Virtual Bharat’s most recent film is set in Koolimuttam, Kerala. The story of a man, a rebel, a master, known to his disciples and thus to the world by one name, ‘Manu Master’, he says with pride as he looks at Nature around him. His eyes are kind, and filled with strength and wisdom. His red shawl flutters in the wind.
Manu Master was born in Koolimuttam, in the 1960s, as Abdul Manaf. Little Abdul loved the arts. He accompanied his uncle to Kathakali recitals, performances and katcheris alike. He jumped across the compound wall at school every day, to simply watch and admire the dance lessons being taken by a teacher right next door. Spotting his interest in the arts, his uncle enrolled him to learn Bharatanatyam when he was 12, and that marked the beginning of Abdul Manaf’s journey in Bharatanatyam.
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My disciples call me MANU MASTER!
Varsha Ramachandran shares details of Virtual Bharat’s recent film on the remarkable artiste Manu Master
BATTING FOR TRIUMPH
One of the enduring names in the Indian cricket team for over 16 years, Dinesh Karthik has proved his worth not just as a senior player but also as the captain for three years of one of the celebrated Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Meera J Pillai caught up with the humble and diligent KKR captain for an exclusive interview about being an Indian cricketer and the IPL
Remembering the MAHATMA
On October 2, India observes Gandhi Jayanthi, the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Known primarily for his non-violent form of protest, the honorific 'Mahatma', first given to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used worldwide. In remembrance of his invaluable contributions to India's Independence, Culturama looks at some key events in his life.
Short cultural snippets for an easily digestible India
Around the world in 5
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A TRUE GLOBAL CITIZEN
During the Democratic National Convention in the United States when Democratic Party candidate for Vice President, Kamala D. Harris, thanked her ‘chittis’ (aunts) in her speech, Indians around the world went into a frenzy. She has proudly embraced her diverse background by uplifting her Indian as well as her American heritage. It is her birthday on October 20, and Team Culturama is celebrating this remarkable Global Citizen and her Indian connection
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123… The Happiest Man
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Around the world in 5
In India, fair skin is considered beautiful. While jewels are valued, simple accessories such as flowers in the hair, bindi on the forehead and henna designs on the palms and feet contribute further to enhance one’s beauty. Let’s look at what is considered beautiful in other parts of the world
LEARNING AND EMBRACING INDIA
Being a regular visitor, Sharon Sivalenka from the United States, President of the Overseas Women of Chennai Club, believes that her journey here over the years has been evolving and she has learnt to adapt to the challenges and embrace the uniqueness of India
COUNTRIES URGE DRUG COMPANIES TO SHARE VACCINE KNOW-HOW
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The Specter of Hunger in Nigeria
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A Grave Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Yemen
A grave humanitarian tragedy unfolds in Yemen as the Saudi Arabia-led alliance backed by the U.S. continues its relentless bombing.
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Sharjah coach Anbari hopes to carry on same form after Pakhtakor rout
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Vile fraudster conned OAP, 86, out of £1800
Callous crook posed as tax collector
सरकार से सीधे बिजली बिल में सहूलियत देने की मांग फॉर्म भरने के लिए तैयार नहीं हैं पावरलूम मालिक
भिवंडी शहर कांग्रेस कमेटी जिलाध्यक्ष एवं पूर्व विधायक अब्दुल रशीद ताहिर मोमिन एक बार फिर से पावरलूम इंडस्ट्री को पुनर्जीवित करने के लिए जुट गए हैं।
IN THE LANGUAGE OF COMPUTING
THE LEGENDARY FOUNDER OF SINDHI COMPUTING AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING, ABDUL-MAJID BHURGRI HAS REVOLUTIONIZED VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION IN THE SINDHI LANGUAGE. HE SPEAKS TO TINA THAKRAR FROM SEATTLE, NARRATING HIS EXPERIENCES OF SOFTWARES AND SINDH, CULTURES AND COMPUTERS, AND LOVE AND LOSS