Melodies on record
Much before playback singers entertained listeners, a host of accomplished performers recorded songs and ruled over people’s hearts.
Pran Nevile brings alive a few forgotten celebrities of the gramophone era.
Gauhar Jan: A legendary singer of the late 19th century and the
first to be patronised by the Gramophone Company.
Caught in a web of lies
Lalit Mohan on good stories on the Net that eventually die, tainted by the truth
is sad when a good story
gets killed. Two really great ones about the symbiotic father and son
relationship, which were doing the rounds on the Net, suffered this
tragic fate. The first concerned a
man called Easy Eddie. He was the lawyer who kept notorious Chicago
gangster of the 1920s, Al Capone, out of prison for long. Eddie was
rewarded well for his services.
Ambassador of humanity
He was the country’s first Law Minisiter and the man behind the framing of the Indian Constitution. He was also a socialist who devoted his life to give Dalits their due.
Chaman Lal pays a tribute to Dr B. R. Ambedkar, whose birth anniversary falls tomorrow
‘I want to rekindle the anger’
Shekhar Kapur talks to Subhash K. Jha about his next film
Paani, which is much more than about water scarcity
winning over the West with
his two Elizabethan sagas, Shekhar Kapur is back in India to
"rekindle the anger" over what’s happening in the world. His next film, Paani,
is set in 2025 in a city polarised by water scarcity, a world divided
into the haves and have-nots — those who have water and those who
don’t. "The reason I came back to India is to walk the streets
of Mumbai and rekindle the anger that I feel about what’s happening
to the world," said Kapur, who refuses to drink bottled water.
to fair sex
The female actors, more often
than not, are merely treated as sex symbols or fillers in a majority
of Hindi films, writes Surendra Miglani
bias has been always there
in the Hindi film industry. It is all too visible — on the screen as
well as off it. The most recent example is Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Jodhaa
Akbar. In a novel publicity campaign, two posters of the film were
put up side by side in cinema halls. One of them had Aishwarya Rai who
plays Jodhaa and the other Hrithik Roshan who essays the role of
This traditional system
of medicine has provided employment to women of Kerala on a large
scale. The women scout for herbs in forests and farms. They are also
involved in the processing and making of medicines in the labs. Some
of them are qualified to start massage units of their own, writes Ajitha