“It is a preliminary attempt to possess breathing earth and turn soil into a living object," says Bangladeshi artist Kabir Ahmed Masum Chisty.
In her latest book, Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema, author Ruth Vanita examines the role of real-life courtesans in shaping early Hindi cinema, their changing on-screen portrayal and unique status as independent women.
By the 18th century, they had become the central element of polite, refined culture in North India.
These courtesans would dance, sing (especially ghazals), recite poetry (shairi) and entertain their suitors at mehfils.
These are Rose Day, Propose Day, Chocolate Day, Teddy Day, Promise Day, Kiss Day, Hug Day — in that order.
Revolving around the universal message of peace, the ‘Global Shanti' - Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival will bring out the essence of Buddhism through a unique blend of chanting, meditation, exhibition, food, heritage walks, performances and more.
As the day is a symbol of glory and pride for every Indian citizen, here are top ten musical hits to play on January 26.