ICONS MESMERISE ART LOVERS

first_img“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his nature into his picture, “said Henry Ward Beecher.Featuring a fabulous collection of artworks, one of the most awaited event in the art fraternity in India, the second National Art Icons Exhibition was recently held at the AIFACS Gallery, Rafi Marg. The exhibition was formally inaugurated by Paramjeet Singh, Chairman, All India Fine Arts and Craft Society.Speaking at the award presentation ceremony at India International Centre, Hriday Nath Singh, Rashtriya Sangathan Mantri, BJP and Dr Udit Raj, Member of Parliament, complimented Hammerartag.com for holding the second National Art Icons Exhibition and Competition for the promotion of lesser known artists. Hriday Nath Singh emphasised on the need to promote regional art globally as India is being recognised as a ‘soft power’, all such efforts are substantial for understanding cultural values of the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the other hand, Dr Udit Raj noted the imperativeness of art and culture for the sake of human understanding, for strengthening the national unity and for attaining peace at a global level. The award presentation ceremony was attended by the distinguished guests including, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor (South Delhi) and Mukesh Kumar Tanwar, Mahamantri, Delhi, BJP. Others to witness the occasion were Gayatri Vashistha, Managing Director Hammerartag.com, Dr Sangeeta Tyagi, President Nari Shakti Foundation, artists and media persons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveArtists participating from all across the country were felicitated by the eminent jury. Bishwaranjan Bhunia won the Gold medal for his outstanding work titled, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, Bijoy Dutta secured a silver medal for his unique work namely “Durga”, while the bronze medal was presented for “Raag Shankar” to Gauranga Bariki. Also, the “Hammerartag.com Special Award for Freedom of Expression” was announced for Sunita Dinda’s “Kite – 2”. The consolation prizes were bagged by Santanu Dinda for “Let her Free”, Neelima Sharma for “Rhythm of Dance”, Apet Pramod for “Festival”, Kashish Batra for “Scheming Saadhu”, Shahed Pasha for “King Using Laptop” and Harsha mandurkar for “Jai Jagdish Hare”.As told by Gayatri Vashistha, MD, Hammerartag.com, “The event is an effort to promote peace in this stressful world thereby encouraging upcoming talent. Making the event truly national, the participant from nearly every state and union territory brought forth the real colours of the place they belong to.””Around forty icon artists were selected for display after meaningful interaction with over six thousand artists through National Art Icons Competition which comprises of competition, awards, souvenir and auction,” she added. The third edition of the National Art Icons competition will be held with enhanced number of the icon artists. The event will be organised with Hammerartagt.com in association with the exhibition showcase from January 12 to 15, 2018 in Mumbai.last_img read more

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Upswing in Dalit writing but where are the readers

first_imgDalit literature is on an upswing with several new authors highlighting the plight of Dalits in India and pointing out solutions to the many grave problems they face – but the genre, by and large, is still thirsting for readers. There are not many publishing houses that focus specifically on Dalit writing, but a quick look at their recent offerings – fiction as well as non-fiction – suggest Dalit writers, particularly young authors, are increasingly focusing on the steps needed to bring about change. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Instead of just writing about the socio-economic conditions or the situation of the marginalised class, the new writers are concentrating on how to improve their status and penning solutions instead of stating the problems,” said S.S. Bauddh of Samyak Prakashan. Samyak Prakashan, located in Madipur in West Delhi, is one of the few publishing houses solely dedicated to Dalit writing. As is Gautam Prakashan, run by S.S. Gautam, who noted that even authors from poor financial backgrounds are now taking an interest in writing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Earlier, Dalit writers would be people who were ex-servicemen, people who had managed to come out of poverty, get an education and secure a government job. They had the opportunity to write books, below-poverty-line people had no opportunity. But now, things are changing,” Gautam elaborated while sharing his analysis of the ongoing trends in Dalit literature.According to Ashok Das, Editor, Dalit Dastak magazine, recent incidents like the death of Rohit Vemula and JNU student Muthukrishanan Jeevanantham have provoked many youngsters to take to writing.”There is a lot of anger among the youth. They are not ready to be oppressed, rather are becoming vocal about the discrimination they face, be it in educational institutes or at work places. Young people are taking up the pen to ventilate their angst,” said Das, who stepped into publishing books two years back. Publishers say that a majority of Dalit writing comprises non-fiction and there is little scope for writers to foray into the world of fiction.”Dalit autobiographies are quite popular, because they reflect fact and not fiction. It is a grim reality that is difficult for us to ignore and subsequently that is reflected in our writing,” Gautam maintained. The history of Dalit literature can be traced back to the 1850s when it gained prominence through the works of Savitribai Phule – wife of Dalit thinker and social reformer Jyotirao Phule – a feminist considered to be the first to pen works on the plight of the marginalised class.”However, it is Ambedkar who is considered to have brought a revolution in Dalit writing. He is the pioneer of Dalit literature whose book ‘Annihilation of Caste’ is an inspiration for the marginalised class,” Bauddh noted. Despite the rise in number of writers and interest in writing about Dalits in India, the genre is still struggling to expand its horizons. The publishers said that around 150 books are brought out every year, including those written in regional languages. Why then is the popularity of these books still very limited?”Firstly because of a lack of readership. Only those (upper class) who have curiosity about our issues show interest in reading our literature. These comprise people who are into either academics or doing some research work,” Das pointed out.The publishers also blamed the government for restricting the access of the books to public libraries and maintained it has amounted to imposing an “undeclared ban” on Dalit books.”A reason why people are not even aware of Dalit literature is because its reach has been limited. Public libraries run by the government don’t take our books. So how will the readers know about them?,” Bauddh asked. The publishers also added that there is little recognition of their efforts by the government and reiterated that the number of Dalit writers who have been given Sahitya Akademi or Jnanpith awards is still very low.They also maintained that they have forayed into publishing to bring about positive change and not to make a profit.”We are not businessmen, we are revolutionaries. We didn’t step into publishing with the aim of making profits but to ventilate our struggle and the discrimination we faced. It is more a battle of ideologies,” Bauddh contended.The publishers said finance still remains a big challenge for them. Bauddh and Gautam, both former government employees, left their jobs to turn into full-time publishers.However, they added that they would continue to publish and highlight the plight of Dalits in India even at the cost of continued losses.”I had invested all my savings, provident fund amount, to start the publishing house. There is no profit in our work,” Gautam noted.”We will continue to publish; financial losses cannot diminish our purpose,” Das said.last_img read more

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Garment Show of India concludes amidst much fanfare

first_imgThe third edition of the Garment Show of India, organized by Saina Event concluded at Hall No. 7 Pragati Maidan. In the three – day exhibition, more than 100 exhibitors displayed their latest range, including women’s salwar-kurti, leggings, denim men’s shirts, T. shirts, blazers, suits, jeans pants, children’s clothes, shoes wear, Sherwani etc.Gagan Marwa, Organizer of Garment Show of India said that this exhibition was successful as the exhibitors got their new customers and retailers also got the chance to tie new business with wholesalers and agents and distributors. He said that people have also fiercely bought a brand new range of famous brands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the exhibition, Reliance Trends, Trousers, Waves Overseas, Chirag, Royal Wood, Potties, Chennai Silk, Shoppers Stop, Westside, Wal-Mart, Landmark Group, Market India, Viart, Amazon, Jabong, Flipkart, Mantra, Unic Market, Bindal Group and Aditya Major retailers like Birla Group were present with their latest range. There were many stalls in the exhibition which had their own manufacturing set up.Garment Show of India Co-Organizer, Dipti Marwa said that our main objective is to give an effective platform to garment makers where they can showcase their retail chain and form new retail tie-ups with leading retail chains retailers and wholesalers, agents and distributors.This will boost the business of both buyers and sellers.last_img read more

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One killed two injured in crude bomb blast at Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Despite repeated attempts by the police and Central Forces to maintain law and order in Bhatpara, the situation remains volatile. On Tuesday night, a blast took place while manufacturing crude bombs in the area, leaving one dead and two injured.According to sources, late on Tuesday night local residents got panic stricken as the sound of a blast could be heard from a distance. Police personnel on patrolling duty also heard the noise and rushed to the spot. However, before police could reach the area, some unknown persons rushed three injured persons to Kamarhati Sagar Dutta Hospital and left. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, doctors declared one of them dead and admitted the other two with multiple injuries. Following the blast, police conducted a raid based on local intelligence. They nabbed five persons and seized a huge quantity of gunpowder and other materials used for manufacturing crude bombs. Both Trinamool and BJP have pointed fingers at each other for creating such a situation in the area. To maintain law and order, Central Forces and Barrackpore Police are trying their best to control the situation. Each and every road is being kept under strict vigilance and several police pickets have been set up across the Bhatpara constituency. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statePatrolling with anti-riot police vans are continuing, as the situation is suspected to get heated up again during and after the counting process on Thursday. According to police sources, the situation changed a bit on Wednesday morning as violence in some areas stopped after prolonged police intervention. Barrackpoe Police officials are conducting peace meetings in every area of Bhatpara, to stabilise the condition. Sleuths have urged the residents of the area not to give importance to hoax information being spread with the intention to instigate violence. Joining hands with police, Central Forces are also patrolling the area to maintain peace. On Tuesday morning, a blockade was put up at Kankinara railway station. According to eyewitnesses, when commuters were waiting for the blockade to be withdrawn, some miscreants reportedly hurled bombs and pelted stones, targeting the Naihati Local. Passengers of the train got afraid and while they were hurrying to move to a safe place, some of them reportedly fell down and suffered minor injuries. At first, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel reached the spot to remove the blockade and ensure security of the passengers. Later, a case was lodged against unknown miscreants by the GRP. None could be arrested in this connection till Wednesday night.last_img read more

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Yearlong celebration in memory of Kaifi Azmi

first_imgThe year-long celebrations of poet Kaifi Azmis centenary birth anniversary began on January 8, with a seminar in the Capital, with his daughter and actor Shabana Azmi, poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia remembering Kaifi Azmi’s legacy. “When we remember Kaifi Azmi, we remember the movement of progressive writers who said that art is a medium of social change and justice. The time was such when the writer wrote, it had a motive. He was connected to the public, and to life. He used his pen for the betterment of society’s betterment,” Shabana Azmi said during her brief speech at seminar ‘Jashn-e-Kaifi’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was organised by Urdu Academy, Department of Art, Culture and Languages of the Delhi government at the Triveni Kala Sangam. The noted actor and daughter of the poet also invoked the contributions of writers contemporaneous to Kaifi, some being Ali Sardar Jafri, Jan Nisar Akhtar (Javed Akhtar’s father), Sahir Ludhianvi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, and Shailendra. “The circumstances we see today, it’s important we remember these people again. As a father, I’ve taken Kaifi sahab for granted, just like children do, but as a ‘shayar’, his many poems inspire me. Despite being written 70 years ago, Kaifi wrote of women’s equality.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSisodia, who handles the art, culture and languages portfolio, also remembered the timeless ‘Kar Chale Hum Fida’ songwriter and spoke of the bigger role artists have in society. “Artists and art-culture events should be part of a bigger script. When society surrenders to crime, bullying, mercilessness and power, then the writer and shayar challenges its self-respect,” the Minister said. “The writer gives voice to the society’s struggle, which then resonates and becomes society’s own. The writer triggers and supports the voice until it becomes a movement and people take to the streets,” he added. Sisodia also recalled the role of writers from the time of India’s independence, and even after it, “whenever governments went unchecked”. Further, the event also witnessed the presentation of eight Urdu papers being presented on Kaifi Azmi, and Sisodia proposed their compilation and dissemination in schools, universities and language departments. Adding to the celebrations, the famous play ‘Kaifi Aur Main’ – written by Javed Akhtar – which narrates his life and times, was also staged on January 9, at the Kamani Auditorium.last_img read more

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Speeding bus falls into waterbody on its way to Digha

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 persons were injured after a bus toppled into a roadside waterbody on its way to Digha early on Monday morning. Local residents and police rescued the injured passengers and rushed them to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital.According to sources, on Monday morning a bus full of passengers was running along the Contai-Nandakumar Road at a high speed, on its way to Digha. At around 4:30 am, the driver lost control over the bus near Marishda and it toppled into a roadside waterbody. Locals heard the sound of the accident and screams by the passengers and ran towards the bus. The driver and the helper had somehow managed to jump out of the bus before it fell into the waterbody. Several passengers got stuck inside the bus, while a few others were in the water. Local residents started a rescue operation and informed Marishda police station. Within a few minutes, police arrived at the spot and rescued the passengers with help from the locals. All the injured persons were rushed to Contai Sub-Divisional Hospital, where they are still undergoing treatment. Sources informed that a few of the injured are in critical condition. Police are trying to contact the families of the injured persons. It is suspected that while driving the driver must have fallen asleep, due to which he lost control over the steering. Police will check the bus to ascertain if any technical fault was there. According to locals, the bus had met with the accident due to excessive speed. A probe has been launched in this regard. Search for the driver and helper is on.last_img read more

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Worlds Largest T Rex Skeleton Discovered – Nicknamed Scotty

first_imgThe skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in Canada has been confirmed as the largest ever discovered, according to a report by France 24. The skeleton was first uncovered in western Canada in 1991, and paleontologists have spent decades trying to painstakingly extract it and piece it together. The colossal T. Rex was originally discovered by a high school teacher named Robert Gebhardt on a prospecting expedition in the Frenchman River Valley, in Saskatchewan Province, Canada.‘Scotty’ the largest known T. rex specimen, exhibited in Japan. Photo by ★Kumiko★ CC BY SA 2.0He had joined the expedition in order to learn how to find and identify fossils, but among his initial discoveries were a tooth and vertebra from what appeared to be an enormous T. Rex. The initial excavations were undertaken by a team of paleontologists led by Tim Tokaryk, who named the specimen “Scotty” as a nod to the bottle of fine Scotch whiskey consumed on the night of its discovery.A life-size skeleton model of a Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur stands in a new exhibit called ‘T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator’ at the American Museum of Natural History, March 4, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFrom an early stage, it was clear that Scotty was an extremely large example of T. Rex, but the team did not realize just how large until they were finally able to piece the skeleton together.According to France 24, the decades-long process of extracting and reconstructing Scotty was extremely difficult. For 28 years, a team based at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta has been painstakingly removing the hard sandstone in which the skeleton was embedded.Tyrannosaurus Rex. Photo by Zissoudisctrucker CC BY SA 4.0Scott Persons, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta and lead author of a recently published study about Scotty, told CTV News that extracting the bones was a very difficult process indeed. He compared it to chipping away at cement that was encrusting the fragile bones. In order to ensure that the skeleton was carefully preserved, each fragment of sandstone had to be delicately removed, piece-by-piece.Related Video: Artist Brings Animal Skulls To Life With Celtic EngravingsOnce this laborious task was complete, the team was able to reconstruct and analyze the skeleton. Scotty is one of the best-preserved T. Rex specimens in existence, with over 70 percent of the skeleton unearthed. However, he is particularly special for a number of other reasons. Scotty measured a remarkable 13 meters long, and probably weighed more than 8,800kg. This makes him at least 400kg heavier than his closest rival, Sue, discovered in South Dakota in 1990.Allosaurus was similar to Tyrannosaurus rex. Photo by ScottRobertAnselmo CC BY-SA 3.0According to France 24, Scotty is also the oldest T. Rex ever to have been discovered and was in his early 30s at the time of his death. Prior to this discovery, the oldest known T. Rex was “Trix”, discovered in Montana in 2013, who appeared to have lived to the age of 30.The discovery of Scotty offers a fantastic opportunity for paleontologists to develop an understanding of the physiology and life of the T. Rex. In particular, it demonstrates that there was considerable variability in size and shape within the species.According to Channel News Asia, Persons commented, “There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus’. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust.” He dubbed Scotty the “rex of rexes.”Artists impression of T-rex in the wild, with prehistoric Horsetail carboniferous trees in the backgroundScotty’s age and size are particularly remarkable, but according to Persons, he also seemed to have led a difficult life. His skeleton is marked with signs of struggle, disease, and violence, and he sustained many injuries over the years.At some point during his life, he suffered from a jaw infection, sustained several broken ribs, and even bore the marks of a possible bite from another T. Rex on his tail.Read another story from us: Fossil trove discovered in ChinaAfter so many years of painstaking work, the team is finally ready to reveal Scotty to an international audience. The fully reconstructed skeleton will go on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in May 2019.last_img read more

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VIDEO The Fake Klay Thompson seated behind the Warriors bench against the

first_imgFake Klay Thompson right behind the Warriors bench HAHA pic.twitter.com/3R4o1Flva1— Rod Anderson (@DJ_Rod) October 18, 2017 Advertisement Fake Klay says he’s Klay Thompson’s spirit animal pic.twitter.com/TJDYilszlS— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) October 18, 2017 Fake Klay with his impression of *his* 1st half performance.pic.twitter.com/96gfYWIOBD— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 18, 2017 The Warriors dropped their opener to the Rockets last night, 122-121, but Klay Thompson was everywhere. He finished with 16 on the night, and a lookalike fan, fully decked out in his uniform, made news while stalking him from behind the Golden State bench.“Fake Klay” looks exactly like the real Klay, other than that he’s out of shape and probably a defensive liability. It’s hard to tell if this is admirable, or just flat out creepy. I’d hate to see the inside of this guy’s apartment, it could be Silence of the Lambs-sy.Here’s Fake Klay:My mom just sent me this picture of a Klay Thompson lookalike in line at Oracle Arena ? pic.twitter.com/qfuGMohcWp— Reggie Chatman Jr. (@ReggieChatman) October 18, 2017last_img read more

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Colins NFL Week 16 Blazin 5 picks

first_img5. Chiefs at Seahawks (+2.5) SNF – Colin loves Russell Wilson and Seattle as 2.5-point home favorites on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs. Since 2012, the Seahawks are an eye-popping 16-2 at home in primetime, and are averaging 29.1 PPG. Russell Wilson has 35 TD’s and only 9 INT’s in those games.Seattle’s 1st ranked rushing attack (154.9 Rush YPG) will run it down a weak Kansas City D that’s allowed the 7th most rushing yards in the league and looked especially bad recently. Seattle covers and wins outright by controlling the clock and keeping Mahomes on the sidelines. 28-26, Seahawks.Make sure you check out Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast with RJ Bell every Saturday morning to see if the wiseguys agree or disagree with his picks. Download and subscribe to it exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark! Colin continued cashing with a 3-2 Week 15 Blazin’ 5 to move him to 42-31-2 on the season, and he’s ready to closeout his NFL gambling year on a high note with his final Blazin’ 5 of 2018.Here are his Week 16 Blazin’ 5 plays:Ravens at Chargers (-4.5) – Give Colin Philip Rivers and the Chargers as 4.5 point “home” favorites against the Ravens. L.A. is 10-1 since Week 4 (1st-NFL), leads the NFL with 118 big plays (runs +10, passes +20), have the better overall roster, and get Melvin Gordon back this week.Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has been impressive on the ground, but hasn’t thrown for over 200 yards in 5 starts this season. That’s not going to cut it against against L.A.’s 9th ranked rush defense. Baltimore’s D keeps this close, but  but Chargers pull away and cover, 27-20. 2. Packers (-3) at Jets – Colin is all over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers as field goal road favorites against Sam Darnold and the Jets. Colin hasn’t wavered in his belief that Darnold will be a star, but he’s got nothing around him. The Jets offense ranks 30th in the league in Total YPG (298.4), Yards Per Play (4.86), and big plays – runs over 10 yards, passes over 20 (74).Green Bay (0-7 on the road) hasn’t gone winless away from Lambeau since the 50’s, and Rodgers is motivated to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Darnold keeps it closer than it should be, but the Packers win and cover the 3, 28-23. Advertisementcenter_img 4. Giants (+9.5) at Colts –  Andrew Luck and Indy have been red hot, but Colin can’t pass up the Giants getting a fat 9.5 points on the road. New York has been bad this season, but they’re better away from home with a  3-4 road record (2-5 home), while averaging 25.7 PPG (18.1 home), and allowing 23.1 PPG (26.6 home). More importantly, they haven’t lost by more than 7 on the road all year.Indy is  the better team and gets the win, but the Giants cover getting 9.5.  30-23, Colts. 3. Bears at Niners (+4) – Colin likes the Niners as 4-point home dogs against the Bears in a let down game after clinching the NFC North, last week. San Francisco has been atrocious on the road this season (0-7) but they’ve won 4 at home, including two in a row against Seattle and Denver.Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has been far less effective away from Soldier Field, going 2-2 (7-1 home), with a 4/3 TD to INT ratio (19/9 home), and an 87.6 Passer Rating (97.2 home). Chicago finds a way to win, but the Niners cover with the points. 24-23, Bears.last_img read more

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Incredible 2014 Nike Ad Showing Rory McIlroy Growing Up Idolizing Tiger is

first_imgTiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are facing off at the WCG-Dell Match play today, but it’s way more than just two of the best golfers in the world going head-to-head.In 2014, Nike produced its “Ripple” ad depicting McIlroy growing up throughout his childhood while watching and idolizing Woods as he grows up and patterns his game after Tiger. It’s easily one of the best sports marketing ads of the last decade, and a great watch today as the two go go at it.Today’s match between Woods and McIlroy is already a must watch for golf fans, but this ad gives it a little extra magic.last_img

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