Friday, December 30, 2016

Artesanías de metal de la India

La historia de la artesanía de metal de la India se remonta a 3000 a. La estatuilla de metal encantadora de una muchacha que baila y el otro arte del metal que pertenece a la civilización del valle de Indus son testimonio a la alta calidad de la ejecución practicada por los artesanos indios antiguos. Sería prudente también mencionar las esculturas de bronce pertenecientes a los gobernantes Chola y el pilar de hierro en Mehrauli, en Delhi, que fue creado durante la época del rey Ashok.

Desde hace siglos, los artistas del metal indio han estado usando todo tipo de metales para expresar su creatividad. Los metales como el cobre, el hierro, la plata y las aleaciones como el bronce, la campana y los metales blancos se utilizaron (y todavía se utilizan) para crear una gama de artefactos como ollas, sartenes, utensilios, marcos de fotos, esculturas de deidades, figuras mitológicas, animales y muchos Artículos de decoración para el hogar.

Si tratamos de poner la luz sobre las diferentes formas de arte de metal basado en diversas regiones de la India, entonces vamos a entender que el arte del metal en este país ha sido tan variado como diferentes culturas de la India. Jaipur en Rajasthan es conocido por grabado de latón y lacado. Productos tales como cuencos, platos, cajas y otros artículos de decoración para el hogar que tienen sellos de diseños étnicos y patrones florales. Moradabad en Uttar Pradesh, como todos sabemos, es popular en todo el mundo por su gama de artículos de latón que incluye artículos para el hogar como ollas, bandejas, cuencos y piezas decorativas. La mayoría de las artesanías de metal hechas en Moradabad están decoradas con grabado intrincado. Varanasi, la ciudad más antigua de la palabra es famosa por las esculturas de yeso de las deidades y los utensilios de latón y cobre. Del mismo modo, Andhra Pradesh es famoso por las mercancías Bidri, mientras que el arte de metal Dokra es popular en los cinturones tribales de Andhra, Orissa y Madhya Pradesh. El Ladakh en Cachemira es conocido por los buques tradicionales hechas de hierro y latón. Los artesanos de Cachemira son también conocidos por los artículos rústicos ricamente grabados domésticos como cuencos, samovares, platos y bandejas.

Indian Handicrafts Company, una empresa con sede en Nueva Delhi, India ofrece la exquisita colección de artesanías de metal y artículos de regalos creados por artesanos indios. La gama incluye figuras artesanales, esculturas, animales y artículos de decoración de metal.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Taj Mahal Changes Color !

The Taj Mahal changes color at different times of the day. In the morning it has a pinkish hue, little yellow in the noon, milky white in the evening and golden at night when lit by the moon. The locals say that the changing color resembles the changing mood of females - in particular the Emperor's queen. Actually, the white marble and the reflective tiles help the Taj change colors.

It's well worth, therefore, visiting Taj Mahal at different times because every visit may offer you a different experience. It is said that for The Taj Mahal, even the course of the river Yamuna were diverted. Taj Mahal can best be described in the words of the Noble Laurette Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, "A teardrop in the face of eternity." If you are planing to visit Taj Mahal, then Vantage Global Tours, a New Delhi, India based travel company may help you with attractive packages. Visit their website: or email them at

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Vantage Global Tours specializes in excursions and tours throughout Northern India

Vantage Global Tours is a premier tour company that is reputed for its expertise in excursions and tours throughout Northern India. The company is professionally managed and offers private and group excursions in various destinations in Northern India. A customized approach in planning tours and personal attention to every traveler makes Vantage Global Tours the leading online tour operators with thousands of delighted customers.

The company has a tour planning department where all the tour experts are always pleased to help clients to plan their itinerary to offer the best possible experience. The knowledgeable, friendly qualified driver/guides ensures that travelers visit is truly memorable.

The company's, in their press release, claims to be a honest tour operator that never compromises on sightseeing and also ensures that the hotel is not too far so that time in travelling is not lost. Vantage Global Tours is a New Delhi, India based travel agency.


602-A/1, Ward No-3, 
Meharauli, New Delhi, India

Phone: +91-9958827562 / +91-8816852254


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Aloha on the Ganges: A New Concept Resort in Rishikesh

Located just adjacent to the banks of the holy river Ganga, Aloha on the Ganges is a new concept 'Apartment' resort in Rishikesh. Aloha also offers an outdoor pool and spa & wellness centre. Aloha and Rishikesh as a 'combo' offers a complete experience that includes spiritual, yoga & meditation, adventure, outdoors and leisure activities.

Amidst the natural beauty of Rishikesh and alongside the Holy Ganga, Aloha is the perfect destination to live those moments of your life that you always want to cherish. Stay in Aloha for few days and you'll return with a bag full of memories and a heart loaded with smiles. Aloha on the Ganges is the ultimate escape from the mundane to the spiritual, where every corner spells harmony and every colour soothes the senses.

Aloha on the Ganges is located just a little more than a kilometre away from the Lakshman Jhula. To get more information visit the resort's site at or call at their toll free no.: 1800 102 4652

Monday, August 10, 2015

Best Time To Visit Udaipur

Fondly called the 'City of Lakes', Udaipur charms thousands of tourists from across the globe with its astonishing history, culture, and scenic locations and is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the world. Udaipur has all those ingredients that are essential to make a dream destination, and therefore, it becomes essential to understand when to visit this wonderful place!

The best time to visit Udaipur is between the months of September and March. The reason being this period is cooler as compared to other months.  However, depending on your interest and/or activities you wish to undertake, here’s a monthly breakup of Udaipur’s climatic conditions so that you can plan when to go: 

November to February
The period between November to February months constitute the winter season in Udaipur. The temperature is between 12 degree Celsius 30 degree Celsius and therefore very comfortable for tourists to go for sightseeing and exploring the city. The annual Shilpgram Crafts Fair is also organized during this period.

March to June
If you live in cool countries, this will be a tough period to visit Udaipur, as these months constitute the summer season and very hot. The maximum temperature during the days range between 45 and 40 degree Celsius, however, evenings are relatively pleasant. The colorful Mewar festival is celebrated with huge pomp and show during the month of March and April in Udaipur. 

July to October
If you love rains, then you will Uaipur during this period. These months constitute the monsoon season in Udaipur as surrounding mountain range turns lush green and scenic because of monsoons. This is a good time budget travellers to visit the city as they can get good hotel at very less during this off season.

Whenever you plan to relish the beauty of Udaipur, stay at Hotel Le Roi in the heart of Udaipur. Choose from 74 tastefully appointed rooms at Le ROI Udaipur - A budget hotel near Udaipur City Railway Station.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

When at Jim Corbett National Park, enjoy your holiday to the utmost at The River View Retreat

Wouldn't you like to enjoy your trip at Jim Corbett National Park amid a panoramic vista of the Park, the River and the Hills? If your answer is yes, then stay at The River View Retreat, a Corbett Resort. Here you'll enjoy your holiday to the utmost! 

Astonishing natural beauty around the resort will please your eye and soul. The River Kosi quietly flows alongside the resort and abundant wildlife around will make your dream of a perfect holiday resort come true. Spread over an area of 8 acres, the resort also vaunts of one of the best restaurants and also have conferencing facilities so that you can take care of your business agendas. Here are few response of guests who stayed at The River View Retreat:

"Yes! This place will remain etched in my memory forever because it is here at this amazing resort that i got married in December last year!!!! Everything about the venue was so magical...Haldi by their beautiful poolside....Pheras by the gurgling river Kosi under the white moonlight..ahhhh (it was a full moon day!!) The head chef went out of his way..."

"Riverview retreat offers an excellent relaxing and gastronomic experience. The most breathtaking view, one can walk to the river bed just behind the resort..the staff is friendly and helpful, cottages are comfortable and with all the greenery around one sure does feel in the lap of nature. A must visit for a memorable Corbett experience."

"It is with genuine pleasure that we we write this review of the River View Retreat near Ramnagar, India. We thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent here. The Front Desk Manager, Dinesh Joshi, was a great a resource. He welcomed us, checked us in efficiently and walked us to our beautiful spacious house, offering to meet us shortly to answer..."

"To start off the location of this hotel is great as it is close to the gates 10- 15 min drive, has a river flowing thru..great outdoor seating to enjoy the view! The services from the staff were excellent! From room service to the safaris! They took great care to get us the best! Rooms are nice, we had a..."

Friday, March 27, 2015

Hotel Le Roi Udaipur: Luxury Rooms At Very Affordable Prices

Strategically located right in front of the Udaipur City Railway Station, Le Roi Udaipur offers luxury at very affordable prices. Tastefully crafted rooms, casual dining restaurant and ambiance of the hotel actually makes your stay pleasant and memorable. The rooms, too, are spacious and tastefully decorated. No wonder, Le Roi Udaipur is getting excellent reviews:

"Hotel le Roi has it all, excellent location, excellent staff and excellent services. And mind it, its not only me but my Italian friends were extremely happy about this place. The rooms were clean, the receptionists were helpful and the food was good in a Delhi Darbar restaurant. Our experience was really pleasurable and because of all these qualities ..."

"Very nicely build. new property. just 25 km from airport and walking from railway ststion. luxary rooms at very affordable prices. nice wifi and room facilities , each room has own fridge. Only the bathroom are little smaller. Rest perfect ..."

"Hotel Le Roi is good for business purpose because of its location. Food of this hotel is very good in taste and quality was best. We stayed at this hotel for two days. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed. The complementary breakfast was good. Free wifi was provided. The bathroom was good but little small with excellent water pressure..."

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Rooms at Hotel Le ROI Udaipur: Comfortable & elaborately furnished

Le Roi Udaipur is a budget hotel strategically located right in front of the Udaipur City Railway Station. However, with tastefully crafted rooms, casual dining restaurant and ambiance, the hotel actually offers luxury at budget price. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. The hotel presently offers two types of rooms - Deluxe Silver Rooms and Premium Golden Rooms.

Deluxe Silver Rooms: These rooms are spaciously appointed and tastefully decorated and have individual balconies along with modern amenities. 

Premium Golden Rooms: These rooms are meticulously crafted and elaborately furnished. The rooms are air-conditioned and the perfect place to stay in. When in Premium Golden Room, be assured of all the luxuries and comforts at an affordable price.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Le ROI Udaipur is a brand new addition to chain of hotels managed by ROI Hotels India

The 'City of Lakes' gets a new hotel. Le ROI Udaipur is the only hotel which is actually just within the City Railway Station, Udaipur. In fact Le Roi Udaipur is the first hotel to open at Udaipur Station and is just couple of minutes after getting off the train. The design of the hotel draws heavily from the rich Rajasthani heritage and culture and appears no less than a palace. The hotel’s interior is keeping in mind the likability and need of the travelers. Guests are sure to experience a vibrant, cosmopolitan and in style stay. One can even view Aravali mountain range and breathtaking sights from the window of the rooms or roof top!

Le ROI Udaipur is a brand new addition to chain of hotels managed by ROI Hotels India Pvt. Ltd. The company is a reputed name in hospitality industry and manages a group of boutique hotels in India. The ROI Udaipur offers tastefully crafted rooms at a budget price in the heart of Udaipur along with casual dining restaurant and banqueting facilities. Le Roi Udaipur has a shopping complex at its ground floor which will be accessible for non resident also. So, next time when you plan to visit the 'City of Lakes', consider staying at Hotel Le Roi Udaipur!

Monday, July 28, 2014

God is Beyond All Religions!

God is beyond all religions and no religion can claim to possess absolute truth or make the claim of being the norm for all the others. It is rational to believe that a truly religious person cannot be exclusive. They can recognize the presence of God in every religion. At the same time, God has no "chosen people" for all are God's people. A person who has experienced 'God' deeply within the roots of his own faith will not be threatened by other religions, instead he would rejoice in the diversity of religious experiences. It will be prudent to mention Sri Satya Sai Baba of Shirdi and Ramakrishna who did not find any contradiction in practising different religions. They exemplify the ideal of finding God in all religions and respecting the faith, symbols and practices of other religions. It is untenable to hold on to a position that God's revelation occurs only in a particular country or culture.

Sufi Muslim saint Sarafudddin Maneri had once acknowledged that, "A hundred thousand intellects cannot comprehend Thee, O, You who lie hidden from the gaze of eye and soul". Khwaja Abu Sa'id, another Sufi saint, declares: "No one knows the full story, hold your tongue, hold your tongue". Similarly, the Bible affirms that the ineffable mystery of God eludes understanding - "Can you penetrate the designs of God? It is higher than the heavens; what can you know?" (Book of Job 11:78).St Augustine, an early Christian thinker, warned those who hold absolutist claims: "If you know God,it is not God". For St Thomas Aquinas, Christian theologian of all times, the greatest of all knowledge about God is: "To know that one does not know God".   

Even upanishadic sages were aware of the incomprehensibility of the divine mystery. The mystery of God is so ineffable that, "The eye does not reach it, or speech, or the mind. It is not understood by those who understand it; it is understood by those who do not understand it," says the Kena Upanishad (1.3.4).The Absolute is anirvachaniyam or indescribable. Hence, after every description of God, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (3.9.26) adds "neti, neti" - "not so, not so".

Harmonious relationship between religions is possible when followers of all religions realise that the infinite mystery of God cannot be exhaustively grasped. The truth present in one's own religion is part of the infinite horizon of divine truth in which people of various cultures and religions are equal participants. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

God is too vast to be contained in just one religion!

Each of us, individuals and communities, has our own understanding of God. And, we strongly believe that our own perceptions of, or beliefs about, God are true - we may not be entirely wrong there, but at the same time not correct either! It is something like if we look up in the sky, we see in clouds in myriad shapes and sizes - some resembling like monkeys and lions, others like peacocks and whales or even a grandfather with a giant nose! While another person looking at the clouds, say sitting at a different country far away may find clouds forming different shapes like buildings or cars!

God is vast, very vast! While we are limited beings with, at best, only very partial understandings of God, our perceptions of God are naturally limited and partial. What often happens is that we imagine that our particular understanding of God, as represented by the particular religion we claim to follow, reflects His totality - just like the little child who thinks that the bit of sky and clouds that he can see is what the whole sky and its contents are all about. Also, because of this (our limited understanding, partial truth), we go about disparaging, denouncing, combating and even waging war against people who see God in ways other than ours, like children fighting with other children who see bits of sky and clouds other than those that we do.

Our respective perceptions of God may not be wrong, but at the same time they do not represent the whole story of the sky or the whole truth about or reality of God. "When we begin to understand where and how we have erred, we are led to realize that how such a terrible cost in terms of human lives are lost in the name of wars over and about religion," writes Roshan Shah in

When, like the two boys who learn that the sky is much bigger than they had imagined, we are suitably humbled to realize that our understandings of God are just a limited and partial reflection of the Absolute Truth and that others also may possess equally valid (and equally partial and limited) understandings of the same, we might be inspired to reach out to each other in friendship, to learn more about God and goodness from each other and to enrich ourselves spiritually in the process!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

When is Ramadan 2014?

Ramadan 2014 begins in the evening of Saturday, June 28 and ends in the evening of Monday, July 28 (Dates may vary). Ramadan, the most important religious observance in Islam, is an annual month of fasting. Ramadan is the name of the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. During this month of Ramadan, Allah showers his blessings on the Muslims and makes special arrangements for ensuring that he makes the most of the opportunities provided by Him in the month. Rewards for good deeds are increased manifold, the paradise is decorated for those who fast and Satan is chained and confined so that he cannot misguide and lead the Muslims and lead them astray.

One of the greatest gifts of Ramadan month from Allah to the Muslims who fast, pray and recite the holy Quran sincerely for the entire month is redemption from the fire of Hell. Allah says that since the Muslims fast for Him, so He will forgive all their sins and ensure Paradise for them.

* The exact dates of Ramadan 2014 cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

What do Muslims think of Modi's win?

The dream win for Narendra Modi, according to CNN, will bring a marked change in direction for the world's most populous democracy, a nation whose modern character has been defined by the inclusive, secular and liberal approach of the Congress Party, which has governed for most of the post-independence era.

Muslims to wait and watch for the promised good times
Various sentiments, feelings of insecurity to inclusive nature of Indian democracy is being discussed all over the world - among people, media and particularly muslims! Modi is still being considered as a deeply polarising figure and an unproven commodity on the international stage. However, it is more important to understand what do muslims in India think of Narendra Modi's win. If I take into account or go by what Urdu Press and Media is writing about this win of Modi, then in one sentence I would say that all editorial writers are asking Muslims to wait and watch for the promised good times.

A progressive web magazine says,"Pseudo-secular politicians had been scaring Muslims for long of a saffronised India under Mr. Narendra Modi. Even figures like 22, 000 Muslims will be killed in that scenario were bandied about." But do muslims in India have become politically clever enough to read and understand what the leaders say and actually mean (or act)! According to, a quick survey of Delhi's Urdu Press, the only barometer of Muslim opinion in the country available, reveals  that barring Shahi Imam's statement published in Mr. Aziz Burney's Azizul Hind daily, and the newspaper itself and a few columnists, no Urdu newspaper is engaged in scare-mongering. No dire predictions are being made. All have accepted the verdict of the people and say in a democracy the people's verdict should be always accepted and welcomed as it reflects the collective wisdom of the people. All editorial writers are asking Muslims to wait and watch for the promised good times.   

Roznama Rashtriya Sahara says, "We Respect People's Verdict. It says: "Since popular verdicts are a result of the collective wisdom of the people, they should be welcomed. This is the demand of the democratic principles as well. ... It will be premature to say how the new BJP government will behave, what attitudes it will display, what decisions it will take. .... In any case the government will be given time to reveal its policies and its attitudes. People are looking towards it with fear and expectations."

The editorial in Hamara Samaj bemoans the loss of secular parties and questions who is responsible for the defeat of secular politics in India. It holds secular parties themselves responsible for their loss and says there must be something wrong with them to have suffered such a comprehensive defeat at the hands of parties that are considered fascist.

In his victory speech, Modi said that he would carry every one with him

There are publications that have even taken positive note of PM-designate Modi's remarks in his victory speech that he would carry every one with him. Also, BJP President Rajnath Singh's repeated advice to party workers that no remarks should be made against any community (read Muslims) in victory celebrations has also been displayed prominently.

The foreign media, on the other hand, has reacted from calling Modi a deeply polarizing figure to calling his victory a rejection of Congress policies. The New Republic - an online magazine in the US, has described Modi as a leader known for his economic agenda and his controversial brand of Hinduism. While they positively regard his development policies, they do not seem to be very confident about the social development indicators that he presides on.

The Economic Times has published an article which says, "If comments of some influential clerics are to be believed, the BJP and Narendra Modi have managed to win their votes too". "Muslims have voted for the BJP in many parts of UP after Modi reached out to the community and assured them not to be fearful of a BJP regime. We don't fear him anymore and we are waiting for him to fulfill his promises," says Maulana Kalbe Jawad, the head priest of Lucknow's Shahi Asafi mosque, the country's largest Shia mosque. Maulana Jawad had campaigned against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, which has more than three lakh muslim votes.

To read more on what Urdu Media has to say on Modi's win, click here.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

We want to leave good marks on the earth: Design Atelier

The vision statement of a leading New Delhi based Architecture firm, Design Atelier states, "We want to leave good marks on the earth. We want to work with a thoughtful integrity and a contemporary sensibility because we want our buildings to be loved today and to last. We would measure our work by the pleasure of the lives lived in our buildings and projects." The company says, "Our unequivocal focus is to influence the future shape of built environments through design leadership, expert knowledge and service excellence. We have been successfully engaged by major organizations- especially quality oriented corporations for their development projects in Institutional, Hospitality, Housing, Offices, Retail, and Educational sectors".

 Aashish V. Karode and Sushil L. Karer, Principals, Design Atelier
Aashish V. Karode and Sushil L. Karer, Principals, Design Atelier
Design Atelier is a nationally networked Architecture and Urban Design Firm focused on creating distinctive buildings and interiors in five service areas- Architecture, Campus Design, Hospitality, Workplace Design, and Retail Design. The company is based in New Delhi, India.

Design Atelier is also credited for giving major impetus to the green building movement in India. Recently, Chimes building of Gurgaon (developed by Design Atelier) was awarded the "Green Project of the Year" by Construction Week Awards 2013. Chimes building addresses issues of sustainability, sociability, making room for nature and program flexibility and was also awarded LEED/IGBC Gold Rating. 

Chimes building of Gurgaon was awarded LEED/IGBC Gold Rating
Chimes building of Gurgaon was awarded LEED/IGBC Gold Rating
Design Atelier works to create a fusion that employs a basic modern sensibility and local material, art and craft to foster a contemporary architecture firmly anchored in specific local peculiarities and to create dramatic impact. We aim to differentiate each project by a careful orchestration of architectural elements that create a lasting and memorable image.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Newlywed Indians Prefer to Honeymoon in Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world and many newlyweds from India prefer to go to its tropical shores for a taste of luxury and romance. For many Newlywed Indians Mauritius is the perfect place to begin their lives together. Mauritius, actually, has been once awarded for being the Best Wedding and Honeymoon Destination and also for being Indian ocean’s leading honeymoon destination. 

While talking to travel agencies in India who specializes in honeymoon tours, IndiaNOMY spoke to Niti Batra who is one of the Director of Joy Travels Pvt. Ltd. She explained, "Most of the hotels in Mauritius  are located along the shore, near white sandy beaches and clear blue lagoons, making for a splendid romantic setting for honeymooners. Also, travel time too is short". Joy Travels book maximum bookings for Mauritius honeymoon package. 

The hotels in Mauritius ensure perfect settings for unforgettable moments for couples on their honeymoon. Most of them will welcome newlyweds with a beautiful presentation of fresh fruits in rooms, aided by a bottle of sparkling wine and option of romantic dinner on the beach. Private beaches, pleasant weather and a relaxed atmosphere all contribute to making Mauritius the most preferred destination for newlyweds. Honeymooners in Mauritius also benefit from discounts with the bride often staying for free! Wish to go for Honeymoon in Mauritius? Click here!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

7th Delhi International Arts Festival

Delhi’s much awaited prestigious Arts festival is back to entertain Delhiites. This iconic Festival of arts that showcases all art forms from Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, Films, International performances and traditional arts and crafts from several Countries will be entertaining Delhiities until the 23rd of February, 2014.

The two-week Festival includes several rare and hitherto unseen in the Capital  traditional music and dance groups drawn from remote parts of India, like Singari Melam &Chavinattakam from Kerala, Ankhiya Bhawna and Borgeet from Assam, Karma & Sarfa Dance from Jharkhand, Hirni Birni Ki Katha fromBihar, Fakiri Songs & Mamore Puja & Rampa Dance from West Bengal and several others.
DIAF brings artistes from Spain, Italy, Egypt, and Mexico to enthrall the Delhietes with their amazing and unbeatable performance. Iranian illumination artistes and craftsmen will demonstrate at the National Museum & the Crafts Museum.

The Finale of this Prestigious Festival will be on the 23rd of February at 6.30 pm with a SUFI /QAWWALI NIGHT, which brings on stage the famous WARSI Qawwals of Hyderabad and Bharkat Sidhu from Punjab.

Highlights February 17, 2014
Literary Event
Readings by Children’s Writers/ Bal Sahiti
Gita Dharmarajan/ Chair
Surekha Panindikar/ Hindi
Prakash Manu/Hindi
Kamaljit Neelon/ Punjabi
Venue: Sahitya Akademi, Auditorium 3rd floor, Rabindra Bhawan, Copernicus Marg
Time: 4pm-6pm

Dance & Music
DESAJ presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi as part of the New Delhi World Book Fair
Fakiri Songs/West Bengal                                                             
Nachani/West Bengal                                                         
Mamore Puja (Jhumar) & Ranpa/West Bengal                 
Hirni Birni ki Katha/Bihar
Venue: Pragati Maidan, Lal Chowk
Time: 4.30pm - 8pm

Film Festival: Remembering Farooq Shaikha
Katha (Hindi/ 1983/141 mins)
Dir. Sai Paranjpye Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooq Shaikh, Deepti Naval
Rajaram P. Joshi is a middle-class Clerk living in a chawl in Bombay. He is secretly in love with his neighbor, Sandhya karnik but is unable to disclose his love for her. Rajaram’s fast-tallking friend, Bashudev comes for a visit and makes himself at home. Bashudev starts wooing Sandhya and soon both are in love with each other. The karniks decide to marry Sandhya and Bashudev, much to misery of rajaram. But on the day of the engagement, Bashudev disappears, and the engagement is called-off. Rajaram offers to marry the devastated Sandhya, but she tells him that she has been very intimate with Bashudev, and is pregnant. It remains to be seen if rajaram will accept Sandhya or otherwise.

Venue: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Time: 7pm

Magic Show
By Murray Molloy, Spain
Murray Molloy has been performing and travelling all over the world from Australia to Laos and Portugal to Fiji, for more than fifteen years. He has performed on the street, in bares, clubs and festivals, in front of tribal chiefs and in the legendary Jim Rose Circus in America and the Edinbugh fringe festival. One of only fifty sword swallowers actually performing on the planet, and of these fifty one of twenty five that swallow curved swords and one of ten that swallow multiple swords at once! His repetoire also includes: Escapology, clown, comedy, magic, fire manipulation, fakirism, pirotechnics and contortionism.

Venue: Craft Museum, Pragati Maidan
Time: 4 PM

Highlights February 18, 2014

Magic Show
By Murray Molloy, Spain
Murray Molloy has been performing and travelling all over the world from Australia to Laos and Portugal to Fiji, for more than fifteen years. He has performed on the street, in bares, clubs and festivals, in front of tribal chiefs and in the legendary Jim Rose Circus in America and the Edinbugh fringe festival. One of only fifty sword swallowers actually performing on the planet, and of these fifty one of twenty five that swallow curved swords and one of ten that swallow multiple swords at once! His repetoire also includes: Escapology, clown, comedy, magic, fire manipulation, fakirism, pirotechnics and contortionism.

Venue: Select City Walk
Time: 5 PM

Children’s Film Festival
Gilli Gilli Atta/ Dir Pankaj Parashar
Cast: Aarif  Zakaria, Bhavani, Mukesh Ahuja, Johnny Lever & others.
This film using the element of comedy, depicts the triumph of innocence and goodness over everything including the evil.  The film shows that kindness and love are not just mere words but when put into action can result in change for the betterment of society.
Venue: National Museum, Auditorium
Time: 11.30am to 1pm

Lecture Demonstration
Geetha Kuncha/ BKS Verma
Painting to live music and dance is an art that Sri. B.K.S Verma specializes in. He does the painting as a performance to live audiences while responding to poetry or music and dance.
Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre/East of Kailash /Garhi
Time: 5.00pm

Highlights February 19, 2014
Magic Show
By Murray Molloy, Spain
Murray Molloy has been performing and travelling all over the world from Australia to Laos and Portugal to Fiji, for more than fifteen years. He has performed on the street, in bares, clubs and festivals, in front of tribal chiefs and in the legendary Jim Rose Circus in America and the Edinbugh fringe festival. One of only fifty sword swallowers actually performing on the planet, and of these fifty one of twenty five that swallow curved swords and one of ten that swallow multiple swords at once! His repetoire also includes: Escapology, clown, comedy, magic, fire manipulation, fakirism, pirotechnics and contortionism.

Venue: Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan
Time: 4 PM

Lecture Demonstration @ Kala Kuteer
Simhanandini/Veena Murthy Vijay
Simha Nandini this dance is the combination of dance and drawing. This unique feature of drawing by the feet while dancing has been practiced by the priests of Kalahasti temple in AP. The lyrics are handed down traditions. The Taala of rhythmic cycle is the combination of six different Taalas with different cycke rounds. The dancer follows this Taala while dancing on a Canvas or Rangoli spread floor. Rare Charis & Karanas are incorporated in this dance.
Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Kala Kuteer/Garhi 
Time: 4.00pm

Lecture Demonstration @ Kala Kuteer
Mayura Kauthuvam/ Oleti Rangamani
“HAMSA (Kalaratna)” awardee Smt. Oleti Rangamani is the daughter of Guru late Sreeman C.R. Acharya, an internationally renowned and dedicated guru of kuchipudi and temple dances and an acknowledged authority in Karnaas, Tandavam and Prenkhini Natyams. Sreeman C.R. Acharya has brough back this ancient culture to lime light after conducting a rigorous research on this subject. His daughter, Voleti Rangmani was closely associated in his research work. Oleti Rangmani will present Mayuri Kauthuvam along with her disciple Dr. Yashoda Thakre. 
Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Kala Kuteer/Garhi 
Time: 3.00pm

Children’s Film Festival
Black Forest/ Dir Joshy Mathew
Venue: National Museum, Auditorium
Time: 11.30am to 1pm

Theater International
Quijote Wallah/based on “Don quijote” by Miguel de
Cervantes A theatre performance coming out from a mural on moving  walls, based on one of  the major works of  the universal literature,  Don quijote, is the starting point of   this multidisciplinary project. Street art, theatre, literature, and much more are involved in the  quijote Wallah Project. The oniric and surreal world not only dreamed but lived by Don quijote is not far away from the real and present world. He is treated by his fellows as crazy man simply because he looks at the world in a different way. His thoughts and his feelings and emotions leads his life through a world which doesn’t understand him, so it sometimes hits him, other times laughs at him, and  very few comprehends him and gives him a peaceful rest.
Venue: Select Citywalk, Saket
Time: 6:00 pm

Highlights  February 20, 2014
Mayura Kauthuvam /Oleti rangamani with disciple Yashoda Thakore

Simhanandini/ Veena Murthy Vijay with disciple Shama krishna

Geetha Kuncha - BkS Varma

Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Kala Kuteer, Garhi
Time: 6 pm

Children’s Film Festival
Chhutkan ki Mahabharat/Dir Sankalp Meshram
Venue: National Museum, Auditorium
Time: 11.30am to 1pm

Highlights  February 21, 2014

Chhaya Shakuntalam/Directed by k.N.Pannikar
It is a retelling of kalidasa’s Abhijnana Shakuntalam. The title of  the play contains the word “Abhijnana” which is indicative of  oblivion and remembrance, two psychogenic functions of  the mind experienced by Dushyanta, the protagonist of  the play. The theme of  the play suggests that the limit of  one’s own rights irrespective of  whether one is the ruler or the ruled has to be prescribed by some superimposed sanction, lest the social equilibrium would be disturbed. Whichever age we belong to, the problem repeats in different contemporary dimensions.
Venue: Abhimanch, National School of Drama, Bhagwan Das Road, Mandi House
Time:  6.30 pm

Music-Dhrupad Festival
Pandit Pushpraj Koshti / Surbahar
Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar  
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Auditorium I, CV Mess, Janpath,
Time: 6.30 pm

Highlights February 22, 2014
Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki/Directed by Rajendra Nath
The play opens with a narrative by Mahipat, who gives a hilarious biographical sketch of his life. His only aim is to become an M.A before bidding good bye to this world. He encounters countless rejections, spends time classifying rejection slips, and ultimately starts his study of  Sifarishim (Nepotism), which he believe the best weapon available today.
Venue: Abhimanch, National School of Drama, Bhagwan Das Road, Mandi House Time: 6.30 pm

Music-Dhrupad Festival
Jyoti Hegde / Rudra Veena
Ustad Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,
Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar / Dhrupad
Venue: Auditorium I, CV Mess, Janpath
Time: 6.30 pm

Highlights February 23, 2014
Music-Dhrupad Festival
Nancy Lesh-Kulkarni / Cello
Pandit Uday Bhawalkar / Dhrupad
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Auditorium I, CV Mess, Janpath, 
Time: 10.30am

Food Court,
Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,
Lawns, Rajendra Prasad Road
Time: 12noon onwards

On-going Exhibitions
Amrita Shergil -The Passionate Quest
Curated by Yashodhara Dalmia

Subodh Gupta - Everything Is Inside
Curated by Germano Celant

Venue: National Gallery of Modern Art, India Gate,
Time: 11am - 5pm

Gala Closing
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts Lawns,
Entry: Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road

Sufi & Qawwali, 6.30pm
Sufi -Barkat Sidhu / Punjab
Qawwali - Warsi Qawwals / Hyderabad
Nazir Ahmed khan Warsi & Naseer Ahmed
khan Warsi