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Watch: OneShot — Salvador Dali 30 Years On, Still Suspended In Surrealism

Detail of 'Dali Atomicus'
Detail of "Dali Atomicus"

There's nothing (and everything) left to chance in the world-famous image Life magazine photographer Philippe Halsman, shot in 1948, of the legendary surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.

Indeed, it took Halsman 28 takes to get Dali Atomicus just right. Little wonder, considering that in addition to a levitating, brush-wielding Dalí, this visual ode to suspension also featured flying cats — three of them — and a mid-air stream of cascading water tossed from a bucket.

Dalí, who died 30 years ago this week,​ was widely photographed, and appears to be partner-in-crime in many of the most memorable images. The iconic Dali Atomicus stands above them all as the pinnacle of photography as absurdist theater.

Dali Atomicus — ©Philippe Halsman / OneShot



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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

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M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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