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Feb 13, 2015

Valentine ‘police’ offer roses, weddings to keep Indian couples demure

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Right-wing Hindus in India are offering white roses, free counseling and a chance to get married for couples caught kissing or hugging in public places on Valentine’s Day.

Roving three-person teams of volunteers from the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha will fan out across India on Feb. 14, scanning parks and public spaces for couples exhibiting “inappropriate behavior.”

Feb 10, 2015
via FaithWorld

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

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(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)

A lecturer based in Britain has reimagined an ancient Indian epic for Twitter audiences, spawning a book and spurring a second attempt, this time from the perspective of the main villain.

Feb 10, 2015

Mahabharata to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A lecturer based in Britain has reimagined the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata for Twitter audiences, spawning a book and spurring a second attempt, this time from the perspective of the main villain.

Chindu Sreedharan began retelling the Mahabharata on the microblogging service in 2009, taking more than four years and nearly 2,700 tweets to finish “Epic Retold”, published in December as a book billed as India’s first Twitter fiction.

Jan 30, 2015

Art fair turns India’s capital into art hub

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s biggest art fair opened in New Delhi this week with a focus on homegrown artists and exhibits inspired by contemporary themes such as the worst floods in the Kashmir region in more than a century.

A smorgasbord of works by 1,100 artists lured art lovers, gallerists and gawkers to a cavernous exhibition space in the capital, cementing the annual fair’s reputation as one of South Asia’s top cultural events.

Jan 21, 2015

Attempts to block book on India’s Sonia Gandhi only fueled interest: author

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Efforts by India’s Congress party to block the publication of a “dramatized” biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro.

“The Red Sari”, the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language “El sari rojo”, hit bookstands in India last week, seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.

Jan 21, 2015

Attempts to block book on Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest – author

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Efforts by the Congress party to block the publication of a “dramatized” biography of its president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro.

“The Red Sari”, the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language “El sari rojo”, hit bookstands in India last week, seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.

Dec 12, 2014

Online buyer nets Christie’s top lot for $2.8 million at India auction

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – An online buyer from New York overcame spirited bidding to grab a painting by modern Indian artist Tyeb Mehta for $2.8 million at a Christie’s auction in Mumbai, highlighting global interest in the finest works of Indian art.

Mehta’s untitled 1999 painting, with the central figure of a falling bull, sold to the private bidder at the auction late on Thursday, beating pre-sale estimates of between $1.3 million and $1.9 million.

Dec 3, 2014
via India Insight

Interview: Amin Jaffer of Christie’s on the art scene in India

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India is falling behind China as an emerging powerhouse on the global art scene because it rarely turns up at international art fairs or invests in new museums to promote its artists, an official at auctioneer Christie’s said.

Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie’s, said the Chinese government, unlike India, is enhancing its museums and encouraging art exhibitors.

Dec 2, 2014

Long road ahead for Indian art: Christie’s official

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is falling behind China as an emerging powerhouse on the global art scene because it rarely turns up at international art fairs or invests in new museums to promote its artists, an official at auctioneer Christie’s said.

Mainland China and India are comparable markets, with Christie’s holding its first auctions in both countries last year, but Beijing has recognized the power of art as part of its soft diplomacy.

Nov 30, 2014

Hundreds march in New Delhi for gay pride in Modi’s India

NEW DELHI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people danced,
sang and cheered in a gay pride parade in India’s capital on
Sunday, the first since the country’s top court reinstated a ban
on gay sex in the world’s largest democracy.

Multi-coloured balloons, masquerade masks and wigs, a huge
rainbow flag and a St. Bernard dog ushered in the seventh Delhi
Queer Pride parade, with many shaking their hips to drum beats.

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      "Tony Tharakan is Editor, India Online and looks after the Reuters India website, managing the desk's 24/7 operations in New Delhi. He has been with Reuters since September 2006 and has previously worked with The Times of India and Press Trust of India. He holds post-graduate degrees in journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication and in English from Hindu College, Delhi University."
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