Sunday, February 25, 2018

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11 Feb 2018

Unmasking the mask

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Contemporary artist Gauri Gill draws inspiration from communities inhabiting the fringes of society. A certain documentary filmmaker’s sense of observation laces her work and that is what evokes several emotions in the mind of the onlooker.

A master trumpeter’s passage to India

11 Feb 2018 | 12:54 AM

Erik Truffaz is a globally acclaimed French jazz trumpeter who infuses elements of hip-hop, rock and roll and dance music into his compositions.

04 Feb 2018

Fragrance from her garden of kindness

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

In a world that seems to be hell-bent upon tearing itself apart, meaningful art just might do what science cannot. And when that art is of a personal nature, yet, carries a universal appeal, it becomes hard to look the other way and even harder not to relate to it, introspect and act.

It’s lonely beyond the glitter

04 Feb 2018 | 1:45 AM

For some odd reason, the circus has been on my mind lately: not because of some childhood memories, of which I have some but not many.

21 Jan 2018

Heritage lost in smart cities

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

Cities are built by its people, by infrastructure and by services. But cities are built on their past. If not, what would Delhi be without Lal Qila; Jaipur without Hawa Mahal; and Chandigarh without Capitol Complex.

The feel of luxury

21 Jan 2018 | 1:39 AM

They begin to prepare for this feast (the Emperor Aurangzeb’s birthday celebrations), the seventh of September, about two months before it begins. The first thing they do is to cover the two great Courts overhead, from the middle of each Court to the Hall, which is open upon three sides.

14 Jan 2018

Between the warp and the weft

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

The first thing that strikes the viewer about Tanya Goel’s work is its sublimity. Her versatility is evident from her range of paintings — the staggering size of some of the art on display.

Relics of the Raj revisited

14 Jan 2018 | 1:43 AM

In the extraordinary book, In the Shadow of the Raj: Derry Moore in India, to be released along with his photo show travelling across India, old India-hand, veteran radio journalist and author Mark Tully writes, “Looking at Derry Moore’s photographs, I feel nostalgic and profoundly sad.

07 Jan 2018

The bright spot on a Mumbai slum

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

As they make their way to work, residents of Asalpha village in Ghatkopar, Mumbai, delight in art every day. Adorning what were once drab and dreary walls is street art that has treated the village like one big canvas, totally transforming this part of Maximum City.

Let a hundred flowers blossom

07 Jan 2018 | 1:34 AM

Just as — a few short weeks back — I was about to enter the imposing building which houses the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, I saw boldly painted on the pavement outside, a series of large flowers.

31 Dec 2017

Spectacle mired in petty politics

31 Dec 2017 | 3:51 PM

Year of the heroine, of big-ticket duds, of sleeper hits, of controversies… There are many, many ways to look back at the star-kissed and -cursed year that 2017 was.

Our very own wonder women

31 Dec 2017 | 3:45 PM

For India, the year’s biggest sports stars were women — two of them practitioners of ‘macho’ sports such as weightlifting and boxing.

Between all that trended and offended

31 Dec 2017 | 3:39 PM

Amit Shah knows it all! He knows what purpose the Congress served before Independence and why it should have been dismantled after India became free.

Up in smoke

31 Dec 2017 | 3:36 PM

The region has been in the news for all wrong reasons and environment is no exception. While the felling of thousands of trees to expand highways was accepted as the price to be paid for economic prosperity and progress, farmers setting their fields on fire to clear paddy straw became a natural favourite for anyone espousing the cause of environment.

The DeMon casts its shadow

31 Dec 2017 | 3:31 PM

Date: January 15, 2014; Place: Gandhinagar; Occasion: Ficci National Executive Committee meeting; Speaker: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi.

Protests and unrest persist

31 Dec 2017 | 3:24 PM

With protests forcing indefinite postponement of a major parliamentary bypoll and frequent shutdowns of schools and colleges, the first half of 2017 was shadowed by the last year of unrest.

Peace on tenterhooks

31 Dec 2017 | 3:19 PM

The simmering cauldron, that is India’s national security, remained at a disturbing but as-yet controllable flame all through the year.

Neighbourhood woes

31 Dec 2017 | 3:18 PM

For the Narendra Modi government with its Neighbourhood First policy, the political flux in the immediate neighbourhood over the past 12 months is a cause of serious concern.

The Trump card

31 Dec 2017 | 3:17 PM

Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States, took oath of office on a wintry morning on January 20, 2017. The controversial real estate mogul courted a fresh controversy just a day after inauguration.

At a glance, a topsy-turvy world

31 Dec 2017 | 3:15 PM

FIRE AND FURY:The world watched with horror at the forced exodus of more than six lakh Rohingyas who faced loot, arson, rape, murder by the army and Buddhist majority in Myanmar.

A state at spiritual crossroads

31 Dec 2017 | 3:09 PM

Haryana has not seen any year pass by peacefully under the current BJP rule. Just like the two previous years that saw unprecedented incidents of violence and arson, 2017 will go down in the annals of Haryana’s history as a blot on the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government.

Elections kept the pot boiling

31 Dec 2017 | 3:08 PM

Foremost, it was an election year for Punjab, bringing with it the attendant hopes, euphoria and heartbreaks. The coming to power of the Congress with Capt Amarinder Singh at the helm, and rout for the SAD and AAP, squarely put the onus of addressing the all-round despondency in the state on the Patiala royal.

Hardly anything to cheer about

31 Dec 2017 | 3:01 PM

Barely had the citizens recovered from the effects of demonetisation that ran them aground towards the end of 2016, the decision of the government to unroll the biggest ever tax reform — Goods and Services Tax (GST) reinforced the effect of disruptions on everyday life.

Return of the inspector raj

31 Dec 2017 | 3:01 PM

The dreaded income tax inspector is back. He is back with a vengeance in 2017. He has been recruited in a kind of mercenary force, with a mandate to wage a holy war on black money.