Contemporary artists from India have returned to picture-making with a new idiom. There are many stories to tell
and various ways to tell them, finds out
his essay, "Reading for the Plot," Peter Brooks discusses
how narrative is the means we use to order and give meaning to our
lives, in effect to overcome and control the chaos that is human
Gulammohammed Sheikh. Book of Journeys, 1996 onwards. Digitally reproduced 36-page bound book in accordian format; ink-jet fascimile images on Arches 300 GSM
watercolour paper. His Book of Journeys is an autobiographical trip that returns again and again to the idea of home.
metal to form
There are very few skilled craftsmen who are engaged in repousse work
on brass and copper, writes Kanwarjit Singh Kang
bronze statuette of a
young dancing girl from the Indus Valley civilisation has been classed
as a remarkable piece of art, wrought in metal. Art apart, the metal,
particularly brass, has remained the most important utility object in
India since time immemorial.
at the moon
moon is the Earth’s
satellite and the Blue Planet’s gravity should keep it perfectly in
its orbit, that’s what logic says. But the moon has an inexplicably
loony, eccentric orbit. Now, a new study of the moon’s orbital
history has shown that Earth’s sister planet, Venus and gas giant
Jupiter takes turns to tug at the moon on rare occasions when their
distant and puny gravitational tugs can have an effect.
A new study has
authenticated the phrase "crocodile tears" by discovering
that crocodiles really do weep while eating but it is purely
physiological reasons that makes them bawl. A researcher of University
of Florida observed and videotaped four confined caimans and three
alligators, both close relatives of the crocodile, while eating on a
spit of dry land at Florida’s St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological
Island in the sun
Global warming may result in low-lying coastal areas, including the
Sunderbans, getting submerged eventually. But at another level, a natural
source like sunlight is changing the life of millions of people in the islands, finds
Adnan Sami’s new avatar
Amit Kumar Das
composing and singing for numerous Bollywood films, versatile singer Adnan Sami has now decided to take the microphone once again but this time as an anchor. He will be hosting a television show called Bol Baby Bol which will go on air later this month.
will we see English Guide?
Dipankar De Sarkar
only known surviving print
of the rarely-seen English version of the Bollywood movie Guide
is in the possession of Dev Anand — and he may just agree to release
it one day for public viewing, the evergreen superstar disclosed.
The increasing number of medium
and small-budget films reflect the changing face of Bollywood, writes Seema
is round the corner. The
festive season has always been the best time for film releases.
However, it is for the first time that the Indian audience is being
offered a plethora of small budget films in the coming weeks.
‘Krrish 3 to have powerful villain’
Subhash K. Jha
Rakesh Roshan says the
villain’s character in Krrish 3 will be as powerful as
Hrithik’s character. "This time the
anti-hero will be as powerful as the hero. Krrish saw the birth
of the superhero. Now we’ll see the superhero combating other
forces," Rakesh Roshan said. In Krrish,
veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah had played the villain. Rakesh is busy creating
his first production for an outside director.
Greening of a dump yard
Eleven women of Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh have converted a barren piece of land into a garden producing fruits and vegetables, writes
Ravana has his temples, too
There is a Ravana temple at Kanpur which is opened only once a year during Dasehra for worshipping the demon king, says
Diamonds are forever
Designer Priti Patel feels that danglers & rings with diamonds will be popular this year, writes
Patel is a diminutive
woman who sits ensconced in her plush design studio in Mumbai, seeing
clients only by appointment.