Art and Culture

Friday, October 19, 2018Prez, PM greet people on Dussehra

New Delhi, Oct 19: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday greeted people on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

'On the occasion of Durga Puja and Vijayadashami, Dusshera greetings and Shubho Bijoya to fellow citizens. This is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. May the day bring happiness to our families and our shared soci


Thursday, October 18, 2018Durga Puja marquee decorated with 4,000 kg turmeric

Kolkata, Oct 18: In a first-of-its-kind, a Durga Puja marquee here was decorated with 4,000 kg of turmeric or 'haldi'.

Santoshpur Lake Pally Committee, in collaboration with a leading spice manufacturer, has directed its creative efforts in presenting a novel concept and unique design sensibilities to the Pandal's decor.

Turmeric (haldi in Hindi and holud in Bengali) is considered to be ver


Wednesday, October 17, 2018Thousands of devotees gather at Belur Math to watch 'Kumari Puja'

Belur, Oct 17: Following the age-old tradition, this year also thousands of devotees from across the country and abroad watched 'Kumari Puja' or the worship of a prepubescent girl at Belur Math -- the global headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, as Durga Puja fervour peaked on Maha Ashtami today.

Maha Ashtami, also known as Durga Ashtami, was marked by significant ritua


Monday, October 15, 2018Durga puja begins in Bengal

Kolkata, Oct 15: Durga Puja rituals began in West Bengal on Monday as enthusiastic devotees plunged into merriment marking the first day of the biggest festival in this part of the world.

'Sasthi' or 'Bodhan' -- the welcoming of the Durga idols -- signalled the commencement of the five-day puja as the eastern metropolis welcomed its patron goddess to beats of dhaak (drums) and aroma of incense


Saturday, October 13, 2018AMU serves notice to nine students for holding funeral prayer for slain terrorist

Aligarh, Oct 13: After suspending 3 Kashmiri students, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has issued notices to nine other students after they tried to hold a funeral prayer for Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in a gun battle with security forces in north Kashmir.

The Human Resources Development Ministry too has sought a report from the university while the state


Saturday, October 13, 2018Touched to see how daughters brought 'garba' spirit to life: Modi

New Delhi, Oct 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he was "touched" to see how the visually impaired girls from Ahmedabad's Andh Kanya Prakash Gruh performed the "garba" on a song penned by him and its spirit has been brought to life.

"Touched to see this. The spirit of this garba has been brought to life by these daughters! Hope everyone's having a blessed Navratri," Modi s


Saturday, October 13, 2018Train service remains suspended in south, resumes in north Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 13: Train service remained suspended for the second day on Saturday for security reasons in south Kashmir, where a militant was killed in an encounter in Pulwama district this morning.

However, train service resumed in north Kashmir after remaining suspended on Friday, when separatists had called for a general strike against the killing of two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants in


Saturday, October 13, 2018Rich tributes paid to martyr in Sopore

Srinagar, Oct 13: Senior civil and police officers on Saturday paid rich tributes to constable of Jammu and Kashmir police who was martyred by unidentified gunmen in apple township of Sopore in north Kashmir district of Baramulla.

A police spokesman said that wreath laying ceremony for constable Javid Ahmad Lone was held at District Police Lines (DPL), Sopore. Senior civil and police officers


Saturday, October 13, 2018Traffic resumes on historic Mughal road; One-way traffic to ply on Jammu- Kashmir national highway

Srinagar, Oct 13: Traffic was resumed on historic 86-km-long Mughal road after remaining suspended on Friday due to slippery road conditions owing to fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, one-way traffic will ply on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, a traffic police official said.

Two-way traffic was plying on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir valley.


Saturday, October 13, 2018Kolkata Police’s ‘Bandhu’ app to help Durga Puja pandal hoppers

Kolkata, Oct 13: Like every year, Kolkata Police has unveiled the guidemap for Durga Puja 2018.

Live information about 1,800 puja pandals will also be available from the ‘Bandhu’ app.

Apart from ‘Bandhu’, people can also track waiting time and queues from the ‘Utsav’ app.

Kolkata Police has planned to come up with live streaming of some major puja pandals throughout the city, during th


Thursday, October 11, 2018Puja 2018: Adding individual style elements, buying evergreen fashion pieces

Kolkata, Oct 11: Keeping the traditions of Durga Puja alive and yet making a fashion statement is every fashionista's goal. Donning bright festive hues, going experimental, stocking trendy accessories and yet not forgetting to add individual style elements is the current trend.

In keeping up the tradition of buying new clothes for the festive season, the fashion queens have already scanned the


Sunday, October 7, 2018SFDC's gift of fish in Ahmedabad Durga Puja

Kolkata, Oct 7: A gift of varied fish platter will greet Bengalis living in distant Ahmedabad during the Durga Puja.

The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) will set up a food stall at the Ahmedabad Kalibari, which hosts one of the biggest Durga Pujas in Gujarat.

The stall will serve fish items, including hilsa, prawns, tangra, pabda and koi for lunch and dinner. Snacks prepared


Sunday, October 7, 2018Along with Sita, we need to worship Draupaudi: Veteran socialist Ram Kishan

Bharatpur (Rajasthan), Oct 7: In post-Mandal politics, Indian socialists became ‘power focused’ and that led to erosion of political influence of Socialists Democratic forces, a veteran socialist has said here and maintained that even real women empowerment lost its track in the country.

“Look, socialists and Ram Manohar Lohia used to say besides Sita, there is need to worship Draupadi. Women


Saturday, October 6, 2018Mamata begins inauguration of Durga Puja

Kolkata, Oct 06: Like every year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been invited by several Durga Puja committees to inaugurate their Puja pandals.

She began her inauguration spree this year at Sreebhumi Sporting Club.

The Chief Minister wished everyone on the occasion.

She also congratulated the artisans who worked hard to create this pandal.

She said, “ Religion is personal but


Monday, October 1, 2018'Swachhata festival’ organized at Mansar Lake

Jammu, Oct 1: As a part of ongoing ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, the Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj on sunday organized a mega Swachhata festival in J&K's famous tourist spot at Mansar lake of district Udhampur. 'Waste to Wealth' exhibition and Wall Paintings campaign was also organized to mark the day.

District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar was the Chief


Friday, September 28, 2018Kathak, music, art exponents presented lifetime achievement awards

New Delhi, Sep 28: Kathak legend Birju Maharaj, Indian classical vocalist Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan, and senior art curator-critic Alka Raghuvanshi were awarded with Lalit Arpan lifetime achievement awards here at a classical dance and music festival.

These awards were conferred at the 17th edition of the Lalit Arpan festival, conceptualised by Kathak doyen Shovana Narayan, at the India Habitat C


Sunday, September 23, 2018Ganesh procession underway in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Sep 23: The mammoth Ganesh procession was underway here on Sunday amid tight security.

Hundreds of idols from various parts of Hyderabad, its twin city Secunderabad and surrounding areas were bring carried to water bodies for immersion, marking the culmination of 11-day festivities.

Thousands of people were participating in the "Shobha yatra" or the centralized procession from Ba


Sunday, September 23, 2018Ladakh Festival-2018 commences with colorful ceremony

LEH, SEPTEMBER 23: The four-day annual Ladakh Festival began here with a scintillating ceremony in which Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel was the chief guest.

The inaugural ceremony witnessed a cultural extravaganza showcasing a glimpse of the rich heritage of Ladakhi culture and tradition. Around 20 cultural troupes dressed in ceremonial attire from all parts of Leh district and five groups


Friday, September 21, 2018Indian modern art 'stood test of time' sold for crores

New Delhi, Sep 21: Paintings by several Indian modernist painters and members of Bombay Progressive Artists' Group were sold at an Evening Sale by auction house Saffronart, with the leading artwork grossing more than Rs 15 crore.

The auction held here on Thursday saw a total sale value of Rs 42.5 crore. The live sale had art collectors and connoisseurs bidding on the works, with few online bid


Wednesday, September 19, 2018Mouners took out Muharram processions in Kargil

Kargil, Sep 19: Thousands of Shia mouners on Wednesday took out processions in this border district of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.

Members of the community took out a procession and marched through different streets, including Main Bazar and culminated at Hussani Park and Islamia school premises.

The processionists reciting Marcia and verses of holy Quran also raised slogans agains


Monday, September 17, 2018PM Modi greets people on the occasion of Viswakarma Puja

New Delhi, Sep 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Viswakarma Puja.

The day is dedicated to worshipping the God of Engineering and Construction by Hindus.

In a Twitter message, Mr Modi bowed in respect of 'God of Construction and Art and Engineering' and said devotees should always take new inspiration for innovation from Lord Viswakarma.

Today is


Friday, September 14, 2018Amit Shah offers prayers to Lord Ganesh in Mumbai

Mumbai, Sep 14: BJP president Amit Shah Friday offered prayers to Lord Ganesh at various places in Mumbai as part of the ongoing 10-day Ganesh festival.

Shah and his wife arrived in the city post-noon and were received at the airport by the party's city unit chief Ashish Shelar.

The BJP chief visited a Ganpati Mandal in Bandra, headed by Shelar, to have 'darshan' of Lord Ganesh. The mandal'


Wednesday, September 12, 2018Maharashtra all set to welcome Lord Ganesha

Mumbai, Sep 12: Maharashtra is all set to welcome the popular elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha, during the 10-day long biggest public festival which gets underway on Thursday.

Around a million gigantic, big and small idols of Lord Ganesha shall adorn homes of commoners, celebrities, industrialists and politicians, housing complexes, private and public companies, besides the huge or gigantic


Monday, September 3, 2018Janamashtami celebrated with religious fevour in Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 3: Krishana Janamashtami was on Monday celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety in the Kashmir valley.

Jammu and Kashmi Governor Satya Pal Malik, three former chief minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti greeted people on the occasion.

People in colourful dresses visited Krishna temples since early morning in the valley, including Srinagar, th


Monday, September 3, 2018Glitter, glamour mark 'dahi-handi' celebrations in Mumbai

Mumbai, Sep 3: A touch of glitter and a dash of glamour, laced with safety and security, marked the 'dahi-handi' celebrations in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday.

By noon however, nearly 10 youngsters fell and were injured at various venues while forming human pyramids and were rushed to hospitals, officials said.

Since morning, thousands of Govinda groups trooped out and fan


Monday, September 3, 2018People perform special poojas in temples to mark Janmashtami

Hyderabad, Sep 3: People irrespective of gender and age thronged temples to perform special Poojas besides to render prayers on the occasion of Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Sri Krishna on Monday.

Several temples and religious organizations in Telangana conducted special bhajans and put up plays depicting important episodes from the life of Lord Krishna with tiny-tots dressed up like the L


Sunday, September 2, 2018Son of Soil Dr. Liaqat Jafri to represent India in International Urdu Mushaira in Dubai

Jammu: Son of Soil and noted Urdu poet of State, Dr. Liaqat Jafri is going to represent Jammu
and Kashmir in Dubai ,UAE in an International Urdu Mushaira/Kavi Sammelan titled
“Jashn e Urdu” On 6th of Sept 2018. Earlier also in January on Invitation Of Indian
Embassy, Liaqat participated in series of International Urdu Mushairas held in Doha
Qattar, Riyadh, Jaddah, Dammam, Jubail and Sharj


Monday, August 27, 2018Jammu & Kashmir Tourism to organise Kashmir Festival this September

Srinagar: Come September, and you will have the Kashmir Festival charming you. This mega festival will be organised at the behest of the Jammu & Kashmir Department of Tourism, and is aimed to draw in tourists during the upcoming Durga Puja as well as autumn season. The said festival will be held from September 29 to October 1 for this year.

As per an official statement by Secretary Tourism Ri


Monday, August 27, 2018Chhari Mubarak leaves Panjterni for Pahalgam on way to Srinagar

Srinagar, Aug 27: The Chhari Mubarak, holy Silver Mace of Lord Shiva, left Panjterni on Monday for Pahalgam on way to its abode at Amreshwar Temple Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar.

The holy Mace reached Panjterni after day-long puja at holy cave shrine yesterday, when the 60-day-long pilgrimage concluded. Over 2.85 lakh pilgrims from different parts of the country paid obeisance at the cave shrine t


Sunday, August 26, 2018Jammu celebrates Raksha Bandhan with fervour

Jammu, Aug 26: Raksha Bandhan, the festival of bond and faith between sisters and brothers, was celebrated on Sunday with religious fervour and enthusiasm in this winter capital of the state.

Markets in various areas of Jammu city were abuzz with customers, especially women, since early morning. All major markets in the city witnessed a heavy rush of customers besides long traffic jams.