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For the Record sweeps META Awards in a Virtual Ceremony

  The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) made a record of sorts on Sunday when a virtual ceremony was held to announce, if not to physically and materially present, their coveted annual awards for 2020. These Awards are presented in the month of March every year after a well-defined process of nominations and selection. However, this year the awards ceremony which is usually held in Delhi had been postponed due to the conditions created by Corona pandemic. The bilingual play in Hindi and English about how the modern times define culture titled For the Record produced by Black Box Okhla, a theatre group of Delhi became the Winner of the six of the thirteen categories for which the Awards…

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પરસ્પર # ૧૪ વક્તા :- રામ મોરી (સ્ક્રીન રાઇટર -ટીવી અને ફિલ્મ્સ,ટૂંકી વાર્તાઓ અને નવલકથા, થિયેટર અને કટાર લેખક) એન્કર :- કિશન કલ્યાણી વિષય :- “મારી સર્જનયાત્રા”

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AILF 2020 Digital Edition is getting very encouraging response from the audience and speakers alike. We had very engrossing 8 sessions with expert speakers till now and continue doing so in coming months as well. Source: AILF

2020-07-07 20:00:00 2020-11-01 21:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Ahmedabad International Literature Festival – AILF 2020 Digital Edition Ahmedabad International Literature Festival – AILF 2020 Digital Edition

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One On One India Special is a Unique theatrical Evening, bringing together some of Bombay’s finest actors, written by some of  India’s most talented playwrights and directed by some of our best-known directors. These monologues and duologues in English and Hindi address subjects as varied as marriage, Bollywood, inedible airline food, the politics of road…

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  • Maghi in Nepal, Shakrain in Bangladesh Poush Sangkranti and Tirmoori in Pakistan

Uttarayan in Ahmedabad Pol


In this Photo Studio, photographer Ashish Mehta of ‘Meet Me at Khadia’, who has been running a time-honoured photo-walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad captures the authentic flavour of Amdavad’s kite festival known as Uttarayan.

Also known as Makar Sankranti in various traditions, Uttarayan festival, is dedicated to the Sun God and marks end of the 6 month period that began with June Solstice. Makar Sankranti, the Indian equivalent of Winter solstice marks the beginning of 6 month long ‘Uttarayan’ period, in which  the northern hemisphere of the planet is tilted towards the Sun. Considered an auspicious time for new beginnings, particularly in agrarian societies, this day is marked with lot of festivity. The festivity is passionately celebrated all across India, but in the city of Ahmedabad, it is specially rejoiced by flying vivid kites using a sharp abrasive string called Manja.

The Heritage city of Ahmedabad is famous for its Uttarayan revelry as people and families gather on the Pol terraces to fly kites with utmost enthusiasm. The festivity is marked with authentic Gujarati dishes including the quintessential dish full of winter vegetables called Undhiyu. This album is a compilation of Mehta’s four years of Uttarayan photography, which was mostly conducted during the evening times of the festival in the Khadia Pol. The senior lensman is using Canon 1100D to capture the saffron hues of the Amdavadi Uttarayan skies.

To be a part of this celebration, you can contact Ashish Mehta as this year he has organised a ‘Uttarayan in Pol‘ event within the walled city of Ahmedabad. Since the happening is meant to be a traditional affair, participants will be given colourful kites, environment friendly manja, lip-smacking indigenous delicacies and of course an original Amdavadi Uttarayan experience curated by Mehta himself.

The captions of the photographs are the different names of Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti in various regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan.


https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cover.jpg Krishna Returns with Janmashtami!

As you walk into this exhibition on Krishna you recall that in February of this year – the month before in March when most of the world closed down for things public, we had two exhibitions devoted to Krishna almost back to back, or say happening concurrently. The first a solo show at Archer came…

https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Cover-1.jpg A new Monthly Magazine is born!

Reader’s Trail is the new monthly that hit the stands and the digital space earlier this month. The first issue of the publication for July 2020 is out with some refreshing content! Published by Leading Trails Pvt Ltd, a publishing house based in Ghaziabad and edited by young and bright writer and Chief Editor Mansi…

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At a time when social media overflows with an instant variety of patriotism that can be worn on the sleeve, an educated busy housewife Smita Dhruv shows what it is with diligent research spanning over seven years, with interruptions because of busy personal schedules, involving long travels, meeting people as also library and archive visits…

https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/1.jpg Watching Webber’s musical opera ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is an opportunity.

It’s Andrew Lloyd Webber all the way. His music expresses what love is in his masterpiece The Phantom of the Opera and in the process proves music to be the best carrier of the most delicate and the noblest human feeling one experiences and can never describe in so many words. With a magic touch…


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અમે તો પ્રભાતના પોકાર!                                              …અમે

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આગે ચાલે બંદી બાંકો, પ્રકાશ-ગીત ગાનાર !                       …અમે

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