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makes her way through Toronto’s biting December chill, drops her
two-year-old daughter at the daycare and speeds across the snow-capped
roads to her destination, her mind in a constant state of trepidation.
The task at hand today is not just onerous but heart-rending too.
amateur British archaeologist has claimed to have discovered Ithaca,
the homeland of Homer’s legendary hero Odysseus.
Ramlilas have survived the
march of time and technology and have been reinvented with a dash of
wizardry, writes Chaman Ahuja
September (read, Navratras) and the night-life in North India
undergoes a sea-change — thanks to the Ramlilas all around.
Of course, things are changing: The number of Ramlilas is
coming down, as also the number of the audiences who prefer instead
the movies and TV serials based on Rama Katha.
There are regional variations in the dramatisation of the Ramlila.
— A Tribune photo
display of Kolu dolls
Navratri is celebrated in various
modes in different regions, says Ashok Krishnan
Tamil Nadu and to a lesser extent in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the
festival of Navratri is called Kolu, when women set up
decorated planks in a corner and place on it all the dolls in the
house. The word seems to have been derived from the Tamil Kolu or
Telugu Koluvai, which means a sovereign sitting in his royal
Durga Puja is the greatest
social and cultural event of the year in Bengal. No other religious
festival generates the same amount of enthusiasm in the Bengalis,
reports Kiran Narain
Dasehra in the North is celebrated to commemorate Rama’s victory
over Ravana, in Bengal it is a celebration of Maa Durga’s encounter
with the demon Mahishasur.
most colourful event of Navaratri in Gujarat and Mumbai is the
performance of Garba or Dandiya Raas, Gujarat’s popular
folk-dance, throughout the nights of these nine days. Groups of young
men and women dance around an earthen lamp, representing Goddess
Durga, kept in a decorated mud jar called Garba, singing songs
accompanied by the rhythmic clapping of hands — an expression of
gratitude towards goddess Durga for saving the world from the
atrocities of the Mahishasur.
|Pyar Mein Twist recreates
the magic of Bobby after 32 years, writes Nirupama
many moviegoers Pyar Mein Twist, starring Rishi Kapoor and
Dimple Kapadia, may just be another of those middle-aged love stories
with a little more oomph and fun than Baghbaan. But for those
who had witnessed the hype and hysteria created by Raj
Kapoor’s late classics Bobby (1973) some 32 years ago.
Dimple and Rishi in Bobby
A still from Pyar Mein Twist
Rohit Jugraj, a doctor from
Delhi, who has debuted with the slickly made James, talks to Komal
Vijay Singh about his journey to the dream factory
is the guy who could have been an Army officer. He went on to become a
doctor but found his calling in film-making. He is the newest kid on
the Bollywood firmament.