Art and Culture

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


Thursday, October 10, 2019#JhiriMela: Three-day Mela to begin from Nov 12 in Jammu

Jammu: A three-day annual ‘Jhiri Mela’ will be held from November 12 in Kanhachak area here on city outskirts.

Jammu District Development Commissioner, Sushma Chauhan this evening reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of Mela.

The annual fair attracts devotees from all parts of the country who come to pay homage to farmer Saint Baba Jitto.


Thursday, October 10, 2019Diwali mela to showcase craft traditions from across India

New Delhi, Oct 9: From Andhra Pradesh's leather puppets, and Bihar's Madhubani paintings, to Rajasthan's bandhani work and Jammu & Kashmir's papier-mache, Dastkar's annual Diwali mela this year will showcase handicraft traditions from across the country.

The 14-day 'Festival of Lights' mela that will pay tribute to different Indian craft forms will open on Thursday, and will be held at Nature


Sunday, October 6, 2019India, Bangladesh sign 7 pacts, launch 'sonali adhyay'

New Delhi, Oct 6: India and Bangladesh here on Saturday marked the "sonali adhyay" (golden era) in bilateral ties with the inking of seven agreements, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with visiting Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina.

During the talks, the Bangladesh PM voiced concerns over Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) and raised the Teesta water and the Rohingya refugee


Sunday, October 6, 2019“Beti Bachao Beti Padao” campaign through spl stickers on Govt vehicles

JAMMU: State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), Social Welfare Department today launched the “Beti Bachao Beti Padao” campaign through special stickers on the Government vehicles.

Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan, who was chief guest made the launching by pasting the special sticker “Beti Bachao Beti Padao” on the official vehicles in the Civil Secretariat premises.

The Central Government’s


Sunday, October 6, 2019PM Modi extends Mahashtami greetings to people

New Delhi, Oct 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his heartfelt greetings to the people on Mahashtami Puja (worship) of Navratrti.

PM Modi furhter said that, 'May Mahagauri, the Goddess of Durgashtami, bring happiness, good luck and prosperity to all of us.'

'Heartfelt Greetings on the occasion of Mahashtami worship. Mahagauri, the goddess of Durgashtami bring happiness, goo


Sunday, October 6, 2019Kolkata household to worship Muslim girl in Kumari puja

Kolkata: Sending out a message of the Durga puja transcending religious barriers and promoting inter-faith harmony, a four-year old Muslim girl is set to be worshipped as Kumari - a custom of paying obeisance to a pre-pubertine girl as goddess - on Maha Ashtami at a household here on Sunday.

Fatima, daughter of a grocery store near Fatehpur Sikri in Agra Muhammad Tahir and a housewife Bushra B


Friday, October 4, 2019Applications for next year's Haj pilgrimage will be accepted online from October 10: Naqvi

New Delhi, Oct 4: The filing of applications for next year's Haj pilgrimage will be completely digital and the process will start from October 10, Minority Affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Friday.

He also said there will be 22 embarkation points in 2020.

"The new embarkation point to be opened for Haj next year will be at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. So, in Haj 2020, two l


Friday, October 4, 2019Vicky visits Golden Temple for 'Sardar Udham Singh'

Amritsar, Oct 4: Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal visited the Golden Temple here before commencing the next shoot schedule for his upcoming film "Sardar Udham Singh".

Vicky on Friday took to Instagram, where he shared a photograph of himself praying.

"Babaji, mehr bakshyo. #SardarUdhamSingh here we go!" he captioned the image.

Vicky will bring alive the story of Udham Singh, who assassinate


Friday, October 4, 2019The Puja carnival

New Delhi, Oct 4: Navratri - the nine nights of Goddess Durga - are a time when India is drenched in a celebration of the divine feminine. And the diverse festivities are unique to every part of country.

If you have time at hand to travel during the festival season, EaseMyTrip co-founder and COO Rikant Pitti picks some must-visits destinations.

1. Kolkata

Kolkata witnesses the most spec


Tuesday, September 24, 2019Jaipur artist pens 'Ramcharitmanas' with paintbrush

Jaipur, Sep 24: In an unique endeavour, Sharad Mathur, a Jaipur-based artist, has written the "Ramcharitmanas" with a paintbrush in over 3,000 pages and now wishes to donate it to the grand Ram Temple to be built in Ayodhya.

"I wanted to offer something unique to Lord Ram, besides prayers. Hence, the idea to write Ramcharitmanas in bigger fonts with paint and brush. Each word measures 1-1.5 i