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Cinema as a popular cultural mouthpiece is trying to revive itself in Sri Lanka after 30 years of civil war, courtesy a bunch of progressive filmmakers, new stories - and post-production labs in India.

 

The idea of social Islam - the practised version of the faith - in conservative Muslim countries comes with a bias against the freedom of arts, says Islamic scholar, filmmaker and theatre personality Shama Zaidi.

 

The Dhaka Art Summit with 249 artists is being seen as a new beginning of cultural bonds between Bangladesh, India and the rest of the world. And cutting edge and contemporary art are becoming its talking heads, says a leading Bangladeshi art honcho.

 

Appreciating art is often a matter of aesthetics, of combining instinct with acquired taste. Nadia Samdani, CEO of the Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation, shaped her instincts under her father Khalilur Rahman Choudhury, a prominent Bangladeshi industrialist.

 
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Barta Gandharva, a young Dalit woman from Bhojpur district, has been a sarangi player since she was a little girl. “I used to follow my mother around, roaming and singing in villages. I still play the same sarangi. It has helped me establish myself.”

 
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As Myanmar seems headed towards democracy, and the world ponders a removal of sanctions, the country's artists are thriving - and contrarian. Gill Pattison, a New Zealander living in Myanmar for over a decade, owns an art gallery and organises international exhibitions for local artists. Speaking with Vineet Gill, Pattison discussed art, censorship and isolation in Myanmar - and the significance of works titled 'Just a Portrait':

 
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An India-Pakistan pact for exchange in music, dance, theatre and visual arts could become reality next year with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) renewing a dialogue with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), a top Pakistani official said Monday.

 
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If you thought Pakistan has only a limited menu to offer, you were wrong! Renowned chefs from across the border dished out a cuisine that is robust and nuanced, infused with sensibility and made with the best local  ingredients  at the four-day Pakistan Lifestyle Expo in the Indian capital.

 
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Besides talented Urdu-speaking beautiful Punjabi men and women, who became the icons of mass audiences, a variety of Punjabi professionals were absorbed readily by the Bombay film industry

 
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Lahore, a centre for the arts and learning in the early 20th century, has been the custodian of a plural, vibrant culture for decades. Its walled city, unlike several other old settlements, has continued to survive despite the expansion of the city.

 


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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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