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India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 contestants bring the flavor of #BestKaNextAvatar to Bhopal -the city of lakes!

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India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 premieres on Saturday 16 October

Mumbai: India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 premieres on Saturday 16 October and will air every Sat-Sun at 8:00 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Over the years, Sony Entertainment Television has redefined weekend viewing by offering some of the finest and the most successful talent shows.

After the roaring success of the first season, Sony Entertainment Television Channel is all set to unveil India’s Best Dancer – Season 2! The new season not only promises to be bigger in its scale and entertainment quotient but will also showcase some superlative & versatile talent as well.

The show intends to find #BestKaNextAvatar through the platform which will be an ultimate test for the best dancers from across the country. Produced by Frames Production Company, India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 will premiere on 16th October and will air every Sat-Sun at 8:00 PM only on Sony Entertainment Television.

To showcase their talent, energetic contestants from the show – Muskaan Singh, Raktim Thakuria, and Akash Tambedkar visited the beautiful city of – Bhopal on 12th October to give the locals a taste of what all they can expect in the new season.

India’s Best Dancer – Season 2, promises to be the toughest dance reality show on Indian television and the makers have ensured to make it challenging at every step. Starting with the Auditions, the contestants will get only 90 seconds on the clock to impress the judges with at least 3 Power Moves to head further in the competition. As the clock keeps ticking, the judges, or E.N.T specialists – Malaika Arora, Geeta Kapur and Terence Lewis, will keep a close eye on the Entertainment, Newness and Technique that the contestants bring forth through their dancing. While Malaika will assess the ‘Entertainment’ quotient in each act, Geeta will look for ‘Newness’ in the moves and Terence will account for perfection in the ‘Technique’.

The second phase of Mega Auditions will see the selected contestants battle it out in pairs and trios post a solo performance to move into the next round. In the Grand Premiere, the judges will announce the Top 12 contestants as the Best Barah who will have a respective mentor in the journey ahead. Week-on-week these 12 contestants will have to impress the judges and audience alike to move closer to winning the most coveted title of India’s Best Dancer.

If you think you have seen it all, brace yourself for the unmatched talent that the show will bring to fore. With digital auditions expanding the reach to various untapped markets, India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 will showcase who are an epitome of passion, dedication, and determination. The audience will see a perfect mélange of power-packed performances and inspiring stories every week starting 16th October.

Tune in to watch the best talent from across the country participate on India’s Best Dancer starting 16 October, every Sat-Sun at 8:00 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television

India’s Best Dancer – Season 2 Contestants observe:

I am excited to begin this new journey with one of the biggest dance reality show on Indian Television – India’s Best Dancer – Season 2. With the show premiering on 16th October at 8:00 PM, we are very happy to visit the beautiful city of Bhopal and introduce to the people our show and give them an idea of what they can expect in season 2! It’s been such a lovely experience. The people of Bhopal are so warm, and the food is just incredible! Hope to visit again soon! – Muskaan Singh

India’s Best Dancer, as a platform is known for attracting superlative talent and this time around too, I can assure the viewers that they would not be disappointed. It gives me immense pleasure to be in Bhopal. It’s been such a delightful experience interacting with people and don’t even get me started on the food! I hope the lovely people of Bhopal watch our show and enjoy it as much as we have been enjoying being a part of it. – Raktim Thakuria

Being a part of India’s Best Dancer is a once in a lifetime kind off opportunity! I especially cannot wait to bring my journey to the viewers of the show. We are now visiting Bhopal to showcase our talent and show to the audience a glimpse of what to expect from the show that is all set to air on 16th October at 8:00 PM! We want the people to come along this journey with us. I hope they support us and enjoy our show. – Akash Tambedkar

MF Hussain, Congress eco-system and the left liberals

Rajiv Lochan

MF Hussain with Rajiv Gandhi

M F Hussain was a painter of great repute. Much of his reputation was based on painting Hindu goddesses and other mythological figures in the nude. This made him quite a favourite of the Congress eco-system in India. When some Hindus objected and went to court against him they were condemned for being unartistic and anti-Muslim. The courts of course provided Hussain protection. Freedom of expression, they said. Try to understand artistic expression, they explained.

Hussain attracted the ire of the left liberals only when he depicted Indira Gandhi as the goddess Durga. Durga was said to be the slayer of demons. Hussain referenced this memory to Indira Gandhi defeating the Pakistanis.

Noteworthy was that Hussain was careful to not paint a naked image of Indira Gandhi even in his version of the Durga avatar. When Hussain painted Durga alone, not as a version of Indira Gandhi, he promptly removed her clothes in his 1981 painting. He also had a tail emerging out of her naked butt.

In 1984, when Indira was assassinated by her own guards turned Sikh terrorists, Rajiv Gandhi took over as Prime Minister. When Hussain painted a portrait of Indira Gandhi which he presented to her son and the new Prime Minister of India, he once again took care to keep Indira fully clad in a sari. Later Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Rajiv, would claim that she had ‘sold’ a portrait of her father, Rajiv, done by Hussain, to one Rana Kapoor for Rs. 2 crore vide Priyanka’s letter to Rana Kapoor dated June 4, 2010. According to this letter, she received payment in cheque. #135343, drawn on HSBC, Ac No. 019-384890-006


Rajiv Lochan, is a renowned historian, scholar and columnist

Kolkata National Art Exhibition 2021 went Live and broke the barrier of time and space

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Kolkota: Riddhi Siddhi Art Studio is a platform or call it a complete package for those who really are passionate to make a mark in the field of art and culture. The studio has organized a series of National Art Exhibitions and also the trailblazing event Madhya First Brustrokes “The Painting Party”.

Kolkata National Art Exhibition 2021

Riddhi Siddhi art studio organised its 6th major event and the 4th National Art Exhibition at Rabindra Tirtha Art Gallery in Kolkata from 13 to 14 February 2021. Dr Rajendra Tripathi, Secretary Bengal Hindi Parishad, was the Chief Guest. The special guests were Shri Subroto Mukherjee, Minister of Panchayat, West Bengal, Janab Nafis Ahmed, CEO Golden Gate Group, Kolkata, and social activist Janab Haji Umar Farooque.

The Kolkata Exhibition got a tremendous response. A total of 60 artists from all over India participated in this exhibition. Rishabh Nigam, an M.A previous student of fine arts (Drawing and Painting), Government Hamidia Arts and Commerce College, Bhopal with 18 team members from all over India was the leading light and he spearheaded Kolkata event from the conceptualisation stage to organising it on a grand scale with the help of a brilliant team passionately dedicated to the field of art.

Key highlights:
• 60 passionate artists, irrespective of their age, from all over India, showcased their work.
• Theme: Open Theme Art Exhibition so that artist could exhibit the best of their work without any limitation.
• India’s first Live Exhibition: Riddhi Siddhi gives full weightage and believes there is no alternative to exhibiting creativity through an art gallery but due to the COVID pandemic, internet and wifi was utilised to relay Live the Kolkata exhibition across the globe.

Organiser: Rishabh Nigam, Director of Riddhi Siddhi Studio
Co – Organizer : Dhanashree Manjare & Aman Gour, Teacher At Riddhi Siddhi Art Studio

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SP Balasubrahmanyam: Thank you for everything, Sir


Runa Sikdar is Director Antardhwani and Chief Designer and Director, White Space – innovating design. Based out of both Europe and India, she provides design consultation and execution in both parts of the world. We are publishing her spontaneous, tender and soulful thoughts on the passing away of legendary SP Balasubrahmanyam, the front-ranking musician, playback singer, music director, actor, dubbing artist and film producer.

A Love Letter to S.P.B. Sir

We have already lived one day into this world without you, S.P.B. Sir. One day now that the horizon already has a new star up there, shining bright while we doom in the darkness of the irreparable loss of it. One dark day arrived and got over; now, we are left with innumerable memories of fifty four years of your life into music. After Rafi Saab, if it is another artist who can be judged with the question, “better human being, or better singer?”, it has to be only you, S.P.B. Sir!

Growing up in Bengal, little I had the idea about your name during my teens, until the blockbuster hit “Maine Pyar Kiya” happened. The charming hero of the movie, lip synced to some of the super hits by the legend. The profound baritone of your voice playfully nuanced out the mischievous romance that became an instant hit among us – the teenagers. You entered Bollywood with a foray. My bond with your music is mostly through your Hindi songs. Today, when you are addressed in the past tense, I realise how much you played an eminent role in adding to our initial senses of getting infatuated with “falling in love”.

I remember when Madhuri was confronted by the big eyes of Salman with the innocent quest “Hum aapke hain koun” How about Sanjay Dutt donning shoulder length hair as a young shayer fantasizing the soft romance for his heroine with a “Bohot pyar kartein hain tumko aanam”. Who can forget your song “Dekha hai pehli baar, sajan ke aankhon mein pyar” garnished with the iconic prelude. And, “Sathiyaa, yeh tune kya kiya?”, the mention of which can instantly make me reminisce my first infatuation during those teen times. “Pehla pehla pyar hai, pehli pehli baar hai”, can evoke a sense of yearning to go back and fall in love again with everything that was so imperfect then. The playful “Tumse milne ki tamanna hai”, has the power to make my mind shrink into the youthful size and grow back once again to emote the fun of “ice-cream dating”. I adored your “Dil Deewana” making me imagine a macho hero who will take on anything ( like brick breaking job) to gain me! “Aate jaate, haste gaate”, the enchanting number where I rewind and replayed to hear your lines “Yehi saach hai, shayed yehi, maine pyar kiya, haan haan tumse…maine pyar kiya”. You are the architect of the fancied mind of my teen-time Sir. That time of my life, when all it took was a song, a yellow-shirt-hero and ice-cream to understand love.

Everytime I fell for another hero and got infatuated, I credited it always to their magnetic looks. Much later I realised who has to be blamed actually. Your voice, indeed! You knew the era you have to create magic for. The candy-floss love found its new shelter in the timber of you voice, Sir! It worked! It did!

Last 24-hours has been a strong blow upon my senses. It suddenly broke a news that flashed many memories I could have touched back again, with you still around. Why do we always realise the presence only in their absence – the important question I throw to myself.

As the dawn breaks in another country I woke up to, I realise, by now you must have been sailing off in the streams of the holy rivers of India. You are much above the worldly things now. I just want you to know that, you did much to me Sir. Your enchanting voice and that pure smile remains, dazzling in the memories of my growing up years of innocent days. Among many impeccable names, it was ” S P something” a singer who won my heart, as I could not remember your name properly then, to the day today when I can never imagine to forget you ever; it has been a personal journey for me. Thank You for everything S.P.B. Sir