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Female musicians struggle to excel


An all-women band from Jammu and Kashmir felt the heat when a fatwa was issued against them recently.

Step Up 3’s loss is Bollywood’s gain


Lauren Gottlieb shot to fame when she won the US dance show So You Think You Can Dance and choreographed Tom Cruise for MTV Awards.

Peep into an artist’s life

Amrita Sher-Gil, an eminent painter, loved to pose for the camera. Her father, Umrao Singh Sher-Gil, was an amateur photographer.

Age no bar for rampage


Recently, 14-year-old Divya walked the ramp at the Bangalore Fashion Week, rubbing shoulders with senior models like Indrani Dasgupta. The average modelling age seems to have become much younger now. And the fashion fraternity agrees with this.

Life takes a funny turn this weekend


Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das claims to be a very serious man offstage. And he insists that a good comedian has to take things seriously! “Therefore, I rarely laugh when I am offstage,” says Vir even when he is all set to make the city laugh for the next three days with Weirdass Weekend starting today.

Mafia fever grips B’wood


As Bejoy Nambiar’s David gets rave reviews many more gangster movies are in the pipeline. From Shootout at Wadala, Gunday, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again, Bullet Raja to Zilla Ghaziabad it seems the don with the gun is going to rule the Bollywood once again.

Women enjoy new ad-vantage


From portraying a sari-clad housewife worried about the health of her family to endorsing a liquor brand — Malaika Arora Khan is a shining example of how things are changing in the ad world, and women surely are getting the better of it.

Enchanting aerial ballet of knockout Kung Fu


About 12-year-old children performing terrifying backflips, landing on the crowns of their heads. A performer balancing whole body weight on the tip of a spear, fighters somersault wielding rattling tin swords.

Young musicians prefer to fly solo


Twenty-year-old Jayant Manchanda says music is his life. However, a brass player, Jayant, refuses to be associated with any one music band. He says he is happy being a sessions musician, who performs with different music bands.

High on heights

Mountaineers Love Raj and Reena motivate and give each other some good advice before every climbMountaineers Love Raj and Reena

From his lone house in the periphery of about 500 metres in Munshyari, Uttarakhand, Love Raj Singh Dharmshaktu used to see the high mountain range. On a bright morning, claimed the village folklore, gods worshipped at the top of the hills.

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