It’s a gloomy Puja for Bankura’s idol makers

Bankura: Fewer and cheaper orders this year has upset Durga idol makers of Bankura. Due to the pandemic, almost all Puja committees have demanded smaller idols in order to cut their budgets. Artisans of many villages of Bankura district wait throughout the year for Durga Puja as idol-making contributes in a big way to their […]

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If you use WhatsApp, you can say ‘Kannada gothu’

WhatsApp groups help non-locals to learn the local language for basic communication. When he moved to Bengaluru in 2017, Prabhat Kumar Chaturvedi realized he could bond with the city only if he learnt the local language. “I have lived in various parts of the country. I try to learn the local language wherever I am. […]

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Harsh weather taking toll on Aihole temple

ASI says it is taking steps to protect the place Shivani Priyam Monuments in the ancient town of Aihole, Bagalkot district are bearing the brunt of harsh weather. Rainwater accumulates up to 2 feet inside the garbha-griha (sanctum sanctorum). The roof is getting damaged and water seeps in. Restoration work by the Archaeological Survey of […]

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Handicraft makers Medars want govt help to save their livelihood

The Medars are the bamboo and sugarcane handicraft artisans who fear that their art will fade away. They want government help to save their livelihood. The Medar community of Yashwant Nagar village, Sandur taluk, whose main occupation is handicrafts, fears that their tradition will fade away. Neelamma, an 80-year-old woman who makes putti (bamboo baskets), […]

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Ban on live music at pubs robs livelihoods, gives relief to others

Bengaluru city’s nightlife has gone a little silent due to the ban on live music at pubs. Twenty-seven pubs in Bengaluru were barred from playing live music in 2018. The number has now increased to 107, according to reports, causing huge losses to the F&B industry. Artists who used to perform at these pubs say […]

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Photo exhibition on them makes transgenders feel a sense of achievement

It was a photo exhibition with a difference: its theme was transgenders. K. Venkatesh who clicked the photographs, displayed at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on Monday, informed The Observer: “I wanted to do something with the deserted trees that have been cut down. But clicking pictures of merely the trees would have looked so dull. So […]

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