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Kerala film fest caught in legal tangle ahead of Dec 9 start

The 16th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) was caught in a legal tangle in the Kerala High Court which dismissed the plea of the producer of film “Adimadhyantham”, which was selected but later disqualified from the competition section of the event, an organiser said Sunday. Addressing reporters, acclaimed director Priyadarshan, festival director and chairman of the ...

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Longest novel in China focuses on 4.5 mn people

A Chinese man has written the country’s longest novel that encompasses an astounding 4.5 million people, runs into 10 volumes and took 22 years to finish. Novelist Zhang Wei’s “You Are on the Highland” has sold 500,000 copies, Xinhua reported. The novel, which won the Mao Dun Literature Prize in 2011, deals with social changes China has experienced in the ...

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Sabarimala earnings surge

Unfazed by last season’s tragedy where 102 pilgrims died in a stampede, this year’s Sabarimala season is heading for a record collection. According to the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB), the hundi collections and sale of prasadam shot up by Rs.11 crores and touched Rs.39.11 crores as compared to the last season. TDB president M. Rajagopalan Nair pointed out that the ...

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Noel Gallagher supports Beady Eye

Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher insists he wants Beady Eye, the group formed by his brother Liam, to be successful. Beady Eyes members include Liam Gallagher, Chris Sharrock, Andy Bell and Gem Archer. The 44-year-old insists he isn’t happy that his debut solo album, “Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds” did better business than Beady Eye’s “Bring the Light”. “It’s not fair ...

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Yoko Ono to bring multimedia art to India

A multimedia exhibition featuring public art installtions and conventional art, as also performances by Yoko Ono, wife of late Beatles icon John Lennon, will bring the New York-based artist and musician to India in January, 2012 — the first time since Lennon’s death. The exhibition, ‘Our Beautiful Daughters’, will be spread across multiple spaces. The exhibition will begin Jan 13 ...

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Wisden to launch India edition

Cricketers’ almanac Wisden is all set to launch its India edition that will have a comprehensive coverage of Indian cricket down to its lowest level. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been made president of its editorial board. “It’s great to see Wisden in India, they are a powerhouse in the field of cricket. Wisden India will not be just ...

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Village handicrafts go on show at Dilli Haat

If you are fond of art work and handicrafts, the Dilli Haat is the place to visit these days. The village craftsmen’s mart is hosting a 15-day exhibition-cum-sale of products created by some of India’s finest artisans. The “Master Creation Programme 2011″ at Dilli Haat near INA Market in south Delhi is on till Dec 15. The exhibition was inaugrated ...

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5,000 years of Indian art in pictorial text

Indian art has travelled an energetic course in the last 5,000 years, peaking in aesthetic excellence during the Hindu and Buddhist periods. But this mammoth journey has been sequestered from the Western world for want of comprehensive documentation. Senior writer and curator Sushma K. Bahl has tried to bring out this journey with a hefty volume, “5,000 years of Indian ...

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Films Division’s flip flop over documentary channel

Films Division of India director general Bankim Friday did a flip flop on having dedicated television channel for documentary and short films. After being gung ho about lobbying for a separate channel with the ministry for information and broadcasting, Bankim during an interaction with reporters on the sidelines of the 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI), later said that ...

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A Festival of India set to charm Argentina

Argentine dancers performing Bharatanatyam and Odissi, recital of Rabindranath TagoreĀ“s poems by an Argentine scholar, Indian food, films and a yoga show that will see the participation of 15,000 people will be some of the highlights of the fourth Festival of India to be held here. The Indian embassy will hold the Festival of India in Buenos Aires from Dec ...

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First Superman comic sells for over $2 mn

A rare copy of the first issue of “Action Comics”, in which Superman made his first appearance, has sold for a record $2.16 million. The issue was auctioned online at www.comicconnect.com. However, neither the name of the buyer nor the seller was disclosed, the Daily Telegraph reported. The issue was published in 1938 and cost just 10 cents. The previous ...

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Doctor by day, musician and writer by night

The scalpel gives way to a harmonium and the surgeon in 80-year-old Samir K. Gupta steps aside for the artist as he gives musical life to some poems of “Gitanjali” by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Gupta, who runs a city orthopaedic clinic, is a devoted doctor during the day and spends long hours of his nights composing music and writing ...

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Chota Cinema Centre – a window for Goan filmmakers

The 42nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here is not just about international cinema as the spotlight is also on local filmmakers who can showcase their talent in the Chota Cinema Centre and even win awards for their creativity. The only criterion is the director or producer should be a Goan. Zain Lakhani, the business development and operation head ...

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Dalai Lama, sports, Delhi on book cart

Settle in with a book from the colourful shelf this weekend. 1. “Upwardly Mobile”; Written by Ranjini Manian; Published by Penguin India; Priced at Rs.250 The book focuses on strengthening Indian roots and flying on global wings. It expounds four themes in six segments – “knowing oneself as an Indian, knowing what drives an expatriate, strengthening areas where we need ...

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