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Jan 28, 2015

India’s lone male tenor aims to sing opera in local key

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When Anando Mukerjee tells people in India that he’s an opera singer, they are intrigued – and impressed. Opera is almost unheard of in a country obsessed with Bollywood spectacle.

Mukerjee wants to change that. As India’s only male tenor performing on the global stage, the 30-something singer has made it his mission to demystify the art form through live shows, social media and by adapting opera to an Indian context.

Jan 27, 2015
via India Insight

India’s lone male tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ opera


Opera singer Anando Mukerjee discovered his love for music while listening to crooner Al Martino’s Here In My Heart on state-run All India Radio when he was 13. Now, he is India’s only male tenor performing on the international stage.

Born in Bihar to Bengali parents and now living in London, Mukerjee studied at Cambridge University but quit academics for opera after getting a degree in molecular biology. At 23, he started getting singing lessons from vocal coaches including Nicolai Gedda, and went professional in 2006. He debuted at Belgrade’s National Theatre, and has performed in Italy, France, England, Scotland, Wales, Norway and the United States.

Aug 22, 2014
via India Insight

First pictures of Taj Mahal to ‘Hairy family of Burma’: subcontinent photos from 1850-1910


A new exhibition in India’s capital showcases some of the earliest photographs from South Asia, taken between 1850 and 1910 when the region was under British rule.

Around 250 images from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal are on display at the “Drawn from Light: Early Photography and the Indian Sub-continent” exhibition in New Delhi.

Aug 13, 2014
via India Insight

Coupon websites make merry as deal-hunting Indians go online


Four years ago, Kaveri Nandan bought a discount coupon for a session at a hair salon in New Delhi from Snapdeal, which at the time was a website for daily online deals and a pioneer in the segment in India. When Nandan called up the salon to book an appointment, she found that the place had closed.

“The segment (digital coupons) was just starting out, so I guess they had not sorted out many things. They were idiots for not doing their homework. I complained and got my refund,” said 35-year-old Nandan, who works at a business magazine.

Jul 22, 2014

Restaurant run by Indian convicts wins praise for politeness, hygiene

NEW DELHI, July 22 (Reuters) – As India’s capital baked in a
heat wave, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new
air-conditioned restaurant, to be greeted by a smiling waiter
who took his order for a traditional “thali” meal of flatbread,
lentils, vegetables and rice.

Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his
colleagues, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia’s
largest prison complex.

Jul 17, 2014
via India Insight

Indian eatery run by murder convicts praised for politeness, hygiene


As India’s capital baked under a heat wave this month, banker Gaurav Gupta sat down for lunch at a new air-conditioned restaurant, and was greeted by a smiling waiter who offered him chilled water and took his order — a traditional “thali” meal of flatbread, lentils, vegetables, rice and pickle.

Nothing unusual, except that the employee, like most of his co-workers, is a convicted murderer serving time in South Asia’s largest prison complex.

Jul 16, 2014
via India Insight

Four of every 10 Asians living with HIV are Indian – U.N. report


India has the third-highest number of people living with HIV in the world, with 2.1 million Indians accounting for four of every 10 people infected in Asia, the United Nations said in a report on Wednesday.

The epidemic has killed about 39 million of the 78 million people it has affected worldwide since it began in the 1980s, the U.N. AIDS programme said, adding that the number of people infected with HIV was stabilising around 35 million.

Jul 4, 2014
via India Insight

Budget 2014: Wishlist from healthcare sector


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has its work cut out if it wants to transform the country’s health system and provide a universal health insurance programme.

India has just 0.7 doctors per 1,000 people, and 80 percent of this workforce is in urban areas serving 30 percent of the population, according to industry lobby group NATHEALTH.

Jun 4, 2014
via India Insight

Telemedicine in India might be just what the doctor ordered


Between surgeries and hospital rounds one recent day, Dr. Rajiv Parakh made a dash into his Gurgaon office for an appointment he couldn’t miss: a consultation with a patient who lives hundreds of kilometres away.

Seated before his laptop in this city on the outskirts of India’s capital, the surgeon listened as a patient in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka described his swollen legs. For the next 20 minutes, Parakh examined the patient via Web camera, made a diagnosis and prescribed treatment.

Apr 7, 2014
via India Insight

New book describes crimes against civilians during Mizo uprising


The two-decade-long Mizo rebellion from 1966 to 1986 remains the only conflict in which the Indian government used war planes against its citizens. Few written records exist on the conflict in which the Mizo National Front (MNF) revolted against the government, trying to establish an independent country.

A new book by a former militant in the Mizo National Army (MNA), the armed wing of the MNF, recounts the air bombings and the government’s “grouping” policy, under which villages in what is now Mizoram state were burned and civilians relocated to guarded centres called Protected and Progressive Villages.

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      "David Lalmalsawma is the deputy editor of the Reuters India website and the Delhi online desk. He previously worked on the online desk of the Economic Times and on the foreign desk at the Press Trust of India. He enjoys country-and-western music, Hollywood movies and "South Park." He tweets here: @davidlms25."
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