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Chalchitra & Patachitra – the fading art forms which form the backdrop of Durga Puja

Chalchitra & Patachitra – the fading art forms which form the backdrop of Durga Puja

By Shreya Das  KOLKATA: When one thinks about Durga Puja, more than the celebrations and festivities, it’s the plethora of art and talent that is the soul of the biggest festival of Bengalis. At the heart of the festival is the relentless efforts of thousands of artists working day and night to bring together this festival. One […]

Doodle With A Twist

Doodle With A Twist

By Divya Goyal In an exciting fusion of her own, a teenage artist from Ludhiana is creating artwork by combining the modern art of ‘cool doodling’ with ‘classic calligraphy’. Sehaj Kandhari, 19, pursuing bachelors of fine arts (BFA) in applied arts at Government College of Arts, Chandigarh, works on frames, cards, birthday messages, wall hangings, clocks, […]

As slam poetry finds favour among millennials, someone reminds us of Kabir’s verse

As slam poetry finds favour among millennials, someone reminds us of Kabir’s verse

By Mansi Dua  “People tell me ‘aap kavi hai, celebrity nahi (you are a poet, not a celebrity)’ when I ask for remuneration for my performance,” says Gaurav Tripathi. But Deepak Gupta quotes a different rate for each event he attends: “It depends on the venue, banner, and duration of the program and can be anything in […]

The Healing Touch

The Healing Touch

By Divya Goyal  Mahatma Gandhi had once said that “Leprosy work is not merely medical relief; it is transforming frustration of life into the joy of dedication, personal ambition into selfless service”. He had nursed leprosy patients and had a deep compassion for people suffering from the disease. A new documentary titled Sparsh- A Leprosy Mission, by […]

Weaving from Memory

Weaving from Memory

By Ektaa Malik  ne sees neatly stacked saris all around at the Haat Studio of the Dastakari Haat Samiti at Meharchand Market. The saris, which range from muted offerings to colour block, have a uniform sheen to them — courtesy the inlaid checks. This is the famous patteda anchu weave, from north Karnataka. The quest to […]

World Sanskrit Day: 9 lesser known facts about Sanskrit

World Sanskrit Day: 9 lesser known facts about Sanskrit

Sanskrit, an old Indo-Aryan language, with a documented history of nearly 3,500 years, is said to be the primary liturgical language of the Hindu culture. Declared as a classical language now, it is known to be highly scientific in its structure and is a language that is in high demand all over the world. Sadly, […]

World Photography Day 2018: Some iconic photographs over the years

World Photography Day 2018: Some iconic photographs over the years

“A photograph is a moment – when you press the button, it will never come back,” said René Burri. The Swiss photographer, who documented several political, cultural events and historical events in the second half of the 20th century, captures the essence of photography in this quote. The moment might be fleeting, but once photographed […]

Dynamics of Dance

Dynamics of Dance

By Parul It was at the age of five that Apoorva Jayaraman began her training in dance. She pursued it seriously, and not as a hobby. “Like my education, dance was an integral part of my life. I never ignored my training and practice because of my studies,” says the Bharatnatyam dancer, an astrophysicist with a […]

London-based pianist Dinara Klinton knows about magic pianos

London-based pianist Dinara Klinton knows about magic pianos

By Dipanita Nath  NEW DELHI: In a pile of junk, two children in Warsaw discover a piano which does more than create music. What happens next is the subject of the animation film, Magic Piano, which will be screened in Delhi’s Kamani auditorium. Like the piano, it will not be a different kind of screening. It […]

Cause and Effect

Cause and Effect

By Vandana Kalra A photo series intended to highlight “extreme poverty and disease” in India has invited severe outrage on social media. Shared by Italian photographer Alessio Mamo on the Instagram handle of World Press Photo (WPP), the photographs were taken in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, described by Mamo as “two of the poorest states […]

From America, With Love

From America, With Love

By Pallavi Chattopadhyay  New Delhi: Images of a bare-chested Mahatma Gandhi, dressed in a loincloth, sitting beside the charkha, has represented his sentiment of Swadeshi in history books for decades. But a new face behind the wheel, former US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, seated on the ground in her black dress and hat during her visit to […]

Sikh legacy: Exhibition displaying artworks, objects related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family opens in UK

Sikh legacy: Exhibition displaying artworks, objects related to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family opens in UK

By Divya Goyal Empire of the Sikhs- a major exhibition displaying over a hundred objects and artworks related to Sikh warrior Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his family, army and period of kingdom- opened at Brunei Gallery, SOAS in London of the United Kingdom Thursday. Speaking to The Indian Express, Amandeep Madra, chairman, UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) […]

Artist Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award

Artist Anjolie Ela Menon conferred the Kalidas Award

Noted artist Anjolie Ela Menon, 78 on Saturday received the National Kalidas Samman in Delhi for visual arts from the Madhya Pradesh government. Click here to read more… Credit: indianexpress.com

Voices from the Valley: 60 Kashmiri artists from world over come together for an exhibition

Voices from the Valley: 60 Kashmiri artists from world over come together for an exhibition

A young graduate from MS University in Baroda back then, artist Veer Munshi recalls how in the 1980s he would often sit with his easel in his Anantnag home to paint in the tranquil surroundings. He would have never have imagined being forced to flee from home, as he had to in 1990. Three years […]

High Bandwidth

High Bandwidth

By Suanshu Khurana  About 14 km from the famed Jog Falls in Karnataka is Siddapur, a sleepy little village nestled in the Western Ghats. For years, its resident, Prakash Hegde, struggled to learn the flute, an instrument that caught his fancy at a young age through radio recitals in the ’80s. “But there was no teacher […]

Checks and Balances

Checks and Balances

Kota: Kaithun, a village about 15 km away from Kota, Rajasthan, is home to nearly 500 weavers. Mostly women from the Ansari Muslim community, they have been weaving in the tradition of handwoven Kota Doria for generations. As one walks through the turban-like winding streets, where houses sit cheek-by-jowl providing solace from the 48 degree […]

Stirring the Still Air

Stirring the Still Air

Meow Meow was his pet refrain as painter Jatin Das, grinning like a Cheshire cat, breezed through the opening of “Pankha”, an exhibition of hand fans at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) recently. The showcase brings together 500 hand fans of the 8,500 that Das procured from across the world. Over 300 of […]

Art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai on the first Bollywood theme park in India

Art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai on the first Bollywood theme park in India

Have you ever wondered how it would be to stand in the very frame Hrithik Roshan did in the song Azeem O Shah Shahenshah in Jodhaa Akbar? Or the opulent house through which Paro dashes to get a last glimpse of her lover in Devdas? You could find out for yourself at a theme park in Karjat, […]

A Space to Reflect

A Space to Reflect

The first non-British head of the British Museum since 1866, Hartwig Fischer has received much acclaim for his emphasis on cultural pluralism and redisplay of the permanent collection at the museum to make it more representative of global interconnectedness. He was in Delhi recently to discuss the conceptualisation and execution of the exhibition “India and […]

Breathing Royal Airs: A Renaissance Man’s Legacy

Breathing Royal Airs: A Renaissance Man’s Legacy

On a quiet evening in 1982, Ammannur Madhava Chakyar was teaching eye movements in Koodiyattam when Venu G., then a student, asked how and why he felt uniqueness in some of the master’s ­techniques vis-à-vis fellow exponents. At this, the guru, fresh after his evening bath in the com-pound’s pond and sitting cross-legged on the […]

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