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My ‘BONDHU’ Mrinal Sen: My Father, My Friend – Birthday tribute to Mrinal Sen

The video is a one-on-one straight from the heart. Here, Kunal Sen shares information about his father, the legendary director Mrinal Sen, on his beliefs, his filmmaking, his El Dorado — Kolkata, his politics, his no-nonsense attitude and his over-all warm-heartedness. Plus, there are ample glimpses of how Kunal Sen perceived his father.

Birthaday tribute to Mrinal Sen…

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Summer activities Kolkata riverside, Photo story
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Photo story: Summer activities – Kolkata  riverside

The ghats of the Ganges provide a welcome relief during this period, with the gentle breeze bringing down the unease to some extent. People take dips in the water, pets take to the water for some fun time and little boys jump in too, showing off some acrobatics.

Photo story by Siddhartha Paul

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Durgapur haat, the weekly market (5)
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Photo story: Durgapur haat, the weekly market

Area of Durgapur haat is so wide spread that we spent a whole day- travelling through shops selling cattle in one part, spices in another, earthen pots in another area, fishes at another, etc …. And yet could not see the whole of it.

Photo story by Shreyoshi Lahiri…

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Video on Raja Ravi Varma birthday tribute
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Unveiling the Canvas: The Genius of Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906)

The story of his artistic journey is one of humble beginnings and unwavering passion. Born into a princely family as Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran in the erstwhile state of Travancore in Kerala, he displayed an early interest in painting. Varma learned the basics of drawing in Madurai Chithirakara veddhi and was later trained in watercolour by Rama Swami Naidu and in oil painting by Dutch artist Theodor Jenson.

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Photo story on Upper Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom
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Photo story: Upper Mustang the Forbidden Kingdom

Upper Mustang is a dry river valley exist near the Annapurna Circuit in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas. In the past, this valley was a “Forbidden kingdom” within Nepal. Due to decades of segregation from the world, it matured its own heritage and custom, which closely similar to Tibetan lifestyle.

Photo story by Pijush Roychowdhury

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Photo story on The Charak Mela in Kolkata
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Photo story: The Charak Mela in Kolkata

The Charak Mela traces its roots back to ancient Bengal, where it originated as a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva. Historically, it symbolized sacrifice and devotion, with participants engaging in acts of self-mortification as expressions of their faith. The philosophy behind self-mortification in the context of Charak Mela revolves around the belief in the purification of the body and soul through enduring pain and suffering, ultimately leading to spiritual enlightenment and liberation.

Monochromatic photography by Siddhartha Paul

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Video on Brushstrokes of Brilliance - The Artistry of Jamini Roy
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Video: Brushstrokes of Brilliance – The Artistry of Jamini Roy

Born in the village of Beliatore, Bengal Presidency, British Raj, on April 11th, in 1887, he was surrounded by the rich tapestry of rural life. From a young age, he was exposed to the vibrant world of traditional crafts – potters shaping clay, weavers creating intricate textiles, and the iconic terracotta horses – all leaving an indelible mark on his artistic sensibilities.

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Video: Echoes of Empathy, Maxim Gorky – Voice of the people

Aleksei Maximovich Peshkov, later known as Maxim Gorky, came into the world in 1868, amidst the turmoil of Tsarist Russia. Raised by his grandmother, Gorky’s childhood was marred by poverty and instability, his father having passed away when he was just five years old.
In the shadows of adversity, young Maxim found solace in books, nurturing a flame of curiosity that would later ignite the literary world. His thirst for knowledge unquenchable, Gorky’s formative years were marked by a turbulent journey, as he navigated the complexities of adolescence and rebellion.

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