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Copyrighting Bikaneri Bhujiya or Goan Feni ….local brands are getting conscious

We Indians are now getting aware of our rights over our properties. After the patenting of Basmati by US firm RiceTec Inc, we have learnt a good lesson and are claiming rights over our intellectual properties. The Registrar of Geographical Indications (GI) has accepted claims by more products, calamining rights over the products for local prestige. Getting GI tag ensures that none other than those are registered, authorized producer of a particular product.

Darjeeling Tea, the first product to get a GI tag

The products like Bikaneri Bujiya from Rajasthan, Guntur Sannam chilli, Hyderabadi haleem, Mahabaleshwar strawberry, Paithani sarees from Maharashtra, Kinnauri shawl from Himachal Pradesh, Kasaragod sarees are claiming GI tags.

Madhubani Paintings

Kashmiri pashmina shawl

The first product to get a GI tag was Darjeeling tea. The next to follow was the aranmula kannadi from Kerela ( a mirror of highly polished metal). The list then follows Mysore sandalwood oil, Madhubani paintings, Thanjavur paintings, Konark stone carving, Jaipur’s blue pottery, Laxman Bhog mango of West Bengal, Kashmir’s pashmina, Tirupati’s laddu and Goan feni.

Bikaneri bhujiya

It is encouraging to see that we are aware of our copyrights and are aware of rightful claims of our manufactured products. This helps the preservation and promotion of local traditions and helps to build a brand. It also ensures that one gets the credit of what one is producing.


Happy Birthday MJ!

Legends never die, they are remembered forever. One such legendry figure is the king of pop, Michael Jackson. It has been an year the world lost him, but he still rules the hearts of zillions. His body has died but his soul lives in his fans. Today is 52nd birth anniversary of the great artist who was born on 29th August, 1958. The legendary singer is no more but the fans are celebrating his birthday in various corners of the world and paying their respect to him in numerous ways. The devoted fans assembled outside the home of the singer and paid their tribute to their star.

Michael Bearden has composed a song named One Last Goodbye to pay homage to the stalwart singer on his birthday. In India, Ganesh Hegde, the celebrated choreographer is paying tribute to his idol by releasing his latest music video which stars Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Katrina Kaif with Ganesh himself.

Also a birthday party will be hosted for the fans of the singer at the Nethermead Meadow of Prospect Park. Last year the annual party proved to be a huge success. A number of fans get nostalgic at the party. The treasure that star has left for his fans is priceless and most sought after. His contributions to the world in music, dance and fashion have been the part of popular culture for over four decades. Born as black and died white, is what makes him the epitome of Racial Equality.

His constant urge for the  color white made him a victim of racial inequality in a way.  His messages of peace and unity to the world influences the activists and people across the world. He was a star, hero who was beyond boundaries of color, sex and nationalities. The legend stays in the hearts of his fans with his songs, compositions and dance. The master choreographer, excellent singer and extraordinary human being will never be allowed to die. He lives and breathes with his his every fan alive on this earth.

My tribute to the STAR in stars!

Long live the legend, long live his legacy!

Happy Birthday Michael!

Celebrating Homi Vyarawalla : India’s first woman photo-journalist

There are many firsts we acknowledge and embrace, hail those who made significant achievements in life and helped in developing the mankind. Indian women are perceived to be the submissive gender but some of the few rose above this sentiment and left their marks behind. Homai Vyarawalla, is one such extraordinary woman who opened the gates of photo journalism for female photographers.

She is considered as India’s first women photo-journalist who came out with great photographs from 1938 to 1973. Celebrating her contributions in the field of journalism, Photography exhibition ‘Homai Vyayawalla-A Retrospective’ will be held from 27th August to 31st October, 2010 at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi.

The evhibition will showcase approximately 150-200 images including original silver gelatine prints, many printed by the photographer herself. On display would be her old cameras, photographic equipment and other memorabilia. Some of the key events Homai photographed were the first flag hoisting ceremony at Red Fort on August 16th 1947, the departure of Lord Mountbatten from India and the funerals of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Homai Vyayawlla, 97, has been awarded with ‘life-time achievement award’ by the country. The exhibition acknowledges her role as a pioneer among women and her contribution to early photojournalism in India. This exhibition has been curated by Vyarawalla’s biographer, Sabeena Gadihoke who is Associate Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia.

ICCR holds exhibition of Korean art

INDIAN COUNCIL for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is holding an exhibition of photos, paintings, fine arts and crafts work of artists from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from August 26 to September 1, 2010, at Azad BhavanArt Gallery.

The council promotes and strengthens the cultural ties with countries across the world and this seven day exhibition will further build up India’s cultural ties with Democratic Republic of Korea. The event will allow the artists and common people from India to witness the art forms and cultural diversity of the country and will develop the sense of appreciation for art.

While taking the opportunity of this festival, the artists from Korea will be able to interact with Indian media and showcase their art to other people across the country. The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 6 pm on all days and entry is free. The exhibition will also allow the people to take a peek at the ancient and contemporary art of a nation, which has close business relations with India.

Korean art represents the soul of the country and is practiced in Korean peninsula since historical times. The Korean nation is known for traditions in pottery, music, calligraphy, and other genres, often marked by the use of bold color, natural forms, and surface decoration.

Story of gun-point grooms : ‘Antardwand’

IT IS believed that marriages are made in heaven and arrangement is made on earth by the friends and families. But in some parts of our country the young eligible bachelors are kidnapped and forced to marry th

e girls at gun point with the bride that gunmen has chosen. The issue has been explored in the upcoming film ‘Antardwand’, directed by first time director Sushil Rajpal.

The film won the 55th National Film Award for the best social film as it deals with the social cruelty which is inflicted on young boys and girls. The film starring Vinay Pathak, Raj Singh Choudhary, Akhilendra Mishra and newcomer Swati Sen. The story revolves around Raghuveer (played by Raj Singh Choudhary), a Delhi University student who wants to become an IAS officer.

The story picks up when Raghuveer visits his village to meet his parents in Bihar. When he leaves for Delhi, he is abducted by gunmen and forced to marry a daughter of a fervent father, who is looking for an IAS groom for his daughter.

The ninety per cent of the film is true story and the film was shot in Muzzafarpur, Bihar and incorporates elements of local wedding customs. The realistic film comes directly out of the creative mind of the director, who is born and brought up in villages of Bihar and has been the direct witness of such stories.

Events (Sunday)

Enjoy this Sunday with these festivals and events listed below:

1. Krishna Dance Ballet by Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra

Date: Sunday, 29th august, 2010 – 2nd September, 2010

Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi

Time: 6pm onwards

Tickets available at the venue for Rs. 500, Rs. 300 and Rs. 200

For tele-booking : (011) – 43503333 /23386428/ 29

2. Abhish and Friends hit the bigtime – stand-up comedy by Teamwork Fine Art’s Society

Date: sunday, 29th august, 2010

Venue: IHC, Lodhi Road

Time: 7pm onwards

Tickets available at the venue for Rs. 200 and Rs. 50

Tele-booking: (011) 39895050


3. BSA India Cyclothon

Date: Sunday, 29th august, 2010

For participating visit:

Events for this weekend (Saturday)

Drizzly weather, splashing monsoons…it calls for an awsome weekend. Celebrate and enjoy your Saturday with your loved ones while appreciating some art.

Here are some interesting options that one can look out for the coming Saturday:

1. Comcert by Shubha Mudgal ‘Jheeni Chadaria’

Date: Saturday, 28th August, 2010

Venue: Chinmaya Mission,89 Lodi Road, New Delhi

Time: 7pm-9pm

More Info:

2. ‘Havyadan’ – Hindi play by Amazing Thoughts theater Group

Date: Saturday, 28th august, 2010

Venue: Azad Bhavan Auditorium, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Azad Bhavan,I.P Estate, New Delhi

Time: 6:30pm onwards

For ticket booking contact: 9871715172

3. ‘Guidance’ – Bob Tucker’s English play presented by Stage Lights

Date: Saturday, 28th August, 2010

Venue: Epicentre, Sector-44, Gurgaon

Time: 7:30pm onwards

Tickets available at the venue for Rs. 350, Rs. 250 and Rs. 150

For online booking:

For tele-booking contact: 39895050

4. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ – performance by Urvashi Dance Music group

Date: Saturday, 28th August, 2010

Venue: Auditorium, main building, India International Center (IIC), 40 Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

Time: 5:30 pm onwards

Free Entry. Call on (011)-24619431 to confirm/last minute change or cancellation for the event

Emerging Third World Media

Gone are the days when information used to be the property of the West and all the information flow was directed from west to east and north to south. Emerging technology and new ways of communications have changed the directions, turned the business of news with its head down and has started taking newer roads and turns. The days have moved out when developing countries had to fight for the proper flow of information, opposing to the news showcased by Western news agencies in which third world countries were shown as poor, uneducated, hunger stricken and corrupt states.

With science developing at a faster speed, formation of glocal world, Westerns are running for their money and space in developing nations and are losing their influence. Now technology is cutting costs and stoking competition, eroding the Westerner’s advantage. BBC World Service and Voice of America are no longer the only source of news in countries like Afghanistan. Now the country has its own satellite news channel broadcasting round the clock in Dari and Pashto.

With technology making its waves from everywhere, developing countries are not just mere receivers of news from western outfits; rather third world media is emerging strongly and creating problems for gigantic news mediums. Since 2006, China, Iran, Japan, Qatar have launched English language TV news channels. China has committed $7 billion to international news which is 15 times more than the annual budget of BBC World Services. Last month, China introduced its second English language news channel, CNC World. The most inspiring entrant is Al Jazeera, which supported by Emir of Qatar. Its well established Arabic service dominates the Middle East. Before 1990, Kenya had just one, state-owned television station. It now has 20 television broadcasters and 80 licensed radio stations. Iran and Russia have both launched 24-hour English news ch annels.

New media and online programming are strengthening the trend. Where broadcasters once used to push the programme on air waves and had to spend millions in distribution, now an internet connection can lead anyone to wider choices of content. Once a clip posted on youtube or a tweet pasted on twitter, the news finds popularity on numerous blogs and discussion forums.

In past year, the BBC Services lost 8 million viewers and listeners. Of the six American financed broadcasters, five see a decline. In 2003, Voice of America’s Russian service was carried by 85 domestic radio stations; it is now carried by only one. The BBC Arabic service’s local broadcasts in northern Sudan were shut down on August 9.

The cold war days have passed by, where big budgets were allotted to the international news outfits to spread the ideas of propaganda and capitalism which used to suit the political agendas of Western World. A high production cost, satellite rights, getting hold of frequencies was the game of big players but now new technology has cut all the barriers. With a simple working camera, content to share and internet connection a lot can be said, shared and discussed upon. Heydays of so-called information rulers of the world have started to vanish and the freedom once enjoyed by western media is diminishing and third world countries have trumpeted into the space.

Celebrating Monsoon with ‘Malhaar Festival’

Delhi has been waiting for such splashing monsoon since very long. These dripping wet days and nights have called for revels and festivities. Taking the opportunity of this drenched weather, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is organising the ‘Malhaar’ festival on 23rd and 24th, August, 2010 at Azad Bhavan Auditorium, I.P Estate.

This festival will celebrate spirit of monsoon with dance and music. The two day event will showcase the Light Classical, Kathak, Sarangi and Sitar performances to set the mood of rains. The first day will see the performances of ‘Light Classical’ by ‘Malashri Prasad’ and ‘Kathak’ performance by ‘Sharmistha Mukherjee’. Sitar and Sarangi recitals will be performed on the second day of the festival by ‘Shubhendra Rao’ and ‘Ustad Kamal Sabri’ respectively. Entry for the festival is free and the performances will start from 6:30 in the evening.

The Indian culture provides a window for celebrating nature, emotions, festivals, customs and religions. This rich tradition of Indian way of life makes it stand ahead of all other civilizations across the globe.

Krishna Janamotsav

Krishna Janamashti is a week away and Delhi has started preparations for celebrating the Krishna janam divas. Also this week witnesses ‘Raksha Bandhan’, which portrays the strong roots of our great Indian families. Come August-September, and the country start preparing itself for months of festivals which start with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ends on ‘Diwali’.

While Diwali is the festival which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama, Janamashtmi celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Temples across the country celebrates the festival with grandeur and poise. The actual celebrations start at 12 midnight, when lord made his divine appearance. Prayers, fasts, devotional songs and many other rituals are performed to mark his birth on Earth. Celebrations in Dwarka, Mathura, Vrindavan and Gokula are high in its festivities and devotional mood reaches its peak.

Maharashtra celebrates Janamashtmi with Dahi Handi where earthen pot containing butter and milk is elevated on to a height and the groups of young men tries to break it by making pyramids while people across yells ‘govinda alaa re’. Krishna utsav also inspires artists to paint their canvas with colors of devotion and fondness. Painters paint their imaginations while other artists perform the Krishna Leela in form of devotional songs, bhjans, dance performances, dramas, ballets etc.