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Littérateurs get insight into life and times of Sant Kabir at event by India Peace Centre

Nagpur litterateurs got insight into the life and times of Sant Kabir at the event ‘Kabir – Then and Now’ organised by India Peace Centre and Nagpur Book Club on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sant Kabir Das at India Peace Centre situated at Civil Lines.

During the event, eminent author Purushottam Agrawal was in conversation with renowned chartered accountant, author and thinker Dr Tejinder Singh Rawal. Agrawal is the author of bestselling books like – ‘Akath Kahani Kabir Ki’ in Hindi, ‘Kabir, Kabir’ in Hindi and English and ‘Kabir: Sakhi and Sabad’ in Hindi. 

Agrawal is acclaimed for his academic work pertaining to text-centred criticism and historiography of mediaeval and early modern Hindi poetry. After years of interaction with the followers of Kabir and other Nirguna Bhaktas, he has been working on developing the concept of Deshaj Adhunikta (Vernacular Modernity). Based on the trail of primary sources in Awadhi, Braj, Rajasthani and Sanskrit, the learned author questions much of the received wisdom about the advent of modernity in South Asia. 

Sant Kabir is the one of most well-known modern saints of India. His poetry is direct and straightforward. Kabir’s poetic personality has been variously defined by the religious traditions that revere him. For Sikhs, Kabir is a prominent saint whose poetry forms a part of the Guru Granth Sahib. Muslims place him in Sufi lineages, and for Hindus he is a Vaishnavite with universalist leanings.

During the interaction, Dr Rawal asked well framed questions to Agrawal based on the life and work of Sant Kabir. The purpose of the conversation was to bring to light various facets of the life and literature of Kabir. A discussion also took place between Dr Rawal and Agrawal on the relevance of Kabir in modern times. The conversation between Dr Rawal and Mr Agrawal was infused with various dohas, ulatbaansi and other forms of poetry of Kabir. The conversation was followed by a lively discussion and a Q&A session. Later, Agrawal signed his popular books for the audience.

Before Dr Rawal and Agrawal’s interaction, Gurpreet Singh Panchhi and his group recited of shabads of Bhagat Kabir from Guru Granth Sahib. While RJ Tejal was the master of ceremony, Dr Asir Ebenezer gave the welcome speech. Dr Charu Baheti introduced Dr. Tejinder Singh Rawal, Lata Tokhi proposed a vote of thanks and Dr Ebenezer and Naznin Chimhanawala presented mementos to the guests.

The event was well attended by book readers, scholars, students, lovers of poetry, among others. NBC and IPC member Rohit Tokhi was the Project Director of the event and worked selflessly with his team to ensure a flawless execution. He was helped by Kapil Sawaikar, Dinesh Dhawane, Sonal Hikare, Nirbhay Pareek, Ashish Deshpande, Savit Walde, Pratishruti Singh Agrawal, Ribin John, Saurabh Khobragade, Sonal Bisen, Apneet Bedi and Amarjit Singh.

India Peace Centre is a non-profit organisation, established in 1988 that works primarily in the domain of interfaith dialogue and harmony, child and youth development, gender equality, water, employment, human Rights, health, energy, environment, specially-abled, minority, governance, art; culture and agriculture. Nagpur Book Club is the most active book blub in the city.

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Shreyas Talpade inaugurates ‘Green Screen Chroma Studio’ at ZICA in Nagpur

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Actor Shreyas Talpade came calling to Nagpur on June 26 to inaugurate the ‘Green Screen Chroma Studio’ at Zee Institute of Creative Art (ZICA) situated on the 2nd floor of Kusumtai Wankhede Hall at North Ambazari road.

Also present during the inauguration were Maharashtra Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Sunil Kedar, Zilla Parishad President Rashmi Barve, MLC Abhijit Wanjarri, Dr Purnima Kedar Chinchmalatpure (Centre Head, ZICA, Nagpur).

Dr Purnima has appealed those who wish to pursue animation, VFX and designing to visit the institute and check out the brand-new studio.  

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Cyclists pedal for communal harmony, women safety at Cyclothon by Nagpur Police

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Nagpur

Hundreds of city cyclists joined forces with Nagpur Police on June 19 with an intention to promote communal harmony, women safety and traffic discipline at the Cyclothon organised by Nagpur Police. The cyclothon was flagged off from Shivaji Stadium.

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It was heartening to see Nagpur Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, DCP Lohit Matani and other top cops join the cyclists during the 12 km long cyclothon. Even rain could not dampen the spirits of cyclists, who seemed excited from the word go!

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Lucky Ali takes music lovers by storm at live concert in Nagpur

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Bhavesh Mahalle | Photographer : Anurag Raut | Nagpur

Indian pop icon Lucky Ali took music lovers by storm at his live concert held at Amrit Farms in association with Nation Next as the media partner. Lucky Ali Live was organised by Arems by Smera Mehta on June 18, 2022. It was after nine years that Lucky Ali performed in the city of oranges.

As Lucky Ali sung his popular songs like ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum,’ ‘O Sanam,’ Gori Teri,’ ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena,’ among others, one after the other, the audience present sang along with him making it a memorable evening for everybody present. 

Above are some of the pictures from Lucky Ali Live! 

You can also catch a glimpse of the concert here ↓

 
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