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
Cultural anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai looks at the various traditional grass mats of South Asia to bring out their aesthetic value, and the various materials and techniques that are used in their manufacture.
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 […]
Cultural and Visual anthropologist and South Asian expert Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai writes on five women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan who had pioneered writing in the English language in the South Asian region.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 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
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.