nabanna


Sunday, November 10, 2019President, PM wish people on Milad-un-Nabi

New Delhi, Nov 10 President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished people on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi -- the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Extending the wishes, the President wrote on Twitter: "On the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and


Thursday, November 7, 2019Lucknow to celebrate 'Dev Deepawali'

Lucknow, Nov 7: Lucknow will also celebrate "Dev Deepawali" on November 12 by lighting up over six lakh "diyas" (earthen lamps) on the banks of the Gomti River.

The festival is traditionally celebrated in Varanasi.

Mahant Divyagiri of the Mankameshwar temple said that the traditional Gomti "Aarti" will be held from the 11 platforms of the river on the occasion.

"Of the six lakh diyas tha


Monday, November 4, 2019Light and sound show to mark Guru's birth anniversary

Chandigarh, Nov 4: Punjab will organise a grand multi-media light and sound show at historical Sultanpur Lodhi city to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh master.

Come Monday, in a first-of-its-kind, the show will portray the life and preachings of Guru Nanak with the help of digital techniques till November 15.

Renowned Punjabi artists like Lakhwinder


Friday, November 1, 2019UP Muslim clerics to appeal for peace after Friday prayers

Lucknow, Nov 1: Muslim clerics across Uttar Pradesh will ask the community to maintain peace in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ram Janmabhumi-Babri Masjid title dispute case on November 17.

The clerics would disseminate the message of peace and brotherhood after the Friday prayers.

This comes a day after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) asked the community to


Monday, October 28, 2019Top Five Traditional Outfit Ideas To Look Gorgeous For Bhai Dooj

Dressing up in style is one of the most exciting parts of any festival. Getting all decked up in fancy traditional clothes is a great way to get into the festive mood. So, don’t struggle to think about how to look gorgeous this festive season cause here are a few tips on what to wear this Bhai Dooj.

For most women in India even today, the first thing that pops up in their minds when it c


Monday, October 28, 2019Confused about what to gift your brother on Bhai Dooj? Try THESE unique gifts

Celebrated on the last day of the five day long celebration of Diwali, bhai dooj is a special event for all siblings. The sister puts tika on her brother’s forehead and prays for his health and long life. A celebration of the bond shared between siblings and sisterly love, bhai dooj is also an event marked with exchange of gifts, hearty meals and having a good time with the family. If you have ru


Monday, October 28, 2019How is Bhai Dooj Celebrated

Bhai Dooj is an important occasion which is celebrated across the whole India with great enthusiasm and spirit. The ceremony starts with the task of inviting brothers for a sumptuous meal of their favourite dishes or sweets. The entire occasion signifies a brother's vow to protect his sister whereas a sister prays to God and give her blessings for the welfare of her brother.

Rituals and tradit


Monday, October 28, 2019Bhai Dooj 2019: Significance, History, Puja Vidhi, Tikka Muhurat, Time, Mantra and Samagri

Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival celebrated around India, it is also known as Bhau-Beej, Bhaiya Dooj and Bhai Phota. It is observed during the Diwali festival and is the second day of the Vikrami Samvat, which is the Hindu New Year and starts from the lunar month of Kartika. The first day of this New Year is observed as Govardhan Pūja. The celebrations of Bhai Dooj are very similar to Raksha Bandhan


Saturday, October 26, 2019Deepotsav in Ayodhya on Saturday, 5.51 lakh diyas to be lit

Lucknow, Oct 26: The Yogi Adiyanath government of Uttar Pradesh will celebrate the annual Diwali event 'Deepotsav' on Saturday with the illumination of 5.51 lakh diyas or earthen lamps. The government will also launch schemes worth Rs 226 crore on the occasion.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Speaker of Republic of Fiji Veena Bhatnagar and other m


Wednesday, October 23, 2019UP govt to spend Rs 133 cr on Deepotsav, now a state event

Lucknow, Oct 23: The much-publicised 'Deepotsav' in Ayodhya later this week will now be an official function and the Uttar Pradesh government will bear the entire expenses of the event. A decision to this effect has been taken by the state Cabinet.

Earlier, the UP Tourism Department spent funds from its own budget for 'Deepotsav' at Ayodhya, but now the state government will directly fund the


Friday, October 11, 2019Ayodhya 'deepotsav' to have 5 lakh diyas this year

Ayodhya, Oct 11: Around five lakhs 'diyas' (earthen lamps) will be lit in Ayodhya on the eve of Diwali this year with an aim to create a new world record.

Last year, Ayodhya broke a Guinness World Record by lighting more than three lakh earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of river Saryu as part of the annual Diwali celebrations.

Hundreds of potters ar