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NCPA Mumbai set to enthrall Switzerland with its performance

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Mumbai: The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) of the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) was given the privileged honor to perform in Switzerland at the prestigious Migros Kulturprozent Classics Series, an official said on Friday.

The three-city tour of Zurich, Geneva and St. Gallen starting on January 19 will feature the first international performances of ‘Peshkar’, a concerto for tabla and orchestra composed and performed by the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

“We are privileged that SOI has been accorded this honor as the Migros concerts are prestigious,” said Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA chairman and SOI founder.

This will be the fourth international concert tour for SOI which is considered India’s first and only professional orchestra. The performances shall be held in the most renowned auditoriums like Tonhalle, Zurich and St. Gallen, and the Victoria Hall, Geneva.

The concerts shall be conducted by SOI Associate Music Director Zane Dalal with tabla exponent Zakir Hussain performing the ‘Peshkar’ with the orchestra.

The Migros Classics is a five-city concert circuit throughout Switzerland including Berne, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and St. Gallen, which feature some of the world’s top orchestras, conductors and soloists.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra are some of the upcoming concerts.(IANS)

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If you are a Foodie, Check out the Best Food Festivals in the World!

Food-fanatics, always engaged in a quest for mouth-watering delicacies, can check out these renowned food festivals in the world

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Food items in food festival. Pixabay

June 14, 2017: There might be some good news for the gourmands around the globe. Food-fanatics, always engaged in a quest for mouth-watering delicacies, can check out the renowned food festivals in the world, to satisfy both their tongues and the tummies.

Here is a List that will make you make your tummy happy-

Wildfoods Festival at Hokitika in New Zealand

Celebrated in mid-march on the west-coast of the southern island of New Zealand, in the peaceful city of Hokitika, the Wildfoods Festival is a special food fest as it sees people gorging into things that they never imagined could be cooked into meals.

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The Onion Market at Bern of Switzerland

Considered to be the biggest folk-festival in the capital calendar of Switzerland, the celebrations for the Onion Market officially begins at 6 in the morning. Although people can smell the tantalizing aroma when the first onion soup starts boiling, long before 6 am.

Salon de Chocolate at Quito in Ecuador

The only chocolate festival in the world and that also a grand one, is Salon de Chocolate, celebrated with pomp and vigor on mid-June in Ecuador. The most favorite activity in the celebration, is the chocolate sculpture contest.

It should be noted that Ecuador is famed for producing more amount of quality chocolate than any other country in the globe, and this festival is surely a proud occasion marking the celebration of chocolates.

Blue Food Festival in Bloody Bay of Tobago

Blue Food Festival is celebrated in Bloody Bay, the coastal village on the Caribbean island of Tobago.

It has been 18 years since the beginning of the festival which focuses on food items made of a root plant of the taro variety called Dasheen, and the name of the festival is coined from the item itself.

There are limbo dancing, live music, and stalls of rum included in the varied activities of the celebration and that makes the festival even more vibrant.

Pizzafest at Naples in Italy

Pizzafest is the paradise for every pizza-lover in the world. During the celebration the Lungomare Caracciolo area of Napoli transforms into a pizza village, welcoming about 500,000 visitors, consuming about 100,000 pizzas of every kind.

The main attraction of the festival is the pizza making championship. The pizzerias serve the 50+ historic versions of pizzas, with classics like Napolitana, Marinara, and Margherita.

Drooling yet? So, what are you waiting for! Pack your bags and head for the lip-smacking food items waiting for you in the best food festivals around the world. Bon Apetit!

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC 

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Glaciers Around the World are Melting with time: Scientists

A group of ice researchers and a photographer-filmmaker published pictures showing how much five of the world's glaciers have thinned

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April 4, 2017: Over the past decade, scientists and photographers keep returning to the world’s glaciers, watching them shrink with each visit. Now they want others to see how a warming planet is melting masses of ice in a series of before-and-after photos.

In the Geological Society of America’s GSA Today journal , a group of ice researchers and a photographer-filmmaker published pictures showing how much five of the world’s glaciers have thinned.

“There is something fundamentally compelling about the approach they take. For all our emphasis on models and math, seeing is still believing,” said University of Colorado ice scientist Ted Scambos, who wasn’t part of the team.

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Under natural conditions, glaciers at times melt and retreat while others grow and advance. But measurements from Earth’s 5,200 glaciers show warming temperatures have increased the number of melting glaciers and the speed of glacial retreat, according to the study. Scientists primarily blame man-made global warming from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.

“There is something that touches the heart more profoundly when you see it in pictures than when you see it in maps or reports or graphs,” said photographer James Balog, who founded the nonprofit Earth Vision Institute . “It certainly brings it alive.”

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Iceland

The Solheimajokull glacier has shriveled by about 2,050 feet (625 meters) between 2007 and 2015.

Alaska

The forward edge of the Mendenhall glacier outside of Juneau has receded about 1,800 feet (550 meters) between 2007 and 2015.

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Switzerland

The Stein glacier has shrunk about 1,800 feet (550 meters) between 2006 and 2015.

The Trift glacier has retreated nearly three quarters of a mile (1.17 kilometers) between 2006 and 2015.

Peru

Ohio State ice scientist Lonnie Thompson has visited the Qori Kalis glacier since 1974. Between 1978 and 2016, it has shriveled 3,740 feet (1.14 kilometers). Thompson described his regular expeditions to the Peruvian glacier “like visiting a terminally ill family member.”
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Gotthard Base Tunnel: Switzerland completes the construction of the world’s largest tunnel in 17 Years

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Swiss Federal President Johann Schneider-Ammann, right, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, left, on the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world, at the fairground Rynaecht at the northern portal in Erstfeld, S. Image source: Reuters
  • It took 17 years for the Swiss tunnelers to complete World’s largest tunnel
  • It is called Gotthard Base Tunnel, officially opened on June 1, 2016
  • Celebrations started on Wednesday June 1, 2016
  • The rail will be open for travelers this year, in December 2016

In this day and age everyone wants fast. Faster internet connection, faster customer service, faster results. In 1947 Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner was dreaming about faster transportation. Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel is a staggering 35.4 miles long, and a mile and a half under the Gotthard mountain range. This tunnel stretches from Erstfeld and Bodio. The tunnel cuts commute time from Zurich to Milan by 45 minutes; that is fast.

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Before opening the tunnel as a means of public transportation, the Swiss wanted to take the time to commemorate and celebrate such an amazing feat. The tunnel’s website says that the tunnel presents to the world, “Swiss values such as innovation, precision and reliability.” The celebration was far from just being a combination of Swiss values. Modern dances accompanied the opening of the tunnel, and drew much of the attention.

Swiss police officers stand beside of mock gates of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel inside the event hall for the upcoming opening ceremony near the town of Erstfeld, Switzerland May 31, 2016. Image source: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Swiss police officers stand beside of mock gates of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel inside the event hall for the upcoming opening ceremony near the town of Erstfeld, Switzerland May 31, 2016. Image source: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

One dance number featured dancers who wore orange construction suits an boots. They danced on and near a flatcar. Another dance featured an angelic like creatures. The dancers danced in what appeared to be white briefs. One dancer suck out wearing wings and an oversized head. One other dance number spectators watched the dancers move about the tunnel wearing suits that were said to be, “a cross between a pom-pom and a hay bale.” These dance numbers all pay tribute to the Gotthard mountain range, and the significance it holds in Swiss society.

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Dancers and spectators were the majority of people who attended the opening of the tunnel. The inauguration of this milestone also drew attention from the leaders of the EU; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The opening also featured the traditional playing of alphorns. With this, the tunnel was blessed and the tunnel’s theme song was played.

The festivities do not stop there. This weekend a festival is planned to occur on both sides of the tunnel. There will also be a train commuting people through the tunnel from one end to the other.

This $12 billion monstrosity of a tunnel was completed on time, and Gruner’s dream came true. After 17 years of construction, 9 deaths, and $1,300 of taxes added to each person, this marvel of a tunnel has been opened. In December, the rail will be open for travelers.

Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter handle: @abby_kono

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