Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Muna Madan: Nepal's bestseller

2012-04-11 MUNA Madan, the finest piece of Nepali literature, still remains the highest selling publication since its first official publication in 1996. The publisher Sajha Prakashan claims the short epic as the most popular of its all publications making it...

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Traditional theatre shows garner public interest

2012-04-10 LONG before the arrival of television, which ranks among the entertainment "tools" of modern Malaysian society, the public of yesteryears watched traditional theatre performances.These performances were held either in public and school...

Pinning hopes on Titanic resurgence

2012-04-10 A CENTURY after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, Belfast is counting on a new visitor attraction about the iconic ship to put the city that built it back on the tourist map.The Northern Irish capital hopes the Titanic Belfast complex will...

Monday, 9 April 2012

Celebrating 40 years of MABBIM

2012-04-09 THE Language Council of Brunei Indonesia Malaysia (MABBIM) recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in Bandar Seri Begawan. Many in the Malay literary world know that MABBIM (Majlis Bahasa Brunei Indonesia Malaysia) is responsible for the...

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Enterprising Bruneian youths jump into dastar, sinjang industry

2012-04-08 UPHOLDING culture and tradition may be a challenge especially in these modern times.Today, technology becomes a facet of everyday living where conserving past tradition and culture become increasingly imperative to ensure. Though we are living in...

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Titanic artefacts linked to officer

2012-04-07 FROM the pitch-black depths 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) beneath the North Atlantic, salvagers of the Titanic made a notable discovery when they located the personal effects of William Murdoch, the bridge officer who tried in vain to keep the doomed...

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Cultural integration takes centre stage at NY show

2012-04-05 THE contemporary Vietnamese visual and performance artist Dao Anh Khanh will impress New York audiences with a live performance on Friday. According to the artist, whose domestic and abroad performances consistently receive rave reviews, this week's...

Malaysia's culture reflected in crafts

2012-04-05 MALAYSIA boasts a rich legacy in the arts and crafts, clearly highlighting Malaysian craftsmanship.Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia) has been working hard to preserve and...

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Kuwait artist more intent after exhibit shut-down

2012-04-04 A KUWAITI artist whose pictures of men were deemed "obscene" by authorities said she would keep on producing art that challenged perceptions of society in the Gulf Arab state after her exhibition was shut down.!Officials sent by the...

Beijing risks losing its symbolic style

2012-04-04 THERE are few tourists taking the rickshaws in the soon-to-be renovated area surrounding Beijing's Drum and Bell towers in the cold months, even though they stock blankets.Drivers roam the square to hunt for customers or nap in their rickshaws. Yang...

Thai potters work to keep ancient tradition alive

2012-04-04 PIMPAN Pleurngnoi puts the finishing touches to a brightly coloured statue of a curly-haired fairy, painting the fairy's eyes a sparkling blue. Nearby, her elderly mother carefully brushes thick brown paint on a small dog made of clay."They're...

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Silver screen, Chaplin treasures sold at auction

2012-04-03 A TRADEMARK bowler hat and cane once owned by Charlie Chaplin sold for US$100,000 (around $125,638) on Sunday, at a Hollywood auction where Whitney Houston gowns and gems also went under the hammer weeks after she died.The bamboo walking cane once...

Angkor Wat replica planned in Indian state

2012-04-03 A BIGGER version of the famous 12th century Angkor Wat temple (pic) in Cambodia is set to come up in eastern India's Bihar state, according to a local daily in Bihar's state capital Patna last Friday.With some help from corporate houses and rich...

Old Baba, Nyonya artefacts bring memories to life

2012-04-03 TIME flushes away a lot of things, good or bad, leaving the bygones be bygones, good only as memories, historical lessons or guidance.Pentique Gallery located at Chulia Street, in Penang's Georgetown, is an antique shop displaying Nyonya apparels...

Monday, 2 April 2012

Arduous art of fine chocolate tasting

2012-04-02 FIRST study the colour, then the nose, the structure and taste: as for any good chocolate, tasting chocolate is both a treat and a serious art, requiring regular practice to fine-tune the senses.And who better to offer a lesson in chocolate tasting...

Good old days of movie theatres

2012-04-02 THE recent demolition and refurbishment of two old buildings in Malaysia's Seremban town centre was reminiscent of the good old days of movie-watching among local residents. Capitol, Rex and seven others theatres used to be perfect companions for...

Chinese imperial seal auctioned

2012-04-02 A CARVED jade seal used by the Chinese emperor Jiaqing (1796-1820) was on Saturday sold at an auction in France for nearly 700,000 euros, the auction house said.The seal is carved with dragons and four characters in the style of stamps from the Han...

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Cezanne masterpiece rediscovered

2012-03-29 A RARE, pristine Paul Cezanne watercolour, which has not been seen in public since 1953, is expected to sell for as much as US$20 million at an auction in May, Christie's said on Tuesday.The late 19th-century work on paper is one of Cezanne's...

Lost and found old Beijing 'treasures'

2012-03-29 SONG Zhenzhong has found an impressive display area for his collection of "old stuff" a dimly lit, temperature-controlled room the size of five Olympic swimming pools at the National Convention Centre. They form part of the centre's...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Snow White 'thriller' ballet premieres to US audiences

2012-03-28 FRENCH choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is hoping to cast a spell on US audiences with his ballet "Snow White", an adaptation of what he calls the "thriller" fairytale by the Brothers Grimm.The edgy dance master created the 2008...