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One of the oldest and most popular art forms of Odisha, the name 'Pattachitra' has evolved from the Sanskrit words 'patta' (canvas) and 'chitra' (picture).(ANI)

Odisha's oldest, most popular art form 'Pattachitra' preserved in Raghurajpur

ANI, Bhubaneswar (odisha) [india]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:52 PM IST
Odisha's traditional art form 'Pattachitra', which dates back to 5 BC, continues to live on in India's first heritage village Raghurajpur.
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Now, the pink viburnum is in bloom, and forsythia buds poke out between the bronze forms.(AP)
Now, the pink viburnum is in bloom, and forsythia buds poke out between the bronze forms.(AP)

Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopens to public

AP, Paris
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:44 AM IST
There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew: The famous Rodin Museum sculpture gardens is reopening to visitors.
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"It will boost tourism immensely as people not just from Tripura, but also other parts of the country are coming as the Airport is in the vicinity of the village," added Chand. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
"It will boost tourism immensely as people not just from Tripura, but also other parts of the country are coming as the Airport is in the vicinity of the village," added Chand. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Poush Parban Fair concludes in Tripura

AP, Lankamura (tripura) [india]
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:23 AM IST
The three-day Poush Parban fair, concluded in Lankamura village of West Tripura District on Sunday. The fair, held for the first time, aims to revive the traditional arts, crafts and cuisine of the state, besides promoting tourism.
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The Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and National Award-winning poet has immortalised his name in the world of Indian poetry and literature through the work that he has done in a career spanning four decades.(Wikimedia Commons )
The Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and National Award-winning poet has immortalised his name in the world of Indian poetry and literature through the work that he has done in a career spanning four decades.(Wikimedia Commons )

On Javed Akhtar's 76th birthday, lets look at some of his soul-stirring lyrics

ANI, New Delhi [india]
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:36 PM IST
A literary figure par excellence who touched many hearts through his soul-stirring writings, veteran poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar turned 76 on Sunday.
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More than 1,800 individuals from across the US and many from India participated in the online initiative to create thousands of kolam designs to celebrate the historic event.(PTI)
More than 1,800 individuals from across the US and many from India participated in the online initiative to create thousands of kolam designs to celebrate the historic event.(PTI)

Auspicious Kolam drawings mark kickoff of Biden-Harris inauguration ceremony

PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:03 PM IST
Kolam, a traditional Indian art form of drawing geometric patterns on the floors as a sign of welcome, was part of the virtual kick-off ceremony of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris.
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Jad Adams' anthology 'The Banyan and Her Roots' features tales by Indian writers(Twitter/JadAdamsAuthor)
Jad Adams' anthology 'The Banyan and Her Roots' features tales by Indian writers(Twitter/JadAdamsAuthor)

Jad Adams' anthology 'The Banyan and Her Roots' features tales by Indian writers

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 08:18 AM IST
A short fiction anthology, The Banyan and Her Roots by Jad Adams, bookmarks both the unity and the diversity of the Indian subcontinent along with also featuring seven Pakistani writers in 'the teeming narratives of South Asia'
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Audrey Truschke and her book, The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts(Instagram/Amazon)
Audrey Truschke and her book, The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts(Instagram/Amazon)

Audrey Truschke's new book to analyse Sanskrit texts of Indo-Muslim history

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:09 PM IST
The book, "The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts", seeks to collect, analyse, and theorize Sanskrit histories of Muslim-led and, later, as Muslims became an integral part of Indian cultural and political worlds, Indo-Muslim rule as a body of historical materials.
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Amrita Sher-Gil's Untitled work.(Instagram)
Amrita Sher-Gil's Untitled work.(Instagram)

Rare artworks by FN Souza, Amrita Sher-Gil to be auctioned online

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 05:05 PM IST
A total of 39 art pieces from renowned artists like Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar, Krishen Khanna, Manjit Bawa, Anjolie Ela Menon, Zarina Hashmi, Krishna Reddy, Jamini Roy, Ganesh Pyne, and Paresh Maity will be put up for auction by Cymmon's Auctioneers.
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Kangris: A traditional portable and movable heater that Kashmiris keep in their warm woollen cloak to keep themselves warm in the frosty winters.(ANI)
Kangris: A traditional portable and movable heater that Kashmiris keep in their warm woollen cloak to keep themselves warm in the frosty winters.(ANI)

'Kangri' sales go up as cold grips Kashmir valley

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 11:00 AM IST
As the intense cold grips north India, people in Jammu and Kashmir are keeping themselves warm with 'Kangris'.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday launched "Street Theatre and Performing Arts Fellowship" scheme to give artists an opportunity to showcase their craft, thereby developing a taste for art and culture among the people of the city.(Unsplash)
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday launched "Street Theatre and Performing Arts Fellowship" scheme to give artists an opportunity to showcase their craft, thereby developing a taste for art and culture among the people of the city.(Unsplash)

Delhi government launches fellowship scheme for artists

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:58 AM IST
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday launched "Street Theatre and Performing Arts Fellowship" scheme to give artists an opportunity to showcase their craft, thereby developing a taste for art and culture among the people of the city.
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This artist's rendering provided by MASS Design Group illustrates a proposed monument entitled "The Embrace," consisting of four 22-foot-high intertwined bronze arms. As cities and states continue to grapple with the legacy of controversial monuments, Boston is moving forward with a major effort commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Organizers are building what they say will be the country's largest memorial dedicated to racial equity at the site of a 1965 civil rights rally that MLK led on the city's historic Boston Common.(Associated Press)
This artist's rendering provided by MASS Design Group illustrates a proposed monument entitled "The Embrace," consisting of four 22-foot-high intertwined bronze arms. As cities and states continue to grapple with the legacy of controversial monuments, Boston is moving forward with a major effort commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Organizers are building what they say will be the country's largest memorial dedicated to racial equity at the site of a 1965 civil rights rally that MLK led on the city's historic Boston Common.(Associated Press)

Martin Luther King, wife Coretta's meeting place to get $9.5 million memorial

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:10 PM IST
A major memorial honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King is moving forward in Boston, where they met and studied in the 1950s.
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On the occasion of Army Day, an artist has prepared a model of an Indian army tank using 2,256 matchsticks on Friday.(ANI)
On the occasion of Army Day, an artist has prepared a model of an Indian army tank using 2,256 matchsticks on Friday.(ANI)

Odisha: Artist prepares Indian army tank model using matchsticks

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:27 PM IST
On the occasion of Army Day, an artist has prepared a model of an Indian army tank using 2,256 matchsticks on Friday.
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Painting for the original cover of "The Blue Lotus" (Lotus Bleu) Tintin comic book (1936), is displayed before being auctioned by Artcurial in Paris, France January 13, 2021.(Reuters)
Painting for the original cover of "The Blue Lotus" (Lotus Bleu) Tintin comic book (1936), is displayed before being auctioned by Artcurial in Paris, France January 13, 2021.(Reuters)

Tintin comic book art by Herge breaks auction record at $3.1 million

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:18 PM IST
The 1936 work in Chinese ink, gouache and watercolor was destined as a cover for “The Blue Lotus,” the fifth volume of the adventures of Tintin, a young reporter created by Herge.
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Also included in the $100 ticket is a tour of Presley's jet and a walk through the entertainment complex, which houses exhibits and artifacts related to Presley.(Pixabay)
Also included in the $100 ticket is a tour of Presley's jet and a walk through the entertainment complex, which houses exhibits and artifacts related to Presley.(Pixabay)

Elvis Presley's Graceland starting virtual tours

AP, Memphis, Tennessee
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:20 PM IST
Elvis Presley's Graceland is now offering online tours for fans around the world, including those who can't travel to the Tennessee tourist attraction during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The glowing face of one of Venezuela’s greatest athletes seems to invigorate a corner of the country’s decaying capital, a splash of color and inspiration for increasingly grim times.(AP)
The glowing face of one of Venezuela’s greatest athletes seems to invigorate a corner of the country’s decaying capital, a splash of color and inspiration for increasingly grim times.(AP)

Venezuelan street artist seeks to inspire

AP, Caracas, Venezuela
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:28 PM IST
Wolfgang Salazar has gained increasing fame for his spray-painted murals of Venezuelans — heroes and everyday folk alike — at a time when the pandemic and economic hardship weigh upon his fellow citizens.
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A kolam is an Indian art form of geometric patterns, used as a sign of welcome.(ANI)
A kolam is an Indian art form of geometric patterns, used as a sign of welcome.(ANI)

Indian diaspora to welcome Biden, Harris with kolam tiles on inauguration day

ANI, Washington [us]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:10 PM IST
To welcome the US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris on inauguration day, the Indian diaspora is making thousands of kolam tiles at US Capitol to help heal the divide.
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would dedicate the first phase of Kerala Arts and Crafts Village at Vellar near Kovalam on January 16 to promote and showcase the vibrant art and cultural heritage of the state.(Unsplash)
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would dedicate the first phase of Kerala Arts and Crafts Village at Vellar near Kovalam on January 16 to promote and showcase the vibrant art and cultural heritage of the state.(Unsplash)

Kerala CM to dedicate Arts & Crafts Village at Vellar near Kovalam on January 16

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 10:11 AM IST
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan would dedicate the first phase of Kerala Arts and Crafts Village at Vellar near Kovalam on January 16 to promote and showcase the vibrant art and cultural heritage of the state.
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The event, to be held here at The Pink Lotus Academia on January 17, will witness performances by noted vocalist Ujwal Nagar and Sitarist Adnan Khan.(Unsplash )
The event, to be held here at The Pink Lotus Academia on January 17, will witness performances by noted vocalist Ujwal Nagar and Sitarist Adnan Khan.(Unsplash )

Music festival to bring back baithak-style classical singing

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:59 PM IST
The third edition of 'Swaradhyay' will aim to bring back the culture of 'baithak'-style Hindustani classical music and pay tributes to eminent musicians late Pt. Nikhil Bannerji and late Shri Prashant Thakur.
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Addressing the event, Gandhi said it was quite a lovely experience to see Tamil culture, history in action.(Unsplash)
Addressing the event, Gandhi said it was quite a lovely experience to see Tamil culture, history in action.(Unsplash)

Tamil culture, history, language essential for India's future, says Rahul Gandhi

ANI, Madurai (tamil Nadu) [india]
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 05:03 PM IST
Tamil culture, history and language are essential for the future of India and are needed to be respected, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on who is in Madurai to attend the traditional bull-taming sport, 'Jallikattu', and celebrate Pongal.
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At the end of the Brexit transition period, galleries and collectors in London had to decide whether to stick with the U.K. or ship their works into the EU before the deadline.(Pixabay)
At the end of the Brexit transition period, galleries and collectors in London had to decide whether to stick with the U.K. or ship their works into the EU before the deadline.(Pixabay)

Millions of dollars of artworks left UK before Brexit cutoff

Bloomberg, United Kingdom
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 04:11 PM IST
Among the thousands of trucks backed up in Dover last month trying to get across the Channel, one was carrying a painting by Henri Matisse. A piece by the Argentine-born artist Lucio Fontana was also in the queue, along with tens of millions of dollars of other artworks.
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Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia. (Griffith University)
Archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest known cave painting: a life-sized picture of a wild pig that was made at least 45,500 years ago in Indonesia. (Griffith University)

World’s oldest cave painting found in Indonesia, dates back around 45,500 years

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:17 PM IST
World’s oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia
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In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, people visit the exhibition 'Gurlitt : Status Report' at the Bundeskunsthalle museum in Bonn, Germany. German authorities say they have have now returned all 14 works from the art trove, accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt and so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule, to their heirs.(AP)
In this Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, people visit the exhibition 'Gurlitt : Status Report' at the Bundeskunsthalle museum in Bonn, Germany. German authorities say they have have now returned all 14 works from the art trove, accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt and so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule, to their heirs.(AP)

Germany says it has handed over 14 works from 'Nazi looted' Gurlitt art trove

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:04 PM IST
German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule.
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In a bid to revive centuries-old Kashmiri art form known as "Ladishah", Syed Areej Safvi, a 25-year-old woman hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, performs the traditional folk ballad to tell tales in a satirical and humorous way.(ANI)
In a bid to revive centuries-old Kashmiri art form known as "Ladishah", Syed Areej Safvi, a 25-year-old woman hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, performs the traditional folk ballad to tell tales in a satirical and humorous way.(ANI)

Kashmir woman attempts to revive traditional folk ballad

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 11:37 AM IST
In a bid to revive centuries-old Kashmiri art form known as "Ladishah", Syed Areej Safvi, a 25-year-old woman hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, performs the traditional folk ballad to tell tales in a satirical and humorous way.
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The Camp Auschwitz T-shirt(Etsy)
The Camp Auschwitz T-shirt(Etsy)

Online retailer Etsy removes 'Camp Auschwitz' T-shirt after US Capitol rampage

Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 03:54 PM IST
Online retailer Etsy Inc has removed a T-shirt with a 'Camp Auschwitz' slogan from its website after images of a man wearing a sweatshirt with the same words during the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week prompted a protest by the Auschwitz Memorial.
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Of Tokyo's 23 wards, all but one have cancelled or postponed the ceremonies, opting instead to offer mayors' congratulatory remarks online.(Reuters)
Of Tokyo's 23 wards, all but one have cancelled or postponed the ceremonies, opting instead to offer mayors' congratulatory remarks online.(Reuters)

Young Japanese celebrate Coming of Age Day under Covid's shadow

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 12:59 PM IST
On the second Monday in January every year, people who have turned or are about to turn 20 take part in ceremonies in local event halls or other large-scale venues to celebrate the rite of passage to adulthood.
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The snow art has models of a lady doctor, a syringe loaded with Covid vaccine, a stethoscope and the acronym of World Health Organisation (WHO).(Twitter)
The snow art has models of a lady doctor, a syringe loaded with Covid vaccine, a stethoscope and the acronym of World Health Organisation (WHO).(Twitter)

Sisters from Kashmir make snow sculpture as tribute to corona warriors

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 10:31 AM IST
As a white winter and Covid-19 pandemic keep the people homebound, two sisters from Kashmir -- one a doctor and the other a lawyer by education -- have warmed hearts with their tribute in snow to the corona warriors.
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From creating dedicated pages to promote Hindi poetry and literature, to tagging each other in Hindi memes, youngsters talk about their revived love for the language in the age of social media.(Photo: Instagram)
From creating dedicated pages to promote Hindi poetry and literature, to tagging each other in Hindi memes, youngsters talk about their revived love for the language in the age of social media.(Photo: Instagram)

World Hindi Day: Youngsters take to social media to say ‘Hindi hain hum’

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 08:34 PM IST
World Hindi Day, celebrated annually on January 10, marks the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975. This is different from Hindi Diwas, which is observed on September 14 every year.
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From Jhumpa Lahiri to Oprah’s non-fiction, here are 3 most anticipated books of 2021(Twitter/QPBooks)
From Jhumpa Lahiri to Oprah’s non-fiction, here are 3 most anticipated books of 2021(Twitter/QPBooks)

From Jhumpa Lahiri to Oprah Winfrey, here are 3 most anticipated books of 2021

By Zarafshan Shiraz
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 06:05 PM IST
  • If you are a bibliophile like us who ranks their years according to the number of great new books being published, here is a literary gold mine with 3 of the most anticipated books of 2021
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After heavy snowfall in the chilly winter, Srinagar residents are making snow sculptures of animals, snowmen, cars, igloos and a variety of other things to give vent to their creative energy.(ANI)
After heavy snowfall in the chilly winter, Srinagar residents are making snow sculptures of animals, snowmen, cars, igloos and a variety of other things to give vent to their creative energy.(ANI)

After snowfall, Srinagar residents create sculptures of animals, cars, igloos

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 10:49 AM IST
After heavy snowfall in the chilly winter, Srinagar residents are making snow sculptures of animals, snowmen, cars, igloos and a variety of other things to give vent to their creative energy.
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Birla Academy Annual Showcase and Competitive Section display to commence on January 9, 2021.(Wikimedia Commons )
Birla Academy Annual Showcase and Competitive Section display to commence on January 9, 2021.(Wikimedia Commons )

Treasures from Birla Academy of Art & Culture archives to be displayed on Jan 9

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Art aficionados are in for a treat from January 9, 2021 onwards, as Birla Academy of Art and Culture readies to showcase its 54th Annual Exhibition for public viewing, spanning a whole month.
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