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Navratri food, fashion, home decor: Mid-day Online’s top features this week

Imagine being able to celebrate Navratri after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. The festivities aren’t only limited to food but also fashion, home décor and dance. Since many people fast during this time, we asked city chefs how people can enjoy good food even if they have to exclude the ingredients. They shared recipes using sabudana, the classic food eaten while fasting, along with others including sama rice and makhana.    If you say Navratri is about fasting and feasting, then it is as much about fashion, especially because the trends keep on evolving. With garba nights returning after two years, men and women will want to look their best during this time of the year, fashion experts shared tips on how one can ace the look for this season. However, fashion is incomplete without some good makeup at least during the festive season, so there are also some ways beginners can go about it without any fuss.   As many people turned their fashion game up a notch, home décor wasn’t far behind because many have decorated their house to get into the festive spirit. Mumbai interior designers even shared the ideals ways to decorate one’s house without having to spend too much. This week also saw us focus on World Heart Day for health and fitness. At a time when many Indian celebrities and people have died from heart attacks, doctors remind us why it is important to take heart health seriously.   K-pop band BTS among others has had a huge influence on Indians in the last few years, so its no surprise when we find that there are K-pop instructors who are in demand, as people in the city want to learn how to groove to the tunes of Korean music too. Speaking about dance and music, we also spoke to Farhad Wadia, founder of one of India’s oldest rock festivals in Mumbai called Independence Rock or I-Rock more fondly by Mumbaikars who love rock music.   Here is the full list of features:   Navratri 2022: Sama rice cutlet, makhana, flax seed chivda and other dishes to enjoy this fasting season If you are scratching your head about how to plan the food you are going to be eating during this fasting period, then don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. Making use of makhana, sabudana, sama rice, quinoa, Mumbai chefs say you can innovate with a lot of dishes this Navratri  Read more  Navratri 2022: Ace the garba-night look with these quirky fashion experiments Bored of heavy lehengas and sarees for Navratri nights? Here is a style guide to try on unique outfits made out of already available apparels in your wardrobe  Read more  Good music is ageless and timeless', says Farhad Wadia as Independence Rock returns to Mumbai Independence Rock or I-Rock as it is fondly called by Mumbaikars is returning to the city after nine years. Since then, a lot has changed in the city's live music festival scene. Mid-day Online spoke to Farhad Wadia, founder of the festival on its return, music in the city, as he relives the good ol' days  Read more  Navratri 2022: Mumbai interior designers share unique home decor tips to brighten up your space  If you have been longing to celebrate the festive cheer and weren’t able to do it till now, don’t fret. Mid-day Online spoke to Mumbai interior designers to share tips on how you can spruce up your cosy home this week and for the rest of the festive season  Read more  World Heart Day 2022: Why you need to take your heart health seriously The last one year has seen many popular celebrities suffer from heart attacks. City experts believe people aren't taking their heart health seriously and believe it's important to address the risk factors early  Read more  Navratri 2022: It’s all about ‘simple yet luminous’ makeup this season The festive season calls for some glamming sessions. Whether you are or not into makeup, here’s a guide to youthful new trends with a fuss-free tutorial for beginners  Read more  It’s a K-move: These Indian dancers are tapping into people’s K-pop interests with their workshops Fostered by the ever-growing love for K-pop, the urge to groove to the tunes of their favourite Korean stars is creating a demand for K-pop instructors in Indian cities. These dancers are catering to the needs of young fans and enthusiasts  Read more    Also Read: Gandhi Jayanti: How Gandhi’s time in Mumbai shaped India’s freedom movement

02 October,2022 08:51 PM IST | Mumbai
Roshni Chandran has been using an Android phone since seven years and is eager to learn more about new digital tools. Photo Courtesy: Roshni Chandran

Int'l Day of Older Persons: How more and more older adults want to be tech-savvy

“Yes! I know how to send a picture through WhatsApp. Now I even video call my family members through it,” 67-year-old Ram Bhau Vaarna says, listing out his newly-cultivated technological skills with a sense of confidence. Like many other older adults, Vaarna, a member of the pro-tribal outfit Shramjeevi Sanghatana based in Palghar district, was pushed into learning how smartphones and the internet worked after the pandemic moved most offline work to the online space.  Even as activities such as bookings and payments are swiftly and increasingly going virtual in India, digital illiteracy — especially among older adults — remains a concern. According to a survey conducted by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum from November to December 2019, only 10 percent of Indians aged 45 and above used smartphones as compared to younger adults. An April 2020 analysis by Pew Research Centre on internet usage around the world while the world grappled with Covid-19 suggests that in India, 57 percent of adults between the age group of 18 to 29 years used the internet as against only 18 percent of adults aged 50 and more.  How it all started For someone who had never used an Android phone before the March 2020 lockdown, the urgency to use a smartphone was initially overwhelming for Ram Bhau. But with a little help from the young people at home and in his organisation, he fared well enough to create a space for himself in the virtual world. “Our union head prompted us to use Zoom application for meetings. Then we switched to Telegram to accommodate more number of people. Today I can use both the applications to address people’s concerns,” Vaarna says. Ram Bhau Vaarna's favourite activity on his smartphone is to Google things he wants to know about. Photo Courtesy: Ram Bhau Vaarna For 52-year-old Rafik Chaudhary, communications officer at Shramjeevi Sanghatana's Wada branch, getting started with Zoom meetings was quite a struggle. “My friend had gifted me an Android phone in March 2020 but I still could not download the Zoom app on it. It wasn’t as good as physical meetings but later on we got a hang of it,” he says, adding that he had to constantly use his wife’s phone for meetings. While it all started with Zoom meetings for the majority of working adults, for teachers particularly, getting well-versed with Google Meet was the first step towards entering a digital teaching and learning space. Roshni Chandran, a 56-year-old primary school teacher from Mumbai’s suburban area of Santacruz, adapted to the ecosystem of a virtual classroom in a week. For Chandran the overall experience has been exciting, but there are challenges which she tries to overcome in her own interesting way. “For a teacher, disciplining the children online has been a challenge. To avoid commotion, I have taught my students specific signs and symbols to use when they have to say something. For example: one thumb up for ‘ready’, ‘okay’ and ‘completed work’ and a thumb down for ‘not ready’, ‘incomplete work’ and  ‘don’t know the answer’,” she cracks up, while getting into the details of the time and energy invested in seeking the attention of the kids on the screen’s little boxes.  How it is going Following a period of being nervous about clicking on the wrong button or making mistakes, many quinquagenarians and sexagenarians are now overcoming hesitation and growing comfortable with using applications for various purposes. While internet banking and digital payments are still something they are wary of, online communication services are popular among them for staying in touch with friends, family and co-workers. Now equipped with the know-how of the internet, Ram Bhau does not miss a chance to Google things he wants to know about. “I use Google more often and I like that I can access information easily. I want to learn more about Facebook too soon,” he says. After basic tech adaptation, they are also showing interest in getting familiar with social media applications and expressing more through the means of technology. “I can use some of the common applications like WhatsApp and Facebook and I surely wish to learn more. But, there are time constraints,” Chandran says.  Rafik Chaudhary feels there should be a digital training programme for adults just like the one for kids. Photo Courtesy: Rafik Chaudhary There’s also a common feeling among the three that a government-run digital literacy and training programme for adults is the need of the hour. “Even we have digital aspirations and want to share our experiences and learnings through technology. The government must do something for digital inclusion of all. Mere life security or pension schemes for us are not enough. We need digital literacy as well for our security and advancement,” Chaudhary responds passionately when asked about the need for digital inclusion of people across age groups. The Mobile Ecosystem Forum in July this year flagged the issue of an emerging digital divide, with only 18.6 percent of adults aged 45 years and more using smartphones worldwide. The theme for the International Day of Older Persons this year, ‘Digital equity for all ages’, stresses on the need to cater to the deepening disparities and to make tech and digital literacy accessible to older persons across countries.  One of the key objectives of United Nations DOP 2021 is to raise awareness about the digital inclusion of elders while addressing prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination associated with digitisation across age groups. The UN also highlights the role of policies and infrastructure development in improving access to technological innovations, while ensuring privacy and security of the older adults.  Indian start-ups and organisations taking on digital illiteracy In India, a number of organisations and start-ups, some of which sprang up during the pandemic, have taken up the cause of addressing the gaps in virtual connectivity and are encouraging older people to sign up for their resources and training programmes. New Delhi based 'Agewell Foundation', a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the welfare of older people, has a digital literacy programme for the elderly. 'Khyaal' is a start-up launched during the pandemic, which also provides a range of services including digital literacy for older persons. It was founded by Hemanshu Jain, Pritish Nelleri and Alok Soni.   'Tech Easy Hai' is another such platform, which provides digital literacy through online classes to adults more than 40 years of age. It started in May 2020 with Shreya and her sister Shruti Bajaj sharing a mini newsletter with their friends to gauge the need to launch formal classes for adults who were willing to become independent of the young when it comes to overcoming tech problems. Acceptance for learning is the highest among adults and that they are gradually becoming inquisitive about how they can use tech in their everyday life, according to Shreya Bajaj, co-founder of 'Tech Easy Hai'. “We have both homemakers and working persons as our audience and the kind of aspirations and ideas that older adults have is interesting," she observes. "Tech is in a way an enabler for them to achieve their goals.”  Also Read: How content creators are gaining from the growing hunger for translated art

02 October,2022 08:05 PM IST | Mumbai | Sarasvati T
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Durga Puja 2022: All you need to know about the annual festival

It is that time of the year when Navratri and Durga Puja take centrestage, especially after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic. But how many of us actually know about them? Durga Puja, also known as Durgotsava or Sharodotsava, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian subcontinent that honours and reveres the Hindu goddess Durga and commemorates her victory over Mahishasur. The first day of Durga Puja is Mahalaya, which marks the arrival of the goddess. On the sixth day, Sasthi, celebrations and worship begin. The goddess is worshipped in her various forms as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati over the next three days. The celebrations conclude with Vijaya Dashami (tenth day of victory), when sacred images are carried in massive processions to local rivers and immersed amid loud chants and drumbeats "dhaak." This custom represents the deity's return to her home and husband, Shiva, in the Himalayas. At various pandals, idols of the goddess riding a lion and attacking the demon king Mahishasura can be found. This year the celebration begins from October 1 and lasts till October 5. The significance of Durga Puja should be understood in order to enhance the beauty of the celebrations and to comprehend the devotion to Goddess Durga. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma granted the demon Mahishasura the boon of invincibility, which meant that no man or god could kill him. After receiving the blessing, Mahishasura attacked the gods and chased them out of heaven. To defeat the demon king, all the gods gathered to worship Adi Shakti. Maa Durga was created by the divine light that emanated from all the gods during the puja. Maa Durga's battle with Mahishasura lasted ten days. On the tenth day, Goddess Durga slew the demon king, and thus the day is celebrated as Vijaya Dashami, symbolising the triumph of good over evil. On the last day, devotees immerse Goddess Durga's idol in the holy Ganges water. It is referred to as Durga Visarjan. Worshippers march in procession before the immersion, accompanied by drumming, singing, and dancing.|Also Read: Navratri 2022: The nine forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during the festival This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 08:11 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Navratri 2022: The nine forms of Goddess Durga worshipped during the festival

Navratri is a nine-day festival in which nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped. It is one of the most significant festivals celebrated by Hindus all across India with great fervour. Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri are celebrated widely. People in different parts of the country celebrate this same festival differently. Though they worship the same deity, different rituals are performed by different communities. Here are the nine forms of Goddess Durga to be worshipped during Navratri Day 1The first manifestation of Goddess Durga is Goddess Shailputri. She rides a bull named Nandi while holding a Trishul in one hand and a lotus in the other. Goddess Parvati was born as the daughter of Himalaya, and Shail means mountain in Sanskrit, so she is known as Shailputri. Day 2Goddess Brahmacharini is honoured on the second day of Navratri. The goddess walks barefoot, holding a sacred Kamandalu in one hand and a rudraksh mala in the other. This goddess' meditative form represents Goddess Parvati when she was deep in meditation to please Lord Shiva. Day 3The third day of Navratri is dedicated to the Goddess Chandraghanta. She is a fierce 10-armed goddess with a crescent moon on her brow, hence the name Chandraghanta. She rides a tiger to annihilate all evil and wickedness. Day 4The fourth day of Navratri, Chaturthi, is dedicated to Devi Kushmanda. Kushmanda is a combination of three words: 'Ku' (small), 'Ushma' (warmth or energy), and 'Amnda' (egg), which means the creator of the universe. Day 5Panchami is another name for Goddess Skandmata, who is worshipped on the fifth day. Skandmata is a four-armed deity who carries a lotus in two of her arms, a sacred Kamandalu in the other, and a bell in the other two. She also has a small Kartikay on her lap, and as a result, Kartika is also known as Skanda. She's sitting on a lotus. Day 6Goddess Katyayani, a form of Shakti, is honoured on the sixth day of Navratri. Katyayani, also known as the warrior goddess, is one of Goddess Parvati's most violent manifestations. She has four arms and is armed with a sword. She is Sage Katyayan's daughter and rides a lion. Day 7Saptami, or the seventh day of Navratri, is dedicated to the Goddess Kaalratri. According to legend, she sacrificed her skin colour and embraced a dark complexion in order to kill demons. She is a four-armed goddess who rides a donkey and wields a sword, trident, and noose. She has a third eye on her forehead, which is said to hold the entire universe. Day 8Durga Asthami, or Navratri's eighth day, is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri. She is a four-armed deity who rides a white elephant or a bull. In her hands are a Trishul and a damru. Day 9The ninth and final day of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Siddhidhatri. She is depicted as a four-armed deity sitting on a lotus, holding a mace, a discus, a book, and a lotus. Goddess Durga in this form represents perfection. Also read: Navratri 2022: Mumbai interior designers share unique home decor tips to brighten up your space This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 08:10 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Navratri 2022: Tips to clean your home the eco-friendly way

Navratri is here and as people gear up to bring in the celebrations at home, cleaning is an important unavoidable task one has to take to as the festive season approaches. It is important to clean your house during the festival since it promotes happiness and wealth. However, we frequently neglect our planet during this process and opt for environmentally unfriendly cleaning techniques. Instead, we should look for environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and cost-effective cleaning methods that are also beneficial for the environment. Here are some sustainable and pocket-friendly ways shared by homemakers to clean the house for the festive season this year: Summi Ambastha, a school principal from Kolkata, said, "Durga Puja is a long-awaited festival for my entire family, but we dread cleaning the house. Previously, I spent a lot on expensive chemical-based products that were not even environment friendly. But then I switched to ITC Nimyle, a sustainable floor cleaner that has 100 per cent natural action. Made with Neem leaves, Nimyle is like an all-in-one product which naturally kills all the germs in the house, leaving a fresh smell behind. Most importantly, post switching to Nimyle, my mother-in-law feels content, as per her traditions and believes Neem takes away the negative energy of the house." Anuja Sharan, a homemaker from Siliguri, said, "Neem is India's backyard pharmacy, and you can take advantage of its anti-bacterial properties when cleaning the storage and wardrobes. One way to use it is by tying some dried neem leaves in a potli and placing them in the corners of your drawers and cabinets. This will ensure that your clothes remain germ as well as insect free. I also use Neem oil to clean to surface to keep ants and other small insects away." Rekha Verma, a homemaker from Patna said, "One of the most difficult processes during cleaning is to throw or discard old stuff, especially the ones we are emotionally attached to. I had cupboards full of old heavy embroidered saree; some belonged to my late mother and mother-in-law. As I could not throw them, I decided to repurpose them and made cushion covers and curtains out of them. It spruced up my living room and created a unique decor statement." Vatsala Sinha, who works in an IT firm, said, "My favourite way to end the festive cleaning routine is to create a homemade air freshener. For that, all you need is a stick of cinnamon and lemongrass. Boil them together and wait for the scent to waft into your home." Also read: Navratri 2022: Ace the garba-night look with these quirky fashion experiments This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 October,2022 11:47 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Dancers Sasha Baptista (left) and Moon Moon Kuki took a step ahead to conduct K-pop workshops. Image courtesy: Baptista and Moon

It’s a K-move: Korean dance workshops gain attention as love for K-pop grows

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“I was hooked to K-pop for their dances and the versatility that came with it. Unfortunately, there weren’t any K-pop classes in Mumbai. I felt there was a need for it given the growing interests,” says Sasha Baptista, a 23-year-old dancer from Mumbai, who has been a K-pop enthusiast since 2017. Baptista has been a K-pop instructor for ten months now; an activity she took up to cater to her own interests as well as of the young K-pop fans in the city who are eager to groove to K-pop songs and indulge in the immersive and energetic experience to the fullest. Similarly, Moon Moon Kuki, a Bangalore-based dancer organised her first K-pop dance workshop this September, which was attended by at least 30 people, who got a chance to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of K-pop dances and sync their moves to the tunes of South Korean rapper B.I’s hit BTBT and other trending covers. Both Baptista and Moon, devout fans of Korean entertainment and culture, believe there is a growing demand for K-pop classes or workshops among the teenagers and younger adults, who closely follow the Korean singers, pop artists and dramas. Growing interests among the young “The main motive behind conducting K-pop workshops is that my Instagram community wanted to learn from me one-on-one in class,” says Moon, who is a self-taught dancer and discovered K-pop in 2019, when she watched the Bangtan Boys (BTS) perform on the television. Like many other young Indian K-poppers, Moon couldn’t resist practicing the stunning moves through YouTube tutorials and exploring more Korean bands and artists, who now rule the pop-culture creative expression across the world. It’s not an understatement to say that K-pop is the heart and soul of the Hallyu wave in India and young K-poppers are its indefatigable driving force. In the last three decades, especially during and post-pandemic, there has been a rising appreciation of Korean pop culture and entertainment mainly among Indians in the age group of 16-30 years. The admiration, which is not merely restricted to entertainment, has inspired many young Indians to take serious interest in their performing talents and capabilities. Recently, Sriya Lenka, an 18-year-old classical dancer and singer from Odisha became the first Indian to join the K-pop band, Blackswan, after clearing global auditions in 2021. Previously, in 2016, Priyanka Mazumdar from Assam’s Guwahati emerged as the country’s first K-pop star when she won the third place for vocals at the World K-pop Contest. A similar cohort of young dancers and singers in India regularly participate in all-India and regional K-pop contests organised by the Korean Cultural Centre of India (KCCI) in Delhi. According to Hwang Il-Yong, director of KCCI, since 2012, with every passing year, there has been a gradual rise in the number of people participating in the K-pop contest in Delhi. For Baptista, K-pop was about renewing her long lost passion to dance and honing her skills further. “After I got into a dance group for the K-pop contest in 2018, it brought back my interest in dancing. Watching K-pop artists work so hard on singing and dancing is a motivation for me and the reason I have improved my dance skill,” she says. Her YouTube channel for K-pop dance covers now attracts thousands of viewers, such as her video on ‘More and More’ by Twice garnered over 50k views. This is also one of those factors, which gave impetus to her aim of becoming a K-pop dance instructor. Given the high-spirited and highly competitive nature of these contests, young prodigies have taken encouragement from the online community of K-pop artists in India to brush up on their dancing and singing skills. Baptista and Moon cater to these young people, who are willing to learn, but fall short of professional guidance from experts. Flexible choreography sessions According to Moon, the demand for these sessions varies as per the location. In metro cities, there is a higher possibility that the number of attendees can extend up to 60, which mainly consists of people from the age group of 16 to 27 years. In Mumbai, Baptista has seen registrations from people between 14 and 20 years of age too. The fee ranges between Rs 350 and Rs 450 per session. K-pop is originally an umbrella term for modern entertainment coming out of Seoul initiated by the ‘Seo Taiji and Boys’ in 1992 and includes an integration of Korean music with other genres such as R&B, hip hop, rock, jazz and rap, among others. This is also why the choreographers usually blend in multiple styles, predominantly hip hop and jazz, during their class. As someone who has been conducting workshops for about 10 months now, and one of the first digital content creators to do so, Baptista likes to expand the scope of her workshop to include latest K-pop original covers as well as blend in her own choreography to diversify the experience, whereas, Moon likes to focus on a lot of stretching and warm up exercises during her session. “I teach the original choreography that normally fans learn through video but in class they get proper instruction on how to execute it which includes a lot of dance styles in one. Some of the songs I've thought about recently are BTBT, Run BTS,” says Baptista. Given that most of these workshops are followed by K-pop enthusiasts, the instructors have a great time bonding with the passionate and talented fellow community members. “The energy and vibe that come from those attending the workshops is amazing. I could feel the passion to learn something new as soon as I stepped in. It was really a smooth price since most of them followed K-pop choreographies closely, so they picked up very easily,” observes Moon. Also read: How young Indians are flexing their skills through K-pop dance and music covers

01 October,2022 09:46 AM IST | Mumbai | Sarasvati T
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Want to know about Nobel prize winners? Here are podcasts you need to listen

The Nobel Prize Conversations: Tune into this series of podcasts that dives into how Nobel Prize winners found their calling, honed their skills and talents and how they view topics like failure, success and collaboration. LOG ON TO Apple Podcast Stereo Chemistry: The second episode in 2021 of StereoChemistry is a  conversation with Nobel laureates Frances Arnold and Jennifer Doudna. Tune in to know more about their journeys, and their plans for the future. LOG ON TO Apple Podcasts Nobel Perspectives: This series showcases perspectives by those operating and shaping up financial markets. Nobel laureates, through these podcasts, share their views on socio-economic topics, and interesting global issues like climate change. LOG ON TO ubs.com The Conversation Weekly: The latest episode of this podcast series talks about how Nobel Prizes work, while also focusing on this year’s winners in the category of medicine. LOG ON TO theconversation.com

30 September,2022 01:11 PM IST | Mumbai | Gayathri Chandran
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International Podcast Day 2022: Five contemporary art podcasts for art lovers

Museums and galleries around the globe closed down due to the pandemic, leaving most cultural enthusiasts gasping for engagement with art. In times of collective distress, art is a common balm that many turn to. In the absence of physical interaction—theatre, concerts, comedy shows, museum tours—all adapted to the virtual medium to serve the varied interests of cultural enthusiasts. Several podcasts also sprang up across the globe, offering conversations that delved into diverse areas. We have rounded up a list of five of the most intriguing art podcasts for you to get hooked onto. Talk Art Hosted by actor and art collector Russel Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament, this podcast’s objective is to make art accessible. The hour-long episodes explore through witty conversation diverse themes associated with the art world and its connection to the contemporary society. If you are passionate about art, this podcast treats its listeners to free-wheeling chats with world-class visual artists, curators, and collectors from a surprisingly cross-disciplinary roster. Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts Radical Contemporary Creative expression is shaped by our external environment as much as our thoughts and beliefs. Founded by Egyptian writer and curator Nour Hassan, this podcast is dedicated to creative expression in North Africa and Middle East. Radical Contemporary offers creative discourse and anecdotal insight into the cultural landscape of this dynamic region which remains out of the limelight via contemporary practitioners, from photographers to fashion designers. The 20 to 40 minute episodes are ideal those who seek an informative view of aesthetic and art. Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts The Great Women Artists As its name suggests, this podcast is all about celebrating the work of female artists. Hosted by curator and art historian Katy Hessel, the podcast features interviews with pioneering female artists, writers, curators, and art enthusiasts. The 40 to 60 minute episodes delve into their careers and the great female artists who inspired them with an aim to highlight the role of women in shaping visual culture historically. Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts Intersections: The Art Basel podcast This new fortnightly podcast spans everything under the artsy sun, from architecture to fashion. Hosted by Art Basel’s global director, Marc Spiegler, the 40-minute episodes will feature artistic voices that are spearheading distinct ideologies in their arenas. Some of the popular interviews include Kim Gordan, Lisa Spellman, and Pamela Joyner. Listeners will get to hear from artists, curators, gallerists, and many more. Through insightful conversations, dive deep into their passion for art, intersection of activism and society with art and dig beyond the surface. Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts This Week in Art Based out of London, this is among the most topical art podcasts around. Presented by Christie’s and hosted by Ben Luke, This Week in Art simulates an art newspaper- featuring breaking news, art events and exhibitions around the world, alongside editorial-style insightful discussions. Experts explore complex issues such as the effect of coronavirus on the art market, and much more. With over 190 hour-long episodes, the podcast is ideal for a binge. Available on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts

30 September,2022 12:52 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Why Indian translation has growing pains but its future is bright

Chennai-based Meera Ravishankar experienced the translation industry in its rawest form when she started out almost 10 years ago. The bilingual translator remembers how she did not receive proper recognition for books then, some of which were by famous Indian authors. “In 2012, the credit wasn’t even there on Page 1 and used to be in the in-print details. When I translated Chetan Bhagat’s '2 States', my first Indian fiction into Tamil, they didn’t even get my name right and tucked it in somewhere. So, I had to practically show people that it was my work,” she laughs.  A few years later, it was almost poetic when the translator, who has rendered almost all of Bhagat's past works into Tamil, finally met the author during a book release in Chennai. “I had translated his 'Girl in Room 105' and its release was probably the first time he knew I existed,” states Ravishankar. Every year, World Translation Day is celebrated on September 30 to recognise translators, who are instrumental in bridging gaps between people from different regions as well as between authors and readers across languages. Many readers rely on translations to be able to enjoy books in various Indian and foreign languages, however that is not always possible because of conditions beyond their reach. Whenever they are able to access such titles, it is because of translators who burn the midnight oil and take it upon themselves to cater to specific audiences. Their work may be loved by readers but not many really know the translator because they don’t get credited prominently, as Ravishankar explains. While the author’s name appears in bold on the cover, the translator’s name is often far less visible. Since starting out in 2012, Meera Ravishankar has translated bestsellers by Amish Tripathi, Chetan Bhagat and Anuja Chauhan among others. Photo Courtesy: Meera Ravishankar Juggling the challengesRecognition is only one of the many challenges in the industry. Ravishankar, who has translated over 30 books till now, says one of the biggest challenges in the Tamil publishing industry particularly is that there aren’t many takers for English to Tamil translations. “The kind of translation that is commissioned to me is usually of Indian bestsellers and that is where the perennial work comes from,” she explains. That includes bestsellers such as by Amish Tripathi, Chetan Bhagat and Anuja Chauhan, which publishers are contractually bound to translate into as many languages as possible for the widest reach. While there is a demand for self-help books in the Tamil language, Ravishankar says there is hardly any demand or offers for the Booker Prize winners or any other current or international books. “The industry is a little parochial because they look at what the audience wants but aren't adventurous enough to pay the copyright and ask for the translation rights of the books. They would instead choose to do a rehash of copyright free books that have been there for a long time, like Sherlock Holmes.” Having translated Khalil Gibran’s works herself, she hopes to bring a range of writing to Tamil audiences, but that is currently tough. “I would love to introduce ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ and ‘Gone With the Wind’ to the Tamil audience but I don’t know which publisher would bank me on that,” she says. While the publishers' lack of interest beyond bestsellers troubles Ravishankar, strict copyright laws concern Ibrahim Badshah Wafy, a Malayalam translator from Kerala who is currently pursuing his PhD in Literature at the University of Houston in the US. “The publishers have to buy the copyright, pay a heavy advance, royalty and printing cost and pay the translator. It is what makes it difficult for translators to convince them,” he notes. Because publishers go for popular literature, Badshah says, the works do not always have the best literary quality.The fact that translators aren't paid enough also makes Badshah unhappy. Photo Courtesy: Ibrahim Badshah WafyReigniting the need for recognitionThe name on the book cover remains elusive for many and, as such, the work of a translator is undermined. Badshah explains, “Most translators' names don’t appear on the cover. Sometimes they appear just once in the entire text. The task of the translator is reflected in the book, yet they don’t get any sort of recognition in the book, especially in the Indian context.” The fact that translators aren’t paid enough also makes him unhappy. “They work for months and get only a one-time settlement, with Rs 150 or 200 per page,” he adds.   However, Ravishankar thinks things are changing. “The present authors are slowly becoming aware of the fact that their books are getting regional attention,” she observes. After going from having her name misprinted inside the book to meeting Bhagat at the launch, she had a similar experience working on Anand Neelkantan’s book on Bahubali. “I had actually started working parallely on the rough draft of the translation from a Word file, and the English and Tamil version released at the same time so Anand Neelkantan came for the launch.” These experiences are also what keeps the translator hopeful for the future of the Tamil translation and publishing industry, which she believes is still very young in this aspect. Badshah with Jokha al-Harthi at the launch of the Malayalam translation of Jokha al-Harthi's book 'Celestial Bodies'. Photo Courtesy: Ibrahim Badshah Wafy The author and the translatorRavishankar doesn't have many authors interacting with her during the process of translation and she would rather have it that way. “As a translator, I am recreating the book that is in print, rather than what the author exactly had in mind while writing it. So, maybe talking to them would in some way influence and alter the justice I can do to the book on my own.” Badshah, however, has a different opinion about interactions with authors. He thinks it is a very important part of the process. Among his many translated works, Badshah has collaborated with Omani author Jokha al-Harthi several times. In 2019, al-Harthi became the first Arab woman to win the Man Booker International Prize for ‘Celestial Bodies’, the English translation of her novel ‘Sayyidaat al-Qamar'. He translated her book into Malayalam as ‘Nilavinte Pennungal’. He was able to connect with the author while he was working on the translation. “The book had a lot of poetry and poetic prose and it was very unconventional. It gave me a lot of perspective on translation,” he adds.    Badshah translates English and Arabic, which he learned at a madrasa, into his mother tongue Malayalam. “My experience so far has taught me how complex the translation practice is. I believe that it is very difficult to translate into a second language unless you have some experience with the target culture,” says the translator, who is looking to do his thesis on translation theory.  For Ravishankar, translation is about being able to gel with the author’s work while also making it simple for the reader to understand. “Translation is a harder job than writing because when you are writing you don’t have any restrictions. When you are translating, you have to walk in someone else’s shoes and if they don’t fit you, it is definitely trouble walking,” says Ravishankar, describing the tough job of a translator in simple words, just as she sets out to do in her own practice.    Also Read: How content creators are gaining from the growing hunger for translated art

30 September,2022 09:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
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Navratri 2022: Looking to add a festive touch to your home? Use these tips

Navratri and Durga Puja are one of the most enjoyable Hindu festivals in the year. It is that time of the year when a lot of people are busy celebrating them in different parts of India. Now, we all know that a festival is incomplete without decorating and renovating one's house in a big or small ways. In essence, the festival venerates the victory of good over evil. While Pujo revelries are replete with good food, pandal hopping, dressing up and going out, a big part of the festival entails inviting friends and family to partake in the festivities. One of the best ways to ring in Pujo is by adding beautiful decor pieces that add positivity and joy to your living space. If you're looking for inspiration to make a statement in the first post-pandemic festive season, then look no further. Saloni Khosla, head of Centre of Design Excellence (CODE), Pepperfry shares with IANSlife a few of her favourite home decor ideas that are sure to elevate your living space and make it the perfect Pujo hot spot for your family and friends. Hang lanterns and toransLanterns are an absolute must-have during Durga Puja. They add a touch of festivity to any home and can be hung both inside and outside the house. Garlands made of marigold flowers and mango leaves are a traditional decoration during Durga Puja. You can use them to decorate your doorways, windows, or even walls. These are symbolic of warding off evil and add a touch of tradition and Indian festive spirit to any home. Let the bells chime and lights shineAdding more light points in your home, especially during occasions is a great idea as this not only gives the house a certain sparkle but also makes it more inviting and spreads a feeling of happiness. One can decorate the arches in their home with bright lights as well as wind chimes or bells to give the feeling of calmness and positivity. And for those who have ample space, light up your living room with fairy lights and place small diyas across the sides of the staircase. Add dimension to your homeThis Durga Puja one can opt to go all out with decoration or choose to keep it minimal with an off-beat contemporary twist. Think along the lines of a white or cream canvas with pops of colour in the form of artwork or furnishings. Adding crocheted wall hangings is an excellent addition on plain accent walls as they make the wall stand out and add a creative touch. Make a grand entranceStriking a balance between keeping it classy and making a bold statement with a piece of furniture or decor item is something one should not shy away from. Adding the goddess' statue in the temple and designing your temple area by incorporating a rug or if space permits, an alpona (rangoli), adds a touch of divinity and tradition. A thorough cleanse for a fresh lookA key component of getting festive-ready is deep cleansing your home. This is traditionally done to make the home deity-ready and also to give the expected guests a more pleasurable experience. You could take this a notch higher by strategically placing aroma diffusers and incense sticks. Sandalwood incense sticks are a national favourite and are appreciated by audiences across age groups.Also Read: Navratri 2022: Upgrade your wardrobe with the nine festive colours This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 September,2022 05:30 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Farhad Wadia's Independence Rock music festival returns to the city after nine years. Photo Courtesy: Farhad Wadia

'Good music is ageless and timeless', says Farhad Wadia as I-Rock returns

The rock music scene had been steadily building up in the early 90s in Mumbai and the Independence music festival had an instrumental fanbase. Still in its initial years of success, founder Farhad Wadia didn't know if the two-day festival would even take place because of the rain earlier in the day on August 14. He explains, "It was year five or six, around 4 pm in the evening and I thought, nobody is going to come because it was pouring, but the phone kept ringing. Every time I would pick up the phone, they would ask, 'Is the show on?' And, I said, 'it is on, man' and please tell your friends, it is on."  Come 5:30 pm, things had drastically changed. "I went out on the road to see if there were people outside the gate. You won't believe it but I saw a queue from Rang Bhavan right out to Metro Cinema, that's about 300-400 metres. All the guys with black shirts, shorts and umbrellas and that was the largest audience we've had. To me, that is a memory that will never go out of my head," he reminisces. It was that day, Wadia says, that his faith in rock 'n' roll and Independence Rock was reaffirmed.  There were not only mobile phones but also no advance booking of tickets. At the time, he says, Rang Bhavan had one telephone line, and organisers had to wait before the show to know if people were actually going to attend. So, that is the kind of history is what Independence Rock or I-Rock, as it is more fondly called by Mumbaikars, brings as it returns after nine years this year on November 5 and 6 at Bayview Lawns, Princess Dock in Mazgaon. The seasons may have changed from monsoon to winter due to various reasons, but that's the kind of vibe Farhad Wadia hopes to bring back after the concert was last held in 2013.  Bringing I-Rock back "I left India about eight years ago to move to the US. It is my new home but India is always going to be home and, Bombay is always going to be my city." Just as things settled and he planned on visiting the city to bring back I-Rock, he received a call from VG Jairam, founder of Hyperlink Brand Solutions, earlier this year, to revive the festival. That is when things were set in motion. However, it wouldn't be wrong to note that the music festival scene has changed in India since the last time I-Rock was held. Nowadays, it is based on popularity and who can get the crowds than any other aspect. Ask Wadia if he thinks the revival of the festival will change the perception of music in the city and he admits that times have changed. However, the true essence of Independence Rock will remain intact. He explains, "I-Rock has always stood for great bands, great music, and great fan experiences. I think that will remain consistent, and they will only get better. We are going to rock everybody's socks off."  Even though his confidence is infectious, he is quick to point out that people may say rock music is dead and may write off the genre but it is here to stay and he has seen it over the decades. "In 2007-2008, when Beyonce came to India, the phenomenal singer and performer had 1,200 people at the concert at the Bandra Kurla ground. Independence Rock has had 7,000 - 8,000 people," he shares, while reminding that the festival has always been about Indian bands. Only two weeks ago, they released the lineup which included bands from all over India. It includes The F16s, Aswekeepsearching, Bloodywood, Parvaaz as well as iconic bands like Zero, Avial, Thaikkudam Bridge, Pentagram, Parikrama and Indus Creed. These are bands who have made it big across the last three decades and more.  At a time when music tastes are changing, he definitely sees rock is here to stay. Wadia has observed Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters and even Iron Maiden are always crowded around the world. In fact, the last time he went for a concert of the latter in India, almost 25 years after he first saw them in the UK, he was shocked to find youngsters more than half his age attend the concert. "I saw this guy and girl, who could have not been more than 16-years-old. They were singing every song and I just couldn't handle it. So, I tapped them and said 'man, you wouldn't have even been born when this album was released, so how do you know it? They said, 'our dad plays it all the time. This shows you that good music is ageless and timeless," he narrates. The fact that India has witnessed the likes of Deep Purple, Osibisa, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, America, Foreigner and even Jethro Tull is proof of Wadia's experience, and many rock fans of the era can attest to.  Also Read: It gives me great joy to be a part of this city and ‘be a Mumbaikar’: Lucky Ali

29 September,2022 01:46 PM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
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