Asia Entertainment & Arts
Man held for obscene act in front of TV actress in Mumbai
‘Cinema speaks the language of emotions’
An irregular fare: The India Art Fair comes up short
Art - From Cancer to Canvas | Kartikey Sharma | TEDxGLIMChennai
Maha Sivaratri: artistes pay homage to the Lord of Dance
Ten years on and Avial is as popular as ever
Loneliness of the long denied artist
Sony joins vinyl revival with first LP releases in almost 30 years
2018-02-20 08:04:14 The vinyl revival gathers apace with music industry giant Sony's announcement of its return to the format after 29 years. Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SME), will release its first records this century on March 21 with titles by popular U.S. singer and piano player Billy Joel and Japanese musician Eiichi Otaki. The artists are not arbitrary choices as they were also the first to release the world’s first commercial CDs in 1982   Read More ...
Man held for obscene act in front of TV actress in Mumbai
2018-02-20 07:36:26 A 43-year-old driver of a luxury car was arrested for allegedly pleasuring himself in front of a TV actress near a school in suburban Vile Parle at Mumbai, police said on Tuesday. Jeevan Chaudhary, who works as a driver for a city businessman, was arrested on a complaint lodged by the actress after the incident on Monday, a police official said   Read More ...
‘Music varsity V-C was selected on merit’
2018-02-20 05:31:42 After the appointment of musicologist and Harikatha exponent Premeela Gurumurthy as the Vice-Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Music and Fine Arts University triggered a controversy, Minister for Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture ‘Ma Foi’ K. Pandiarajan defended her appointment. “She was the most eligible candidate for the post. She is the daughter-in-law of late musician and painter S. Rajam. Incidentally, I have to mention because it has become a controversy, she is also not a Brahmin   Read More ...
City to co-host theatre olympics
2018-02-20 05:28:19 The capital city will be one of the co-hosts of the 8th Theatre Olympics organised by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. This is the first time that India is hosting the largest international theatre festival. The city being one of the co-hosts gives its theatre enthusiasts the opportunity to experience a variety of folk, national, and international theatre, from February 22 to March 1 at Tagore Theatre, at 6   Read More ...
Humility is important for young artists: Sonal Mansingh
2018-02-20 05:22:50 Treat every day as a day of artistic challenges which will enable you to further evolve as a human being, said veteran dancer Sonal Mansingh, at the annual convocation of the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra, on Monday. Addressing the diploma holders, the Padma Vibhushan award-winner said that she was still watching, learning and imbibing the arts after 40 years of being a dancer   Read More ...
RSS affiliate wants more Indian-ness in Indian films
2018-02-20 05:19:46 Value-based films or films that portray the 'Indian culture' are a part of the three-day film festival organised by RSS-affiliate Bharati Chitra Sadhana. After organising this film festival, which was inaugurated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani on Monday, the RSS affiliate wants to start film appreciation workshops and courses to teach aspiring film-makers on how to bring back the lost 'Indian-ness' in films   Read More ...
The Art of Telling Stories
2018-02-19 20:11:21 When Amit Madheshiya, 35, first began researching India’s travelling cinemas in 2008, he was struck by their physicality. The trucks that carried the projector in their belly from village to village, the technology that made cinema accessible in the remotest of villages and the people who managed the overall ground logistics — all seemed fascinating to him. But only when he shifted his focus to the audience, did he realise that the main story of travelling cinemas revolves around the people who watch it — and that’s the story he wanted to narrate through his photographs   Read More ...
Why Everything is Garbage
2018-02-19 20:11:17 “I am an activist, not a filmmaker”, says Qaushiq Mukherjee, better known as Q. That’s as it may be, but he’s still savouring the warm reception his latest film Garbage has received at its world premiere at the Berlinale. The morning after, his eyes hidden behind his distinctive thick-framed glasses, he tells me how hard it is to make his kind of cinema — hard-hitting, disruptive and chaotic — and yet how that’s the only kind of cinema he is interested in making   Read More ...
Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases
2018-02-19 14:26:20 Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its ‘Future Relics’ project — the first-ever lab experiment in India. The “Future Relics” project, which was announced in November 2017, blends ancient craft and modern technology to build relics for the future. It was conceptualized as part of the landmark “India and the World: A History in Nine Stories,” exhibition in association with the CSMVS   Read More ...
The 7th edition of Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival in March
2018-02-19 14:25:54 The Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival will be back with its seventh edition during the Easter weekend of March 30-31 at Baikunth Resorts in Kasauli, the organisers said. The two-day festival, organised by Genesis Foundation, will feature bands and artistes including Rabbi Shergill, Suraj Jagan, Thermal and a Quarter, When Chai Met Toast, Parvaaz and Unplugged. The festival draws people from across the country to Kasauli to aid the fund-raiser for underprivileged children suffering from heart disorders   Read More ...
Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases at CSMVS museum
2018-02-19 14:18:56 Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its ‘Future Relics’ project -- the first-ever lab experiment in India. The “Future Relics” project, which was announced in November 2017, blends ancient craft and modern technology to build relics for the future. It was conceptualized as part of the landmark “India and the World: A History in Nine Stories,” exhibition in association with the CSMVS   Read More ...
Maata raani mounamidi: Rising to the challenge
2018-02-19 11:13:53 It is now history. The combination of music maestro Ilayaraja and author-turned-filmmaker Vamsy has churned out many a memorable hit song. One such song was, maata raani mounamidi from ‘Maharshi’ (1988), produced by ‘Sravanthi’ Ravi Kishore. It was penned by the then upcoming lyricist, Vennelakanti Rajeswara Prasad. Popularly known as Vennelakanti, he had quit his bank job to pursue a career in films and, started his journey as a song writer with ‘Sri Ramachandrudu’ (1986)   Read More ...
Notes from the fingersmith
2018-02-19 11:13:42 Picking up the guitar, learning a few chords and strumming our favourite film song is easy for those of us who have taken guitar classes. However, if you meet the professor of classical guitar from the Zurich University of the Arts and concert artiste, Anders Miolin, you just might rethink your impression of the six-string instrument. Anders, who was in town over the weekend, as part of The Bangalore School of Music’s 16th East West Music & Dance Encounter, did more than showcase his expertise and experience as a concert and recording artiste and as a professor of classical guitar in his workshops and performances   Read More ...
‘Cinema speaks the language of emotions’
2018-02-19 11:13:35 Giving a push to Indian cinema’s global ambitions, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), participated in the European Film Market at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin. The Indian delegation was led by director-producer Karan Johar. “We have a very impressive delegation with eminent filmmakers like Shaji Karun and Jahnu Barua   Read More ...
R Rathnavelu on making dual headway
2018-02-19 10:14:13 Twenty years in the film industry is a long time and every technician needs to do something to beat monotony. R Rathnavelu will wield the megaphone once Syee Raa Narasimha Reddy finishes. It will be an action thriller and of course a Telugu movie. He makes this announcement to us while sharing his experience working for Rangasthalam. Tamil films have taken a back seat, he has made Hyderabad his home but the move is not deliberate   Read More ...
Ice dancers Muramoto, Reed advance to free dance
2018-02-19 09:00:40 GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Kyodo) -- The Japanese ice dancing duo of Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed placed 15th in the short dance Monday to qualify for the free dance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. While the Canadian pair of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took the lead with 83.67 points, Muramoto and Reed, who are competing in their third season together, earned a score of 63   Read More ...
A paean to Nature
2018-02-19 08:22:28 Vivi Jojo talks intensely about his art, happy to explain the mélange of ideas that shape his works. In ‘Mitya’, (meaning illusion), his ongoing show, at David Hall in Fort Kochi, he expounds the beauty of nature and the challenges it faces from human beings. Driven by a love for nature, it being his strongest belief, the exhibition is his testimony to his conviction   Read More ...
Japanese director’s pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival
2018-02-19 07:06:55 A 2015 documentary on local supporters of Japan’s traditions of whaling and dolphin-hunting won an international film festival award Saturday in London, the director said Monday. Keiko Yagi, 50, director of “Behind the Cove,” won the award for best director of a feature documentary at the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, which ended Saturday. Her film is a rebuttal to the 2010 Oscar-winning U   Read More ...
Japan pro-whaling documentary wins award at London film festival
2018-02-19 02:00:26 TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A 2015 Japanese documentary introducing the voices of Japanese people who support the country's tradition of whaling and dolphin hunting won an award at an international film festival in London last week, its director said Monday. Keiko Yagi, who directed "Behind the Cove," won the Best Director of a Feature Documentary award at the Feb. 10-17 London International Filmmaker Festival   Read More ...
Dance India Dance 6 Grand Finale: Sanket Gaonkar emerges as the winner of DID 6
2018-02-19 00:40:18 Finally! Season 6 of Zee TV's popular dance reality show Dance India Dance has come to a spectacular end and Karnataka based Sanket Gaonkar has emerged as the winner of DID 6. Sanket is a self-taught dancer with immense about of talent and his forte is contemporary style of dancing. The passionate dancer found a place in Mini Ke Masterblaster team after getting selected in the Mumbai auditions of the TV show   Read More ...
NCCA’s Sayaw Pinoy tours Visayas; Cinema Rehiyon returns to Manila
2018-02-18 20:16:38 The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its National Committee on Dance led by Shirley Halili-Cruz, is holding Sayaw Pinoy in connection with the 2018 National Arts Month. Sayaw Pinoy is a touring dance performance which features different dance forms— folkdance/traditional dance, ballet/neo-classical dance, modern/contemporary dance and hip-hop. Sayaw Pinoy kickstarted the tour last Feb. 7, with a program hosted by the Lyceum of the Philippines Manila   Read More ...
A first for a Malaysian artist
2018-02-18 17:01:21 KUALA LUMPUR: London-born Malaysian artist Nur Hannah Wan Ahmad Hulaimi made the country proud by becoming the first Malaysian artist to have her painting featured at the Royal Institute of Painters "Water Colours 206th Exhibition" at the Mall Galleries in London. The 30-year-old artist also expressed hope that her painting, which is of her brother, would help her work gain recognition within the industry   Read More ...
WATCH: Furby toys sing in chorus and sound like a weird organ
2018-02-18 08:12:27 Furby toys may be cute talking by themselves or with a couple of their buddies, but having an entire group of them “singing” to mimic an organ is something else entirely. Patreon musician and electronic DIYer Sam (who also goes by the name Look Mum No Computer in YouTube) wired around 44 Furby toys to an electronic keyboard to create what he calls a “Furby organ   Read More ...
Video of Muslim girl in lion dance troupe warms hearts
2018-02-18 05:46:50 PETALING JAYA: Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir has shared a video featuring a Muslim girl in a lion dance troupe on her Facebook page, drawing positive response from netizens. The social activist had captioned the viral Star TV video, saying it was "so cool". It received 14,000 views and 294 shares on her Facebook page on Saturday (Feb 17). In the video, Mariam Abdul Nazar is seen speaking in Mandarin, explaining her foray into lion dance   Read More ...
Would you be tempted by a S$13 monthly subscription for up to 365 movies a year?
2018-02-18 00:30:33 SINGAPORE: It sounds like a deal that would get even the most casual Singaporean movie-goer drooling: Watch a film a day for the nominal price of about S$13 per month. Bearing in mind that watching just one movie here could cost around that amount, it may sound like a crazy idea. Such a bargain-of-a-lifetime deal is currently on offer in the US through the MoviePass subscription service, which allows people to watch a movie a day for US$9   Read More ...
Is photography art? Find your answer at Art Fair Philippines 2018
2018-02-18 00:09:43 Is photography art? It’s an age-old debate that’s been going on since the medium was invented nearly 200 years ago, now rekindled in the age of Instagram. Filipino art lovers can judge for themselves at Art Fair Philippines 2018, which has grown into the country’s premier showcase of contemporary art. Apart from the usual selection of the best works by contemporary Filipino artists, this year’s Art Fair pays special attention to the hitherto-neglected medium of photography with a new section: ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO presented by Swiss private bank Julius Baer   Read More ...
Makati church treasure: A garden of art and agony
2018-02-18 00:09:15 This treasure trove of sculptures, tucked away in a church in Makati City, can be considered a holy trinity in itself: a consummate display of craftsmanship, a tactile portrayal of Christ’s passion, and a profound expression of faith. Despite being kept in a garden along one of the country’s busiest thoroughfares, its existence is practically unknown outside the local community. The 16-year-old collection is the distinctive take of Magallanes Church on the Way of the Cross, the 14-step Catholic devotion that recounts the suffering of Christ on the day of his death   Read More ...
Betsy Westendorp Brias: An artist undefeated by life
2018-02-18 00:08:42 The word “friend” conjures images of intimate chats, exchanges of gossip, laughter over trivialities and baring one’s soul, seared by life’s cruel moments. It could also be sitting quietly, concentrated on a canvas, painting with an amazing artist. These are all precious moments with Betsy Westendorp Brias. I call her friend because I have that privilege, and I would like to think the affection is returned   Read More ...
Theatre Olympics comes to Bengaluru
2018-02-17 20:23:19 As the city is gearing up for the weeklong Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) from Thursday, it is all set for a mega theatre event. The 8th Theatre Olympics, organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) along with the Department of Kannada and Culture, will be held for 15 days here from Tuesday. This is for the first time the country is hosting the largest international theatre festival, and Bengaluru is one of the co-hosts   Read More ...
Art Fare: The first edition of International Kala Mela offers a platform for lesser known artists
2018-02-17 14:19:07 Written by Divya A | New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2018 6:29 pm Missed out on the India Art Fair? You still have a good chance to get up, close and personal with numerous artworks and artists at the ongoing International Kala Mela. The event, on till the evening of February 18 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (Janpath), has no entry ticket or fee, so that one doesn’t have to stand in queues before getting inside the venue   Read More ...
An irregular fare: The India Art Fair comes up short
2018-02-17 13:12:45 The 10th edition of the India Art Fair, New Delhi, may well have come up short in an unexpected area. I don’t mean the plethora of collateral events that have threatened to eclipse the Fair with their energy and innovation over the years. Rather it was the gutsy if modest Irregulars Art Fair that mirrored on a minuscule scale some of the identifiable art fair gestures, even as it cocked a snook at the main event   Read More ...
Clean message
2018-02-17 10:13:25 Art occurs when a revelation meets a realisation; when the things we see outside, resonate with our insides and insights, and we become conscious and manifest that. Such is the definition of art for Manavi Prabha. The first ever International Kala Mela, organised by Lalit Kala Akademi, in collaboration with, and at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), is celebrating the world of creativity   Read More ...
Bollywood celebs, politicians used cash at Nirav Modi stores: Report
2018-02-17 06:40:01 Billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is now in the eye of the storm for allegedly cheating a PSU bank of Rs 11,400 crore, was raided by the Income Tax department last over suspicion of tax evasion. The I-T sleuths had stumbled upon a list of high-profile personalities who were making cash purchases from his jewellery stores. According to a report in the Times of India, the list also contained names of politicians and provided the tax officials some useful information about them   Read More ...
Baguio folk take peek into art of calligraphy
2018-02-17 00:14:47 BAGUIO CITY—This city celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year by popularizing Chinese calligraphy and painting, through an exhibit of Baguio landscapes by a father-and-son team of artists. Norman Chow and his son, Chino, introduced the art of Chinese painting and calligraphy in a demonstration on Feb. 7 after launching their exhibit, “Bi Yao,” at Supreme Hotel in nearby La Trinidad town in Benguet province   Read More ...
Art - From Cancer to Canvas | Kartikey Sharma | TEDxGLIMChennai
2018-02-16 22:08:52 How does it feel to fight cancer? Twice? With Art? Kartikey Sharma, a renowned graffiti artist inspires us. He talks about how he decided to face the bull by the horns and used art as a therapy during his chemotherapy days. Little did he know that the doodles, he made while on his hospital bed would one day make him a well-known graffiti artist. Hailing from Mumbai, Kartikey Sharma is a contemporary artist who left no stone unturned in accomplishing what he was determined to. Despite fighting cancer, he never expected people to sympathize with him in his affliction. He was most contented when he painted a wall for fourteen hours straight; an opportunity was given by Red Bull   Read More ...
Frame of Mind
2018-02-16 20:28:00 An assistant to photographer William Klein in the 1970s, French artist Jean-Marc Bustamante spent the following decades straddling photography, sculpture and painting. In 2003, he represented France at the 50th Venice Biennale, where he exhibited large photographic portraits resembling traditional painted portraits. We met the 65-year-old in Delhi, when he was on a trip to India on the invitation of the Delhi Art Gallery   Read More ...
First films set the pace for new movie directors
2018-02-16 20:19:22 Ongoing tributes to the recently departed filmmaker, Maryo J. delos Reyes, have reminded viewers of his early movies—and the reminder, in turn, has made film buffs realize the importance and significance of cinematic artists’ first films as key indicators of their cumulative career arc. Maryo’s case is a great example of this predicative and “predictive” thrust, because he began his full-length filmmaking career with a bang, by way of the “syndrome” movie, “High School Circa ’65” (1979)   Read More ...
Incubus’ Manila concert: Something for everyone
2018-02-16 16:17:41 Incubus is probably one of only a few bands in the world whose music is described to have the following elements: alternative metal, alternative rock, art rock, heavy metal, electro-funk, funk metal, jazz, hip hop, nu metal, rap metal, techno, thrash metal, post-grunge, trip hop, and pop. In 2017, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger said that the band’s diversity is “our greatest asset and our biggest flaw   Read More ...
Setting a splendid stage
2018-02-16 15:18:53 In tune with great heritage of Indian theatre, music with multiple genres, forms and underlying philosophical currents will mark the opening of the 8th Theatre Olympics on the grand stage with historic Lal Qila as its backdrop on February 17. It promises to mesmerise the audience. Hosted by National School of Drama, it is for the first time in the country the international theatre festival is being held which has generated a great deal of enthusiasm among Indian theatre practitioners, theatre lovers and connoisseurs of arts who are eager to watch the finest theatrical works from across the globe as well as the best by Indian directors   Read More ...
Tracing the evolution of thumri
2018-02-16 15:18:42 The ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) and the Indian Musicological Society (IMS) in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA), National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) and the Music Forum, organised a National Seminar on Thumri Dadra and allied forms at the NCPA, Mumbai recently. Delivering the keynote address Shekhar Sen, Chairman SNA, expressed his satisfaction and joy on a national level seminar being organised for the first time on a genre of music that was denied its rightful place being classified as a semi-classical form   Read More ...