CNN: Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian acting legend, dies from Covid complications

CNN: Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian acting legend, dies from Covid complications. “The legendary Indian actor Soumitra Chatterjee, a famous protégé of Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray, has died at the age of 85 of health complications related to Covid-19. He died at Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata on Sunday after being there since October 6, the hospital’s chief, Pradip Tondon, told CNN. He initially tested positive for coronavirus, and complications from the disease contributed to his death.”

Heritage, alone no more: India’s museums adapt to the virtual zeitgeist (The Hindu)

The Hindu: Heritage, alone no more: India’s museums adapt to the virtual zeitgeist. “As more museums make the choice to make a living online, we take a look at how sustainable this can be
Historical hubs around the country have been quiet through most of 2020. With the lockdown to combat COVID-19 on, no curious visitors or researchers ambled through hallways. Though Unlock 5 saw the opening of tourist sites, including museums, footfall numbers are controlled.”

The Indian Express: Assam’s century-old literary body turns a new page, will digitise its rich archive

The Indian Express: Assam’s century-old literary body turns a new page, will digitise its rich archive. “From the first Assamese language magazine to an ancient treatise on elephantology — publications of yore, some handwritten, some tattered and torn, some considered lost, will soon find a home online, courtesy a mammoth digitising project undertaken by Assam’s oldest literary and cultural body, the Asam Sahitya Sabha.”

Edex Live: How this social media project aims to replace misogynistic and casteist slurs across Indian languages

Edex Live: How this social media project aims to replace misogynistic and casteist slurs across Indian languages. “Have you ever thought about how misogynistic and casteist most verbal abuses are? While it might feel cathartic and release some pent up frustration, slang, more often than not, is derogatory and insulting. But, we also understand that there’s a need to release some of that frustration when things really get tough. So do Tamanna Mishra and Neha Thakur. And that is why the duo began an initiative called The Gaali Project in the first week of September. The initiative aims to replace these swear words with misogynistic undertones.”

Indian Memory Project: Time travel through the history of a nation (The Hindu)

The Hindu: Indian Memory Project: Time travel through the history of a nation. “During this pandemic, when old albums are being dusted off to rediscover the people in them, the Indian Memory Project, a visual-narrative online archive turns 10. Curator Anusha Yadav on how these sepia-tone pictures are tiny integers in the story of the subcontinent.”

Google Blog: India’s mini-masterpieces brought to life with AI and AR

Google Blog: India’s mini-masterpieces brought to life with AI and AR. “Miniature paintings are among the most beautiful, most technically-advanced and most sophisticated art forms in Indian culture. Though compact (about the same size as a small book), they typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith. Using technologies like machine learning, augmented reality and high-definition robotic cameras, Google Arts & Culture has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase these special works of art in a magical new way.”

Hindustan Times: Ajanta cave images, Bhagwad Gita deposited at eternal Arctic archive

Hindustan Times: Ajanta cave images, Bhagwad Gita deposited at eternal Arctic archive. “High-resolution images of the iconic Ajanta caves and the Bhagwad Gita on Wednesday joined in a unique archive deep inside a decommissioned coal mine in the remote arctic island of Svalbard in Norway, where items of world memory are stored to last nearly 1,000 years.”

India Covid-19: Bollywood faces biggest box office test as cinemas open (BBC)

BBC: India Covid-19: Bollywood faces biggest box office test as cinemas open. “Cinemas have reopened in India after a seven month-long break forced by Covid-19. But with barely any new films being made and the pandemic still raging, lockdown losses will haunt its comeback, reports the BBC’s Krutika Pathi.”

Times of India: Egmore museum to start digitisation drive in October

Times of India: Egmore museum to start digitisation drive in October. “The move will also help India’s second oldest museum in updating its official portal with pictures of its rich collection. The digitisation drive will cover the accession register, a record that contains details of each artefact. According to museum sources, the project will take about six months.”

Times of India: As a circus goes online, clown pines for hugs and selfie requests

Times of India: As a circus goes online, clown pines for hugs and selfie requests. “The last time Biju Pushkaran had whistled at a girl, she had shown him her slipper and soon, they were married. Many years later, young girls would whistle at this shy Malayali widower and smother him with hugs as they took selfies. Such unsolicited proximity used to make Pushkaran -the painted face of Rambo Circus- uncomfortable but the lockdown turned the joke on the joker.”

Bloomberg: India’s Hindu Temples Use ‘God’s Gold’ to Pay Pandemic Bills

Bloomberg: India’s Hindu Temples Use ‘God’s Gold’ to Pay Pandemic Bills. “Hindu temples hold as much as 4,000 tons of the precious metal, according to the World Gold Council, a stockpile as big as Fort Knox’s and administered by trusts empowered by Indian law to act on behalf of the deity. The Travancore Devaswom Board, a prominent temple association in the southern state of Kerala, has for the first time decided to deposit some of its treasures with banks—which pay interest on gold deposits of varying terms—to raise funds and pay salaries, according to the board’s president, N. Vasu.”

BW Education: Digital Library To Be Constructed In Uttarakhand For Preservation Of Sanskrit Manuscripts

BW Education: Digital Library To Be Constructed In Uttarakhand For Preservation Of Sanskrit Manuscripts. “Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) announced on Tuesday that a digital library will be constructed in the state for the preservation of Sanskrit manuscripts.”

New Indian Express: Memories of a maestro

New Indian Express: Memories of a maestro. “The man behind the seven-stringed violins’ is a title that is still used to describe legendary violinist T Chowdiah. Though a prominent name in music, his compositions stand the risk of being lost in the annals of history. But now the Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) aims to give people access to an online digital archive of the compositions of the violinist and music guru…. This project has been launched in association with Shankar Mahadevan Academy, which runs a digital initiative called Archive to Alive project, that keeps a record of rare compositions of Indian classical legends.”

PTI News: Saving India’s Urdu heritage, one book at a time

PTI News: Saving India’s Urdu heritage, one book at a time. “Priceless pieces of Urdu poetry and books on art, literature and history confined to dark corners of private homes and public libraries have found a new home all 1,00,000 of them digitised and ready to access for students, researchers and bibliophiles.”