of the earliest metals to have been used by man, not only in India but
also in other parts of the world, silver — the brilliant white
shining metal — is second only to gold in preciousness. It has
carved a special niche for itself due to its malleability and its
world of colours
Themes like Islamic history,
Hindu mythology and Punjabi legends that dominated Muhammad Abdul
Rehman Chughtai’s paintings helped in establishing the historical
and cultural identity of the people, writes Dr
Kanwarjit Singh Kang
Abdul Rehman Chughtai (1894-1975)
gave the message of religious harmony through the medium of his
paintings when, during the 1920s and 1930s, he painted more than 200
Hindu and Buddhist subjects. His masterpieces include Dance of Shiva,
Saint Tulsi Das, Temptation of Buddha, etc.
free spirit on celluloid
Mahasweta Devi has been
nominated for the Man Booker Prize. But the forthright and fearless
author is a real-life heroine. Her pen reflects her commitment to
social causes and the plight of the downtrodden. Her crusades have
been chronicled uniquely in a 51-minute film, writes Shoma
Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi is the only Indian besides V. S. Naipaul,
among the 14 authors shortlisted for the 60,000 Pound Man Booker Prize
that recognises lifetime contribution and achievement of a
Bizarre way to beauty
Anti-wrinkle treatments like injecting botox are fair enough. But when items like human placenta and snake venom are prescribed to enhance the beauty of the modern miss, one is shocked, says
beauty has a price. But then in modern days one is surprised at the
high cost women (and some men, too) are prepared to pay the exorbitant
prices for making themselves gorgeous.
A journey through the camel country is an unforgettable experience,
writes Nutan Sehgal
is no longer the mysterious unknown desert trudged only on a camel.
Today the state is well connected with all modes of transportation.
But the fascination for the camel and the desert remains.
cloud soul of music: Khayyam
music director Khayyam has
recently received the Naushad Samman. The first recipient to receive
this prestigious award, he says there was a time when the works of
composers spoke for themselves but today tunes are popularised through
get back to acting soon: Nagesh Kukunoor
Kukunoor, who played the
lead debut in self-directed Hyderabad Blues, may soon make a
comeback to the world of acting by taking some time out of his
commitments in filmmaking.
dinosaur wakes up
The Films Division, once the
most vibrant and prolific film production house of the country, is
looking forward to newer roles to shake up its image of being a
dormant organisation, writes Derek Bose
all the media attention and public interest the 60 years of completion
of the Films Division of India has generated, this could well be
another desultory year in the history of the world’s largest
production house for documentary and short films.