Makarand Deshpande to return to Delhi stage after 12 years (14 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Theatre veteran Makarand Deshpande will bring his classic Hindi play "Sir Sir Sarla" here on Sunday. It is special for him as he is returning to the capital's stage after a dozen years.

Hindi may topple English on Social Media in India but ignores critical issues (16 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Hindi is set to topple English as the most popular language on social media in India in 2017 but this comes with a negative, a study on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day has revealed.

Iraq's ancient, looted treasures to be displayed in Venice (14:30)
Baghdad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale art exhibition this year, including several that were recently returned after they were looted in 2003, a media report said on Tuesday.

Isha Foundation to erect 112 feet Shiva idols in India (13:56)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) The Isha Foundation plans to have 112-foot tall faces of Hindu God Shiva or `Adiyogi' in the other three regions of the country - east, north and west - while the first one has been set up in Coimbatore, said Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Bengal observes International Mother Language Day (13:12)
Kolkata, Feb 21 (IANS) West Bengal on Tuesday observed International Mother Language Day paying homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of the Bengali language in Bangladesh in 1952.

Publishers axe Milo's book (12:06)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) British writer Milo Yiannopoulos' book "Dangerous" was axed after Republican conservatives released video clips which seemed to condone sex between men and boys.

Iraqi oud player Shamma named Unesco's Artist for Peace (08:50)
Paris, Feb 21 (IANS) Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma will be the Artist for Peace to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) due to "his commitment to peace, especially by targeting youth during his musical performances".

It's not necessary to adapt every book into film: Nandita Das (23:02)
Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) Acclaimed actor-director Nandita Das who is currently preparing for her new directorial venture "Manto" said that a book and a film are two different mediums and both have their own charm, so it is not necessary to adapt every book into a film.

Amazon offers books in eight Indian languages (21:32)
Bengaluru, Feb 20 (IANS) The world's largest e-tailor, Amazon, on Monday hosted one-lakh titles in eight Indian languages on its online platform to celebrate "Mother tongue Day", at attractive prices with discounts till Tuesday.

India influenced by external imagery, says DJ Praveen Achary (18:56)
By Kishori Sud
Pune, Feb 20 (IANS) Homegrown artiste Praveen Achary, who performed thrice in two days with Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz at the recently held Vh1 Supersonic here, says India is "influenced by external imagery" in a lot of arenas.

Pakistan-born author targeted at Delhi Urdu festival (18:26)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Pakistan-born writer Tarek Fatah, now a Canadian citizen, on Monday said he was heckled and attacked by a mob at an Urdu poetry festival in the heart of the capital.

Cottage Crafts Mela showcases exclusive hand-crafted items (17:08)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) From the pashmina shawls of Kashmir to the bagh print sarees of Madhya Pradesh, the ongoing "Cottage Crafts Mela" by Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India (CCIC) brings together a wide range of hand crafted items.

Sahitya Akademi's annual fest begins on Tuesday (17:08)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Over 200 distinguished writers, scholars, poets, translators and critics from all over India are all set to participate in Sahitya Akademis annual "Festival of Letters," starting here on Tuesday.

Abstract landscapes on display in the capital  (17:08)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The process in artist Ram Kumar's works has always been a subtle reference to what came before, and even though the artist has not returned to the 'figurative' nature of his work since 1960s, it is worth noting that his works continue to speak of the human condition.

Digitally flag at-risk sites on Heritage Alert Bengal (17:04)
Kolkata, Feb 20 (IANS) Know a heritage site that is crumbling down? Well, flag it at Heritage Alert Bengal, a digital platform where information about at-risk cultural heritage in West Bengal can be reported, stored and disseminated.

Traditional French wedding to be showcased  (16:30)
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) French wedding items such as the invitation and menu, the changing venues of the wedding - from the church to the town hall, and elements of the ceremony, like the bride's bouquet or wedding dress are to be showcased in the capital.

Walls will always divide, resettling Kashmiri Pandits in camps bad idea, says author (Lead, correcting headline) (15:20)
By Ruwa Shah
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Author Sanchit Gupta, who has debuted with a novel based in Kashmir of the early 1990s when militancy peaked and saw mass exodus of Hindu Pandit families, does not think settling migrant Kashmiri Pandits in separate areas in the state is a good idea.

Landscapes, Solitaire and Graffiti: This exhibition takes a classic look at Paris  (14:14)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Have you seen the pictures of the iconic Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris? A large ethereal photograph of the 19th century architectural marvel welcomes one to "La Vie A Paris," an exhibition of photographs by Rupin Thomas. The photograph of Eiffel Tower, like most others on display, brings a different perspective to the much known tourist site.

Walls will always divide, resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits bad idea, says author (12:56)
By Ruwa Shah
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Author Sanchit Gupta, who has debuted with a novel based in Kashmir of the early 1990s when militancy peaked and saw mass exodus of Hindu Pandit families, does not think settling migrant Kashmiri Pandits in separate areas in the state is a good idea.

Luxury aficionados turn into Alchemists, create a multi-sensorial experience (12:54)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) An evening full of fun, frolic and anticipation of what lay ahead was seen here as five luxury aficionados collaborated together to play host to Capital's discerning elite at a multi-sensorial experience -- from exhilarating smells to a decked up bar -- that enthralled all attendees.

Hitler's phone fetches $243,000 at US auction (11:16)
Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) Adolf Hitler's personal phone, recovered from the Fuhrer bunker in Berlin after the fall of the Nazi regime, sold at an auction in the US for $243,000, a media report said.

Delhi's handicraft fair evokes mixed responses  (22:16)
Greater Noida, Feb 19 (IANS) The 43rd edition of the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) - Delhi Fair Spring 2017 evoked mixed response from exhibitors with some expressing disappointment over low sales while others termed it "a good show".

Contemporary art exhibition in Delhi gives emotions new definition (22:08)
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Emotions found a new definition at the recently concluded "The Open Hand" by the Gujral Foundation, where artists from the Indian sub-continent showcased a series of contemporary art mixed with a touch of science.

Khajuraho Dance Festival to begin from Monday (20:18)
Bhopal, Feb 19 (IANS) The Khajuraho Dance Festival is set to kick off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from Monday.

Top orchestra quits UK over Brexit migration clampdown (15:36)
London, Feb 19 (IANS) One of Britains most successful orchestras is moving to Belgium amid fears that its musicians may be among the victims of a post-Brexit crackdown on immigration, the media reported.

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