Category archives: Artist

India's AR Rahman responds to 'fatwa' on Muhammad film

Indian musician and composer AR Rahman has responded to criticism against him for composing music for a film on Prophet Muhammad. Rahman’s response which he posted on Facebook said he composed the music in “good faith”. The Raza Academy in Mumbai said it issued a “fatwa” against Rahman and the Iranian director of the film Majid Majidi. The institute also wrote to the Indian government, seeking a ban on the […]

Music director Aadesh Shrivastava is no more, succumbs to cancer at 51

Bollywood singer-composer Aadesh Shrivastava, who was battling a relapsed cancer, passed away post midnight in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital here. He was 51. Shrivastava had been undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital in Andheri for over 40 days. “Mr Aadesh Shrivastava (51) expired at 12.30 am on September 5, 2015 in Kokilaben Hospital due to cancer,” Dr Ram Narain of the hospital told PTI. Shrivastava is survived by his wife, […]

Malleshappa M Kalburgi, controversial writer and scholar shot dead

BENGALURU: Malleshappa M Kalburgi, a reputed scholar and academic who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi was shot dead by unidentified men at Dharwad on Sunday morning, police said .  Three men who barged into his house shot him after an heated argument, police said.  While police strongly suspect that he might be the target of Hindu fundamentalist , they have also ruled out personal enemity over […]

This Photo Of A Baby Sleeping Near His Mom's C-Section Scar Sends A Powerful Message To The World

To all the mothers who wish to wear their scars with pride, this one’s for you. Most women opt for natural childbirth over cesarean deliveries to escape the stigma attached to the latter. They are openly criticised for choosing the “not natural” option. A universal dogma, this happens everywhere. To highlight the naturalness of C-sections, photographer Helen Aller, from Guernsey (UK), clicked an intimate photo of a three-day-old baby sleeping […]

With Love, From Haleem Khan to Kuchipudi

  Haleem Khan is known for taking the audience’s breath away as he walks on stage, and narrates stories from mythology through dance. However, the uniqueness of his act, is that he is dressed from head to toe as a woman. For the remainder of his act, those clueless, do not realize that the dancer behind the traditional attire, is in fact a man. His body movements do not spill […]

Nek Chand: Indian artist behind Chandigarh garden dead

Indian artist Nek Chand who created a famous garden of sculptures in the northern city of Chandigarh has died, aged 90. Mr Chand died in a hospital in Chandigarh after suffering a heart attack on Friday, his son Anuj Saini told AFP news agency. He used rubble from the city’s construction to create sculptures at the 20-acre Chandigarh Rock Garden. Mr Chand had no formal education and worked as a […]

8 Reasons Rabindranath Tagore Was An Intellectual Rockstar

  Rabindranath Tagore was born on May 7, 1861. A renowned scholar, poet, writer, playwright and novelist, Tagore’s contributions to Indian culture are endless. He’s one of those artists who introduced the best of Indian culture to the west. On his 155th birth anniversary, here are 8 reasons why the legend that is Rabindranath Tagore must be remembered always. 1. He was the first non-European to receive a Nobel Prize […]

Photographer barely escapes attacking lion after taking this stunning picture

In an incredibly thoughtless act, Saeed left the confines of his car to take a picture of the lion, and he sat on the ground with the car door left open, only a “jump away from the lion.” However, the camera shutter alerted the lion to his presence and he went from the hunter to the hunted. “The feel of the aggressive, approaching lion from the camera is something that […]


Is Deepika Padukone's Video Empowering?

A video featuring actor Deepika Padukone has gone viral, accruing two million views in the two days since it was posted online by fashion magazine Vogue. The video, titled My Choice and directed by Homi Adajania of Cocktail and Finding Fanny fame, uses Ms Padukone, 29, as a brand ambassador for women’s empowerment. The black-and-white video, which lasts a little over two minutes, features the actress calling for a change […]

The lady with the funny bone

“When I started off there weren’t too many women who did what I was doing” “The female comedians that I knew of — in television, films and drama — were mostly happy playing second fiddle to male comedians. “They did not have a voice of their own… “In most popular shows, there were men who dressed up like women which was both funny and depressing — I thought we (women) […]