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Ninth Edition Of World Radio Day Being Celebrated On February 13

Adopted by the UNGA in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).



NEW DELHI: World Radio Day is celebrated on February 13 every year. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will celebrate the ninth edition of the World Radio Day.

This year World Radio Day’s theme is “Radio and Diversity”. The theme highlights the special value of radio in the era of a rapid media revolution.

This edition of World Radio Day is divided into three main sub-themes:

  1. Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters
  2. Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse social groups
  3. Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audiences

According to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, ‘Radio has a special value in every community as an easy-to-access source of media.’ The theme also highlights the fact that radio has its value in every religion, region, and language.

Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).

UN audio programming continues into the digital age, with daily news bulletins, weekly magazine shows and monthly podcasts produced by teams working in the six UN official languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish—as well as in Hindi, Kiswahili and Portuguese.

Radio in India

Radio was first introduced to India by Madras Presidency Club in 1924. The club had worked on radio broadcasting for 3 years, but due to financial constraints, the club closed it in 1927. In the same year, in 1927, Bombay merchants started the Indian Broadcasting Company in Bombay and Calcutta. This company also stopped radio broadcasting in 1930.

In 1932, the Indian Government (British India) took the rights of it and started a separate department called Indian Broadcasting Services. In 1936, it was renamed All India Radio (AIR), which was looked after by the Department of Communications. The AIR was controlled by the Director-General, assisted by the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer.

All India Radio (AIR) has grown in all spheres since its inception. Today, AIR broadcast 607 news bulletins in 92 different languages every day.

UN On Radio:

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse.

At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.

This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.

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Pioneering Fashion Designer Wendell Rodricks Passes Away At 59

A Padma Shri award-winning designer, Rodricks was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist.



PANAJI (Goa): Internationally-famed fashion designer Wendell Rodricks passed away Wednesday evening at his home in Colvale village in Goa. He was 59.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Mapusa) Gajanan Prabhudesai said information about Rodricks’ death was received around 6.30 pm and a team was immediately sent to his residence. He said Rodricks died after collapsing at his residence, adding the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

A Padma Shri award-winning designer and known for infusing modern aesthetics with traditional Goan influences, Rodricks was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist.

Born in Mumbai, Rodricks studied fashion designing in the US and France from 1986 to 1988. He is often credited for pioneering the concept of ‘resort wear’ when it was not a popular idea in India. He worked on the planning of the first ever Lakme India Fashion Week and often showcased his collections at the fashion weeks.

In 2010, he revived the weaving of the traditional ‘Goan Kunbi Sari’ and showcased the design at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week.

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane was among the first to tweet about Rodricks’ death.

Deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of my very good friend and designer, Wendell Rodricks. His excellence in his work and skills are irreplaceable and shall always be cherished. We will truly miss him. My heartfelt condolences to his family & dear ones,” Rane posted.

Fashion Design Council of India chairman Sunil Sethi said Rodricks’ sudden death due to heart attack has shocked to the fashion industry.

I still can’t believe that he is dead. I spoke to him just two days ago and invited him for our finale. I was also working with him on his museum. He has died too young. The entire fashion industry is shocked. I got to know that he suffered a heart attack. People did notice a little change in his health, but nobody realised it will lead to this. It’s too sudden. He was a legend,” Sethi stated on the sidelines of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai.

A tribute was also paid to Rodricks at the fashion event later in the evening.

Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani also condoled Rodricks death.

Shocked to hear about the untimely demise of Wendell Rodricks, one of India’s most renowned designers. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. May his soul rest in peace,” she tweeted.

Apart from fashion, Rodricks was a known travel enthusiast with he and his partner Jerome Marrel travelling to many countries. He was also an author, having written books like ‘Moda Goa – History and Style’, his memoir ‘The Green Room’ and ‘Poskem: Goans in the Shadows’.

Fashion designer Rina Dhaka said she was ‘devastated’ to know about Rodricks’ passing away.

I had known him since ’90s. It is a great loss. He was a brave man and always vocal about his views and worked a lot for the local people of Goa,” Dhaka said.

Designer Samant Chauhan said, “It’s a very sad news. I remember how inspiring he was, a perfectionist. I really admired him both as a person and a designer.”

Others also expressed their sadness.

“Shocked and heartbroken. Much too young to go like this. Just can’t believe it,” tweeted Soni Razdan.

Really sad to hear about the passing of Wendell Rodricks, fashion designer, activist, a son of Goa and a wonderful human being,” musician Ehsaan Noorani tweeted.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar, in whose film Fashion Rodricks had a role, said the designer’s death came as a shock while designer Rahul Mishra called Rodricks’ death a ‘personal loss’.

Film director Onir tweeted, “Absolutely shocked and heartbroken to hear about my friend @wendellrodricks sudden demise. Sad that this happens when he was about to open his dream project… the museum of costumes in Goa. Loving and warm…will always cherish the week I spent with him this November in Goa.

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Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Kicks Off

The FREE event over 9 days has a wide array of events for people to watch and participate in.



MUMBAI (Maharashtra): Mumbai’s popular arts festival Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) kicked off yesterday. In its 21st edition, this year the annual art extravaganza is packed with a bigger, tighter selection of vibrant events.

KGAF 2020 is one of the biggest arts and cultural festival in India. It is celebrated in Mumbai and people from all over the world come here to explore the various things that the festival has to offer. This free event is spread over a period of 9 days and has a wide array of attractions for the viewers to watch and participate in. Almost 500 different events take place during this period of KGAF 2020.

For the next nine days, Mumbaikars have the opportunity to enjoy host of festivities including contemporary artworks, talks by esteemed names in the city and performances across music, theatre and stand-up comedy and much more on the streets of South Mumbai.

Speaking about this year’s edition, festival coordinator, Nicole Mody said that unlike previous years when the festival closed at the steps of The Asiatic Society Library, this year’s festival will extend till Cross Maidan.

He added that noteworthy is the fact that the 21st edition of KGAF has been entirely crowdfunded using the platform Ketto breaking away from the standard sponsorship pattern of the last 20 years. He expressed confidence that this year too the festival will be as amazing, as visually inspiring, as creatively exhilarating as it is each year.


Here’s a comprehensive guide on all that you can expect to see this year:


Curated by Ami Patel, Geeta Castelino, Sonal Motla and Varsha Karale, the Visual Arts section promises to be a delight. Rupali Patole’s LIC winning entry “Over The Top—Bachpan Baccho” is an artwork where the top and the thread symbolise the natural connection between man and God and of bringing back innocence into today’s materialistic world. Another thought-provoking installation titled “Swinging Forward A Lost Childhood” is a reminder of lost times when we were one with nature and away from modern gadgets. The theme of harmful effects of pollution caused by plastic has found resonance with a number of artists as well.

Drop by at the David Sassoon Library to check out an exhibition on the typography of the city by 15 graphic designers. At Coomaraswamy Hall, find photographer Kiran Ambwani’s photovoice project titled “Full Circle”, that enabled the youth of Dharavi to become investigators of their own neighbourhood. Students from various colleges, too, have created artworks and installations. Right from depicting the importance of men and women working together in the kitchen to the power of inclusiveness, the artworks offer food for thought.


Cinema enthusiasts can attend the panel discussion between Vikram Bawa, Mahabanoo Modi Kotwal, Dr Kaizaad Kotwal and Antara Banerjee on whether contemporary media is only about upgrading technology to make art into a series of digital exercises or if there is more to it. Sustainability and zero wastage of food is a concern that most chefs share. If you want to incorporate a few tips from experts to implement at home, then attend a talk by chef and mixologist Arina Suchde, chef Moina Oberoi, Sumit Gambhir, Director and Co-founder Neighbourhood Hospitality and Monisha Narke who works in the urban waste management sector. CSMVS will host a panel discussion with top theatre experts.

Ranging from talks on food legacies to perspectives on publishing, the literature section is brimming with multiple ideas and thoughts. Well-known author Jerry Pinto will present his perspectives on writing from the city, while poet Nidheesh Tyagi and artist Ruby Jagrut will discuss their collaborative creativity. When it comes to urban design and planning, listen to architects Madhav Raman, Abin Chaudhuri, Ekta Idnany and Sahil Latheef talk about what it means to engage with people and places through architecture and design.

Music and Dance:

Whether you love old Hindi classics or enjoy jazz and hip hop, the KGAF has something for everyone. Watch YouTube sensation and playback singer Jonita Gandhi perform with her band or relive the golden era with singer Mugdha Hasabnis as she pays a tribute to the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar in her 90th year. The younger lot isn’t far behind. Check out 14-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram’s performance on the piano or 19-year-old singer-songwriter Karshni Nair’s solo performance. Lovers of Hindustani classical music can watch a performance by ace percussionist Taufiq Qureshi or a sitar recital by brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.

If there’s diversity in the music section, dance isn’t far behind. From Bharatanatyam to folk dance to hip-hop and even a confluence of Flamenco and Kathak, there are a variety of performances on showcase as well. Watch one of the best dance teams in India—King’s Squad in action. There will be a Kathak performance by the famed Aditi Mangaldas. The Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles will showcase of dance journey of Contemporary Ballet, Broadway and Acrodance.


The vibrant culture of our country needs to be celebrated and the Festival acknowledges that. Explore the city’s rich heritage as you take a walk inside the General Post Office to discover that it has more to it than stamps and letters or, learn more about Irani cafes and their legacy as blogger Roxanne Bamboat takes you on a walk through the bylanes of Kala Ghoda. Attend the book launch of Ullas Ki Naav, singer Usha Uthup’s biography or that of Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary volume of poems. Tributes to authors Kiran Nagarkar and Girish Karnad are also on the cards.

Theatre performances include Naukrani, a play in Gujarati starring veteran actor Rohini Hattangadi, Shakespearewallah, a solo performance by Salim Ghouse in English that revolves around an old actor and a dramatic reading of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, along with a host of other performances and readings. And if you feel like laughing out loud, there are several stand-up comedy acts to attend. From popular names like Abish Mathew and Kaneez Surka to some younger players who are making their voices felt, there’s a lot happening on the laugh-out-loud front at the KGAF.


The workshops have been designed keeping in mind the varied interests of people. From candle-making to mixed martial arts and gold leafing, participants can make the most of their experience at the Festival by adding to their skills. Pick up the nuances of acting on stage from theatre veteran Om Katare or learn how to drape a sari properly with the aid of JD Institute of Fashion Technology. And if you, like so many of us, are hard-pressed for time and need some nutritious meals on the go, then head to a workshop being conducted by Gouri Gupta of Gouri’s Goodies.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai runs till February 9, 2020

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Enthralling Concert By “Divine Quartet” Marks Republic Day Celebration In Colombo

The cultural evening was presented by the High Commission of India, Colombo.



COLOMBO (Sri Lanka): To commemorate India´s 71st Republic Day a special cultural concert “Divine Quartet” featuring legendary maestros from India, Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Grammy-nominated Pandit Subhen Chatterjee enthralled the music lovers of Colombo at BMICH on January 25, 2020.

The cultural evening was presented by the High Commission of India, Colombo.

More than 1500 guests attended the cultural event where the legendary ‘Mohan Veena’ maestro Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and internationally acclaimed tabla exponent Pandit Subhen Chatterjee kept the audience mesmerized with their artistic brilliance.

The two maestros were accompanied by eminent musicians Sri Salil Bhatt, son of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, on Satvik Veena and Sri Sambit Chatterjee, son of Pandit Subhen Chatterjee, on the drums.

Hon’ble Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu presided over the function.

Various Ministers, Members of Parliament, senior officials, diplomats and music lovers attended the special cultural event.

An exhibition titled “Traditional Arts of India” showcasing the unity in diversity through traditional arts, particularly the folk arts, from the different States of India was also held at BMICH and was greatly appreciated by the audience.

The paintings in the exhibition were made by the artists of Sri Lanka and India together, thereby representing the true spirit of India – Sri Lanka ties.

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