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In conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The bestselling author on new book The Last Queen, and her craft
Arts & Culture

In conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The bestselling author on new book The Last Queen, and her craft

In Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest book, the forgotten story of Rani Jindan Kaur comes to life.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reads from Forest of Enchantments for Diwali: Ram's return to Ayodhya through Sita's eyes
Lifestyle

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni reads from Forest of Enchantments for Diwali: Ram's return to Ayodhya through Sita's eyes

While the Ramayana is primarily centred around the perspectives of men — the 'good prince' Ram and the 'evil demon' Ravana — seldom does one know what the women in the story felt or thought.

Ramayan, Mahabharat cast open up on newfound popularity among new generation, and what makes the epics resonate today
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Ramayan, Mahabharat cast open up on newfound popularity among new generation, and what makes the epics resonate today

The primary cast of Ramayan and Mahabharat recall the days when they were worshiped, and celebrate the present days when they are being appreciated as actors.

Ramayan's Dipika Chikhlia, who played Sita in the Doordarshan show, announces she'll play Sarojini Naidu in biopic
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Ramayan's Dipika Chikhlia, who played Sita in the Doordarshan show, announces she'll play Sarojini Naidu in biopic

Dipika Chikhlia posted the update on Instagram as she shared the first look from the film

Ramayan to be re-telecast on Doordarshan from 28 March, Prakash Javadekar announces 'on public demand'
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Ramayan to be re-telecast on Doordarshan from 28 March, Prakash Javadekar announces 'on public demand'

Stand-up comic Kunal Kamra commented on I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar's announcement by linking the rerun of Ramayan to the Ayodhya verdict.

The Stories In My Life: Raja Rao's Narsiga, an impish shepherd, imagines Gandhi in the mould of Rama
Life

The Stories In My Life: Raja Rao's Narsiga, an impish shepherd, imagines Gandhi in the mould of Rama

Raja Rao's story about Narsiga, an impish little shepherd child, imagines Gandhi as Lord Rama, returning victorious to Ayodhya. Narsiga's ideas are moulded by the house he lives in — that of a landlord who also runs an ashram devoted to Gandhian principles and practice | Neelum Saran Gour writes in 'The Stories In My Life'

'Ram Setu was built by Indian engineers, astonishes world even today,' HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tells IIT students
India

'Ram Setu was built by Indian engineers, astonishes world even today,' HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tells IIT students

Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has claimed that Ram Setu was built by Indian engineers and it continues to astonish the world till date.

In Ahalya's Awakening, Kavita Kané questions the penalty for infidelity, and its significance in Indian mythology
Life

In Ahalya's Awakening, Kavita Kané questions the penalty for infidelity, and its significance in Indian mythology

Ahalya's Awakening, as the author notes, traces the paradox of its eponymous protagonist, who is "deemed promiscuous", and yet, is seen as a symbol of chastity.

Ayushmann Khurrana on Article 15 success: Every once in a while, I'll venture out of the romantic comedy
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Ayushmann Khurrana on Article 15 success: Every once in a while, I'll venture out of the romantic comedy

Ayushmann Khurrana talks about why Article 15 stands out in his filmography, and why it is completely normal for a star like him to approach filmmakers he wants to work with.

Sita movie review: Kajal Aggarwal tries her best to elevate a film that has no clue how boring it is
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Sita movie review: Kajal Aggarwal tries her best to elevate a film that has no clue how boring it is

Kajal Aggarwal's Sita is plain annoying on so many levels and extremely self-absorbed with its setting.

Kajal Aggarwal on Sita, working with director Teja, and the struggle to avoid being typecast
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Kajal Aggarwal on Sita, working with director Teja, and the struggle to avoid being typecast

Kajal Aggarwal says her character in Sita is a representation of the aspirations of the modern woman Indian woman.

PM Narendra Modi, India's Most Wanted, Aladdin, Sita: Know Your Releases
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PM Narendra Modi, India's Most Wanted, Aladdin, Sita: Know Your Releases

PM Narendra Modi was initially slated to release on 11 April but the Election Commission imposed a ban on the film.

Kalank often invokes the Ramayana by harking back to Rama's moral dilemma, Sita's agni-pareeksha
Bollywood

Kalank often invokes the Ramayana by harking back to Rama's moral dilemma, Sita's agni-pareeksha

Kalank is steeped in references to the Ramayana as it puts its principal characters through the same moral dilemma that Rama faced when Sita returned from Lanka.

Mythology for the Millennial: Why Kaikeyi, the Cersei Lannister of Ramayana, is the epic's most interesting character
Life

Mythology for the Millennial: Why Kaikeyi, the Cersei Lannister of Ramayana, is the epic's most interesting character

Kaikeyi is a flawed woman, the most human of all the characters you encounter in the Ramayana.

In 'Surpanakha', Kathak dancer Ashavari Majumdar looks at Ravana's sister through a feminist lens
Life

In 'Surpanakha', Kathak dancer Ashavari Majumdar looks at Ravana's sister through a feminist lens

Ashavari Majumdar's Surpanakha draws on different versions of the Hindu epic and is divided into three parts, which explore the character's relationships with Ravana, Rama and Sita

Contemporary literature's feminist transformation: Women from history are finding better representation
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Contemporary literature's feminist transformation: Women from history are finding better representation

Historical and mythological literature have swerved towards female protagonists, with authors giving them interesting twists and disrupting beliefs both traditional and religious, and sometimes, even historically documented facts

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Forest of Enchantments, timeless epics, comparisons between Sita and Draupadi
Life

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Forest of Enchantments, timeless epics, comparisons between Sita and Draupadi

If symbolically, Sita, being the daughter of the earth, is in tune with the power of nature, then Ram embodies the laws of the city or civilization, everything that opposes Sita’s power — natural, emotional and free flowing

Mythology for the Millennial: Whether Ravana was evil is debatable — his violation of consent is not
Life

Mythology for the Millennial: Whether Ravana was evil is debatable — his violation of consent is not

The Uttara Kanda details an episode where Ravana raped an apsara. However, it is possible that this incident was included in the Ramayana so that we don't feel any sympathy for the so-called Demon King

Royal attire and moustache: Union minister Harsh Vardhan plays King Janak in Ramleela at Red Fort
India

Royal attire and moustache: Union minister Harsh Vardhan plays King Janak in Ramleela at Red Fort

Donning the traditional kingly attire with metal armour, and delivering emotive dialogues in chaste Hindi was Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, playing the role of Janak in Delhi's LuvKush Ramlila in the sprawling grounds of the Red Fort. The minister was almost unrecognisable with an imperial moustache, make-up and royal attire.

The ‘real’ thing: On Kutiyattam, Surpanakha and significance of live performances
Life

The ‘real’ thing: On Kutiyattam, Surpanakha and significance of live performances

Does the act of watching or seeing always function in relation to the ‘live’? Can one ‘embody’ on a screen and still find something tangible, material and multi-dimensional in the experience of engaging with a dancing body on screen?