Brush with boldness
The GenNext of women artists wields a confident and adventurous brush when it comes to expressing the art
of the current century, writes Nirupama Dutt
Let me begin by saying
that I object to the term Ďwoman artist.í I am an artist. Also, I
do not see myself as a crusader because of the time one has been born
in. I certainly feel that the times are different and each artist has
her/his own respective journey to make and experiences to learn from,í
says Sheila Makhijani, one of the serious painters of the new
Anjum Singh uses painted soft-drink bottles to make
flowers with petals of plastic to indicate the Ďcola bloomí
the drama queen
Appealing both to
adolescents and ageing romantics, there is a fast-growing cult of Anne
Boleyn, the Tudor queen, who was convicted of adultery, incest and
treason, writes Howard Brenton
Every year on May 19, flowers are delivered to the Tower of
London. Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIIIís second wife, was executed on
that day in 1536. The flowers have been arriving for 40 years and no
one knows who sends these. These are put on the floor of the small
chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, beneath which Anneís body ó and
head ó are buried in a wooden chest, without a plaque or stone.
Pillars of strength
Mahisura village in West Bengalís Nadia district was under water during the recent floods. Voluntary groups ó all headed by women ó of several villages
have now joined hands to tackle the problem, writes Soma Mitra
It has been almost a decade, and Pramila Das (38) still cannot get over the pain of losing her daughter, who was just two-and-a-half years old. The mother is in tears while she narrates her heartbreaking story.
ahead of your time
If you refuse to be a
fashion slave, then mix and match elements from different designers
for a distinctive look, says Anju Chotrani
Have you ever wondered what it is to walk on the wild side?
Surely, it needs more courage than conviction to break the norms, set
your own rules, work your way around, and be proud of having tried.
Well, that is what setting style trends is all about. So, if you
refuse to be a fashion slave and reject what design pundits have to
advise on whatís in and whatís not, here are some ways to go about
Women in distress
Thousands of women in Nepal enter prostitution because they belong to the Badi sub-caste. The Badis used to entertain at the Royal Court. Over the years, they turned towards prostitution, and their descendants are now trapped in this occupation, writes
Like the vicissitudes in the fortunes of the epic heroes of the Ramayana and Mahabharata that formed the theme of their musical performances, a wandering minstrel tribe of eastern India is been reduced to prostitution for generations.
A dreamland in the clouds
Coorg offers such breathtaking sights that comparisons with Scotland are simply unavoidable, writes
Like Kerala and Goa, a visit to Coorg during monsoons can be a special treat for nature lovers because of its landscape and luxuriant natural settings. Rains cast a magical spell on this region. The countryside becomes lush green, the otherwise serene River Cauvery is in full flow and a refreshing wind sweeps through the rain-kissed thick jungles.
New kids on the
As filmmakers are looking outside the
stable for talent,
Kripa Krishnan takes a look at the
emerging trends in Bollywood
There was a time in Bollywood when the search for a new face, as a
rule, always ended with the launch of a star son or daughter. But more
and more filmmakers are now looking outside the industry for new
talent in unheard of places, including Twitter. Some of the best-known
filmmakers in the industry, including Ashutosh Gowarikar, Madhur
Bhandarkar, Mahesh Bhatt and Kunal Kohli are on a talent-hunting spree
across the country.
No more serious
Seema Biswas is tired of
always being taken seriously! After doing strong character roles in Bandit
Queen, Khamoshi and Water, the talented actress
wants to explore the lighter side of cinema. "Iím very bored of
doing serious roles. Thatís the only thing that is offered to me
every time, and each time, I do it with utmost dedication and
sincerity, but now Iím tired of doing that," Seema said in an
At 64, Helen Mirren poses naked
Academy award-winning actress Helen Mirren has turned all age stereotypes on the head by posing naked at the age of 64.
The veteran actress has posed naked in the bath for a set of photographs that were published in New York magazine.