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ABBA’s ‘Gold’ returns to top 40 on Billboard 200 after 3 years

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New York, Sep 17: ABBA is back in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in over three years, as the Swedish pop pioneers’ ‘Gold’ greatest hits surged from No. 114 to No. 34.

The set vaults following the release of two new singles from the quartet on September 2, the announcement of a forthcoming studio album — ‘Voyage’, its first in 40 years is due on November 5 and a series of concerts in 2022, reports Billboard.com.

‘Gold’ earned 15,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending September 9, up 61 per cent, according to MRC Data. Of that sum, album sales comprise 5,000, also enabling the set’s 33-11 jump on the top album sales chart.

‘Gold’ was last in the top 40 of the Billboard 200 on the chart dated August 11, 2018, when the set ranked at No. 40. It was last higher than on the latest list just one week earlier, when it placed at No. 25, its peak. ‘Gold’ was released in 1993 in the U.S. and has spent 186 weeks on the chart in total.

“We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” ABBA said in a statement. The group will return to live performances with its residency, ABBA Voyage, set to begin May 27, 2022, in London, in which the act’s members will be depicted as avatars (a.k.a. “ABBAtars”), circa 1979.

ABBA is a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. Widely considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time, they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983.

The band was the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song ‘Dancing Queen’ was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi

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Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 

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Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.

 

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Lucknow shoot done for Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Khuda Haafiz 2’

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Mumbai, Oct 1: Actor Vidyut Jammwal’s ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ shoot in Lucknow has been completed.

The film stars Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the leading roles.

Talking about the experience of shooting in Lucknow, director Faruk Kabir says: “I have to say that Lucknow showed us a great time. We lived like a family for almost two months. The film’s team was relentless in ensuring that we finished the day’s work as planned. We’re happy that the schedule has concluded within the intended number of days. The team is at it to be certain that we bring the audience an intense action love story very soon.”

The film is written and directed by Faruk Kabir, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, co-produced by Sanjeev Joshi, Aditya Chowksey and Hasnain Hussaini, with music by Pritam, lyrics by Irshad Kamil,

‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ is a Panorama Studios Production.

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