Tune in to the musical extravangza

first_imgCircle in the next seven days, as the music scene in Delhi takes on a fervour like never before. For music buffs in the capital, the party is going to hit its crescendo with music from different genres and languages. Raag of the Nation is here to take you on a musical extravaganza from 6 to 12 May in Connaught place’s Central park.Delhi government and its department of Art, Culture and Languages bring you Euphoria, Jasbir Jassi, Shubha Mudgal and the who’s who of music to drown you in the melody of sound. Raag Rang is an initiative to bring together different genres of Indian music under one banner and showcase the fact that they might be different in forms but are a common carrier of our composite culture,’ said Nila Mohanan, Additional Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a deluge of multifarious artists comes the color of India: right from Punjabi and Bhojpuri folk to qawalli, Sindhi and contemporary music. Delve into the beats from the popular band Euphoria, performing on the sixth day of the festival, alongside the multigenre Astitva band. Or how about a contemporary dance performance by Santosh Nair while Atique Husain Hyderabadi hues up the fest with his qawalli? The last day will have the Indian Idol 4 sensation Mohit Lalwani wooing you with his voice. It’s going to be a task to decide your pick!DETAILWhen: 6 -12 MayWhere: Central Park, Connaught Placelast_img read more

Brain activation remains same while reading different languages

first_imgNeural activation patterns in the brain remain same when we read different languages like English or Portuguese, finds a study.“This tells us that, for the most part, the language we happen to learn to speak does not change the organisation of the brain,” said Marcel Just, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in the US, in the study published in the journal NeuroImage. “Semantic information is represented in the same place in the brain and the same pattern of intensities for everyone. Knowing this means that brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer interface can probably be the same for speakers of all languages,” Just added.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, 15 native Portuguese speakers – eight were bilingual in Portuguese and English – read 60 sentences in Portuguese while in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner. The university developed computational model was able to predict which sentences the participants were reading in Portuguese, based only on activation patterns.The resulting brain images showed that the activation patterns for the 60 sentences were in the same brain locations and at similar intensity levels for both English and Portuguese sentences.Additionally, the results revealed the activation patterns could be grouped into four semantic categories, depending on the sentence’s focus: people, places, actions and feelings.“The cross-language prediction model demonstrated a meta-language prediction capability from neural signals across people, languages and bilingual status,” said Ying Yang, researcher at the Carnegie Mellon University.last_img read more

IRCTC offers special air package to Shirdi

first_imgIndian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited is offering an exclusive air package to Shirdi with Shani Shingnapur. Shirdi, a small town in Maharashtra was where the saint Sai Baba lived till his samadhi in 1918. It is counted among the major Hindu pilgrimages which attract thousands of devotees from all over India.The all-inclusive tour package of the duration of five nights and six days will cover Shirdi, Shani Shingnapur, Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga, Ellora Caves and Goa from November 22 till December 5. The package has been priced at Rs. 34,880/- per person on twin sharing basis. This includes air tickets (Delhi – Mumbai, Mumbai – Goa and Goa – Delhi), AC accommodation at hotels in Shirdi and Goa (three-star category), all transfers and sightseeing by AC Buses, breakfasts and dinners at the hotels, insurance, services of an IRCTC tour manager and GST along other applicable taxes. A total of 30 seats are available in this fixed group departure tour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe package has been priced at Rs 34,880/- per person on twin sharing basis. This includes air tickets (Delhi – Mumbai, Mumbai – Goa and Goa – Delhi), AC Accommodation at hotels in Shirdi and Goa (3 star category), all transfers and sightseeing by AC Buses, breakfasts and dinners at the hotels, insurance, services of an IRCTC Tour Manager and GST along other applicable taxes. A total of 30 seats are available in this fixed group tour. The package can be booked from IRCTC offices (PAN India) or digitally through IRCT official website or mobile app.last_img read more