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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 fragile men for five decades. Men who don’t im........

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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 ........

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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 message instructing Indians how to behave during the pande........

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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 ........

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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 from various fields who uphold secular values and promote rational thought.........

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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 NETPAC a........

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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 memo........

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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........

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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 thr........

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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 ga........

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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, which is responsible for many of Dubai's most........

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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, a 44-fo........

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A pandemic thriller, once rejected by publishers for being unrealistic, is now getting a wide release

The screenwriter-turned-novelist wrote a book titled "Lockdown" in 2005 about a global pandemic. Fifteen years later, that's our reality due to coronavirus, which has so far infected more than 1 million people globally. The thriller is set in London, the epicenter of a global pandemic that forces officials to institute a lockdown. The story isn't entirely based on May's imagination. He used British and US pandemic preparedness documents from 2002 t........

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International Booker Prize 2020 announced; check out which books made it

The much anticipated shortlist of the 2020 International Booker Prize has been announced. Announced digitally by the judges with the aid of a video, the list consists of six books: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Farsi-Iran), translated by Anonymous, published by Europa Editions; The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Spanish-Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, published by Charco Press; T........

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Meet the Japanese wheelchair dancer who dreams of performing at Olympics ceremony

Whirling, spinning, reaching, grasping - Japanese wheelchair dancer Kenta Kambara's emotive performances are wordless testimony to artistic passion and possibility. Born with spina bifida, a disorder that paralysed his lower body, Kambara aims to perform at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics opening or closing ceremonies, seeking to send a message to disabled and able-bodied people alike: it's okay to be different. "If you can't walk with your legs, it's okay to walk with your hands. If there is something you want to do but cannot, it........

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How artists are using cubist face paint to thwart facial recognition

As night falls in London, Georgina Rowlands and Anna Hart start applying makeup. Instead of lipstick and eyeliner, they're covering their faces with geometric shapes. Rowlands has long narrow blue triangles and thin white rectangles criss-crossing her face. Hart has a collection of red, orange and white angular shapes on hers. The technique is called CV Dazzle. They're two of the four founders of the Dazzle Club, a group of artists set up last year to provoke discussion abo........

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