The novel path to
cinema make for good companions. Can the screen version stray from the
original and adapt itself for celluloid, asks Shoma
A. Chatterji as she examines this unique relationship
do films like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas, Vishal
Bharadwaj’s Omkara, Bimal Roy’s Sujata, Guru
Dutt’s Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam, Vijay Anand’s Guide
and Shyam Benegal’s Sooraj Ka Satvan Ghoda have in common?
They are all adapted from literary fiction—classic, contemporary and
international. Literature describes visuals in words.
craft goes places
decades of neglect, traditional handicrafts from the Bastar region of
Chhattisgarh such as those made of wood, terracotta and bell metal
will now be globally marketed by the central government. The move will
also ensure that artisans benefit directly from it.
for the masters
lovers can now bid for masters like Tyeb Mehta and M.F. Husain in
India’s first simultaneous online and live auction to be held in
Kolkata on February 23, which will see a cache of 89 works go under
the hammer. The auction is a debut venture by the latest entrant in
big-time auction mart, Kolkata-based Emami Chisel Art, a tie-up
between the Emami Group and Chisel Craft.
A treasure from the
dating back to the Harappan period have added to the lure of Sanghol,
near Chandigarh, says Seema Chopra
many of us are
aware that the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation stretched into and
beyond Punjab? A drive on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road leads to
Khamano tehsil and finally to the tranquil beauty of Sanghol (Uchha
Pind) where time stands still.
all set for religious tourism
tourists flock to Agra to see that ever-beautiful monument to love,
the Taj Mahal, but the city is a treasure trove of many religious
monuments as well. Now the Agra Hotels and Restaurants’ Association
has released a new tourist guide map, highlighting centuries-old
shrines in the city.
should stick to our roots’
each and every song in a movie looks almost the same, says dancing
queen Saroj Khan, who’s currently part of Nachle
Ve with Saroj Khan, a reality
show on television. Some years back this was not the case, the
do what I believe in
His films are just as good as
his characters — authentic and powerful. Aditi
Tandon meets Shyam Benegal, the master filmmaker who stamps
reel with the real
Benegal, it seems, is ready for a fresh start. Exuding a childlike
exuberance, he puts age behind him to celebrate life and all that
comes in its wake. Life, after all, has been a constant source of
inspiration for the filmmaker’s magical reels.
Stunts are the new craze for
Bollywood heroines, writes Shweta Thakur
muscles, swinging a sword or jumping from one building to another is
no longer the forte of heroes as Bollywood actresses are increasingly
embracing action-oriented roles.
Irom Sharmila, a sensitive
young woman imbued with traditional ethics of honesty and simple
living, has been shocked by the extent of human rights violations in
Manipur. She wants the Armed Forces Special Powers Act to be removed
from the state, writes Deepti Priya Mehrotra
does Irom Sharmila Chanu (35) refuse to eat? What motivates her to
continue the fast she began years ago? Vijaylakshmi Brara, convener,
Manipur People’s Union for Civil Liberties, explains: “Malom, near
Imphal, witnessed the cold-blooded killing of innocent people by the
8th Assam Rifles recently.