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Here is your horoscope for December 6, 2018

first_imgARIESYou are likely to find yourself in triangular situations at work and at home today. Expect to travel yourself and also entertain visitors. Love and warmth from your partner melt your defenses when you tend to isolate yourself. Your social life is a bit tiring. Lucky number 3. Colour green. TAURUSYou achieve difficult targets with the economy, good management and elaborate manoeuvres. You are likely to be involved in multifarious activity. It’s best to encounter and face truths about yourself and your personal relationships to gain a deeper understanding. Lucky number 14. Colour turquoise. GEMINIYou are highly creative with the courage to be different and not fit into comfortable patterns. You come to terms with yourself and realize you have to be yourself and live your truth, whatever it takes. You get a chance to prove yourself and express ideas. Lucky number 9. Colour green. CANCERSome of your business and personal plans are about to be actualized so put your shoulder to the wheel, as they say. Spiritual growth and awareness lead to new priorities and values. Change brings stability in material aspects and warmth in relationships. Lucky number 7. Colour blue. LEOWarmth and friendship are available and encouraging. Your social life is exciting. It’s best not to allow emotions to come in the way of professional decisions and business matters or you make a bad move. Listen to your heart and intuition rather than the head. Lucky number 2. Colour pinks. VIRGOYou are in harmony with existence and in rhythm with life – accept this great gift and share it with loved ones. Relationships are loving and special. Your social life is likely to be busy and tiring. You are receptive to ideas and intuitive in relationships. Lucky number 1. Colour green.advertisement LIBRAA transforming personal experience is on the cards! Physical endurance enables you to indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport at this point. You must aim for the highest and not make compromises, as achievement of the highest degree is possible now. Lucky number 1. Colour orange. SCORPIOAccept the challenge life offers you and keep going through ups and downs realizing that this too shall pass’. Enjoy every moment, whatever it brings – the peak and the valley without getting addicted to it. Centre within to taste your inner bliss today. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. SAGITTARIUSYou go through a gamut of experience and change in emotional relationships. Remain centered through it all by witnessing rather than participating in arguments or conflicts. Schedules and patterns are reassessed and revised and prove to be for the better. Lucky number 2. Colour green. CAPRICORNSuccess and gain in material aspects is on the cards! Your personal relationship goes through a somewhat dreamy and transitory stage since you wait for promise and commitment. Financial and property matters can be concluded with some effort on your part. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. AQUARIUSAssess situations with your head, as well as, with your heart before taking decisions. Avoid becoming too dependent on others or you can be let down. Professional matters need to be viewed from a realistic point of view so that material aspects aren’t ignored. Lucky number 6. Colour blue. PISCESYou bring stability and physical well being for the family and yourself with discipline and understanding. You are practical and nurturing in chaotic situations where order and maintenance is needed. Beware of moods and over indulgence in food or drink. Lucky number 8. Colour greens.last_img read more


Willian takes centre stage as Chelsea turn on style to destroy Hull

first_imgQuite what the scouts dispatched from Barcelona to this corner of south-west London, charged with casting their eyes over next week’s opponents, could hope to glean from this mismatch is anyone’s guess.Chelsea barely broke into a sweat in sweeping aside Hull City to secure their passage into the FA Cup quarter-finals. This was a stroll. Maybe the best the scouting reports might confirm is that the Premier League side will be fresh next week. The hosts could play out this game with two 17-year-olds and a 20-year-old on debut on the pitch, their progress beyond depleted opponents assured from virtually the first attack of the tie. Willian caught the eye with an effervescent display, conjuring glorious finishes with both feet and striking the outside of a post as the final whistle approached.It may be that Antonio Conte, serenaded yet again by the home support, opts to leave out the Brazilian on Tuesday with his preference to play Pedro against his former club. The Spaniard was retired at the interval, perhaps offering an insight into the Italian’s thinking. A trickier decision may be whether Álvaro Morata, formerly of Real Madrid and , first choice in a Chelsea team built for the counterattack, starts ahead of Olivier Giroud against the unbeaten leaders of La Liga. The Frenchman was impressive here, albeit against struggling Championship opposition, and played a part in the hosts’ first three goals before improvising the finish at the near post for the fourth after Emerson Palmieri, another debutant, had barged his way through David Meyler to the byline.Giroud offers an unlikely blend of muscle and subtlety in a front line that, at times of late, has lacked punch.“It is a relief to have scored but I’ll take a lot of pleasure from what we did on the pitch,” said the forward. “Everything is going in the right direction.”Morata, in contrast, was peripheral in his latest cameo off the bench, his chances of making a proper impact blunted by the fact this tie had long since been claimed. He remains understandably rusty after his month-long absence with a back injury. “To have a lot of doubt before Barcelona is important,” said Conte, who will have Marcos Alonso fit to return against the Catalans. “I will go home with many doubts in my mind about which is the best starting XI against Barcelona. Playing against Barcelona is a great challenge for us but also the type of game which must give us great enthusiasm. We must be excited to play against one of the best teams in the world. It won’t be easy, for sure.”It will be far trickier than Hull. This, in truth, was an occasion devoid of the drama so craved by the FA Cup with any chance of an upset probably wrecked by the reality the visitors had been wounded by injury, suspension and the ineligibility of three players – Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector – who are on loan from the hosts. Nigel Adkins’ side are labouring at 21st in the Championship, a point above the cut-off, with Michael Dawson’s return from groin trouble offset by Jarrob Bowen’s untimely absence with a hamstring injury. If this was the best selection Adkins could put out, they still desperately needed a solid start. Instead they trailed after 106 seconds and were confronting humiliation by the break. Their only positive was emerging unscathed through the damage limitation operation of the second half. Jamie Vardy strike enough for Leicester to see off Sheffield United Share on Twitter match reports Share on Facebook They had never really stood a chance from the moment they trailed, such was the gulf between the sides. Hull’s players had quaked in their boots whenever the Premier League champions poured forward in those opening exchanges, with Willian and Pedro dazzling, Cesc Fàbregas offered time to spray passes gloriously from that quarter-back brief, and Giroud’s every contribution unsettling Hull’s panicked players. The imbalance between the teams was evident from the moment Kevin Stewart turned into trouble inside the second minute to be crowded out and dispossessed by Giroud. Willian duly collected the loose ball and curled a sumptuous shot into the top corner.All the tricks and flicks seemed to pay off thereafter, with Stewart’s display disintegrating and Meyler, a makeshift right-back, ruthlessly exploited whenever Chelsea flew down that flank. It had been Fàbregas’ lofted pass which had split Dawson and Meyler for Pedro, darting in between, to collect and convert with his left foot. Within minutes Stewart had again been outmuscled by Giroud and, with Dawson diving in desperately, Willian wriggled free to curl away a fine shot which kissed the far post and flew in. David Marshall had been slow to react at that attempt but, in truth, he already looked shellshocked. It was to his credit that he brought off saves late on to deny Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta a fifth.By then Hull had fluffed their chance at a consolation, Fàbregas’ trip on Harry Wilson having earned the visitors a penalty. True to wretched form, Meyler seemed distracted by the referee’s request to re-spot the ball and Willian’s mischievous muttering in his ear and his shot was pushed away by Willy Caballero. That rather summed up the entire chastening occasion. “No magic, I’m afraid,” said Adkins in his disappointment. Topics Chelsea 4-0 Hull City and Leicester City 1-0 Sheffield Utd: FA Cup – as it happened Share via Email Share on Pinterestcenter_img FA Cup Share on WhatsApp Read more Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Hull City Share on Messenger Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more


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Kathak is a bridge between the East and the West

first_imgWhat does dance mean to you?For me, dance is my breath, my life. It is my expression, my identity and is the essence of embodiment of love, concern, sensitivity and humanity. How would you define yourself as a dancer?I am a dancer who uses the depth that comes from knowledge and understanding of music, poetry and literature and a deep awareness and sensitivity to the surrounding environment. I am deeply interested in different philosophical traditions and cultural interpretations.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ How did you get into dancing?I was extremely lucky to have been born into a family that, despite being traditional, was very forward looking and gave me the fullest support to be who I am. My family had several stalwarts in fields of literature, classical performing arts and politics. Hence it was natural for me to imbibe all these. It was no wonder that I was initiated into Indian philosophy and arts from my earliest years. I was initiated into dance at a very young age when I was not even three years old. To channelise the excess energy and because of the family background, my mother took me to the famous dancer-actress of yester years, Sadhona Bose. For me, I had found my life and breath! Dance, since then, has become my life, my breath, reason for my existence. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix You have been performing as a Kathak dancer for over six decades. How has your journey been?Life has been full of sweet and “not so sweet” experiences. This trajectory between birth and the inevitable death has been full of adventures. I was born at a time in Indian history where dance was not acceptable as a profession in an upper middle class family. People extolled my achievements awhile on the other hand, my parents and I had to face a lot of criticisms.  Even though I have been on stage for over six decades, but my early recognition as a professional dancer began in 1970-71. It has been a fascinating journey where one has seen so many changes in perceptions and acceptance towards dance, changing scenarios even within classical dance and changing aesthetics of presentation and content.As for me and my works, I can only say that I have always been instinctive and spontaneous. I love the entire vast canvas that Kathak affords, namely that of rhythmic abstraction at its height, as also the infinite vastness of the abhinaya canvas. Rhythmic wizardry is captivating not only to the performer (and that to in his/her youth) but also to the audience. I believe in being true to oneself and I believe in classicality of approach, depth, and expression. It is a heady process but so satisfying and enriching as I keep learning each time.  You have spearheaded and produced international collaborative works with leading dancers of West. How do you think they perceive Indian dance and how was the experience?I have found the Western audience to be most awed and interested in Indian classical dance as many of them take it as a true aesthetical representation of Indian philosophy, literature, music and movements including the costumes that all exude the flavour of Indian-ness. All dance forms in all cultures are narrative even in their abstraction yet the fascination for Indian classical dance is greater because of the extensive usage of gestures to convey the meaning of the accompanying text and of facial expressions. The intricacies of our rhythmic patterns and the ‘raga’ system of music that are intimately part of Kathak or any classical dance form, also has great appeal.But on collaborative works, I would like to state that dance, a universal vehicle of expression, has many clothings, each being colourful and riveting. If Kathak and Flamenco were gravity bound, then ballet’s approach was to release itself from gravitational pull. In this process of collaborative works, I also found that it is Kathak alone that can truly be said to be a bridge between the West and the East.In all our collaborative works, language was never a problem for all of us understood each other perfectly as we all spoke the one unifying language and that was the language of gestures and emotions! How easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in this field? What do you think one has to do to excel?All vocations including dance require dedication, solid foundation of training, hard work, depth in approach and execution, understanding of all related disciplines and perseverance. Then only can anyone hope to make a mark in the chosen field be it classical dance or something else.  How would you define yourself as a guru?As a guru, one strives to impart a solid training in all aspects of Kathak. Yet at the same time one exhorts the disciples to sensitise themselves to imbibe the ethos and spirit of dance, approach to a movement and so many related issues that can be imbibed through observation and experience. But at the same time, one is always exhorting them to reason and be sensitive to surroundings for dance helps in maintaining the innate sensitivity and concern. It is extremely important that one should be a brilliant dancer but it is equally important that one should be a good human with good values and ethics. As a Guru, one would like to see the disciple to grow and become an independent strong tree capable of flowering and bearing fruits. A thought that I usually share with all students and parents is that our ancient Indian philosophy has always laid equal emphasis on arts as well as academics thereby balancing the negative and positive elements within us (call it tandava and lasya or call it yin and yang etc). The emphasis has been on ‘balanced development’. What do you think is the future of Indian classical dance?Indian classical dance traditions have come down to us for the last several millennia. Speaking of Kathak, in its over 2500 years of recorded history it has weathered several storms of invasions, cultural impacts, winds of globalisation thousands of years ago. Yet Kathak has flowed and is still there, for all of us to see and experience. Unlike the popular arts that capture the imagination for a limited period of time, the classical performing arts reaches the inner being. Today one finds that there is a growing number of young children taking to classical arts in spite of being also captivated by the surrounding glamour of popular arts but also several grown-up individuals who are seeking inner fulfillment and inner peace in classical performing arts.   How do you think we can popularise Indian classical dance and music forms like Kathak across the world? Popularising classical performing arts should be such that it becomes part of a being and that the core values that it subtly entails all of us to understand, removed from the glamour of crass commercialism, are imbibed. The effort should start early at school level as part of main curriculum besides the home, because it is then that these individuals grow up to be citizens engaged in various vocations but who are imbued with a sensitivity and appreciation of the classical performing arts all over the globe. It is these citizens who form the audience, the rasikas.  Tell us about your favourite creation in your repertoire?It is difficult to say which has been or is my favourite creation. Each one is so different and they were all born out of my inner beliefs and thoughts, my response to various stimuli that could come from music, a text or an incident. These creations range from abstract rhythmic patterns to contextual creativities touching subjects of humanism, women and children issues, philosophical issues, the five vices of moh, lobh, kaam, krodh, ahankar among several others.last_img read more