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The curtain came down on the first annual DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) with the screening of Dev Anand's "Hum Dono", fully restored in colour.

 

The very first Buddha statue in the world was built in Gandhara, in the Kabul region of Afghanistan. Presently the area known as Kandahar. Afghanistan was a Buddhist country, quite similar to Tamil Nadu which I touched briefly in the last article, where Buddhism was popular during Buddhagosha’ era although the Mahavansa did not touch substantially

 

In the 19th century, visual representations of the country and of Indian life through various art forms, including the increasingly popular camera, acquired a unique purchase

 

Works of noted subcontinental Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, globally recognised as one who believed in social reform and devoted his poetry to the uplift of humanity, has now been translated into German.

 

Apu opens the door and asks his new bride to enter. “Amar ghor,” he says. Aparna, decked out in her wedding finery, walks in with halting steps. Moments later, she sits by the window, wracked by near-silent sobs. 

 
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Humay-un Ahm-ed is a popular novelist among Bangla-speaking readers in Bangladesh and elsewhere. At the February 21st book fair at Bangla Academy, Humayun's novels have long been bestsellers.

 

For all the talk of our vast heritage, cultural outreach in India is sub-optimal today. Apart from the India Art Fair, I cannot think of a single significant initiative in recent times to modernise this sector and bring it in line with global best practices.

 

A short film on the US drone attacks in Pakistan, made by students of Iqra University, has won an award at an international annual film festival held in the US.

 

A short film on the US drone attacks in Pakistan, made by students of Iqra University, has won an award at an international annual film festival held in the US.

 

Cricket has not caught on to any major extent in Afghanistan even 11 years after the Taliban was pushed out of Kabul in 2001. The sports-shy Afghans are still too battle-scarred to laugh their angst away on the pitch.

 


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