Terry Gilliam gives Berlioz’s Cellini a Python touch

A scene from Benvenuto Cellini, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam

Anyone attending the premiere of Berlioz’s rarely seen opera Benvenuto Cellini, directed by Monty Python alumnus Terry Gilliam at the English National Opera, could be forgiven for thinking it was a pr

Defector dancers to pursue career in US

The dancers speak at a news conference in Little Havana.    ----AP

Six dancers who defected over the weekend from the famed National Ballet of Cuba appeared in Miami on Tuesday and said they planned to pursue careers in the United States.

Dialogues des Carmélites brings out the best in Poulenc

 one of the posters of the Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites is an audacious work, much more so than many others that advertise their audacity.

‘Princess Nicole’ steals the show


Everyone has been talking about the Cannes film festival recently and the stir the Hollywood and Bollywood beauties created on the red carpet.

Yamuna: A witness to Krishna leela

An image of Krishna as Kaali (left) as per the legend; the Yamunotri temple (right)

When we speak of Ganga the other name that involuntarily slips out is Yamuna. While Ganga is primarily associated with Shiva, Yamuna is with Krishna.

Despite being a hack for more than three decades, I am yet to be invited for any political iftar party. Thereby, no one can accuse me of holding a grouse against any leader for not marking an invite to me. Throughout his 13 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never hosted one, breaking a tradition that his predecessor Keshubhai Patel followed.

Rarely in a diplomat’s career is one lucky enough to have a posting that is important and interesting, combining the elements of classic diplomacy with the new tools of development diplomacy, new media and social networks. Israel and India established full diplomatic relations just 22 years ago during the time of P.V. Narasimha Rao.