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RARE FIND: 10 Stunning Sketches of Hindi Movie Stars Drawn by R.K. Laxman in 1952

In January 2015, India lost one of its most renowned cartoonists, R.K. Laxman. He was best known for his political cartoons, with the help of which one can narrate the history of this nation’s politics spanning over a period of more than five decades. But not many knew him for the beautiful sketches of 40 stars from Indian cinema that he drew for Filmfare magazine. Here is remembering him with some of those sketches, brought back from 1952.

There Is a Mountain in Antarctica Named after This Scientist. And He Didn’t Even Know It!

Dr. Akhouri Sinha was blissfully unaware that a mountain in Antarctica was named after him. One day, while browsing through the internet, he stumbled upon this information on Wikipedia. The US Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names identified the mountain as Mount Sinha (Mt. Sinha), honouring his pioneering work from early 1970s on animal population in Antarctica.
Sitara Devi can be credited for shifting public opinion in
favour of Kathak by perhaps being the first Brahmin woman to perform
in public in the 1930s.

What Made Sitara Devi Become The First Brahmin Woman To Perform Kathak On Stage In The 1930s?

Sitara Devi could not only effortlessly depict the deep affection Kaushalya felt for her son Rama but also perfectly illustrate the fury of Shiva through ‘tandava’. She is no more with us but she will always be remembered as the fearless Kathak dancer who took the dance form to new heights. Here Padma Shri awardee Shovana Narayanan shares her memories of the legend.

Do You Know Who Is India’s First Female Photo Journalist?

Brave, independent and unconventional, Homai Vyarawalla is known to be India's first female photo journalist. She captured some of the most memorable and incredible moments of Indian history - from the first flag hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort on 16th August 1947 to the cremation of world renowned dignitaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. TBI remembers this amazing lady and her extraordinary contribution to Indian media.

TBI Tribute: Why Kavita Karkare Was Much More Than Just A Martyr’s Widow

A dedicated teacher, a brave government critic, a human rights activist - read how Kavita Karkare was much more than just a martyr's widow. She fought for the truth and helped the families of constables and lower rank police officers to get their due from the government. A strong public speaker and a compassionate listener, here is why the whole country is mourning the death of this amazing soul.
Grey Heron.

Two Beautiful Bird Sanctuaries In India That Pay Tribute To The Undying Love Of Dr. Salim Ali

Dr. Salim Ali's love for birds was so well known that once a cartoon strip mentioned him by saying, ‘Come, let’s fly a little low; if we are lucky we may be able to spot Salim Ali!’ His poetic descriptions of birds and love for them was unmatched. He would go to deserted islands just to listen to their songs. Take a tour of two beautiful bird sanctuaries named after him with Gangadharan Menon as he remembers the legend.

Remembering Zohra Sehgal – “The Grand Old Lady Of Indian Cinema”

Get a ringside view of Zohra Sehgal's life on the stage and screen, in India and England, as she grew to become one of India's best loved actresses. In this excerpt from Close Up: Memoirs Of A Life On Stage and Screen, a no-holds-barred memoir published by Women Unlimited, catch a glimpse of this feisty, irreverent and candid performer extraordinaire, who passed away recently after celebrating her 102nd birthday earlier this year.
A File Photo of Nawab Rajendran

TBI Tribute: Here Lived A Real Activist – Nawab Rajendran

At a time when there was little if any information interchange, one man worked hard to obtain it and take errant politicians to task. He paid for his doggedness in many ways, but that did not weaken his spirit or resolve. With no personal wealth or aspirations, he died in penury. But Nawab Rajendran's legacy remains for all to admire and emulate! Read about the life of a great man.
Dr, Verghese Kurien (1921-2012) is also known as "The Father of The White Revolution" and the "Milkman of India"

TBI Tribute: Dr. Verghese Kurien – Lest We Forget

Dr. Verghese Kurien left us exactly one month ago. Known fondly by various names like the Milkman of India and Father of the White Revolution, he not only changed the lives of millions of dairy farmers in the nation but boosted the dairy industry to such an extent as to make India the largest milk-producer in the world. Let us pay tribute to the man who gave us so much, and to whom we never gave the Bharat Ratna. Let us read about him one more time - Lest we forget!
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Mario Miranda: A Tribute

2011 has been a heavy-hearted year for the left-brained. From Jehangir Sabavala, MF Husain, Jagjit Singh and then Dev Anand, India has lost stalwart after stalwart to the heavens. Mario Miranda joined this...