ART & CULTURE

Legendary Tamil actor Manorama passes away

The veteran South Indian film actor Manorama passed away in Chennai last night following a cardiac arrest. She was 78. Fondly called as “Aachchi,” she has performed in versatile supporting roles in more than a thousand films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. She has acted with five chief ministers like Annadurai, MG Ramachandran, … Continue reading Legendary Tamil actor Manorama passes away

Australia to return 2000 year old Buddha idol to India

An Australian art gallery has agreed to give a 2,000-year-old Buddha sculpture back to India. Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) officials said, the Sitting Buddha sculpture, whose roots could be traced to Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, is currently with a national art gallery in Canberra, Australia. ASI sources said, the Australian art gallery intimated the Union … Continue reading Australia to return 2000 year old Buddha idol to India

Why I am Returning My Sahitya Akademi Award

 Nayantara Sahgal  In a recent lecture, India’s Vice-President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, found it necessary to remind us that India’s Constitution promises all Indians “liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship.” The right to dissent is an integral part of this Constitutional guarantee. He found it necessary to do so because India’s culture of diversity … Continue reading Why I am Returning My Sahitya Akademi Award

Eminent author Nayantara Sehgal returns Sahitya award

Eminent author and niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, Nayantara Sehgal today returned the Sahitya Akademi award. Nayantara Sehgal said she was resigning in protest against increasing intolerance towards right to dissent in the country. Citing various incidents of killings of writers and rationalists including M Kalburgi and Govind Pansare, she said that rationalists who question superstition … Continue reading Eminent author Nayantara Sehgal returns Sahitya award

Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

The prestigious 24th Vyaas Samman for 2014 was conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka for his work ‘Premchand ki Kahaniyon ka Kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan’. Dr Goenka’s work is a critical analysis of the work by Hindi literature’s towering the giant Munshi Premchand. He was awarded a citation along with a cash amount … Continue reading Vyaas Samman conferred on eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka

Language should be inclusive; says PM at Hindi conference

andalib akhter / AMN Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that a Language should be ‘inclusive’ if it wanted to expand its base and popularity among people. ” Our language should not be exclusive, rather it should be inclusive only then it will expand and get acceptance among the people”, PM said while inaugurating the … Continue reading Language should be inclusive; says PM at Hindi conference

Kalburgi muder: Hindi scholar returns Sahitya Akademi award

AMN / Famous Hindi writer Uday Prakash has decided to return his Sahitya Akademi award in protest against the murder of Kannada scholar and rationalist M.M. Kalburgi. The former assistant professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University announced his intent through a Facebook post. Currently in a village in Chhattisgarh, he will officially communicate his decision … Continue reading Kalburgi muder: Hindi scholar returns Sahitya Akademi award

Bollywood Music composer Aadesh Shrivastava passes away

AMN / Bollywood music composer and singer Aadesh Shrivastava (49) passed away today after prolonged illness. He was battling with cancer, passed away in Mumbai. He is survived by actress and playback singer wife Vijayata Pandit and two children. His cancer relapsed for the third time and he was in critical condition for over 40 … Continue reading Bollywood Music composer Aadesh Shrivastava passes away

Raksha Bandhan being celebrated in different parts of country

AMN / Festival of the bond between brothers and sisters, Raksha Bandhan,  is being celebrated in different parts of the country today. Sisters, on this occasion, tie a thread around their brother’s wrist as a symbol of their love and in turn the brother pledges to protect his sister. President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President … Continue reading Raksha Bandhan being celebrated in different parts of country

Kerala celebrates biggest harvest festival Thiru Onam

AMN / Kerala is celebrating its biggest harvest festival Thiru Onam today. Keralites across the glob is celebrating Onam as the home coming of noble legendary King Mahabali and his prosperous rule. Various cultural and religious programmes are being organized through out the state in connection with Onam. Thiru Onam celebrations started in Kerala with … Continue reading Kerala celebrates biggest harvest festival Thiru Onam

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