Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

Vishwakarma, the celestial architect who built Sri Lanka

The Uttarakanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana, says that Sri Lanka was created by the celestial architect Vishwakarma for the Gods in heaven. Another lore has it that after Lord Shiva married Parvati, he instructed Vishwakarma to construct Lanka so that the couple might reside there, says cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Sri Lankan film wins “Most Outstanding Film” Award at the Asia Tourism Film and Television Awards Festival

Sri Lankan film wins “Most Outstanding Film” Award at the Asia Tourism Film and Television  Awards Festival

Colombo, Aug 7 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan film “Bhavatharana”,  directed by Devinda D. Kongahage won the “Most Outstanding Film” Award under international category at the recently held Asia Tourism Induced Film and Television Awards Festival 2018, held in Taizhou, Zhenjiang Province, China, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Festival was hosted by the All China Television Artists […]

Cinnamon Life presents global smash hit musical ‘Mama Mia’ to Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Life presents global smash hit musical ‘Mama Mia’ to Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 25 (newsin.asia) – The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will come to the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapakse Theater for an eight-day run from December 22 to 30 as part of the international tour. MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale […]

Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

A three day ‘Belt and Road’ painting exhibition  featuring works by Sri Lankan and Chinese youth got underway in the capital of Colombo on Monday, strengthening friendship between the youth of the two countries. The exhibition has on display over 100 paintings, featuring the children’s understandings on China’s Belt and Road initiative and the cultural and friendship bond shared between Sri Lanka and China, Xinhua reports.

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.

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