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Rani Mukherjee gets married to Aditya Chopra at quiet Italian wedding

Rani Mukherjee
Rani Mukherjee
Popular Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee today confirmed that she got married to Aditya Chopra, son of the late legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and head of Yash Raj Films, at a quiet wedding in Italy last night.
 
"We are very happy to announce that Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherjee got married last night on 21 April in Italy. The wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family & friends. We wish the couple a very happy married life," a brief message posted on the 36-year-old actress's official Facebook page said.
 
The 36-year-old actress also put out a brief statement, confirming the wedding.
 
"I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. 
 
"I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us," she said.
 
"The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. 
 
"I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God's grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life - the fairy-tale continues," she added.
 
Ms Mukherjee has starred in films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Black, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Bunty aur Babli and No One Killed Jessica. 
 
Mr Chopra, 42, has directed successful films such as Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Mohabbatein. He is a divorcee.
 
There was speculation about the relationship between the two for the past few years, but they never talked about it and were rarely spotted together.
 
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Fahad Faasil, Lal share Best Actor award in Kerala Film Awards

Fahad Faasil and Ann Augustine in a still from the movie Artist.
Fahad Faasil and Ann Augustine in a still from the movie Artist.
CR No. 89, directed by P P Sudevan, bagged the Best Film Award in the 46th Kerala State Film Awards announced here today by Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.
 
Anil Radhakrishnan's North 24 Kaatham was chosen as the second best film, while Shyamaprasad won the Best Director Award for Artist.
 
Fahad Faasil (Artist and North 24 Kaatham) and Lal (Ayaal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal) shared the Best Actor Award while Ann Augustine bagged the Best Actress award for her role in Artist.
 
Suraj Venaramoodu, who has won a name for himself in comic roles and who won this year's Best Actor award in the National Film Awards, was chosen the 
Best Comedian for his roles in Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus and Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum.
 
Several of this year's awards went to younger artistes, Mr Radhakrishnan pointed out.
 
The awards were finalised by a jury headed by well-known Tamil filmmaker Bharathi Raja.
 
The following is the list of awardees:
 
Best Film: CR No 89, Director: Sudevan
Second Best Film: North 24 Kaatham, Director: Anil C Radhakrishnan
Best Actor: Fahad Faasil (Artist and North 24 Kaatham), Lal (Ayal and Zachariayude Garbhinikal)
Best Actress: Ann Augustine (Artist)
Best Director: Shayamaprasad (Artist)
Second Best Actor: Ashok Kumar (CR No 89)
Second Best Actress: Lena (Left Right Left)
Best Child Artist: Sanoop Santhosh (Philips and the Monkey Pen), Baby Anika (5 Sundarikal)
Best Comedian: Suraj Venjaramoodu (Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus, Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum)
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Best Story: Aneesh Anwar (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Best Screenplay: Bobby-Sanjay (Mumbai Police)
Best Cinematography: Sudeep Vasudevan (Ayaal)
Best Lyrics: Prabha Varma, Madhu Vasudev (Nadan)
Best Music Director: Ouseppachan (Ottakku Padunna Poonkuyile - Nadan)
Best Background Music Director: Bijibal (Balyakalasakhi)
Best Male Playback Singer: Karthik (Janmandarangalil - Orissa)
Best Female Playback Singer: Vaikom Vijayalakshmi  (Ottakku Padunna Poonkuyile - Nadan)
Best Film Editor: K. Rajagopal (Oru Indian Pranayakatha)
Best Art Director: M. Bava (Amen)
Best Sound Recordist: Harikumar
Best Colourist: Raghuraman (Ayaal) 
Best Makeup Artist: Pattanam Rasheed
Best Costume Designer:  Siji Thomas
Best Dubbing Artist: Ambooty (male), Sreeja Ravi (female)
Best Choreography: Kumar-Shanti
Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value: Drishyam, Director: Jeethu Joseph
Best Children's Film: Philips and the Monkey Pen, Directors: Rojin Thomas and Shanil Muhammed
Best Debut Director: K. R. Manoj (Kanyaka Talkies)
Special Jury Awards
Aneesh Anwar: Direction, (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Suresh Unnithan: Direction (Ayaal)
Kalabhavan Shajon: Acting (Drishyam)
Sanusha: Acting (Zachariyayude Garbhinikal)
Mridula Warrier: Singing (Kalimannu)
Afzal Yusuf: Music Direction (Immanuel, God for Sale)
 
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Suraj Venjaramoodu, Rajkumar Rao share Best Actor prize at National Film Awards

Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
Suraj Venjaramoodu in a still from the film Perariyathavar
Well-known Malayalam actor Suraj Venjaramoodu, who has earned a name for himself in comic roles, and Hindi actor Rajkumar Rao have been jointly chosen for the Best Actor Award in the Feature Films category at the 61st National Film Awards for 2013 announced here today.
 
Venjaramoodu won the award for his "dignified and quiet portrayal" of a man on the lower margins of the society in the film Perariyathavar. "His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend word," the citation said.
 
Rajkumar was chosen for the award for his portrayal of the intriguing journey of a Muslim youth who is persecuted in Shahid. "He rebels and ultimately comes back to fight the injustice as a committed law abiding lawyer. Raj Kumar brings to life the soul of Shahid," the announcement said.
 
Shahid, which traces the true story of slain human rights activist and lawyer, Shahid Azmi, in the backdrop of communal violence in Mumbai, also won for Hansal Mehta the award for Best Director. 
 
"The story of an impoverished Muslim struggling to come to terms with injustice, inequality and rise above his circumstances. It is an inspiring testament to the human spirit," the citation said.
 
Geetanjali Thapa was chosen for the Best Actress Award for her role in Liar's Dice (Hindi)
 
"If ever an actress could merge completely into a role and look the character to perfection, it is Geetanjali Thapa. Her searching eyes and vulnerability are breath taking," the jury said.
 
The award for the Best Feature Film went to Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi), produced by Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Anand Gandhi.
 
Rajkumar Rao
Rajkumar Rao
The film tells the story of an unusual photographer, an erudite Jain monk and a young stock broker in different segments which finally unites them through a strange circumstance. In the process the film depicts issues of intuitive brilliance, metaphysical belief and intricate morality in a world full of contradictions.
 
The Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director was given to Fandry (Marathi) directed to Nagraj Manjule.
 
The award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment was given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi), directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for retaining the story and values of the great athlete, Milkha Singh, and translating it into the cinematic medium with aplomb.
 
Thalaimuraigal (Tamil), directed by Balu Mahendra, was chosen for the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
 
Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha was given the Award for the Best Film on Social Issues.
 
Malayalam film Perariyathavar, directed by Dr Biju, was in the limelight again when it won the award for the Best Film on Environment Conservation.
 
The award for Best Children's Film was given to Kaphal (Hindi), directed by Batul Mukhtiar.
 
Saurabh Shukla was chosen for the Best Supporting Actor award for Jolly LLB (Hindi), while Amruta Subash got the award for Best Supporting Actress for Astu (Marathi) along with Aide El-Kashef for Ship of Theseus.
 
The Best Child Artiste award was shared by Somnath Avghade (Fandry-Marathi) and Sadhana ( Thanga Meengal-Tamil).
 
The following are the other awards:
 
BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Rupankar - Jaatishwar (Bengali) - for the song E Tumi Kemon Tumi
BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER: Bela Shende - Tuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi) - for the song Khura Khura
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rajeev Ravi - Liar's Dice 
BEST SCREENPLAY: 
i)  Screenplay Writer      (Original) : P. Sheshadri - December I (Kannada)
ii)  Screenplay Writer (Adapted) : Panchakshari - Prakruti (Kannada)
iii)  Dialogues :Sumitra Bhave - Astu (Marathi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY:
i)    Location Sound Recordist: Nihar Ranjan Samal - Madras Café (Hindi)
ii)   Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee -  Madras Café (Hindi) 
iii)  Re-recordist of the final mixed track: D Yuvaraj - Swapaanam (Malayalam)
BEST EDITING: V J Sabu Joseph -  Vallinam (Tamil)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ashim Ahluwalia, Tabsheer Zutshi, Parichit Paralkar - Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER: Sabarni Das - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST: Vikram Gaikwad - Jaatishwar (Bengali) (for the make-up of actor Prasenjit)
BEST  MUSIC DIRECTION:
i)       Songs: Kabir Suman - Jaatishwar (Bengali)
ii)      Background Score: Shantanu Moitra - Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu)
BEST LYRICS: Na. Muthukumar for the lyric Ananda Yaazhai - Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Yellow (Marathi) & Miss Lovely (Hindi)
BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS: Intermezzo Studio and Alien Sense Films Pvt Ltd - Jal (Hindi)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Ganesh Acharya for Maston ka Jhund - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ASSAMESE: Ajeyo
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BENGALI: Bakita Byaktigato
HINDI FILM: Jolly LLB
KANNADA: December 1
KONKANI: Baga Beach
MALAYALAM: North 24 Kaadham
MARATHI: Aajcha Diwas Majha
TAMIL: Thanga Meengal
TELUGU: Na Bangaaru Talli
 
BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED OTHER THAN SCHEDULE VIII OF THE CONSTITUTION
 
ENGLISH: The Coffin Maker
KHASI: Ri
SHERDUKPEN: The Crossing Bridges
 
SPECIAL MENTION
Yellow (Marathi): Gauri Gadgil, Sanjana Rai
Na Bangaaru Talli (Telugu): Anjali Patil
 
NON-FEATURE FILMS
 
BEST NON FEATURE FILM: Rangbhoomi (Hindi), Producer : Films Division,  
Director : Kamal Swaroop
BEST DEBUT FILM OF A DIRECTOR: Kanyaka (Malayalam), Producer : Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Director : Christo Tomy
BEST BIOGRAPHICAL/ HISTORICAL RECONSTRUCTION: The Last Adieu
(English), Producer : Films Division, Director : Shabnam Sukhdev
BEST ARTS /CULTURAL FILM: The Lost Behrupiya (Hindi) and O Friend, This Waiting ! (English, Telugu)
BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FILM: The Pad Piper (English)
BEST PROMOTIONAL FILM: Chasing The Rainbow (English) and Kush
(Hindi)
BEST ENVIRONMENT FILM  INCLUDING AGRICULTURE: Foresting Life
(Hindi, Assamese)
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES: Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi) 
BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM: The Quantum Indians (English)
BEST INVESTIGATIVE FILM: Katiyabaaz (Hindi,Urdu,English)
SPECIAL JURY AWARD:  Ananthamurthy – Not A Biography…But A Hypothesis (English) and Tamaash (Kashmiri)
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM: Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES: Heyro Party (Bengali)
BEST DIRECTION: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue) Director: Pranjal Dua
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kavin Jagtiani, Reliance Media Works,  Mandrake ! Mandrake ! (Hindi)
BEST AUDIOGRAPHY: Chidiya Udh (No Dialogue)
BEST EDITING: Arjun Gourisaria - Gulabi Gang (Hindi, Bundelkhandi)
BEST MUSIC DIRECTION: Anurag Saikia - Yugadrashta (Assamese)
BEST NARRATION/ VOICE OVER: Lipika Singh Darai - Kankee O Saapo
(Odia)
SPECIAL MENTION: Accsex (English, Hindi), Candles In The Wind
(Punjabi, Hindi), Dharmam (Tamil) and t the Cross Roads :  Nondon Bagchi Life and Living (English, Bengali)
 
BEST WRITING ON CINEMA
 
Best Book on Cinema: Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu), Nandagopal
Best Film Critic: Alaka Sahani (English).
 
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Renowned lyricist, director Gulzar chosen for Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Gulzar
Gulzar
Renowned Hindi film lyricist, director, screenplay writer, producer and poet Gulzar has been chosen for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013 -- the top honour in Indian cinema -- for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the industry.
 
Gulzar is the 45th winner of the award, which is conferred annually by the Government of India on the basis of the recommendations of a committee of eminent persons. This year's award was decided by a seven-member jury, consisting of eminent artistes, who unanimously recommended Gulzar for the coveted award, an official press release said.
 
Gulzar is the pen name of Sampooran Singh Kalra, who was born on August 18, 1934 in Punjab in pre-partition India. He started his career in 1956. As a lyricist, he got his first break in Bimal Roy’s ‘Bandini’. He has worked with leading music directors including Sachin Dev Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Shankar Jaikishan, Hemant Kumar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Madan Mohan, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, and Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy. He has had outstanding partnerships with Rahul Dev Burman, A. R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj. 
 
Along with lyrics, he has also contributed to several films as script, story and dialogue writer. Films directed by Gulzar have won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Among them are ‘Mere Apne’, ‘Koshish’, Áandhi’ ‘Kinara’, ‘Khushboo’, Ángoor’, ‘Libaas’,  ‘Meera’, ‘Lekin’and ’Maachis’. 
 
He has worked on the small screen as well and created outstanding series like ‘Mirza Ghalib’ and ‘Tahreer Munshi Premchand ki’. He wrote lyrics for several Doordarshan serials including ‘Hello Zindagi’, ‘Potli Baba ki’ and ‘Jungle Book’. 
 
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Gulzar was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in India, in 2002, and the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2004 . 
 
He has also won a number of National Film Awards and 20 Filmfare Awards. At the 81st Oscars in 2009, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Jai Ho" (shared with A.R. Rahman), for the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. In 2010, the same song won him a Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media’. 
 
Gulzar's poetry has been published in three compilations: ‘Chand Pukhraaj Ka’, ‘Raat Pashminey Ki’ and ‘Pandrah Paanch Pachattar’. His short stories are published in ‘Raavi Paar’ (also known as ‘Dustkhat’ in Pakistan) and ‘Dhuan‘ (smoke). He is also credited with having created a new type of stanza in Urdu poetry named ‘Triveni’ (stanza of 3 lines). 
 
"Gulzar’s contribution to mainstream cinema is well recognized, assuring him a place in the annals of Indian cinema," the release added.
 
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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to perform in Mumbai on April 5-6

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The National Centre for the Performing Arts, one of India's premier arts institutions, will present the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  (SSO) here on April 5 and 6 at its Jamshed Bhabha Theatre here on April 5 and 6.
 
The programme is part of an ambitious effort of cultural exchange to promote and educate children about Western classical music in the country.
 
Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA Chairman and Founder of SOI, said, "We are pleased to be presenting the BBC SSO in Mumbai as part of their tour leading up to the Commonwealth Games. We share the BBC SSO's ambition of promoting and educating children about Western classical music. With this joint venture we are sure to get a few steps closer to achieving our plan to promote this genre in India and bring India on the international map for western music."
 
The BBC SSO will be on a tour of India as part of which it will hold concerts, workshops and exchange between students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the K M Music Conservatory of Bollywood composer A R Rahman.
 
Composer James MacMillan will lead the BBC SSO, accompanied by violinist Nicola Benedetti and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 
 
On April 5, animateur and music education expert Paul Rissmann will join the orchestra, Benedetti and MacMillan to present a special programme for young audiences and families - 'An Introduction tothe Symphony Orchestra for the Entire Family.', presenting the genre in the form of animation and projections. 
 
On April 6, the orchestra will present Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture, Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.
 
Benedetti said: "This will be my very first trip to India and I am so excited. It's a highlight of my coming year because as well as playing some wonderful concerts, the orchestra and I will be staying in eachof the cities for a few days, giving workshops and getting involved with the local communities. This is an element of music making I have dedicated so much time to and I'm thrilled to be joining another organization equally serious about sharing this music with all members of the community, not just to the folk who can afford to attend the concerts."
 
Lloyd Anderson, Director of the British Council Scotland, said, "The Scottish Symphony Orchestra's tour  of India, accompanied by students from the Royal Conservatoire, will create a programme of ground breaking musical collaborations in order to build stronger links between India and Scotland. While our historical ties are strong, this tour, through engaging with young people at every stage, will make those relationships relevant to a new generation. The British Council is delighted to have helped to bring this tour about - renewing friendships and bringing musicians and music-lovers together from different parts of the world."
 
MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His music combines rhythmic excitement, raw emotional power and spiritual meditation and his percussion concerto Veni,Veni, Emmanuel (1992) has received over 400 performances. He is also active internationally as a conductor and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie.
 
He has conducted numerous orchestras around the globe, including the Baltimore Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony Tokyo, amongst others.
 
Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Winner of Best Female Artiste at the 2012 Classical BRIT Awards, Benedetti records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her most recent recording, The Silver Violin, reached No.30 in the UK pop charts simultaneously topping the classical charts.
 
Through her work with such organizations as Sistema Scotland, she has helped to demonstrate the power that music can have in transforming the lives of young people.
 
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Eros comes on board NH 10 with Phantom Films, Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma
Anushka Sharma
Film entertainment major Eros International Media Limited today said it would join hands with Phantom Films and actor Anushka Sharma’s Clean Slate Production to co-produce director Navdeep Singh’s NH 10.
 
An action thriller about a road trip that goes wrong, NH 10 is Navdeep Singh’s second film after the critically acclaimed Manorama 6 Feet Under and stars Anushka Sharma who also debuts as producer with the venture.
 
“The film is an exciting collaboration with Anushka and Phantom and we are happy to associate with this talented team. NH 10 promises to be an interesting journey and we are looking forward to supporting and nurturing such strong content driven films," Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd, said.
 
Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom Films said: "NH10 is a superb script, and we have a tremendous director in Navdeep Singh. We are excited about our partners on the film and look forward to making a kick-ass film."
 
Anushka Sharma said, “I’m doubly thrilled about NH-10, as it’s a superb role and it also kick-starts this new phase in my film journey. This is my second film after Bombay Velvet with Phantom, and it’s a blast working with them. It’s going to be super-exciting working together again on what promises to be an explosive film.”
 
Others involved in the making of the film include international action directors headed by Armin Sauer, who has done stunt work in The Bourne Supremacy, V for Vendetta and The Constant Gardner among other films. 
 
Being shot this winter across the northern plains around Delhi, NH 10 will release on September 12.
 
Formed in 2012, Phantom Films was floated by the directors’ league of Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. 
 
Clean Slate is a film production helmed by Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma.
 
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Composer Jerry Amaldev, team perform for patients at Ernakulam hospital

Music composer Jerry Amaldev and his team performing at the Ernakulam Government General Hospital as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation's 'Arts and Medicine' project in Kochi, Kerala on March 18, 2014.
Music composer Jerry Amaldev and his team performing at the Ernakulam Government General Hospital as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation's 'Arts and Medicine' project in Kochi, Kerala on March 18, 2014.
Well-known music composer Jerry Amaldev and his team of artistes performed for patients at the Ernakulam Government General Hospital here yesterday evening as part of the Kochi Biennale Foundation's (KBF) "Arts and Medicine" programme.
 
More than 500 people, including patients, bystanders and staff of the hospital, gathered at the venue to listen to the melodious rendering of Amaldev hits. The group also sang some old Hindi and Bengali melodies.
 
The Arts and Medicine project is being conducted by KBF, in association with the Mehboob Memorial Orchestra, with guidance from Iva Fattorini, Chair of Global Arts and Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and the Ernakulam district administration.
 
Wednesday’s musical treat was the eighth in the series of programmes held as part of the project that was launched by Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas on February 1.
 
Amaldev, a three-time Kerala State Award winner, has many hits to his credit including “Mizhiyoram” from his first film “Manjil Virinja Pookkal” and “Aayiram Kannumai” from movie “Nokketha Dhoorathu Kannum Nattu”.
 
“The KBF is planning to organise a musical programme by the doctors of the Ernakulam Government General Hospital on March 26,” KBF Research-Coordinator Bonny Thomas said. “The Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) cultural wing has extended their support for this event,” he added.
 
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The Great Indian Police Band Show to be held in Delhi from March 14-16

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The Great Indian Police Band Show, which will showcase the musical talent of Indian police bands for the people of the capital, will be held at different locations here from March 14 to 16.
 
The show will be held from 4 pm to 6.30 pm at Select City Walk Mall, Saket; Dilli Haat, INA and DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj on March 14, at Central Park, Connaught Place on March 15 and India Gate Lawns on March 16.
 
In putting the event together, an attempt has been made to capture the spirit of India through the kaleidoscope of the evolving film and folk music from the 1950s to the present day, an official press release said.
 
The police bands participating in this show have secured top positions in the  All India Police Band Championship, held in Guwahati in February 2014.
 
Entry to all events is free and and open for all.
 
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Sahitya Akademi chooses 23 books for Prize for Translation for 2013

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The Sahitya Akademi today announced a list of 23 books that it had chosen for its Prize for Translation for 2013.
 
The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by the selection committees of three members each in the concerned languages
 
The prizes relate to translations first published during the five years prior to the eyar immediately preceding the year of the prize, that is ebtween 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2011.
 
The prize carries an amount of Rs 50,000 and a copper plaque which will be presented to the translators of these books at a special function to be held in August this year, a press release from the Akademi said.
 
There is no award in Gujarati this year, the release added.
 
The following is the list of books chosen for the prize:
 
ASSAMESE: Sei Samay (Vol II) - (late) Dipika Chakraborty - Sei Samay (Novel), Bengali, Sunil Gangopadhyay
BENGALI: Gathanbad, Uttar Gathanbad Ebang Prachya Kavyatattva - Soma Bandyopadhyay - Sakhtiyat, Pas-Sakhtiyat Aur Mashriqi Sheriyat (Criticism), Urdu, Gopi Chand Narang
BODO: Jagari - Gobinda Boro - Jagori (Novel), Bengali, Satinath Bhaduri
DOGRI: Kalkatte Di Kahani: Via Bypass - Veena Gupta - Kali Katha: Via Bypass (Novel), Hindi, Alka Saraogi
ENGLISH: I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded - Ranjit Hoskote - Lalla's Vakh's (Poetry), Kashmiri, Lal Ded
HINDI: Ahiran - Bhuddhadev Chatterjee - Ahiran (Novel), Assamese, Indira Goswami
KANNADA: Mahatma Jyotirao Phule - J. P. Dodamani - Mahatma Jyotirao Phule (Biography), Marathi, Dhananjay Keer
KASHMIRI: Ze Gaz Zameen - Aziz Hajini - Do Gaz Zameen (Novel), Urdu, Abdus Samad
KONKANI: Kali-Katha: Via Bypass - Hema Naik - Kali Katha: Via Bypass (Novel), Hindi, Alka Saraogi
MAITHILI: Bangla Ekanki Natya Sangraha - Guna Nath Jha - Bangla Ekanki Natya Sangraha (Collection of One Act Plays), Bengali, Comp. & Ed. by Ajit Kumar Ghosh (Various Authors)
MALAYALAM: Thiruvachakam - Ulloor M. Parmeswaran - Thiruvachakam (Classical Poetry), Tamil, Manikka Vaachakar
MANIPURI: Khambi Meigi Mashashing - Ibocha Soibam - Wings of Fire (Autobiography), English, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
MARATHI: Subodh Bible-Nava Karar - Father Francis D'Britto - Bible: The New Testament (Religious Text), English
NEPALI: Maila Anchal - I. K. Singh - Maila Anchal (Novel), Hindi, Phanishwar Nath Renu
ODIA: Anabruta Andhakar: Saadat Hasan Mantonka Ardhasata Kahani - Bilasani Mohanty - Collection of 50 Short Stories, Urdu, Sadat Hasan Manto
PUNJABI: Rajkamal Chaudhary Dian Chonvian Kahaniyan - Balbir Madhopuri - Rajkamal Choudhary ki Chuninda Kahaniyan (Short Stories), Hindi, Rajkamal Choudhary
RAJASTHANI: Ardhnarishwar - (late) Shanti Bhardwaj 'Rakesh' - Ardhanarishwar (Novel), Hindi, Vishnu Prabhakar
SANSKRIT: Vijayaparva - Abhiraja Rajendra Mishra - Vijaya Parva (Play), Hindi, Ramakumar Varma
SANTALI: Malang Anal - Mangal Majhi (Murmu) - Bhagya Chakra (Novel), Bengali, Haradhan Adhikari
SINDHI: Dr. Ambedkar Hik Prernadayee Shakhisyat - Khiman U. Mulani - Dr. Ambedkar (Collection of Articles), Hindi, Ratan Kumar Sambharia
TAMIL: Avadeshwari - Iraiyadaiyan (Dass) - Awadeshwari (Novel), Kannada, Shankar Mokashi Punekar
TELUGU: Smaraka Silalu - Nalimela Bhaskar - Smaraka Silakal (Novel), Malayalam, Punathil Kunhabdulla
URDU: Kyap - Nizam Siddiqui - Kyap (Novel), Hindi, Manohar Shyam Joshi
 
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Delhi Metro, French Embassy organise photo exhibition on Indian cinema

French Ambassador François Richier, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Mangu Singh and photographer Pablo Bartholomew at a photo exhibition on Indian cinema at the Rajiv Chowk metro station in New Delhi on March 4, 2014.
French Ambassador François Richier, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director Mangu Singh and photographer Pablo Bartholomew at a photo exhibition on Indian cinema at the Rajiv Chowk metro station in New Delhi on March 4, 2014.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), in association with the Embassy of France, has organised a photo exhibition titled “Film Industry: Then and Now” by acclaimed photographer Pablo Bartholomew at the Rajiv Chowk station.
 
The exhibition, which will feature a number of rare photographs chronicling the evolution of Indian cinema from the silent and black and white era to the present, will continue until March 20.
 
The fortnight-long event was unveiled today by DMRC Managing Director  Mangu Singh and the Ambassador of France to India, Mr. François Richier, at the paid concourse area of the station.
 
The exhibition is a part of the Fête de la photo (photography festival) initiative of the Embassy of France, as part of which similar exhibitions are taking place at various locations across eight major cities of the country. This event will be the first pan-India photography festival depicting art in public spaces.
 
Bartholomew's work has been exhibited all over the world, including in the Netherlands, Cambodia, Japan, France, United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, China and Bangladesh. For over 20 years he worked as a photojournalist, recording societies in conflict and transition. His photographs were published in international journals and magazines, including The New York Times, Time, National Geographic, Figaro Magazine, The Guardian, among many others .In 1984, he won the World Press Photo “Picture of the Year”.
 
The exhibition celebrating Franco Indian collaboration in creative practices, will encourage many more such joint initiatives by the two nations, both of which, are renowned all over the world for their rich, unique and diverse cultural heritage, a press release from DMRC said.
 
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Kerala government opens four museums on Muziris heritage

Paliam Trust manager Krishnabalan Paliath explaining the details of the antiques displayed at Kerala History Museum, opened at North Paravur near Kochi, to Kerala Toursim director S Harikishore on March 2, 2014.
Paliam Trust manager Krishnabalan Paliath explaining the details of the antiques displayed at Kerala History Museum, opened at North Paravur near Kochi, to Kerala Toursim director S Harikishore on March 2, 2014.
The Kerala government yesterday opened four museums under the Muziris Heritage Project near here to enable people to learn about the rich bygone era of a “lost city” which played a crucial role in moulding the socio-politico culture of the state.
 
The museums are the Kerala History Museum, housed in the Paliam Kovilakam, Kerala Lifestyle Museum in Paliam Nalukettu, Kerala Jews Historical Museum housed in Paravur Synagogue and Kerala Jews Lifestyle Museum in Chendamangalam Synagogue. 
 
All museums are equipped with video screens, touch screens and information panels to help the visitors understand the rich history of the region.
 
Kerala Tourism Director S Harikishore, who visited and opened the museums for the public on Sunday, said that the mega heritage project would be inaugurated after the completion of visitors centre, activity centre, convention and research centre and hop on-hop off boat service. 
 
“We decided to open the museums for public because we completed the conservation projects on time and deployed staff and guides in the museums. In addition to the four museums, the people can also visit heritage sites like Pattanam, Paravur Market, Kottappuram Fort, Kottapuram Market, Cheraman Juma Masjid, Gothuruthu Performance Centre and Pallipuram Fort,” he said.
 
Mr Harikishore said that the museums would remain open from 10 am to 5 pm on all days except Mondays.
 
“The Muziris Heritage Project is one of the biggest conservation projects in the modern history of India. It is because of this magnitude that both the Central and State governments have come together to conserve and showcase a culture of more than three millennia,” Kerala Minister for Tourism  A P Anil Kumar said.
 
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"The project gives the people an opportunity to walk the same road once travelled by explorers and traders in ancient Muziris," he said.
 
Paliam Kovilakam was the residence of Paliath Achans, who were prime ministers to the erstwhile maharajas of Kochi in the 16th century. An architectural wonder, with its carved stairways and balustrades, the Paliam Kovilakam is situated in Chendamangalam. The 18th century Paliam Nalukettu was where the female members and minor boys of the Paliam family lived.
 
The project site is spread across North Paravur municipality in Ernakulam district and Kodungallur municipality in Thrissur district with 12 panchayats--Chendamangalam, Chittatukara, Vadakkekara, Pallipuram, Eriyad,   Mala,  Mathilakam,   Poyya,   Puthenvelikkara, Sree Narayana Puram,  Vellangalore and Edavilangu.
             
“The Muziris Heritage Project focuses on sustainability and involvement of local communities. The project follows international guidelines such as the UNESCO Charters on heritage conservation,” said Kerala Tourism Secretary Suman Billa.
 
The museums will provide the people an insight into multi-layered history of the ancient port city, which mysteriously disappeared sometime after the 1st century A.D.
 
The state government’s decision to revive the Muziris Heritage Project has been widely praised by countries across the world, including China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Russia and Bangladesh. The UNESCO and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have also backed the state government’s conservation efforts.
 
Muziris was an ancient seaport and urban centre that existed from around 1st century A.D. The port was a key to the trade between southern India and the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Roman Empire.
 
The important known commodities exported from Muziris were spices (such as black pepper and malabathron), semi-precious stones (such as beryl), pearls, diamonds, sapphires, ivory, Chinese silk, Gangetic spikenard and tortoise shells. The Romans brought money (in gold coins), peridots, thin clothing, figured linens, multicoloured textiles, sulfide of antimony, copper, tin, lead, coral, raw glass, wine, realgar and orpiment.
 
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The exact location of Muziris is still not known to historians and archaeologists, but it is generally speculated to be situated around present day Kodungalloor in Kerala, 18 miles north of Kochi. 
 
The Kerala Government has launched the Muziris Heritage Project as the largest heritage conservation project in India.
 
The Muziris Heritage Site (MHS) stretches across from the municipality of North Paravur in Ernakulam district to that of Kodungalloor in Thrissur district. It includes four panchayats in Ernakulam district -- Chennamangalam, Chittatukara, Vadakekkara, Pallippuram, and three panchayats in Thrissur district -- Eriyad, Mathilakam and Sreenarayanapuram.
 
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Sahitya Akademi to host Indian Ocean Rim Association Festival of Poetry

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The Sahitya Akademi, under the aegis of the Ministry of External Affairs, has organised an international festival of poetry, involving poets from member-countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), including India, here from tomorrow.
 
The three-day event will bring together more than 50 poets from 15 countries of the region, including 30 poets representing 24 Indian languages.
 
They will devote three days to exchanges of thoughts and poetry through reading sessions as well as panel discussions, which are expected to lead to a greater understanding and cooperation among the countries and cultures they represent.
 
The Akademi will also bring out an anthology on the occasion, in which the poems of all the invited poets would be included.
 
"The Indian Ocean Rim constitutes not merely a geographical area, but a cultural one, too," a press release from the Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, said.
 
"These countries got connected long ago through sea routes and exchanged ideas, concepts and forms of art. It is extremely important to retrieve that partly lost organic connection, both politically and culturally," it said.
 
"Poetry has always been the most natural and intimate expression of people's thoughts and feelings, dreams and visions, their memories of the past, their understanding of the present and their hopes about the future. It has been a ceaseless conversation between individuals, nations and civilizations and has an authenticity that few other forms of expression can claim," the release added.
 
The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), formerly known as the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), was established in 1997 and is the largest grouping of countries in the Indian Ocean region.  
 
The association has 19 member countries - Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.
 
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India, Poland agree to collaborate in culture sector

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India and Poland today agreed to deepen collaboration in the culture sector, especially in areas such as conservation, museums, archaeology, archives, science museums, and performing arts. 
 
The details of the collaboration were discussed here today in a meeting between Secretary Culture, Ravindra Singh and visiting Deputy Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, Prof. Malgorzata Omilanowska. 
 
Prof. Omilanowska, who was on a five-day visit to India appreciated the world heritage visits such as the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar in Delhi.
 
Among other things, the two sides ageed to set up a joint working group to identify specific deliverables from both sides and develop an operational plan in preparation for the signing of a Cultural Exchange Program between the two countries.
 
An official press release said Poland would provide opportunities to young artistes from India to perform at the newly-constructed Krysztof Penderecki Luslawice National Music Hall and provide scholarships for emerging talents.
 
The two countries agreed to collaborate in the area of museum management, with particular emphasis on development of collaboration with the National Science Centre in New Delhi.
 
The two sides shall develop collaboration in Archives and Modern Art and agreed to identify projects for restoration. The Polish side expressed interest in restoration work in Gaya. 
 
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Actress Mallika Sherawat to participate in Oxford Union debate on gender

Mallika Sherawat
Mallika Sherawat
Indian actress and model Mallika Sherawat is among those invited to participate in a debate by the Oxford Union on February 27 on the proposition, "This House Believes Gender Exists to Oppress".
 
Ms Sherawat will speak against the motion, along with S Bear Bergman, trans activist, poet, playwright and theatrical performer, Jessi M'Bengue, model ad dancer, and Stephen Whittle, activist with transactive group "Press for Change", Professor of Equalities and Law and former President of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.
 
Those speaking for the motion include Calpernia Addams, musician, actor and campaigner for transgender rights, David Aaronovitch, author, broadcaster and journalist, and Roberta Kaplan, American lawyer who has successfully argued the case against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) in front of the US Supreme Court in 2013, removing one of the last obstacles to gay marriage in the US.
 
The programme for the debate said Ms Sherawat is renowned for her roles in Bollywood films, her on-screen presence, and her outspoken criticism of attitudes towards women in India.
 
In its invitation to Ms Sherawat, a representative of the Union wrote, “We feel that as a figure who recently was very outspoken about the image of women and women’s rights in a country like India, Mallika would lend an interesting angle to the debate.” 
 
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"Yes, I have accepted the invitation. The date is set on Feb 27th. A lot of preparation is required. It's a great honour. I come from a small town, so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country," Ms Sherawat said.
 
Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is one of the most famous debating societies in the world and has hosted world leaders from all fields. 
 
They include former US Presidents Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
 
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Penguin India defends decision to withdraw "The Hindus" by Wendy Doniger

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Penguin Books India today defended its decision to recall and destroy copies of "The Hindus", a book on Hinduism, by well-known American scholar Wendy Doniger, saying that a publishing company had the same obligation as any other organisation to respect the laws of the land in which it operates, however tolerant and restrictive they may be.
 
In a statement here today, the company said it believed, and had always believed, in every individual’s right to freedom of thought and expression, a right explicitly codified in the Indian Constitution. 
 
"This commitment informs Penguin’s approach to publishing in every territory of the world, and we have never been shy about testing that commitment in court when appropriate. At the same time, a publishing company has the same obligation as any other organisation to respect the laws of the land in which it operates, however intolerant and restrictive those laws may be," it said.
 
The statement said the company also had a moral responsibility to protect its employees against threats and harassment where it could.
 
"The settlement reached this week brings to a close a four-year legal process in which Penguin has defended the publication of the Indian edition of The Hindus by Wendy Doniger. We have published, in succession, hardcover, paperback and e-book editions of the title. International editions of the book remain available physically and digitally to Indian readers who still wish to purchase it. 
 
"We stand by our original decision to publish The Hindus, just as we stand by the decision to publish other books that we know may cause offence to some segments of our readership. 
 
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"We believe, however, that the Indian Penal Code, and in particular section 295A of that code, will make it increasingly difficult for any Indian publisher to uphold international standards of free expression without deliberately placing itself outside the law. This is, we believe, an issue of great significance not just for the protection of creative freedoms in India but also for the defence of fundamental human rights," the statement added.
 
A group called the Shiksha Bachao Andolan had filed a case against the publication of the book, saying it was offensive to Hindus.
 
After reaching an apparent out-of-court settlement with the group, the publishers decided last week to withdraw the book, a move that evoked widespread criticism.
 
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McCartney, Starr to perform together in Beatles tribute on CBS on Sunday

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America -- A Grammy Salute" that will air on Sunday, February 9 from 8-10.30 pm ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
 
The event  — presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS — will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time Grammy-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 
 
The show, which taped on January 27, the day after the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound and airs exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the original event. 
 
Originally slated to be a two-hour event, the special has added an additional half-hour given the overwhelming success of the taping, a wealth of archival material, and new interviews. 
 
The all-star lineup for this historic event features performances and/or presentations by: The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Depp, Dave Grohl, Eric Idle, Imagine Dragons, Alicia Keys & John Legend, Anna Kendrick, David Letterman, LL COOL J, Jeff Lynne, Maroon 5, John Mayer & Keith Urban, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Sean Penn, Ed Sheeran, Joe Walsh, Stevie Wonder, and a one-night only reunion of Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. 
 
The house band for the event includes notable musicians Kenny Aronoff (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Caswell (keyboard), Peter Frampton (guitar), Rami Jaffe (organ), Steve Lukather (guitar), Greg Phillinganes (keyboard), and Don Was (bass), who also served as musical director.
 
The special also will feature: David Letterman interviewing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater on Feb. 4; recollections from three fans who were in the audience for the Beatles' first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"; and interviews with three people who worked at the show and were there the night this milestone event took place.
 
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"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute" will commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television. Featuring today's top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and other Beatles classics through the years, the show also will include footage from that landmark Sunday night, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight and contextualize the musical, cultural and historical impact of the group and this legendary performance.
 
The Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is one of the most watched television events ever — with 74 million people tuning in to watch the group perform five songs during the variety hour. It is considered by many historians and critics as one of the most important moments in music and television.
 
Following is a list of performances on "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute":
 
Maroon 5                                                       "All My Loving"
                                                                        "Ticket To Ride"
John Mayer & Keith Urban:                          "Don't Let Me Down"
Ed Sheeran:                                                   "In My Life"
Imagine Dragons:                                          "Revolution"
Stevie Wonder:                                              "We Can Work It Out"
Alicia Keys & John Legend:                         "Let It Be"
Katy Perry:                                                      "Yesterday"
Eurythmics:                                                     "The Fool On The Hill"
Dave Grohl & Jeff Lynne:                               "Hey Bulldog"
Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams
w/The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil:  "Here Comes The Sun"
Jeff Lynne & Joe Walsh:                                 "Something"
Gary Clark Jr., Dave Grohl & Joe Walsh:     "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Ringo Starr:                                                      "Matchbox," "Boys," "Yellow Submarine"
Paul McCartney:                                              "I Saw Her Standing There," "Get Back,"                                                                                         "Birthday"
All-Star Finale:                                                  "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,"                                                                                       "With A Little Help From My Friends,"
                                                                            "Hey Jude."
 
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Festivals of India to be held in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar

The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Mr V. Srinivas, briefing the press on Festivals of India in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, in New Delhi on February 4, 2014.
The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Mr V. Srinivas, briefing the press on Festivals of India in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, in New Delhi on February 4, 2014.
The Union Ministry of Culture has decided to organize Festivals of India in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar between February 9 and March 21.
 
The Festival of India in Laos will be held from February 9-11 and in Cambodia from February 14-19. The event will be held in Vietnam from March 6-15 and in Myanmar from March 17-21.
 
The Indian delegation to the Festivals of India in Laos and Cambodia would be led by Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh and will include as many as 75 artistes.
 
An official press release, the two festivals would comprise the following:
 
a.       Dance Festival: Classical Dance on Ramayana will be performed by the Kalakshetra Foundation over three days. The Kalakshetra Foundation will perform Jatayu Moksham, Choodamani Pradanam and Mahapatttabhishekam to celebrate the Ramayana in Laos.
 
b.      Buddhist Exhibition: Dhamma Darshan will be presented with the objective of exploring and illustrating the life and teachings of Buddha as well as the sacred sites of events depicting the legend along with the dissemination of Buddhism which is based on Dhamma. The Buddhist exhibition will be presented by the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture.
 
c.       Buddhist Mahotsava: The Buddhist Mahotsava will be organized as part of the Festival of India will witness the construction of sand mandala, butter sculpture, sacred dance and Lama Chant by the monks from the Himalayan region. It will be presented by Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies Dahoo, Arunachal Pradesh.
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d.      Food Festival: Indian cuisine festival encompassing a wide variety of regional cuisines, native to India will be presented as part of the Festival of India. The Food Festival will be presented by Ministry of Tourism.
 
e.       Mehendi Art and Yoga: Mehendi artists from the South Zone Cultural Centre and Yoga teachers from Department of Ayush will participate in the Festivals of India.
 
f.       Film Festival: A film festival comprising selected films of Bollywood will  be presented in the Festival of India. They include Jodha Akbar, Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. The film festival would be presented by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
 
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Ansari presents 26th Moorti Devi Award to Odiya poet Haraprasad Das

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Vice-President M Hamid Ansari presented the 26th Moorti Devi Award to Mr Haraprasad Das, one of the most influential contemporary poet and thinkers in Odiya literature, at a function organised by Bharatiya Jnanpith here today.
 
The award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs 4 lakhs. 
 
Mr Ansari said Mr Das is amongst the most versatile literary figures in contemporary Indian literature and his versatility and prolificacy can be gauged from his creations. Every author and poet has a different state of mind while writing, he said.
 
He said that Bharatiya Jnanpith and the jury, chaired by Union Minister M Veerappa Moily deserved full credit for an excellent choice for the award. He congratulated Mr Das for the well-deserved recognition and wished him all the best for the future. 
 
Mr Das has also been a distinguished civil servant, and has served as an expert on several UN bodies. He has published 13 volumes of poetry, four volumes of literary criticism and critical thought, one book on ethnic history, a novel and a work of translation.
 
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Rajnikanth's latest Kochadaiyaan to be released on April 11

Actor Rajnikanth in a still from Kochadaiyaan
Actor Rajnikanth in a still from Kochadaiyaan
Entertainment major Eros International Media Ltd today said it would release Tamil megastar Rajnikanth's latest film Kochadaiiyaan -- The Legend, a Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited production directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajnikanth Ashwin, worldwide on April 11.
 
A press release from the company said the film features the unique visual mastery of Photorealistic Performance Capture technology for the very first time in an Indian film. 
 
This technology has been previously seen in Hollywood masterpieces such as Avatar, Tin Tin and Beowulf, it said.
 
Kochadaiiyaan is an epic dramatization of good versus evil, with Rajnikanth in a double role in a larger than life depiction. 
 
Also starring in the movie are Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone together with South India’s leading stars R. Sharath Kumar, Nazar, Aadi, Shobana and Rukmini.
 
Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman has provided the musical score for the film.
 
“Following last year’s celebrations of India's film making centenary we view the release of Kochadaiiyaan as part of the next steps of Indian cinema. For the first time a full length feature has been made using performance capture technology in India and I truly hope this creates a whole alternate film making avenue apart from live action films in our country," Soundarya said.
 
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Mr. Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd added, “Eros is proud to present this magnum opus with Rajinikanth, which will take the Indian film industry to the next level. We are confident that this will be a landmark film in world cinema as a result of the ground breaking technology used."
 
"The film will be released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Punjabi in India and overseas in more than 6,000 screens. We will be releasing an English version internationally as well," he said.
 
In a brand tie-up, Eros International and Mediaone have tied up with Karbonn Mobile to launch 1 million Kochadaiiyaan branded mobile phones to celebrate the release of the film.  
 
The Karbonn ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ mobile phones will have screen savers and  images from the film along with its trailer and signature tune. These  Kochadaiiyaan mobile phones are intended to launch in February 2014, during the audio launch of the film.
 
Kochadaiiyaan was shot extensively at Pinewood Studios in the UK with a team of world-class technical experts including the London-based Centroid Studios, a state of the art facility for Full Body Motion Capture, which has worked on various Hollywood productions including the recent Brad Pitt starrer World War Z as well as Pirates of the Caribbean, Ironman 2 and Harry Potter, and Counter Punch Studios from Los Angeles, who have been behind successes such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua. 
 
They worked in collaboration with Faceware Technologies, United Kingdom, who have worked on The Mummy 3 and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for the Facial Capturing technology. 
 
A team of technical experts from South India and China have worked on this technology, with the best production facilities in London, for the overall completion of the project, the release added.
 
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Kochi Biennale Foundation launches Arts and Medicine project

 
Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs K. V. Thomas inaugurated the "Arts and Medicine" initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) at the Ernakulam General Hospital here yesterday.
 
The project, which is being implemented in association with Cleveland Clinic and the district administration, aims at providing solace to patients and their relatives through arts and music.
 
In his inaugural address, Mr.Thomas said that treatment is required not only for the body but also for the mind and spirit. Arts and music could extend relief to the body and the mind, he said.
 
Iva Fattorini, Chair, Global Arts and Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, said that it had been proved scientifically that arts could provide solace to human beings.
 
Dr Latha Mani, consultant pediatrician at Healthpoint Hospital in Abu Dhabi, said that even people who had faced torture in the German concentration camps had secretly used art for mental relief. Art is essential for peace of mind, she said.  
 
KBF trustee and research coordinator Bonnie Thomas said that various programmes would be held on Wednesdays at the General Hospital as part of the Arts and Medicine initiative.
 
Mr Dominic Presentation, MLA, presided over the meeting. Mr. Ludy Luiz, MLA; Dr. Junaid Rahman, Special Officer, Kochi Co-operative Medical College; and Dr. Annie P.G, Superintendent, General Hospital spoke.
 
A musical performance by Mehboob Memorial Orchestra was held after the launch of the programme.
 
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Exhibition of Amrita Sher-Gil's paintings opens at NGMA, Delhi

Self potrait by Amrita Sher-Gil
Self potrait by Amrita Sher-Gil
An exhibition of paintings by eminent artist Amrita Sher-Gil, that focuses on her artistic genius and mercurial personality, opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) here today.
 
The majority of works by Sher- Gil, who died at the age of 29 in December 1941, in the public domain are with the NGMA, which houses over 100 paintings by the meteoric artist and it is for the first time that almost this entire collection is being shown in an exhibition.
 
The exhibition, curated by well-known art historian and independent curator Yashodhara Dalmia, was inaugurated by Union Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch. It will continue until March 2.
 
Titled "Amrita Sher-Gil: The Passionate Quest", the exhibition has been organised to mark the closing of the birth centenary celebrations of the painter.
 
The paintings in the exhibition are supplemented by a display of text and images entitled, Remembering Amrita Sher-Gil. To further contextualise her  modernism, an audio-visual highlighting the European art scene in the early 20th century, conceptualised by Ella Datta, is an additional feature of the show.
 
Ms Katoch said Sher-Gil flashed through the Indian artistic horizon like an incandescent meteor.
 
"Her place in the trajectory of Indian modern art is unquestionably pre eminent. Her aesthetic sensibility shows not surprisingly a blend of European and Indian elements. Her command over handling of oil medium and use of colour, as well as her vigorous brushwork and strong feeling for composition, all go towards giving a dazzling quality to her genius," she said.
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Ms Katoch said Sher-Gil was already a legend as a young woman painter in the early thirties of the last century in the art world of India. She expressed happiness that the NGMA had one of the finest collections of her works.
 
The exhibition is slated to move to NGMA, Bangalore after ending its run here.
 
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Second edition of Ragasthan to be held in Jaisalmer from Feb 13-16

A view of the first edition of Ragasthan
A view of the first edition of Ragasthan
Several new and emerging artistes from across the country and abroad will showcase their talent at the second edition of Ragasthan, a music festival, that will be held from February 13-16 at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
 
This time, the event will be held over three nights and four days in the untapped and secluded dunes of Khuri, a press release from the organizers said.
 
Artistes listed to perform across three varied stages include Christophe Chassol (France), Alo Wala (USA) , Ash Roy, Mame Khan and Troupe, Ganesh Talkies and Tritha Electric.
 
There will also be other activities such as Paintball, sky gazing workshops, karaoke, volleyball, drive-in camping, yoga sessions, dormitory lodging and ATV rides.
 
An added attraction for the visitors will be the full moon on the night of February 15, the release said.
 
Apart from the option of bringing their own tents, the event also offers visitors luxury camping in Swiss tents in the desert. 
 
Visitors can also enjoy camel rides around the camp site and a variety of adventure sports in the sands, along with food and drinks.
 
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DFF invites entries for 61st National Film Awards for 2013

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The Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, has invited entries for the 61st National Film Awards for the year 2013 in Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema sections.
 
Films which have received certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between 1st January and 31st December, 2013 (both days inclusive) and books and articles/ reviews on cinema published between those dates are eligible to participate, an announcement from DFF said.
 
The last date of entry is 14th February, 2014, it said.
 
In the Feature Films section, there will be awards in 30 categories including Best Feature Film, Best Debut Film of a Director, Best Popular Film, Best Children’s Film, Best Animation Film, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Playback Singer, Best Production Design, Best Music Direction, Best Feature Film in each of the language specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution and also Best Feature Film in each of the languages other than those specified in Schedule VIII, among others.
 
In the Non-Feature Film Section, the awards are given in 22 categories including Best Non-Feature Film, Best Debut Non-Feature Film of a Director, Best Arts/ Cultural Film, Best Animation Film, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Music Direction, Best Editing, among others.
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In the “Best Writing on Cinema” section, the awards are given in the categories of Best Book on Cinema and Best Film Critic.
 
More details about the regulations and conditions of the awards can be seen here.
 
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Actor Shah Rukh Khan suffers minor injuries while shooting in Mumbai

Hotel doors falls on SRK, injuring him!
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan suffered minor injuries while shooting for filmmaker Farah Khan's Happy New Year at a five-star hotel in the suburbs today.
 
"Mr Khan had a minor accident on the sets while shooting. He has a minor injury and has got the necessary medical aid. Mr Khan is absolutely fine now. Thank you for all your wishes!" an official statement from his office said.
 
According to various accounts of the incident, the actor suffered the injures when a door, with a problem in its hinges, fell on him when he was passing through. 
 
He was rushed to the Nanavati Hospital nearby, where doctors treated him for bruises and also conducted various tests to make sure there were no internal injuries.
 
The actor, who left the hospital for home after about two hours, was advised by the doctors to rest for the day, sources added.
 
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Assamese poet Rabindra Sarkar chosen for Sahitya Akademi Award 2013

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Eminent Assamese poet Rabindra Sarkar has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2013 for his book of poetry Dhuliyori Bharir Sans.
 
The book was selected on the basis of recommendations made by a jury of three members, Mr Arun Sarma, Mr Hrishikesh Goswami, and Dr Malinee Goswami.
 
The book relates to books first published between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011.
 
Mr Sarkar and other Sahitya Akademi Award winners in 24 languages announced earlier will be presented the award at a function here on March 11 during the Festival of Letters organised by the Akademi.
 
The award is the form of a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shaw and a cheque for Rs 100,000.
 
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