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Thursday, 21-June-2018

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DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

a week ago
What began as a gift from a friend 40 years ago has now snowballed into an extensive collection of over 5,000 pankhas (handheld fans) for eminent Indian artist Jatin Das. A carefully-curated part of this staggering collection, along with numerous prints, photographs, documentaries and paintings is currently open for public viewing at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) here. Titled “Pankha: A collection of hand fans from the Indian subcontinent and beyond,” the exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of noted personalities such as writer and former broadcaster Mark Tully, Niti Aayog CEO Amita...
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BISHOP’S COLLEGE AT SHIBPUR TO BECOME A HERITAGE ZONE

2 weeks ago
Tucked away in an unattended corner of the now-famous Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIST), Shibpur, on the other side of the river Ganga, a page from history is awaiting human footfall in silence. A leaf from the colonial past is poised to start shining again. At a neglected nook in the sprawling 64 bighas that presently house IIST, formerly Bengal Engineering College stands a near-derelict Bishop’s College, soaked in history. The IIST authorities who have planned its thorough revamp, particularly the magnificent chapel and adjacent building, have now decided to build a dedicated heritage zone in ...
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RIDER OF THE BLUE HORSE

3 weeks ago
The strong, the brave and the formidable make history. It is absolutely true about Maharana Pratap Singh of Udaipur. His life is an eternal tale of bravery, determination and uprightness in the Rajput history of Rajasthan. He was a diehard patriot, high-minded leader, staunch warrior, caring king and worshiper of freedom. He was the only Rajput ruler to have fought with Akbar and defied his massive army. Like a dutiful son, he protected his kingdom Mewar and the subjects with all his might from the Mughal forces. There were many warrior Kings in the history of India, who in respect of personal valour, capacity for governm...
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JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY

5 weeks ago
A wide swath of the millennia-old Indian civilization came alive through a cluster of artefacts of astonishing brilliance as the National Museum opened a nearly two-month transcontinental exhibition that takes the viewers on an intriguing and exhilarating trip through the country’s spectacular past and its links with the outside world since antiquity. “India and The World: A History in Nine Stories”, the first of its kind event in India, marks an unprecedented collaboration in museum exhibition with the British Museum, London; National Museum, New Delhi; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CS...
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RABINDRANATH TAGORE BEYOND COMPREHENSION

6 weeks ago
He was put into the Oriental Seminary, but quite it, saying that there was no proper learning system in the schooling of his childhood days. Was that the seed that lay dormant for decades till he founded an amazingly modern and advanced university, the Vishwa Bharati in Santiniketan in 1921?  Could be. Rabindranath Tagore is what is often termed the encyclopaedists, or monumental intellectuals who straddled across disciplines, from poetry to composing music (for more than 2,500 songs), to lyrics, to novels, short stories, dance dramas, dramas, letters, essays on politics, philosophy art and culture, to painting and e...
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Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Soldiers On In Internet Era

7 weeks ago
  At a time when younger people are privileging smartphones, television and video games over other sources of entertainment, a nearly 55-year-old museum housing thousands of dolls from across the globe is still maintaining its old-world charm and attracting not only children and teenagers, but also visitors of all age groups, it is  not surprising, as it actually transports you into a world where you can forget the woes of the present. With over 7,500 dolls on display, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum in the capital not only entertains children but also teaches th...
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Think Beyond Plastic- Endplasticpollution

9 weeks ago
  Do you believe in a miracle? Have you seen miracle? The planet on which we are living is itself a miracle. We live on a planet that circles around a ball of a fire next to the moon that moves the sea. So how can’t a person believe in a miracle? Earth is the only planet in the universe, where life originated. We can certainly say that Earth is our mother and we are her children. She gave us food, water and shelter. What useful things have we done to our mother then? There is a massive destruction of forests, pollution of seas and oceans. We are increasingly impoverishing resources of our planet. As process of globalization quickly moves, as environment suff...
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HELPING MIGRANT CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL

11 weeks ago
Ithai- The children have seen a new sky- They had no future. They used to spend time in gambling, sneaking into the shops to steal. Such things were their favourite pastime. They are the children of migrant workers and daily wage earners. Who is considered our true friend? Someone who takes us from darkness to light. And what could be bigger than the light of education. If someone holds your hand and takes you to the world of literacy from illiteracy can certainly be called a friend and a well-wisher. Ithai -the Hindi meaning of this word is friend – is dedicatedly doing this work for the past many years. 
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INSPIRATION FOR TODAY’S YOUTHS: BHAGAT SINGH, SUKHDEV AND RAJGURU

13 weeks ago
When power is misused, it translates into violence; but when it is used for achieving one’s Righteous goals, it amounts to justice.’ This revolutionary ideology was stated by the great revolutionary Bhagat Singh. ‘Any sacrifice will be inadequate to accomplish the greatest aim of freeing the motherland’, was the inspiring outlook of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, his associates in the freedom fight. These three great revolutionaries laid down their lives in their effort to achieve their goal. Nearly eighty-seven years ago, on March 23, 1931, Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar march...
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“I WANT TO GO BACK, BUT NOT TO MY CHILDREN”

14 weeks ago
When making ends meet became difficult, that is when she resorted to begging. And then when even that didn’t help, she found her way to Vrindavan. Shanti was a mere 13-year-old when she was made to tie the knot to the man best-suited for her, at least that is what the family had told her. Life was as normal as it is scripted for any next-door-married-woman in India. Her husband was a worker at a wool factory in Benaras. They were ‘blessed’ with four children – three girls and a boy. The money wasn’t huge, but enough to meet the daily needs for six. Life was a bright and pretty hue. But normalcy was ...
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COLOURS BRINGS JOY TO VRINDAVAN WIDOWS

15 weeks ago
They sang, they danced, they laughed and hugged all who were around. They threw flowers at each other, they played with gulaal. Defying all traditional barriers and taboos, hundreds and thousands of widows, for sixth year in a row, celebrated the festival of colours, Holi, at the ancient Gopinath temple in Vrindavan on February 27. The Widows of Vrindavan drenched themselves in rainbow colours – violet, green, yellow, red – as they joyously participated in the Holi celebrations annually organised by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation. Sulabh founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak joined the widow mo...
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FRANCE CONQUERS KOLKATA BOOK FAIR

16 weeks ago
The 42nd edition of the Kolkata International Book Fair(KIBF) that ended last week, had a mixed fair in terms of crowd, the sale of books and the attendant spices and surprises KBF used to dish out all these years. True, the footfalls had been little less this year compared to the last or the previous years, but the new venue at Central Park, Karunamoyee in Salt Lake did not entirely disappoint the book lovers. A large number of authors and other luminaries from abroad who were present at the fair, amply compensated for some aberrations that a fair of this magnitude is likely to produce. KIBF, which has been recognised by...