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New Delhi: Music is all about rhythmic collaboration, and no music -- even fusion -- is bad if justice is done to the symphonic pieces by the performers, Tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose believes. "Good music in any form will serve its purpose of preserving our heritage. Fusion music is a melange of sounds from different genres as it exposes the audience to different forms of music which they are not aware of," Bose told in an interview. Bose, who lives in Kolkata, was recently in the national capital to perform at the HCL Concerts.

New Delhi: When you do six shows a year, there's not enough time for creative enterprise, an industry expert had once said. The Indian fashion industry is also undergoing the same concern as the growing demand has boosted fast fashion -- resulting, as many designers say, in mindless consumerism and environmental hazards. The fashion industry was estimated to be worth over Rs 720 crore ($110,000) in 2015.

New Delhi: Over 90 per cent of India's millennial -- those born between 1980-2000 -- working women believe that they get equal opportunities regardless of gender, a survey has revealed. Workplace gender equality is achieved when people are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources and opportunities regardless of gender.

Mumbai: Uncontrolled weight gain and obesity leads to renal failure in 70 per cent of the cases, doctors said. India has become the third most obese country in the world and this has led to a spike in kidney-related problems. Renal problems have doubled in the last seven to eight years, they said. As per World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight, of these over 600 million were obese.

New York: Eating yogurt rich in lactobacillus -- a probiotic bacteria -- may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, a finding that could lead to new strategies for treating psychiatric conditions, researchers have found. Depression is a huge problem and the treatments are not very good, because they come with huge side effects.

Starting from March, it is common to see students getting stressed as they need to write one exam after another. Currently, school exams are being conducted and the season of big exams will begin from the II PU exams slated to be held from March 9, 2017, followed by SSLC from March 30, 2017, CET, NEET and other entrance tests. It has been found that it is not just but even parents and teachers too undergo a lot of stress during the exam season.

New Delhi: Three years ago, Malini Arora, 29, left a busy corporate job to satiate her itch to explore her creative instincts as a designer of contemporary ethnic wear. It's a bumpy ride, but then you get to drive, she says -- a sentiment that resonates with several such Indian women who are turning entrepreneurs with their clutter-breaking creative pursuits. And the digital wave is helping them even more.

It is a pity that today all believers consider God to be formless in the sense that He is totally devoid of any shape, form or image, but this belief is simply incompatible with the concept of yoga/bhakti or gyan. How, it may be asked, can the soul be said to mentally unite with the Supreme Soul, or in other words, how can a love-relationship be established between the two, if both were absolutely without any form? How can the soul enter into loving union with the Supreme Soul and experience or revel in the divine bliss which is supposed to flow from such union?

New Delhi: Ace designer Anju Modi, who designed costumes for Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram Leela" and "Bajirao Mastani", says she is inclined to work on movies with historical characters.

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My earliest recollection of seeds is from my childhood at my mother’s village Mallinathapura in Mandya district. As a kid growing up in my native home, I remember my grandmother taking handful of seeds from a clay pot and carefully placing it in a small bamboo basket. She then got fresh cow dung from the cattle shed, made a tiny pyramid like structure and placed it atop the small heap of seeds. She lit the incense sticks, offered a flower, a red hibiscus, and prayed.

Bengaluru: Two reality shows of Zee Kannada are bringing rich dividends to the channel. According to the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) report for Week 6 (Saturday, 4th February 2017 to Friday, 10th February 2017), only two reality shows made it to the list of top 5 programmes in Kannada. Interestingly, both are aired on Zee Kannada. According to the BARC report, Comedy Khiladygalu stood at No 2 position while Lifebuoy Saregamapa Lil Champs-12 has retained its 5th spot. Kulavadhu on Colors Kannada exited from the top 5.

New Delhi: English guitarist Guthrie Govan has worked with a variety of bands and is known for his ease and effortlessness. For him, playing the guitar is certainly not just about knowledge and technicalities. When performing in a concert, in his mind is the commitment to communicate.

Ludhiana (Punjab): Flying High Airbus A320 has been converted into a restaurant at the Hawai Adda complex on Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana. Hawai Adda is the name of the complex where four cousins have opened a restaurant inside a plane in Ludhiana, a city known for its opulence. More than the opulence, it's the innovation that hits you. The location is the Verka Milk Bar premises on Ferozepur Road, where Milkfed, the Staterun Corporation that owns Verka brand, has reportedly leased out the land to Kulwant Singh for Rs. one lakh a month.

New Delhi: The continued efforts of veteran designers like Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Wendell Rodricks to bring Indian textiles to the fashion forefront is motivating younger talent to value the country's rich handloom heritage instead of looking abroad for inspiration. Also, the growing interest of international markets in India's handloom and craft traditions, has also opened business avenues on this front.

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Bhajan singer Anup Jalota believes this particular genre of Indian music, rooted in a sense of devotion, is the "most popular" form of classical music and says attempts are on to make it more "glamorous" for the youth with an "Indian Idol"-like reality show.

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