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.
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,
Fatima Bhutto’s new book The Runaways is set to be released this year in October. The Runaways follow her best-selling debut book Songs of Blood and Sword and The Shadow of the Crescent Moon.Penguin Random House India will be releasing the book and termed it as an ‘explosive new work of fiction’.
The railways came to Sri Lanka about twelve years after it they did in neighboring India. The beginning was rough with many odds stacked against the project. But with the help of a Briton, W F Faviell, who had previously built a railway in India, railway construction got underway in the island colony in right earnest.
By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajapai Colombo, April 3 (newsin.asia): It was the French classic adventure novelist Jules Verne, who in his acclaimed novel Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in Eighty Days) proposed the idea of technology connecting vast stretches of the world in the 19th century. He said through a discussion […]
This duet musical conversation has powerful, ethereal vocals from Pakistani singers Aima Baig and Shuja Haider. Shuja has also composed the music and written the lyrics. Put on your headphone for maximum enjoyment: Bhooli Bisri Chand Umeedein Chand Fasaane Yaad Aayein Tum Yaad Aaye Aur Tumhare Saath Zamane Yaad Aayein. Baanwre, Banwre Banwre -x2, Baanware […]
Avalum Naanum is from the Tamil film Achcham Yenbadhu Madmaiyada (English: Fear is Foolishness) made in 2016. The action-thiller-romance move was written and directed by Gautham Menon and starred Silambarasan and Manjima Mohan. The film tells the story of a happy-go-lucky young man who is in love. But in an unexpected turn of events, the […]
By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history with modernity. It is the Justice Akbar Mawatha, stretching from Kompannavidiya Railway […]
By Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai A cherished exhibit on shelves in gift shops in Sri Lanka is the country’s indigenous wooden doll. There are made of single scraps of wood with the limbs painted on the torso. The head is moulded into a smooth round top on which the details of the face, the head-gear, hair, […]
Mumbai, March 16 (Geo News): Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has revealed he is suffering from neuroendocrine tumour. “Learning that I am suffering from neuroendocrine tumour has been tough but the love and strength of people around me have brought me to a place of hope,” the actor said on Twitter on Friday. The actor said […]