Saturday, July 21, 2018

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15 Jul 2018

Playing it right

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

Among the many things on Shernaz Patel’s to-do list are finding exciting stories, thinking of interesting ways to tell them and scouting for unconventional venues to showcase the plays created out of the stories.

The dreams of a refugee woman

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

A Migration Blanket created by refugee women from India, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Senegal — together with international artist and activist Salma Zulfiqar — shows the challenges they face with integration as well as their ambitions as part of the project Creative Expressions by Women on the Move.

An obituary for Amrita

15 Jul 2018 | 3:13 AM

Seventy seven years after her death, The New York Times has published an obituary of Amrita Sher-gil, a pioneer of modern Indian art.

08 Jul 2018

Pash in the twang

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Born into a Sikh family in Kurukshetra, Punjabi and Hindi came naturally to independent musician Harpreet Singh.

A Prince’s tour of India

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

In the glittering Queen’s Gallery in the Buckingham Palace in London, two exhibitions, side by side, were on view recently — A Prince’s Tour of India, 1875-76; and Eastern Encounters.

Mythology repackaged

08 Jul 2018 | 1:23 AM

Imagine Goddess Kali using one of her four hands to snap a selfie after having killed demon Daruka; Radha stealing a selfie as she indulges in raas-leela with Lord Kirshna; Lord Rama and Sita just chilling in the forest, browsing through their smartphones.

01 Jul 2018

Kebabs that cool

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

Barbeques are associated with winters, when glowing embers and curling smoke drive the chill away.

Selling degrees via job promises

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

We are a group of 30 students who did a course in business management from a private institute that promised us lucrative jobs abroad.

Finding beauty in trash

01 Jul 2018 | 1:36 AM

From streets to railway station, in Vadodara scrap takes the form of sculptures to soothe the senses of harried commuters.

24 Jun 2018

Ad-sense: The people next-door

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

It’s a subtle trend. Celebrities are slowly vacating space in Indian advertising. And filling that space are common faces, people next-door, even those with disability, visible or otherwise. Social realism or inclusive advertising is making headway into the marketing plans of most brand marketers.

A celebration of learning

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

There is, at once, something remarkably old and something remarkably young about one of the great centres of learning in the world: the British Library.

Potpourri of traditional & contemporary

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

Overlooking the edge of the Aravalli Hills in Jaipur stands the Nahargarh Fort, whose centre of attraction is the Madhavendra Bhawan.

What’s in the name? Ask a desi

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

Cool ones like Balle, Vadhaai, Punjab.

All roads lead home

24 Jun 2018 | 1:31 AM

Indian immigrants, who made Singapore their home, left a strong impression on the local scene.

10 Jun 2018

Last Vanjhali player bows out

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

NO musician in this region could play the been, the snake charmer’s flute, and the vanjhali with such felicity. Wind instruments are the hardest to master, but playing them was a breeze for Baba Kashi Nath, who would render Indian ragas like Bhairavi, Sindhi Bhairavi, Bhimpalasi, Malkauns and Tilang, but turned to folk tunes for livelihood.

Pictures do the talking

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

IN Takeshi Motai’s Gorsh the Cellist, Gorsh is not good at playing the cello and is always scolded by his orchestra conductor. The concert is in 10 days’ time. Encouraged by different animals who visit him night after night, Gorsh practices hard and succeeds wonderfully on stage at the concert.

Unusual retelling of an epic

10 Jun 2018 | 12:04 AM

CONNOISSEURS and collectors of course know about the kind of Ramayana series of paintings of which I write here, but few, very few, of us who live in the North, are likely to have heard of them.

03 Jun 2018

What the moon says

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Author and artist Kota Neelima’s books deal with themes ranging from farmer suicides to gender issues and media ethics to politics.

Up, close and personal with Hindustani

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

Music has a universal appeal. It’s a source of catharsis. But do we listen to understand it or we listen to just listen? Wouldn’t it enhance our experience if we knew the aesthetics and philosophy of the genre we so enjoy.

Straight road to a warped world

03 Jun 2018 | 1:51 AM

How do sociological and political ‘realities’ of the world fit into the frame of an artwork? Especially, when the artist’s primary subject is starkly apolitical and the social narrative has, but, only a subtle undercurrent.

27 May 2018

Lullabies that heal the soul

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Tanvi shah’s big moment came way back in 2010 when she became the first Indian woman to win a Grammy, world’s biggest award for music, for ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.

Letters to his brother

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

Vincent van Gogh’s style is instantly recognisable and his most famous works Sunflowers (1887), Cafe Terrace at Night (1888) and The Starry Night (1889) are among the most revered in the world, attracting crowds to galleries for more than 100 years and appealing as readily to connoisseurs as they do to the merely curious.

Siyah Qalem: Wind from the steppes

27 May 2018 | 1:59 AM

It was a long, very long, time ago that a friend from Germany, Franz Joseph Vollmer, came visiting and brought us as a gift from Afghanistan where he was then posted, a most impressive, album-sized book, simply titled: Siyah Qalem.