50 years of Feluda highlights Ray's genius (23:20)
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) An exhibition of over a hundred exhibits celebrating 50 years of Feluda, the iconic sleuth created by auteur Satyajit Ray, was inaugurated here on Sunday evening ahead of the legend's 96th birth anniversary on May 2.

Aamir launches Asha Parekh's autobiography in capital (20:28) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan on Sunday launched yesteryear actress Asha Parekh's autobiography "Asha Parekh: The Hit Girl", co-written with film critic Khalid Mohamed.

Goan artist to present Portuguse PM with Pessoa painting (19:38)
Panaji, April 30 (IANS) Popular but reclusive Goan artist Vamona Navelcar's painting of Portugal's most popular poet Fernando Pessoa, will be Goa's gift to Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa when he graces the 30th anniversary celebrations of Lisbon's Casa de Goa.

'RSS government' will never recognise progressive writers: Nayantara Sahgal (IANS Interview) (12:34)
By Saket Suman IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) A member of the Nehru-Gandhi family and one of India's foremost writers with feminist concerns, Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 to protest against rising intolerance in the country. Will she ever accept a recognition from the state again? Never!

'Drugs replacing AK-47s as new weapon among Punjab's youth' (11:40)
By Jaideep Sarin
Chandigarh, April 30 (IANS) Having undergone the blood-soaked and emotionally-scarring era of partition and the turbulent 15 years of terrorism -- during which over 25,000 lives were lost -- as well as other upheavals, Punjab is now grappling with a major problem: Drugs. An author who lived through the turbulent times in the 1980s has now warned that the state could be headed for another downward spiral if corrective measures are not immediately taken.

Literary 'links': A round of golf through popular literature (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (10:40)
By Vikas Datta
Involving traversing fairways bounded by roughs and hazards for the unwary, a progressive set of goals to achieve through varying levels of difficulty, and performers of varying calibre and skill, golf might be the sport most approximating our life. But strangely, golf's appearances in fiction have not been commensurate with the resemblance -- though it has not been entirely absent.

Sudarsan wins gold at Moscow sand art championship (With Images) (14:42) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, April 29 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha won the gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand Art Championship in Russia.

Former soldier pens gripping tale of cross-border love (With Images) (12:50)
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) A retired Indian Army Brigadier has penned a fascinating love story that traverse between India and Pakistan in the backdrop of the divisive politics that has plagued the sub-continent for decades.

This exhibition is a pictorial tale of Chanderi silk (With Images) (12:26)
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) The overwhelming story of Chanderi silk is symbolically represented in an ongoing exhibition here under the Neel Dongre Grants for Excellence in Photography.

Five books to look forward to in May 2017 (With Images) (12:10)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) On an average, at least 40-50 books from leading publishers hit the stands every month. Add to this the vast number of self-published books and you will get an absolutely staggering total. How many books are you going to read in a month?

Big B, Vinod Khanna starrer 'Amar Akbar Anthony' inspires Harvard book (09:44) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) The evergreen Bollywood blockbuster "Amar Akbar Anthony" starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor and directed by Manmohan Desai, is now an inspiration for the Harvard University press for a book on Bollywood, Brotherhood and the Nation.

India's first 'book village' coming up in Maharashtra's strawberry country  (21:32)
Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) The sleepy village of Bhilar, in the heart of Maharashtra's famed 'strawberry country' will soon get another identity as India's first "book village", Education Minister Vinod Tawde said here on Friday.

2,000-year-old tombs excavated in China (19:40)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) More than 20 funeral artefacts were unearthed during the excavation of two 2,000-year-old tombs in Hunan province of China, the media reported on Friday.

American Odissi dancer defies stereotypes through her art (April 29 is World Dance Day)  (17:04)
By Mudita Girotra
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Decades ago when Sharan Lowen brought out the exquisite grace of Odissi through her great performances in India and abroad, many people in the profession got together to make extreme efforts to eliminate her in every single way possible, the dancer says.

A festival dedicated to translations (15:50)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Interpretation is not just a matter of words, it involves providing clarity arounfd a culture. An upcoming festival here will give knowledge of various dialects which are translated or will be interpreted in not so distant future.

Of brains, business and masters (IANS Books This Weekend) (10:50)
New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Read an engaging look at the neuro-science of thought, behaviour and creativity that is a call to action; know how three bright and charming women make the most of available resources and navigate their way around those looking to remove them from their turf; flick trough a cute story of the relation between a master and his student.

Poet Sankha Ghosh conferred Jnanpith Award (20:46) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Eminent Bengali poet and literary critic Sankha Ghosh was conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award by President Pranab Mukherjee here on Thursday.

Goa pins hopes on nostalgic Portuguese-era buses to boost tourism (20:26)
Panaji, April 27 (IANS) In a bid to boost tourist footfalls, tourism authorities in Goa are keen to use 'camaios', typically large, spacious buses used during the Portuguese era for public transport, for sight-seeing tours, an official said on Thursday.

Bengal considering proposal to revamp trams (20:08)
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) The West Bengal government is considering a proposal to revamp and run Kolkata trams on a public-private-partnership (PPP) mode to attract tourists, state Tourism Minister Gautam Deb said here on Thursday.

Dara Shikoh was a child of India: M.J. Akbar (15:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Dara Shikoh, the great grandson of Akbar, was a child of India, Minister of State for External Afffairs M.J. Akbar said here on Thursday.

Museum heads should stay longer to develop, implement vision: Met Director (12:12)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Observing there is "room for work" in Indian museums, Thomas Campbell, the departing Director of the celebrated The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or The Met as it is popularly known, says museum heads should stay for at least five years to articulate a vision and act on it.

The many adventures and misadventures of 'Silver', a remarkable Indian spy (With Images) (10:34)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Bhagat Ram Talwar -- a Hindu Pathan from the North West Frontier Province of British India -- was perhaps the only quintuple spy of World War II and the author of perhaps his first detailed sketch has said that even as the master spy helped Subhas Chandra Bose escape from India via Kabul, he was actually betraying him to the British.

Paul Verhoeven directing lesbian nun drama (05:22)
Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who is active both in the US as well as Netherlands, is directing a lesbian nun drama based on the life of controversial Italian nun Benedetta Carlini.

"An evening of ghazals, women empowerment at 'Jashn-E-Dosti' (19:14)
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) It was a soulful evening at "Jash-e-dosti" where the audience was enthralled with ghazals and discourses spreading a strong message on issues like female foeticide, rape, dowry, domestic violence, stalking and eve-teasing.

Connecting the dots: The BJP, Hindutva and fringe organisations (Book Review) (With Images) (11:04)
By Saket Suman
Title: Shadow Armies: Fringe Organisations and Foot Soldiers of Hindutva; Author: Dhirendra K. Jha; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 499

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