Heritage at risk
The expose of the missing Le Corbusier tapestries from the
High Court reveals apathy towards heritage. Kiran Joshi
weaves the story behind the artefacts.
recent coverage in The Tribune on the plight of Le Corbusier’s
tapestries has shown that the situation of
the 12 tapestries in Chandigarh is highly critical. The responsibility
for their plight, however, cannot be attributed to any one event or
individual but to a complex interplay of multiple factors over the past
several years. The foremost among these is a general lack of awareness
and a resultant lack of appreciation, of the cultural value of modern
heritage among various stakeholders – users and custodians alike.
Junking a legacy
In 2000, Nachhattar Singh Mavi
had been appointed Secretary of the Vidhan Sabha. He was climbing the
ramp of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to go to his new office, he noticed
Director with a difference
He is known for breaking stereotypes. He is recognised for his ability to move with the times. He did away with the formula mould in his very first movie,
Ankur, in 1974. Saibal Chatterjee traces the three-decade-long journey of Shyam
Benegal, who was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to developmental and social issues.
after making 250-odd advertising films, shorts and commissioned
documentaries, Shyam Benegal burst on the new Indian cinema scene with
Ankur in 1974, his brand of filmmaking became an instant model for a
whole generation of directors wanting to break out of the formula mould.
Any other ‘Pran’ out there
The hunt is on for all the Prans of the world. Thanks to Pran's spectacular screen career, his name became synonymous with villainy, and to such an extent that in the decades following the 1960s, many believe, very few male babies were named Pran.
Kuldip Dhiman writes about the character and the unique competition to find out how many other Prans are around.
is the climax scene of Ram aur Shyam. Dilip Kumar is on the one
end of the screen, presently Pran appears with a whip in his hand. There
is a lull in the cinema hall.
Love tangles and triangles
Shaadi Karogi? Akshay Kumar and
Salman Khan ask Priyanka Chopra in tandem in the eponymous film. Quite a
‘marry’-go-round. In Abbas-Mustan’s Aetraaz, Akshay Kumar
and Kareena Kapoor play a happily married couple under stress when
Akshay’s boss at his place of work, Priyanka Chopra accuses him of
rape after he turns down her sexual advances.