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Sanchi Buddhist Monuments – Great Rock Art World Heritage

Sanchi is a small village in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, it is located 46 km north east of Bhopal.

Amateur archaeologists and treasure hunters ravaged the site until 1881, when proper restoration work was initiated. Between 1912 and 1919 the structures were restored to their present condition under the supervision of Sir John Marshall.Today, around fifty monuments remain on the hill of Sanchi,including three stupas and several temples.

The monuments have been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1989..

The ‘Great Stupa’ at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India and was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. It was crowned by the chatra, a parasol-like structure symbolising high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics. It has four profusely carved ornamental gateways and a balustrade encircling the whole structure.

Sunga emperor Pushyamitra may have destroyed the original stupa, and his son Agnimitra rebuilt it. During the later rule of the Sunga, the stupa was expanded with stone slabs to almost twice its original size. The gateways and the balustrade were built and appear to have been commissioned by the Satavahana. An inscription records the gift of one of the top architraves of the Southern Gateway by the artisans of the Satavahana king Satakarni:

Landour school teaching Hindi for over 100 years

RELATED DEHRADUn: Tucked in the picturesque hills of Landour at an altitude of 7000 ft above sea, is an over century-old school like none other, the Landour Language School. The popularity of Hindi studies here goes back to colonial times, and the first Hindi classes were actually meant for civil servants who needed to learn local languages. The British government hired Christian missionary Samuel H Kellogg, who arrived in India in the mid-19th century, to use his language skills and work on a design for Hindi grammar in English that civil servants would find handy. Other missionaries and educationists like Edwin Greeves and TF Cummings also joined in to design the course. In 1871, the first exhaustive grammar of Hindi was published. In 1912, small schools conducted by different individuals, all of whom shared a love for language, came together and started a second language school, Landour Language School. […]

Asking a Question in Hindi

Learn how to ask question in Hindi. Short sentences, learn quick and start talking.

Sarnath and the Dhamekh Stupa, Varanasi

The holy city of Sarnath and the Dhamekh Stupa where Lord Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths (Dharma) to his first five disciples at Varanasi. For more click on – http://www.indiavideo.org/uttarpradesh/travel/sarnath-varanasi-8740.php

Vital Importance of Girls in India

India is a country rich in opportunities for growth, but much of its vast potential is linked to the status of the girl child. While many factors will affect India’s future economic and social development, few are as important as the promotion of gender equality and the protection of the reproductive health and rights of girls and women. So long as social norms diminish the importance of the girl child, discourage the education of girls, and force girls to marry before reaching adulthood, girls will never realize their full potential. And as long as social norms conspire to deny girls and women in India the ability to space or limit their pregnancies, the economic contribution of girls and women will be limited, and India will be the poorer for it. Over the past quarter century India has made notable progress in improving standards of living for a rising middle […]

Laadli and the Vital Importance of Girls in India

It was incredibly eye-opening, says Kal Penn on his Bhopal movie

New Delhi: Hollywood actor Kal Penn describes his role in Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, a ‘powerful and exciting opportunity’. As protagonist Motwani, an investigative journalist who sounds the alarm bell on the impending disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy of December 1984, but is dismissed as a gossip columnist, it was not an easy role to play for the Indian-born American actor. Penn – born Kalpen Suresh Modi to Gujarati immigrant parents in the US and known for essaying the character of Gogol in Namesake and an important supporting role as Stanford in Superman Returns – says the Bhopal movie was a sort of homecoming for him. He spoke to Firstpost and replied to e-mailed questions on this film, his career and how he learnt to be an ‘Indian’ for his role in Bhopal Q: What was it about the script that convinced you to take up this role? […]

It was incredibly eye-opening, says Kal Penn on his Bhopal movie

Breaking out of the norm of the form

Fahmim Ferdous An animated Benegal (2-R) responds to a question from the audience. “What has always fascinated me about cinema of South Asia is that it is so completely different from the rest of the world; there is no other country in the world that has this form,” began Shyam Benegal — seven-time Indian National Film Award winner and recipient of honours as big as Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, at his felicitation by the International Short and Independent Film Festival (ISIFF), currently ongoing in Dhaka. The event was held at the Dance and Music Auditorium of the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Sunday, where Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was present as chief guest. But before the stalwart filmmaker gave a captivating mini-lecture about the form and content of films, filmmaker and expert Salauddin Zaki and M Omar Rahman, Vice Chancellor of Independent University, Bangladesh – who were co-organisers […]

Breaking out of the norm of the form

India’s longest running film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, marks a major milestone

A poster of the popular Hindi film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge at the Mumbai’s prestigious Maratha Mandir movie hall. The film has set a record of completing 1,000 weeks of continuous screening at the cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movie the world over. (Indranil Muckerjee/AFP/Getty Images) Every day hundreds of people in India stream into an antiquated theatre in Mumbai. They don’t go to see the latest Bollywood blockbuster. For just 30 cents CDN, they go to watch a classic. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge , which roughly translates to the Brave Hearted Will Take Away the Bride , debuted back in October 1995. Since then, it’s been shown daily at the Maratha Mandir Cinema. Not just another love story This week, India’s longest running film marks a milestone. It’s been 1,000 weeks since the movie’s first screening. On the surface, Dilwale may seem like just another […]

India's longest running film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, marks a major milestone

Shubha Mudgal raising her voice to promote Indian classical music

Shubha Mudgal has won the Padma Shri for her musical contribution in India. Courtesy Shubha Mudgal A quick internet search for the Indian vocal virtuoso Shubha Mudgal brings up an exhaustive list of compositions and collaborations – from her base in Hindustani classical music to experiments in popular music. The 55-year-old musician, known for her cross-generational appeal, will be performing with her husband and tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan along with classical harmonium player Sudhir Nayak at the Emirates NBD Classics III concert at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre on Friday. The artist, who started out as a student of the thumri and khayal forms of classical music, talks about her desire to raise the profile of classical music and promote independent artists through her online music label. What keeps bringing you back to perform in Dubai? I’m delighted to see there is a sustained effort to promote […]

Shubha Mudgal raising her voice to promote Indian classical music

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