One of India’s oldest dance forms, the Chhau dance is a traditional, semi-classical dance that started in the 19th century and combines folklore with tribal traditions and martials arts. Story has it, soldiers practising martial arts during peacetime turned their workouts into a dance for entertainment for the kings and queens, and also for the people. Today, it’s earned a spot on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage that’s still being performed in April during the Chaitra Parva festival to thank the gods for a good harvest. Those keen to catch authentic performances in India can visit three areas: Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. READ: Celebrate Asia: Inside a village of mask makers and dancers in Indonesia PURULIA CHHAU All three offer different styles and in West Bengal, you’ve got the Chhau dance from the Purulia district. What makes this particular one unique is the use of masks, which are made using age-old traditions that date back at least a … [Read more...] about Celebrate Asia: Colourful masks, martial arts and an Indian dance fit for the gods
Art on the island
What if the city was a theatre, a free city-wide programme of art and performance, curated in collaboration with some of Wellington’s most exciting artists, events, and creative organisations continues over the weekend. For info on events citytheatre.co.nz Estere Meow, Friday, 8pm, $22 Estère's new album, Archetypes, is amazing and has garnered several awesome reviews, so far. She and her band will perform her Archetypes release show at Meow. Sing To Me, Taki Rua Te Whaea Theatre, Feb 27-March 6, 7.30pm, $35-$45 Two worlds collide when mild-mannered optometrist Ata and fierce sea maiden Whetū fall in love. Set against the backdrop of a climate in crisis, Sing to Me is a powerful reimagining of pūrākau, stories of old, in the 21st century. tickets Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, Friday to Sunday An extravaganza of aerial action. More than 70 aircraft including vintage, military, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays, … [Read more...] about Arts events in the Wellington region Feb 26-28
REUTERS: UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov can take a step closer to becoming the greatest of all time (GOAT) in his class if he beats Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, the mixed martial arts promotion's chief Dana White has said. Russian Nurmagomedov will put his belt and a 28-0 win-loss record on the line on Saturday when he faces American interim champion Gaethje in a unification bout at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island. "Khabib is looking down the barrel of not only being the greatest to ever do it in this division... if he beats Justin, he's the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, he's on his way to GOAT status," White told reporters. "You have all the ingredients for a massive fight. You have a big superstar and a kid coming off an incredible win over a highly respected fighter and many people believe that Justin has the style to beat him. "You think you know what these guys are going to do, but when they get in there anything is possible." The 32-year-old … [Read more...] about Mixed Martial Arts: Nurmagomedov can be greatest of all time, says UFC’s White
BERLIN: More than 60 artworks and artefacts at some of Berlin's best-known museums were smeared with an oily liquid by an unknown perpetrator or perpetrators earlier this month, authorities said on Wednesday (Oct 21). They were hopeful that the apparently random damage can be repaired, but said the motive was a mystery. The works at the Museum Island complex, a UNESCO world heritage site in the heart of the German capital that is one of the city's main tourist attractions, were targeted at some point between 10am and 6pm on Oct 3. Investigators said they had watched hours of surveillance camera footage but had not found any obvious sign of anyone applying the liquid. In all, 63 works at the Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Neues Museum were affected, said Christina Haak, the deputy director of Berlin's state museums. There was no thematic link between the targeted works, and "no pattern is discernible" to the perpetrator's approach, Haak added. The liquid … [Read more...] about Over 60 exhibits damaged at Berlin museums, motive a mystery
When the national lockdown restrictions in Singapore during the Covid-19 loosened up, many Singaporeans flocked to local tourist attractions to satiate their holiday needs. These "staycations" were encouraged by the government, as Singaporean adults received $100 worth of "SingaporeRediscovers Vouchers" (SRVs). When tourist attractions opened up in June, thousands of tourists flocked to Singapore's zoos, art galleries, and more. But which spots stood out the most? Below, we've listed the most popular Singaporean destinations and how much it would cost you to visit each. Annual visitors for popular tourism destinations in Singapore (2020) Singapore Zoological Gardens was the most popular attraction The most popular place this year to visit was the Singapore Zoological Gardens. With wildlife tours, shows, and many interactive exhibits, children and adults alike can learn about the 200 mammals, birds, and reptiles who inhabit the park. Going to the zoo is an inexpensive day … [Read more...] about What was the most popular visitor attraction in Singapore during Covid-19?