A book on Pahari artists by B.
N. Goswamy and Eberhard Fischer
the finer nuances of this school of painting. Excerpts...
prayers of the earth, crushed under the weight of evil, and of the
gods and sages who entreat him answered: Vishnu promises to be born of
the womb of Devaki, who, together with her husband, Vasudeva, was
thrown into prison by her villainous brother Kansa. The divine plans
unfold in their proper time, and Krishna is born in the auspicious
moment when the constellation Rohini presided over by God Brahma was
at the ascendant and all constellations of stars and planets had
assumed peaceful aspects.
The al-Sabah collection, one of
the world’s largest Islamic art collections, is on display at Asia
exhibit in Singapore, says Sugita Katyal
about some Mughal magnificence from a bygone era in these frugal
times? A dazzling exhibition of jewelled artworks in Singapore will
transport you to the grandeur of the legendary, luxury-loving Indian
dynasty through more than 400 fabulous artefacts ranging from
gemstones with Islamic inscriptions to jewel-encrusted daggers.
Guts, gusto and games
The Kila Raipur games have not only maintained their traditional flavour but also evolved to keep up with the times, writes
Kila Raipur Rural Sports Festival, better known as the Mini Olympics,
embodies the transformation of an entirely local sports contest,
arranged by amateur sportspersons of a village seven decades ago, into
a globally recognised mega event.
saved the world
The odds of success during
World War II were in favour of the Nazis, who had taken up positions
on the cliffs of Normandy. But when the Allies dropped air-troopers,
the defeat of the Germans was imminent, writes Chanan
beginning of 1944 had been crucial during World War II. It stands out
in the annals of world history as Allied forces embarked to crush the
There are designers who can give
your antique clothes the modern touch, and lend the old-world charm to
trendy garments, says Dhanvanti Keshavrao
I must confess, the nomenclature is rather odd. How can you talk of
revival of antique saris/lehengas, for, unless the design is at
least 100 years old, it does not fit in with the label of antique. But
what is happening is that there is such a great revival of interest in
antique designs that the word revival of antique saris now means
the tourist track
Ireland is a land of
blue-tinged mountains, dramatic coastlines, windswept moors and bogs.
But even all this scenic beauty has failed to woo many visitors,
writes Sumitra Senapaty
being a storehouse of natural beauty, history and heritage,
surprisingly, Ireland doesn’t score high on the tourism map. But the
real question is, why not? Sure, this is the home of Joyce, Shaw,
Yeats and Beckett. But it’s also the home of U2, Van Morrison and
Now, a TV channel that tells
you what to catch on other channels, reports Nikhil
about 400 television channels currently on air in India,
offering a choice of programmes, do you often feel confused as to
which one you should watch while flipping through channels?
deserve equal credit as stars
Aamir Khan’s recent comment
overlooking the contribution of lyricists in the film’s success
has evoked much ire, writes Ranjan Das Gupta
1974, at the peak of his career, superstar Rajesh Khanna
remarked, "The superhit numbers of my films are remembered more
because of my presence than the singer or anyone else." He was
severely criticised by even greater stars like Dilip Kumar and Raj
Kapoor for his monstrous ego and stupid comments.
say no to nudity
in Hollywood has been variously described as beautiful, creative or
explicit. But lately many famous actors have been vowing never to bare
it all. Oscar winner Kate Winslet, who showed off her bare body in a
series of films like Titanic, Hamlet, Iris, Holy Smoke and The
Reader, has said no to nude scenes.