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He has sung 40000 songs in 16 languages

An engineering student who dropped out to pursue a career in playback singing in the 1960s, he was quickly launched across three major languages, beginning with mother tongue Telugu, Kannada and then Tamil. After being in the second rung of the top layers of the southern world, the late 1970s saw him catapult to the very top with the death of Ghantasala in 1974 and the introduction of Ilaiyaraja in 1976. Like the magnetic combo of Kishore- Asha in Hindi under R D Burman and others in the 1970s, he paired with S Janaki and they came up with many........

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The woman who has become India's 'corona voice'

For millions of Indians, Jasleen Bhalla's is a familiar voice. When you dial a phone number in India you don't always hear a ringing as you wait for the other person to answer, but sometimes a piece of music or a message, known locally as a "caller tune". And for the past two-and-a-half months, her warm and soothing tones are the first thing people hear when they make a telephone call. The voiceover artist, with her m........

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Love Problem Solution Baba Ji

Love Problem Solution Baba Ji give best solution for your love problems by solving them within few hours after using Love Vashikaran Spells.........

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Seven Thousand Wonders Of India: An Artistic Pilgrimage Of India's Lesser Known Temples-Part I

How to see a temple - in all its grandeur, glory and artistic magnificence? Here is a series of articles that will take you on a virtual tour of the lesser known temples of this land where the wonders are endless. This is an introduction to equip the reader with tools to undertake the journey with the writer over the next few weeks. “Full many a gem of purest ray serene, the dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bearFull many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness in the desert air.” -Thomas Gray, Elegy i........

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Haute Handloom, Khadi Couture

It was a common sight outside most metropolitan malls—the swish set emerging with dozens of bags dangling from their wrists. Their attire and their shopping haul proclaimed the recognisable logos of international brands that sell the same dresses and shirts across the world, whether in Mumbai or Madrid, fresh out of factories in Bangladesh or Vietnam. This hamster wheel of fast fashion and international supply chains, however, has come to a jarring halt after the pandemic. Now, with the prime minister’s call to be “voca........

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Who is Shakuntala Devi, India's Human-Computer Whose Math Prowess Inspired Vidya Balan Movie?

Shakuntala Devi was born in 1929 to Kannadiga parents. Her ability to solve complex mathematical problems amazed her family and relatives from an early age. This was more astounding as she had not received any formal schooling. She demonstrated her remarkable brain skills at public shows with the help and encouragement of her father, who was a circus performer. Soon her shows picked up craze as people could not believe her immense grip on the huge numbers. This earned her enough money to help con........

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Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning film composer, dies at 91

He died at dawn in a Rome hospital after falling and breaking his leg, his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, said. Morricone is best known internationally as the composer behind the instantly recognizable melodies from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "Once Upon a Time in the West." The Italian composer was famous for the tension-filled scores of spaghetti Westerns, and won an Academy Award for his soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" in 2016, after five previous nominations and an Honorary Award in 2007........

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Conversations with Adoor Gopalakrishnan

The novel and the cinema are often autobiographies in disguise; they can be more intimate and revealing than diaries or memoirs. During long afternoons and evenings in Shimla last summer with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, who steps into his 80th year this July, I found myself searching for the person behind Elippathayam (1982) and Mathilukal (1990). Critics now hail vulnerable male characters in recent Malayalam films like Kumbalangi Nights (2019); few recall that Adoor has been portraying such f........

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Once Hyderabad aristocracy's favoured weave, how 'Telia Rumal' gained new lease of life post-Independence

In the rich portmanteau of weaves which originated in the handloom clusters of south India, the Telia Rumal (Telia means oil, Rumal means cloth) holds a special significance. The Telia Rumal (a square piece measuring around one metre square) belongs to the larger tradition of handkerchiefs which were created to meet specific purposes during the 18th and 19th century. While some wore it around the neck, others used it as a headscarf. The distinguishing characteristics of the Telia Rumal when it was created was its confinement to three colo........

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7 Designer Wall Clocks to Beautify Your Interior

There was a time when wall clocks helped us to manage our life. We depended on it to plan our daily routine. But its role changed with time. Clocks have shifted from being an item of utility to an element of style and beauty, all thanks to the advent of technology. Now, the wooden clocks are classic décor pieces that not only add character to your house but also double up as a fashionable centrepiece. Here are some timeless pieces of antique wall clocks from the house of Woods........

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Javed Akhtar becomes the only Indian to win the Richard Dawkins Award 2020

aved Akhtar has been one of India's most prolific lyricists. Known for his way with words and weaving rhymes, the lyricist has won many accolades to his credit. He has also been vocal on issues and has never shied away from criticising the wrongs in our society. The lyricist has now won the Richard Dawkins Award 2020, in a proud moment for Indians around the world. Javed Akhtar is the only Indian so far to have won the prestigious award given to only the best thinkers........

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‘A Mob Destroyed My Coffee Shop And Opened The Door To A Film’ | Outlook India Magazine

Nasir’s eponymous protagonist writes poetry and endearing love letters to his wife. He is a Muslim salesman trying to negotiate his straitened circumstances as sectarianism simmers in Coimbatore. Its 27-year-old director, Arun Karthick, stayed in a Muslim neighbourhood for three years to get the right texture and flavour for the film. Nasir’s world premiere is at IFFR 2020, where it has won the........

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In Sharanya Ramprakash's Kannada play Nava, a guide for greater transgender presence in Indian theatre

Last year’s observances took place at the Lakshmipuram burial ground which also houses a temple dedicated to Kali at her most potent and dangerous. An intrigued onlooker at the event was the Bengaluru-based theatremaker Sharanya Ramprakash, who had begun work on Nava, a play in Kannada featuring an ensemble of nine urban trans women, some of whom participated in the Karaga ritual. "It was striking to see them in their element against this backdrop, where symbols of womanhood are used so powerfully," said Ramprakash. ........

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3 Indian Photojournalists Who Captured Life in Kashmir During Lockdown Win Pulitzer Prize 2020

In a huge honour, three Indian journalists have been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in the field of feature photography, for their coverage of Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370. The pictures that won them the coveted prize were about the life in the lockdown after undoing of the special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The names of the three prize winners — Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan, and Channi Anand were announced virtually. All three of them work for Associated Press in Jammu and Kashmir.........

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Lata Mangeshkar To Dedicate 100 Singers’ Unique Tribute To Corona Warriors On May 3

Led by venerable Asha Bhosle, altogether 100 singers have joined hands to record a unique anthem, ‘One Nation One Voice’ for the intrepid corona warriors leading the fight against the deadly pandemic from the front. The anthem, recorded in as many as 14 languages in aid of PM Cares Fund, will be dedicated by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar on behalf of the Indian Singers Rights Association (ISRA) on May 3.........

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Earth Day: Eight renowned vocalists come together to make multilingual song Dharti Ma

Leading classical vocalists and musicians have come together to compose a song Dharti Ma in eight languages. The song will celebrate the Earth at a time when the world is facing a health crisis.With the Earth Day commemorating its 50th anniversary amid an almost-global lockdown, eight leading artistes have collaborated to present the song Dharti Ma which is a tribute to the Earth. Composed by Amrit Ramnath, the song is an amalgamation of different styles and has been sung in eight languages that span the length and breadth of the country.........

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Who's Who of pop culture unites for 'One World' coronavirus special

Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey on Saturday headlined a special broadcast of music, comedy and personal stories celebrating those around the world on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Together at Home” event, broadcast across multiple television channels in the United States and overseas, featured a Who’s Who of pop culture in the biggest celebrity gathering so far to mark the effects of the virus. ........

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'Instagram Bridge' the latest showpiece of Dubai Creek Harbour megaproject

The bridge will connect the city of Dubai with man-made Creek Island across a new canal within a masterplan that includes apartment blocks, a $2 billion mall, outdoor leisure spaces, and what will be the world's tallest tower. The tower, at the center of the city side of the development, broke ground in 2016 and will surpass the 828-meter Burj Khalifa. London-based IJP Architects and structural engineers AKT II won a competition to deliver the bridge held by DCH developers Emaar, whic........

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Step inside Drake's extravagant Toronto mansion

Drake has previously given fans a glimpse into his mansion on social media, and in videos for "When To Say When & Chicago Freestyle" and new track "Toosie Slide." But the new photo shoot offers an unprecedented look at its design, including the 3,200-square-foot master bedroom, that basketball court (featuring his brand's owl logo in the center circle) and an ornate yellow lounge that Rafauli described as "modern Art Deco." Elsewhere........

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