The exhibition 'To the end of Land' was inagurated at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi by Daniel Carmon, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in India. The Exhibition is in collaboration with the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel and is titled ‘To the End of Land’ contemporary art from Israel on the occasion of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Speaking on the occassion the ambassador said that the exhibition is a festival of art and friendship between the two countries and represents the vision of the leaders of both the countries and widening dialouge between India and Israel. The Israeli Ambassador also said, “This exhibition speaks to the heart of the Indo-Israeli relations as it tells the story of Israel’s agriculture and technology in an innovative and out of the box context of contemporary art. It presents the Israeli spirit not only in its content, but also in its method of delivery. We are proud to have partnered with the Indian Ministry of Culture and the NGMA and to have upgraded our cultural cooperation via this special project. Through art, we find a common language through which to deepen our understanding of one another and strengthen our people to people bonds.” The exhibition presents a wide range of references and approaches to recent changes in the economic and social landscape in Israel, as manifested by the appearance of natural scenery in Israeli contemporary art. Engagement with the land, its borders, scars, and produce runs through the work of many artists active in Israel today. The chosen title, “To the End of Land:, strives to draw attention to some of the cultural, social, and political aspects embodied in their artistic explorations of land. The exhibition is available for the public viewing for the entire month of May, 11am to 6.30pm, tuesday to Sunday. (Closed on Sundays and national holidays.)
K.A.Viswanathan The ten day Sri Sankara Jayanthi celebration commenced at the Sri Sankara Mattam at Matunga in Central Mumbai . It is the only temple which is fully dedicated to Adi Sankara and has his idol as the main deity celebrated the Sankara Jayanthi in a befitting manner. Starting with Mahanyasa Rudra Japam and homam, Navavarana Pooja, , beeja danam , Anna dhanam which was followed by Abhishekam( bathing of the idol) with holy water. In the evenings there will be daily discourses on “Sankara Vijayam”- the history of Adi Sankara , by noted Vedic scholar Sri Neela Bala Sarma from Tamil Nadu. The idol was taken around the area in procession with the beating of drums and Vedic recitation by Vedic scholars. Adi Shankara was born around 2500 years ago was an Indian Hindu philosopher and theologian whose teachings had a profound influence on the growth of Hinduism. Also known as Shri Adi Shankaracharya and Bhagavatpada Acharya (the guru at the feet of Lord), he was a religious reformist who critiqued the rituals-oriented schools of Hinduism and cleansed the Vedic religious practices of ritualistic excesses. Adi Shankara is best remembered for his remarkable reinterpretations of Hindu scriptures and his commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutras, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita). He was an exponent of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy which refers to the recognition that the true Self, Atman, is the same as the highest Reality, Brahman. His teachings on the philosophy have tremendously influenced various sects of Hinduism and have contributed to the development of the modern Indian thought. He was born in a very poor family in a village named Kaladi in Kerala. The great Saint Adi Shankaracharya, had travelled to Kashmir, more than two millenniums ago and spread the Vedic message of truth, oneness & harmony. He lived for 32 years and with in that spread Hindu dharma across the length and breadth of the county and established four Matthams.
AAP legislators protested outside the Haryana Bhawan and alleged that the Haryana government did not Delhi's share of 450 cusecs of Yamuna water daily in violation of a SC order. The protest by AAP legislators and their supporters came after the Delhi government accused Haryana of giving political patronage to polluting industries that release ammonia in the Yamuna river which further leads to a scarcity of potable water in Delhi. Sanjeev Jha, Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Burari stated, “The Haryana government is not complying with the water sharing agreements between the two states and is not releasing Delhi's share of Yamuna water. The state is also in violation of the Supreme Court order on this issue.” Jha also accused the Haryana government’s behaviour of being politically motivated. The Delhi Jal Board also approached the apex court seeking directions to Haryana to release adequate water. Yamuna is one of the main source of potable water to the residents of Delhi. Water supply in the national capital is often hit as a result of increase in the level of ammonia in the river.
A group of students in Mumbai protested against the unavailability of jobs and the rising number of unemployment as they halted the suburban train service in the city. Thousands of youth gathered at the railway tracks in Mumbai and accused that the Railways cheated many without conducting the recruitment as well. They sat down at the railway tracks between the Matunga and Dadar stations at around 7 in the morning and disrupted the train services. Despite continued protests, the services have restarted. Railways informed that their first priority is to clear the protestors from the tracks while the concerned minister and the Maharashtra CM came out with explanations and took stock of the situation. Youths took control of the railway tracks between Matunga and Dadar stations and launched an unexpected stir under the banner of All India Acts Apprentice Association. This resulted in the cancelation of all trains between Matunga and CSMT. The protestors alleged that the railways have not been conducting recruitments for the last four years despite many of them having already cleared the apprentice exams.
Mumbai turns to a complete red as more than 30000 farmers entered the city yesterday evening as part of their long march that began from Nashik where the farmers crossed the distance by foot. Mumbai police have raked up security in the city as the farmers plan to gherao the Vidhan Sabha to press their demands for loan waiver and the implementation of previous assurances announced by the government. Several political parties have publicly announced their support for the protest which is being organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha. Meanwhile the Maharashtra government is chalking out strategies to settle the issue as CM Devendra Fadnavis has invited five representatives from the Kisan Sabha. The protest march to the assembly house will be commenced on 11am today as the Kisan Sabha representatives informed that they have opted for 11am in order to avoid any chaos for students who are writing the board exams. The farmers are currently camped near Ghatkopar. The farmers have staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands. The farmers have demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlier. But the agricultural organisations allege that the government failed to deliver the assurances. According to the Crime Records Bureau, 60000 farmers have ended their life from 1995 to 2013 and that has urged organisations to protest against the government and ensure the well-being of the farmers.
K.A.Viswanathan The Womens wing of the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts Sabha honoured animal lover 64-year old Ms. Rozanne Davur for her outstanding contribution in saving and treating animals at her farm in Satara. She has today around 130 animals including dogs, cats, horses, bulls, pigs and donkeys . This shelter provides injured, abandoned and handicapped animals a dignified life and ample space where they move about freely. Known as the kind-hearted samaritan of animals in need, Roxanne trained as a master trainer in Animal Welfare in Delhi and started off working in Ooty as an Animal Welfare Inspector and a Race Course Inspector. After serving in Ooty for 12 years as animal Welfare Inspector , she moved to Karjat, amid the lap of nature, and founded the animal shelter, ‘Probably Paradise, Trust for Animal Welfare’. When asked what is the driving force that keeps her going, she says, “I love and enjoy being around all the animals, as they bring a smile and chuckle to me every morning. I consider myself lucky to be living in a paradise surrounded by nature’s beauty. Though she gets help from the village people , most of the work she herself does like making food and treating the animals, she said. The award was presented to her by the president of the Sabha Dr. V.Shankar. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh , a citation, Shawl and a memento.
Maharashtra is set to witness another round of farmers' protests as 25000 farmers have started a long march from Nashik and will reach Mumbai on Monday. The long march is being organised under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha and the protestors will cross the distance from Nashik to Mumbai by foot. The farmers have staged the protest to ensure exact support price for crops, increase compensation, implement forest rights, hike agricultural pension, implement M S Swaminathan report at the earliest and many more such demands. The farmers have demanded that all their requirements should be considered and put into action before the end of March. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced a debt support scheme of Rs 34000 when the farmers began their intense protests earlier. But the agricultural organisations allege that the government failed to deliver the assurances. According to the Crime Records Bureau, 60000 farmers have ended their life from 1995 to 2013 and that has urged organisations to protest against the government and ensure the well-being of the farmers.
The Antop Hill branch of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), No 3854, which comes under the Mumbai-Thane Union, is set to celebrate its 21st anniversary on April 8 at the Shanmukhananda Chandrasekharananda Saraswathi Auditorium at King's Circle. The senior-most member of the Malayalam film industry, Padma Shri Madhu will be the chief guest at the function. Mollywood's comedy king Jagadeesh will grace the function as a special guest as well. SNDP Yogam, initially founded in Kerala and later established in Mumbai, stands for following the social welfare activities and reforms laid down by Sri Narayana Guru at a time when caste discrimination was practiced at its peak. Narayana Guru, also known as Sri Narayana Guru, (c. 1856 – 20 September 1928), was a social reformer of India. He was born into a family of the Ezhava caste in an era when people from such communities, which were regarded as Avarna, faced injustice in the caste-ridden society of Kerala. He led a reform movement in Kerala, rejected casteism, and promoted new values of spiritual freedom and social equality. He stressed the need for the spiritual and social upliftment of the downtrodden through the establishment of temples and educational institutions. In the process, he denounced the superstitions that clouded the fundamental Hindu cultural convention of caste. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty, National Award winner Surabhi Lakshmi, Manoj K Jayan, who completes 30 years in cinema along with Vijeesh Mani, who directed "Vishwaguru" and bagged a record for making a film in a shot span of time and its writer Pramod Payyannur will be honoured at the function. Pandit Ramesh Narayan, considered to be a master of Carnatic-Hindustani music, Kerala state award winner Madhushree Narayan and Kalagurukulam Kannur are set to perform at the function. Comedian Nelson along with Kalabhavan Sudhi, Kalabhavan Leena Lakshmi and Dileep Kottayam will also team up to entertain on the occasion.
Media Eye News Bureau: Thousands thronged with flowers and prayers to pay their final respects to actress Sridevi at the Celebration Sports Club in Mumbai. Sridevi, who was initially thought to have died of a cardiac arrest, was found to have accidentally drowned in the bathtub. Bollywood stars Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and many more have already arrived at the Sports Club to have a final look at the actor and to pay their respects. Sridevi's final journey will commence at 2 pm from Celebration Sports Club to Pawan Hans and will lead to Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium and Hindu Cemetery, Next to Pawan Hans, SV Road, Vile Parle West. The final rites will be performed at 3.30pm onwards at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium while media will be only allowed outside the main entrance.
K.A.Viswanathan Media Eye News Bureau: All Shiva temples across the country were reverberated with the chants of “ Om Namashivaya” on Mahashivaratri . It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm. This festival was celebrated on February 13/14 on the new moon day in the Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalguna or Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. Out of the 12 Shivaratris in the year, the Mahashivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious one. The devotees thronged to the nearby Shiva temple to offer pooja with milk and bilwa leaves to Linga , a symbol for the worship of Lord Shiva, It is believed that the people who fast on this day and night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva get peace and prosperity in their life. According to a legend , after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Mahashivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm. Shiva is considered as the ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him. According to another popular legend, Maha Shivaratri is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. The Mahasivaratri is divided into four Yaamas. All temples with Shiva Linga perform Rudra Japam , Rudra homam during the day. The first Yaama begins in the evening when Mahanyasa Rudra Japam is performed. The second Yaama starts from night and continues with other two Yaamas till early morning the next day and ends before Sun rise. During the Yaama the Linga is bathed with Holy water, milk, Chandan, bhasma, coconut water, Dhahi , honey and Bel leaves with chanting of ‘Om Namashivaya’. The Sankara Mattham at Matunga had made elaborate arrangements as the day also coincided with the important day of the Lord – Maha Prodosham. After the Pradosha pooja , there was, Laksharchana with Bel leaves – with the chanting of Om Namashivaya one lakh times said the secretary S.Sivasubramanian, Maha Deeparadhana was performed early morning after all four Yaamas. Two other temples in the vicinity Sri South Indian Bhajana Samajam and Bhuvaneswari Shiva temple also conducted poojas from evening to next day morning. Bhabulnath Mandir at Chowpathy is the most sought after temple for the devotees who come from all over Maharashtra on this day. Milk vendors were selling milk several times more than the normal days. A vendor at Matunga said he sold around 1500 ltrs of milk on that day as two important Shiva temples were around. Sri Sankara Mattham alone received nearly 1000 ltrs of milk from their devotees for abhishekam said the Mattham secretary. Mahashivratri is not only celebrated in India but also in Nepal and other regions where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Among the various popular shrines, Amarnath temple pilgrimage or Mount Amarnath (about 140 km from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) is believed to be the holiest in Hinduism. Surrounded by fascinating mountainous terrains and picturesque snowy mountains this shrine remains crowded by pilgrims throughout the year especially on Mahashivratri.