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Tagore kept the Indian art world abuzz with a grand comeback to the mainstream nearly 77 years after he began to experiment with art in 1924. The occasion was his 150th birth anniversary, during which the nation decided to cast an eye on "Tagore, the artist". The government, which was officially celebrating the Tagore anniversary, collated nearly 4,000 of his art works into a volume titled "Chitrabali".

 
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How Tagore, once disowned as a Hindu poet by Bengali Muslims, became part of Bangladesh's freedom movement is fascinating history. His songs, such as ‘ Amar sonar Bangla ami tomay bhalobasi' (My golden Bengal, I love you) and ‘ Sarthak janam amar janmechhi ei deshe' (My life has been fulfilled as I was born in this country) and dozens of others, won the hearts of the people. These songs became so integral to their lives that people started to use them to boost their political and cultural movements.

 
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 The five-day festival this year will host 135 sessions including those by Tom Stoppard and David Hare, two renowned playwrights, cutting edge writers of non-fiction like the 'Tiger Mother' Amy Chua,Richard Dawkins and Steven Pinker, great novelists such as Annie Proulx, Ben Okri, Jonathan Safran Foer and Michael Ondaatje, as well as the editor of the New Yorker, David Remnick. There will also be frontline reports from the Arab Spring.

 
 
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Events are scheduled to take place from 18-22 January 2012 The festival will include lively sessions with an amazing collection of diverse writers from all over the world such as Joanne Trollope, Richard Dawkins, Tom Stoppard, D.B.C Pierre, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, John Boyne, Aminatta Forna, Romesh Gunasekera and Nayantara Sahgal.The programme and further details can be found at www.galleliteraryfestival.com.   

 
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A new genetics study has found that more than 50 per cent of the South Asian populations have Indian ancestry.The study, conducted by scientists of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in collaboration with the University of Tartu, Estonia, the Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Chennai and Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, has been published in the prestigious American Journal of Human Genetics.

 
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Almost a year ago, news about a joint collaboration between the popular US children’s series “Sesame Street” and the Pakistani puppet show group Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop caused quite a stir in Pakistan. This four-year long, $20 million USaid project called “Sim Sim Hamara” was staged to promote entertainment for children in Pakistan.

 
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It's time for music aficionados to book a seat for this music fest that will have 15 bands from across nine nations of south Asia perform in the Capital. For those still needing a reason to be convinced, popular musician duo from Pakistan, Zeb and Haniya, will be performing too. The fifth edition of the South Asian Bands Festival, organised by Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), is set to begin on December 2 and rock bands, Indigo Children and Advaita, will represent Delhi at the fest.

 
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As digital and e-readers slowly take over, it seems the word ‘bookworm’ will have to be redefined. Statistics indicate the sale of e-books have risen over 100% in one year in America.Through the collaboration of publication nepalaya and e-commerce company muncha.com, Nepal is jumping on the band wagon and is now offering e-publication of Nepali works of literature.

 
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The Gorkhas still carry into battle their traditional weapon -an 18-inch long wickedly curved, broadbladed heavy knife known as the khukri. It is the world's most renowned fighting knife. It's said: "Often the mere sight of an unsheathed khukri is enough to discourage any further action by causing a cold, cramped feeling in the nether regions of the stomach." Legend has it that once a khukri was drawn in battle , it had to 'taste blood' . If it did not, its owner had to cut himself before returning it to its sheath. Writes Gurmeet kanwal

 
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“Ghosts”, whispered Mr Obama. They haunt him still, as he seeks to bring most American troops home before 2015, without leaving Afghanistan prey to a new extremist Taliban regime or an intensification of its three-decade-long civil war.

 


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