‘Dancing is the poetry of the foot’ as per John Dryden’s perspective of the orb of dance, that has been the key philosophy and inspiration for India’s eminent danseuse Geeta Chandran and her lovechild – Natya Vriksha – the perfect platform for her abundant, dedicated passion and ability to nurture and harness talent, that firmly establish Indian dance traditions. On the occasion of the 9th World Dance Day Chandran celebrated the charming nuances of Indian dance traditions, paying homage to the dance community with a showcase of several avtaars at the India International Centre Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and India International Centre, with additional support from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, NTPC and UNESCO, Natya Vriksha’s World Dance Day 2013 celebration offered the capital’s cultural aficionados, an assured opportunity for enjoying Geeta Chandran’s ‘Young Dancers’ Festival’ – a successful endeavour to create new spaces for the contemporary classical dancer, forming new frontiers of classical art, to reach out to new, young, audiences, believing and asserting that dance must be linked to life at the grass root level and that artists must make a positive difference to real living.Indeed, Geeta Chandran’s World Dance Day calendar resonates in spirit – Martha Graham’s sensibility that ‘Dancers are the messengers of the gods’.
The second edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival- DIFF, was announced in the Capital on Tuesday. For all the cinema lovers this year DIFF has an array of 30 films – a choice pick from independent movies, documentaries, short films and experimental cinema.Created by noted filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam this film festival is determined to provide a platform to independent movie makers and to present exceptional contemprory cinema to the viewers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Few movies to be screened this year includes Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s provocative Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, based on controversy created by the Russian feminist punk rock protest group. Another interesting watch will be Polish filmmaker Jacek Borcuch’s award-winning romantic feature film, Lasting which will be followed by Australian director Kate Shortland’s moving post-World War II drama, Lore; British artiste Shezad Dawood’s debut sci-fi feature, Piercing Brightness and Japanese cult director Takanori Tsujimoto’s martial arts extravaganze, Bushido Man. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year, DIFF have a special focus on Indian documentaries with strong social concerns. Festival will be presenting Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang, Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man, and Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade.A number of films selected for the festival are based on children or teenagers struggling to overcome failure and dilemmas are also lined up. Some of these are Kim Mordaunt’s coming-of-age drama set in Laos, The Rocket; Dominga Sotomayor’s Chilean road movie, Thursday Till Sunday. Following the new Indian Indie wave, films like Nagraj Popatrao Manjule’s Fandry and Q’s Tasher Desh will also be screened.A carefully curated series of fillers (to be screened between movies) will present short takes made by leading international artistes.
Jihadists from the Islamic State group blew up a pipeline feeding natural gas from eastern Syria to the suburbs of the capital Damascus early today, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS blew up the pipeline near the T-4 military airport in the east of central Homs province shortly after midnight. “This pipeline was used to carry gas into the suburbs of Damascus and Homs to generate electricity and provide heating in individual homes,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIS has seized a number of oil and gas fields in Homs province, most recently during its offensive on the ancient city of Palmyra. These fields were key to Syria’s embattled regime, which relied on them for power generation in its dwindling areas of control. “Any hit to the regime’s gas supply is important, because its resources are very low,” Abdel Rahman said.While IS has made use of oil fields it has captured to generate income, processing natural gas is much trickier, according to Yezid Sayigh, an analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut.Blowing up gas pipelines demonstrates that “the name of its game for now is denial of key resources to the regime,” Sayigh wrote recently.
Scattered showers were witnessed in parts of the national Capital on Monday which failed to bring any respite from the humid weather conditions that Delhiites have been facing since the past few days.The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius which was a notch above the season’s average while the minimum temperature had settled at 24.6 degree Celsius, two notches below the normal.“Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road and
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday urged the Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University to take a humanitarian approach and complete the renovation of the Hindu hostel as fast as possible. Chatterjee on Tuesday spoke with V-C Anuradha Lohia and told her to take all possible measures to expedite the renovation work. The minister also enquired of the progress of work and the cause of delay in handing over the hostel.”The work for the Hindu Hostel has been going for a long time and the students have lost patience. So they are resorting to agitation which is affecting the prestige associated with the varsity. If the work could have been completed in time then there would not have been such an agitation,” Chatterjee said.Lohia on Monday had sought another four to five months from the students in handing over the hostel. She had claimed that the state Public Works Department (PWD) has not been able to complete the renovation work in time, causing the delay. The V-C had earlier promised to open the Hindu Hostel for students byJuly 15.
Would it not be nice to have an authentic slice of Italy in your mundane life in the Capital? Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, is offering its patrons an authentic Italian experience titled ‘Barefoot in the Sand’, a handcrafted menu of the signature dishes of Michelin Star Chef Riccardo Sculli. Having long been captivated and driven by the flavours of the pristine waters and the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast, the richly evocative menu enthrals for style, taste and the very quality of the raw materials itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA special a-la-carte menu has been curated for lunch, featuring some of Chef Riccardo’s signature dishes such as – Carpaccio di Aragosta e verdure (Lobster carpaccio with seasonal salad and tomato gelè) and Risotto allo zafferano con mud granchio e ribes rosso (Saffron risotto, mud crab and red currants). For dinner, a special degustation menu has been designed by Chef Riccardo, starring culinary masterpieces such as Costoletta di agnello con carciofi e liquirizia (Rack of lamb with artichokes and liquorice) and Pollo ruspante con peperoni e arancia (Free-range chicken with peppers and orange). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeeping in line with the traditions and rich culinary heritage of Calabria, some of Sorrento’s best wine selection have been paired with the stunning menu which is on till today.Chef Riccardo Sculli has especially flown down to curate this experience for the culinary enthusiasts of Delhi. He is the first chef from the Reggio Calabria province to have received a Michelin star, and is currently the head chef at Ristorante Gamberro Rosso, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica RC, Italy. Chef Riccardo is on a perpetual quest to keep educating himself about the extensive gastronomic legacy of Calabria, and to pay homage to this legacy through meticulously prepared and skillfully presented dishes.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will leave for a two-day tour of Birbhum on Wednesday. Banerjee will be chairing an administrative review meeting at Gitanjali Auditorium in Bolpur on Wednesday and on Thursday will be present at a distribution programme at VIP More in Kamarpara under Ilambazar police station area.A senior official in the district administration informed that the Chief Minister will also inaugurate the Baul & Lok Utsav from the venue at Ilambazar. “We have held meetings for the last few days and district magistrate Moumita Godara Basu along with senior officials paid a visit to the venue and gave necessary instructions. The top brass of police are also putting up a strong security blanket in and around the area,” the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree helipads have been set up in the area, with one at the backside of Gitanjali Auditorium, another at Binoy Bhavan Stadium in the campus of Visva Bharati and the third one at Kamarpura adjacent to the stadium in which the Chief Minister’s distribution programme has been scheduled. Banerjee will lay the foundation stones of various projects and inaugurate a number of schemes at her distribution programme on Thursday. She will also award prizes to winners of various sports events and Jangalmahal Cup. Men and women in the districts who have excelled in sports activities will be also handed over prizes by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe district police have already held a rehearsal on how the beneficiaries will go to the stage and collect awards from Banerjee. A large number of farmers will also be handed over toolkits at the venue. A major attraction of the programme will be 1,000 Bauls with their ektaras and other similar musical instruments. Around 100 Bauls will perform on the main stage. The administrative review meeting will be attended by senior officials of the Block, Zilla Parishad and Panchayat level, senior police officials and officers-in-charge of all police stations in the district.
Love to play water sports like surfing or bodyboarding? Beware, you may be three times more likely to swallow antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli or E.coli bacteria in your guts, new research has revealed. Surfers were found to swallow ten times more sea water than sea swimmers, making them more vulnerable to E.coli bacteria.Regular surfers were also found four times as likely to harbour bacteria that contain mobile genes that make bacteria resistant to the antibiotic. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis is significant because the genes can be passed between bacteria – potentially spreading the ability to resist antibiotic treatment between bacteria, the researchers said. “Antimicrobial resistance has been globally recognised as one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and there is now an increasing focus on how resistance can be spread through our natural environments,” said Anne Leonard, from the University of Exeter. Scientists compared faecal samples from 300 surfers and non-surfers to assess whether the surfers’ guts contained E.coli bacteria that were able to grow in the presence of cefotaxime. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, published in the journal Environment International, found that 13 of 143 (9 per cent) of surfers were colonised by these resistant bacteria, compared to just four of 130 (3 per cent) of non-surfers swabbed.A treatment with cefotaxime – a commonly used and clinically important antibiotic previously prescribed to kill off E.coli bacteria – showed that the bacteria has acquired genes that enable them to survive this treatment, the study showed.According to the 2016 O’Neill report commissioned by the UK government, antimicrobial resistant infections could kill one person every three seconds by the year 2050 if current trends continue.There is an urgent need to curb antibiotic-resistance or else we may be entering an era in which antibiotics are no longer effective to kill simple, and previously treatable, bacterial infections, warned the World Health Organization.