Art and Culture

Monday, July 12, 2021PM Modi greets people on occasion of Rath Yatra

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Rath Yatra.

The yatra is associated with Lord Jagannath and will be taken out in various parts of the country on Monday.

"Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of the Rath Yatra. We bow to Lord Jagannath and pray that his blessings bring good health and prosperity in everyone's lives. Jai Jagannath,"


Monday, May 17, 2021Portals of Kedarnath open, devotees not allowed due to Covid

Kedarnath, May 17: Portals of the eleventh jyotirlinga Kedarnath were opened amid chanting of vedic mantras at 0500 hrs on Monday.
The first 'puja' (worship) at the temple was performed on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking world peace.
No one was allowed to visit the temple due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. Only temple representatives, priests, officials of Chardham Devsthanam


Thursday, March 11, 2021No night prayers on Shab-Mehraj, Holy Relic of Prophet will be displayed after prayers

Srinagar, Mar 11: The congregational prayers will not be held on the occasion of Meraj-un-Nabi being celebrated during the night in the shrines, including Assar-e-Sharief Hazratbal, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, in the Kashmir valley in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the devotees will have the “Deedar” (glimpse) of holy Relic on Friday after every prayers from Fajr (mor


Sunday, December 27, 2020Shani Peyarchi festival held in Karaikal

Puducherry, Dec 27: A large number of devotees thronged the Dharbaranyeswarar temple at Thirunallar in Karaikal region of the Union Territory to worship the deity on the occasion of Shani Peyarchi, the transit of zodiac sign Sagittarius to Capricorn.

Dharbaranyeswarar temple is the only temple for Lord Shani in India and devotees used to throng it on Saturdays and Sundays.In the wake of Covid


Saturday, December 26, 2020PM Modi recalls teachings of Lord Shri Krishna on Geeta Jayanti

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the teachings of Lord Shri Krishna on Geeta Jayanti today and the people celebrate the values mentioned in the Geeta.

In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the noble ideals enshrined in the Srimad Bhagavad Geeta have radiated across the world. They motivate people to lead life to the fullest potential and to be compassionate.


Monday, November 30, 2020Gurupurab celebrated with religious fevour, gaiety in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 30: Gurupurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikhism, was on Monday celebrated with religious fervor and gaiety in the Kashmir valley and Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, his advisors, leaders of different political parties besides All Party Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) have greeted people, particularly members of Sikh community


Monday, November 30, 2020Guru Nanak Jayanti being celebrated with traditional fervour across the country & abroad

NEW DELHI: Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is being celebrated with religious fervour across India and the world today. It marks the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who laid the foundation of Sikhism. This year marks the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

On this day, devotees around the world offer prayers. The Golden temple in Amritsar celebrates Gurpurab with much aplomb.


Friday, October 30, 2020Mild-un-Nabi celebrated with fervor, no night-long prayers due to COVID-19

Srinagar, Oct 30: The Eid-Mild-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, was on Friday celebrated throughout the Kashmir valley with religious fervor and gaiety though night-long special prayers could not be held due to COVID-19 guidelines issued by the administration.

However, despite chilly winds, people, including women, joined “ Fajr” (morning) prayers at Asaar-e-Sharief Hazratb


Sunday, October 25, 2020Dussehra is being celebrated across country today

The festival of Vijayadashmi or Dussehra is being celebrated across the country today. The festival is celebrated to remember Lord Rama's victory over Ravana, marking the triumph of good over evil. The day also marks the culmination of Navratri and Durga Puja. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted the people on the occasion.

In a message, Mr Kovind said, th


Friday, October 16, 2020Renovation work of centuries old Raghunath temple in Srinagar underway

Srinagar, Oct 16: Renovation work was going on to restore the lost glory of about two centuries old Raghunath temple on the bank of river Jhelum in the old Srinagar, where no puja was held after majority members of Kashmiri pandit migrated from here to other parts of the country in early 90s following eruption of militancy.

The government has entrusted the renovation work of the temple and bea


Friday, October 16, 2020Pandemic nix Dussehra fest

JAMMU: In the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic, the Jammu administration has cancelled the celebration of Dusserhra this year.
“There shall be no religious processions in and around the city during the festive season in view of Covid pandemic. However people can visit the temples and shrines by strictly following all the guidelines issued by the District administration,” Additional De


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