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Music, however, knows no barriers and no boundaries. And proving the age-old adage, over a dozen foreigners – mostly South Asians – are regaling crowds with their performances and dedication for Indian music.

 

The Indian state of Nagaland is known as a hub of musical talent. There are songs of love, there are even songs of war here. The rich musical tradition of the state could now become a source of revenue.

 

The 4th three-day International Folklore Congress organised by Nepali Folklore Society in Kathmandu from August 17-19 this year brought together, as Kapila Vatsyayan, a well-known Indian folklorist and theatre critic has said, ‘people from different disciplines to throw light on the seemingly simple but very complex issues of what we may consider as folklore.’

 

The British Film Institute (BFI) and its legendary film journal Sight and Sound recently made its panel of 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors vote again for the best film ever. Vertigo won the best film. But there is one film that still remains in the world’s top 50 — Satyajit Ray’s timeless classic, Pather Panchali (1955).

 

The jury may be out on Pakistan's alleged ill treatment of minorities, but Goan Christians settled in Karachi are gearing up for the ball of the year. On August 22, ethnic Goans from the multicultural port city will stir the cooking pot and dish out Goan cuisine, as part of the Goa Food Festival at the St. Patrick's Cathedral grounds in Karachi.

 

Four bone fragments of the Buddha housed in the National Museum, Delhi are on a two-week tour of Sri Lanka to enable Buddhists there to pay homage to them. India uses history and artefacts contested by Nepal to build bridges with Sri Lanka.

 

Legendary storyteller Saadat Hasan Manto was much celebrated in India as well as Pakistan on his birth centenary in May, but official recognition for him in Pakistan came only on August 14, when the government conferred on him the Nishan-i-Imitiaz, Pakistan’s highest civilian award.

 

The Fourth International Folklore and Cultural Conference kicked off here from Friday. The event has begun under the slogan of "Study of folklore and folk life: centralism on non-material and cultural conference". The event is jointly organised by the Nepali Folklore Society, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Academy, BP Koirala Nepal-India Foundation and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

 

It is a pageant of rare Quranic manuscripts that not only provides an insight into the glory and richness of Islam but also sets back the clock of the religion's advent into Kashmir by almost a century.

 
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India 's soft-power is woven into its fabric and is in need of a radical shift in the way our cultural resources are governed. Fiscal resources are only part of this challenge, the bigger concern is lack of skilled human resource.

 


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