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Srinagar : India’s 75th Republic Day marked with grace & tradition (Pics)

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To commemorate the 75th Republic Day of India falling on January 26, 2024, a dance ensemble was held at the BMICH in Colombo yesterday (24) showcased by Indian and Sri Lankan dance artistes.

Organised by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, ‘Sringar – Tapestry of Classical Indian Dance Forms’, showcased eight Indian classical dance forms – Odissi, Kathakali, Manipuri, Sattriya, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak and Kuchipudi.

The joint India-Sri Lanka performance embodied the richness of the cultural affinities between the two countries.

Four of these performances were led by a visiting Indian troupe nominated by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), including Odissi led by Namrata Mehta and her team Siddhi Waikar, Namaha Mazoomdar, Anuradha Sanghvi, Dhruvi Jaiin, Kathakali by Renjish Nair, Manipuri by Purbita Mukherjee, and Sattriya by Satabdi Borah. 

The other four were performed by Sri Lankan dance exponents, including Bharatanatyam by Dhanuka Dhakshith Samaraweera, Mohiniyattam by Nishali Silva, Kathak by Veronica Dassanayaka, and Kuchipudi by Thakshayini Kamalanathan. 

The dance recital was further adorned by young students of Hindu Ladies’ College, Colombo.

The event was graced by Minister of Transport,Highways and Mass Media – Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs – Vidura Wickramanayaka, Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera, Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, Indian diaspora, and other dignitaries.

In the next few days, the Indian dance troupe will travel around the country and stage performances at Kandy, Galle, Batticaloa and Jaffna.

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Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more

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Popular ghazal and playback singer – Pankaj Udhas has passed away aged 72. 

The Udhas family confirmed his death on Monday was due to a prolonged illness.

Taking to Instagram, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab shared a statement on Instagram which read, “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.”

He had passed away around 11am at the Breach Candy hospital, Indian media reports citing a family source.

 His last rites will be held on Tuesday. 

Pankaj is survived by wife Farida Udhas, daughters Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and brothers Nirmal and Manhar Udhas, who are also singers.

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Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too

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LAUGFS Gas PLC has also decided not to revise the prices of domestic LP gas cylinders for the month of February 2024.

Accordingly, the current prices are as follows:
12.5kg cylinder – Rs. 4,740 
5kg cylinder – Rs. 1,900

The announcement comes hours after Litro Gas Lanka stating that they will not revise gas prices this month.

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Actress Poonam Pandey passes away

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Actress and model Poonam Pandey has passed away last night (Feb. 01) due to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her team who posted the news of her death on her Instagram handle.

Poonam made her feature film debut with Nasha, an erotic drama that was released in 2013. She made cameo appearances in films such as Love Is Poison (Kannada) and Aa Gaya Hero (Hindi). The actress also headlined the Telugu movie Malini & Co and The Journey of Karma.

She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.

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