Sunday, October 17, 2021

Sri Lanka to host Asia Pacific Choir games and Grand Prix of Nations in October

Colombo, Aug 13 ( -  Colombo's Choral Music lovers will be uniquely privileged to experience a week long festival of choral competitions, friendship concerts and gala celebration concerts when the Asia Pacific Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations take over the city Oct 21 to Oct 28. This celebration with the arrival of thousands of international participants, chaperons and...

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Pakistani court quashes ban on Indian teledramas

Lahore July 18 (Express Tribune):  Noting that “the world has become a global village”, the Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted on Tuesday a ban on the airing of Indian drama serials imposed by the broadcast media watchdog last year. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order after hearing arguments on a petition filed by a local media company praying...

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Hindutva forces trying to hijack non-communal Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam

By Azzam Khan/ Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, the pride of the Bengali nation, the revolutionary who stood up against the British colonialists, against religious hypocrisy, against class and caste discrimination, is now being used for all the wrong reasons. He is being embroiled in the exact kind of propaganda that he abhorred. Nazrul now lies buried...

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Novels of “Islamic” love set Bangladeshi hearts aflutter

Dhaka, April 27 (AFP): Kasem bin Abubakar was told nobody would buy his chaste romance novels about devout young Muslims finding love within the strict moral confines of Bangladeshi society. And yet his tales of lovers whispering sweet nothings sold millions in the 1980s and proved a huge hit among young girls from Bangladesh's rural, conservative heartland. Now his work...

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Music director Ilayaraja sends legal notice to S.P.Balasubramanyam under copyright law

Chennai, March 19 (TNIE): In a shocking development versatile singer S P Balasubrahmanyam in his Facebook post claimed that he had received a legal notice from music director Ilayaraaja's attorney for singing the songs composed by 'Maestro' Ilayaraja at various concerts. S P Balasubrahmanyam's Facebook post reads "Couple of days back, an Attorney representing Shri.Iliayaraaja, sent legal notices to me, Smt.Chithra,...

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Bali not to cover up statues during Saudi King’s visit

Bali March 11 (AFP): Bali, a Hindu majority island in Muslim Indonesia, has decided not to cover up its statues for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman who was holidaying in the Indonesian island with a large entourage. A Hindu pocket in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, Bali is known for its statues of deities and semi-naked women. "We're just going...

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Re-establishing Sri Lanka’s past ties with Bengal

Colombo, March 6 ( Sri Lanka’s earliest contact with the outside world was with Bengal since it is believed that the Sinhalese race was created after the arrival of Prince Vijaya of Bengal with his camp followers in 543 BC. In the 19 th. and early 20 th. Centuries, it was Bengal which stirred and influenced  nationalistic consciousness in the...

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