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Meet Nizami Bandhu, the 'Rockstar Qawwali' singers (12:34)
By Somrita GhoshIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) It is 8 pm on a chilly Thursday and the winter wind is howling outside. Yet there is hardly any space for latecomers on the cold marble floors inside the Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, where the stage is set for the Nizami Bandhu to render their soulful melodies.

Enid Blyton's adventures get even more mouth-watering (Book Review) (11:54)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Book: Jolly Good Food; Author: Allegra McEvedy; Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Price: Rs. 799; Pages: 133

'Promoted content can't sell the unsellable on social media' (11:08)
By Saket Suman
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Social media has fast emerged as a market of its own where selling and buying are both easier and more practical. But there has been a slow and steady rise of "promoted content" on such platforms, where one can increase the reach of one's content manifold by simply advertising. In such a scenario, where start-ups run into existing big players with huge resources, has the magic wand of social media lost its purpose?

'Victoria & Abdul' unveiled new facets of Queen to world: Author (18:16)
Kolkata, Dec 10 (IANS) Shrabani Basu, the author of "Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant", which was later transformed into the 2017 Hollywood film entitled "Victoria & Abdul", said she feels both her book and the film helped unveil new facets of Queen Victoria's character to people all over the world.

In Gujarat, Congress supporters turn to 'Amul girl' because every vote is 'Amulya' (13:06)
By Sarwar Kashani
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The witty litle Amul girl -- known for her almost-daily one-liners -- has morphed into a pro-Congress figure as part of a social media campaign for the Gujarat election, asking people to use their "Amulya" (invaluable) vote to oust the BJP from a state it has ruled for over two decades.

Commercialisation has led to emergence of new talent in art: Satish Gujral (IANS Interview) (12:14)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Many major artists, including stalwarts like Jatin Das, have expressed disappointment at the widespread commercialisation of the art market. But Satish Gujral, a pioneer of contemporary Indian art, believes commercialisation has also led to the emergence of new talent.

Reading replays: How some books always remain on our mind (Column: Bookends) (11:20)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
There are many habits of fervently compulsive readers that can bemuse people around them, but among the most puzzling for their parents and friends would be to see them unwilling to let go of rising stacks of old favourites, in which they again get engrossed with the same level of enjoyment. Book readers, on the other hand, cannot understand why anyone should be perplexed.

Book on 'borderline personality disorder' released (18:50)
Chandigarh, Dec 9 (IANS) Punjab Director General of Police V.K. Bhawra on Saturday released a book titled "Borderline" written by Shabri Prasad Singh here.

UAE's performing art Al Azi in Unesco cultural heritage list (17:50)
Abu Dhabi, Dec 9 (IANS/WAM) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has added the traditional UAE performance art of Al-Azi onto the list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding".

Odisha CM opens Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum for tourists (16:52)IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Dec 9 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated Purvasha Folk and Tribal Art Museum, set up at Barkul near Chilika, for tourists from the state secretariat here.

The artist who explores abstraction in art through text (13:58)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Artist Jagmohan Bangani, whose solo show "Visual Scriptures" was inaugurated recently and will remain on display till December 24, explores abstraction by using text, words or even a group of words and scripts which we frequently encounter in our daily life.

Festival of Bharat to celebrate India's essence (12:48)
New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) Festival of Bharat, a four-day festival to be held in Rajasthan from March 1-4 next year will celebrate the essence of the country.

A marvellous device of many applications: A short history of the computer (Book Review) (11:34)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: Turing and the Universal Machine; Author: Jon Agar; Publisher: Icon Science/Icon Books; Pages: 141; Price: Rs 399

We have zero tolerance sexual harassment policy: Facebook (11:20)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 9 (IANS) Facebook follows a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment to keep the workplace safe, the social network's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has announced.

Prepare plan to protect, preserve the Taj for next 400 years: SC (Lead) (23:20)
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare a comprehensive vision document and plan for the protection and preservation of Taj Mahal and the environment around it so that historic monument could be there for another 400 years and not just for a generation.

Frame holistic plan to protect, preserve the Taj for next 400 years: SC (19:22)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare a holistic plan for the protection and preservation of Taj Mahal and the environment around it so that historic monument could be there for another 400 years and not just for generations.

India's first Military Lit Fest takes off (17:58)IANS Photo Service
Chandigarh, Dec 8 (IANS) India's first of its kind Military Literature Festival began here on Friday with Punjab Governor V.P.S. Badnore hoping it would prove to be a powerful platform, especially for the youth, to learn about the country's glorious military legacy.

Over 50 Indian, global artistes to perform at TIMEOUT72, say organisers (17:28)
Panaji, Dec 8 (IANS) Over 50 performers including global artistes like Martin Garrix, and Wiz Khalifa and Indian music icons Papon, Lucky Ali among others, will be participating at TIMEOUT72, a statement issued by the organisers said on Friday.

Buddhist festival woos visitors this weekend (14:52)
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Discourses by eminent scholars and practitioners of Buddhism, an exhibition of international and Indian Buddhist art and architecture, along with a plethora of other programmes are all set to enthrall visitors at a festival being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs.

For the love of mushair, poetry and shayari (14:08)
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Cherishing the beauty and charm of the Urdu language, the 52nd Shankar-Shad Mushaira is all set to enthrall audiences in the national capital with its mushaira and poetry reading sessions.

Of surrogacy, life, relations and Partition (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:34)
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) See how two women discover the best and the worst about India's surrogacy industry; discover another meaning of life from the story of a woman who one day comes face-to-face with a treasure that lay buried in her heart for very long; learn that you have to disappoint those closest to you in order to forge your own path; and flick through a new work on the horrific Partition of India, which became a defining moment in Asian history.

Tolstoy's language preserved in 'Anna Karenina': Director (02:16)
New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Oscar-nominated filmmaker Karen Shakhnazarov says he has tried to retain the context of Leo Tolstoy's 19th century novel "Anna Karenina" in the film adaptation while adding "something special".

Google, Central Railway showcase Indian heritage on video screens (18:18)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) In an unique initiative, the Central Railway and Google have joined hands to put up video installations at the famed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) showcasing the rich Indian cultural heritage for commuters and passengers who use it daily.

Kumbh Mela on Unseco list of intangible cultural heritage (16:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Kumbh Mela, the mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith, has been inscribed on the Unesco's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Soha Ali Khan: Of big shoes and small feet (15:48)
By Radhika BhiraniIANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 7 (IANS) "She's woken up," Soha Ali Khan exclaimed before she hung up to attend to her newfound world of motherhood. Happy balancing it with what she calls her "moderately famous" public life, she says she always knew she had "impossibly large shoes to fill" with her "small feet".

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