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The play that inspired Bollywood, revived Indian drama

New Delhi Have you ever wondered how Indian films, especially the Bollywood variety, came to be song-and-dance spectacles, mostly featuring two people falling in love, getting separated by circumstances/families/rivals but after heart-tugging vicissitudes, living happily ever after? For this, you can commend (or castigate) a shy Urdu poet of the mid-19th century who not only resurrected drama as an Indian literary genre after centuries, but in his play, integrated five subcontinental cultural traditions and provided a sterling example of the "Ganga-.

Glimpses of Vajpayee's life showcased at exhibition

New Delhi , Dec 20

An exhibition inaugurated here Saturday chronicles the life of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - from a rare family portrait, a monochromatic close-up picture to pictures of meetings with world leaders.

French cave of Chauvet reveals prehistoric rock art

Paris , Dec 20

The Chauvet cave in southern France will soon be welcoming visitors eager to examine drawings on the cave's walls that date back to prehistoric times and are considered the oldest in the world, comparable only to art rock drawings in the magnificent caves of Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain.

Scientist Jayant Narlikar gets Sahitya Akademi Award

Mumbai/Pune , Dec 19

Astrophysicist Jayant V. Narlikar was Friday conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiography.

Timeless exhibition of an 'untimely calendar'

New Delhi , Dec 19

The timeless of time and vagueness of infinity, the mysteries of the past and the uncertainties of present and the space in between metaphysics and empirical existence - these multi-layered dimensions are braided together in an

Rs. 500 crore sanctioned for developing heritage cities

New Delhi , Dec 20

The urban development ministry has sanctioned Rs. 500 crores for the Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), that aims to develop 12 heritage cities, and will be launched shortly, an official statement said Saturday.

I might have been a Punjabi kudi in previous life: Danish singer

Hoshiarpur (Punjab) , Dec 20 She is from Denmark and lives in the US, but it does not take much of an effort to get Anita Lerche to sing - 'bhajans' in Hindi, 'shabads' (hymns) in Punjabi, even popular Bollywood numbers and other international compositions - back-to-back - any time, anywhere. She says she might have been a "Punjabi kudi" (girl) in her previous life.

Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi , Dec 19

Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid Friday termed the late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a "remarkable person" whom he had tried to emulate.

Adil Jussawalla wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2014

New Delhi , Dec 19

Poet and critic Adil Jussawall's "Trying to Say Goodbye" is among eight books of poetry conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014, it was announced here Friday.

Stories of the brave and a few myths

New Delhi

Inspiring real-life stories and an incredible journey to a mythical land. The IANS bookshelf this weekend has best of both worlds. Take a look.