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The ‘Disconnect’ Within Us

Naatak’s Harish Agastya in conversation withleading Indian playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar What is the first thought that comes to you when someone says call centers? Someone named ‘Mike’ you talked to at some point on the phone with a not-so-faint Indian accent? An opinion piece you read in your local newspapers about how outsourcing to countries like India was contributing to the unemployment rate here in the U.S.? That is, of course, the point of view most of us are used to. Until we come across Disconnect, Anupama Chandrasekhar’s brilliant play about the call center generation of India that turns the ...
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Is India a sporting nation?

‘Sports’ as it is perceived in India, is synonymous to ‘cricket’. After the successful, money-spinning IPL, other sports have woken up to designing similar models. India has the potential to become a great ‘sports nation’ in the future, and the need of the hour is to create a ‘sports culture’, says Sandip Janee This burning question has popped up on and off. Debates on this hot topic have graced enough prime print space and television time. It is a question, which many feel is best answered by the way ‘sports’ is perceived in India – which is, synonymous to ‘cricket’. ...
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The Kochi-edition of the New Global Indian Excellence Awards for Global Leadership turned out to be a melting pot of achievers from across the globe. When a businessman from South Africa and an eminent journalist from Bahrain met with a stand-up comedian and a business leader from the US in Kochi, they had one thing in common – the pride of being Indian and retaining the true essence of their culture and shared heritage even as they lived as citizens of another country. The third edition of the NGI Excellence Awards organised by the NGI Foundation in Kochi at the ...


I Let my work to do the talking She is undeniably cool. It is her deep passionate sensuality that emanates from her captivating smile and smouldering eyes. Sonakshi Sinha got rave reviews for her pivotal role opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg, However, her curvaceous figure that bordered more on the broader side got her immense flak too. This pretty young thing has overcome all the criticism, and emerged into a confident personality, who is also grounded to the core. Simple, secure and stunning best describe this star child, says Kavita Wadhwani. Why did you choose this role in Son of Sardar? ...


Many makers of Hindi films are opting for Indian locations that bring out the character of the place in which the plot of the story is based, observes Mritunjay Kumar  Indoor and outdoor locations do not merely create a beautiful backdrop. They also provide with a beautiful canvas that is colored with story ideas. Sometimes, it’s not the director’s skills or the soulful music that go into the making of a blockbuster. The cinematographer’s depiction of locales leaves a lasting impression in the people’s minds. Locations play such a powerful role that they can enhance the overall impact of the ...
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The Journey of Sports in Odisha

“Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness… and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him.” These are the lines of the famous Blaise Pascal. Sports, indeed has an incredible power to make people forget everything else in life. No country, no state, no place is complete without sports. So what if it is a quintessential state of a quintessential country. ...
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Golden era of group theatre movement

The journey started on October 2, 1972. Celebrating the centenary of the Bengali stage, a band of theatre-loving youth sought to cultivate, learn, promote and to hold up the true spirit of the theatre formed a drama unit under the leadership of Sushanta Bandyopadhyay in the name of NAT-RANGA and became a part of the group theatre movement of the time. It was the golden era of the group theatre movement that boasted of stalwarts like Shambhu Mitra, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Utpal Dutta, Manoj Mitra, Badal Sarkar, Bibhash Chakraborty and others. NAT-RANGA joined this movement with the directorial guidance of Sushanta ...
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CINEMA @ 100 – Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema

Simply magical! A man with vision and courage pioneered the revolution. Mumbai, called Bombay then, had no idea of what was about to take place. On April 21, 1913, at the Olympia theatre, Dadasaheb Phalke premiered the first ever full-length film, Raja Harishchandra. A silent film based on the legend of King Harishchandra, it was released for the masses on May 3, 1913. Ten decades have gone by. Today, the nation is paying a tribute to the date that Phalke had immortalized with the first public screening of his film. India being a nation where more than 1,000 films are ...
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Satyamev Jayate : Are you just watching a show or becoming a change agent?

  Satyamev Jayate, the Aamir Khan-hosted talk show, went on air recently. The cyber world is full of comments about the pros and cons of doing such a show, its format, its timing, its tone and delivery etc. I thought I would focus on the intent of the show, and see what it means for us as Indians to do a show about about our concerns. For as long as I can remember, the underbelly of India has been the domain of foreign documentaries, foreign journalists at times enamored by the ‘India is so poor and so exotic’ routine. I ...
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Reality bites of Maya Nagri

Monica Murthy empathizes with the struggle of newcomers in Mumbai’s fledgling entertainment industry, and how the new-age convergence is helping the small-town youngsters with dreams in their eyes to overcome odds. The Maya Nagri has a unique quality that continues to attract youngsters from all over India who come here with big dreams. The city may offer great opportunities, but the path to success is often strewn with arduous struggle. Mumbai, the business capital of India, is home to around 13 million, and the population has grown rapidly in the last 20 years. It is one of the largest cities ...
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