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75-day ‘Namaste India’ festival opens across 10 French cities

New Delhi: A sarod performance by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and a Kathak performance by Kumudini Lakhia had the audience in Paris as a 75-day ‘Namaste France’ festival opened in the French capital on Thursday evening. It will run across 10 cities in the country. Organised by the Indian embassy in France in collaboration with

Women inmates celebrate Ganpati festival in Kalyan jail

Thane:With people across Maharashtra busycelebrating the Ganpati festival, women inmates at a prison here also left no stone unturned to express devotion to their favourite elephant-headed God.The Aadharwadi jail at Kalyan in the district came alive as around 60 women inmates along with their minor children, aged 1-5, recited and heard bhajans and other devotional

Theatre festival begins in Amritsar

Amritsar: Theatre festival of three days is going to start at the art gallery here in Amritsar on Monday. The fest is being organised by Indian Academy of Fine Arts (IAFA) along with the North Zone Cultural Center (NZCC), Patiala. “Famous Artists from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) and Amritsar would also participate in the Fest”, said

Coldplay to headline first Global Citizen Festival in India

New Delhi:British rock band Coldplay has been confirmed to headline the debut edition of the Global Citizen Festival on November 19 in Mumbai. The organisers have refuted reports that tickets for the fest have been set at astronomical prices. “We’re so excited to be announcing that on World Toilet Day — November 19th — we’re

4 youths try to drown cop during Ganesh festival

Thane: A shocking video of a policeman beingpushed into a lake and four youths of a local Ganesh Utsav mandal trying to drown him in Kalyan townwhip has gone viral here. The youths had earlier objected to being disciplined by the policeman Niteen Dondu Dagale. On the occasion of immersion of the Ganpati idols last

Bollywood stars gear up for Ganpati festival

Mumbai: With the 10-day Ganpati festival commencing from tomorrow, several actors including Emraan Hashmi and Arjun Rampal are preparing to welcome home the God of good luck, while stars like Katrina Kaif and Daisy Shah will visit friends’ places to offer prayers. When asked how he is going to celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi tomorrow, Emraan


Karan Johar to attend Toronto Film Festival

Mumbai: Director Karan Johar will attend the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which is going to open on September 8. This will be Johar’s second TIFF outing. He first went to the prestigious festival in 2006 and also screened there his romantic-drama “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”. The 44-year-old filmmaker shared the news on Twitter

Heritage festival to be marked at Capitol Complex on Sept 6

Chandigarh: UT Administration is all set to host Heritage festival at Capitol Complex. UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore will be inaugurating three day festival on September 6. Badnore had recently directed UT Administration to make efforts in promoting the tourism in city. Capitol Complex attained Heritage status from UNESCO in July this year thus


Sonam Kapoor Praised ‘Chauthi Koot’ at the Cannes Film Festival

Mumbai:Actress Sonam Kapoor has praised “Chauthi Koot”, the first Punjabi language film which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. “Just watched ‘Chauthi Koot’ moved beyond belief by this wondrous and riveting film. So proud that this movie came out of our industry,” Sonam tweeted on Monday night after a screening of the movie

Special Anand-Dakor train to clear festival rush

Vadodara: The Vadodara division of the Western Railway has decided to run a special train to clear the extra rush of passengers for Janmasthami. Anand-Dakor special passenger train will leave Anand at 22.05 hrs on 25.08.2016 (Thursday) and reach Dakor at 23.00 hrs. On return, the passenger train will leave Dakor at 0300 hrs on

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Kirron Kher takes part in Teej festival

  Chandigarh: Teej Festival was organised by Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh at Green Belt, near Gaudiya Math, Sector 20-A on Sunday. Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher was the chief guest on the occasion. People from in and around the neighborhood also participated in the function, enjoying all the events of the fest and got a chance to interact

GNI Public School celebrates Teej

LUDHIANA: Based on the theme ‘dhiyan bachaonge ta teeyan manaonge”, G.N.I Public School I-Block B.R.S Nagar celebrated the function of Teej in its auditorium. Children were in their best Punjabi attires. The Kindergarten kids thrilled everyone with their dance number “nachan to pehlan”. The students performed well on various Punjabi songs. The Solo songs sung

Traditional festivals to attract tourists in Goa this monsoon

Panaji: With the arrival of rains making beaches less attractive among visitors, Goa tourism department is banking on its traditional monsoon festivals to increase footfalls in the coastal state. “The arrival of tourists has not receded. The weekends are full. Hotels are having 70 per cent occupancy on weekends,” Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said. The

Jackie Chan grooves to Punjabi number at Shanghai Festival

Mumbai: Action superstar Jackie Chansurprised his fans when he showed off his Punjabi dance moves on a 1990s popular track “Tunak Tunak Tun” on-stage at the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival. Chan was accompanied by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood in the impromptu jig. The 62-year-old multi-faceted performer looked at ease grooving to the Daler Mehndi-sung

Closing film ‘Aligarh’ gets standing ovation at New York Fest

New York: Filmmaker Hansal Mehta’scritically-acclaimed “Aligarh” was greeted with a standing ovation after it brought down the curtains on New York Indian Film Festival. “Aligarh”, starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, was based on the real life incident of Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, who was terminated from his job because of his sexual-orientation. “Standing ovation

Festival to mark Tagore’s birth anniv inaugurated in Egypt

Cairo: A five-day cultural festival in Egypt organised by India to mark the 155th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore has been inaugurated here aiming to build connections between the people of the two countries who share strong cultural bonds. The Tagore festival was inaugurated by India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya yesterday here with a painting