Forgotten voice

There has never been a singer like Master Madan who sang with a touch of the divine. There has been no effort to keep the memory of the child prodigy alive either in Jalandhar where he was born or in Shimla where he lived. Pran Nevile, who recently organised a concert as a tribute to Master Madan in Delhi, reconstructs the life of the maestro.

I have been holding functions in Delhi to honour the great singers of yesteryear who brought popular music to the masses. Led by K.L. Saigal, these luminaries included Pankaj Mullick, Kannan Devi, Jagmohan, S.D. Burman, Malika Pukhraj, Begum Akhtar and others. Master Madan was a singer who created waves because of his gifted voice.

Master Madan

Rich art form of Kashmir
Bhande Paether is an age-old art form of Kashmir. Ehsan Fazili reports on the festival of folk theatre recently held in Srinagar.
Encouraged by the "good response" to Bhande Paether, an age-old folk theatre art form of Kashmir, in different parts of the Valley during the past few months, the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organised a three-day-long festival of the folk theatre in Srinagar sometime back.

Rewalsar: Jewel on a lake
Roshni Johar
Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs pay obeisance at gompas, temples and a gurdwara, all lying along the 735 m shoreline of a small ancient natural jewel-like lake of Rewalsar, floating at a height of 1,360m. On a slope above the lake lies a gurdwara built in 1930 by His Highness Raja Sir Joginder Sen Bahadur, ruler of Mandi, to commemorate a month’s stay of Guru Gobind Singh, granting 94 bighas of cultivated land for it.

Salt of the hearth
Salt could simplify your life, cure some ailments and in many ways help you to save money,
writes Daksha Hathi
Gandhiji’s innovative and incredibly simple method to bring the big bad minions of the Raj to their knees with his salt march, worked like magic. He would be glad to know that today the world is promoting a hundred new ways to use salt for better living.

Truth without frills
PSBT’s annual Open Frame festival of reality films has grown into a wonderful full-on celebration of bold cinematic voices and visions from around the world, writes Saibal Chatterjee
N an entertainment landscape that is dominated by bottomline-oriented fare, mainstream television and cinema have little space for voices and visions that capture and articulate truths about nations, societies, communities and individuals.

Bollywood beat strikes a Chord in Europe
Liz Mathew
Bollywood rocks — quite literally — in Western Europe where India’s mega film industry has helped it carve a new identity with Hindi tracks as the latest rage at parties and as ringtones and even Shahrukh Khan’s eyebrows a subject of conversation.

Abhishek sexiest
Asian male
star Abhishek Bachchan tops a list of 50 Sexiest Asian Men in a survey conducted by Eastern Eye, an Asian newspaper published in Britain. Abhishek, who was on number three last year, was shocked to hear he had topped the ranking in Eastern Eye’s Sexiest Asian Men of 2006.

It’s all about poise — Priyanka
Subhash K. Jha
Priyanka Chopra, who has been chosen Asia’s sexiest woman by Eastern Eye, an Asian newspaper published in Britain, says she is flattered by the honour because she’s never really thought of herself as attractive.

Water is Canada’s official Oscar entry
Canada-based Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s controversial Water has been selected as the official Canadian entry for the Oscars in the best foreign language film category.


TELEVISION: Indian dance forms in Fusion fest

Food Talk: Creating a stir
by Pushpesh Pant

CONSUMER RIGHTS: Goods sold must mention cost price too
by Pushpa Girimaji

HOLLYWOOD HUES: Vamps off the ramp
by Ervell E. Menezes

by David Bird

ULTA PULTAWeight & watch
by Jaspal Bhatti


Rights over needs
Rumina Sethi
Grass-roots NGOs by Women for Women: The Driving Force of Development in India.
Femida Handy, Meenaz Kassam, Suzanne Feeney and Bhagyashree Ranade. Sage, New Delhi. Pages 236. Rs 320.

Majestic and imposing
Roopinder Singh
Mansion Nonpareil—Marvel on Raisina Hill
Satish Mathur. President’s Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi. Pages 163. Rs 2,100.

Back of the book

Books received: HINDI


Labour reforms, Asian experience
J. Sri Raman
Labour Market Regulation and Deregulation in Asia, Experiences in Recent Decades.
Ed. Caroline Brassard and Sarthi Acharya. Academic Foundation (in association with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore), New Delhi. Pages 229. Rs. 595.

Unanswered questions
Amarinder Sandhu
Letters for Paul
Anu Kumar. Mapin. Pages 202. Rs 295.

Got lynched, almost
Harish Dhillon
First Proof II (The Penguin Book of New Writing in India)
Penguin, New Delhi. Pages 288. Rs 275.

Of people and places
Jamila Verghese
So Many Journeys
by Shiela Gujral Allied publishers. Pages 142 Rs 295

Hitler jokes throw light on Third Reich

Chomsky tops best-seller list
Chris Lee

Govt rules and poetic prose
Surinder Singh Tej

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    by Dr. Arvinder Singh Lokgeet Parkashan, Chandigarh Pages 259. Rs 250

  • Malkauns
    by Pritam Singh Rahi Ravi Sahit Parkashan, Amritsar Pages 120. Rs 125

  • Thari Yaad Chokhi Aave
    by Vishal Roopi Parkashan, Amritsar Pages 119. Rs 100

  • Anhad Naad
    by Harchand Singh Giani Dit Singh Memorial Trust, Ludhiana Pages 40. Price not stated