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La La Land: Why do certain types of music make our brains sing
World

La La Land: Why do certain types of music make our brains sing

Our prediction of musical events remains inexorably bound to our musical upbringing. It is why every brain reacts differently to a piece

Banksy in Ukraine: How his defiant, new works offer hope amid death and destruction
World

Banksy in Ukraine: How his defiant, new works offer hope amid death and destruction

Banksy confirmed that he was responsible for six other artworks in Kyiv and other cities across Ukraine, one of which appeared to take aim at Russian president Vladimir Putin, depicting him being thrown by a child in a judo match

Explained: When women put their hair on the line in the fight for equal rights
World

Explained: When women put their hair on the line in the fight for equal rights

Women in art tend to be forceful but more subtle when using their hair to vindicate political or identity issues or their most basic rights, such as being able to show it without fear of being killed for it

I-Day 2022: Ricky Kej and 12 refugees sing melodious rendition of national anthem
India

I-Day 2022: Ricky Kej and 12 refugees sing melodious rendition of national anthem

The Grammy award-winning musician joined 12 refugee singers from four nationalities to sing the Indian national anthem ahead of 75th Independence Day

Modi@8: Northeast was slighted earlier, but now we are proud Indians, says Manipur CM
Politics

Modi@8: Northeast was slighted earlier, but now we are proud Indians, says Manipur CM

On eight years of the Narendra Modi government in power, the Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh told News18 that he would give it full marks and also praised the prime minister for taking a deep interest in the affairs and cultures of the Northeast

Watch: PM Modi plays 'dhol' during Bihu celebrations organised by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal
India

Watch: PM Modi plays 'dhol' during Bihu celebrations organised by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal

Sonowal appreciated the prime minister for attending the function and said it reflected his love for the Assamese people and their culture

Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years
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Nigeria's looted treasures return to traditional palace after over 100 years

The return of the two artefacts comes as calls grow in Africa for Western countries to return colonial spoils from their museums and private collections

French experts restore Iraqi museum treasures destroyed by jihadists
World

French experts restore Iraqi museum treasures destroyed by jihadists

Restoration workers commissioned by France's Louvre museum are supporting Iraqi museum employees to rebuilt the museum which was smashed into little pieces when Islamic State group fighters seized the northern city of Mosul in 2014 and made it their seat of power

Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric for art installation envisioned half a century ago
World

Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric for art installation envisioned half a century ago

The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open on Saturday. France’s Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot called it 'a formidable gift' to Parisians, the French and all art lovers

Narendra Modi reviews Ayodhya's development plan, wants future generation to visit temple town 'at least once'
India

Narendra Modi reviews Ayodhya's development plan, wants future generation to visit temple town 'at least once'

PM reviewed the Rs 20,000 crore- Ayodhya development plan on Saturday and asserted that the temple town in Uttar Pradesh should manifest the 'the finest of our traditions' and the 'best of our developmental transformations'

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, restorers in Florence's Medici Chapel unleash grime-eating bacteria to clean Michelangelo's sculptures
long-reads

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, restorers in Florence's Medici Chapel unleash grime-eating bacteria to clean Michelangelo's sculptures

Last fall, with the chapel operating on reduced hours because of COVID-19, scientists and restorers completed a secret experiment: They unleashed grime-eating bacteria on the artist’s masterpiece marbles.

Paris: Out-of-work French culture and tourism workers occupy Odeon theatre to demand govt support
Arts & Culture

Paris: Out-of-work French culture and tourism workers occupy Odeon theatre to demand govt support

About 50 people occupied the theater starting on 4 March and unfurled union banners from atop its columned facade reading Culture Sacrificed and Six unemployed workers out of 10 not compensated – Scandal!

India becomes first country to culture the new UK COVID-19 variant strain
India

India becomes first country to culture the new UK COVID-19 variant strain

The UK had recently announced that the newly identified strain of the virus found in their population was up to 70 percent more infectious.

US elections: Donald Trump has normalised selfishness, made it America's national credo
World

US elections: Donald Trump has normalised selfishness, made it America's national credo

When a once-in-a-century pandemic strikes, public health experts ask all to wear masks, but the US president tells Americans that mask-wearing is one of those rules not to be followed (like paying taxes, like the emoluments clause, like campaign finance laws, like obstructing justice)

#TheWeekThatWas | Weed in Indian Culture
India

#TheWeekThatWas | Weed in Indian Culture

With actor Rhea Chakraborty's arrest over 'procuring' weed for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the conversation has been hyped by overzealous media houses in a quest for skyrocketing TRPs.

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Expert Hypnotist, Santosh Babu, talks about his experience with the craft and other psycho-analytical discoveries
Lifestyle

The Filter Koffee Podcast: Expert Hypnotist, Santosh Babu, talks about his experience with the craft and other psycho-analytical discoveries

In this episode of The Filter Koffee Podcast, Santosh Babu talks about psycho-analysis, hypnosis and understanding the subconscious mind.

India bans 59 chinese apps: TikTok's runaway success in India is a story best understood through the rise of the platform's many stars
Lifestyle

India bans 59 chinese apps: TikTok's runaway success in India is a story best understood through the rise of the platform's many stars

To study the popularity of TikTok in India is to study an emergent Indian class, a group of individuals for whom the platform is a space inclusive of all kinds of sensibilities and contradictions.

Survey of high court advocates exposes fault lines between bar, bench; greater transparency in judicial appointments need of the hour
India

Survey of high court advocates exposes fault lines between bar, bench; greater transparency in judicial appointments need of the hour

The way in which the system of appointments is currently functioning needs rethinking with a majority of the surveyed advocates demanding greater transparency in its operation

A more democratic art? How the digital sphere is shaping culture and counter-culture in India
Life

A more democratic art? How the digital sphere is shaping culture and counter-culture in India

In blurring the divides between mainstream culture, alternative subcultures, and the grassroots counterculture, the internet is reducing elitism that comes with homogenous cultural consumption and moulding India’s cultural sensibility in a decidedly democratic way.

Indian way of conflict avoidance is by dialogue, not by brute force, says Narendra Modi in video message at IIM-Kozhikode seminar
India

Indian way of conflict avoidance is by dialogue, not by brute force, says Narendra Modi in video message at IIM-Kozhikode seminar

In a world that is seeking to break free from mindless hate, violence, conflict and terrorism, the Indian way of life offers a ray of hope, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday