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Thursday 24 March 2011

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  • Alison Krauss

    Acclaimed US singer Alison Krauss talks us through her new albums.

  • In A Bottle

    There's a row in Malaysia over a gay film and Lady Gaga's song lyrics.

  • Diversity in Hollywood

    Muslims tell Hollywood to stop portraying them as extremists.

  • Rajat Kapoor

    What six Indian clowns have done to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

  • Alison Krauss

    Alison Krauss

    She's won more Grammy Awards than any other female performer ever; on her latest-a collaboration with Robert Plant- won 6 alone. She's been performing for more than a quarter of a century and she's still only 39, and she has a new album out, on which she's reunited with her old band - Union Station. It's full of songs of poignancy and longing and further cements her reputation as one of the finest singers around. She talks to Mark about her achievements and ambitions

    Alison Krauss website
  • In a Bottle

    In a Bottle

    Malaysia's first gay-themed film has just opened in cinemas. The film was made possible after Malaysia's censorship board relaxed guidelines to allow depictions of homosexuality. It's a big step in this Muslim-majority country where sodomy is still illegal, as reporter Jennifer Pak outlines.

    Photo shows the film's producer, Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman

  • Diversity in Hollywood

    There's a hunger for more diverse stories in Hollywood and in response, the University of Southern California has set up workshops for Muslim scriptwriters that's designed to get more of their real life stories into mainstream programming - and change the stereotypical images that currently permeate US media.By encouraging more Muslim screenwriters into the profession, more everyday stories of the Muslim American experience could follow. Rajesh Mirchandani reports

  • Rajat Kapoor

    Rajat Kapoor

    Bollywood film and theatre director Rajat Kapoor swept the boards at the 2009 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards with his play "Hamlet the Crown Prince." As the play tours the UK, he explains why he has used clowns to tell the story of one of Shakespeare's most tragic characters.



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