Arts & Entertainment

Salman Khan, Amid Controversy Over Rape Remark, Says Need to Talk Less

Actor Salman Khan, who sparked uproar by saying his heavy training schedule for an upcoming film left him feeling "like a raped woman", said on Thursday that he needs to talk less to stay out of trouble.

Alia Bhatt: Star Kid or Star Performer

Is Alia Bhatt the blueprint of the modern Indian heroine? We should hope so

An Ode to Indian Radio

Ameen Sayani, Melville De Mellow, and the voices that shaped us and united a nation

Bollywood Actor Salman Khan in Hot Water Over Rape Remark

Bollywood movie star Salman Khan ran afoul of a national women's group, film critics and Twitter users on Tuesday after saying that training sessions for his new film made him feel like a "raped woman".

Spain Joins Forces With Bollywood to Boost Tourism

Spain is coaxing Indian moviemakers to use its colourful fiestas and historic monuments as settings for their films, in a move to grab a bigger share of India’s fast-growing overseas tourism market.

Match Box Mania

A recent exhibition, titled "Matchbox Labels And The Stories They Tell", features some prominent trends and themes spanning the entire history of the matchbox industry.

Cringe Pop Creator Defies Her Critics

The song was intended to inspire women. It was supposed to highlight discrimination and misogyny and promote empowerment. But something didn't go quite right.

The Party Must go on

Gay nightlife thrives in India’s metros despite widespread prejudice against the community.

India Court Overrules Censor Cuts to Film

Dismissing objections by the censor board which had wanted 89 cuts, the court said the film must be certified for release in the next 48 hours.

An Intimate Look at India's Royal Women

India's royalty lost their official powers when the nation gained independence in 1947, but there is still a great sense of romance and fascination with the men and women who once ruled large tracts of the country.

Why is Indian Comedy Kicking up a Storm

An Indian comedian recently kicked up a storm after posting a video mocking cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Ganesh And His Mother Return Home From US With Modi

Items returned included religious statues, bronzes and terra cotta pieces, some dating back 2,000 years, looted from some of India's most treasured religious sites.

US Returns Over 200 Artifacts Worth $100 Million to India

Included in the collection is a bronze sculpture of the Hindu god Ganesh estimated to be 1,000-year-old.

A Doomed Love Story Becomes India's Sleeper Hit

In movie-mad India, stories of young love struggling to find happiness among harsh social rules still mint success.

India Comedian Demonstrates Streisand Effect

Tanmay Bhat's video would probably have had only a few views, but for the explosive backlash it faced on social media

The India-Pakistan Masterpiece That Fell Through The Cracks

A 1958 Pakistani film, considered by critics as the best ever made in the country and boasting a curious collaboration with India, is haunted by its spectacularly jinxed past more than half-a-century later.

The Story Behind TanmayRoasted

This time, a snapchat video featuring Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar becomes prime-time news and a suable offence

Why Drinking in India is an Outdoor Sport

The dark and the bottle go together. Even some upmarket bars have the lighting turned down low and the windows shuttered.

Comedian in Trouble For Tendulkar Video

An Indian comedian is being investigated by police after posting a video mocking cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Indians in China Form Body to Promote Classical Music

Indian expat music lovers, corporate houses and diplomatic missions in China came together to form for the first time a cultural group called 'Chaiti' to promote Indian classical music among Chinese.

Lost Charm

The popularity of Jatra, a centuries-old travelling theatre tradition in India's West Bengal state, is in decline.

Can Female Comedians Ever Make it in India

India’s gigantic showbiz sector, Bollywood included, has yet to throw up a single female comic celebrity, who headlines shows, programmes or movies, or has a popular fan-base.

RGV Compares Veerappan to Donald Trump

Story of Veerappan is a proof that just one unpredictable man can overturn an entire existing system. Same is true for Donald Trump too

19-stringed Sarod Premieres at Shanghai Center Theater

A traditional Indian musical instrument has come to the Shanghai stage for the first time. It's called the Sarod, and is played with the fingernails, not the fingertips.

Love Him or Hate Him

Bollywood Just Wouldn’t Have Been The Same Without Karan Johar.

How Chhota Bheem Took on Spiderman, And Won

Chhota Bheem has trounced every other Indian and global contender when it comes to winning over kids in the subcontinent, clocking in a stated 40 million viewers in India.

New Gig in Town - The Rise of Indie Music

There's a new genre that's emerged: independent music. With it, a new breed of musicians is striking the right chords.

B-town's Best to Storm USA in August

The tour kick-starts on August 12 in Houston and travels through San Hose, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, winding up in New York,

The Man Who Indianised Hollywood

Mayur Puri has written for dubbed versions of the two recent Disney successes—‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Aishwarya Rai at Cannes a Fading Story

One of the world’s most beautiful women with access to the world’s best designers keeps getting it wrong at least fifty per cent of the time on the red carpet.

Death Photographers of India's Holy City

The ancient Indian city of Varanasi is known as the religious capital of Hinduism and its ghats - steps on the banks of the river Ganges - are considered sacred.

Ancient Irish Musical History Found in Modern India

An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India.

Discovery Takes Stake in India’s FoodFood

The deal sees Discovery join forces with Indian foodie star Sanjeev Kapoor, who will be a minority shareholder in the channel and stay on as a presenter and ambassador.

Bollywood Actors Get Hollywood Films Because of Agents, Not Talent

Of late, a slew of Bollywood actors like Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, among others, are being seen in American television shows and Hollywood films.

Young India Sings Again

An extraordinary collection of music from a record label that operated in Mumbai from 1935-55 has now been digitized and is available online

Vintage India

Vintage India pictures from one of the world's oldest studios

The Dying Art of Headhunting Tattoos

Artists and tattoo researchers in the state of Nagaland say the ancient tradition is vanishing as young people move further away from the brutal practice.

Indian Freedom Speech Become a Viral Remix

When an Indian university student leader charged with sedition chanted slogans about "freedom", it struck a chord in the country.The speech has been set to music, mixed with dubstep and inspired a crop of anthems.

Mumbai Rapper Changes Tune of Indian Music

India's famed music scene is making room for a new generation, bearing turntables and a mic, instead of a sitar and drums.

Priyanka Chopra to Dine With US President Barack Obama

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has confirmed that she will be dining with US President Barack Obama at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend.

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