This Indian music band has tugged at heartstrings around the world

Monday, 23 October 2017

India’s Swamibapa pipe band is not your trendy troupe of long-haired lip-splitters strutting their stuff by belting out ear-splitting music to make hay. Indeed, the selfless pipers, drummers and drum majors of this 62-year-old ensemble are all virtuosi par excellence and also men of virtues. The world’s first international traditional Indian-Scottish bagpipe band performs not just at rare religious and cultural events but also rises to the occasion by rushing to the scenes of natural ...

Art brings ‘peace’ to battle-scarred Lebanon districts

Saturday, 21 October 2017

From the street below it’s easy to miss the workers daubing rooftops as part of an ambitious art project in two battle-scarred neighborhoods of Lebanon’s Tripoli. But the Ashekman street art duo behind the project say that once they’re done, the pistachio-green rooftops they are painting will spell out the word “salam” — Arabic for “peace” — on a scale visible from space. The project, three years in the making, is the brainchild of ...

Saudi minister: King Salman complex for Prophet’s Hadiths remarkable achievement

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Bin Saleh al-Awwad has described the establishment of a complex on the Prophet’s Hadiths by King Salman as an unprecedented accomplishment for the service of the Sunnah, which is the second source of Islamic legislation. "This is an unprecedented achievement which will preserve the Sunnah in a scientific method and protect the second source of Islamic legislation," he said. The minister said a council of senior scholars will be ...

US author George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

US author George Saunders became on Tuesday only the second American writer to win Britain’s renowned Man Booker Prize, which was awarded for his first full-length novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”.Judges for the prestigious English-language literary award praised as “utterly original” the book that chronicles the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie using the accounts of hundreds of narrators.“The form and style of this utterly original novel ...

Contemporary Saudi art shown at UNESCO displays ‘intercultural convergence’

Monday, 16 October 2017

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation (Misk Foundation) launched an exhibition titled ‘Incense Route’ at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris last Monday. The launching ceremony was held in the presence of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Saudi Ambassador to France Khaled Al-Anqari, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO Ibrahim Al-Balawi, Secretary General of Misk Foundation Badar Al-Asakir, and several other officials, diplomats and cultural figures at Segur Hall of ...

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem’s Western Wall

Monday, 16 October 2017

Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem’s Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign. The edifice’s elegant masonry was found during excavations carried out in the past two years below the Western Wall tunnels, a warren of ancient subterranean passageways running alongside a contested Jerusalem holy site built by ...

Here’s what you don’t know about Al-Namas Museum

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Al-Namas Heritage Museum of the National Tourism and Heritage Authority in Saudi Arabia is considered one of the main, diversified museums in the kingdom.The museum contains about 1,500 various archaeological exhibits that show the nature of Al-Namas inhabitants.The museum consists of 4 floors divided into halls, which include agricultural tools, cooking utensils, a hall for leather crafts, a room for women’s jewelry, clothing, and also other for men’s clothes, weapons and rifles; ...

Kuwait’s Thuraya Al-Baqsami: Living through joy and pain through art, creativity

Saturday, 14 October 2017

An exhibition that encompasses 60 years of single-minded devotion to art by one of the Gulf and Arab world’s most influential female artists opened on Wednesday at the Sharjah Art Museum. The show presents a breath-taking and diverse collection of more than 200 paintings, posters, drawings and illustrations dating back to the 1960s, of the award award-winning Kuwaiti artist and writer Thuraya Al-Baqsami. Titled ‘Lasting Impressions: Thuraya Al-Baqsami’ the show is ...

Last privately-owned Da Vinci to go on sale for $100 mln

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The last Leonardo Da Vinci painting still in the hands of a private collector will go under the hammer next month in New York, the Christie’s auction house said Tuesday, estimating its worth at $100 million.Dating from around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” -- which depicts Jesus Christ as the world’s savior -- was long believed to be a copy of an original by the Italian master, until it was eventually certified as authentic.Fewer than 20 works by Da Vinci, whose art was already ...

Is religious bias destroying India’s iconic Taj Mahal?

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has come under sharp criticism for omitting the Taj Mahal from its annual tourism brochure, released on October 2. The stunning 17th century white marble mausoleum, unquestionably one of the major tourist attractions for millions of visitors across the globe, was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. However, this finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture is taking a beating these ...

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