Monday, October 25, 2021

Sri Lanka’s colorful “bulath bags” have a long history going back to ancient times

By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai Chewing “bulath” or betel leaves is an ancient tradition across South and South-east Asia and also some parts of the Pacific. And with the practice of chewing betel leaves came the designing of betel containers or bulath bags. Over time, from ancient times, the use of betel leaves became ritualized. It got incorporated into religious systems....

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Indians and Pakistanis have “an ocean of shared heritage”

By Abhinav Pandya/Express Tribune India and Pakistan are inheritors of a common civilization and hence we have an ocean of shared heritage in literature, philosophy, music, food, and mysticism. These days, it seems we have completely forgotten the days when we regaled ourselves over the melodies of Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali and Ataullah Khan Esakhelvi. Even the days...

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India’s Balkrishna Doshi wins Pritzker Prize, the “Architecture Nobel”

Chicago, March 8 ( Professor Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor. Architect, urban planner, and educator for the past 70 years, Doshi has been instrumental in shaping the discourse of architecture throughout India...

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Bringing divided South Asia together through soul-stirring music

Colombo, February 8 ( Wednesday’s stunning performance by a symphony orchestra comprising Sri Lankan and Indian musicians under the baton of Indo-American Viswa Subbaraman, led the audience to believe that it was time South Asia, torn by conflicts for the last 70 years, eschewed animosities and conflicts and got together to revive those strands of South Asian history which had...

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India honors Malala Yousufzai with a huge mural alongside achievers like Lata Mangeshkar

Malala Yousufzai mural in India

Islamabad, February 7 (The Express Tribune): Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has been recognized quite a few times for her activism in girls’ education. Thee 20-year-old, who is currently studying at the Oxford University, was recently honored in India with an epic mural painting, with the likes of famous singer Lata Mangeshkar and sportswoman Mary Kom. However, this is not...

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Bangladeshi fusion band Chirkutt struck a chord with Lankans

By Purnima Pilapitiya Colombo, February 5 (Sunday Times): When Bangladeshi band Chirkutt took the stage at the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, audiences were treated to a unique brand of Bangla music which may even strike a chord at home in Sri Lanka. Many have tried to label the internationally acclaimed band from “urban folk”, to “bluegrass”, but its members...

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