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Art in India has been synonymous with life, enmeshed into the daily existence of every individual born into this culturally rich and diverse land, long before written history became fashionable. The people born into this land developed alternative means of expressing themselves not only to record their stories, important events and their collective past, but also to embellish and enhance the simple objects of daily life. The range of material used to create art in India traverses the gamut from mud to metal; each medium handled in a unique, locality specific technique that evolved to best express the talents and needs of the people of that area. With royal patronage over millennia, artistic growth blossomed in a dynamic and competitive environment, with the highest standards of knowledge set for the King. The King, as patron was expected to know and critique the sixty-four mainstreams of the Arts and often was an artist himself. 

No other country has a diversity of technique and expression as India and her people. While the techniques of traditional “craft” handed down generations by the master craftsmen continues to date, the art, __expression through these channels, continue to evolve and adapt to changing times. With a tenacity of endurance, such “folk art” has found its way into the voice and expressions of contemporary artists who paint and sculpt following the traditions of the West.

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While one may find the richest man in India, disparities in the country are so wide that it isnt difficult to find the poorest man either. (India In The Billionaire Club: An Increasing Divide , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

This ancient landmark of south Travancore now lies in ruins (Royal Remnant, Hindu, SOMA BASU, Nov 08, 2007)

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, under pressure from several quarters to remove the restraints on his country’s military and allow it to raid the bases of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, obtained far less than he hoped for when he met . . . (A Looming Threat, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 08, 2007)

The proposed visit of Defence Minister AK Antony to Israel will, apart from underscoring the strategic relationship between the two countries, send out the right political message to Tel Aviv. (Antony's Israel Visit, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 08, 2007)

GEORGE Orwell understood both tyranny and language very well. One of his many insights in this context is that tyrannical governments change the meaning of words. (Emergency Or Martial Law?, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

SOME 60 years ago Time magazine carried a perceptive story on the then Prime Minister of France Robert Schuman. (Art Of Sinking, Frontline, Bhaskar Ghose, Nov 08, 2007)

Inaugurating a federalism conference in New Delhi on Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complained that regional parties and those with narrow, "regional and sectional loyalties" tended to distort the "national vision". (Divide And Rule, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 07, 2007)

Is Pakistan’s sickness terminal? To determine this one needs to diagnose. And what does a diagnosis reveal? Consider, first, the Pakistan army. (Special Article, Statesman, Rajinder Puri, Nov 07, 2007)

IN western India, from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D., there was a prolific creation of art in caves hewn out of rock. (Mind Over Matter, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Change the proverb about the bird in hand being worth two in the bush, says psychology don Barry Schwartz from Swarthmore College. (The Virtues Of Stoicism , The Economic Times, VITHAL C NADKARNI, Nov 07, 2007)

At the Billund, Denmark, headquarters of Lego, the theme is the famed, distinctive brick with round studs. Not only can you see them in every shape, including even dust-bins, but also find the usual, handy ones every where, to build your ideas or . . . . (Lego: Playing By Its Own Rules, Business Line, J. Srinivasan, Nov 07, 2007)

Oil price hit $84 a barrel a few days ago, amidst fears that the Kurdish rebel problem would lead to the snapping of Iraq’s supplies. (Are Indian Oil Companies ‘Bidding On The Riskiest Properties’ Overseas?, Business Line, Editorial, Business Line, Nov 07, 2007)

There is always a danger when stridency becomes more important than substance. (Woman At Arms, Telegraph, Editorial, The Telegraph, Nov 06, 2007)

The migration debate in Britain only gets shriller. That's unfortunate. Because, migration is a complex issue which involves us all and rhetoric does little to help us come to terms with its implications. (Dealing With Migration, Times of India, Editorial, Economic Times, Nov 06, 2007)

On a holiday created to unite his country, Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a veiled warning that foreigners were seeking to split up the vast country and plunder its resource wealth. (Russia Under Threat: Putin, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Collection of articles on the role of religion in Indian history (Religion Through The Ages, Hindu, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)

TANA VARNA TARANGINI — Four Volumes: B. M. Sundaram; Rajalakshmi Trust; 10, Kalingayaran Street, Ram Nagar, Coimbatore-641009. Rs. 350 each. (Varnam Omnibus, Hindu, Sulochana Pattabhi Raman, Nov 06, 2007)

A delight to leaf through, coffee table books seem to be in great demand these days (Over A Cup Of Coffee, Hindu, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 06, 2007)


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