Asia Entertainment & Arts
Kara Wai ecstatic over Excellence in Asian Cinema Award
With emerging digital platforms, Tamil cinema scrambles to adapt
A musician’s musician
Why not all states can watch Padmaavat
Touching a raw nerve
Vikas Gupta is the second runner-up of Bigg Boss 11
‘The Third Act’ of a self-taught artist
See the Civic District in a new light during Singapore Art Week
2018-01-18 01:45:19 The Civic District lights up this weekend as multimedia projections transform the facades of landmarks from Friday night to Jan 28. Free outdoor light shows and a ticketed walk through a House Of Mirrors on Empress Lawn are among the programmes lined up for Light To Night Festival: Colour Sensations, organised by the National Gallery Singapore for visual arts showcase Singapore Art Week   Read More ...
DMRC to decorate Moti Bagh station with abstract art
2018-01-18 01:43:50 In line with its initiative to utilise its premises for the promotion of art and culture, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is decorating the Moti Bagh station of the upcoming Majlis Park – Shiv Vihar Metro corridor. Abstract artworks are being installed on the facades of the Metro station facing the Ring Road and an adjacent flyover, conveying the message of environment conservation   Read More ...
26-episode TV series to bring to life Terengganu folklore hero - Nation
2018-01-18 00:48:02 KUALA TERENGGANU: The story of Hang Tuah’s contemporary and local folklore hero Megat Panji Alam will be told in a 26-episode TV series, which will showcase Terengganu’s tourist attractions. “We’ve been working to realise this series over the past four years,” said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman. “Besides attracting more tourists to the state, we hope to instil pride among the locals of their very own champion   Read More ...
Let Bronze Do the Talking
2018-01-17 20:31:31 Delhi-based artist Rajesh Ram’s bronze sculptures in Delhi’s Palette Art gallery are like storytellers revealing the reality of the present times. A child shuts his eyes with his hands while seated on top of an ostrich, depicting how the common population chooses to stay numb and shuts their eyes on matters of grave importance. Much like how an ostrich digs a hole in the ground and hides his face in the face of danger   Read More ...
‘Stories are stories, only the platforms change’
2018-01-17 17:26:59 In the last few years, Sanjay Suri’s career graph has veered more towards indie films. The actor who co-owns the banner Anticlock Films with filmmaker Onir (they’ve jointly produced My Brother... Nikhil (2005), I Am (2011), Chauranga (2016) and Shab (2017) among others) is now partnering with long-time friend Samir Soni to co-produce and act in My Birthday Song, a psychological thriller thatdeals with a series of twisted events that blurs the fine line between past, present and future   Read More ...
Jerome Bel and his amateurs test the limits of contemporary dance in Saitama show
2018-01-17 16:16:29 Is the French choreographer Jerome Bel a trailblazer or an enfant terrible of the contemporary dance world? This weekend you’ll be able to judge for yourself when his challenging but spellbinding “Gala” arrives at Saitama Arts Theater — and your verdict will likely depend on whether you believe contemporary dance is a distinctive art form executed by specially trained people, or whether it can be any kind of performance in which the body is used for creative expression on stage   Read More ...
Kara Wai ecstatic over Excellence in Asian Cinema Award
2018-01-17 15:12:30 HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong actress Kara Wai says she is ecstatic over receiving this year's Asian Film Awards' Excellence in Asian Cinema Award. "This is not an acting award, it's an achievement award, so I'm thrilled and feel as if I'm walking on clouds," the star of "Wu Xia" said in a recent interview. With a career that spans more than 40 years and success in both television and film, the 57-year-old actress was named Best Actress for the second time at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in November for the role of a manipulative madame in "The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful   Read More ...
Korea leads way for nail art trends
2018-01-17 15:06:50 Hyper-trendy, beauty-conscious Korea has risen to leadership status in the world of nail art, which is positioned as a way of expressing individuality, fashion savvy and even humor. Nail art, a meticulous business that turns manicures into art, uses nail polish, nail stickers and tiny jewels to decorate nails often lengthened with extensions to create certain looks. Nail artists boast their techniques with applicator brushes or small nail brushes, focusing on cuticles, tips or the entire canvas   Read More ...
Kara Wai ecstatic over Excellence in Asian Cinema Award
2018-01-17 14:47:59 HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong actress Kara Wai says she is ecstatic over receiving this year's Asian Film Awards' Excellence in Asian Cinema Award. "This is not an acting award, it's an achievement award, so I'm thrilled and feel as if I'm walking on clouds," the star of "Wu Xia" said in a recent interview. With a career that spans more than 40 years and success in both television and film, the 57-year-old actress was named Best Actress for the second time at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in November for the role of a manipulative madame in "The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful   Read More ...
Her repertoire stretched to films too
2018-01-17 13:17:07 Sugama Sangeeta has gained national recognition with artiste Ratnamala Prakash getting the Kendriya Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the President at New Delhi. The excited Ratnamala is the first recipient of the national award instituted in ‘Sugama Sangeeta.’ “Until now there were awards for Light Music in the North, but this is the first time ‘Sugam Sangeet’, that is unique to Karnataka has made it big,” says Ratnamala, daughter of the late veteran vocalist R   Read More ...
Terengganu's legendary warrior Megat Panji Alam to be featured in TV series
2018-01-17 12:48:31 KUALA TERENGGANU: After four years of research and fact finding, the story of Terengganu local hero Megat Panji Alam will finally be told in a television series. The legend of the warrior will unfold in a 26-episode series as part of the state's Beautiful Terengganu tourism campaign. "We hope this series will be a catalyst for more tourists to come and explore Terengganu," said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman at an MoU signing ceremony between the state government and Al-Hijrah Media Corp on Wednesday (Jan 17)   Read More ...
Mark Rein-Hagen On Georgia in the Gaming World
2018-01-17 12:44:49 INTERVIEW. ‘Tamar leads Georgia’ - intoned the narrator, and the Georgians rejoiced. When a celebrated figure from your history becomes a character in one of the most celebrated video games in the world, it's worth celebrating, I say. Apart from matters of national pride, it has pragmatic benefits as well: people are going to learn about Georgia, and, based on empirical evidence, those who do, want to come here; from invaders in ancient times all the way to the ever-swelling numbers of tourists our country seems to attract nowadays   Read More ...
Women in Telugu cinema: Some common sense please?
2018-01-17 12:29:18 In a mainstream film that’s heavily centred on its hero with a mass appeal, the role that the leading lady is relegated to, often requires her to just look cute and occasionally silly. There are always exceptions to this rule, but the cutesy, silly heroine is a cliché that many filmmakers don’t seem to tire of. Then, there are films that require the leading women to be mind-numbingly stupid   Read More ...
A slice of Mahishmati in Madurai
2018-01-17 12:29:12 The façade of the Mahishmati castle stands tall and proud with its turrets and ramparts regally welcoming the visitors at the Tamukkam grounds. All the key scenes from the fantasy flick are authentically depicted with golden statues and grand models. Be it the scene where Mahendra Baahubali places his foot on Kattappa’s head, Bhallaladeva tames the wild bull or the heart wrenching scene when Kattappa stabs Amarendra Baahubali from behind and Baahubali in all his glory stands atop an elephant, the poster-perfect shot when Baahubali gives archery lessons to Devasena- It’s all there! But that’s not the end of it   Read More ...
What’s in a name: To the point, visually
2018-01-17 11:16:48 Ideally interior decor elements of a company should reflect its identity subtly and yet drive home the point. ‘What’s in a name’ is an eight-year old startup in the digital marketing and advertising arena whose compact workspace is utilised judiciously to create that effect. Advertising and marketing are about being concise, the space located on the third floor of the Empire Square building stays true to that idea visually   Read More ...
Arun Nandakumar is high on dance
2018-01-17 11:16:07 “Ready master?” For a second Arun Nandakumar was rooted to the spot, as an assistant director waited to hand him a microphone. On the sets of new campus-movie Queen, out in theatres last week, the choreographer stood before a sea of faces that awaited his cue. “It was close to 100 artistes, 41 of them being actors, the rest junior artistes and dancers looking at me from different floors of Government Engineering College, Thrissur to begin the take   Read More ...
Space Invaders: Japan celebrates 40 years of the video game
2018-01-17 09:33:59 Space Invaders turns 40 this year, and Japan is celebrating with a high-tech exhibition in Tokyo. Nostalgic visitors shoot at aliens on a giant screen, and play the classic video game in new ways.   Read More ...
Ilaiyaraaja sings for Dhanush’s ‘Maari 2’
2018-01-17 09:16:06 Dhanush on Tuesday night shared a string of photographs of himself along with maestro from the music studio. “So happy to announce that the maestro Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja sang a song for . What a delightful divine experience. We feel so blessed and super thrilled,” Dhanush captioned the image. Directed by Balaji Mohan, also stars Sai Pallavi. The Tamil action-comedy film marks Balaji’s second collaboration with Dhanush after Maari   Read More ...
Aiming high with music fusion: Ryoma Quartet on quest to convey spirit of Japan to world
2018-01-17 09:00:46 By Jin Kiyokawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterIt’s a band in which West meets East and old meets new. The members of Ryoma Quartet play four instruments between them: violin, three-stringed shamisen, shinobue flute and tsuzumi hand drum. The band’s latest album is titled “Samurize,” a word coined from “samurai” and “sunrise.” The 15-track album from Pony Canyon Inc. features elements of rock, funk and electronica, as the instrumentalists create a distinctive, well-balanced fusion of sounds   Read More ...
August Cinema bags Rajinikanth’s 2.0 rights for a record price in Kerala
2018-01-17 08:36:09 Superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming 2.0, also starring Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the main antagonist, is already breaking pre-business records set by the biggest Indian blockbusters in the past. The Kerala distribution rights of the most expensive film ever made in India to date has been sold to August Cinema, which is run by actor Arya, cinematographer Santosh Sivan and filmmaker Shaji Nadesan   Read More ...
Farid Kamil's latest TV series is trending on social media
2018-01-17 07:35:31 KUALA LUMPUR: Troubled actor Datuk Farid Kamil's off-screen ‘drama’ may be the talk of town now, but Netizens are eagerly following his latest drama series on the small screen, too. Entitled Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu, it has been trending on Twitter since it premiered on Monday. he romantic drama's hashtag #lafazkankalimahcintamu was Malaysia's top trending topic on Monday night with 40,000. Directed by Along Kamaludin and adapted from the novel of the same name by Siti Rosmizah, Lafazkan Kalimah Cintamu also stars Nelydia Senrose, Azhar Sulaiman, Azri Iskandar and Adibah Noor   Read More ...
In Graphics: CONGRATULATIONS! TV actor Danish Akhtar to tie the knot on January 26
2018-01-17 07:24:48 Republic Day will turn one of the most memorable dates for TV actor Danish Akhtar. Danish has decided to get married to a Mumbai based girl.   Read More ...
Notes from a theatremaker’s journey
2018-01-17 07:20:34 An international tour, as a last bastion of performance, is now no longer completely out of the purview for Indian plays, however modest their beginnings. International co-productions aside, even homegrown Indian theatre, including several plays from Mumbai, have been showcased abroad in the recent past. Sometimes a cultural commemoration eases the way to a sporadic international showing, with consular support specially earmarked for certain kinds of bilateral cultural exchange   Read More ...
Bollywood flops Raees,Kaabil top list of pirated Hindi movies
2018-01-17 07:20:25 After the mandatory turn-of-the year best and worst film lists comes a unique compendium of 'the most pirated Hindi movies of 2017'. And it’s not just domestic netizens preferring their personal devices over the big screen for watching Bollywood flicks, but even Pakistanis who have developed a penchant for sharing films made in India. The surprise toppers of the list, compiled by a German firm TECXIPIO GmbH, are the year's box-office duds — Shahrukh Khan's Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil   Read More ...
Hussain Haidry on turning political poems into film songs
2018-01-17 07:20:15 In February 2017, Hussain Haidry recited his poem ‘Hindustani Musalmaan’, about identity and the politics surrounding it at a performing arts venue in Mumbai. The YouTube video went viral and the freelance writer became a social-media sensation. A year later, Haidry has written the lyrics for the January 12 release Mukkabaaz. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film tells the story of an aspirant Shravan’s (Vineet Kumar Singh) revolt and rise as a boxer in Bareilly   Read More ...
Music for a four-legged cause
2018-01-17 07:20:11 For the past four years, The Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (BSPCA) to Animals (and the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals) has been hosting yearly fundraisers to create awareness about the plight of our four-legged friends. Last year, Woofs and Hoofs Carnival and Fundraiser at the Mahalaxmi Race Course had a flea market-like atmosphere with plenty of shopping, music, food and several kids activities   Read More ...
Israeli filmmaker making documentary on Mumbai Jews
2018-01-17 07:15:38 Accompanying 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg on his three-day trip to Mumbai is Jewish filmmaker and producer Oren Rosenfeld, who is making a documentary on the city’s Jewish community. A significant part of his documentary focuses on 26/11 terror attack survivor Moshe, his nanny Sandra Samuel and the attack itself, which killed 166 people in Mumbai in 2008. Rosenfeld has been shooting for the film for the past three years, and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2018   Read More ...
When art reclaims history
2018-01-17 07:15:37 Reclaiming the past is not an easy exercise, especially when it’s lost in the void of neglect and oblivion. But a panchayat in Kollam is doing exactly that by documenting a 100-year-old episode from local history and reviving some long-lost art forms of the time. There may not be many records or memoirs of Perinad Mutiny, a Dalit revolt also known as Kallumala Samaram   Read More ...
Tyagaraja music festival kicks off
2018-01-17 07:13:24 Inaugurating the week-long music festival to commemorate the birth anniversary of saint Tyagaraja at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College here, Mr.Subramanyam appreciated the Vijayawada Music Academy and the Department of Language and Culture for taking up the initiative to organise the classical music festival highlighting the saint’s works. The music festival commenced with the vocal concert of Anuvrata Narasimhan (Tirupati), supported by Abhijit Narasimhan on violin and Aravind on mridangam   Read More ...
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in Singapore for dialogue with local youths
2018-01-17 06:09:22 British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay returned to Singapore for a motivational dialogue with local youths at the ArtScience Museum on Tuesday (16 January). The culinary star was a guest of Marina Bay Sands’ ongoing event “In Conversation With”, during which he had shared advice with the 80 students who attended. The students were from social service organisation AWWA, the Industrial and Services Co-operative Society (ISCOS), Students Care Service, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy and the Culinary Institute of America   Read More ...
1,400 anime layouts for Ghibli films on display in Fukui
2018-01-17 05:06:53 FUKUI--Layout drawings used for Studio Ghibli Inc.’s masterpieces that were crucial to determining the compositions of imagery of anime films are being showcased at a special exhibition here. Running at the Fukui Fine Arts Museum in the city’s Bunkyo district through March 11, the exhibition features about 1,400 layouts used for “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and other films produced by the legendary anime studio   Read More ...
Daegu theater's abrupt cancellation of musical causes stir
2018-01-16 15:10:59 ‘Sandglass' organizers say art center overreacted to musical By Kwon Mee-yoo The Daegu leg of the musical "Sandglass," based on the 1995 hit drama of the same name, was abruptly canceled Monday, after the Keimyung Art Center in the southeastern city reversed its According to the show's production company Insight Entertainment, "Sandglass" was scheduled to be performed from March 5 to 11, but the theater abruptly canceled it without warning   Read More ...
With emerging digital platforms, Tamil cinema scrambles to adapt
2018-01-16 14:20:16 The business of cinema is witnessing a sea change in all departments and this year is expected to transform the Tamil film industry even more. One of the most significant shifts has been the window of theatre and digital platform release in India domestic sale coming down to four weeks (28 days). Speaking at The Hindu Lit for Life, Karan Johar pointed out that a few years back, the superstars ruled, and cinema was the only form of entertainment, but added that having access to multiple alternative entertainment platforms had led to a fall in footfalls in theatres   Read More ...
Reliance Entertainment heads to the South
2018-01-16 14:19:42 In what marks its entry into the film production market in South India, the Anil D. Ambani owned Reliance Entertainment on Tuesday announced a joint venture with Y Not Studios and AP International for production of movies. Shibasish Sarkar, Chief Operating Officer of Reliance Entertainment said, “We are extremely pleased to partner with Y Not Studios and AP International. This relationship will allow Reliance Entertainment to make its presence felt strongly in the vibrant South film market, with production of high quality content   Read More ...
A musician’s musician
2018-01-16 13:19:50 Sarod maestro Pt Buddhadev Dasgupta, who passed away yesterday in Kolkata at the age of 84, will be remembered for his scholarly approach to music without getting dourly regimented. The doyen of the Senia Shahjahanpur gharana was born in Bhagalpur in Bihar on 1st February, 1933. Not belonging to a musical family, Dasgupta created a unique family whose members are bound by their ties to him and his Guru Pt Radhika Mohan Moitra’s music   Read More ...
Painting a message
2018-01-16 12:25:22 To take up religious matter for a painting exhibition can be tricky but Prashant Shah is quite up to the challenge. He wants the viewer to only appreciate the art for art’s sake at his two ongoing exhibitions “Homage to Bhagwan Bahubali” and “Masterpieces of Jain Heritage” at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru. He would rather have a viewer appreciate the ancient heritage of Jain scriptures, the temple icons, sculptures, bas relief for their aesthetics and beauty   Read More ...
Fire rips through maritime museum in Indonesia, no casualties reported
2018-01-16 12:12:07 A fire ripped through a 17th century Dutch colonial building that houses a maritime museum in the Indonesian capital today, causing extensive damage to its historical collections. Museum head Husnizon Nizar said there were no casualties from the fire that swept through one of the museum’s three historic buildings. It took about four hours for fire fighters to extinguish it. Nizar said the blaze destroyed models of Dutch East India Company ships, traditional Indonesian vessels and a newly installed diorama showing the history of World War II in the Java Sea   Read More ...
NK to send 140-member art troupe to S. Korea during Winter Olympics
2018-01-16 06:10:01 North Korea agreed Monday to send a 140-member art troupe including an orchestra to South Korea during next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.The North's Samjiyon band, consisting of an 80-member orchestra, singers and dancers, will hold concerts in Seoul and Gangneung, a sub-host city of the games, 240 kilometers east of Seoul, according to South Korea's unification ministry. Gangneung will host ice sports during the Winter Games   Read More ...
The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger is ‘enjoying the sights and sounds of India’, see photo
2018-01-16 06:08:33 The Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger is in India, and it looks like he is having a blast here. The singing legend took to social media sites Instagram and Twitter to share a picture of himself. The picture suggests that he is currently enjoying the sights and sounds that Rajasthan has to offer. Jagger recently took to social media, and posted a picture of himself, dressed in a blue blazer, shirt and pants   Read More ...
State-of-the-art devices to boost runway visibility
2018-01-16 04:12:56 In about a month, the Airport Meteorological Office (AMO) will install devices to enhance its weather monitoring services and ensure smooth flight operations and passenger safety. To begin with, Drishti, a state-of-the-art instrument developed indigenously to measure the runway visual range, will be installed at the Chennai airport, officials said. The automatic device, designed in collaboration with National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru, will help in measuring runway visibility and provide information for safe landing and departure of the flights   Read More ...