Culture

Lata Mangeshkar turns 91: Anecdotes from the legend’s life

Lata Mangeshkar turns 91: Anecdotes from the legen...

September 28, 2020

Having sung songs in more than 35 Indian languages for over half a century, Lata Mangeshkar has long been a household name not just in India but in several countries around the world. For more than 73 years now, Mangeshkar has regaled music listeners with her mellifluous voice. P...

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International Day of Sign Languages: Recognising deaf culture

International Day of Sign Languages: Recognising d...

September 23, 2020

“It is such a shame that we only have close to 800 ISL interpreters in the entire country, among which only 300 are certified. Even the census is about a decade old. I am sure the number of people with hearing disability must have increased now,’’ Nipun Malhotra, a disabili...

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Wedding band artists lose rhythm of life amid Covid19 pandemic

Wedding band artists lose rhythm of life amid Covi...

September 16, 2020

“My wife and I have three children and I am the only one in the family who earns. The last five to six months have been the most difficult ones. I have managed to feed my family just enough so that they can survive. I don’t expect to earn much for the next two months [&hellip...

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Five ancient Indian board games

Five ancient Indian board games

September 14, 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown has forced people to stay home for more than five months, resulting in an unprecedented rise in gaming, both the new online ones as well as the online versions of traditional indoor board games. Ludo King has become one of the most downloaded games in India....

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Teachers Day 2020: My Teacher and My Educator

Teachers Day 2020: My Teacher and My Educator

September 5, 2020

As India marks Teachers Day 2020, it is an opportune time to pay homage to my teacher, Professor Kamath of IIT Bombay, who preferred to say that he was an educator, not a teacher. But to me, he was much more than either. I was waiting nervously outside Professor N.R Kamath’s ro...

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Embroidery market frays amid the pandemic

Embroidery market frays amid the pandemic

August 31, 2020

India is one of the biggest exporters of embroidered fabrics and garments in the world. From flea markets to shopping malls, one can see clothes, bags, curtains, covers and many other items laced in beautiful embroidery. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic this year, embroidery mar...

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Five Indian sweets that are nothing short of a piece of art

Five Indian sweets that are nothing short of a pie...

August 24, 2020

Indian desserts, especially traditional sweets, are any sweet tooth foodie’s dream come true. The sweet taste is not the only part of the food or sweet one cherishes; it is also the way an edible looks. In fact, many sweets in India have also been recognised for their artistic ...

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Farewell, Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Hindustani classical music

Farewell, Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Hindustani c...

August 18, 2020

Pandit Jasraj, who passed away in the US on August 17 following a cardiac arrest, was a vocalist of the Mewati Gharana and was known for his distinctively rich voice. Decades ago, when Jasraj sang his famous Mero Allah Meherbaan at a concert in Pakistan, he went into a trance wit...

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Remembering the rebel poet, Rahat Indori

Remembering the rebel poet, Rahat Indori

August 12, 2020

Famed poet and lyricist, Rahat Indori, passed away due to cardiac arrest on August 11, a day after he tested positive for Covid-19. His poem and couplets remain more relevant and rage louder than ever today. Sabhi ka khoon shaamil hai yahan ki mitti mein, kisike baap ka Hindustan...

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Slam poetry culture in India

Slam poetry culture in India

August 11, 2020

Slam poetry culture has become popular over the last few years. Performer-audience interactions, lack of age restrictions and creative liberty it provides, makes slam poetry a hit among new generation artistes. “Slam poetry provides the kind of freedom of expression that writte...

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