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Slovenia to get its first Bollywood flashmob

Marion Trotté, a French filmmaker based here, is not just an Indophile but a Hindi movie buff who has been, since a year, collecting videos about events related to India, especially on the happenings in Bollywood. Trotte’ wants to host a first-of-its-kind Bollywood flashmob in the Slovenian capital to bring fans of Hindi cinema together for a documentary he wants to make. Trotté says there is a huge community of Bollywood lovers in Slovenia, a small country of just two million people in Central Europe. A flashmob is a group of people who gather suddenly in a public place, perform an act for a brief time and then quickly disperse. He will shoot the flashmob and and finish his movie with the event, further information on which will be soon available on the Facebook page . The filmmaker has even uploaded a tutorial on online videosharing platform YouTube for [...]

Slovenia to get its first Bollywood flashmob

Queens of the box office

Queen’s success is validation that audiences are open to a range of women-centric films, from heavy-duty dramas to small, breezy dramedies. Picture shows a still from the film. Heroine-oriented emancipation sagas are becoming big hits, even if emancipation is achieved only in glamorous foreign lands Kangana Ranaut’s film Queen deserves to be celebrated for many reasons. For one, it is “a Kangana Ranaut film.” She is in every frame; a heroine with no need for a hero opposite her. Two, the film has turned into one of the unlikeliest of hits, grossing more in its second week than its first. (In these multiplex times, collections typically fall steeply in the second week.) Three, the film’s success is validation that audiences are open to a range of women-centric films, from the heavy-duty Vidya Balan dramas like Kahaani to these small, breezy dramedies. These were the lessons we took away from [...]

Queens of the box office

Living Language and OpenSesame Partner to Offer Language Training eLearning Courses

Working with OpenSesame has given us a platform to share our online course content with people who value the cultural and professional benefits of being able to communicate with people around the globe. OpenSesame , the world’s largest source of online training courses, is proud to announce a partnership with language learning provider, Living Language, expanding OpenSesame’s language training content by more than 40 courses. “We are very excited to have the Living Language courses in the OpenSesame marketplace,” say Spencer Thornton, Director of Content for OpenSesame. “There is a high demand from customers for engaging and fun language training which is exactly what Living Language has done with their courses. Quality content that is affordable make Living Language courses a winning combination.” As more companies open foreign offices, call centers and import goods from overseas, the need for multilingual staff is growing exponentially. Living Language , an imprint [...]

Living Language and OpenSesame Partner to Offer Language Training eLearning Courses

Learn a new language through new library program

“Adventures in reading” All of our staff were thrilled with the amount of new and old faces that entered the library last week. Every one of our March Break events were brimming with smiling faces, and we hope to see everyone again soon for our regular programing. The P.E.I. Public Library service is also very pleased to announce that we have added a new program to our online collection. Rocket Languages is a web-based language learning platform that includes 10 self-paced foreign language courses. Rocket Languages can assist you in learning Egyptian Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. So if you’re ever had the itch to try your hand at a new language, give it a shot with this online service. This program can also help you learn American Sign Language, advanced English, English for Japanese speakers, and English for Spanish speakers. The link [...]

For the first time I play a larger than life character – Ayushmann Khrurrana

For the first time I play a larger than life character – Ayushmann Khrurrana Finally, Ayushmann Khurrana takes off his shirt? Yes. In Bewakoofiyan . It was peer pressure, I guess. I’ve so far played normal characters in a more realistic kind of cinema. But Bewakoofiyan is the kind of film where I could afford the indulgence of being somewhat larger-than life. Yup, I can this time show my abs and still seem like a normal person. It is a slice-of-life rom-com about the guy, girl and her father. Your progress has been pretty rapid? I wouldn’t say that. I’ve one hit to my credit in my two-year film career. That’s just about a decent average. Luckily our cinema is constantly evolving. There are many kinds of films happening in our country. There is a cinema that’s going into the past and cinema that’s very contemporary. I am happy [...]

For the first time I play a larger than life character - Ayushmann Khrurrana

Sanskrit: Reviving a Sacred Language

Sanskrit remains a beautiful and useful language in contemporary society. When we speak of language, the first question that comes to mind is, what is meant by "language"? Language is a complex system based on sounds, symbols, gestures and grammar that humans use to communicate thoughts, feelings and abstract concepts. There are approximately over 6,000 languages in the world. A language either can be spoken or written. Most of the old native languages were only spoken ones. People in some remote parts of the world still use these to pass information from one generation to the next. The spoken or oral languages are more spontaneous and are made up from a limited set of vowels and consonants, and often tone. They are simpler in structure and form as compared to written languages. A written language incorporates written symbols in addition to the corresponding sounds in a spoken language. If [...]

Sanskrit: Reviving a Sacred Language

India hops onto MOOC bandwagon

‘Anyone can register and take courses. There is no application process and no costs’ Who doesn’t want Ivy League education? But, in a country like India where demand for quality education far exceeds the supply, there are neither enough slots for qualified students nor adequate financial aid. Anant Agarwal, President, edX, a MOOC platform founded by MIT and Harvard University, says, “MOOCs are the great democratiser. Anyone can register and take courses, as there is no application process, and no costs.” Australian National University has even created the first ever Hindi MOOC, a 10-week course, called ‘Engaging India’ which will start on April 29. Indian enrolments are also consistently on the rise and are the second highest for most MOOC providers such as edX and Coursera. For Coursera, which now has more than 6.7 million users worldwide, India is its second largest user base after the US. Agarwal says, [...]

Far From the Rooftop of the World

Indian pop music blasted within the autorickshaw and the flimsy metal buggy chugged to a raucous dance beat as we bumped along the road to Bylakuppe. The plump, middle-aged Tibetan woman squeezed into the back seat next to me wasn’t happy. She barked something to the Indian driver in Hindi and he called back over his shoulder as he dodged a jeep roaring at us from the opposite direction. He wore plastic flip-flops but had taken them off so he pressed the pedals with his callused bare feet. “What’s the matter?” I asked her. “He only has Kannada music,” she grumbled, referring to the local language of Karnataka, the southern Indian state that we were in. “I want Hindi music!” I couldn’t quite tell the difference between the two Indian languages so the music, the aural equivalent of sparkly bangles and sequined hot pink polyester, sounded the same to [...]

“If it wasn’t for Lahore, Bollywood wouldn’t be Bollywood”

“If it wasn’t for Lahore, Bollywood wouldn’t be Bollywood” T he News on Sunday: For the uninitiated, how did you become interested in Bollywood to the level where you wanted to pursue it academically? Rachel Dwyer: Well, I’ve been taught classical Indian Studies — I had Sanskrit in my BA, then I switched to Gujarati for my PhD. Before I was doing my research in Gujarat, I started watching Bollywood. I had seen Satyajit Ray movies and other films on the festival circuit. And, I loved them. When I watched the regular Hindi films, though, they made no sense to me at all. I mean, I didn’t know the language. I don’t, even today. I started watching the films before I learnt a bit of Hindi. That was the beginning of it. I only got deeper and deeper from that point. And, I liked these movies not only as [...]

“If it wasn’t for Lahore, Bollywood wouldn’t be Bollywood”

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