BBC: Coronavirus: How Covid-19 has changed the ‘big fat Indian wedding’. “Marriage ceremonies across India have been put on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown. But some couples chose to swap their big fat weddings for small intimate affairs. So, could that be the new normal? The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi reports.”
Indian Sports News: World Squash Library Launches First World Championship Compendium. “The World Squash Library is launching its first compendium of the sport’s World Championships today, covering all the Men’s World Opens from the inaugural event in 1976. The ‘one-stop’ production features the dates, venue and results for each event over the five decades, including champion photos and programme cover scans. There are also champions posters featuring all the winners, in both digital and print form.”
Variety: London Indian Film Festival Goes Online with Satyajit Ray Short Film Winners. “The London Indian Film Festival is to go online, launching its own streaming platform with a selection of winners from the Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition. Due to be held in June this year, LIFF has gone digital because of coronavirus restrictions and will show movies online in a range of South Asian languages.”
Guwahati Plus: National Digital Library of India Gives Open Access to All. ” In order to help the students as well as the public to utilize the lockdown period in various literary and academic activities, the Union Ministry of Human Resources has given free access to the National Digital Library of India (NDLI)for all. As such over 3,82,00,000 books and periodicals available with the library can now be accessed by the general public.” There does not appear to be a geographical restriction; I was able to access an Elsevier article. However I did have to have cookies enabled.
BBC: Coronavirus: India’s circuses struggle to survive the lockdown. “Circuses are already a dying art form in India, and the lockdown imposed to spread the curb of the coronavirus has left them barely hanging on for survival.”
Analytics India: A New AI Tool Removes Caste-Based Abuse From Social Media Platforms. “n the wake of increasing cyberbullying to fake news, Social Media Matters has partnered with Spectrum Labs to launch a Behaviour Identification Model in order to detect caste discrimination within online communities. According to the company, the social media platforms of users usually contain a spectrum of information ranging from personal to mundane to sharing political opinions and building communities. And that’s why the online communities have become a fertile ground for groups based on ethnicity or castes. Social Media Matters, that’s why designed this model — The Behaviour Identification model in order to detect the same.”
Indulge (Indian Express): Isolation Cooks is a social media project chronicling our collective food journey in times of global isolation. “Cooking = coping. And that’s what inspired ‘Isolation Cooks’ – a social media initiative documenting what’s going on in kitchens around the world – as a window to how people are dealing with fears and anxieties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Started four days ago, by a group of friends in India, working from home under the 21-day nation-wide lockdown, the idea we are told was birthed from a conversation in the kitchen.”
The Print: Attorney General KK Venugopal converts his rare book collection into public online library. “It lists over 570 books, some of which date back to the 17th century. The ‘antiquarian’ or rare book collection has been digitally scanned and made available for the public. The publications cover a wide range of subjects, from religion, mythology and the Vedas, to Indian art and sculpture, historical battles, the British Empire in India and tales of travels across the world.”
BetaNews: Google launches secret Easter Egg for Indian Hindu Holi Festival. “Holi, the ‘festival of colors’, is a hugely popular event in India that signifies the triumph of good over evil and heralds the arrival of spring. It’s when Hindus throw colorful paint at each other. Today marks the start of the Holi Festival, and to celebrate it, Google has launched a new Easter Egg in its search. Accessing it is pretty easy too. Best of all, it is very fun.”
Devdiscourse: Satyajit Ray’s film manuscripts digitised. “The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) on Friday launched digitized versions of filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s film manuscripts, IIT-Kharagpur said in a statement. Besides, digitised news reports of Bengali dailies ‘Jugantar’ and ‘Amrita Bazar Patrika’ on freedom struggle and socio-political developments of the pre-Independence era have also been launched, the statement said.”
Hindustan Times: How crowdsourced archives are making Indian history personal and accessible. “Online initiatives such as the Indian Memory Project, The Citizen’s Archive of India (CAI) and 1947 Partition Archives, along with Instagram handles – Brown History and Gulf South Asia, SOAS Postcards – present history in an accessible, unacademic form. They combine an ever-increasing interest in personal stories with modern storytelling techniques to document bygone times.”
New Indian Express: Natural history museum library to go online; rare collections to be digitised. “The library functions under the Department of Museums and Zoos. It has a collection of about 7,000 books, out of which 500 books fall under the rare collection category. Most of the flora and fauna inside the museum premises have been documented along with lesser-known assets. All the artefacts in the museum including ancient coins and original paintings by Raja Ravi Varma are being photographed to form an online database of the museum’s riches and heritage”
The Sentinel: Bodo Sahitya Sabha-ASCOSYS signs MoU on preservation of culture. “For widespread dissemination and establishment of the Bodo language as a technical language the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ASCOSYS so as to save the culture, heritage and identity of the community.” If you’re looking for more information about Bodo, Omniglot has an overview..
Geographical: A Portrait of Baul: Keeping ancient traditions alive. “The Bauls of Bengal are an order of wandering folk singers that have kept their philosophies alive for centuries. But modern demands threaten to overtake their simple, itinerant lifestyles. Now, an audio-visual record is being taken to keep their vocal traditions alive for generations yet to come”
The Hindu: ‘Madras Movement’ art goes online on Google. “Around 80 images of art works by artists, who were part of the movement from 1940 to 1985, have been made available online. Making Batik designs on cloth, saris and scarves and selling them as unique products helped this group of artists begin the Cholamandal Artists Village way back in 1965-66.”