is known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating
from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century. The most famous of
these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by
Mauryan emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini (now
Ujjain), whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from the
Capturing the spirit
filmmaker and photographer Benoy K. Behl has made a name for
in the global art community for his photographs of the ancient
Buddhist paintings of Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, writes Man
January, 2008, the National Geographic magazine carried
an 18-page story about ancient Indian art revealed through Benoy
Behl’s photography. Thames & Hudson, London, and Harry N.
Abrams, New York published his book The Ajanta Caves.
devout find peace
Hardwar is one of the
oldest living cities of the world. It is situated on the banks of the
holy Ganga, famous among Hindus for its purity and ability to wash
away sins, writes Gyan Marwah
the Ganga flows out of the Himalayas and comes gushing to Hardwar, it
is an overwhelming sight. One of the premiere temple towns of north
India, Hardwar is situated in the foothills of Mount Shivalik and on
the banks of the Ganga.
Mobile phones are
changing the way art is enjoyed and created. Genevieve
Roberts reports from Tokyo
— comic art — is a major part of the Japanese publishing industry,
representing a 33.4 billion market domestically. "If Shakespeare
were alive now, he would be a mobile phone novelist," the author
Tadashi Izumi asserts.
better off after the war
Massive development has taken
place in Kargil, thanks to the efforts of the Army. The 1999 conflict
with Pakistan has brought about a transformation in the region. New
roads have been constructed. Schools and shopping centres have come
up. Plenty of projects are in the pipeline, reports Navreet
Kargil war was fought 10 years ago. Guns have now totally fallen
silent. But both the nations had to pay a heavy price to gain nothing.
There is absolutely no doubt that many of our brave soldiers laid down
their lives defending their motherland.
for your skin
You must know the nature of
your skin, and then the type of soap suitable for it, writes Banalata
us concede that the most important constituent of our fashion is the
way we have to maintain the health of our skin, especially when it
comes to our face.
Mumbai’s parochial grip on cinema’s cultural landscape seems to be losing with Delhi
emerging as a favourite backdrop, writes Shakuntala Rao
was Mohammad Zauq, the famed 19th century poet from Delhi, who wrote,
with much flair (and some condescension), "Kaun jaye Zauq
Dilli ki galiyan chor ke."
tryst with Kishore
All set to make a biopic on
Kishore Kumar, Nagesh Kukunoor is back with Aashayein. Ritesh
Sharma chats up the ace filmmaker
was all about looking into the future for Bollywood with films like Aa
Dekhen Zara, 13 B and Kal Kissne Dekha hitting the
screens in the recent times. But now it is flashback time and
forthcoming movies will see popular actors exploring the times that
have gone by.
A handout image released by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History
shows ‘Matilda’ (L), ‘Clancy’ (C) and ‘Banjo’ (R), three new species of Australian dinosaur
discovered by scientists and volunteers in a prehistoric billabong in western Queensland. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced the discovery as she opened the first stage
of the dinosaur museum in the Queensland town of Winton, with the dinosaurs nicknamed
after characters created by Australian poet Banjo Paterson. Photo: AFP