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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 »

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 »

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 »

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

Artist Binay Sinha drew my attention to everything that ‘is’ important through his exhibition Not Missing Anything Important, at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. It was an exhibition where nothing was structured, and everything was curiously fragmented. Much is akin to the delirious times we live in! Making sense of contemporary life through the chaos of politics, social activism, opinions, and stereotypes is a task that the common man has at ... Read More »

‘Waitress’ Musical Makes History on Broadway … Even Before Its First Showing

‘Waitress’ Musical Makes History on Broadway … Even Before Its First Showing

The Broadway musical “Waitress” is making headlines well before it’s first showing, and the reason is remarkably unique. According to Variety.com, Lorin Latarro has been appointed choreographer of the show, alongside female book writer Jessie Nelson, composer Sara Bareilles and director Diane Paulus, making this the first time in Broadway history an all-female creative team has been hired for a project. “The fact that it’s the first time across all these four departments is an ... Read More »

Dance Your Ph.D.: Students Put A Unique Spin on Interpretive Performance

Dance Your Ph.D.: Students Put A Unique Spin on Interpretive Performance

Interpretive dance has its roots in emotion and art; traditionally seeking to convey the meaning behind feelings and concepts through movement and dramatic expression. However, in the past few years interpretive dance has revealed a lesser-known scholastic (even scientific) side. Dance Your Ph.D., a contest comprised of students and Ph.D. holders, challenges participants to showcase their research by turning it into an interpretive dance. Participants film their performances, which are placed in one of four ... Read More »

Art Installation “Exit” Gives Life to Alarming Climate Change

Art Installation “Exit” Gives Life to Alarming Climate Change

Population shifts, cities, political refugees, forced migration, natural catastrophes and rising seas; most would agree that these are all highly unusual pieces to include in an art installation. However, creators of the new art show “Exit,” in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris want to point out that while their installation may prove unusual in the art world, its chilling illustrations are all-to-prevalent in the climate around us. “Exit” includes a 360 degree video installation ... Read More »

Underwater Egypt: Discoveries at the Mouth of the Nile Stream Into the British Museum

Underwater Egypt: Discoveries at the Mouth of the Nile Stream Into the British Museum

Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, two submerged islands at the mouth of the Nile river dating back to the 7th century BC, have been brought back to the surface. Of course, the islands themselves remain sunken. But their essence, their artifacts and monuments, have been brought to light to share a history many might be unaware of; namely, the close links between Egypt and Greece. These artifacts, found by the French underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, will make ... Read More »

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