An artist knows no
barriers of race, geography or language. The creative impulse
overrides all constraints and creates its own space. The Performing
Arts of India, Development & Spread Across the Globe, edited
by Sharon Lowen, a classical dancer of repute, mirrors the journey of
foreigners who are totally at home in the world of classical Indian
dance. Excerpts. . .
1990s brought together artists, gurus, and arts scholars in
conjunction with a unique series of classical Indian dance and music
festivals that changed the perception that non-Indian practitioners of
these arts could be regarded as artists and not simply students...
Heart over matter
crosses boundaries. Great poetry, music, painting sculpture or dance is
timeless. You’ll find the best of Michelangelo, Salvador Dali or
Picasso in museums all over the world, the poetry of Tagore in
universities around the globe and even the pop music of musicians like
Michael Jackson, everywhere you turn.
an alien ethos
Lada Guruden Singh
Amitav Ghosh examines the question of otherness and alienation in his
brilliant work-Shadow Lines, where the lines-representing
nations, places, countries, sex and culture—intangible and unseen,
divide the characters among themselves and within themselves as each
fight the outsider around them and in them.
motifs on huqqa
Inder Singh of Jammu, who belongs to a family of traditional pot
makers, has such a rich collection of huqqas that he intends to
make it to the Guiness Book of World Records. The
art of smoking comprises richly carved designs on smoking pipes of
varied shapes and sizes, used in various parts of the world.
paintings gain ground
The Rajasthani miniature
tradition goes back to the 11th century. Depicting the colourful
heritage of the desert state, these paintings attract foreign tourists
as well as local buyers
Rajasthani miniature paintings, depicting the rich and colourful
heritage of the desert state, are fast gaining popularity in the
international as well as domestic market. The
delicately etched canvases reflecting scenes from myth, legend,
history and nature have admirers in plenty.
in the Atomic Age
Seth recounts a visit to Los Alamos, where the Little Boy and
the Fat Man were made
time back my wife and I spent a leisurely week in Espanola, in New
Mexico State, of the USA. We were travelling old style, allocating
weeks rather than days to any place that we liked to visit. The
pleasure of being a leisure traveller is that one is not bound to,
‘If-it-is-Tuesday-it-must-be- Belgium’ syndrome.
Filmmakers have always
had a tough time when they cast two rival stars in a film. The
face-off, however, has also resulted in landmarks in cinema, says M.
tradition of histrionic one-upmanship is as old as cinema. When two
titans are pitched against each other in a film, competition between
them is inevitable. No matter how committed the two actors are to the
betterment of the film, their inborn insecurities come to the surface
when they face each other on the screen.