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'Ravi Shankar ignited an interest in the West about India'

Legendary Sitar maestro and composer Pandit Ravi Shankar, who has breathed his last at a hospital in California, ignited an interest in the West about India, an eminent think tank said in......

Artistes: 'Musicians like Pt Ravi Shankar are rarely born'

Artistes across the spectrum on Wednesday mourned the demise of sitar maestro Ravi Shankar with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh describing him as a national treasure and a global ambassador of......

An Open Letter to Smriti Irani

The threat to our pre-schoolers from the worst of Bollywood is far greater than the threat to Sanskrit from German.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/ A friend who went to his daughter's......

Why Indian nationalism must win over Macaulayan ideas

In the first part of this column Colonel (retd) Anil Athale spoke of an aspirational India that is attempting to throw away shackles of Macualayism and the challenges that Narendra Modi faces. Part......

Of Bollywood, Curries, Culture, Civilisation, War

An Indian diplomat should aspire to represent something even larger than the government, even larger than the somewhat abstract concept of the 'Indian State', says Ambassador B S Prakash who......

'Come. Make in India' -- but how?

Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited all to come and make in India, in the World Bank’s rankings on the 'Ease of Doing Business' India stands at 139 out of 18 economies surveyed in......

Budget 2013: Economy in 'rudali' mode. PM in silent mode

Isn’t it funny that we are importing in excess of $50 billion of gold every year while simultaneously pleading with foreigners to invest a few billions? asks M R Venkatesh. Bollywood......

Dick Cheney to address USIBC meet

Vice-President Richard B Cheney and Senator Joe Biden willdeliverkeynote addresses at an all-day Leadership Summitin Washingtonon implementing the India-US strategic partnership on Thursdayhosted......

'Song Of Life is not Pandit Ravi Shankar's story'

Dev Anand claimshis upcoming film Song Of Life is not the story of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar or his family. The actor-filmmaker asserted he would go ahead with his 'dream project' of......

'I worked in a dhaba, selling omelettes, before I signed All The Best'

'I loved doing Bunty Aur Babli. I love working with Rohit Shetty. I just shot for Dilwale. Kuch bhi karva leta hain mujhse (he makes me do anything)!' 'I worked in Jolly LLB for free. It was......

This week's biggest release: Salman Khan

A look at the top tweets from your favourite Bollywood celebrities: With Salman Khan's jail sentence suspended by the Bombay high court today, Bollywood celebrities were over the moon as their......

Guide, Waqt, Jaanwar: Bollywood classics turning 50 this year!

How many of these have aged well? Fifty years ago, while India was engaged in war with Pakistan, Hindi cinema flourished in effervescent, excited Eastman colours. 1965 is significant in more ways......

The first Pakistani to win an Oscar jazzes it up

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's next film is about aging Pakistani musicians who get a second chance because of jazz. Karachi-based Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the first Pakistani to have won an Oscar, for......
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Indian retail markets, flush with global cosmetic, luxury and apparel brands, are also witnessing the gradual nudging out of indigenous handcrafted... ...
In sync with the See-Tar

Nearly a year ago, an idea hit musician Purbayan Chatterjee — it was to create an electric sitar that would react to every note played on it. He... ...

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