Photography, as we all know has become indispensable in today’s modern life but sadly this art form has not been talked about and explored in forms beyond its technical format. The evolution of photography right from its early days till now gives us a great insight of innumerable social, economic and emotional paradigms of human existence.Vipin Gaur (fashion photograher) says ‘Every person on this earth is photogenic you just need a right angle to shoot with.’ Rishabh Aggarwal (wedding photographer) feels that it is an art, which cannot be taught by anyone. According to him, ‘It is an inherited art which needs to be discovered.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both photographers work with various trends, forms and technicalities in photography that have seen a meteoric shift over the years but they intrinsically are focused on the humane side of this art form. World Photography Day, 19 August, is the best day to celebrate that thought process. CRY is also organising a photography workshop on 19 August, where children will capture reasons that are keeping them away from school. Leading photographers from Rang-A Delhi based community of artists have joined hands with CRY to showcase the challenges faced by millions of children in India. Grab your camera and head over. This will surely be a pleasure.WHEN: 19th August, 2013WHERE: Swati, Kanakdurga Basti, R.K Puram, Sector-12, Near Delhi Public School
The Body in Indian Art, a rich concept of exhibiting the uniqueness of the annals of Indian museology matched with an equally captivating and unconventional design displayed in eight galleries of the National Museum(NM) ended up last week. With its distinct approach to deck-up, lighting and even acoustics tailor-made for the unusual sequencing of objects, NM turned a new leaf in the history of Indian museology. ‘It has raised the bar of museology in India’, said NM Director-General Venu V. Normally, the concept of design gets subdued under the weight of a phenomenal exhibition, which The Body in Indian Art was. But it is equally true that such a huge event – with over 350 objects on display – needed a brilliant design to crystallize the concept, and the design wing did a tremendous job’, noted Venu. ‘Putting the storyline into use by apt and ideal use of space (in NM) was the task that followed,’ recalled Chatterjee, an alumnus of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He further added, ‘There were only two-and-a-half months left for me to meet the deadline. However, the initial sketches themselves gave high hopes of realising the task.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ahuja said the unusual sequencing lent certain objects at the BIA interpretations that were completely distinct from Indomania. ‘When we (Ahuja and Chatterjee) moved things in the NM space, new configurations began emerging.’ The design at BIA also went for a massive reinvention vis-à-vis Indomania. For, here a chunk of the expected visitors was closer to the country’s heritage – culturally and geographically. Thus the gallery on ‘Supernatural’ was a longish hall of many-hued stone columns that evoke the famed colonnades of a South Indian temple, forming a grand setting for the morphed, deformed and divine bodies in that gallery. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSimilarly, the gallery on ‘rapture’ was set against a painted landscape of grove-like clusters of curved textile surfaces with colours drawn from Ragamala paintings, forming intimately scaled enclosures for these sculptures and miniatures. ‘I believe the visitor experienced a different dissolution of architectural space in the textured, ash-grey gallery on asceticism, carpeted from floor to pedestal to ceiling,’ Chatterjee said. Again, after the gripping darkness of the galleries (painted in black) on death, one entered the second, which was about ‘shunyata’ (nothingness) and the body beyond form. All galleries had their particular harmonic arrangements in response to specific works, themes and spaces — using colour, light, line, material and volume to provide a tonal rhythm within which individual art pieces shone forth, interacting both with other masterpieces and with the visitor’s body. The synthesis of sight and sound was also a striking feature, with music and video installations dispersed throughout the galleries, providing places for rest and contemplation. Several galleries featured specially designed wall-mounted display tables, carefully angled to exhibit miniature paintings worked out with ergonomic attention to Indian body proportions.
Kolkata: The temperature in the city may go up in the next 48 hours, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Friday.According to the weather office, there is a possibility of scattered rainfall in the city and some South Bengal districts as well. North Bengal districts will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next two days, the weather office said.The temperature in the city and its adjoining areas has dipped for the past few days, due to rain caused by the arrival of monsoon current in the region. According to the prediction, there will be a marginal rise in the mercury in the next two days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe temperature this season touched 40 degrees due to the advent of westerly winds, which were bringing a heat wave to the city. This occurred after the monsoon current got stalled for few days in the last week.The situation improved after the monsoon current got active and brought moderate to heavy rainfall in the South Bengal districts. This came as a relief to the city dwellers and also the people from the districts in South Bengal, from the scorching summer heat. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to the weather office, the rise in temperature may also lead to uncomfortable weather, with the relative humidity going up.A senior official of the weather office said that North Bengal is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next few days as well, while in Kolkata and most parts of South Bengal, the mercury may soar high.However, there is a prediction of thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty wind and lightning, in the South Bengal districts.It may be mentioned here that various North Bengal districts have been receiving heavy rainfall for past few days, as a result of which an alert was also issued to the local administration to take adequate steps to check any untoward incident.
Kolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation is taking initiative to prepare data containing the 30 year history of 50 plots at Bhangar I and II blocks in South 24-Parganas.Sources have confirmed that the need to prepare the data was felt for carrying out the work to widen the Basanti Highway. The 23 km long stretch of the highway from Eastern Metropolitan Bypass to Ghatakpukur in South 24-Parganas will be widened.It had been a long standing demand of the local people to widen the road and both police as well as administrative officials had also suggested its widening to check frequent accidents on the throughfare. The traffic load on the road remains high almost round-the-clock as it connects major parts of South and North 24-Parganas with Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe work of widening the road will be carried out by the State Highway Development Corporation and now the move has been made for “preparation of 30 years research report” of certain plots at Bhangar I and II blocks in South 24-Parganas on an urgent basis. It has been stated that details of the past 30 years of around 55 plots of 210 people will be prepared.Firms having the required expertise and experience of carrying out such work will be engaged to prepare the data and it has to be prepared within 45 days from the day the work starts. The report has to be submitted to the State Highway Development Corporation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTop brass of the corporation will be taking decisions on their next course of action on the basis of the data that will contain the history of the past 30 years of the plots. The data will contain the sale records of private plots for “title investigation”.It may be mentioned that the road will be widened to a two-way carriage way, with a road divider in between. According to engineers,the widening of the road, alongwith a median in between will bring down the number of accidents.Engineers are also taking necessary steps to check accidents at the sharp turns.In most of accidents on Basanti Highway, vehicles fall into ditches while taking sharp turns at high speeds. “Widening of the road will be helpful to lakhs of people as they won’t have to risk their lives anymore to reach their destinations,” said an official.
Youngsters browsing through the latest rock album, an elderly couple searching for a devotional track and a tourist hunting for his favourite piece of Indian music -on any day this can be a close description for the city’s iconic music store, the Rhythm House.Except, it is the beginning of the end for the 67-year-old place which is slated to shut shop in 2016.Situated in south Mumbai, nestled between Kala Ghoda and Jehangir Art Gallery, Rhythm House was established in 1948. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damKnown for its extremely rich and diverse collection of music and movies, the store was so popular it was often frequented by personalities like Mumtaz, Shammi Kapoor, A R Rahman, Rahul Sharma and Zakir Hussain.This was, however, before the illegal music downloads on Internet became a norm, which led to the decision by owners to shut down by end of February, next year.“It saddens us to inform you the time has come for us to bid goodbye to the music and video business for reasons that need no elaboration. We are the last of our city’s large format music and video stores to yield to the challenges posed by new technologies and piracy,” it says on the shop’s website. Ajay Parmar, who has been working in Rhythm House for over a decade is now looking at a blank future ahead of the shop’s closure. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“We all are extremely sad. I have worked here for 12 years, and now I need to look for other jobs. The knowledge of music which I had accumulated over the years will go to waste. Where can I possibly use this knowledge now?” he says. The store withstood the forever dynamic market – from selling vending 78 rpm lacquered disc, LP vinyl disc, cassettes in the initial years, to comfortably adapting to the arrival of compact disc, VCDs, DVDs and even the newest optical Blu-Ray discs. But it seems the Internet age, with consumers downloading music at their finger tips, which served the final blow for the store.“Internet downloads and piracy has killed everything. What can we possibly do about that. Online shopping lacks the one on one interaction we have here at our store. You can’t get that anywhere else,” says Parmar.The store, which had a staff strength of 45, two years ago, now has almost 30 people. Even though the period from December-February has always been a “peak season”, the only crowd the store is witnessing this time is that of loyal patrons, coming to take in the last few days of the place.“A lot has changed over the years. The public has stopped coming to the store. Even today when there is a heavy sale going on, not many new people are coming. I have seen this place grow, to watch it in this state is sad,” says Raees, an employee at the store for nearly 20 years.
According to researchers from Florida State University, more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience conflict in romantic relationship.”The results show that body image satisfaction can be detrimental to Instagram users’ romantic relationships, especially when users’ body image satisfaction is promoted in the form of Instagram selfie posts,” explained lead author Jessica Ridgway and assistant professor Russell Clayton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The duo teamed up to examine the predictors and consequences associated with Instagram selfie posting. With an online survey of 420 Instagram users between the ages of 18 to 62, the researchers found that Instagram selfie posting is associated with and predicted by an individual’s overall body image satisfaction.In other words, those who think they look good are more likely to post selfies. However, Instagram selfie posting behaviours were found to be associated with increased Instagram-related relationship conflict. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers defined Instagram-related conflict as jealousy and arguments occurring due to either or both partners’ Instagram selfie posting behaviours. Not surprisingly, Instagram-related conflict was found to be associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes, which were defined as emotional or physical infidelity, breakup and divorce. “The results from this study provide an avenue for future body image research,” Ridgway said in a paper published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking. The findings contributes to a growing body of scholarly literature that has examined the predictors and consequences associated with using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. “For instance, future research could examine whether social media users post images of their actual selves or their virtual ideal selves, and whether such online behaviours are associated with similar negative outcomes found in our study,” the authors noted.In order to prevent negative relationship outcomes from arising, Instagram users must limit their selfie posting behaviours, especially when selfie posting becomes problematic in a user’s romantic relationship.
Kolkata: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Eastern Zone have arrested two persons for allegedly dealing with banned medicine — Bupronorphine injection. During a search operation at various places, a total 4,971 ampoules of such injections were seized.The NCB officials had informed a few persons were arrested for smuggling Bupronorphine injection earlier. The sleuths then got to know about two persons identified as Nazrul Islam and Alam Hossain. On Tuesday, acting on a tip off, an NCB team raided a house at Samsergunge in Murshidabad and arrested Hossain. Later Islam was also arrested. Ampoules worth Rs 6 lakh were seized.Both of them will be produced before the Malda court on Wednesday.
On the occasion of Tatya Tope’s Martyr Day, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a commemorative coin of Rs 200 and a circulation coin of Rs 10 in the national Capital on Monday. Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture was also present on the occasion.Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 200th birth anniversary of Tatya Tope in the year 2015-16, in association with the State Government of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The government of India is also considering the creation of infrastructure in the memory of Tatya Tope by constructing a Memorial at Yeola and Nasik, Maharashtra and a war museum at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh in association with the respective State Governments.Recently, in the month of February, the State Government of Maharashtra organised the inaugural function at Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Before that, a three-day celebration- ‘Shaurya Mahotsav’ was held.Also, a special lecture and conference on Tatya Tope was organised by Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in the national Capital on February 16. One of the most outstanding leaders of India’s first war of Independence, Tatya Tope was a patriot.
Kolkata: Eastern Railway has achieved a growth of 6.08 percent in suburban passenger earnings for the period — April to December, 2018 — in comparison with the corresponding period of last year.Eastern Railway secured the first position in suburban passenger earnings among all zonal railways in the country and the growth rate is the highest achievement in the Indian Railway System. It has earned a mammoth additional amount of Rs 29.59 crore by inducting additional suburban passenger traffic of 3.45 crore in this period. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe overall growth of passenger earnings of Eastern Railway has also achieved a remarkable figure of 6.32 percent for the period from April to December, 2018, in comparison with the corresponding period of last year. In absolute figure, the additional earnings amount to Rs 127.59 crore from carrying additional passenger traffic of 3.83 crore. ER has achieved huge success in passenger traffic and earnings through a number of passenger-friendly initiatives resulting in the increase of purchase of journey tickets. Passenger awareness campaigns towards usefulness of ATVM, POS, and mobile ticketing etc. are constantly and continuously going on. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseEastern Railway has installed 232 ATVMs in the period from April to December, 2018, in addition to the previously existing 178 ATVMs and looks to introduce another 148 at different stations shortly. Besides reducing the waiting time, the intending passenger can get journey tickets from these ATVMs with 3 percent bonus. For providing easier access to purchase journey tickets, ER has also appointed 154 more JTBS (Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks) up to December, 2018. For extending the facilities of cash less transactions, ER has installed 596 POS machines at the PRS and UTS counters in different areas up to December 2018. Purchasing of unreserved tickets through mobile phone from any station to any station has also been implemented. QR based mobile-ticketing facility has also been implemented through which passengers can easily purchase journey tickets after reaching the station.
While marketers have feared that social media distracts viewers from advertisements and minimises their impact, a new study found that tweeting during TV pushes people for online shopping. “Social shows” are more beneficial to advertisers because commercials that air in those programs generate more online shopping on the advertisers’ websites. “We find that advertisements that air in programmes with more social activity see increased ad responsiveness in terms of subsequent online shopping behaviour,” said Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeth L Fossen, Assistant Professor of marketing at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. This result varies with the mood of the ad, with more affective ads – in particular, funny and emotional ads – seeing the largest increases in online shopping activity. “Our results shed light on how advertisers can encourage online shopping activity on their websites in the age of multi-screen consumers,” Fossen maintained. The researchers also observed that ad timing played a major role in affecting online shopping. Advertisements airing near a half-hour interval increased online purchases. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the INFORMS journal, Fossen and her co-author, David Schweidel of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, examined the online shopping activity of one lakh active internet users. They found that an increase in online chatting about a retailer boosts the advertiser’s website traffic. “Online program engagement may encourage a loyal, committed viewing audience. And media multitasking may decrease the ability for the viewer to counterargue or resist persuasion attempts, increasing ad effectiveness,” Fossen said.