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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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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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Betting on cricket is passe. The latest craze among punters is the on-going drama on government formation in Karnataka! (Punters Betting On Yeddy As Cm , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

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)

With no signs of Left giving way on the India-US nuclear deal and expectations in the PMO of a shift in BJP's opposition to the pact proving unfounded, the November 17 AICC session will have just one omnibus political resolution which will mention . . . . (Congress To Play Down Us-India Nuclear Deal At Aicc, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Till roughly fifteen years ago, the most complex electronic gadget Indian consumers had to handle was the video cassette recorder. (The God Machine, Telegraph, MUKUL KESAVAN, Nov 08, 2007)

For all their rebel mythology, artists are conservative, devotedly serving their own vision for decades. (Pure Genius, All Over Again , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

On Wednesday, Police recovered two idols of Lord Buddha, worth about Rs one crore in the international market, and arrested four persons in this connection. (Buddha Idols Worth 1 Crore Found In Allahabad , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The 27-nation European Union (EU) has put its strategic Galileo satellite radio navigation project on the back burner, it was confirmed today. (Eu Puts Galileo Project On Back Burner , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

The scare tactics used by the U.K.’s MI5 chief this week may win a few headlines to help the state, but do grave long-term damage. (Fear Speeches Are Utterly Self-Defeating, Hindu, Simon Jenkins, Nov 08, 2007)

U.S. ‘concern’ over China’s anti-satellite test has now come to colour their defence-related engagement. (A Hotline To Prevent A Cold War, Hindu, P. S. SURYANARAYANA, 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)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

The flavour of the times seems to be China and India. Comparisons between the two are commonplace. (Making Of A Strong India, Pioneer, Vinayshil Gautam, Nov 08, 2007)

There are big infrastructure expansion plans to transform Mumbai into a world-class city. (Mumbai Makeover, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, 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)

THE selection for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize has indeed come as a surprise. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body, and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr., the former Vice-President of the United States . . . . (Climate Of Peace, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, 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)


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