Bengaluru: The second edition of All Women World Arts Festival will be held on February 25 and 26 at ISKCON Temple multi-vision Theatre. Among the various international artistes, Miho Sakata Malhan and Group from Muse Creation will present Japanese traditional songs and dance at the Japan cultural evening. Also, classical dancers from ​​Cape Town, South Africa, La Rochelle, France and Taiwan will present Bharathanatyam. Besides, an all women group from Vaikkom Karunakaran Foundation, Kerala will perform Kathakali.

Kolkata: Tabla player Abhiman Kaushal, who features in the Grammy Award winning eponymous album by Los Angeles-based band White Sun, says he "naturally gravitated" towards their music -- interpretations of yogic mantras. Exhilarated at the win, the Hyderabad-born Kaushal says the honour offers a platform to Indian musicians to go beyond boundaries and seek "meaningful collaborations" complementing the nation's heritage.

New Delhi: Strolling up and down the streets is a routine affair for all of us but a humble Mumbai-based artist is out to capture hope and positivity that we fail to take note of in our humdrum lives.

The Vikings, who were distinguished by a startling adjective after their name, may have long lost their specific identity in the modern world, with the only of these epithets surviving (and flourishing) into our times being "Bluetooth". But not all of them have vanished, with one of their fierce warriors, and his unlikely family and associates, continuing to regale newspaper readers around the world for over four decades now.

New Delhi: He is experiencing "satisfying tiredness" after winning his first Grammy Award, but that hasn't stopped India-born tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das, who has been playing in collaboration with an international ensemble of musicians for 18 years, from wondering why he was never considered worthy of an honour in his own country. In a telephonic conversation with IANS from Boston, Das lamented how India is "happily riding a slippery slope into a dark abyss" where art and culture is not given enough mileage.

Title: Road to Nandikadal: True Story of Defeating Tamil Tigers; Author: Major General Kamal Gunaratne; Publisher: Not given; Distributed by: Vijitha Yapa Bookshop, Colombo; Pages: 741; Price: Rs 2,500 (SLR) This is a dense yet gripping account by a decorated Sri Lankan military officer who was in the thick of it all in the long and bloody war that led to the decimation of the LTTE.

Bengaluru: Puppetry has been one of the casualties of today’s fast-paced, gadget-crazed world. And it comes as no surprise that puppetmakers are on the verge of extinction everywhere. Andhra’s 'Tholu Bommalata' (Leather puppet dance), with a history that goes back to the Vijayanagar dynasty, has also suffered a similar fate. "This art existed even before the times of King Krishnadevaraya,” says S. Sriramulu, a native of Andhra Pradesh who makes leather puppets. Sriramulu is in Bengaluru to exhibit his puppets at Chitrakala Parishat in the city. 

Title: The Party Worker; Author: Omar Shahid Hamid; Publisher: Pan Macmillan India; Pages: 336; Price: Rs 399 Of all vendettas, the most vicious centre on politics, where they can encompass some of the strongest motives -- pride, honour, power, money and sex. The high-flyers not only forget those who have helped them but, with more adverse consequences, those they have offended and are hiding massive grudges under outward obsequiousness. These unexpected assailants can wait years for their chance -- as we find here.

New Delhi: Political satire, women's empowerment, human emotions and the struggle post the 2015 earthquake -- the Nepal Art Council's booth focuses on different aspects of the lives of people under one roof at the ongoing India Art Fair. With six artists, the booth may have fewer photographs and paintings on display, but there is much that resonates through the works of art, each of which has a story to tell.

Gurugram: An exceptional festival of different arts and genres, which will see the participation 400 visual artistes including painters, sculptors, photographers and graphic artistes, awaits art connoisseur in this suburban tech hub of the national capital. "Pryaas - Prakriti to Sanskriti" is being organised by Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation (HSSF) and is on till February 5 at the Leisure Vally Ground.  "Pryaas" is expected to act as a platform to talented artists, who seldom get a chance to showcase their works, the organisers say. 

New Delhi: Of Bengals 60.3 million population at the time, estimates are that between 1.5 and 4 million people died of starvation, malnutrition and disease during the famine of 1943. A "political artist" of that period covered the famine for several communist publications, and his drawings, on display at the ongoing India Art Fair here, live to narrate the horrors of the time.

New Delhi: Eminent musician Pandit Jasraj says he finds the audience composition at classical music concerts astonishing -- and he feels heartened that the country's youth is willing to take the legacy of such music forward. "There is a large audience that has an interest in classical music and attends concerts... What's astonishing to see is the age demography of the audience who attend these events," Jasraj, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second-highest civilian award, told IANS in an interview here.

Bengaluru: Artist and writer John Devaraj’s new book ‘Kaa Kaa Koo’ was launched at an event held at the Nidumamidi Mutt in Bengaluru. Written in English, the book has been translated into Hindi, Kannada, Japanese, German, Czech, and Italian. Featuring striking illustrations, the book talks about the importance of harmony and community spirit.

British historian Suzannah Lipscomb who draws a link between Henry VIII's romantic life and the impulses that led to Brexit nearly 500 years later

Jaipur: The sentiment which propelled and ultimately secured the vote for Brexit is not new, and its genesis can be traced to the actions taken by a 16th century English monarch, known for his six wives, to deal with his romantic affairs, says a prominent British historian.

New Delhi: She was considered one of the promising young faces when she burst on to the Indian fashion scene in the 1980s and today has clients like Naomi Campbell, Martha Marzotto and Uma Thurman, to name a few. Designer Rina Dhaka says when she joined the industry, there was no concept of money or trade and the world of Indian fashion was a different one altogether. In an interview, the designer reflected upon the changes in the fashion industry.


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