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Dynamics of Dance

Dynamics of Dance

By Parul It was at the age of five that Apoorva Jayaraman began her training in dance. She pursued it seriously, and not as a hobby. “Like my education, dance was an integral part of my life. I never ignored my training and practice because of my studies,” says the Bharatnatyam dancer, an astrophysicist with a […]

London-based pianist Dinara Klinton knows about magic pianos

London-based pianist Dinara Klinton knows about magic pianos

By Dipanita Nath  NEW DELHI: In a pile of junk, two children in Warsaw discover a piano which does more than create music. What happens next is the subject of the animation film, Magic Piano, which will be screened in Delhi’s Kamani auditorium. Like the piano, it will not be a different kind of screening. It […]

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

By Vandana Kalra A photo series intended to highlight “extreme poverty and disease” in India has invited severe outrage on social media. Shared by Italian photographer Alessio Mamo on the Instagram handle of World Press Photo (WPP), the photographs were taken in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, described by Mamo as “two of the poorest states […]

From America, With Love

From America, With Love

By Pallavi Chattopadhyay  New Delhi: Images of a bare-chested Mahatma Gandhi, dressed in a loincloth, sitting beside the charkha, has represented his sentiment of Swadeshi in history books for decades. But a new face behind the wheel, former US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, seated on the ground in her black dress and hat during her visit to […]

Sikh legacy: Exhibition displaying artworks, objects related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family opens in UK

Sikh legacy: Exhibition displaying artworks, objects related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family opens in UK

By Divya Goyal Empire of the Sikhs- a major exhibition displaying over a hundred objects and artworks related to Sikh warrior Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family, army and period of kingdom- opened at Brunei Gallery, SOAS in London of the United Kingdom Thursday. Speaking to The Indian Express, Amandeep Madra, chairman, UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) […]

Artist Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award

Artist Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award

Noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon, 78 on Saturday received the National Kalidas Samman in Delhi for visual arts from the Madhya Pradesh government. Click here to read more… Credit: indianexpress.com

Voices from the Valley: 60 Kashmiri artists from world over come together for an exhibition

Voices from the Valley: 60 Kashmiri artists from world over come together for an exhibition

A young graduate from MS University in Baroda back then, artist Veer Munshi recalls how in the 1980s he would often sit with his easel in his Anantnag home to paint in the tranquil surroundings. He would have never have imagined being forced to flee from home, as he had to in 1990. Three years […]

High Bandwidth

High Bandwidth

By Suanshu Khurana  About 14 km from the famed Jog Falls in Karnataka is Siddapur, a sleepy little village nestled in the Western Ghats. For years, its resident, Prakash Hegde, struggled to learn the flute, an instrument that caught his fancy at a young age through radio recitals in the ’80s. “But there was no teacher […]

Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

Kota: Kaithun, a village about 15 km away from Kota, Rajasthan, is home to nearly 500 weavers. Mostly women from the Ansari Muslim community, they have been weaving in the tradition of handwoven Kota Doria for generations. As one walks through the turban-like winding streets, where houses sit cheek-by-jowl providing solace from the 48 degree […]

Stirring the Still Air

Stirring the Still Air

Meow Meow was his pet refrain as painter Jatin Das, grinning like a Cheshire cat, breezed through the opening of “Pankha”, an exhibition of hand fans at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) recently. The showcase brings together 500 hand fans of the 8,500 that Das procured from across the world. Over 300 of […]

Art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai on the first Bollywood theme park in India

Art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai on the first Bollywood theme park in India

Have you ever wondered how it would be to stand in the very frame Hrithik Roshan did in the song Azeem O Shah Shahenshah in Jodhaa Akbar? Or the opulent house through which Paro dashes to get a last glimpse of her lover in Devdas? You could find out for yourself at a theme park in Karjat, […]

A Space to Reflect

A Space to Reflect

The first non-British head of the British Museum since 1866, Hartwig Fischer has received much acclaim for his emphasis on cultural pluralism and redisplay of the permanent collection at the museum to make it more representative of global interconnectedness. He was in Delhi recently to discuss the conceptualisation and execution of the exhibition “India and […]

Breathing Royal Airs: A Renaissance Man’s Legacy

Breathing Royal Airs: A Renaissance Man’s Legacy

On a quiet evening in 1982, Ammannur Madhava Chakyar was teaching eye movements in Koodiyattam when Venu G., then a student, asked how and why he felt uniqueness in some of the master’s ­techniques vis-à-vis fellow exponents. At this, the guru, fresh after his evening bath in the com-pound’s pond and sitting cross-legged on the […]

Infused Performing Arts 6th Halftime Performance, Showcases Best of Bollywood

Infused Performing Arts 6th Halftime Performance, Showcases Best of Bollywood

Click Here for Photo Collage By Akhila Kumar HOUSTON: As thousands of viewers filed into the Toyota Center on Saturday, April, 7, they had no idea they were in for more than just a show down between James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Houston’s premier Bollywood dance company, Infused Performing Arts, took to the courts for […]

When You Tickle the Funnybone in Hindi, it Just Feels More Hilarious!

When You Tickle the Funnybone in Hindi, it Just Feels More Hilarious!

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: This 11th annual Hasya Kavi Sammelan (Laughing Poet’s Society) organized, once again, by the local chapter of the International Hindi Association in conjunction with the India Culture Center was held again this year at India House on Sunday, April 22 in the late afternoon at 4:30, starting with a tea and […]

Celebrating Bengali New Year in the Heart of Texas

Celebrating Bengali New Year in the Heart of Texas

HOUSTON: Houston Durga Bari celebrated Poila Baishakh in the heart of Texas with a day full of fantastic events on Sunday, April 15. It brought the Indian and Bangladeshi communities, Durga Bari and Tagore Society of Houston , together at our home away from home right here in Houston, celebrating Poila Baishakh.   The Tagore […]

The Spectacular Utsavam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

The Spectacular Utsavam at Sri Guruvayurappan Temple, Houston

By Chittoor K. Ramachandran HOUSTON: Greater Houston is looking forward to this season of Indian cultural extravaganza. Year after year, this is the time hundreds of families from nearby towns look forward to rush to Sri Guruvayurappan Temple. The annual festival (Utsavam) of this temple falls this year during April 26 through May 5.  Unique […]

IMS Presents Rahul Sharma and Aditya Kalyanpur

IMS Presents Rahul Sharma and Aditya Kalyanpur

HOUSTON: Santoor was brought from folk music to mainstream classical music by Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. In his lifetime, he achieved this great feat and as a result the world got to hear this incredibly sweet instrument as the lead instrument. Prior to that santoor was part of the folk and Bollywood background music. Ustad Zakir […]

Houston Embraces a Vibrant Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

Houston Embraces a Vibrant  Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON:  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. This famous quote by Thomas Merton is apt as art has the power to mesmerize. Houston’s colorful personality was felicitated by a captivating MFAH Mixed Media event on Friday, April 6. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston […]

New Teen, Miss & Mrs Bollywood International 2018 Crowned!

New Teen, Miss & Mrs Bollywood International 2018 Crowned!

Contestants from all Over USA Participated! STAFFORD: Bollywood Shake hosted its 7th Annual Bollywood Pageant International 2018 at the Stafford Civic Center on Sunday, April 8. This year’s show under the direction of Pageant Director, Ruchika Dias, Pageant Choreographer, Priti Islam and Pageant Coordinator, Bindhya Babu was extremely glamorous, entertaining and inspiring!  Contestants from all […]

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