Source PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, March 22, 2018 (Drexel): Sattriya has historically been a hidden form of dance. Cultivated by Hindu monks as a way to worship the supreme Deity, Krishna, it originated in the monasteries of Assam, India. This spring ...
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, March 22, 2018 (Drexel): Sattriya has historically been a hidden form of dance. Cultivated by Hindu monks as a way to worship the supreme Deity, Krishna, it originated in the monasteries of Assam, India. This spring the public will have the opportunity to experience the ancient ritual for the first time in Philadelphia. The Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host a series of master classes, demonstrations, a lecture and a performance on campus from April 23 to April 28. The performance, An Odyssey of the Spirit, will take place on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm., in the Mandell Theater.

The Philadelphia-based Sattriya Dance Company, along with the Dancing Monks of Assam led by Bhabananda Barbayan, who will travel to the U.S. from monasteries on the river island of Majuli in the Northeast Indian state of Assam, will introduce and perform Sattriya, a form of dance that honors the flute-playing Hindu God Krishna and his incarnations. It narrates the playful, sensuous and fantastical story of Krishna's life, as recounted in the ancient epics. For centuries, Sattriya remained confined to the monasteries, where celibate monks practiced, nurtured and preserved it as part of their daily rituals. In 2000, the government of India incorporated the dance into its pantheon of classical arts. It is an unbroken, more than 500-year-old living tradition that includes drama, dance, song and a special form of choreographed yoga.



VADODARA, INDIA, March 23, 2018 (Times of India): People from Gujarat planning to go on the Amarnath yatra this year, will have to shell out more money, with the state government issuing a new guideline making it mandatory for pilgrims using tour bus operators to wear bulletproof jackets. Less than a year after a terror strike in J&K's Anantnag on a bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat, the guideline also makes it mandatory for bus operators to ensure drivers' age limit isn't over 50 years. "The guideline to provide bulletproof jackets has come from the state home department. It is an advice," RM Jadhav, transport commissioner, told TOI on Thursday.

But operators say buying the jackets is an extra for them, and pilgrims. "If we don't follow the guideline, the state won't give us permit for the tour. It involves paperwork and problems for us," said a tour operator in Vadodara. "We will have to ask tourists to buy their own bulletproof jackets as we can't afford it. A bulletproof jacket costs about US$184.50" says Siddique Gandhi, VP, Baroda Tours and Travels Association. Around 5,000-7,000 pilgrims register for the yatra from Gujarat every year. The number of unregistered yatris is nearly 35,000. Tour operators normally charge about $154 per person, Gandhi says, adding that many tourists won't be able to shell out the extra money.



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BENGALURU, INDIA, March 19, 2018 (Live Mint): HPI Note: Among the benefits of being granted minority status is the freedom to run educational and religious institutions without interference or takeover by the State government. This is possible because actual "freedom of religion" is only granted to minority religions in India and not to the majority Hindus. Additionally in the case of Karnataka, there is a considerable political component involved as Lingayats are a substantial voting bloc in the State.

"After due deliberations and some discussion on concerns on various sections of society, cabinet has decided to accept the recommendations of the Karnataka State Minorities Commission which, based on the report by the expert committee headed by Justice Nagmohan Das that has recommended to consider grant of recognition as religious minority to the Lingayat and Veershaiva Lingayats under Section 2(d) of the Karnataka State Minorities Act," T.B.Jayachandra, law and parliamentary affairs minister of Karnataka said after a meeting of the state cabinet.

By mentioning both Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats separately, the cabinet chose to introduce some level of ambiguity into the original recommendation to pacify disgruntled Veerashaivas, who feared being left out of the separate minority religion movement led by the water resources minister M.B. Patil of the Congress party in Karnataka. S.M. Jamdar, a retired IAS officer and the catalyst behind the separate religion movement, said that Lingayats had been considered a separate religion for 800 years until 1871, before it was taken away without reason in 1881. To avoid any backlash from other communities, the government added that this decision "should not affect the existing benefits available to other religious or linguistic minorities."

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