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A December to Remember: Curtain Raiser of the Allahabad Sanskritik Parv 2016

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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Allahabad Sanskritik Parv 2016, is being organised by Sanchari, between Dec 2 and 4, at North Central Zone Cultural Centre (NCZCC) this year.  This year the team of Sanchaari is all geared to give the city a blast from the past with a kaleidoscope projecting contemporary images of literature, cinema and culture that has revived the city in […]

Wilma Casal: From Dance, to Healing, to Dance

Johanna Climenko

Johanna Climenko

Johanna Climenko, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT, pioneering Dance/Movement Therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Reichian Character Analytic Mind/Body psychotherapistand Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked with populations from infants — geriatrics, taught and consulted, in and out of academic settings in the U.S. and Netherlands. Currently, Director, Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy, where the combined modality she created of DMT, LMA, and RT is employed, working with individuals, couples, groups, systems analysis, and professional training.
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  Wilma is an upcoming choreographer in the US; in her native Germany she was a prima ballerina. She could have had her choice of major ballet companies in Europe in which to be a principal dancer. Europe in general is far more generous than the USA. Had Wilma decided to continue her dance career in Europe, she […]

Thangka Paintings: An Aura of Spiritual Positivity

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Thangka means ‘thing that one unrolls’ in classical Tibetan. This art form got developed alongside the traditional wall paintings. Now, an art form, which is taught in monasteries along with butter sculpture, the earliest forms of the painting is believed to be commissioned by individuals. Most of these early paintings were painted by monks, who were commissioned to work […]

Butter Sculptures: The Traditional Art Form of Tibet

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan

Eswar Anandan’s mother's traverse with Cancer opened his eyes and thoughts about the life outside the glass cubicles. In his own words: "Strong emotions gave way to words, words took poetic form, and I found a new purpose..." His first book, 'Seasons' is a dedication to her.He is currently working on ‘Thoughts in Silence’ and ‘Story of a Nation’. Eswar is an entrepreneur and Friends of Tibet Campaigner.
Eswar Anandan

Butter Sculpture is one of the traditional art forms of Tibet. More than a piece of art, it has religious implications which is in line with Buddhist teachings. Monks at the monasteries learn for years together to learn and sharpen their skills in sculpting Butter Sculptures. A form of meditation, the monk works for days together to achieve […]

From a Motor Mechanic to a Celebrated Poet: The Wondrous Journey of Gulzar

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in three anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

Sampooran Singh Kalra went on to become a much revered name in literary and film circles. Lily profiles the fascinating life and achievements of Gulzar, as he is better known. His rise to fame could put any Bollywood blockbuster to shame. Gulzar fell in love with the hazel eyed Raakhee. Before that his long and beautiful relationship with the gorgeous […]

Amjad Sabri: The Qawwali and Sufi Maestro Silenced to Death

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a 38-year-old stay at home mother. She did her masters in International Relations from the University of karachi. She started working much before completing her intermediate, i.e Grade 12th. She worked with different prestigious institutions along with few banks. She has a heart for writing; it helps her go on in life.
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Amjad Sabri was slayed by unidentified motorcycle borne assailants on Wednesday, June 22 afternoon, at Karachi. The news of his death cast a gloom across the borders. Many Bollywood celebrities broke into tears. His huge fan following in Pakistan mourned his untimely demise. For Urooj it was a personal loss. She tells us about a […]

Youngest DJ of India, Atom, Storms the Music World

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Life is a series of accidents, happy and unhappy. During my recent visit to Bangalore, I met Atom, the youngest DJ of India; sheer serendipity.  Atom, as the name suggests, is small but packed with power. Here’s an impromptu interview with Atom in a food court of a Bangalore mall by Anumita for Different Truths. My trip to […]

Don’t call me an Artist

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan means Song Bird, which is supposed to be tiny and loud. Cholena is neither tiny nor loud. She is a very imaginative person, she loves to shoot, cook, eat, draw and paint . Not in that order always.Cholena is a health fanatic and allergic to serious situations, so she lives life her way. She resides in Bangalore with her family.
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Life is full of contradictions and paradoxes. Here’s a personal account of Cholena. She tells us about the deep prejudices against art and artists when she was growing up. She also shares how she surmounted her problems and followed her natural inclination. I have no clue as to when I had started taking an interest in drawing. […]

Art and Artlessness

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

In this part of Art Thought, Arindam seeks to differentiate art and artlessness. He quotes Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, who shows how a mathematician sees beauty in a ‘beautiful equation’. In the second part of this discourse, this scribe examines the relationship between ‘idea’ and ‘form’, taking cue from Tagore. “It is with perfect right that the mathematician speaks […]

Bhopal’s Dying Art: Batuaa on a string

Devika Raghave

Devika Raghave

Devika loves to embark on new experiences, meet people, and walk the unexplored paths. Then, she puts her memories into writing to share with the world.
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Devika tells us about a dying art form of Bhopal, batuaa making. If the government does not take notice and take measures to protect this art form it might be lost forever. Here’s a report. Delicate drapes about the wrists adorned by exquisitely crafted Batuaas. It’s a common sight, nonetheless alluring! Even after years of changing trends in […]

Art and Artiste

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

This is perhaps the longest intro in Different Truths. Please hear me out and you’ll know why I am saying what I am saying. Am not blaming or condemning anyone. I am just stating some hard facts. Many moons ago some of us got together and launched a magazine on contemporary art, Sundaram. We approached the director of […]

The Making of Awadh Literary Festival: An Insider Account

Farhaa Naz

Farhaa Naz

Farha Naz is the editor of Roses and Rhymes.She is MBA in HR. She works at IIIT-A, and is the founder of Lab Academia- Research and Development Centre. She has published and presented research papers in many International journals and at conferences. She contributes to various web portals, newspapers, magazines, and in several creative writing websites. She dons many hats of a writer, translator, freelancer web content writer and blogger.
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Different Truths presents an insider’s view into the making of Awadh Literary Festival. Here’s a candid account by Farha. She tells us a lot in her casual chatty style.  I was on Nauchandi Express, travelling from Allahabad to Lucknow – the City of Nawabs. I recall, it was on November 12, 2015, when I was […]

An Evening with Renowned Storyteller Neelesh Misra

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar Siddiqi

Sehar is a communication skills trainer, she has good experience in writing on various issues. She is a blogger, book writer and enthusiastic traveller. A native of Allahabad, she believes in experiencing the small things of life in a big way. Sehar likes to work in groups and learn new things. Her motto is to enjoy life in small packets.
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Sanchaari, a socio-cultural organisation, recently organised an enchanting evening with the renowned storyteller, Neelesh Mishra. Here’s a report by Sehar for Different Truths. “I don’t remember when I heard him the first time, but I do remember that night when I walked alone on the streets of a strange metropolis, far away from my home. Neelesh Mishra’s […]

Glowing Tributes to Harivanshrai Bachchan

Farhaa Naz

Farhaa Naz

Farha Naz is the editor of Roses and Rhymes.She is MBA in HR. She works at IIIT-A, and is the founder of Lab Academia- Research and Development Centre. She has published and presented research papers in many International journals and at conferences. She contributes to various web portals, newspapers, magazines, and in several creative writing websites. She dons many hats of a writer, translator, freelancer web content writer and blogger.
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Glowing tributes were paid to the poet from Allahabad, Harivanshrai Bachchan, at the Smaran Sahitya Sabha, in Allahabad Museum. Here’s a report by Farha. This Saturday (Jan 23) was enlightened by the remembrances of the poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, at Smaran Sahitya Sabha, in Allahabad Museum. The organiser of the event was the Lab Academia team, Indian Institute of […]

Romancing the Desert with Arabian Dances

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Anumita takes a roller coaster desert safari in Dubai. Here’s an in-depth report on Arabian dance performances, Tanoura and Belly Dance. Sitting under the open air on Persian rugs spread out under my feet, I felt the gaiety in the air. Pluming up with the smoke drifting from the ‘sheesha’ (hukka) set at the different tables was […]

Music is my Saviour!

Rebeqa Rivers

Rebeqa Rivers

Rebeqa wishes to one day hear the world simultaneously sing six billion unique songs in a beautiful, and wild cacophony of expression.
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Rebeqa tells us how music saved her life. It’s not enough to be saved once the need is to be ‘reSaved’ each day by hope, love, and music. Here’s a soulful account by her. There are many things one could mean when proclaiming that something, or someone, ‘saved my life.’ Sometimes we mean that our very breath […]

My Bangalore Literature Festival 2015 Diary

Rachna Singh

Rachna is one of India’s leading Organizational Development and Gamification experts and has consulted with leading organizations extensively within the country and outside. She has worked with Tata Motors, Infosys and Dell Computers. She writes in the areas of humour, love and organizational development. Rachna is currently writing a tongue-in-cheek diary on her battle with cancer and counselling those grappling with the big C. Rachna’s humorous debut novel, ‘Dating, Diapers and Denial’ remained on the bestsellerstands for over a year.

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Humour writer, Rachna Singh writes about her experiences at the Bangalore Literature Festival that concluded recently. Day 1 Per Bloch. Per Bloch. Per Bloch. I am saying that name of the author I have to introduce aloud in the car. Coughing out the ‘Bloch’ to get it right. My driver turns to steal an alarmed glance. I […]

A Song Parts the Veil of History

Joyce Yarrow

Joyce Yarrow is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her poetry, short stories, and music have been widely published. Her acclaimed Jo Epstein mystery series includes 'Ask the Dead' and 'Russian reckoning' and she recently co-authored a family saga/thriller, 'Rivers run back,' with Arindam Roy. Joyce is an activist, lobbying strongly for the anti-gun laws.When she is not writing, she sings for Abrace, aspiring for global peace.

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Convivencia is the coexistence of different faiths in Spain, in early eighth century till the expulsion of Jews in 1492. It celebrates the common ancestry of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The shared heritage s lost in the mists of time. Here’s a report by Joyce. History hides behind many veils and waits to reveal itself only […]

Coal Miners and the Canary

Ashok Bhowmik

Ashok Bhowmik

Ashok is a prominent artist, who has showcased his paintings in 20 countries. He is an author, who has penned novels in Hindi. One of his books has been published by Harper Collins. He received the Academy Award from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata and Governor Award, from the Government of West Bengal, Kolkata. Ashok likes to call his art revivalist, rooted in old Indian tradition, yet contemporary. He graduated from Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta.
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Coal was used as a common fuel in homes and it also energised the steam engines. Ashok travels from lumps of coals to coal mines. He finds that the canary, sensitive to toxic gases in the coal mines, saved their lives. The relationship of canary and coal miners has many layers. It saddens the writer-artist, who tells us […]

How Music Saved My Life!

Joyce Yarrow

Joyce Yarrow is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her poetry, short stories, and music have been widely published. Her acclaimed Jo Epstein mystery series includes 'Ask the Dead' and 'Russian reckoning' and she recently co-authored a family saga/thriller, 'Rivers run back,' with Arindam Roy. Joyce is an activist, lobbying strongly for the anti-gun laws.When she is not writing, she sings for Abrace, aspiring for global peace.

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  Those were the days of Hippie movement and flower children. While life and living seemed gloomy, music was the much needed panacea. Here’s a personal account how of music saved the life of the author.   The mattress was firm and so high off the floor, it could only have belonged to a hospital bed. […]