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Dussehra 2018: Significance, important rituals and celebrations across India | art and culture

This year Dussehra falls on October 19. While some associate it with the epic battle of Ramayana, others do so to commemorate Goddess Durga’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. Dussehra, also known as Vijaydashami or Dasain in certain parts of our country makes way for Diwali celebrations. One of the ...

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#MeToo personal for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costume designer | art and culture

From the United States to Argentina, by way of Ireland and Poland, the red habit and white bonnet synonymous with ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ have become a powerful symbol of the #MeToo movement. Yet its potency has come as a shock to 54-year-old costume designer Ane Crabtree, the creator of the ...

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Navratri 2018: Nine colours for nine days | art and culture

Navratri 2018: Nine colours for nine days | art and culture

Navratri, a Hindu festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, splendour and devotion throughout the country. The celebrations go on for nine days and nights and on the tenth day, Goddess Durga is immersed in holy water after nine days of the rituals. Navratri is observed as Durga Puja ...

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Durga Puja 2018: Celebrate the festival by visiting these best pandals from across the country | art and culture

Durga Puja 2018: Celebrate the festival by visiting these best pandals from across the country | art and culture

Durga Puja, celebrated during the nine days of Navratri, is one of the most anticipated festivals across the country. Goddess Durga and her 9-day long battle with Mashishasura and her eventual win over the demon on the 10th day (observed as Dussehra) is celebrated with great festivities and revelry. We ...

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Maha Navami 2018: Best SMS, wishes, quotes and images to send on Whatsapp | art and culture

Maha Navami is one of the most significant days of the nine days if Navaratri. This year, Maha Navami will be observed on October 18, 2018. This day marks the final day of the long-drawn battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura, who was defeated by her on the 10th day ...

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Durga Ashtami 2018: Whatsapp wishes, quotes, SMS and images to send to your friends and family | art and culture

Durga Ashtami 2018: Whatsapp wishes, quotes, SMS and images to send to your friends and family | art and culture

This year, Durga Ashtami will be celebrated on October 17 across the country. During the nine nights of Navratri, various goddesses are worshipped with great festivities. While each of the day has its significance, Ashtami is considered an important day. Many devotees observe fast and offer prayers to the goddess. ...

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Durga Puja 2018: A melange of 10 new and traditional Bengali recipes | art and culture

Durga Puja 2018: A melange of 10 new and traditional Bengali recipes | art and culture

Durga Puja is when Bengalis enjoy a heady mixture of friends, family and some of the tastiest food on the planet. The Bengali cuisine teems with an abundance so varied it is bewildering to the uninitiated. The vast labyrinth of rivers and wetlands scattered across the state provide Bengalis with ...

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Inside pics, videos of Kolkata pandal that pays tribute to Sonagachi sex workers | art and culture

Inside pics, videos of Kolkata pandal that pays tribute to Sonagachi sex workers | art and culture

Kolkata has a long tradition of lavishly celebrating Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival that reveres the goddess Durga. It is the most popular festival in the state of West Bengal, where elaborate stage decorations, known as pandals, draw huge crowds. During the nine-day festival, thousands of pandals are constructed ...

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Google pays homage to musician Lachhu Maharaj on 74th birthday | art and culture

Google pays homage to musician Lachhu Maharaj on 74th birthday | art and culture

Google on Tuesday honoured noted tabla maestro Lachhu Maharaj on his 74th birth anniversary by dedicating a doodle to the musician. Born in Varanasi on October 16, 1944 as Lakshmi Narayan Singh, Lachhu Maharaj was known for his proficiency in playing the tabla as part of the Benaras Gharana- one ...

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‘#MeToo a revelation, gives women new voice’ | art and culture

‘#MeToo a revelation, gives women new voice’ | art and culture

“If a woman is a messiah, then #MeToo has become a shrine,” says 15-year-old Akshi Batra, a student of Punjab Public School, Nabha, when she was asked about her views on the theme ‘Strength of the Naari in The Age of #MeToo’ at the seventh edition of the Khushwant Singh ...

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