A large number of Sri Lankan artists and art lovers thronged the J.D.A.Perera Gallery in Colombo to have a glimpse of the emerging artistic trends in Bangladesh.
In sharp contrast to the situation in the world today, when ethnic and religious groups are at each other's throats, the ancient Gandhara Civilization in Pakistan was a haven of tolerance.
Every day, various aspects of Chinese culture were exhibited to the delight of locals and tourists from all over the world.
Recalling the words of his father Hafiz Ali Khan that "all of us have a common God and we are a common race", the 73-year-old maestro said, "I wish this message was given by priests of every religion."
The two-time Filmfare Award winner has collaborated with music composer Shani Arshad on a soundtrack of the romantic-drama Bin Roye.
In her video, Pakistani Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancer Sheema Kermani explains how dance for a woman is a freeing experience. "For me, there is a direct relationship between dance and liberation. When a woman stands on stage to dance what she's saying is: 'Here I am, I'm not ashamed of my body, I am confident and I do not fear...
Sarod players Aashish Khan, Amit Bhattacharya, Bahadur Khan, Basant Kabra and flute player Hariprasad Chaurasia were all students of Annapoorna Devi who co-founded the Maihar Gharana of Hindustani music with her father and Sarod maestro Ustad Allauddin Khan.
Puppets are a part of popular culture and entertainment across the world, especially in the South Asian region. They reflect the cultural heritage of their region, its mythology, music, beliefs, rites and rituals. Puppetry has been around since ancient times, writes cultural anthropologist Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
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.
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...