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Islands breed their own kind of somnolence. People would rather stand at their gates watching life pass by than read a book, says contemporary Sri Lankan writer and popular television arts show host Ashok Ferrey of his country.

 
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Mehndi Hassan used to say "The deeper you go into music, the more aware you become of your own ignorance.” We experience this ignorance most forcefully in the South Asian context when the uniting power of music confronts the dividing effects of geopolitics. 

 
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Mehndi Hassan used to say "The deeper you go into music, the more aware you become of your own ignorance.” We experience this ignorance most forcefully in the South Asian context when the uniting power of music confronts the dividing effects of geopolitics. 

 
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Mehdi Hassan, who died in a Karachi hospital on Wednesday after a prolonged illness, will be remembered for bringing Indians and Pakistanis together in a shared passion for his songs of unrequited love.

 
 

An untitled painting of Mahishasura by Tyeb Mehta was sold to an Asian institution for $2.1 million (Rs.120 million) at a Christie's South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale in London Monday, the auction house said

 

Tripura Shangskriti Samannay Kendra (TSSK) recently arranged a two-day cultural festival marking the birth centenaries of four iconic cultural personalities -- Debbrata Biswas, Hemanga Biswas, Jyotirindra Moitra and Nibaran Pandit -- at Nazrul Kalakhetra in Agartala, Tripura, India.

 
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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink... A cluster of striking images by leading South Asian documentary photographer Munem Wasif turns the spotlight on the water tragedy brewing in Bangladesh.

 
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Maqbool Fida Husain, the "Picasso" of Indian art, ended his run as an iconic artist at the age of 95 in London a year ago this day. But his work is still among the top grossers in the buyers' and collectors' market. Gallerists say they still depend on the price power of Husain's works, which sell around the million-dollar mark in the international and domestic markets

 
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Subhash Ghai's film school in Mumbai has just held a celebration called Cinema 100, inaugurated by A R Rahman, and more celebrations are in order as we move to celebrate a hundred years of Indian cinema. When we commemorate these hundred years, what exactly do we celebrate?

 

India must pay more attention to its creative industries not just for the profits they generate but as enablers of sustainable human development.

 


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Indian judge Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice on Monday as the UN General Assembly rallied behind him in a show of force that made Britain  bow to the majority and withdraw its candidate.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build India's global appeal for investors seem to have finally yielded returns in terms of the country's performance in the World Bank&rsquo...

 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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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.