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Theatre in Hyderabad is vibrant: Mohammed Ali Baig

Theatre in Hyderabad is vibrant: Mohammed Ali Baig

Oct 29,2017 , 01:59 AM IST | Sunday Hans
There is the smaller world that is the stage and the larger stage which is the world” -- Isaac Goldberg’s observation outlines the essence of theatre and its relevance to life in a subtle yet poignant manner.
Viva la San Francisco!

Viva la San Francisco!

Oct 21,2017 , 11:13 PM IST | Sunday Hans
Most cities are many things to several people. Every city, however, has one quality that is universally agreed upon. While the popular slogan for San Francisco “Everybody’s favourite city” makes it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.
Music resonates in every heart

Music resonates in every heart

Oct 08,2017 , 01:19 AM IST | Sunday Hans
“If you throw a stone at the crowd, it will land either on a writer or a singer” goes a famous saying in Kannada referring to places where music and literature thrive. This is indeed most relevant to the situation in the picturesque city of Dharwad in North Karnataka, a renowned educational and cultural hub and birthplace of innumerable intellectuals and musicians who made India proud.
Exploring the art of masses

Exploring the art of masses

Sep 24,2017 , 12:43 AM IST | Sunday Hans
Colourful paintings with panels depicting a story whose sequence is explained through narration, scrolls were perhaps the first storyboards or PowerPoint presentations known to us. These works are not to be viewed as art in isolation but as an amalgamation of painting, story and narration, which complement each other.
Spreading happiness through music

Spreading happiness through music

Sep 17,2017 , 02:05 AM IST | Sunday Hans
The heartfelt blessings that listeners shower on me after a live concert are truly what I cherish the most. The connection with the audience through a composition that is uplifting both in terms of the raga and the Sahitya (lyric) is a truly beautiful emotion and something words cannot express,” says Nitya Santhoshini, the singer, whose mellifluous voice has earned her a special place in the music
Capturing souls of rural milieu

Capturing souls of rural milieu

Sep 10,2017 , 12:51 AM IST | Sunday Hans
These are the lovely lines from the English translation Vaidehi’s book of poems, is in a way an ode to the rich “Kundapura Dialect” of Dakshina Kannada, her birthplace. “My English is not so great but I hope I can answer your questions to your satisfaction,” she tells me over the phone from Udipi, where she lives, and over a delightful conversation has me enthralled by the sheer beauty of the dial
Blind faith industry

Blind faith industry

Sep 03,2017 , 12:32 AM IST | Hans
A fake Baba hitting (read blessing) devotees on the head with a humble broomstick and a vengeful expression and those of grateful devotees delightedly awaiting their chance for “head bumps” is one of the many crazy images doing the rounds on social media.
London calling!

London calling!

Aug 26,2017 , 11:09 PM IST | Hans
No matter how many millions of fawning bloggers discover them, no matter how many adoring travel articles they’re the subject of, no city cabbies or cabs are as classy as London’s with the customer feeling privileged to shell down the odd pounds for a lift down the street” says an article that lists the high points of London and I couldn’t agree more.
Reality shows or cruelty shows?

Reality shows or cruelty shows?

Jul 16,2017 , 01:25 AM IST | Hans
It is not the physical beauty, openness to loving and being loved, playfulness or innate humour that they have that is most appealing about them. But what makes children most beautiful is the fact that they possess something that we have all lost - the quality of innocence says famous British author and columnist Tim Lott. 
A delightful sojourn: Hyderabad to Kolhapur road trip

A delightful sojourn: Hyderabad to Kolhapur road trip

Jul 01,2017 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
A road trip from Hyderabad to visit three shrines in Maharashtra proved to be an interesting and enriching experience, exposing us to different terrain crisscrossing three states. 
Understanding pain, the saintly way

Understanding pain, the saintly way

Jun 25,2017 , 02:33 AM IST | Hans
“I was perhaps bored with politics. I can write a book on the current situation in my sleep. What is the point in that? There is no challenge here. I wanted to write about something that would really tax me and this book certainly did. 
Cinare A multifaceted litterateur

Cinare A multifaceted litterateur

Jun 18,2017 , 12:39 AM IST | Hans
Intense eyes that captured images resonating in words, stubborn curls that framed his face,  speech that reflected sublime clarity and a pen that embraced words with the flourish of an artist painting images on  canvas, Cingireddy Narayana Reddy popular as “Cinare” was a towering presence, a Colossus with an unwavering hold on the Telugu literary scene for over six decades. 
Extending a caring hand

Extending a caring hand

Jun 11,2017 , 01:37 AM IST | Hans
History is replete with examples of people who have made others happiness their own, for in seeking happiness for others they find it themselves. Moving beyond one’s comfort zone, walking the extra mile, empowering, encouraging and enthusing those who are complete strangers are qualities that define them. 
Time to promote Telangana culture

Time to promote Telangana culture

Jun 04,2017 , 12:56 AM IST | Hans
Art, customs, social behaviour and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement have been collectively defined as the culture, with each culture distinct from another. As the celebrated writer, Somerset Maugham summed it up, culture creates and defines you. 
Triumphing the legal corridors

Triumphing the legal corridors

May 21,2017 , 01:41 AM IST | Hans
Courage, it has been said, is not the absence of fear but triumph over it. The ultimate triumph across all cultures and civilisations, all times and strata is the triumph of truth over evil, of right over wrong.
Preservation is the best celebration

Preservation is the best celebration

May 07,2017 , 12:40 AM IST | Hans
Past grandeur, anecdotes and tales of yore hold great allure for us and we recall every small achievement of the past with a nostalgia that can make everything in the present seem minuscule and pale in comparison. 
Bigger stages larger scale

Bigger stages larger scale

Apr 30,2017 , 12:49 AM IST | Hans
It does not acknowledge borders in the same way as many other arts. Even when certain styles limit the work within a frame, the movement of life, choreography and the need for flux takeover very quickly allowing certain styles to mingle with the other,” says noted dancer Anita Ratnam in her magazine “Narthaki “. 
Social media in, social grace out

Social media in, social grace out

Apr 16,2017 , 12:17 AM IST | Hans
The music was straight out of a famous Bollywood (hate the name but it has stuck) dance number, sans the lyrics and the montage had visuals of a young couple in different frames and poses that would put artistes in celebrated “item numbers” to shame. 
Alampur, a neglected temple town

Alampur, a neglected temple town

Apr 01,2017 , 10:18 PM IST | Hans
Every monument or World Heritage site of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)) has the same story to tell, barring a few exceptions. I am totally convinced after seeing one beautiful monument after another, be it a temple, tomb, church or synagogue, in a dilapidated condition. 
Ugadi Special: Prophecies keep the magic going

Ugadi Special: Prophecies keep the magic going

Mar 26,2017 , 01:32 AM IST | Hans
The “present moment is everything”, state all the great philosophies of the world that wax eloquent on ways to get rid of stress and focus on “What is”.  We are forced to admit however reluctantly that the anxiety about outcomes in a deadline driven world is more exhausting than the outcome itself. Neither the languid images of a pleasure-loving Omar Khayyam talking about “today being sweet” nor t
Symbols are never reality

Symbols are never reality

Mar 05,2017 , 12:51 AM IST | Hans
Symbols, often, are like signposts that indicate an unreachable destination. Symbolic gestures allude to the nature of things, outline a possibility or become tools for manipulation as they are high on intent but pitifully low on implementation. 
Love spins the world

Love spins the world

Feb 12,2017 , 12:44 AM IST | Hans
This beautiful poem by Robert Burns is one of the many odes to love that resonate in the hearts of lovers across the globe. The overpowering emotion that makes the world spin, reigns freely in the imagination of poets, in the unending themes in prose, in the longing that stems from the soul of musicians and in the paintings and sculptures that immortalise it. 
Noisy netizens

Noisy netizens

Feb 04,2017 , 10:37 PM IST | Hans
Etiquette the word used to define appropriate behaviour or the way we carry ourselves in society, is something we Indians addicted to smart phones and laptops totally lack. 
Living under siege

Living under siege

Dec 25,2016 , 01:28 AM IST | Hans
the extreme transience of power that holds within its fold; the helplessness of defeat and the elation of victory are all vignettes that remain ever fresh in my reflections as a journalist with the print and electronic media in Vijayawada. 
A serene spiritual sojourn

A serene spiritual sojourn

Dec 17,2016 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
An embodiment of the Hindu trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, the form of the three-headed Dattatreya radiates serenity and he is regarded as the absolute guru transcending the tri-gunas or three qualities that bind a human being. 
Rhythm fills my world

Rhythm fills my world

Dec 04,2016 , 01:53 AM IST | Hans
Fingers dancing on the apertures of the double edged drum producing power packed intricate and stylised rhythmic patterns that resonate in the heart, shoulders erect and stance majestic Mandapaka Nagalakshmi elicits appreciative nods and spontaneous applause even as she exudes feminine power and charm as one of the few women percussionists in the country. 
Glimpses of heaven

Glimpses of heaven

Nov 05,2016 , 10:58 PM IST | Hans
Padmanabhabha tumhaari leela, kya kahoon mein saawaro, thaap, sankat harane paayo, so hamaaro tuma haro” (How can I describe your greatness Padmanabha, the one who steps in remove obstacles and sorrows that we cannot overcome on our own) sang the great musician Maharaja Swati Thirunal Rama Varma (1813-1846) whose unswerving devotion to Padmanabha is evident from his compositions affixed with the m
Reviving a traditional legacy

Reviving a traditional legacy

Oct 20,2016 , 01:37 AM IST | Hans
Board games were an intrinsic part of ancient Indian culture, with history and mythology replete with tales of Lord Siva and his consort Parvati playing Pacheesi, the Pandavas losing Draupadi over a game of dice and the Moghuls known for their fine living amusing themselves with a game of Shatranj (chess).  
The Feminine Force in Creation

The Feminine Force in Creation

Oct 09,2016 , 12:21 AM IST | Hans
Ya devi sarva butheshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthitha, Namastasyay, Namastasyay Namastayay Namonamah’ (O all pervading goddess who manifests as Shakti , my salutations to you) is one of the many forms in which the goddess is worshipped  in the ‘Devi sooktam’ rendered by devotees during the nine-day Navarathri festival, which culminates in Vijayadashami the tenth day that celebrates the triumph of good
An alluring beauty

An alluring beauty

Oct 08,2016 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
Rachakonda hills are indeed a sight to savour. The beauty of this picture postcard setting is further enhanced by quaint tribal hamlets, herds of cattle taking to the lone curvy road, stone walled boundaries and entrances of the Rachakonda fort and ancient temples spread along the route.