When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too “Westernized”. He believed they would hinder the cultural growth of a young nation on the cusp of a bright future. Instead, he proposed, the country could lend its ears to highbrow classical music. But the ban lasted a mere five years, says Radhika Iyengar in Livemint.

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

Odisha’s Bali Jatra festival commemorates ancient links with South and South East Asia

The Bali Jatra (also known as Voyage to Bali and Bōita Bandāṇa),a famous annual festival in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, celebrates ancient cross-cultural social and trade connections with South and South-East Asia. The festival is held in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghat on the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when the Sadhabas (ancient Oriya mariners) would set sail to the distant island of Bali in present-day Indonesia, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Masked dances of South Asia

Masked dances of South Asia

Masked dance forms spread across South Asia between 2nd century B.C. and 8th century A.D. Cross cultural features mingled with indigenous dance forms to give rise to significant changes in the art in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet and Burma, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Pakistani singers Rahet Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam are favourites across the border and it comes as no surprise that the two were roped in to lend vocals to Namaste England’s songs. “Atif was always my first choice for ‘Tere Liye’. I adore his voice and he’s sung a quintessential romantic song. Javed sahab has written a wonderful song and it’s one of his personal favorites too,” said the composer of the film’s music Mannan Shaah.

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

The highly acclaimed Sri Lankan army dance troupe, made up of men and women soldiers, has added to its extensive repertoire, the North Indian classical dance form  “Kathak”. Inspired by Army chief Lt.Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, who was enchanted by the vigor and grace of Kathak while he was on training in India, the dance troupe has worked hard to imbibe the sensuousness and the intricate footwork characteristic of the dance form. This was amply evident in the troupe’s debut performance last Friday at the Kaliashwaram Hindu temple in Maradana in Central Colombo.  The dancers’ fast, intricate and rhythmic footwork combined with graceful movements had the audience in raptures.

Anthony Bourdain, American chef, storyteller and TV personality commits suicide

Anthony Bourdain, American chef, storyteller and TV personality commits suicide

Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series, “Parts Unknown.” His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Shangri La, Colombo, offers a great Iftar feast this Ramadan

Shangri La, Colombo, offers a great Iftar feast this Ramadan

Colombo, May 24 (newsin.asia) – This Ramadan season, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo celebrates the tradition of the fasting month with thoughtful offerings and a great Iftar feast in its famous all day dining restaurant – Table One – and the Sapphyr Lounge. Table One – As the sun sets, spend blessed time with family and friends […]

How Tagore shaped Sri Lankan dance drama

How Tagore shaped Sri Lankan dance drama

Many Sri Lankan dancers got inspired by Tagore, got trained in Shantiniketan, learned Kathakali and Manipuri as well as folk dances of India. Many were fortunate to even be part of dance drama productions at Shantiniketan. They later incorporated the Tagore dance drama into their indigenous forms. Chitrasena, Panibharatha, Nimal Welgama, Premakumara, Wasantha Kumara, Shesha Palihakkara, Anagalal Athukorala and Soorya Shankar Mollligoda were among those who incorporated the Tagore style in their compositions. Thus evolved the Mudra Natya of Sri Lanka ,writes Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai.

To Asifa: An Elegy

To Asifa: An Elegy

Here is an elegy by Badri Raina, a Hindu Kashmiri Pandit, on the brutal rape and murder of 8 year old Muslim tribal girl Asifa Bano in Kathua in Jammu by a retired government officer and a serving Special Police officer who enjoy communal support,

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