Festival

  • Rajasthan gears up for season of fairs and festivals 13-07-2014 11:57 AM

    It's that time of the year again, and Rajasthan is gearing up for a series of annual fairs and festivals that draw a large number of visitors from across the state as well as the country and abroad. From last week of this month till the year end, Rajasthan will...
  • Over 1.5 lakh pilgrims make Amarnath Yatra 10-07-2014 08:47 AM

    Srinagar: More than 1.5 lakh pilgrims have finished the Amarnath Yatra that started here June 28. An official statement on Wednesday said: "As many as 12,345 devotees paid their obeisance before the ice lingam on Wednesday amid chanting of prayers. With this, a total of 155,855 pilgrims have paid obeisance...
  • 4 shot at Houston festival, 2 hurt when leaving 06-07-2014 07:38 AM

    Houston: A man opened fire on an arena floor at a Caribbean music festival, wounding at least four people, police said, and two women were injured as the crowd rushed to flee the shooting. Several thousand people had gathered at the arena for a Fourth of July party at the...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' sweeps awards; Anurag Kashyap, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra skip the closing ceremony 02-07-2014 10:14 AM

    Leh: With Iranian, Korean and several competent Indian films being pitted against each other at Ladakh International Film Festival, which concluded recently, one was both surprised and happy to watch 'Kaafiron Ki Namaaz' by young Mumbai-based Bhargav Saikai and Sharma sweep top awards. Directed by Ram Ramesh Sharma, 'Kaafiron Ki...
  • Ladakh International Film Festival 2014: The complete list of winners 01-07-2014 08:32 AM

    Leh: The third edition of the recently-concluded Ladakh International Film Festival screened over 50 films, including Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told', Deepti Naval's 'Do Paise Ki Dhoop, Chaar Aane Ki Baarish', and several Iranian and Korean films, and also included Asia premiere of Anurag Kashyap's...
  • Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film 'Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told' gets huge applause at LIFF 28-06-2014 08:12 AM

    Ladakh: The third edition of Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) kicked off on June 27. The ongoing film festival not only offers an interesting mix of international and Indian films, but also saw the participation of several Bollywood stars on Day 1. Besides Govind Nihalani, who heads the jury of...
  • Tourism ministry should seek Church's view on exposition: NCP 24-06-2014 02:12 PM

    Panaji: Goa's tourism ministry should take the Church into confidence before designing its multi-crore publicity campaign for the decennial exposition of St Francis Xavier's relics scheduled later this year, the NCP said on tuesday. "It is only the authorities of the Church who would be able to discern how best...
  • Dog meat festival celebrated in China 22-06-2014 08:24 AM

    Beijing: People in southern China celebrated the annual dog meat festival on Saturday despite mounting protests from animal welfare groups and pet owners from across the world. The festival to mark the summer solstice in Yulin City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, slated for June 21, witnesses around 2,000 dogs...
  • Telangana to officially celebrate Bonalu 16-06-2014 11:31 PM

    Hyderabad: The Telangana government today decided to officially celebrate Bonalu and Bathukamma, the Hindu folk festivals of the region. The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao with senior officials and public representatives belonging to various political parties. Excise Minister Padma Rao told reporters...
  • Mani Ratnam: Film festivals should not only celebrate cinema, but also encourage cross-cultural interaction 16-06-2014 01:40 PM

    Chennai: Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, a regular at film festivals across the globe, attends the movie extravaganzas as a movie buff because he feels every film teaches something worthwhile. "Every film you see at a festival teaches you something. Any good film you see gives you enough motivation and adrenaline...
  • Odisha: Devotees can't climb Lord Jagannath's chariot on Rath Yatra Day 11-06-2014 04:56 PM

    Bhubaneswar: In a significant decision, Odisha government on Wednesday said that devotees would not be allowed to climb the chariots of Lord Balabhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra on Rath Yatra Day. "The devotees will not be allowed to climb the chariots. The Daitapati priests of the 12th century shrine...
  • Snapshot: Mallika Sherawat can't get over her experience at Oxford University, Cannes 2014 08-06-2014 10:17 AM

    Actress Mallika Sherawat, who is quite adept at making headlines, amazed her fans when she shared the news of being invited to Oxford University to a debate on gender issues. "At the historic Oxford university, what a journey, Haryana to Oxford", the actress had posted on Twitter to confirm the...
  • LIFF 2014: 'Ugly' to premiere, a special retrospective on director Akiro Kurosawa 08-06-2014 07:35 AM

    Mumbai: The third edition of the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) to be held in Leh June 27-29, will have multiple highlights - while Anurag Kashyap's "Ugly" will have a green carpet premiere, there will be a special retrospective on the globally acclaimed filmmaker Akiro Kurosawa. The focus country for...
  • Festive atmosphere in Lok Sabha as members take oath 05-06-2014 02:58 PM

    Festive atmosphere and bonhomie prevailed in Lok Sabha on Thursday with members donning traditional dress and head gears and many taking oath in their mother tongue. Three Delhi MPs -- Maheish Giri, Meenakshi Lekhi and Parvesh Saheb Singh Verma -- took oath in Sanskrit, others did so in Maithili, Konkani,...
  • Bhojpuri film 'Deswa' going places, wows viewers in Toronto 29-05-2014 02:49 PM

    Can you imagine a Bhojpuri film engrossing and entertaining audiences at an international film fest? Debutant Nitin Chandra's "Deswa" has done just that, giving the Bhojpuri film industry, reeling under distasteful content and lack of creativity, a much-needed facelift on the global platform. Screened at the recently concluded International Film...
  • Here are the best quotes from the Cannes Film Festival 2014 24-05-2014 11:10 AM

    Cannes: Some of the movie world's best known and most influential actors, writers and directors have been on the French Riviera for the past 10 days for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Here is a selection of some of the most memorable quotes from the film fest which awards its...
  • Day 10: Behind the scenes at Cannes Film Festival 23-05-2014 06:28 PM

    Cannes: Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev earned rave reviews for his Palme d'Or contender "Leviathan", but one person didn't enjoy it at all. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told official news agency RIA Novosti that the film was not to his liking. The movie tells the story of a man who...
  • Hirst art, DiCaprio space trip help raise record AIDS funds 23-05-2014 03:22 PM

    Antibes: A Damien Hirst work of art and a trip into space with Leonardo DiCaprio helped AIDS foundation amfAR raise a record $35 million (28 million euros) on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. The Foundation for AIDS Research holds an exclusive bash annually during the festival, attracting a...
  • Cannes glitterati step up for AIDS charity gala 23-05-2014 10:00 AM

    Reuters: Sharon Stone showed up in a daring dress, John Travolta flew in on his plane, and even Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst made an appearance to support the Cannes film festival's largest charity ball to raise money for AIDS research. At the 21st annual event organized by amfAR, the Foundation...
  • Huge pack of stray dogs in Hungarian film wows Cannes 22-05-2014 01:58 PM

    Reuters: Anyone with a fear of dogs is not going to get over it by seeing the Hungarian movie "Feher Isten" (White God) which has made a stir at the Cannes film festival with a scene that is all the more remarkable because it is filmed with real animals. The...
  • Cannes autograph-hunters brave sun, rain, long hours for 'dream' 22-05-2014 01:52 PM

    Reuters: Packed behind security barriers, scorched by the sun and pelted by rain, they are the real stars of the Cannes film festival - the intrepid autograph hunters. The fans on the front line of the world's largest cinema showcase, perched on stepladders across from the famous red carpet steps,...
  • Snapshot: Ranvir Shorey poses with 'Titli' team at its screening; the film gets a thumbs up at Cannes 2014 22-05-2014 09:21 AM

    Dibakar Banerjee's co-produced film 'Titli', which was recently screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival, has opened to positive reviews. Presented by Yash Raj Films, the film explores the relationship between two brothers, one of whom runs away from home to escape his...
  • Snapshot: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan steals the show in a sweeping Roberto Cavalli gown at Cannes premiere of 'The Search' 22-05-2014 07:25 AM

    After Aishwarya Rai Bachchan outshone herself as she made her first official appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the star managed to wow her fans again, courtesy fashion choice. The actress again picked an embellished Roberto Cavalli ensemble when she posed for the shutterbugs at the Cannes premiere of 'The...
  • Watch: 'The Lunchbox' director Ritesh Batra back with a short film 'The Masterchef' 21-05-2014 04:08 PM

    Ritesh Batra, who made headlines for his Bollywood project 'The Lunchbox', is now being appreciated for his short film 'The Masterchef'. For the uninitiated, 'The Masterchef' was among the 5 short films shown at a screening which was co-hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the Sundance Film...
  • e Lounge: In conversation with Sonam Kapoor, Asihwarya Rai at Cannes 21-05-2014 03:08 PM

    Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor said that she hopes now BJP will change their ideology toward people from different religions and sexualities and hopes Mr Modi changes their (BJP's) ideology because money is not everything we have to move together, all of us. On the other side, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai...
  • Hope the BJP accepts different religions, sexualities; Ramdev not a great role model: Sonam Kapoor 21-05-2014 08:59 AM

    Cannes: The Narendra Modi wave has also reached the Cannes Film Festival and actor Sonam Kapoor spoke to CNN-IBN's Sushant Mehta on her expectations from the new Prime Minister and the government. She said even though there are some people connected to the BJP who are not great role models,...
  • Ryan Gosling debut fails to light Cannes critics' fire 21-05-2014 08:15 AM

    Reuters: Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling burned up the screen at the Cannes film festival with his directorial debut on Tuesday, but critics' reaction was a damp squib. Gosling's "Lost River", which was to premiere at Cannes on Tuesday night, includes enough images of blazing buildings to satisfy the most ardent...
  • Odisha plans Navakalebara village during Jagannath festival 20-05-2014 05:34 PM

    Bhubaneswar: Expecting a huge turnout during the ensuing Navakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath in 2015, the Odisha government has decided to set up Nabakalebara village in Puri on the line of accomodation given to visitors at Kumbha Mela. The government took up the model Navakalebara village at a high level...