Was the recent India Art Summit just another mela or did it reflect our changing attitude to art?
A report on the trends...
a nation where visual illiteracy is often the lament of
the artistic community, what do you make of an art summit where
over one lakh persons descended for over four days on Pragati
Maidan, New Delhi, to view the works of over 500 artists at 84
The mega event put art
in the public domain
Home away from home
Bala Mandir in Chennai provides family values to orphans. Without distinction of caste or creed, thousands of destitute children have passed through the institution to become responsible citizens, writes
Nelson Ravi Kumar
Gaitonde, secretary of Bala Mandir, situated at the heart of
Chennai, runs one of the most admirable childcare centres for orphaned
children. She believes in providing a family atmosphere to the little
ones, for whom she manifests motherly love and affection.
In the land of orchids
The mountain abode of Sikkim, with its misty hills, exquisite orchids, waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries, and not the least, the majestic Kanchenjunga peak ruling over the valleys, has retained its mystical beauty despite encroaching signs of development, writes
and its capital Gangtok became alive all over again in my memory as I
watched Satyajit Ray’s documentary with the eponymous name Sikkim.
The documentary had been banned by the Indian government for 40 years.
Singh Kang on Rani Durgavati, an epitome of courage and patron
"The bravest are
surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them,
glory or danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet
it." — Thucydides (471
- 400 B.C.)
are the words that can describe Rani Durgavati, who was born on
October 5, 1524, in the family of Chandel Rajput emperor Keerat Rai at
the fort of Kalanjar, near Banda, in Uttar Pradesh.
legend of Panipat
comes with a tag not only
of history, but mythology, culture, industry, Sufism, poetry,
Hindu-Muslim amity, Partition-tales and a vast account of exponential
indulgences of Islamic scholars. Panipat
was one of the five villages sought by the Pandavas from the Kauravas,
besides Sonepat, Tilpat, Baghpat and Indrapat. ‘Pat’ got corrupted
from Sanskrit word prastha.
Since time immemorial, people
in the Himalayan region have been using Tibetan singing bowls to cure
physical and mental disorders, writes Shama Rana
knows no language or boundaries. The reverberating sounds of singing
bowls, which originated amid the lofty landscape of Tibet in the
ancient times, is riding the crest of popularity the world over.
Facebook “modern madness?”
networking sites like Twitter and Facebook could be downright
antisocial, threatening to dominate our lives and making us less
human, a researcher says. Prof Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US has even branded the use of
such sites as a form of modern madness.
‘I am not a director’s actor’
Acting means to enact something without any pretensions, says
Irrfan Khan, who is back with his latest film Yeh Saali Zindagi, in a chat with
Shoma A. Chatterji
Khan is going places. Irrfan, who will soon be seen in Yeh Saali
Zindagi, was member of the International Jury at the 34th Cairo
International Film Festival held recently. Born in Jaipur, Irrfan Khan
got a scholarship to study at the National School of Drama, Delhi, in
Shoot at site
Filmmakers today are stepping out of studios and hitting the streets to capture raw sights,
sounds and feel of real locations, writes Dibyojyoti Baksi
behind the closed doors of a studio on a set made to resemble a
kitchen or a court is now passé. Bollywood directors are increasingly
hitting the streets to capture the raw sights, sounds and feel of real