August 31, 2019

Written on the dancing body

first_imgNatya Tarangini is all set with their next edition of Parampara series titled Bhavayami– an aesthetic representation of dance, music and literature that kick starts on 3 September in the Capital. The three-day event will showcase two dance and music concerts every evening. Yamini Reddy will be opening the stage on 3 September with her Kuchipudi dance along with her group from Hyderabad followed by Ambi and Bindu Subramanium in a fusion band titled SubraMania. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Born to the legendary Kuchipudi exponents, Raja and Radha Reddy in 1982, Yamini has got dance in inheritance from her parents. She has been awarded the YuvaRatna Award, Youth Vocational Excellence award by the District Rotaract Organisation, the Young Achievers award by FLO Delhi and Hyderabad, the Devadasi National Award and the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi. She has also participated in national and international festivals. SubraMania is the band featuring Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam. Their performances include fusion, jazz, pop-rock and Indian music. They perform their own original material in addition well-known standards and classics. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second day (4 September) will feature Kathak duet by Vidha and Abhimanyu Lal (son of Kathak maestro Pt. Durga Lal) followed by Sarod recital by Ayaan Ali Khan (younger son of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan).Vidha has received Sri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award 2010, Chennai and made a Guinness world record for taking most numbers of Kathak spins (103) in one minute in 2011. Abhimanyu Lal has been awarded Shri Krishana Gana Sabha endowment award and Nritya Jayantika award. He has performed at the highest level in India and abroad in many prestigious dance festivals like Sydney dance festival at Seymour centre-Australia 2014, 64th Indian republic day celebration in Dubai 2013, LondonOlympics 2012 and many more. Ayaan Ali Khan represents the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the SeniaBangash School. The younger son and disciple of the Sarod titan Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan stepped into the world of music and the Sarod, at a very early age. Ayaan has been performing concerts in India and world-wide, since he gave his solo debut at the age of eight. The last day (5 September) will feature Bhavana Reddy (daughter and disciple of Padmabhuashans Dr.s Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy) performing traditional Kuchipudi dance followed by Indo-Western rock music concert along with her group from Los Angeles. She is an acclaimed Kuchipudi dancer and singer-songwriter. She released her self-produced debut EP Tangled In Emotions. Her music is a blend of Indian concept of melodies with western harmonies held together by a string of poetry.last_img read more

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A day of students and the scribe

first_imgThe occasion was graced by the presence of Hindi fiction author, Prem Pal Sharma and Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, editor at the National Book Trust of India, who was instrumental in the publication of the translations of Cheng’s book. Cheng was accompanied R Sangitha and Kusha Grover, students, in an enrapturing rendition of Water in all three languages. Following was an exciting and energetic interaction ever witnessed by the young learners of Ahlcon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The author spoke to the students about his passion and motivation for writing. Cheng shared, ‘I started reading as soon as I could hold a book and began my writing career by writing on the walls at the age of three’. He is influenced by the utopian world of Narnia created by C.S. Lewis, his favourite author.When asked his opinion about the moral lessons he wishes to teach the children, Cheng said ‘I doesn’t start writing with a didactic in mind. Instead, I simply write what occurs to me at the time.’ In conversation with the Principal Ashok Pandey, Cheng lamented one possible reason for the children, shunning books and reading is that their parents don’t read themselves. The bookWater conveys the message to value this resource and endeavour to save it.last_img read more

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French sporting fraternity honours victims of the Paris terror attacks

first_imgA minute’s silence will be observed ahead of all French football, rugby and basketball matches this weekend as the world of sport moved to honour the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack on Thursday. The tribute was observed during the Ligue 1 match between Lille and Evian yesterday night followed by an emotional rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, as players of both teams wore black armbands. France’s professional football league said that a minute’s silence will also be observed at all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches this weekend. “Following the terrible attack yesterday at Charlie Hebdo, the French Football Federation has decided to observe a minute’s silence on all pitches of the Hexagon (France) this weekend, during national, regional and district competitions. The entire family of French football joins the general spirit of solidarity and affirms its support for the families of the victims,” the FFF said in a statement.last_img read more

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Anderson first Eng bowler with 400 Test scalps

first_imgJames Anderson became the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets as he induced a New Zealand top-order slump on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. But New Zealand recovered to 123 for three at tea on a rain-marred day after being sent into bat by England captain Alastair Cook. Tom Latham was 51 not out and Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, 41 not out. Anderson removed both Martin Guptill, Latham’s opening partner, and Kane Williamson for ducks to reduce New Zealand to two for two after the morning session was washed out without a ball being bowled.The 32-year-old Lancashire paceman started this match, his 104th Test, with 399 Test wickets. Anderson needed just eight balls Friday to join the ‘400 club’, reaching the landmark with a classic delivery that took Guptill’s outside edge and was well caught, above his head, by second slip Ian Bell, who dropped a couple of chances during England’s 124-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s.last_img read more

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Why girls are outshining boys at school

first_imgThe researchers noted that according to a recent OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) report, 15-year-old boys are more likely than girls of the same age to be low achievers.”We saw a strong tendency for failing boys to be alienated from school; feeling distant and thinking it is not useful,” said lead researcher Andreas Hadjar, professor at the University of Luxembourg.”There was also a clear link with under-performance and boys having traditional opinions about their gender role, that is, that men should lead women.” Boys with these traits tended to be more disruptive in class and hence underperformed, scoring about eight per cent less in their year mark than the average male pupil, the study showed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As many girls as boys expressed their alienation from school, but these attitudes were shown to have a more negative effect on boys. The study showed having traditional views of male/female roles are more prevalent among boys than girls.Other factors such as peer group attitudes and socio-economic background also hinder school performance as they influence school alienation and gender role orientations and, thus, educational performance, the researchers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, published in the journal Masculinities and Social Change, questionnaires, group discussions and video observation of lessons were used to analyse the behaviour of 872 children, mostly aged 13-14 years, going to school in Berne, Switzerland. The researchers also identified a potential solution as by observing behaviour in class, the researchers saw that underachieving boys responded best to authoritative teaching styles that feature a structured and caring but controlling approach. This is not to be confused with overly strict, authoritarian methods as they found that inappropriate teaching styles can cause and reinforce feelings of estrangement from school.last_img read more

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Father 2 sons jump in front of moving train

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a 28-year-old man jumped in front of a running train along with his two of his sons. All of them died onthe spot. The incident took place near Mashagram railway station in Howrah-Burdwan chord line on Tuesday morning. The incident triggered tension among locals. The victims have been identified as Rakesh Singh (25) and his two sons Ajay Singh (5) and Bijoy Singh (3). Police said they were the residents of Mohanpur Village of Nabagram in Burdwan. The locals on early Tuesday morning found the mutilated bodies of the victims near the railway track and reported the matter to Kamarkundu GRP office. The railway police later recovered the bodies of the victims and sent them for autopsy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the incident might have happened on late Monday night. They suspect that Rakesh along with his two of his children might have jumped in front of a long distance train. The investigating officers are also trying to know if the railway guard had submitted any report stating the knock down incident. Police are investigating into why Rakesh came all the way to Mashagram from Burdwan along with his sons. They are investigating into the incident and figure whether they had visited any nearby place on Monday. The victims could have committed suicide near their house. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the primary investigation, the investigating officers suspect that Rakesh might have taken the drastic step over some family related dispute. Their family members are being interrogated in this connection. Police are also probing to know if there was any foul play behind the incident. According to the railway police, they are investigating into all possible angles that might have led to the death of three members from the same family. The investigating officers are waiting for the autopsy reports which could throw some light on their death.last_img read more

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Pros of organic soaps shampoos

first_imgSave your skin and body from the harmful chemical based daily care products. Opt for organic soaps and shampoos which do not take away the natural elements from your skin but enhance it in a safe way, say experts. Amit Sarda, Managing Director, Soulflower and Anupama Malhotra, Founder of Vert (both brands produce natural handmade skincare products) have pointed out the pros of using organic soaps and shampoos: * Organic shampoos and soaps are manufactured in a smoke free environment and are 100 percent vegetarian that contain no animal fat. Organic products are made from the derivatives of plants, its fruits or even flowers and they’re completely free from SLS or other chemical preservatives. So there is zero chance that someone would suffer because of using a natural product. Conventional soaps and shampoos may feel effective but an understanding of the ingredients list on the packaging may inform you that they are in fact more harmful than good. The most common of these chemicals that do a lot of harm to the body is sodium laurel sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate (SLS). You may also find on the list other chemicals like Triclosan which is essentially a harmful pesticide and Dioxane which is a carcinogen and which really are causing a slow and permanent damage to your skin. * They are not tested on animals. * Ingredient quality is the primary difference between organic and conventional products. Organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with natural minerals, herbal extracts, and oils. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Natural ingredients such as organic tea tree can help address skin conditions such as dandruff and scalp irritation. * When you use organic shampoos and conditioners, you’re also helping the environment by letting biodegradable substances go down the drain instead of harsh chemicals. * Chemical based products have a strong tendency to scrape out the natural oil from the scalp and cause damage by making hair strands dry, dull and fall-prone. A natural shampoo bar will never rid the scalp of its oils that are inherently necessary for providing nutrition to the hair. It will only enhance the texture of the hair and where deficient, it will provide the required nourishment for a strong hair and a healthy scalp.last_img read more

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SSKM turns saviour for elderly patient

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in the history of any government hospital, SSKM Hospital installed the most advanced and one of the most expensive pacemakers on a patient, made possible thanks to the robust health service schemes introduced in the state by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Md Asik Alam (66) had his pacemaker infected for two consecutive times and the doctors had no option other than implanting a leadless pacemaker on the right ventricle of his heart. Alam and his family members became reluctant after they came to know that a leadless pacemaker would cost them around Rs 10 lakh in top private hospitals in the city. There was no other option except the installation of a leadless pacemaker on the wall of the right ventricle to save the life of the elderly patient, who is a resident of Berhampore in Murshidabad. SSKM Hospital turned saviour for the patient and the operation was conducted free of cost. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA leadless pacemaker is a small self-contained device looking almost like a capsule that is inserted in the right ventricle of the heart. According to the doctors at SSKM, a pacemaker had been installed on the right side of Alam’s chest by a private hospital in the city around eight years ago. After six years, the pacemaker got infected and the patient was brought to the hospital, where the doctors mounted another pacemaker on the left side of his chest. But the patient developed similar complications as the second one also got infected. A team comprising doctors from both the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery (CTVS) departments conducted the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”This is the first time a government-run hospital has implanted a leadless pacemaker on a patient completely free of cost. It has become possible due to the comprehensive healthcare system launched by the state government. Poor people are being benefitted by the schemes,” said a senior cardiologist at SSKM. The doctors also said that this is a late infection. Generally infection develops within 1-2 years from the date of operation. But in this case, the pacemaker got infected years later. In a conventional pacemaker, the pulse generator is connected to the right atrium and right ventricle through leads in case of a dual chamber pacemaker. While in case of single chamber pacemaker, the leads are connected either to the right atrium or the right ventricle. The patient has already been released from the hospital and is doing fine, doctors said.last_img read more

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Fashion wear created by Liluah home inmates hits the ramp

first_imgOn Wednesday, Kolkata witnessed the unveiling of a unique brand, Bongali. It is a handmade clothes and accessories line made by the inmates of the Liluah home for deserted and destitute children under the guidance of the internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Bibi Russel.The logo of Bongali has been conceptualized and created by the Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. It is a joint initiative of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare and the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInterestingly, several looms in the Liluah home were lying idle till Bibi Russel started the project in April 2017. The MOS(IC) of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Shashi Panja and WCPCR invited Russel to revive and use the looms. She has been training the inmates for a year and this is expected to help them in their future lives too. A variety of textile products and accessories has been fashioned by the inmates and the girls walked on the ramp in front of an august gathering on Wednesday evening. Says MLA of Liluah Vaishali Dalmia, “It gave them a sense of purpose and variety. Life can be monotonous in any home. All of them said that they were happy to have made something of aesthetic and commercial value”. A unique programme, the evening saw eminent guests like Tollywood hero Prosenjit Chatterjee and Indrani Halder. Dalmia and Panja were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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Women gain weight in high demand jobs

first_imgWomen who face heavy psychological pressures at work are more likely to gain weight, a study claims. The study, published in the journal International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, included data from over 3,872 participants in Sweden. “We were able to see that high job demands played a part in women’s weight gain, while for men there was no association between high demands and weight gain,” said Sofia Klingberg, researcher at University of Gothenburg.The participants in the study were investigated on three occasions over a 20-year period with respect to such variables as body weight and demands and control at work. They were followed either from age 30 to 50 or from 40 to 60. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo estimate the level of job demands, the respondents were asked about their work pace, psychological pressures, whether there was enough time for their duties and how often the demands made were contradictory. The questions about control at work covered such matters as how often they learned something new; whether the job called for imagination or advanced skills; and whether the respondent was personally able to choose what to do and how to do it. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results show that the respondents with a low degree of control in their work more frequently gained considerable weight, defined as a weight gain of 10 per cent or more, in the course of the study. This applied to women and men alike. On the other hand, long-term exposure to high job demands played a part only for women. In just over half of the women who had been subjected to high demands, a major increase in weight took place over the 20 years. This gain in weight was some 20 per cent higher than in women subject to low job demands.”When it came to the level of demands at work, only the women were affected,” Klingberg said. “We haven’t investigated the underlying causes, but it may conceivably be about a combination of job demands and the greater responsibility for the home that women assume. This may make it difficult to find time to live a healthy life,” Klingberg said. Having had or not had an academic education does not explain the associations in the study. Neither do quality of diet or other lifestyle factors. However, information about dietary intake comes from respondents themselves, with a certain risk of incorrect reporting. At the same time, given the problems associated with work-related stress, the study is relevant in terms of public health. The researchers think identification of groups who are susceptible to stress and efforts to reduce work-related stress would likely achieve a decrease not only in weight gain but also in the incidence of ill health PTIlast_img read more

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