Significance of International Mother Language Day

Significance of International Mother Language Day

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra  Bajpai/newsin.asia Many years ago, working in the Kolkata station of All India Radio, it was an interesting to find a special place being given to a tribal language called Santali. News and other programs were broadcast in this little known language. Programmes in Santali continue to this day and are popular […]

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will together celebrate International Mother Language Day

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will together celebrate International Mother Language Day

Colombo, February 16 (newsin.asia): Sri Lanka and Bangladesh both which are founded on pride in their mother languages, Sinhala, Tamil an Bangla, will celebrate the International Mother Language Day in a colorful manner here on February 21. The event, to be held at the Vihara Mahadevi Park in the center of Colombo, would be organized […]

The South Asian court jester was more than an entertainer

The South Asian court jester was more than an entertainer

By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai Court jesters in South Asian history were not “jokers” nor were  they mere entertainers who lightened the stiff and ritualistic  atmosphere in the courts of Asiatic potentates. Their sharp wit and pithy remarks were invariably backed by wisdom which was often used by the monarchs to good effect, sometimes even […]

Pakistan censor board to review Padmaavat even as it is running well

Pakistan censor board to review Padmaavat even as it is running well

Lahore/Karachi, February 9 ( The Express Tribune): Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is facing  another censor board review in Pakistan even as it is running well in theaters there. In response to a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking its ban for   portraying Muslims in a negative light, the court asked the  Provincial Censor Board to see […]

Bringing divided South Asia together through soul-stirring music

Bringing divided South Asia together through soul-stirring music

Colombo, February 8 (newsin.asia): 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 […]

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

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

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 […]

It’s now the turn of Brahmins to campaign against a Bollywood film

It’s now the turn of Brahmins to campaign against a Bollywood film

Jaipur, February 7 (newsin.asia): After the Rajput Karni Sena took on the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s  film Padmavati, it is not the turn of the Sarva Brahmins of Rajasthan to raise objections about a Bollywood movie,  Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The script is based on the life of the 19th century queen […]

Looks like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is back to recording songs for Bollywood

Looks like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is back to recording songs for Bollywood

Mumbai, February 6 (newsin.asia): The singer has recently completed a series of concerts worldwide, paying tribute to his legendary uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Now, RFAK is back in the studio and his latest track for Bollywood film Welcome to New York is out. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has teamed up with singer Dhvani B for […]

Bangladeshi fusion band Chirkutt struck a chord with Lankans

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”, […]

There’s an exciting story in a gramophone record at Colombo’s Independence Arcade

There’s an exciting story in a gramophone record at Colombo’s Independence Arcade

By Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai As you walk into the spacious corridors of the first floor of Independence Square Arcade in Colombo, the din from the main road outside gradually fades into a soliloquy of architectural grandeur. A covered verandah or colonnade leads to the popular Independence Arcade movie theater across the right hallway over a […]

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