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Counting birds together: Can you guess these avian species?

In the recently concluded Great Backyard Bird Count, India climbed to second spot, behind Colombia, in terms of number of species observed. A total of 941 species were recorded. Here are some highlights.

For bird watchers in Bengaluru, it was a double treat. They spotted not only the Ruddy-breasted Crake (seen above) but also the Spotted Crake. They are both rare migratory birds at Anekal Lake, Elusive and shy, these birds dart around the reeds at the edges of lakes. As a result, one has to wait for hours to get a sight of one, says Deepa Mohan, one of the count coordinators for Bengaluru,
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For bird watchers in Bengaluru, it was a double treat. They spotted not only the Ruddy-breasted Crake (seen above) but also the Spotted Crake. They are both rare migratory birds at Anekal Lake, Elusive and shy, these birds dart around the reeds at the edges of lakes. As a result, one has to wait for hours to get a sight of one, says Deepa Mohan, one of the count coordinators for Bengaluru, (Deepa Mohan)
A medium-sized wading bird, the Ruff travels to India during winters from the colder regions of Europe and Asia. Usually, only one individual has been recorded throughout Visakhapatnam. But during GBBC, this species was recorded in two major birding hotspots by birders from Wildlife Conservation through Research & Education.
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A medium-sized wading bird, the Ruff travels to India during winters from the colder regions of Europe and Asia. Usually, only one individual has been recorded throughout Visakhapatnam. But during GBBC, this species was recorded in two major birding hotspots by birders from Wildlife Conservation through Research & Education. (WCTRE)
While the Indian Golden Oriole is distributed in the Indian subcontinent and central Asia, there have been only a couple of reports of its sighting from Assam till now. This picture was captured during a bird count at Don Bosco University's Tapesia campus. It is the first photographic evidence of the bird from the state. Even for the campus, it was a rare record.
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While the Indian Golden Oriole is distributed in the Indian subcontinent and central Asia, there have been only a couple of reports of its sighting from Assam till now. This picture was captured during a bird count at Don Bosco University's Tapesia campus. It is the first photographic evidence of the bird from the state. Even for the campus, it was a rare record. (Nilutpal Mahanta )
One of the most majestic species, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher was one of the highlights among the birds spotted during a campus bird count at Christian Medical College, Vellore.
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One of the most majestic species, the Asian Paradise Flycatcher was one of the highlights among the birds spotted during a campus bird count at Christian Medical College, Vellore. (Latif Rajesh Johnson)
The Grey Breasted Prinia is a winter migratory bird not often seen in the Pune region. But during the count, a group of bird watchers saw four individuals at Vetal Hill, which is in the heart of the city.
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The Grey Breasted Prinia is a winter migratory bird not often seen in the Pune region. But during the count, a group of bird watchers saw four individuals at Vetal Hill, which is in the heart of the city. (Siddharth Biniwale)
This was a surprise find for birders at Pune’s Empress Garden campus count. The Mottled Wood Owl, which is not a commonly seen owl species in the city, has never been recorded from the garden till now. Found usually in wooded areas, this owl is difficult to spot as it camouflages easily with surrounding trees.
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This was a surprise find for birders at Pune’s Empress Garden campus count. The Mottled Wood Owl, which is not a commonly seen owl species in the city, has never been recorded from the garden till now. Found usually in wooded areas, this owl is difficult to spot as it camouflages easily with surrounding trees. (N.S.Sivasankaran)
The Crested Serpent Eagle is not an easy raptor to find because of its limited population. Birders at the Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, spotted them during the count.
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The Crested Serpent Eagle is not an easy raptor to find because of its limited population. Birders at the Gandhisagar Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh, spotted them during the count. (Loukika Lakshmikant Neve)

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In Paris, Vivienne Westwood brings kink and art together

Andreas Kronthaler gives a grungy twist to an aesthetic from the medieval era 

Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes. 
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Kronthaler took inspiration from the clothing of medieval and renaissance nobles and peasants to create drape-heavy silhouettes.  (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe.
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Georgia May Jagger presented a frilly dress from the Vivienne Westwood ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2023 fashion collection, which had a more gothic vibe. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation.
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The show looked more like a theatrical performance than a fashion show, with models walking to the middle of the room to present a creation. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show.
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The high-heel footwear, whether in the form of gladiator sandals or chunky glam rock boots, was the highlight of the show. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

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A dance of fashion to celebrate Issey Miyake

Designer Satoshi Kondo paid tribute to the brand's late founder at Paris Fashion Week with a choreographed dance show and collection of light, sculptured silhouettes

The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls.
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The show began with models presenting sober monochrome outfits. A portrait of Miyake, who died last month at the age of 84, was projected on the walls. (REUTERS)
As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style.
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As the show went on, models started presenting lighter outfits that allowed freedom of movement, reflecting the label's trademark style. (AFP)
In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products.
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In the collection, the house has introduced ‘vegetable polyester’, which does not use petroleum products. (AFP)
The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes.
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The sculptural clothes had three-dimensional silhouettes. (AP)
Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris.
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Models presented a fashion dance show—a concept Issey Miyake pioneered— wearing creations by designer Satoshi Kondo as part of his Spring-Summer 2023 Women's ready-to-wear collection show for the house Issey Miyake on 30 September, in Paris. (REUTERS)

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Photos: 66 years of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's iconic dance drama

As Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra gets set to present the 66th edition of its annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, here is a look back at its evolution through the years

The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
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The 66th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's annual dance drama, ‘Shri Ram’, is going to be presented in the open air lawns yet again this year. There is something enduring about the appeal of this musical showcase, which was first staged in 1957
The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
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The first ever presentation of ‘Shri Ram’ in Ferozshah Kotla was choreographed by Narendra Sharma, who went to establish Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre in the capital. He also essayed the role of Ravana, while his wife played Sita
The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
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The 1957 showcase was attended by many dignitaries including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
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Over the years, the dance drama has witnessed many changes, including the shift in the venue to the Kendra open-air lawns. Shobha Deepak Singh, director and vice chairperson, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, changed the narration from Awadhi to Hindi in the early 2000s to make it more accessible to public. 
The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
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The choreography has also evolved to include performing and martial art forms such as the Mayurbhanj Chhau and Kalaripayattu. Staged over two hours and 40 minutes, the dance drama presents 28 key scenes from the Ramayana
Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds
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Today the production is put together entirely in-house. According to Singh, for years, the Kendra students have been involved in the pre-production of the show, However, this time around they will actively participate in the show. ‘It is commendable that our costumes and jewellery are also taken care of internally by our costumes and ornaments Incharge Laxmi Kohli and Sohan Lal,’ she adds

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Our favourite looks from New York Fashion Week

From Prabal Gurung to Tom Ford, designers presented garments that were all about celebrating the present

Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase.
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Big hair and a lot of shine perfectly sums the Tom Ford show. Bella Hadid showcases one such look here from his showcase. (REUTERS)
To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life.
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To find inspiration for his collection, Prabal Gurung said, in his show notes,  he ventured into New York City's outer boroughs, where ‘the style, the confidence, the nightlife and these younger generations evoked a familiar but new sense of unabashed authenticity that reignited the same fire my mother gave me as a boy.’ What emerged were stunning colourful garments that were all about celebrating life. (AP)
How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer. 
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How to give workwear a resort-style twist? The Michael Kors collection at the fashion week has a good answer.  (AP)
The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve. 
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The Proenza Schouler showcase had several gorgeous ensembles with cascading ruffles, either spilling down the back of a dress or ‘dripping’ down a long sleeve.  (AP)
After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look.
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After three years, Tommy Hilfiger returned to the runway with a new monogram and an edgier look. (AFP)
Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life, 
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Carolina Herrera's collection of lush florals inspired by ‘The Secret Garden’ inside Manhattan's Plaza Hotel was about celebrating the simple joys of life,  (REUTERS)
Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway.
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Christian Siriano brought the elegance of old Hollywood glamour to the runway. (AP)

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Jean-Luc Godard: Champion of New Wave cinema

Director Jean-Luc Godard, who died yesterday at the age of 91, leaves behind a legacy of inventive and influential cinema

Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
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Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director whose movies heralded the radical New Wave film movement of the 1960s, passed away earlier this week. Photo: Reuters/Christian Hartmann
Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
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Flowers at the home of the late filmmaker in Rolle, western Switzerland. Godard was hailed as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century. Photo: AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini
Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
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Godard at the press conference for his film, ‘Detective’ at the 38th International Film Festival in Cannes in 1985. A New York Times article by Vincent Canby, published on the film's release, stated: ‘Detective’ is pure Jean-Luc Godard, which means that it's a movie with its own distinctive look, and that it makes demands on its audience that will probably send a lot of people screaming into the night. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti
‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
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‘Breathless’ was considered a pathbreaking film for the new techniques that it brought to fore and for its novel style of storytelling Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ www.affichescinema.com
Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 
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Godard with French actress Nathalie Baye during the presentation of his film, ‘Sauve qui peut (la vie)’ at the 33rd Cannes International Film Festival. Photo: AFP/ Ralph Gatti 

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Old Hollywood glam rules Emmy red carpet

From Amanda Seyfried to Zendaya, the stars went all out for the 2022 edition of the event in Los Angeles

Actor Jean Smart, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for ‘Hacks’, opted for a simple, chic Christian Siriano gown.
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Actor Jean Smart, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for ‘Hacks’, opted for a simple, chic Christian Siriano gown. (AFP)
Zendaya, who won an Emmy for 'Lead Actress in a Drama' for her portrayal of Rue Benett in ‘Euphoria’, wore a glamorous Valentino gown at the after-party. 
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Zendaya, who won an Emmy for 'Lead Actress in a Drama' for her portrayal of Rue Benett in ‘Euphoria’, wore a glamorous Valentino gown at the after-party.  (AFP)
Amanda Seyfried, who wore a strapless Armani Privé gown, took home an Emmy for ‘The Dropout’.  
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Amanda Seyfried, who wore a strapless Armani Privé gown, took home an Emmy for ‘The Dropout’.   (AFP)
British actor Hannah Waddingham wore a pair of sparkly Dolce and Gabbana sneakers under a pink tulle gown by the Italian fashion brand.
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British actor Hannah Waddingham wore a pair of sparkly Dolce and Gabbana sneakers under a pink tulle gown by the Italian fashion brand. (AFP)

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