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Art as Protest-Discrimination Against Muslim Woman

Art as Protest-Discrimination Against Muslim Woman Is art a medium of protest? Yes, protest art is an effective tool to shout against the evils of society. Today, when I look at the New Zealand incident, it is again made obvious. Recent studies show that one in three of the Muslim woman on global scale face discrimination. When I thought of a subject to paint, this came to my mind like a spark. Yes, this is ... Read More »

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

Ink is a fun medium to work with. I remember when our class lectures would become a bit too tedious, I’d slyly reach out for my pen and start ‘inking’ the last few pages of my notebook—these were ubiquitously known as ‘rough’ sheets. It can be rather addictive— an artist’s tryst with ink, as Shantala Palat might tell you. Doodling casually on a rough sheet of paper is not as elaborate an affair, as planning ... Read More »

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

The thought of traveling to #Kashmir and exploring its scenic treats has always filled me with excitement. While my travel plans haven’t materialized yet, I indulged in a virtual tour of Kashmir and Ladakh at IIC Delhi, about a week back. Titled ‘Glimpses of Ladakh, Kashmir and the Naropa festival’, this expansive #photography project leads the viewer into the magical lands of the disputed valley and its beauteous surroundings. Lush mustard fields, the beautiful stillness ... Read More »

S. Paul: The Photographer Who Found Love With The Lens

S. Paul: The Photographer Who Found Love With The Lens

A few weeks back, India lost S.Paul. A photographer who captured iconic photographs that are cherished to this day. Paul may have left the material world behind, but one can be sure that in the next world he would be taking his beloved camera. Inseparable from Paul even in death, his camera was placed on his chest before his cremation. The device was a friend, teacher and guide all rolled into one, and S.Paul truly ... Read More »

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

23rd July this year, marked the first death anniversary of S.H Raza; a painter whose imagination celebrated colors, ideologies, and abstraction on canvas. Raza was one of the first painters to initiate the Progressive art movement in pre-independence India, along with greats like Hussain, Souza and Bakre and Ara. After his demise last year, a lot has been said and shared about S.H Raza. To do justice to this article, I visited two exhibitions in Delhi, ... Read More »

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

The Bihar Government put up a grand show of colors in Dilli Haat during the month of March. The 15-day long Bihar Utsav from 16th to 18th March was an exhibition cum sale of lovely handicrafts and handloom products. Although the festival wasn’t widely publicized, it helped me revisit the wondrous crafts, arts and cultural traditions that flow from the thirst most populous largest state of India. Around 50 stalls led by state artisans relayed ... Read More »

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

‘Divine ecstasy’ isn’t just for the Gods. Smaller beings on this planet can enjoy a slice of heaven during the course of life itself. In search of some solace and mysticism, I made a little trip to Triveni Kala Sangam sometime back, to admire painter Devendra Shukla’s artworks. Triveni Kala Sangam opened its calm, welcoming doors and I walked straight into Mr.Shukla’s artistic abode. Colors, strokes, and murmurs… Murmurs of little stories to be told; my eyes quickly took ... Read More »

Tapping Into The Laser Cut Trend

Tapping Into The Laser Cut Trend

Anila Quayyam’s installation at the India Art Fair left me and a lot of visitors awestruck. What struck me as fascinating about her grand light box, was the delicate lattice frame which was designed with laser-cut panels. ‘Laser-cut’ is the key-word here. As I examined the installation, my mind started whirling with several other references of laser-cut designs I had read about on the net; some fairly recent and others, harking back to the Mughal ... Read More »

The 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Was a Joyous Celebration of The Performing Arts

The 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Was a Joyous Celebration of The Performing Arts

The venerable stage was decorated to celebrate compelling theatre at the NSD campus during the 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The festival thrilled audiences over a period of 21 days, starting February 1st. Recognized as Asia’s largest theatre festival, the 19th edition of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav attracted talents from countries such as, Turkey, Afghanistan, Romania, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Interestingly, out of the 12 participating countries, China and Pakistan were conspicuously absent. Given ... Read More »

Enabling The Arts: Creative Initiatives Towards Building A More Enabled India

Enabling The Arts: Creative Initiatives Towards Building A More Enabled India

Disability is a word that robs a person of their self-esteem, let alone fundamental rights. To be a differently-abled Indian is to be alive to face harrowing experiences. Even the most basic activities can be challenging for those who need to go about the day with the help of some equipment to aid their movements. What about a situation, wherein, this equipment is non-existent? What if, this equipment is outdated and fails to serve the ... Read More »

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