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Iranian women fight for rights in stadium
We women have only half our rights, chant the all-female crowd in the Tehran stadium hosting the first-ever friendly between the Iranian women's football squad and a foreign team. Maharishi still in communion with them, say disciples
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's sprawling abode at Arail, a picture-postcard riverbank retreat on the banks of the Ganges, stayed awake for 24 hours since Sunday in vigil but the disciples were not tired - thanks to meditation. Italian cinema struggles to match up to past masters
Italy is guaranteed at least one award at this year's Berlin Film Festival with the Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement going to Francesco Rosi. That's because in contrast to the golden era of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, these days Italian films, or Italian directors and actors, rarely win international accolades - a situation that leads to recurrent bouts of national soul-searching. Fatima Bhutto : A Poet and Writer
The lines between the world of books and politics blurred once again Thursday when Fatima Bhutto, the 25-year-old niece of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, said she wanted to make her mark - but without the Bhutto tag. Her first collection of poetry was published in Pakistan in her father's honour and its title - Whispers of the Desert - was in homage to her roots.
government cans film on king's forefather
The makers of Prithvi
Narayan Shah, the eponymous film on Prithvi Narayan
who ventured out of his ancestral kingdom of Gorkha in
west Nepal and overran the neighbouring principalities
between 1744-1755, bemoan the repeated derailment of
of cinema for blind harbours Olympic vision
The lights were dimmed
in a room barely 20 sq meters in size and the
television set flickered to life. Welcome to Xinmu
Cinema, a middle-aged man said in a microphone. I am
Dawei and, once again, I will be your host this
hosts one of world's largest film archives
One of the birthplaces
of cinema, Germany today possesses huge film archives
crammed with 150,000 movies found on one million rolls
band to play with pop singer Chris de Burgh
Iran has approved a
concert by a Western pop artiste in Tehran, Fars news
agency reported Sunday.
Indian art auction mops up $8 million
Even as S.H. Raza's 'Maha
Bindu' fetched $652,000 beating Tyeb Mehta's
'Untitled' which sold at $602,500, Saffronart's
two-day online auction of Indian art closed Thursday
realising a total sale value of about $8 million from
110 lots representing 36 artists.
years in making, film tells Sarajevo story
Serbian director Nikola
Stojanovic started his work 17 years ago and has only
just finished it. His film Belle Epoque (Last Waltz in
Sarajevo) has been called one of the few movies whose
making is as compelling as the on-screen narrative.
Satyajit Ray films in list of 99 best movies
Satyajit Ray's Pather
Panchali and Aparjito feature in the list of the 99
best films of all time, according to a forthcoming
book on world cinema by an American of Indian origin.
festivities light up Trafalgar Square
The historic Trafalgar
Square here came alive with the sights and sounds of
India Sunday as thousands of people gathered to
witnessed the annual Diwali spectacle organised by the
Mayor of London.
torchlights, fireworks lit up Mysore sky
Mysore, the cultural
capital of Karnataka, celebrated Dussehra Sunday with
a torchlight parade and a dazzling display of
fireworks marking the grand finale of the festivities
at the royal grounds after sundown.
throng Diwali mela as fireworks light up NYK sky
A part of Manhattan on
Sunday had a brown wash as thousands of Indians
thronged the city's most popular Diwali mela which
ended in a spectacular show of fireworks.
Grass: a literary giant turns 80
For some, Gunter Grass
is a towering literary figure, a magnificent
storyteller, who in the words of the Swedish Academy's
Nobel Prize committee has done mankind a genuine
Mughal emperor's private prayer book unveiled in
India's last Mughal
emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar's personal prayer book in
exquisite Arabic and Persian calligraphy -- containing
hymns meant for use only by the royalty -- was
unveiled at a function at the Nehru Centre here.
artists on a mission to save tribal art (Feature)
Tribal artists in
Orissa are painting the walls of houses in and around
Balasore town with pictures depicting the lifestyle of
tribals, their culture, flora and fauna and designs
wedding for Australians in Himachal Pradesh
Impressed by the Hindu
wedding ceremony, an Australian couple decided to
marry in the same style in a Himachal Pradesh village.
tombs found in northwest China
brick tombs have been discovered in northwest China's
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which experts say
could provide valuable clues for the research of
exchanges between the central Chinese government at
that time and remote western regions.
toiling hands behind those Ganesha idols (Feature)
The by-lanes of
Kumbarwada, an area dominated by the potter community,
are now dotted with colourful idols of elephant-headed
god Ganesha, with the five-day festival to mark his
birth barely a few days away
evaluation system for elementary schools in Himachal
In a significant step,
the education department of the Himachal Pradesh
government is planning to start a new evaluation
system for its elementary schools in 12 districts,
which would do away with written exams.
date with American culture
People in Lucknow are
getting a taste of American culture, from literature
to tourism and a dash of jazz as well, as a two-day
programme got underway in the Uttar Pradesh capital
to the echo of tin drum in Gdansk
When German author
Guenther Grass was born in a suburb of this historic
city on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea 80 years
ago, it was known to most of the world as Danzig.
town wants Guinness recognition for odd names
People known as
Fredesvinda, Clodoaldo and Baraquisio can still be
found in Spain, above all in rural areas, and one
village wants the Guinness Book of Records to
recognize it as the place with the largest number of
inhabitants with uncommon first names.
surfeit of love is endangering Taj Mahal
Mughal emperor Shah
Jahan wanted it to be a place of peace and
tranquillity. But the 17th century Taj Mahal today
suffers a daily invasion of nearly 12,000 visitors.
community celebrates Rakhi
community here celebrated the Hindu festival of
Rakshabandhan with fervour and joy.
auction features 43 Indian artists
As many as 115 works by
43 Indian artists will feature in the Saffronart
autumn online auction of contemporary Indian art works
that will take place Sep 5-6.
sister ties Rakhi on 98-year-old brother
For almost a century,
this sister has been praying for the long life of her
brother. Though she has failed to visit him on Raksha
Bandhan every year, this time, 105-year-old Gopi
travelled all the way to her 98-year-old brother
Gopal's village to celebrate the occasion.
or Perish' tries to find love in strife-torn world
A new book by
humanitarian and educationist J.P. Vaswani tries to
find peace and happiness in a world torn by strife and
PM greet nation on Raksha Bandhan
Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the
nation on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan Tuesday,
saying the festival celebrating the love between a
brother and a sister
Onam celebrated with traditional gaiety
Thiru Onam, the
principal day of the three-day Onam festival, was
celebrated by Malayalis in and outside Kerala Monday,
complete with grand feasts, colourful floral designs
and cultural extravaganzas.
art, antiques travel to New York
antiques, including Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic art
works, will be on display at a three-month-long
exhibition being organised in New York from October to
showcase the artistic contributions of the culturally
promotes itself in China
Germany is kicking off
a unique three-year campaign across China, presenting
itself through a series of concerts, exhibitions and
seminars in the biggest such presentation it has ever
Shankar to release new album in New York
Shankar is all set to release her new album Breathing
Under Water with a premiere concert here next week.
country will break up: Pakistani theatre director
The widening gulf
between fundamentalists and liberals will perhaps end
up in the partition of Pakistan, says Lahore-based
theatre director and political activist Madeeha Gauhar.
pack the aisles for Indian culture festival (Lead)
Hundreds of Russians
packed the Mir Cinema-Concert Hall here Wednesday
night to cheer the special Independence Day concert
during the ongoing 'Days of Indian Culture' festival,
organised by the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre (JNCC)
and the Russian Ethnolife Centre from Aug 8 to 22.
to host jewellery show
The Rajasthan capital
is all set to host a mega jewellery show from Aug 17
to 20 which will showcase the gems and jewellery
manufactured in the city.
music and poetry, India remembers her freedom fighters
Music and poetry
resonated in the historic Central Hall of parliament
Wednesday evening as India remembered the sacrifices
of her freedom fighters from the very spot where
vs 'blondes' in Sweden's murder mystery war
A war of words of
extraordinary nastiness has erupted among Sweden's
internationally successful crime writers just as the
summer holidays are getting into full swing.
Hurry, NRI gifting season is here (SPECIAL)
By Kul Bhushan
"With Navratri and Ramadan in full swing, the gifting season is
here for NRIs," said Omar Patel, who has both Muslim and Hindu
relatives in India. When you can't be there to celebrate with
your dear ones in India, surprise them with a gift at their
doorstep. Better still, treat them to a dinner or holiday.
Surf on the Internet and you can send flowers, dry fruits,
Indian sweetmeats, chocolates, cakes, food hampers, toys,
watches, jewellery, cameras, perfumes and aftershave lotions,
handbags and leather goods, handicrafts, home furnishings,
flower vases, saris, garments et all, as the list is endless.
You can also gift them dinner at a five-star hotel or a
restaurant in their city or a complete holiday tour by
pre-paying the transport, touring and hotel package. Yes, it's
all possible at the click of a mouse and a credit card.
First, let's look at the festivals. Ramadan for the Muslims and
Durga Puja and Navratri for the Hindus are going on right now.
Id is the big celebration for Muslims after Ramadan. For Hindus,
it is Karva Chauth Oct 10, followed by Diwali Oct 21 and both
these festivals mean gifts galore for NRIs to send back home.
Brothers have to send special gifts to their sisters for Bhaiya
Dooj or Tikka that follows a couple of days after Diwali. Then
the Christmas season is not far off. The marriage season is
about to take off too; so there must be some marriage in your
extended family or among dear friends back home. Hurry, the NRI
gifting season is here upon us.
Gone are the days when NRIs sent gift parcels by post and these
were cleared through the customs after delays. No customs
clearance is needed for gifts up to Rs.2,000 as long as you do
not send alcohol, arms and ammunition, banned books and
magazines, seeds and electronic items.
These will be - hopefully - delivered to the homes of your
relatives or friends. Any gift over this amount requires a
Customs Clearance Permit. To obtain this permit, you have to
file an application with a letter from you as the donor, a
pro-forma certified by you and application fee. All this red
tape takes time; so go for the Internet option.
The days when the post office staff salivated at the 'phoren'
gifts in parcels are long gone as everything 'phoren' is
available aplenty in India. As an NRI, you can send cash gifts
of any amount through a bank but remember that any sum over
Rs.25,000 will be liable to income tax by the recipient unless
he/she is getting married or getting it as inheritance or in
contemplation of the death of the payer.
These days NRIs send gifts just to show their love at festivals,
birthdays and other family events. And it has never been so
easy. Going to a search engine on the Internet, I typed 'gifts
to India' and within 10 seconds no less than 44 pages popped up
with a dozen sites one each page.
That's 528 sites -- serving you to send gifts! These are not
just websites but portals that have many websites as components.
With a mind-boggling array of gifts lined up, one site offers
express delivery in 24 hours to over 70 cities across India!
Obviously, sending gifts to India is big business.
Here is another innovative way to send gifts and save money as
well. Go to an auction site in India and see what they have on
offer. Make a bid and if you manage to get that particular item
for less than a song, pay for it and request them to deliver it
to your relative or friend.
Obviously, the same principle applies to international auction
sites as well. But bid well before the festival as these sites
take more time to deliver as compared with 'gifting' sites that
usually make the delivery in 24 hours.
Perhaps you may want to send your Indian gift from the US to
your NRI relatives in East Africa, South Africa, Australia, New
Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong or wherever Indians have
settled. No problem. Some of these sites have links that can
deliver to most countries in the world. Just surf the net and
find out what vast choices you have to show and shower your love
this festive season.
So whether it is Navratri or Ramadan, Diwali or Tikka, Christmas
or a marriage, just surf the Internet and shop at leisure for
the perfect gift for your loved ones in India as this festive
season is in full swing. That is, if you cannot make the trip!
(A media consultant to a UN Agency, Kul Bhushan previously
worked abroad as a newspaper editor and has travelled to over 55
countries. He lives in New Delhi and can be contacted at:
Austrian Radha dances to Indian
By Liz Mathew,
Vienna, Sep 19 She is conspicuous in every Indian
gathering here. With her kohl-lined eyes, prominent bindi,
bright sari and perfect Sanskrit, Radha Anjali could be easily
mistaken for an Indian, but she is actually a born Austrian.
This exponent of Indian classical dances, who prefers to forget
her given name for the one her guru bestowed on her, says she
was "fascinated by India and Indian culture" at a very young
"I was fascinated by India and Indian culture through my
parents. Both of them were in love with Indian philosophy and
culture," said the light-eyed Bharatanatyam danseuse, who has
vivid memories of her first journey to India.
"I travelled throughout India with my parents in 1972. We did
not fly at all. We reached India by ship and then we
crisscrossed the country by train. It was an unforgettable trip
during which I learnt a lot about India and its beauty," Anjali
Currently a classical dance professor at Sportinstitut of the
University of Vienna, she also runs a dance school, Natya Mandir,
in the Austrian capital, which has almost 100 students.
Although she hails from a family of architects, Anjali is
considered the most prominent representative of the
Bharatanatyam classical dance style across Europe.
After beginning her training at the age of eight, she met the
Indian dancer Kama Dev in 1978. Fascinated by his personality
and way of teaching, she intensively studied the "divine art".
Her love for the Indian arts brought her back to India
frequently. She later became a disciple of Adyar K. Lakshman in
his Bharatha Choodamani Academy of Fine Arts in Chennai. She
studied dance from Kalanidhi Narayanan in her institute Abhinaya
Sudha in Chennai as well.
Anjali has also been studying the ancient dance form of
Seraikella Chhau since 1994 and is learning Kuchipudi at the
Raja-Radha Reddy school of dance in New Delhi.
"I have been trying to translate the Sanskrit slogans into
German. Although we succeeded, it's very difficult to retain the
original meanings. I have attempted to integrate the language of
Bharatanatyam into western dance," she said during an
interactive session to discuss problems faced by the Indian
community with visiting Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar
Ravi in Vienna.
Her troupe has performed many Indian classical epics, including
the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.
"She does not miss any Indian programmes," said Anup Kumar
Mudgal, deputy chief of the Indian mission in Vienna.
Anjali travels throughout Europe and frequently visits India to
Agra celebrates divine matrimony
Agra, Sep 19 The city of Agra wears a festive look as it
is geared up for the Ram Barat or Hindu god Ram's wedding
The barat, which started late Monday from the Ramlila ground
here, is to take at least 12 hours to reach Balkeshwar, passing
through the main city streets with nearly 30 musical bands
belting out popular melodies.
The procession is complete with caparisoned elephants, horses,
over 125 mobile floats depicting mythological events and
characters and a huge crowd of 'wedding' enthusiasts dressed in
The annual tradition of three-day festivities goes back to about
125 years when Lala Kokamal, a cloth merchant, initiated these.
Actors playing Ram and his brother Lakshman will be decked up
with gold and silver jewellery, apart from decorative crowns.
This year, high-tech floats with push-button operations will
draw huge crowds, said an organiser.
The barat will be stationed in Janakpuri in Balkeshwar for three
days, culminating in Ram's wedding to Sita. Artists from Kolkata
and Mumbai were invited to build a special 105-foot-tall
building called Janak Mahal, where the wedding party will stay.
A grand feast is on the cards Wednesday, a day after the royal
The entire Janakpuri area is decorated with spectacular lighting
and flowers, backed by high-decibel music systems playing hit
"The Ram Barat is a unique event and quite unlike any such
extravaganza in north India," said Raj Kumar, one of the
organisers. "The sheer grandeur and scale of the show is
mind-boggling and it attracts more and more people every year."
Over a million people from Agra, its adjacent areas and
neighbouring districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will
gather to witness the royal wedding.
Said Pramendra Jain, a Bajrang Dal activist: "The Janakpuri
celebrations are more like a big fete for the locals who eat,
drink and shop, besides offering prayers to gods and goddesses."
Nearly Rs.10 million will be spent on the extravaganza, Kumar
said. However, legislator Jagan Prasad Garg said civic
authorities would spend an additional Rs.30 million on road
maintenance and lighting.
Heavy security has been provided for the coming days and at
least 1,000 paramilitary personnel have been deployed to avert
any untoward incident. Fire engines have also been pressed into
Brussels festival to unleash united colours of Indian culture
Brussels, Sep 19 The Belgian capital will throb with
Indian music, dance, poetry and philosophy during a
four-month-long India Festival beginning Oct 7.
The festival, organised by Belgium's Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar)
in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations,
will run till Jan 21, 2007.
Paul Dujardin, director-general of Bozar, told newspersons here:
"There is one aspect of India, in my view a fundamental one,
that remains relatively neglected and receives less media
exposure: Indian culture.
"One of the key priorities of the artistic policy of Bozar is to
open up to Europe. But this India Festival reminds us of an
indispensable corollary to that priority: opening Europe up to
"It is from this perspective that the Centre for Fine Arts
decided to initiate this India Festival."
The India festival has developed into an ambitious project
comprising a total of 106 events - music, dance, film,
literature, talks, debates, the visual arts, and educational
initiatives - are all included in this wide range of activities.
"The example of India shows us how it is possible to preserve
those elements of a country's origins and traditions -
intellectual, spiritual, and artistic - that go to make up a
civilisation, while still being alive to today's world and the
future," said Dujardin.
Members of Belgium's royal family and Karan Singh, chairman of
ICCR, will inaugurate the festival on Oct 7, according to INEP
Noting the importance that India attached to this project,
Dujardin said the exhibition will welcome Sonia Gandhi, Congress
party president, and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt on
He pointed out that it is not by chance that the festival was
being launched just a few days before the 7th EU-India summit in
Helsinki on Oct 13. During the festival, Nobel Prize-winner V.S.
Naipaul will speak as a conscientious observer of his
Prominent Indian artistes to perform during the festival include
Asha Bhonsle, Ustad Hussain Sayueedudin Dagar, Zakir Hussein,
Hariprasad Chaurasia and others.
Dujardin said: "Our societies of the future - and that future
has already crossed our threshold - will be like India: with a
multiplicity of ethnic origins and of cultures, and of mixtures
"How we respond to these socio-cultural challenges will to a
great extent determine the human and social success of the
European project. In this respect, and in our own cultural and
artistic context, India must serve as an example."
British artist ordered to repaint elephant
Los Angeles, Sep 19 (DPA) British guerilla artist Banksy was
ordered to repaint an elaborately decorated live elephant after
animal welfare officials found that he had not used child-safe
paint in the mammoth art piece.
Tai, a 38-year-old female Indian elephant, had been adorned in a
fetching base colour of scarlet overlaid with an intricate fleur
de lilles motif and formed the centerpiece of Banksy's inaugural
exhibition here, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
She had been placed in a living room scene complete with
furniture, painted walls and a chandelier to represent a
physical embodiment of the metaphorical phrase "the elephant in
the room" whom everyone pretends to ignore.
That did not apply to the city's Department of Animal Services,
which Sunday ordered that "the elephant be completely scrubbed
down to bare skin and that a child-safe face paint be used".
Though the paint used on Tai was non-toxic, officials said it
was unsafe and was being used in contravention of regulations.
The setback did not deter the artist from pursuing his vision
however. Though Banksy had not managed to procure enough
child-safe paint to cover the elephant, Tai was placed unpainted
in the room Sunday, and the exhibit continued to attract large
crowds, the report said.
Goswami, Sobti books head for Frankfurt fair
By Shinie Antony,
New Delhi, Sep 18 Books by Indira Goswami, Krishna Sobti
and Maitreyi Pushpa will air the "rich, paradoxical continuum of
Indian language literature" at the Frankfurt Book Fair, says
Katha executive director Geeta Dharmarajan.
Goswami's "The Man From Chinnamasta", Sobti's "The Heart Has Its
Reasons" and Pushpa's "Alma Kabutari" will be Katha's main
English offerings at the fair that begins Oct 4.
"At the fair, Katha is showcasing the multi-dimensional literary
traditions of Indian languages through translations,"
Dharmarajan told IANS here.
"Our new releases from brilliant writers who come from different
geographical and cultural spaces, such as Goswami and Pushpa,
present before the world the rich and paradoxical continuum of
Indian language literature," she added.
Katha will carry 60 books, including 25 children's books, to the
fair that honours India as a special guest this year.
"We are also taking U.N. Singh's collection of poems originally
written in Maithali. His second person singular springs from the
ancient land of Mithila and looks at language as an ironic link
between human spaces," said Dharmarajan.
Maestros of modern storytelling will rub shoulders with Chitra
Katha award winner Komilla Raote's "The Princess With The
Longest Hair", Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyaya's "The Mountain Of
The Moon", Abanindranath Tagore's "Raj Kahini" and Naiyer
Masud's "The Myna From Peacock Garden".
Gurdial Singh's "The Survivors", Sundara Ramaswamy's "Suraa",
Thi Jaa's "Remembering Amma", Alka Sarogi's "Over To You", Kiran
Nagarkar's "Seven 6s Are 43", Paul Zacharia's "Two Novellas",
Ashokamitran's "Water" and Kamleshwar's "How Many More Pakistans?"
are the other Indian books that Katha will transport.
In the poetry section, Shah Abdul Latif's "Seeking The Beloved"
will sit next to Tamil anthologies by poets like Na Pichamurthy
Added Dharmarajan: "Such fairs help us explore the possibilities
of presenting to the world the variegated traditions of Indian 'bhasha'
"The Man From Chinnamasta", translated from Assamese by Prasant
Goswami, is the portrait of a shocked conscience where the
author startles with her sensitive explication of various
aspects of the Kamakhya myth.
In "Alma Kabutari", translated from Hindi, Pushpa delineates the
old Kabutari tradition of sexual slavery to the Kajjas. The onus
of breaking this vicious circle of subjugation and securing a
human status for the Kabutaris falls upon young Alma.
"Alma Kabutari" is a story of both her extraordinary achievement
and also a window to the lives of marginalised tribes, says a
release from Katha.
"The Heart Has Its Reasons", originally "Dil-o-Danish" in Hindi,
has 1920 Delhi havelis - mansions - and a love triangle with the
heart for canvas.
Goswami has bagged the Jnanpith award in 2000, while Pushpa is a
Sahitya Akademi winner and Sobti won the Hutch Crossword award
Monograph on Bismillah Khan launched
New Delhi, Sep 18 Admirers of late shehnai maestro Bismillah
Khan and lovers of Indian classical music can leaf through a
monograph on the musical legend.
The autographed monograph was launched in India on Sunday to
mark the 'chaliswan', last day of rituals following his death on
Bismillah Khan had released the monograph on March 25 on the
occasion of his 91st birthday in Benaras.
Delhi-based Om Arora of Variety Book Depot is distributing the
monograph. He plans to make the book available to music lovers
throughout the country and abroad, especially the US, Britain,
Germany and France. "It's a priceless book and a noble way to
pay respect to the legend," said Arora.
The proceeds of the sale are aimed to support artistes and
educationists who have excelled in their fields.
The has been brought out by a Delhi couple Neena Jha and
Shivnath Jha, who were great admirers of Bismillah Khan.
The book has a foreword by noted Hindustani vocalist Rita
Ganguli. Bismillah Khan had autographed the monograph after
writing the first words with which the Koran begins - "Alham-Do-Lillah
(God be praised) - Bismillah Khan".
Entries invited for Harishchandra awards for Hindi writing
New Delhi, Sep 18 The Indian government Monday has invited
entries for Bharatendu Harishchandra Awards for
books/manuscripts in Hindi on journalism and mass communication,
women's issues, national integration and children's literature.
October 31 is the last date for receiving entries for the
awards, which are given by the Publications Division of the
information and broadcasting ministry, an official release said.
In the journalism and mass communication category, the award is
given to encourage original and creative writing in Hindi on the
subjects like journalism, publicity, advertisement, radio,
television, film, printing, and publications. The first prize
will be of Rs.35,000, the second of Rs.25,000, and the third of
Rs.20,000, besides five consolation prizes of Rs.5,000 each.
In the women's issues category, the award is given to women
writers for books on current issues concerning status of women
in society. The National Integration Award is given for books on
topics relating to national integration. In the children's
literature category, the award is given for books for children.
There is a first prize of Rs.15,000 and a second prize of
Rs.10,000 in each of the three categories.
Books/manuscripts written during Jan 1-Dec 31, 2005 will be
considered for the awards, which are open to all Indian authors.
If more than one individual has authored a book/manuscript, the
prize money will be equally divided among them.
In case of a book/manuscript written by more than one writer,
each writer should fill separate entry forms.
Books/manuscripts relating to poetry, drama, novel, short
stories, and biographies are not included in this award. This,
however, does not apply to the books and manuscripts in the
children's literature category.
The entries should be sent to the Assistant Director (OL), Room
No. 342, Publications Division, Soochna Bhawan, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003 in the prescribed proforma duly
filled in, along with six copies of the book/manuscript, two
unstamped envelopes of 10x22 cm size and a brief life sketch in
not more than 100 words.
Bangladeshi artists showcase 'water and life' on stage
New Delhi, The colours of life in the lap of verdant hills and pristine river banks came alive as a troupe from Bangladesh presented an evening of folk dances and music in the national capital. Fourteen young artists from the neighbouring country Wednesday performed songs and dances - including Baul, Bhatiali and Bhawaia - at the conclusion of the three-day Music and Dance Festival organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Kamani Auditorium here. The festival began Feb 13 with a performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir, a prominent music group from the northeastern state of Meghalaya, while folk artists from Sri Lanka took the stage the next day.
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Sen, Susan Kurosawa top bestseller lists
New Delhi, Amartya Sen's "The Argumentative Indian" continues to top the non-fiction bestseller list while Susan Kurosawa's "Coronation Talkies" makes its debut as the number one fiction favourite this week.
The top 10 non-fiction and fiction categories are:
1. "The Argumentative Indian - Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity"
Author : Amartya Sen
Publisher : Penguin Books
Price : Rs.295.00
2. "Jaipur Nama: Tales From The Pink City"
Author : Giles Tillotson
Publisher : Penguin Books
Price : Rs.295.00
3. "Bangladesh: The Next Afghanistan?"
Author : Hiranmay Karlekar
Publisher : Sage Publications
Price : Rs. 320.00
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Nepali children's labour of love for tsunami victims
Kathmandu, A NGO set up by an Indian philosopher has organised an exhibition of paintings in Indonesia by children from around the world to pay tributes to those orphaned by the tsunami disaster.
Students from Kathmandu's Budhanilkantha School, Galaxy Public School, Alok
Vidhyashram, Rai School and Brihaspati School worked after school hours to create paintings that would bring comfort to the victims.
"Drawings of Love", a collection of 22,000 paintings done by children from 33 countries including Nepal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, America, Australia and New Zealand began in Jakarta Wednesday.
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