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Heritage Week? What's that, asks Agra

Agra , Nov 26 The annual "Heritage Week" observed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has just ended in the Taj city but most people gave it a miss, while activists mourned the conditions of monuments under threat by rampant neglect and encroachment by squatters.

Kathak maestros bid farewell to Sitara Devi

New Delhi , Nov 25

Someone who was generous with compliments, someone who was lively, spirited and, at times, blunt, and someone with a great sense of humour -- this is how the world of performing arts remembers charismatic and effervescent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi.

President chronicles decade of '70s in a book

New Delhi , Nov 25

Drawing from personal diary extracts, conversations with key personalities and vital secondary literature, President Pranab Mukherjee has chronicled the fascinating decade of the 70's, including the crucial Emergency period, in a book that will be released in December, the publishers said Tuesday.

India has lost a star today: Birju Maharaj on Sitara Devi

New Delhi , Nov 25

For me, Sitara Devi was a woman of strength who fought all odds to create a name for herself in the Kathak world. True to her name, she shone like a star and was the brightest among her siblings and contemporaries.

Modi condoles Sitara Devi's death

New Delhi , Nov 25

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday condoled the death of eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi.

Exhibition showcases famous, lesser-known Indian monuments

Kolkata , Nov 25

Coinciding with World Heritage Week (Nov 19-25), an exhibition of photographs here showcased some of the famous and the lesser-known but important Indian sites and monuments highlighting the links to culture through their styles and designs.

Regulate how godmen promote themselves

Kolkata , Nov 25

Asserting that godmen cannot change lives, motivational speaker and author Jeroninio 'Jerry' Almeida advocates the introduction of a regulatory process on the manner in which people like controversial sect leader Rampal promote themselves.

Sitara Devi: A dancing star fades away

Mumbai , Nov 25 In an era when men wore women's costumes in theatre, dramas, songs and even the fledgling film industry, one young Indian dancer shattered stereotypes. She was Sitara Devi.

Kathak legend Sitara Devi is dead

Mumbai , Nov 25

Eminent danseuse Sitara Devi, who once impressed Rabindranath Tagore with a three-hour solo recital, died here Tuesday after prolonged illness, her family said. She was 94. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled her rich contribution to Kathak.

Sitara Devi's funeral on Thursday morning

Mumbai , Nov 25

The funeral of eminent Kathak danseuse Sitara Devi, who died here early Tuesday after prolonged illness, will take place Thursday morning, her son-in-law said.