India Test captain Virat Kohli’s sensational run in 2016 is only getting better by the day. To say that Kohli has been brilliant this year would be an understatement. (Scorecard)The 28-year-old has become the cornerstone of India’s Test team, a finisher par excellence in ODIs and a dominant force in T20s.Kohli has been in record-shattering form this year, scoring heavily in all formats. He has set new records in T20s, has slammed three hundreds in nine ODIs, and hammered three hundreds, including two double centuries in 10 Tests. He has now surpassed England’s Joe Root (2399 runs) to become the leading run-scorer in international cricket this year. (Murali Vijay answers critics with stylish eighth hundred)Continuing with his record-breaking spree, Kohli today became the first Indian to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a calendar year since Rahul Dravid, who made 1145 runs in 2011. He also surpassed 2000 runs as the Test captain of the Indian side and now averages more than 50 in all three formats of the game.Virat Kohli also became the 14th Indian to complete 4000 runs in Test cricket. He is the second youngest for India after Sachin Tendulkar to accomplish this feat. (Virat Kohli slams England’s mid-tour break for Christmas)That’s not all. The aggressive Delhi batsman is also the first Indian captain in last 10 years and only the fourth overall to aggregate 1000 Test runs in a year.Kohli reached the milestones on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test as India made steady progress towards England’s first-innings total of 400 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. (Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now)advertisementThe hosts, leading 2-0 in the five-match series, reached 247/2 in their first innings at lunch, still trailing England by 153 runs. Resuming on 146 for one, the hosts suffered an early jolt when Cheteshwar Pujara (47) was bowled on the second ball of the morning. However, it proved to be the only success for the English bowlers in the opening session as Vijay and Kohli flayed the attack. (No similarities in playing style between me and Kohli: Tendulkar)While Vijay reached his second century of the series, the in-form Kohli took little time to get out of the blocks, making sure England could not build pressure after the early wicket of Pujara. However, Vijay had a lapse in concentration after lunch and gave his wicket to leg-spinner Adil Rashid to end the 116-run stand for the third wicket. Kohli, meanwhile, reached his 15th Test fifty off 111 balls.From leading his side to U-19 ICC World Cup glory in 2008 in Kuala Lumpur to guiding India to the No.1 spot in Test rankings in 2016, Kohli has come a long way from being a batting prodigy to being one of the top batsmen and leaders of his generation.
The ICCR is organising the first International Dance and Music Festival, showcasing performances by foreign artistes, who have achieved high level of proficiency in Indian Classical Dance.These artistes from six countries have been doing commendable work in promoting Indian Dance and Culture in their countries and will be performing in the two-day festival in the Capital.Akmaral is the Gold medal Winner and the title Champion of the World – 2003 in Hollywood, USA in the nomination of ‘ethnic dance’ at the Seventh World Championship of performing arts. In the year 2004 Akmaral became the first member from Kazakhstan at the International Dance Council (CID) within UNESCO in Paris. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of French nationality but Indianised by culture, Saaj is a two member instrumental duet conceived in early 90’s after many acclaimed performances and sharing the stage with the ‘classical greats of India’ The beautiful word ‘Saaj’ means ‘musical instruments ‘in the Indian language.Saaj, namely Sylvie Hiély and Laurent Gherzi, are like the body and soul of music, inseparable and thoroughly embedded into each other and existing as a ‘musical masterpiece.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Sumathi who has travelled extensively performing in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and USA started her dance journey at the Temple of Fine Arts Singapore in 1991. She migrated to Kuala Lumpur to become a fulltime dancer and began her training in Odissi with Geetha Shankaran-Lam and was presented in her Manch Pravesh in 2001. Nritta, whose name translates to ‘pure dance’, has taken the world of dance by storm and left audiences spellbound by her performances. The darling of the media wherever she performs, she has been named a ‘Wonder kid of Asia’ for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi. Alisa received training in Bharatanatyam, under the tutelage of Irina Iskorostenskaya, Director of Nritya-Sabha Foundation, Russia, Moscow (2000-2007). She wants to build a career in teaching, performance and choreography of the Indian Classical Dance form of Bharatanatyam, with the ultimate vision of promoting and propagating it in various regions of the world.Nathalie Ramírez, a professional flautist, obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Veracruz, Mexico in 2010. Five years ago she got interested in Indian Classical Music, and began learning through classes and courses in Mexico with musicians such as Hollving Argaez, Paul Livingstone, Abhiit Banerjee and Pandit Shubhendra Rao.Zhang XiaoQing learnt Kathak and Indian Arts at the Indian Embassy in China. In 2013 June she performed at the Indian Embassy to welcome Salman Khurshid, the External Affairs Minister on his visit to China. Zhang has performed Kathak at the China National Theater ‘the prayer of Ganges—Indian music and dance’, at Diwali and Holi celebrations at the Indian Embassy in China.