Legendary Music Director Shantanu Mohapatra passes away

Legendary Odia musician, Shantanu Mohapatra passed away. He was the first Odia music composer to work with legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey and Md Rafi and also the first to work in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Telugu film industries. Mohapatra has composed music for hundreds of Odia film songs and Jatra (opera) shows in a career that spanned over three decades. Mohapatra, who retired as the Director of Odisha Mining Corporation, received several awards including the Odis

02 January, 2021

All the Martial Arts of India

All the Martial Arts of India 1. Kalaripayattu It is the oldest martial art in India originated in the state of Kerala in 4th century A.D. Techniques of Kalaripayattu: Uzhichil or the massage with Gingli oil, Otta, Maipayattu or body exercises, Puliyankam or sword fight, Verumkai or bare-handed fight etc. Kalari is a Malayalam word which means School/gymnasium/training hall where Martial arts are practiced or taught. Kalaripayattu was introduced as martial art by a

10 January, 2021

Buddhism and Philately

Buddhism and Philately It’s no surprise that many stamps of M. Lokeswara Rao are related to nature. But about one-third of Mr. Rao’s stamp collection is on Buddhism. In his book, Buddhism on Stamps, which was released on Thursday, he discusses the life and teachings of Buddha through 1,134 philatelic (collection of stamps) material, including stamps and postcards. “I took to painting Buddha in 2014 as a stress-relieving hobby. Two years later, when I retired, I start

09 January, 2021

Author Ved Mehta passes away

Author Ved Mehta passes away Celebrated Indian-American author Ved Mehta, who overcame blindness and became widely known as the 20th century writer most responsible for introducing American readers to India, died in the U.S. on Saturday. The New Yorker magazine, where he had been a staff writer for 33 years, announced the death on Sunday. Mehta was born in pre-Partition Lahore into a well-off Punjabi family in 1934. He lost his eyesight at the age of three from meningitis. He did not

12 January, 2021

Abhilash Tomy

Abhilash Tomy Commander Tomy, the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe solo and unassisted in a sail yacht, intends to give another shot at the Golden Globe Race next year. The GGR, as it is called, is a daredevil ocean race with basic, read vintage, sailing equipment which he attempted in 2018. But a vicious storm in the southern Indian Ocean dismasted him and he sustained a spinal injury. He was subsequently rescued in a multi-nation effort and had to undergo a surgery.

12 January, 2021

Harvest Festivals of India

Harvest Festivals of India Lohri Lohri is primarily celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus. It marks the end of the winter season and is traditionally believed to welcome the sun to the northern hemisphere. It is observed a night before Makar Sankranti, this occasion involves a Puja Parikrama around the bonfire with prasad. It is essentially termed as the festival of the farmers and harvest, whereby, the farmers thank the Supreme Being. Makar Sankranti Makar Sankranti denotes the

13 January, 2021

Malayalam poet-lyricist Anil Panachooran passed away

Malayalam poet-lyricist Anil Panachooran passed away Poet and lyricist Anil Panachooran was 55. A lawyer by profession, Panachooran came into the limelight in 2007 with the much appreciated songs in Arabikkadha, including ‘Chora Veena Mannil...’ and ‘Thirike Njan...’. ‘Chora Veena Mannil...’, sung with revolutionary fervour by the poet himself, is played regularly at Left cultural events. Then came the song ‘Vyathyasthanam oru barber...&rsquo

04 January, 2021

Urdu Author S R Faruqi passes away

Urdu Author S R Faruqi passes away Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, one of the greatest modern Urdu writers, died Friday morning due to complications from Covid-19, at his residence in Allahabad. He was 85. Faruqi was not only a celebrated writer and poet, but also a critic who formulated a modernist framework for evaluating Urdu literature. A recipient of numerous awards, he was honoured with the prestigious Saraswati Samman for ‘She`r-e Shor-Angez’, a four-volume study of the 18th

26 December, 2020

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been postponed to 1st November 2021, which was earlier set to be inaugurated on 12th December 2020. What? The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an art exhibition and festival that is the largest of its kind in South Asia and is organised by the Kochi Biennale Foundation at Kochi, Kerala. The Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust engaged in pr

28 October, 2020

Nuakhai Juhar

Nuakhai Juhar Nuakhai Juhar is an agricultural festival, also called Nuakhai Parab or Nuakahi Bhetghat. It is celebrated to welcome the new crop of the season. Nuakhai is a combination of two words that signifies eating of new rice as ‘nua’ means new and ‘khai’ means eat. This is the festival of Western Odisha, southern Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of Simdega (Jharkhand). Its coastal counterpart is Nabanna, observed in Coastal Odisha.

24 August, 2020

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